True and Fascinating Canadian History
The 140TH Anniversary Of Canada's National Police Force
1873 - 2013
Vet of the Month
Fond Recollections of Friends Not Forgotten
This is our 'Vet of the Month' segment. Here are stories of Veterans -- young Vets and some much younger. Some stories may not seem too spectacular for most of us live average lives. Yet, some lives are not so ordinary.
Begin, for instance, with our members who served Canada in war. We can be very proud of them -- many sacrificed their lives for Canada. They did not come home. They are buried under foreign soil; South Africa, Vimy, Italy, Belguim, Ireland and England. Due to long distances, loved ones from Canada cannot easily visit them. Others were lost at sea. RIP.
The incribed names on the RCMP Honour Roll at 'Depot' remind us of the members who lost their lives mostly on Canadian soil. Some members died in foreign countries while also in the performance of RCMP international police duties. Families have been forever changed -- happiness replaced by questions which have no answers. Loneliness has no love. RIP.
Everyone's life has peaks which stir interest in us. Here, we pause to recall someone within our family or maybe a friend who influenced our life in some way. We cannot help but reflect back to the time, place and the valuable lessons which they imparted to us. RIP.
Vets, members, families and friends are invited to participate in the 'Vet of the Month'. Please send me your story and photos for inclusion in the 'Vet of the Month' website segment.
The first 'Vet of the Month' story will be released on the 135th anniversary of the Force which is May 23, 2008.
A story of a different Vet will be released every month thereafter.
MarchReg.#497, Constable Archilles Rouleau
JanuaryReg.#14040, Staff Sergeant E. J. 'Ernie' Ruttan
FebruaryReg.#45032, Constable Gregory Joshua Pichler
JanuaryReg.#3883, Constable John Edey
FebruaryNo Ordinary Tailor
MarchThose Who Lie In Unmarked Graves
AprilReg.#20576, Sergeant W. J. MacLellan
MayReg.#23464, Sergeant D. G. Holmes
JuneO.1875, C/Supt. Doug Coates
JulyReg.#4584, Constable George Ernest Willmett
AugustVets of a Very Memorable Variety
SeptemberA Memorable Vet With Legs
OctoberGreat Apples in an Orchard of Inspiration
NovemberReg.#57673, Constable Adrian Oliver
DecemberA Very Dear Troopmate, Christmas And A Baby
JanuaryCst. John Kidd, Reg.#9221
FebruaryCst. Ernest Henderson, Reg.#11912
MarchThe Mad Trapper
Part One : 'A Parcel Arrives'
AprilThe Mad Trapper
Part II : 'Heroes in My Live'
MayThe Mad Trapper
Part III : 'Murder : No Small Matter'
JuneA Magnificent, Monumental, Memorable Mystery
Part IV : 'A Family Matter : A Well Kept Secret'
JulyThe Mad Trapper
Part V : A. N. Eames, OBE, RNWMP and RCMP
'Of Life and Lore'
AugustThe Mad Trapper
Part VI : A. N. Eames, OBE, RNWMP and RCMP
'Of Loss, Loneliness and Legacy'
SeptemberThe Mad Trapper
Part Seven : September 2011
OctoberS/Constable Edwin Jefferey Bowen, Reg.#S/0107
NovemberElsie M. Ernest-Nesbitt, C/580
DecemberS/Sgt. Bruno 'Bud' Toews, Reg.#15594
MayJohn T. Cherry, Reg.#o165
JuneBramwell Smith, Reg.#0.657
JulyFrederick Rhodes, Reg.#9951
AugustLouis Romeo Dubuc, Reg.#10982
SeptemberGeorge Saunder, Reg.#2112
OctoberJimmy Coughlin, Reg.#12511
NovemberJack John Lindsay, Reg.#6020
DecemberTroop 17, 1974/1975