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So 2 RCR, commanded at this time by Lieutenant-Colonel GC Corbould, DSO, OBE, ED, was the inevitable choice to attend the Queen’s coronation. The Battalion was therefore warned off to provide a total of 21 Officers and Men for the Canadian Coronation Contingent. These men would have the honour of marching in Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Procession and later on they would mount the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham and St. James Palaces. The 2 RCR Detachment would consist of two officers, one warrant officer, three sergeants, and 15 junior ranks.
The Coronation contingent from 2 RCR included: Major RD (Dick) Medland, DSO; Lt CG Darling; Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO1) JJT McManus; Sgt RW (Bob) Craig; Sgt Hugh Payne; Sgt GED Wilkinson; Cpl Spier Cameron; Cpl Earle; Cpl Grant; Cpl MacDonald; Cpl Bill Simms; Lance Corporal Len Delaney; Pte Arsenault; Pte Coady; Pte Russ Connaught; Pte Gnatiuk; Pte Howlett; Pte Hurst; Pte Kavanaugh; Pte Llewellyn; and Pte Veysey.
(Thanks to Captain Ross Appleton, Adjutant, RCR, 2011 – Click the link below:)
The Queen’s Coronation_by Captain Ross Appleton Adjutant_RCR 2011