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VanDoos too!

May 29 2008 at 5:29 PM
Ken MacLean 

Response to Re: Defence and Employment


A bit of 'nit-pickin' regarding your post above re: guard duties at Buckingham Palace.

The London Times reported on 16 April 1940 that the VanDoos would mount guard at Buckingham and St. James palaces from 17-20 April, to be relieved by the Toronto Scottish, who would mount guard at those locations 21-24 April.

Each unit would provide about eighty men. Those six feet tall or more would attend at Buckingham Palace, those under six feet would attend at St. James.

"The French-Canadians will be making history, for this is the first time that troops of the British Empire not of purely British descent and not speaking English as their native tongue have guarded the residences of the Sovereign"

Music for guard mounting and other ceremonies during this "Canadian Week" was provided by the bands of the Grenadier and Welsh Guards and the pipe bands of the Toronto Scottish and Scots Guards.

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