Tag Archives: Soldier

Episode 051 – WO2 Paul Baines

WO2 Paul Baines, MC joined the British Army on the 6th of April, 1996 at the Exeter Recruiting Office.  He completed his Basic Training at the Guards Depot in Pirbright, Surrey, then completed Infantry training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick.  He passed in October, 1996 as a Guardsman and joined the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards in Oxford Barracks, Munster in Germany. Throughout his Army career he has participated in high profile state ceremonial events such as the Trooping of […]

Episode 023 Sgt Tristan Bankasingh

Tristan O’Neil Bankasingh, the son of Jamaican parents, was born in Etobicoke, Ontario. Deciding to take a career path different than other members of his family, he enrolled in the Canadian Forces after completing high school and was sworn-in as an artilleryman on October 21, 2004 at Moss Park Armoury. He completed his basic training in the spring of 2005 and finished within the top three of his class. After completion of his DP1 Artillery course in the summer 2005, […]

Episode 020 Sgt Christopher Murdy

Sergeant Murdy was born in London, Ontario and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1999.  He follows his Great Uncle Morris Murdy, a WWII signaler who served in the Italian Campaign, as the last known serving member in the family.  Sergeant Murdy has served exclusively with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment.  He joined the military while completing his Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. Upon completion of his Basic Infantry Qualification, Sergeant […]

Episode 018 BGen Gary Stafford

Today’s podcast guest is Brigadier General Gary Stafford, OMM, CD. In 1970, Brigadier-General Stafford joined The Royal Regiment of Canada as a Private and progressed to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer in 1983. He held the position of Regimental Sergeant Major from 1983 to 1987. In 1988, Brigadier-General Stafford commissioned from the ranks, promoted to Captain and posted to Toronto Militia District Headquarters (now 32 Canadian Brigade Group) as the Recruiting Officer for one year. He returned to The […]

Episode 016 CWO Grant Lawson

This week’s episode is with CWO Grant Lawson.  Grant has served as a crewman in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps in two Regiments: the Ontario Regiment and the Queen’s York Rangers.  He has deployed to the Middle East, the former Yugoslavia and most recently to Afghanistan. His current appointment takes him out of his usual arcs and into the Infantry, serving as the Regimental Sergeant-Major of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.  Grant is a good friend and a trusted advisor.  […]

Episode 015 WO2 Sam Magee Part 1

Today’s episode highlights the service of World War II veteran William (Sam) Magee.  Sam tried to enlist in every branch of the Canadian Military at age 14.  After the loss of his father, he was the sole bread winner for his family and the military was the best place to earn enough to care for them.  At the age of 17, he managed to sneak past the recruiters and get enrolled in the Toronto Scottish Regiment.  During his training he […]

Episode 014 Maj Bruce Mair Part 1

In this episode, I will be interviewing another life-long friend, Major Bruce Mair of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.  Bruce joined the Toronto Scottish Regiment as a Private and has also served with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.  As a Master Warrant Officer, he took his commission to Captain and has been subsequently promoted to Major.  He currently holds the appointment of Deputy Commanding Officer. You can support this site by shopping on Amazon.  You still enjoy Amazon’s great […]

Episode 013 BGen Fred Lewis

Welcome Back and Happy New Year.  This episode follows a short break which gave me an opportunity to get caught up and also rest a bit. I am very pleased to have been able to interview Brigadier General Fred Lewis, who has recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after a career that spanned over thirty years.  General Lewis is an inspiring leader who always knew and spoke of the value of military families.  As a military Engineer and Combat […]

Canadian Military History Podcast Promo

Welcome back to a new season of the Canadian Military History Podcast.  For those that are just joining, here is a short promo that serves to demonstrate what this podcast is all about. Please have a listen and feel free to share with your friends and contacts. More new episodes are coming and will be released weekly. Don’t forget that you can support this site by shopping on Amazon.  You still enjoy Amazon’s great prices, but a portion of your […]

Episode 005 LCol Cliff Trollope

In this episode, I review some feed back from you, the good listener, before getting into the interview with Lieutenant-Colonel Cliff Trollope. LCol Trollope served for the majority of his military career with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He began his service at the Royal Military College and also was an instructor at the Infantry School in Gagetown, New Brunswick. He concluded his military service as the Commanding Officer of the Royal Regiment of Canada, where he lead the […]