Join The “Dukes”
For more information about The British Columbia Regiment, or to apply for enrolment, visit the Drill Hall. Information sessions are held every Wednesday evening (no appointment necessary) at 1930 hours (7:30 p.m.) from September to May. During June, July and August, please call for an appointment. The Regiment is located across the street from the Stadium SkyTrain station.
Visit The Museum
The museum holds captured and liberated items from the Boer war, both world wars, numerous peacekeeping deployments and the most recent mission to Afghanistan. On display are many trophies, medals, trench art pieces, personal items, historic pictures, helmets, letters, knifes, gas masks, flags, large collection of cap badges, maps, band equipment plus much much more. Open most Wednesday’s from 1000-1500hrs.
Regimental History Book
“Swift & Strong – A Pictorial History of The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own)” is only the second history written to cover the Regiment’s entire history and it represents the first occasion for the photographs from the Regiment’s archives to be publicly presented. The publisher of the book is The British Columbia Regiment (DCO) Museum Society.
At mid-morning, renewed assaults hit the line north-east of St. Julien, particularly the positions of the 7th Battalion. Machine Gun officer Lieutenant Edward Bellew received Canada's third Victoria Cross of the war, single-handedly holding off an overwhelming force until his automatic weapon ran out of ammunition, then resorting to his pistol and a bayonet until he was taken prisoner. The 7th Battalion was all but wiped out when they, along with the 14th and 15th Battalions, decided independent of brigade orders to attempt a withdrawal. –Battle of St Julien, Second Battle of Ypres, 24 April - 4 May 1915
A number of officers and men were always left out of battle in case of disaster, to form the nucleus of the Regiment. Five days after coming perilously close to total destruction, the 28th attacked again and this time they were successful. Another seven days of hard fighting culminated in the closing of the Falasie Gap. –28th Armoured Regiment (The British Columbia Regiment) Normandy, France, 1944