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Click on phrase below "Read more" to see all event information and Association updates. Thank you to Dyrand Systems for continuing to host our website at no cost to the Museum.

Sad news

It is with sadness that we note the passing of Rev Charles,  retired Padre of the Squadron. He was an enthusiastic supporter of local members, the Museum Association, and community, having been part of the Remembrance Day ceremony team for many years.

 

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year to all from the Museum Association. Details about upcoming socials to be added in the weeks ahead.

Remembrance Day --  11 November 2018

Members of the public are cordially invited to visit our Museum at the Lt Col JP Fell Armoury on Remembrance Day in the early afternoon following the civic service downtown.

It is a good chance to talk directly to people who have served overseas and those who are able to give an overview of how members of this squadron contributed during past wars and within conflict zones. 

Oktoberfest 2018

Oktoberfest was held at the Armoury on 13 October 2018 from 7-11 pm

Tickets included a flight of 3 craft beers and appetizers. Cash bar also.

Evening included a 50/50 draw and Silent Auction

Thank you to the sponsoring brew company Bridge and all who volunteered and participated..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrant Officer Ron Snelgrove

It is with great sadness that we note the sudden passing of Warrant Officer (Retired) Ron Snelgrove on 27 June 2018. Ron was a long time member and keen supporter of 6 Field Engineer Squadron as well as Director of the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association.  Members will be provided with further details as available.

D-Day dinner

Annual D-Day dinner at Col. JP Fell Armoury coming up in early June. Another large turnout expected.

Military Ball

Annual Military Ball to be held downtown in April. Tickets now available.

AGM

New executive for the Museum Association. Congratulations to all and many thanks to the people who volunteered as past directors and executive members as well as those who attended meetings.

Happy New Year 2018

Wishing everyone the best for the holidays and New Year. Thank you to all of our members, sponsors and donors.

Remembrance Day --  11 November 2017

Members of the public are cordially invited to visit our Museum at the Lt Col JP Fell Armoury on Remembrance Day from noon to mid afternoon approximately following the civic service downtown.

It is a good chance to talk directly to people who have served overseas and who are able to give an overview of how members of this squadron contributed during past wars and within conflict zones.

Just follow the armed forces personnel and other civic groups in the annual parade from the cenotaph to the armoury after the service. Refreshments will be available in the armoury. 

Octoberfest a success

This year's Octoberfest was held at the 6th Field Engineer Squadron combined mess. The programme for the evening included a silent auction, 50/50 draw, Bavarian-inspired finger foods, and local craft beer from Bridge Brewing Company from the North Shore.  All proceeds went towards the continued operation and development of the Military Museum at Lt Col JP Fell Armoury on the North Shore.

Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne represented the Regiment and President Bob Remple and Vice President Gayle Hawthorne represented the Regimental Association at the evening affair.

Many thanks to our sponsors, good friends, volunteers, and colleague the Honourary Colonel of 39 CER, Bill Diamond, for their participation ensuring wonderful hospitality. If you missed this year's event keep watch for news about Octoberfest 2018 next year.

Octoberfest -- Saturday 14 October 2017 

The 6 Engineer Squadron Combined Mess is hosting an Octoberfest fund raiser on 14 October from 7 pm to 11 pm. The evening will include beer tasting and beer from Bridge Brewing Co. finger food, cash bar for soft drinks, 50/50 draw, and a Silent Auction. All net proceeds to be directed for the benefit of 6th Field Engineer Squadron Museum. Event is being held in the mess (address listed below). Dress code is business casual and guests are encouraged to prearrange transport home with their friends or family members.

Price of tickets includes a flight of beer samples and food. Tickets are $20 each must be purchased in advance. 

6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum

Lt Col. J.P. Fell Armoury

1513 Forbes Avenue

North Vancouver BC V7M 2Y4

Museum Association Annual General Meeting

Those interested in attending the annual AGM to hear about upcoming plans for activities and events are advised that this meeting will take place at the Armoury on 31 May 2017 at 7pm. New members are welcome.

D Day Dinner

Members of the Museum Association will be attending the upcoming annual D Day Dinner at the Fell Armoury in early June. 

Happy New Year 2017

The Museum Association would like to extend Happy Holidays and a thank you to all of its supporters including the Museum Association members, local MPs and MLAs, the Regiment, the Municipalities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, Canadian Legions, members of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, JP Fell Pipe Band, Cadets, and Nicholas Drayer who generously hosts this website.

 North Vancouver Museum 

A new space downtown has been approved for the North Vancouver Museum. We look forward to seeing future plans for its development.

Remembrance Day

Join us at the Fell Armoury for the annual open house on this special day following the civic ceremony and military parade.

Upcoming events at Port Moody Museum, home of the Lt. A.W. McKnight Trench (WWI)

November 06, 1pm "Trench Talk" Battle of Passchendaele. Free admission - Talk by John Goheen and tour of McKnight Trench located at  2734 Murray Street, Port Moody.

November 10, 8 pm Candle Light Vigil of Remembrance 

Annual General Meeting 

New executive officers and committee chairs were elected with a few positions yet to be finalized. New members always welcome.

Museum executives wish to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support from 6 Engineer Squadron; those who renewed their memberships and donated generously; the many representatives of our community who help us with outreach; and Nicholas Drayer for hosting this website 

Museum Association representatives are looking forward to working with staff members of the North Vancouver Museum as they plan next steps for their new downtown location.

Museum Association representatives are also looking forward to maintaining contact with representatives of a UK trail improvement committee who this year commemorated the work of 6FES members who erected a temporary camp at Headley Down in southern England during WWII.

During the past year there have been few gatherings involving the Museum due to construction work within the Armoury and the need to restrict access to the museum, its artifacts in alternate storage and the Armoury itself.  Improvements and repairs to the RE Log Cabin outside the Armoury have been carried during this time period.

Recent significant acquisitions have included the purchase of 2 display cases, a WWI uniform and the sword of former Commanding Officer Col H. A. J. Hutchinson.

Demonstration by the RCN Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) January 16-17 2016

Royal Canadian Navy divers are featured at the Vancouver Aquarium mid month, to showcase state-of-the-art equipment used in the joint discovery of Franklin’s long-missing ship HMS Erebus by the Navy/Parks Canada/Canadian Coast Guard.

The free, two-day demonstration by the Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday (January 16 & 17).

A special feature beginning at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 16 isa live demonstration in the Aquarium’s Barker Interactive Learning Lab of naval diving, Arctic operations, and the search for HMS Erebus in high Arctic waters.

Robbie Burns Supper

The Lt Col JP Fell Pipe Band is hosting its annual Robbie Burns Supper in the Lt Col JP Fell Armoury on  30 January 2016.  Details to follow so ready your kilt and check back for more information. Tickets sell out fast.

Remembrance Day

The general public is invited to the Lt Col JP Fell Armoury on Remembrance Day after the ceremony on November 11. Our Museum will be open and displaying recent acquisitions.

Military history displays and events at neighbouring North Shore museums

This November the Port Moody Heritage Society is hosting a special movie matinee on November 8 and a candlelight vigil Tuesday November 10 to honour lives lost during world wars and major armed conflicts. See the Port Moody Station Museum website for more details about these events and tours of their WWI trench recreation.

Port Moody Station Museum is home to the Lt Augustus W. McKnight trench  commemorating the life and times of north shore engineer and resident A. W. McKnight. The Museum website is currently displaying a blog with additional details, photos of the trench and plans.

You are also encouraged to explore the impressive online display of war time diary entries of north shore resident Walter Draycott (1907-1985) a former member of the Princess Patricia Regiment during WWI. The collection is hosted by the North Shore Museum and Archives in North Vancouver, BC. View these entries as they are changed on a frequent basis until 2018 at http://www.greatwarchronicles.ca

Celebration of Life -  Col Hugh A.J. Hutchinson, CD.

There was a special service conducted by the Vicar of St. Martin's Anglican Church with eulogies provided by several men who served in the Squadron when Col Hutchinson was the CO. Family members, former business colleagues, and members of the Squadron and Museum Association were in attendance. At the conclusion of the service Col Hutchinson's sword was presented to the Museum by his children. 

AGM

A new slate of directors were voted in during the recent annual general meeting. 

D-Day Dinner

This important  annual event is scheduled to take place in the Lt Col JP Fell Armoury on 6 June 2015.

Robbie Burns Supper 

The annual Burns supper sponsored by the Lt Col JP Fell Pipe Band will be held early this year on January 17 at the Col JP Fell Armoury. Contact Pipe Band members for tickets and details. 

New Year's Day Levée -- January 01, 2015

A small but smiling group ventured out early New Year's Day for Levée, Nice to catch up with people after the holidays.   

Thank you to our supporters

We would like to thank you for supporting our events and activities this past year. 

Remembrance Day November 11

Remembrance Day service a great success again this year.

Scotch Tasting Social -- Sold out

Our shared fund raising event with the JP Fell Pipe Band recently held at the Armoury on November 8 was a great success exceeding expectations. Lots of kilts in attendance. Haggis-to -go doorprize was warmly welcomed. 

Museum Association AGM held on September 24, 2014 

A new Museum team was established at our annual AGM September 24, 2014 in the Col JP Fell Armoury Mess. Plans are underway for our first social in November. 

North Vancouver Museum and Archives launch Draycott commemorative website

The NVMA launched a detailed website William Draycott's Great War Chronicle describing the life of  North Vancouver resident William Draycott in Ypres, France during World War 1. This website contains invaluable information and images from his diaries, illustrations, keepsakes, and maps. It also provides context of what this area was like at the time.

The launch was attended by the Minister of Veterans' Affairs, local MLA, Mayor and several counsellors, former Police Chief, retired Commanding Officers of the 6 Field Engineer Squadron, donors, and a host of others who worked enthusiastically and tireslessly on this involved project.

 The result is a treasure for us all.      http://greatwarchronicle.ca/

The website will be expanded over the next four years, just as the war unfolded. You are encouraged to visit the website often 

Our thanks go out to the staff of the North Vancouver Museum & Archives for their hard work.

North Shore Cadets to expand McKnight Trench, Port Moody Museum

This summer Port Moody Museum formally recognized the contributions of North Shore residents and military engineers by creating the McKnight Trench as well as a special display of artifacts from their collection to commemorate the centenary of WWI. Learn what it was like to live in the trench from the Museum Curator who camped there for 3 days. Trench on display until Remembrance Day 2014.

Pt. Moody Museum visiting hours are Noon to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday with an additional special event involving North Shore Cadets planned for September 20, 2014. Check their website for more details and photographs of the Trench.

"Wait for Me Daddy" Sculpture Unveiling 

The sculpture titled "Wait for Me Daddy" will be unveiled in Hyack Square, downtown New Westminster on October 4, 2014 by the person who first uttered those words during World War 2. The general public is invited to attend. Here is the link for further details about time and the 2 sculptors.   http://waitformedaddy.com/

Military Ball 10 May 2014

The BC Army Gala was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel this past spring. 

Levée 01 January 2014

Members of the public were greeted at the Mess for the annual levée.

Friday Social Night 29 November

Members and guests were treated to a terrific performance by the Lt .Col. JP Fell Pipe Band on the eve of St. Andrew's Day. You will not want to miss future gatherings such as these.  

Community Support

Local cadets and the general public were shown through the Squadron Museum during Veterans Week again this year thanks to Major Bob Irvine. 

Our Thanks

During this season of thanksgiving the Museum Association would like to thank our many supporters: Squadron and Association members; The Regiment; MPs; MLAs; civic officials from North Shore Municipalities and the District; The Royal Canadian Legion Branches;  Lt Col. JP Fell Pipe Band; private sponsors such as Quicknav ; and Dyrand Systems that graciously hosts our website.

Plan for Levée on 01 January 2014

New Year's Levée will be held at the Armoury on 01 January 2014. The general public is invited. Details TBA.

Freedom of the City

On 26 October 2013 39 Combat Engineer Regiment along with the Royal Westminster Regiment and 39 Service Battalion participated in The Freedom of the City parade in Chilliwack as a measure of appreciation for their long and dedicated service to the community. 39 CER has their RHQ at the Chilliwack Armoury and squadrons in North Vancouver (6 ES) and Trail (44 ES). Participants were warmly greeted at the Legion following the parade and then gathered again at the special Mess dinner.

Best Wishes to Padre Walters

Members of the Museum Association Executive attended the special service for Reverend Charles Walters at St. Martin’s Church on the occasion of his retirement. He has provided time and support as a clergyman for over 46 years, was part of many Remembrance Day services, and was generous with his time at Museum Association meetings as  a Director. His official duties with the Squadron will continue until the end of this calendar year. 

Veterans Transition Program and Veterans Transition Network

The Veterans Transition Program is a free support service available to veterans needing assistance with stress-related issues following service in WWII, Korea, Peacekeeping, Domestic and Special Duty, also RCMP, civilian policing and firefighting duties. Services are delivered through UBC and the University of Victoria. 

For more information contact Oliver Thorne at the Veterans Transition Network

Telephone; 604.822.0488  or oliver.thorne@vtncanada.org

For video clips and further information see the national Veterans Transition Network website   http://vtncanada.org/

AGM

The Museum Association continues to operate successfully financially as noted at the AGM last September. We do need new people to join the Association and are currently searching for a new secretary for the Museum executive. We also need people to help us expand our membership and become future stewards of our irreplaceable collection. Please let us know if you are interested or know someone that would be a great addition.

October 4 Social

The first of our Friday Socials was lively and well attended. A highlight was the presentation of WWII vintage cadet uniforms which will be on display in the museum on Remembrance Day.

May Social a treat 

The opportunity to thrust open the windows and take in the harbour view at sunset added to the warmth and relaxed ambience at our Friday social on the 31st. Guests learned a bit more about one of our more visually striking museum pieces and subsequently enjoyed educational descriptions about their preferred BC craft beer  A new selection of snack accompaniments and door prizes added to the evening which we now hope to stage again during the warm temperatures of September. 

April Social a great success

The Mess was abuzz with over 70 guests, including federal and provincial government officials, Commanding Officer, Officer Commanding, past and present serving members in attendance. Now officially retired, Col Larocque was presented with many gifts as well as much praise and affection from attendees.  A bit of a bidding war erupted over the autographed White Caps prize during the Silent Auction. Last described here but certainly not least was the great entertainment and ceremonial accompaniment performed by the Lt Col JF Fell Pipe Band musicians.

New Years Day Levée 

The annual New Years Day Levée at the Mess was held on 1 January 2013.  Attendees included our local MLA and other politicians, Members of the Regiment Museum, their partners and (very kind) designated drivers. 

November 23 Social 

Our recent Friday night social on 23 November was enjoyable with most people choosing to stay on.  Even Movember men dared to attend. The addition of generous door prizes went over very well putting us in the Christmas spirit a bit early. 

Cadets visit Museum during Veterans Week 2012

Local cadets toured our museum as part of their visit to the Armoury during Veterans Week.  

September and October Socials 

We enjoyed lively evenings at the Mess on 21 September and 26 October. Guests included provincial and civic officials, retired and serving officers, the Squadron Padre, representatives from cadets and community clubs, new sappers, local entrepreneurs, and friends.  A different group each time but still great company on a rainy night.

Highlights from our recent annual AGM

Detailed descriptions forwarded to Members via newsletter. Keep in touch by ensuring that your contact information and membership dues are up to date.

Election of our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

Key committee executives/directors were elected and returned for 2012-13. Volunteers are still needed to fill positions for fundraising activities, assistance with business planning, and a project manager for a model bridge building project. 

While the social events and donations have improved the financial situation of the Museum this past year the Directors will be working to increase membership, secure ongoing funding and expand outreach within the community. 

Thanks to all sponsors of the Museum Association as noted in the image gallery of this website, members of the Association, spouses and friends.

Shout out for our neighbours

The Military Museums Foundation is hosting a Gala event at BMO Centre, Stampede Park in Calgary on 3 November 2012. The Foundation is acknowledging the significance of the War of 1812 to our understanding of Canada's character and will present two educational outreach programmes that are expected to engage and educate students through living history performances. The guest of honour is His Honour Col (Ret'd) The Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Dress code for this event includes period formal attire from the War of 1812. For more information visit their event website at www.themilitarymuseums.ca/gala2012

Outreach success

Last spring a Grade 10 student from Carson Graham Secondary School visited the Museum to acquire research information for his history project about Lt Col JP Fell. We are pleased to report that he enjoyed learning more about the Squadron and received a good academic result on his online presentation.

June 1 Social a great success

The recent get-together in March proved such a success another gathering was held on 01 June.  It included a special ceremony involving the donation and  presentation of ten side drums to the Lt Col JP Fell Pipe Band followed by a mini concert on the parade square. Guests included a local MP, MLA, a representative of the City of North Vancouver, former Police Chief and Brigade Commander, Commanding Officers and Members of various Reserve and Cadet organizations, the Squadron Padre, as well as cherished supporters of the Pipe Band and Museum. The Museum was open and a lovely selection of treats were offered following the unique ceremony. 

March Social

A lively "meet and greet" social gathering  took place in the Mess on March 30.  Museum members, past Squadron members, politicians and local residents of the North Shore attended. Newcomers were given a tour of the Museum and some people enjoyed themselves so much they signed up to become Museum members on the spot. 

Happy New Year 2012

A small group of members and visitors from other regiments toasted in the New Year at our annual Levée social. 

100th Anniversary year a success...

2011 was the 100th anniversary of the 6 Engineers Squadron. The special year began with a successful event, the New Year's Day Levée. Key members of the Museum Association and 6 Engineer Squadron presented a number of gifts to the descendents of Lt Col J. P. Fell, including a watercolour reproduction of the Armoury. Those in attendance included members of the Fell family; a representative of the City of North Vancouver; the current and former Commanders of 39 Brigade; current and former Officers Commanding of 6 Engineer Squadron and Cadet Corps; the former Executive Officer of HMCS Discovery; the Honourary Lt. Colonel of the Squadron; the Unit Padre; the J.P. Fell Pipe Band Master; and many other guests. 

Two weeks later a Meet and Greet was held at the Mess. Lt Col Larocque gave a presentation, a bit of a sneak peek into the material that will be featured in the upcoming squadron history book. Guests were also entertained by the J.P. Fell Pipe Band.

Those who visited the Squadron and the Museum that evening included civic officials from the North Shore, the current and past Officers Commanding of the Unit and Cadet Corps: the former Executive Officer of HMCS Discovery and Cadet Corps; The Honourary Lt Colonel of the Squadron; Members of the Museum Association and the 100th Anniversary Committee; the Unit Padre; the J.P. Fell Pipe Band; a local media representative; representatives from other militia units; and many other guests.

On February 7 2011 the Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel along with the Squadron OC, the Squadron Sergeant Major and a small contingent of soldiers attended City Hall to conduct the re-enactment of the Squadron's Freedom of the City, originally bestowed in September 1972. The Pipe Major piped the contingent to the door of the council chamber were they were warmly greeted by Mayor Mussatto and Council. They confirmed that 6 Engineer Squadron has the freedom of the City and presented them with a ceremonial key to the City of North Vancouver after being presented with an updated Freedom scroll for the citizens of North Vancouver.

Past and present members of the squadron, as well as cadets and guests attended the Flag Dedication Ceremony at St. Martin's Church on 10 April. Following this lovely service was a parade in the Armoury and a reception. The parade was announced in advance by the piping of the JP Fell Pipe Band.  

The Centenary dinner held on May 7 at the Armoury was a great success. Over 220 guests attended including members of the Fell family from eastern USA; members of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) from Wales; the Commander of Land, Forces Western Area; Commander of 39 Canadian Brigade Group; as well as several past Commanding Officers of the Squadron. Guests were entertained by the JP Fell Pipe Band and later a disc jockey.

The annual military ball held on May 21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel was also a success, with several members from the Squadron and their spouses in attendance. One of the four bands that provided the evening's entertainment included the JP Fell Pipes and Drums of the 6 Engineer Squadron.  

Remembrance Day services were well attended despite the showers. Many people made their way to the Armoury afterwards where they were treated to entertainment by the JP Fell Pipe Band and refreshments. A recently added D-Day landings map was featured in the Museum.

Important acquisition

The Museum took possession of the antique sword of the late Major Percy Ward, a former officer in 6 Field Engineer Company as well as Alderman and real estate businessman in North Vancouver. Ward was one of the first recruits to join the new militia unit in 1911, later serving in France during World War I. His sword was graciously donated by his grandson Gary Silverton.

Details of this donation were made public in an article by Rebecca Aldous, North Shore News, November 3, 2010.

The Museum

6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum has been created to maintain a collection of artifacts located at 6 Engineer Squadron (Canadian Military Engineers) at Lt Col JP Fell Armoury in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Museum is also used as a focal point for the education of military members, cadets and the general public. It is operated as a charitable organization by the volunteer members of 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association.

The Museum is open to the public based on the availability of a Museum volunteer guide. Tours may be arranged in advance. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. 

The Museum is open to the public  January 1 during Levée and at noon on Remembrance Day, November 11. 

This website is an information resource and is not an official publication of the Department of National Defence or the Government of Canada.

History

Stories about past squadron personnel and events will be featured on this website in future.

Squadron History Book Under Development

A squadron history book is currently under development. Details about its availability will be announced on this website and in our newsletter.