Stories

Stories from the Collection highlights artifacts in our holdings, as well as the fascinating stories they bring to light. Most of them are in storage, but some may also be seen on display. Browse through the various stories to see archives and objects up close.

Citations, foreign orders and decorations for General Foulkes

by Georgiana Stanciu, PhD

Throughout his career, Charles Foulkes received several foreign orders and decorations. Most of them came with a certificate citation including the date of the award, the reasons for which the honour was bestowed, and the signature of dignitaries in the respective countries. One of them was Harry Truman, President of the United States. Check this Story!

Citations, domestic honours for General Charles Foulkes

By Georgiana Stanciu, PhD

In addition to the citations for foreign medals featured in a previous Story, General Charles Foulkes was decorated numerous times under the domestic System of Honours and Awards, British Commonwealth and Canadian. The certificates and citations were donated to the museum by the recipient in 1960. The lot included his Commission to the rank of Captain issued in 1932, alongside appointment to Companion of Order of Canada (CC), Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB), Additional Commander of the Order of British Empire (CBE), Member of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and Mentioned in Despatches. This Story will be available starting 27 November 2020.

H.T. Cock Manuscript: Bermuda

by Erik Rayment, MA, MLIS

Harry Tredennick Cock's manuscript titled "Short History of The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883-1933" is a valuable document in our Archive Collection overseeing the first 50 years of the Regiment's history. For this Story, we will be focusing on The RCR's service in Bermuda from September 1914 to August 1915, and feature original photographs of this operation.

The "Royals" of CFB Baden-Soellingen

By Jessica Stevenson, MI, MMSt

Recreational sports and sporting competitions hold a significant place in military life. From team sports such as hockey and baseball, to tests of individual skill like billiards and shooting competitions, our collection holds many examples of trophies, banners, and paraphernalia related to The RCR sporting events. In this Story, we will highlight items related to the 3RCR “Royals” hockey team, which competed in the Canadian Forces Europe Hockey League (CFEHL) from 1977 to 1984. The team won the CFEHL championship in 1980 and 1981. Were you or someone you know involved in this league? We would love to hear your story, just email us!

Villiers: Drawings from the South African War

By Georgiana Stanciu, PhD


The museum collection includes a series of sketches by British war correspondent Frederic Villiers (1851 – 1922). He made the drawings during his attachment to the “Kimberley Relief Column”, a British cavalry force under Lieutenant-General John French’s command, who brought to an end the siege of Kimberley (11 to 15 February 1900) during the Second Boer War or South African War.
 

1RCR in Cyprus, 1970

By Jessica Stevenson, MI, MMSt


From 1964 to 1993, the Canadian government deployed military personnel to assist the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in a mission called Operation SNOWGOOSE. Canadian soldiers patrolled the neutral zone, known as the Green Line, between Greek and Turkish Cypriots to keep the existing tension from starting a war. The Royal Canadian Regiment deployed personnel to Cyprus several times during this period. This Story features items related to the 1st Battalion of The RCR’s deployment to Cyprus from 28 March to 10 October, 1970.

Prince Philip at Wolseley Barracks

By Dr. Georgiana Stanciu

The late Duke of Edinburgh was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Canadian Regiment on 8 Dec 1953. Consequently, he visited the Regiment stationed in London on several occasions. Our collection holds souvenirs, mementoes and a vast photo archive related to these visits.Check this Story for moer details.