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150th – The Guards in Review

Written on July 23, 2019 at 12:47 pm, by

On June 7th, 1872, Her Majesty Queen Victoria approved Militia General Order 16, authorizing the formation of a Battalion of Foot Guards in Ottawa. This battalion was to have the same precedence and status in the Active Militia as held by Her Majesty’s Foot Guards in the Imperial Army. The regiment was to be known  Continue Reading »

Major O’Kill Massey Learmonth, VC, MC

Written on July 11, 2019 at 4:15 pm, by

A/Cpl Leo Clarke, VC

Written on October 21, 2016 at 2:10 am, by

The Sergeant Major reminded me yesterday that one hundred years ago the 2nd Battalion was nearly destroyed in the Battle on the Somme in France and Belgium with total casualties of 18 (9 killed and 9 wounded) Officers and 601 (186 killed and 415 wounded) Other Ranks   Leo Clarke, VC of the 2nd Battalion died of  Continue Reading »

New Acquisition – Medals of Lt Col Arthur Jarvis

Written on October 12, 2016 at 2:02 am, by

Last month the Regimental Museum received a gift of the medals of Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Jarvis  including the Imperial Service Order, Edward VII; Canada General Service Medal, one clasp Fenian Raid 1870, (impressed in upper and lower case: Bugler A.L.F. Jarvis Ottawa Bde. G.A.), edge cut over initials L.F. which have been refreshed; Colonial Auxiliary Forces  Continue Reading »

Nile Voyageurs Plaque

Written on August 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm, by

  website and photo from Alan Brown: In 1884 the British Government decided to send a military expedition up the Nile River to relieve Major-General Charles Gordon, who was besieged in Khartoum by Mahdist tribesmen. Appointed to command the relieving force, Viscount Wolseley, who had led the expedition to the Red River in 1870,  Continue Reading »

Pistol Belonging to CSgt Winter

Written on July 31, 2016 at 8:02 pm, by

This pistol is now on display in the Foot Guards Museum.  It was carried by then Colour Sergeant Charles Winter at the battle of Cutknife Hill in 1885.  It was donated to the Museum by his nephew.

LCol Thomas Ross, circa 1880s

Written on July 31, 2016 at 3:36 pm, by

Ross, Lt.-Col. Thomas, Accountant of Contingencies, Finance Department, Ottawa, was born at Montreal on the 8th July, 1821. His father was David Ross, Q.C., and his grandfathers were both officers in Highland regiments. His paternal grandfather was in the Montgomery Highlanders, and he settled in Qubec in the year 1760. Captain Fraser, his maternal grandfather  Continue Reading »

LCol H.A. Bate in 1897

Written on July 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm, by

LCol H.A. Bate commanded the Regiment from 1906 to 1908.  He was related to Henry Newell Bate, a prominent businessman in Ottawa.  The Bate Building on Sparks Street is named after this gentlemen.   Research is ongoing.  

Guards Star March 2016

Written on July 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm, by

The March 2016 edition of the Guards Star is now available. Check it out.


Written on July 16, 2016 at 10:15 am, by

The GGFG Regimental Association is pleased to welcome you to its web site for the Regimental Museum. With the financial assistance of National Defence, Directorate of History and Heritage, the web site has come to fruition over the last year. The site will be updated on a regular basis to include items of interest from  Continue Reading »