ANZAC Day - 25 April, 2008

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ANZAC Day - 25 April, 2008

Ed Storey
Ed Storey

April 27th, 2008, 7:33 pm #1

As has been the case for many years, the annual Ottawa ANZAC Day Ceremony was hald by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners at the CWM on Friday, 25 April, 2008. This event is open to the public and following a half-hour remembrance ceremony there is a complimentary 'gunfire breakfast' for all in attendance. Not only does this event mark the landings at Gallipoli in 1915, but commemorates the losses sustained by the Australians and New Zealanders in all of their military campaigns since 1900. The event in Ottawa makes mention of how Canada, Australia and New Zealand have fought side-by-side on several occasions and that all three countries achieved international recognition for bravery on the battlefield during the Great War. It was also mentioned that Newfoundland, India, Ceylon, Malta, Greece and France all provided forces to the campaign and that their contributions will not be forgotten. Everyone in attendance was provided with an ANZAC Poppy with a sprig of Rosemary. Music and sentries were provided by the GGFG, flag party by the CHofO. Here are some images of the event.

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Jon Skagfeld
Jon Skagfeld

April 28th, 2008, 12:38 am #2

Did any one notice or does anyone recall the button pattern depicted on scarlets?

IIRC, buttons were worn in a certain pattern...the image above shows 2...2...2...

Perhaps it's from the Household Cavalry, or the Line Guards of the British Army, but I seem to remember that there was a certain significance to the pattern.
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Clive M. Law - Service Publications
Clive M. Law - Service Publications

April 28th, 2008, 2:03 am #3

In the British Brigade of Guards seniority can be seen in the button arrangement; Grenadier Guards wear buttons singly, Coldstream in pairs, Scots Guards in threes, Irish in fours and Welsh Guards in groups of five buttons.
In Canada the senior Guards regiment is the GGFG but they wear their buttons in pairs in keeping with the affilited Coldstream, while the Cdn Grenadier Guards wear singles although they are the second senior Guards regiment.
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Jon Skagfeld
Jon Skagfeld

April 29th, 2008, 6:11 am #4

Clive: Thanks for the input.

You mentioned that GGFG were the Senior Guards Regiment...

IIRC, the Canadian Guards were never "disbanded", but their colours are just laid up.

Ipso facto, they are the senior regiment in Canada. So what is their button pattern?
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Clive M. Law - Service Publications
Clive M. Law - Service Publications

April 29th, 2008, 2:04 pm #5

The Cdn Gds don't appear in the Order of Battle so regardless of the disbanded vs. laid-up debate they don't have any real standing. When they were active they were a Regular Force regiment and took their seniority from that. In fact, as a Guards regiment they were immediately senior to any other Infantry regiment.

The uniform of the Cdn Gds was of special interest to the Queen. Files at DHH show her interest in everything from buttons to rank badges. She had a special concern over the Cdn Gds wearing the Star of the Order of the Garter (worn by the CGG and GGFG s well as British Guards regiments) so the proposal was made to design a new, 10-pointed, star representing the provinces. If this were done today I would like to think that the 6-pointed, snow-flake Star of the Order of Canada would have been used as a rank badge.

Because the Cdn Gds were to be the senior regiment in Canada it was decided that they would wear their buttons in singles. Notwithstanding this, it was agreed that the CGG and the GGFG would continue to wear the pattern of uniform worn by their British affiliated regiment. Although the two Militia regiments never wore Cdn Gds insignia they were re-designated as; GGFG (5th Bn Cdn Gds); and, CGG (6th Bn Cdn Gds)
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