Lessons learned and timings established by the Regiment that summer were used as examples
for training long after it's departure.
In June the Regiment took part in the Division's capture of TORONTO.
This was a two-day trip each way with the bivouac being made at OXTONGUE LAKE.
During the remainder of the summer and the early fall, training continued
in spite of sand flies, deer flies, sand storms and heat.
In addition to Saturday morning “drill orders” a number of formal
parades took place on the airport for visiting dignitaries.
In September each battery convoyed to CONNAUGHT RANGES for rifle and bren
Immediately afterwards embarkation leaves started.
EMBARKATION - NOVEMBER 1941.
On the 7 October 1941 the advance party under Major G.T.A. McNeill left on
ORANGI for UK.
The main party was slated to leave shortly afterwards and was inspected by the
Major-General E. Sansom on 15 October at the airport.
Everything was loaded and packed aboard the train when the whole move was
Finally the Regiment boarded the train on the 8 November and after an uneventful
journey through the wilds of Eastern Canada embarked the following day at the
“unidentified Eastern port”
HALIFAX on HMTS ORONSAY.
This was an Orient line boat well fitted for the transport of a small number in the
tropics but NOT suitable for the transport of large numbers across the NORTH
ATLANTIC in winter.
The unit was
Canadian Army CANADA the date of embarkation.
Some of the highlights of the stay at Petawawa were the excellent officers
and sergeants messes and the very popular
The profits from these canteens provided a fund which was used to send many
thousands of cigarettes to the Regiment in England.
Another feature of life by the Ottawa was the Trumpet Band complete with white
gloves, which provided music (after a fashion, and a while) for the
many church parades, reviews and inspections.