Change At The Top

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On Saturday 17 October 2015, 49th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery conducted a Change of Command parade at the Armoury on Pine Street. Lieutenant-Colonel E.J.G. Groulx, CD passed command of the Regiment to Lieutenant-Colonel L. Knox, CD.

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On parade were members of 49th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery 30 Battery, cadets from the Sea Cadets, Air Cadets and Army Cadets and the Pipes and Drums of the 49th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

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Prior to his appointment as Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Knox was promoted to his present rank prior to the Change of Command Parade.

The Reviewing Officer for the Change of Command parade was Colonel P.N. Kelly, MSM, CD, 33 Canadian Brigade Group Commander.

Other dignitaries present were BGen (Ret’d) J.J. Selbie, OMM, CD, Colonel Commandant, Colonel C.E. Healey, CD and His Worship, Mayor Christian Provenzano.

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The last Commanding Officer of the 49th Field Regiment, RCA to start their careers in the non-commissioned ranks and become the Commanding Officer was Lieutenant-Colonel Golder who was commissioned as an officer from the rank of Master Bombadier (MBdr), however Lieutenant-Colonel Knox could be the only Commanding Officer for the 49th Field Regiment, RCA who was commissioned from the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO).

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Lieutenant-Colonel Knox began his career in the 49th Field Regiment, RCA in February 1976 when he enrolled as a Gunner and since then Lieutenant-Colonel Knox has served under a number of Commanding Officers.

After serving a little over nine years Lieutenant-Colonel Knox was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer (WO) and was initially the Tech WO in the Command Post. Lieutenant-Colonel Knox was promoted to the rank of Master Warrant Officer (MWO) in November 1987 as the Battery Sergeant Major (BSM).

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Lieutenant-Colonel Knox was promoted to CWO in December 1994 and had the position of Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) and remained in that role for three years until receiving his commission to Captain in December 1997. While in the rank of Captain, Lieutenant-Colonel Knox had various positions which included Battery Captain (BK) 30 Bty, Adjutant, Gun Position Officer (GPO), Forward Observation Officer (FOO) and Acting Battery Commander.

September 2012 Lieutenant-Colonel Knox was promoted to the rank of Major and took the position of Battery Commander (BC) of 30 Battery.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Knox was deployed to Afghanistan and left Sault Ste. Marie in September 2009 for pre-deployment training and was the second-in-command of the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Company. Lieutenant-Colonel Knox was deployed to Kandahar in May 2010 and returned home to Sault Ste. Marie December 23, 2010.

The history of the 49th Field Regiment, RCA began in 1802 when a detachment of the 49th Regiment of Foot was stationed in the area at Fort St. Joseph and in 1879 the militia company was divided with 21 men being formed into a half battery of mountain artillery armed with two 7 pound mountain guns until being disbanded in 1892.
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In 1913, the 51st Regiment known as the Soo Rifles was formed and was renamed the 51st Regiment Soo Rifles in February 1914. The Regiment was given guard duty at the Sault Canal during World War I with many members volunteering with the Canadian Forces overseas.

On August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany and as a result of Canada’s entry into the war the Regiment was placed on active service just two days later.

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The 49th Field Regiment was authorized on 1 April 1946 first as the 58th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury Regiment), RCA, through the conversion of the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury Regiment.

In 1947 the regiment was renumbered as the 49th going through a number of name changes. From 1947 to 1952, it was designated the 49th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Sault Ste. Marie Regiment), RCA’ and consisted of three batteries: No’s 30, 148 and 153.

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The designation was then changed to the 49th (Sault Ste Marie) Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, then 49th (Sault Ste. Marie) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA in 1962, and re-designated ’49th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA’ in December 1998.

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery has two mottos: “Ubique” (Everywhere) and “Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt” (Whither Right and Glory Lead).

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The first motto “Ubique” takes the place of all battle honours in recognition of the artillery’s meritorious service at almost every battle, Artillery of Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand bear the single battle honour UBIQUE. All Gunners belong to the same Regiment, and honours won by any reflect on all.

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Former Commanding Officers:
LCol L.H. Derrer, CD – 27 Nov 41 to 30 Apr 52
LCol E.G. Vance, CD – 1 May 52 to 14 Sep 55
LCol J.T. Stubbs, CD – 15 Sep 55 to 14 Mar 59
LCol N.S. Currie, CD – 15 Mar 59 to 31 Mar 65
LCol W. A. Maddox, CD – 1 Apr 65 to 4 Jul 67
LCol D.W. Geddes, CD – 5 Jul 67 to 21 Aug 70
LCol E.H. Rowe, CD – 22 Aug 70 to 17 Nov 74
LCol M.J. Day, CD – 18 Nov 74 to 4 Dec 77
LCol H.B. Halford, CD – 5 Dec 77 to 6 Dec 80
LCol C.E. Healey, CD – 7 Dec 80 to 25 Nov 84
LCol W.H. Wallace, CD – 26 Nov 84 to 11 Mar 89
LCol S.J. Summers, CD – 12 Mar 89 to 3 Oct 93
LCol C.E. Healey, CD – 4 Oct 93 to 16 May 99
LCol C.J. Ross, CD – 16 May 99 to 7 Dec 02
LCol E.J.G. Groulx, CD – 7 Dec 02 to 22 Sep 07
LCol B.A. Golder, CD – 22 Sep 07 to 1 Dec 12
LCol B.D. Sherman, CD – 1 Dec 12 to 18 Oct 14
LCol E.J.G. Groulx, CD – 18 Oct 14 to 17 Oct 15

History References:
https://en.wikipedia.org
http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca