Local links to wartime heroes

A recent PNR article about Victoria Cross winner George Pearkes did not mention that he joined the Canadian army in Victoria

A recent PNR article about Victoria Cross winner George Pearkes did not mention that he joined the Canadian army in Victoria as a private in March 1915. Also during the 1950s, he was made a honorary colonel in the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) — Vancouver Island’s own infantry regiment.

during world War One, the Canadian Scottish has four VC winners: Col. Cyrus Peck, Cpl. William Metcalf, Pr. William Johnstone and Piper James Richardson. Soldiers from the unit also earned 283 military honours of various description. They also suffered 5,491 casualties, of which 1,412 were fatal.

After the war, Col. Cy Peck was MLA for Saanich and the Islands from 1924 to 1928. He died in Sidney in 1856.

Sir Arthur Currie, Canada’s first general, is also a local boy. He came to Victoria from Ontario in 1894. He taught school in Sidney and Victoria, later going into private business in Victoria. In 1895, he joined the militia in the city as a gunner. By 1913 he was a Lt. Colonel and in 1914, Currie was in charge of Canadian training for overseas service. In 1915, Currie was promoted to Brigadier General. He was Knighted in 1917, promoted to Lt. General in command of the 100,000-man Canadian Corps, to war’s end in 1919. In 1919, Currie was made a full General — Canada’s first. He left the army in 1920 and died in 1933.

The Canadian Scottish Regiment Museum is located in the Bay Street Armoury in Victoria and is open to the public. The museum relies mainly on public support and private donations.

Jack McLeaod

North Saanich

 

 

Just Posted

Local cadets gain acceptance to RMC

Military careers one step closer

New Star Cinema project approved

Cameo development gets unanimous council thumbs up

Stelly’s sidewalk gets green light

Federal funding brings project to fruition

Witnesses sought for alleged drunk driver crash in Sidney

Crash happened June 16 on East Saanich Rd. and Canora Dr.

Fake crash warns students about real consequences

Saanich Peninsula emergency crews warn against distracted driving

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest fills harbour with music

Music festival wraps with free party Sunday at Ship Point

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Victoria Ska and Reggae Fest, Ride Don’t Hide, Cordova Bay Day and more

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna suspended for 75 games

23-year-old pitcher faces assault charge

Vancouver Canucks tab Quinn Hughes with No. 7 overall pick in NHL draft

University of Michigan standout was second defenceman picked in first round

Jogger spent two weeks in U.S. detention centre after accidentally crossing B.C. border

Cedella Roman, 19, crossed the border while out for a run

B.C. woman with severely disabled son keeps getting parking tickets

‘There has to be something they could do’

Man brandishes axe during robbery

Mounties were able to locate the suspect within two hours of the incident

‘Creep off’ reporting system aims to track street harassment in Metro Vancouver

Text-based hotline launches to collect public reports on where and when harassment occurs

Happy ending for orphaned bear cubs

Two orphaned bear cubs were captured in Castlegar and sent for rehabilitation.

Most Read