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Regimental Commanding Officers

December 20, 2023
Last Updated on: June 30, 2024


Colonel James Riley Stone, CM, DSO (and Two Bars), MC, CD


Our series of articles on Regimental Commanding Officers continues with the thirteenth CO of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Colonel James Riley Stone, CM, DSO (and Two Bars), MC, CD. During the Second World War he rose from the rank of private to Lieutenant Colonel and later commanded the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry in Korea.

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Regimental Commanding Officers

April 17, 2024
Last Updated on: April 17, 2024


Lieutenant Colonel William Taylor Cromb, Jr., DSO, ED


Our series of articles on Regimental Commanding Officers continues with the fourteenth CO of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Lt. Col. William Taylor Cromb, Jr., DSO, ED. During the Second World War he was with the 1st Battalion in England, Sicily and Italy, and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in France and Holland. He returned to command the 1st Battalion at the end of the war.

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Remembering Charlie Purkiss

September 10, 2023
Last Updated on: April 17, 2024

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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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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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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