The website was taken down after the server owner complained the site was getting too big to host, and the Army Cadet league refused to cough up more $$ to keep it running. It's a great shame as 99% of the history on that site was unavailable anywhere else.
Colin, I left home in North Van 44 years ago when I joined the Forces........now I can't afford to go home. My last visit was about 3 years ago and I was shocked at the changes, it certainly isn't the quiet place I grew up in. Sad really, I always thought I'd end up back there.
The silver metal maple leaf was worn over the red maple leaf back in the day before the wings with the white maple leaf were in the system. It means your granddad was an active jumper and had/was filling a jump position.
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Like many of my veteran friends I will not joint the RCL until the rules on civilian membership are completely re-written. In my personal opinion as long as this association continues to allow non-veterans to join as members, it cannot be a veterans association. The same goes for the ANAVETS.
I have never been very impressed with my dealings with the RCL. As a veteran, why would I waste my time joining joining the Legion when 90% of the membership have no idea about what veterans need, want, or require? And, more to the point, for the most part make no effort to try to understand...
Having spent four years in the RAF Regiment between 1977 and 1981, including one tour at RAF Aldergrove and another at Silverbridge in County Armagh, I can't think of a single thing I did during that time that was "fake".
My Dad spent from 1942 till 1947 serving in the RAF Regiment, serving...