After considerable battery drill the two batteries combined on 7th November for their
first ceremonial parade with Major-General T.V. Anderson
Inspector-General as inspecting Officer.
This was merely the first of a long series of such parades.
With the coming of winter it became too cold to do gun drill and with too much snow for footdrill
it became necessary to find something to diversify the training rather than have
the whole day taken up with lectures.
Skiis were obtained, instructors trained and in spite of a considerable number
of broken skiis, much
exercise and entertainment was derived during the afternoons in this manner.
A regimental hockey team was organized which did very well for itself and in
addition contributed a number of players to the camp team.
Among them were Mutcheson, Allin, Rimstad, Pykerman, Inglis and Goodie.
For Christmas half of the men were allowed a “48” at home,
the other half having theirs at the New Years.
Special feasts were laid on for those remaining in camp and on New Year's Day the officers
dined with the men.
FORMATION OF THE REGIMENT - FEBRUARY 1941.
On the 1st February the first CO,
Lt-Col. W.C. Thackray, arrived, and the two batteries were
formed into the present three batteries, 60, 37 and 76, of the 17 Canadian
Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, 5 Canadian (Armoured) Division,
with effect from the 1st February 1941.
Major G.T.A. McNeill was appointed 2 i/c,
Capt. S.H. Blake, Adjutant, Capt. W.E. Greenlay, 60 Battery
Capt. H.E. Brown, 37 Battery BC,
Major A.W. Boulter, 76 Battery BC and WO. 1. I.A. McLeod,
With the arrival of the CO, who soon became known unofficially as Colonel Blanco,
began the first of many “smartening up” blitzes both on the parade
ground and the ranges.