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Midweek Moan and the passing of another RCASC (A)

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

With Sadness I received the news of yet another Soldier Apprentice, who has moved to the Advance Party;

Major Wilfred D. “Bill” Rankin 1940-2018 RCASC Soldier Apprentice Retired as a Major.

With heavy hearts the family of Major Wilfred (Bill) Rankin want to share that he passed away peacefully with his Family at his side at the Moncton Hospital on Friday March 2, 2018. Born on February 1, 1940 in Peterborough, Ontario he was the son of the late Wilfred and Francis Rankin. Bill was a loving, devoted husband to Marilyn (Embree). Devoted father to Tanya, Tara, David and father in law to Eric. Grampie to Justin (Nathalie), and Big Grampie to Alex and Chase all of Moncton. He will leave a huge void in their lives. Bill also leaves his brother Dave (Helen), sisters, Mary and Lil, nephews, Tim (Nicky), Dillon, niece Tammy and cousins, Charney, Sheila and Eddy all of Peterborough. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Jim and Ted. Proudly, with a note from his Parents Bill joined the RCASC as an Apprentice in 1956. His Military career took him from Peterborough to Borden, Vancouver, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Germany, Calgary, and Moncton. He did Peacekeeping missions to Egypt and Cyprus. It was an exciting and satisfying time for him when he did a Tour to Virginia, USA as a Logistics Instructor. His last posting was to Ottawa where they lived in Russell, Ontario. After retirement in 1995 Bill devoted himself to his Town. He was an active member of both the Russell Legion and the Russell Lions Club and headed the fund raising for the expanded building which became the home of the Lions Club and Legion in Russell where he enjoyed playing pool and shuffle board. He was also the go to guy in Russell for income tax returns. He was always willing to help his neighbors with anything they needed help with. His carpentry skills weren’t the best, but he was willing to give it a try. His hobbies were golf, golf and if he could find time an extra golf game. He also tried his hand at gardening. He loved to play in his flower beds and would wait and see how it worked out later. He had an annual passion to go hunting with his Buddies. He would return unshaven, empty handed and announce another successful hunt. Spring 2012 the time came to move back to Moncton to be close to his children and grandchildren. The move gave him new hobbies; he found great pleasure and enjoyment to sit out on his front deck with his morning coffee and paper and the occasional chat with a walking neighbor. Evenings was the time to go for a walk and check things out around the neighborhood. Bill only had one fear, family pets. If met by one he would quietly suggest they “back off “and this is how they shared their love for each other. His greatest passion was his family and family get togethers. The more the merrier for him. He loved to host large family dinners; everyone had a seat at the table. His dinner table was his art, forks on the left, knives on the right and cloth, not paper serviettes folded a certain way. He enjoyed family trips south. Always ready to go explore and try anything. He would always be ready and usually the first one in the car.

With heartfelt thanks to Brother Apprentice Bob D’Avignon for sending this fine obituary. Farewell Bill from all your BROTHERS. Our thoughts and prayers are with those you left behind.

Rest in Peace Old Soldier Your Duty Done

DISTURBING   NEWS : Trudeau Considering Mass “AMNESTY” For Immigration & Refugee Claimants.

If there is any truth in this article. I will seriously consider turning in my Citizenship and Canadian Passport?

This is outrageous, that possible and in some cases comvicted  criminals will be allowed to remain in Canada……. and to vote???? is this something he has learned from countries under the thumb of the Government. WHERE is the money coming from for these people to remain many not working?? From our taxes that’s where and out of the pockets of seniors and veterans. This is the most daft idea this clown has ever had thus far.

South of our Border the Orangeman lays further sanctions on North Korea despite this news article:

As John Lennon used to say “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE” c’mon Donald get with the programme.

Please remember our Veterans and their Families, as well as our Serving Troops and the Military Families.

Nil Sine Labore





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Monday Morning Moans

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments


What is most likely scenario for war?

As I read this header in the papers, I began to wonder if a war will eventually breakout with the USA and    N Korea.  Trump and Kim have certainly raised the tit for tat Rhetoric. Even while North and South Korea have agreed to talks , who knows perhaps of reunification? Which would give us yet another nation of people who have been living with fear, hunger and hardship? Unlike the tearing down of the Berlin War, where east German citizens became part of a unified Germany. South Korea is far too small to accept a mad influx of North Koreans seeking a better life. IF reunification is on the cards then the UN must step up to the plate and dismiss the blockades on food etc to the North.

However I worry about the Orangeman and his volatile temper. Read the telegraph take on N Korea.

I am sure that people around the world would like nothing better than reunification of both Korea’s.

without threats of NUCLEAR WAR.

In the USA a convicted Terrorist faces Life in prison at 22 years of age……Personally I see no problem with that, yet he has sent a 24 page letter to the courts asking for leniency , and I am sure Trudeau’s permission to return to Canada. As far as I am concerned this is one less home grown Jihadist we have to worry about.

Trump attended a Gridiron dinner  recently and made jokes about meeting with Kim il Jung?‘pure-madness’-dark-days-inside-the-white-house-as-trump-shocks-and-rages/ar-BBJQntB?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp

FINALLY and the QUESTION PERSISTS…..Why does the current Government have enough to help Canadian Veterans. perhaps this is part of the cash crisis where Canadians wounded both Physically and mentally in Afghanistan have limited funding: Its and old quotation but here goes.


Sad news from TV land, MASH the most watched military sit com of the Korean War. David Ogden Steers   AKA Major Charles   Emerson Winchester  Surgeon.  R I P Major thank you for entertaining us.

Please say a prayer or have a thought for our Military Families and Veterans.

On that note time to head out for feed for the beasties. As they say here in a Snowy Scotland

Nil Sine Labore





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Red Friday

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 1 comment

With the Orange man in the Whitehouse imposing tarrifs on Steel and Lumber. It is not surprising that that the Trudeau Government is arguing about Gas Masks??? Al Veterans  have memories of  their first visit to the dreaded Gas Chambers while in training. It makes my eyes watr just thinking of it:

Once again Murray Brewster has a fine article on the trade tarrifs and what it will do to our Military Procurement sections.  It will be most interesting to see what taunts Trump will dole out on his twitter account with regard to Vladimir Putin and his impenetrable Missiles?

and a Video of Putin:

Meanwhile it was great to receive an e mail from a Veteran in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam  George Girling retired Cook and Apprentice. He met up with another fella from the CORPS Jack Scot in Vietnam. Here is photo of the happy Vets with their Wives. Hope you fellas had a great Catchup.

L/R Katie Scott  George Girling  Jack Scott Hahn Girling

So great to know both of these fellas.

Remember it is Red Friday Please wear something Red to show support for Canadas Military and the Military Families.

Nil Sine Labore


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Trudeau What next? ? ?

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

The leader of an al-Qaida-inspired plot to explode truck bombs in downtown Toronto during the morning rush hour will have his Canadian citizenship reinstated under legislation introduced by the Liberals on Thursday.

How can this man sleep at night?

Trudeau in his short time as PM ,has ignored Seniors, Veterans and most Importantly he has ignored, cut off, shown no RESPECT to wounded warriors. Yet he can cosy up to Terrorists, Criminals and sadly to various off the wall groups. Removed the reference to our soldiers from OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM.
With HEALTHCARE he ignores the plight of Veterans, has ignored my friend and fellow Veteran Fred Rodgers who has a life threatening blood condition. Yet a Big BRAVO ZULU to the ROYAL NAVY Benevolent fund and the ROYAL BRITISH Legion, and friends he can now pay the atrocious cost of treatment. The terrorist cowards who are in the midst of retraining into Canadian Society. Receive FULL Medical Dental etc. These low life’s have never served Canada nor have they ever been ggood hardworking Canadians. And NOW He gives Citizenship back to a terrist Bomber.
While DUAL Canadians, of which there was many in the military. Are banned from returning to Canada on another countries Passport. Myself included as my UK Passport is still valid for a further 5 years.
What a mess that Poor Canada is in.

Meanwhile Canada’s military serves  Canadians Pay their taxes etc etc.

That’s my moan of the day

Have a safe week and give a thought or a prayer to our Serving Military  Our Veterans and the Military Familes of CANADA.

Nil Sine Labore


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A Sad Monday…RIP RCASC (A). Major EMS “DENNY” Deneumoustier EMS,OMM,CD

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 1 comment



R I P Major Eugene Modeste Simone Deneumoustier  EMS,OMM,CD
RCASC Apprentice 10/12 Platoon
Sadly yet another Apprentice, moves on to the advance party. Although his full name was rather a mouthfull everyone knew him as “DENNY”. A proud Apprentice and after apprentice training a fine and proud Officer. Denny retired as a Major, and retained his active interest into all things RCASC oriented. Denny was one of the instigators in the, initial RCASC Apprentice reunions in 1978 and I for one enjoyed each and every reunion that I was able to attend over the years. A keen historian who knew the history of our beloved Corps inside out.
I personally met Denny the year I started Apprentice training in 1960. As he was our Platoon Officer 25pl RCASC ATC. He was a great platoon officer, and we could not have had a better initiation into the Corps. 25 Pl initially in 1960 had Denny ex apprentice, Jim Fuller WW2 vet and Alec McNeil a veteran of Korea. A great team to break us into military life. I will always remember those days and evenings when Denny would pop into the Hennesey Block with quizzes.

These pop quizzes were about Current events and interspersed with Corps history.
These quizzes taught us to listen to the news and or read the newspapers. A few quizzes would result in laughter and in some cases the christening of an apprentice with a nickname. One that springs to mind as due to this Question Who is President of the Congo. Correct answer Kasabubu, however Dave Armstrong said Boo Boo which became his nickname.

A soldier like Denny amassed a lot of tales (ie War Stories) one of my favourites was when he was a platoon leader in the Apprentices. He would purchase an iron at the MLS for 8 to 10 bucks. Then raffle it of with Tickets from a penny to one dollar with a free ticket thrown in. This would net him 50 dollars and 50 cents. Then invariably the owner of said iron would be broke and offer it for sale Denny would buy it and resell his lottery tickets. Stories like that gladden the heart of Veterans.
So as Denny moves to the advance party, think of the funny, happy stories you know of Denny.

Thank you Denny for all of the history you passed to us, and for your lifelong friendship. RIP my friend and form up our brothers in the Advance party.
Nil Sine Labore My Friend.

Official Obituary Barrie Examiner

Born in Montreal in 1940 to Leonce and Elizabeth Deneumoustier, and sibling to Madelaine, Leonce, Bessie, Bishop, Modeste and Edward. Denny was a natural leader which helped him have a long and successful career as an officer with the Canadian Armed Forces, achieving the rank of Major, and being awarded the Order of Military Merit along with numerous other military recognitions and distinctions. A dedicated and loving husband to his life long love Carol, and proud and devoted father to Kevin, Darren and Sandra. Beloved Grandfather to Caitlyn, Tessa and Joshua. Denny was a larger than life personality, and a man of great generosity who dedicated his life to helping others and serving his country and community. A passionate outdoorsman, an avid gardener, a respected leader and coach, his life impacted all those around him. Denny will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. If desired, donations in Denny’s memory may be made to Princess Margaret Hospital and are greatly appreciated.

Farewell my friend

Nil Sine Labore

A.Robby McRobb

25 Platoon a Lilywhite of Denny.

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