A half Century of Service to Mankind

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments


Good Morning, I would like to take this opportunity  as Remembrance Day arrives to tell you of a Veteran who this past week Celebrated his 1/2 century mark as a Man of the Cloth. Military Padres have a difficult job and I am so PROUD to call Art my Friend.

Reverend Art Turnbull  RCASC Association Padre amongst his many positions.

In 1956 a young man signed on the proverbial dotted line. Art was an Apprentice Soldier, a Cook by trade.

He worked in field units until 1963 when he heard the word or to Quote from his memories in our Apprentice Book of Memories.I

” In 1961 I had come to the conclusion that I was called to study for and become an Anglican Priest, this was a daring decision for me to make. There is a vast difference between being an Army Cook to becoming a man of the cloth. I had to clean up my language for one thing. I used to use the same words but within a different context.


Padres are an extremely major part of of both soldiers lives and military families.  As well as the sunday services whether in the field or in a chapel. Our Padres do amazing work counselling families and others.

So I send out a HEARTY    BRAVO  ZULU  to congratulate Art and to thank him and all padres for their spiritual care of all military and their families.



 Art conducting memorial Service at the RCASC (A) memorial in Camp Borden.


11/11/11/      11th Hour 11th Day  11th Month

Nil Sine Labore


Addendum the Answers to our Quiz of yesterday:

Our Tribute to War Time Heroes is approaching quickly. Here are the Answers to our Flanders Field quiz. With thanks to a Great Canadian Teacher Marilyn Schick  AKA Dave Maxwell 25 Pl Baby Sister
  1. Who wrote the poem In Flanders Field? Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was the Canadian army doctor who wrote the world famous poem In Flanders Fields.
  2. Where was the poem’s author born (bonus if you know the date)? John McCrae was born in Guelph, Ontario, on November 30, 1872.
  3. Where did the poem’s author go to school and when did he complete his degree. He attended the University of Toronto Medical School. He liked to write and some of his poems and short stories were published in a variety of magazines. He completed his degree in 1898.
  4. During the South African War what unit was the author in charge of. He led a battery with the Canadian Field Artillery during the South African War.
  5. When WWI broke out in 1914 the poems author was 41 years old. What role and unit was he assigned to. When the first World War broke out in 1914, McCrae was 41 years old. He enlisted and was appointed brigade-surgeon in the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery.
  6. When was he stationed near Ypres, Belgium (near Flanders). In April 1915, McCrae was stationed near Ypres, Belgium, in the area called Flanders.
  7. What event inspired the poem In Flanders Field? On May 2, 1915, McCrae’s friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed in action and buried in a makeshift grave. World poppies were already beginning to bloom between the crosses marking the many graves and he was inspired to write In Flanders Field the next day.
  8. When and where was the poem first published? In Flanders Fields was first published in England’s Punch magazine in December 1915. Within months, this poem came to symbolize the sacrifice of all who were fighting in the First World War.
  9. When did the poems author die and where is he buried. John McCrae died on January 28, 1918, of illness and is buried in Wimereux Cemetery, near Boulogne, France.




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