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Regimental Commanding Officers

September 10, 2023
Last Updated on: December 20, 2023


Brigadier Henry Pybus Bell-Irving, OC, DSO, OBE, OBC, ED, CD


Our series of articles on Regimental Commanding Officers continues with the twelfth CO of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Brigadier Henry Pybus Bell-Irving, OC, DSO, OBE, OBC, ED, CD. He came from the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada to take command of the battalion on 6 June 1944.

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Remembering Charlie Purkiss

September 10, 2023
Last Updated on: September 10, 2023

This article, written by his granddaughter in 1949, tells something of the death of Pte. Charles Alexander Purkiss and his wife’s determination to learn more of her husband’s fate.

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Lance Corporal Wallace Reid's Letter Home

May 4, 2023
Last Updated on: September 10, 2023

Lance Corporal Wallace Reid’s letter home to his mother from his hospital bed describes his experience in the battle in which he was wounded on 28 September 1916.

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Regimental Commanding Officers

May 4, 2023
Last Updated on: September 10, 2023


Brigadier Rowan Coleman D.S.O., M.C.


Our series of articles on Regimental Commanding Officers continues with the eleventh CO of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Brigadier Rowan Coleman D.S.O., M.C. He came from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry to take command of the battalion on 6 May 1944.

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Regimental Commanding Officers

February 19, 2023
Last Updated on: May 4, 2023


Lieutenant Colonel Egerton Winnet Day, E.D.


Our series of articles on Regimental Commanding Officers continues with the tenth CO of the 1st Battalion, The Edmonton Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Egerton Winnet Day, E.D. He went overseas with the battalion in 1939 and was second in command through much of the fighting in Sicily and Italy. He took command of the battalion in January of 1944.

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Who was that Subaltern?

February 19, 2023
Last Updated on: May 4, 2023

Identifying the individuals in a photo can be a challenge. Lists of names of those in the photos are seldom available. A recent challenge was to identify the officer commanding 10 Platoon, C Company, 49th Battalion, in a platoon photo taken in March of 1915. Read how that was done and something of that officer’s history.

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A Century Later - Vimy's Crater Line Revisited

January 19, 2023
Last Updated on: February 19, 2023

The preserved First World War battlefield at the Vimy Ridge Memorial Park has, with some exceptions, been left largely untouched, leaving with it many practical dangers of a real battlefield. In July 2022, Joe McDonald, museum volunteer, had the opportunity go into the dangerous Red Zone to view some of the significant locations pertaining to the part played by the 49th Battalion (Edmonton Regiment) in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Here is his comparison of the area then and now and the story of what happened there.

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Regimental Commanding Officers

December 15, 2022
Last Updated on: February 19, 2023


Brigadier James Curry Jefferson, C.B.E., D.S.O. and Bar, C.D.G., E.D.


Our series of articles on Regimental Commanding Officers continues with the ninth CO of the 1st Battalion, The Edmonton Regiment, Brigadier James Curry Jefferson, C.B.E., D.S.O. and Bar, C.D.G., E.D. He led the Second World War overseas battalion through Sicily and Italy, including the battle of Ortona, and ended the war commanding the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Armoured Division.

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COVID-19 UPDATE - MUSEUM OPERATIONS

March 16, 2020
Last Updated on: February 19, 2023

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum galleries are open to the public but with some restrictions.

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The Other Lost Fortyniner of Avion

September 8, 2022
Last Updated on: December 28, 2022


The Other Lost Fortyniner of Avion


The finding of remains of First World War soldiers on former battlefields is both remarkable yet familiar to those in Europe who live on what once was the Western Front. Especially in the Artois region of France, where new urban development projects, on ground once heavily fought over by Canadians in 1917, promise the unearthing of grim reminders of that past war. The discovery of Corporal Gordon Gregory Dunning’s remains in 1953 is one example.

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