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Red Deer’s Boer War Soldiers

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  • As Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment, I think it’s important that we learn about our military history, especially one as rich and meaningful as our local military history.  Here in the 2nd of 3 local stories, Michael Dawe tells us about the soldiers from our region who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Boer War.

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    Lionel Page and his troop of men after the turn of the last century.

    When the Red Deer Hospital opened in 1904, it was dedicated to the memory of three young men from the Balmoral District east of Red Deer who had been killed in the Boer War. They were Angus Jenkins, Archibald McNicoll and Charles Cruickshank.

    Angus Jenkins was born in Fredericton New Brunswick in 1877. He moved with his parents, brother and sister to a homestead about three miles east of Red Deer.  A big strapping man, more than 6 feet in height, he became a “cow puncher”.

    In February 1900, he went down to Pincher Creek with his friend Charles Cruickshank and enlisted in the Lord Strathcona Horse. He then departed for South African and the Boer War.

    On July 1 (Dominion Day) 1900, he was proceeding with an advance party near Waterval, South Africa. They encountered a group of Boers flying a white flag in a farm house.  When the Canadians proceeded closer, they were ambushed by unseen enemies who were hiding in a small orchard. Trooper Jenkins was killed instantly when a Mauser bullet hit his bandolier and two cartridges exploded.

    Angus Jenkins was the first member of the Lord Strathcona Horse to be killed in action. He was buried in a garden at Wuuchaut Spruit. The Earl of Dundonald and Colonel Sam Steele attended the funeral.

    Charles Cruickshank was born in 1877 in Pembroke Ontario. In 1891, he moved with his family to Red Deer, homesteading in Balmoral.  Charles originally worked in the construction business with his father, but later became a cowboy. In February 1900, he enlisted in the Lord Strathcona Horse with Angus Jenkins.

    On September 4th, 1900, near Badfontein, South Africa, he was part of a small group of soldiers sent to assist an observation post which was coming under enemy attack. Trooper Cruickshank and Sergeant Brothers were in the front of the relieving party. When their company was forced to withdraw, they were found to be missing. Later that night, when the observation post was recaptured, the bodies of the two men were found.

    Charles Cruickshank was buried by Rev. Webb Peploe, formerly of Calgary, in a grave at the headwaters of the Crocodile River.

    Archibald McNicoll was born in 1876 in Bruce County Ontario. He moved with his family to the Balmoral district in the spring of 1891. The McNicolls started Red Deer’s first market garden. Archibald later became a cowboy, In February 1900, he responded to the call to serve “King and Empire” and enlisted in the Lord Strathcona Horse in Calgary.

    In June 1900, he became severely ill with enteric (typhoid) fever. He died at Newcastle, South Africa on June 19th. He is buried near the site of the army hospital.

    There was a large plaque at the Red Deer Regional Hospital which commemorated the fact that the Red Deer Hospital was originally dedicated to these three young men who lost their lives while serving their country. When Alberta Health Services took over the management of the Regional Hospital, it was taken down. It now resides at the Red Deer Museum.

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    President Todayville Inc., Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Past Board Member United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Musician, Photographer.

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    Springbrook to construct impressive skateboard park

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  • From the Springbrook Community Skate Park Committee

    Springbrook Community Skate park Committee receives $125,000 CFEP grant from Government of Alberta

    Group is nearly 75% funded for the $635,000 Skate Park Facility

    Springbrook, a young, family oriented community located 8 km south of Red Deer, will benefit greatly from this grant. The $125,000 CFEP (Community Facility Enhancement Program) grant will bring the total funds raised for the project to approx. $455,000 of the $635,000 project total. Red Deer County ($305,000) and community fundraising efforts ($25,000 to date) have contributed to the total.

    Adrian Pidhirney, Committee Director, Springbrook Community Skatepark Committee and FCSS Community Worker commented, “This is a great opportunity for our small hamlet. With nearly 1/3 of our population of 1500 under the age of 20, this park will have major impact now and well into the future. We are hoping to begin construction late this summer, with a completion date of Spring 2020.”

    The remaining $180,000 will be raised through local fundraising efforts and through corporate sponsorship opportunities. Local businesses are encouraged to contact the Springbrook Community Skate park Committee regarding sponsorship opportunities. Please visit www.sc-sc.org or www.facebook.com/SpringbrookCommunitySkateparkCommittee for more information.


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    Time is Muscle Fundraiser for Cardiac Cath Lab Saturday

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  • In February of 2018 a group of volunteers, in conjunction with the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation hosted a Community Cardiac Awareness and Fundraising event called “Time is Muscle”

    Since the event rapidly sold-out, we are eager to forge ahead in 2019 with a larger venue at the sponsoring Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. “Time is Muscle” 2019 is a heart-themed 3 course plated dinner, a “Heartbeats Band: Songs from the Heart” Retro Rock & Roll Party, silent auction, live painting, art gallery & sale, 50/50 & vacation raffles and a fun photo corner. Guests are encouraged to wear red in solidarity for the cause!

    The purpose of the event once again is to raise funds to enhance cardiac care at the Red Deer Regional Hospital with an emphasis on the acquisition of a cardiac catheterization lab, to raise public awareness of cardiac (heart) health and the need for hospital expansion.

    Currently, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. Cardiac catheterization is a specialized procedure to unblock coronary arteries that feed the heart (also known as an angioplasty) in the event of a heart attack.

    Corporate and personal donations are sincerely appreciated including cash, products or services and will be issued a tax receipt and optional recognition. Business names will be presented alongside silent auction items at the event. You can also provide your own framed logo. See publications below.

    Sincerely yours, the Time is Muscle Team (Directors Vanessa Higgins-Nogareda & Harley Hay)

     

    Come lend your support for a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Red Deer Hospital Expansion!

    Time is Muscle’s aim is to raise awareness that Central Albertans need a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Red Deer Hospital Expansion. Funds raised will go towards Cardiac Care via the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. 

    When: January 19, 2019

    WhereSheraton Red Deer Hotel, Tuscany Room

    What: 3 course plated dinner, The Heartbeats Band “Songs From the Heart” Retro Rock and Roll Show and Dance, Central Alberta Health Care Advocacy Video Sponsored and Directed by Harley Hay, Silent Auction, H’art gallery and sale, raffles, photo corner

    Dress: WEAR RED! business casual to semi-formal

    Bring: A photo of any loved one who has passed from Heart Disease that you would like to honor on our memory wall

    Information/ Tickets: www.facebook.com/TimeIsMuscleRD or 403-343-4773

     


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