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Current Oatmeal Rag Newsletter #30
Fall 2018

Upcoming Association & Regimental Activities: 

Cameron Association Executive Meeting Schedule:

 Next Executive Monthly Meeting: 

 Monday, 07 January 2019 
#4 St James Legion
VA Rm downstairs

 Regular Executive meetings: 2018 - 19 TBC per above at #4 St James Legion  VA Rm
04 March 29019

06 May 2019

TBC AGM & Elections Sept-Oct 2019

Cameron WO's & Sgt's Robbie Burns Dinner
Saturday, 26 January 2019
Fort Garry Hotel
NEW! We're in The Provencher Room
1830 for 1910 hrs
 Or any member of the WO's & Sgt's Club

2019 Robbie Burns Poster

Cameron Association Membership Information

 - Please read the information provided at the link below:

 Cameron Association Constitution & Bylaws 26 Sept, 2011

  - Please contact the site administrator regarding any further questions and how & where to pay your dues
    via the "Contact Us" link near the top of the page.  

My Grandfather/Father was a Cameron, where can I find out more about his service ?
Here is a link to the Library and Archives Canada web site. You can contact them to obtain the military service record of your ancestor:

 Library & Archives Canada (link confirmed 30 March 2018)

 I need a piper for a Cameron Association member’s funeral. What do I do ?

 For those of you who are trying to plan ahead or suddenly need to book a piper for one of our Comrades and don’t know how it is done here you go:
 1. Contact the President of the Cameron Association or the Editor of the Oatmeal Rag at a reasonable hour; and

 2. We’ll pass you the contact information of the current Cameron Pipe-Major (because the appointment does actually change from century to century or so and otherwise you may call the wrong guy); and
 3. The P/M will help you to make the appropriate arrangements.

 Verification of Former Service DS Solution:
 You can make a request under the Access to Information Act, which will provide you with proof of your service with the Camerons.
 Thanks very much to Sgt V. Sellars of the WGOR. 
 Please click on the link:
(Link last confirmed 30 March 2018)
Link to start a VFS request



Webminder's Note: Sorry but I haven't been able to keep up and I'm afraid there's been quite a few. I'll update this part of the page over the next few months. (29 Nov 2018)

(Former Cold War Cameron P/M Sandy Beattie's widow)
On Friday, May 12, 2017, Bunty passed away peacefully at Golden West Centennial Lodge, at the age of 87 years. Remaining to cherish Bunty's memory are her daughter Anne Gray (Mark); and grandchildren as well as her great-granddaughter Bodhi. In Scotland she leaves one sister and one brother. On April 6, 1930, Bunty was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, the oldest of 14 children. She married Alexander (Sandy) Beattie in 1952 and their daughter Anne was born in 1953. The family immigrated to Canada in 1957 and settled in Winnipeg. After Anne left home, Bunty and Sandy moved to Carman where Bunty remained until returning to Winnipeg in 1999. Bunty was a true Scot and returned to Scotland many times to visit family.
A private family gathering was held. In lieu of flowers, donations may still be made to the Salvation Army Golden West Centennial Lodge, 811 School Road, Winnipeg, MB R2Y 0S8. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665

Full obit published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 20, 2017

November 15, 1926 October 8, 2017 Peacefully, Donald Morrison slipped away in the early morning, surrounded by his family. In the course of almost 91 years, Don touched a great many lives with his laughter, charisma, musicianship and wisdom. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Rose; daughters, Catherine (Howard), Carolyn, Colleen (Mark); son Colin; special niece Sandi Mitchell and numerous other nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Don grew up in the West End of Winnipeg and, with his father a teamster, had a lifelong fondness for the "heavy" horses. Losing his father in a tragic accident at age 12, Don had to grow up early as the family struggled in the hard times of the Depression. His father had started teaching him the Highland bagpipes at age nine, and this would be one of the defining aspects of Don's life. He began playing with the Cameron Cadet Pipe Band even prior to reaching the minimum age for joining (12), and played with them until he was 19, leaving as Pipe Major.
Piping, Minto Armouries and his Cameron buddies were the formative influences in his adolescence. He joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Reserve as a 17 year old and maintained a life-long association with the Camerons and their Pipe Band. In 1947, he joined the Winnipeg Police Force and immediately joined the Police Pipe Band. Don went on to be a member of the Police Force for 39 and one half years (retiring as Acting Superintendent) and incredibly, a member of the Pipe Band for 53 years (18 years as Pipe Major).
During his busy years as a police officer and as a member of the Police Pipe Band, Don was also father to a young family. He juggled shift work, piping and home commitments, all while serving as the band instructor of the Cameron Cadet Pipe Band, a position he held for 20 years (retiring as a Captain in the Reserve Army). Piping and drumming lessons were delivered in his home basement to anyone with an interest and willing to practice free of charge.
Don believed in passing on the craft, as he himself had been the beneficiary of legendary instructors such as Doug Will and Sandy Cameron, and many former students became his fellow band members. Long before trips for young people became somewhat routine, Don took his Cadet Band to Texas to compete, even supervising Grade 12 Departmental examinations en route so everyone could attend. The Band did well, achieving international honours and Don, competing individually, won the North American competition. At the same time, the Police Pipe Band was one of the finest Pipe Bands in North America and travelled extensively throughout the Continent.
In 1960, Don was chosen as the solo piper accompanying the Pine to Palm Tour, a three bus campaign comprised of prominent politicians, business owners, and press promoting tourism and commerce along the route from Winnipeg to New Orleans. This culminated with Don being made an honorary citizen of New Orleans. Don was selected as Pipe Major of a Massed Military Band comprised of Reserve Army and Cadet Band members that played at the Hemisfair in San Antone, Texas. He was Pipe Major of the 200 member Massed Pipe and Drum Band of Winnipeg for the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena. Don was also the designated piper for innumerable official functions and played for Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Lieutenant Governors, Prime Ministers, Provincial Premiers and Mayors.
He also played at the Dieppe Reunion in France in 1983, after which he was able to visit his brother Colin's grave in Sage, Germany, where Colin had been shot down in one of the last raids of the Second World War. His enthusiasm never waned and in 1992 he founded the ANAVET #283 Legion Pipe Band, which continues on to this day. Don continued playing and in his last competition in 1993 at 66 years of age, he took 1st prize in the Masters category at the Fergus Highland Games.
To put those achievements in perspective however, a listing of Don's many other awards and acknowledgments is required. Don was also intensely interested in politics and history and virtually never missed a day reading the newspaper or watching the news on television. He was an avid reader and, until just a couple of weeks ago, was still reading three to four books weekly. He could equally discuss the antecedents of the First World War or the re-opening of Portage and Main!
There was another side of him too though, and this was his humanity something almost palpable you could feel when you were with him. He loved his family, taking pride in their achievements and development as they became young adults. That warmth extended too to animals, and he loved his dogs. While slightly cynical, as you might expect after 39 plus years as a police officer, he never lost a belief in the basic goodness of people, nor indeed in the greatness of this city, province and country, though the Winnipeg Jets did vex him from time to time. Don was intensely proud of his Scottish heritage, but equally proud to be Canadian. He left as a proud Scot and a true Canadian. A Celebration of Life was be held on Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 61 Picardy Pl. (Portage Ave. and Canora - east of Vimy Ridge Park).

Full obit published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 13, 2017

Editor's note: Yet again this year another Cameron legend has passed on and his celebration of life was just that. The massed bands of the Camerons, the Winnipeg Police (and I think I saw more than a few #283 ANAF members in the mix too) were simply magnificent. I have no idea when First Presbyterian last saw so many pipers of such high caliber present, but from Lord Lovat's Lament to Highland Cathedral those playing sent Donny off in style. I'm pretty certain that Monty and Don were looking on from the Great Band Room Above with approval.


Cameron Association in Canada mailing address:

 Please address your mail to the appropriate member.

 The information given below is current to 31 July 2017


CURRENT OFFICER LIST 2015 - 2016     All phone numbers are (204) unless otherwise noted.

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Previous Issues of the Oatmeal Rag newsletter: 

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 01 Jan 2010    

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 02 Apr 2010 

Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 03 July 2010

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 04 Oct 2010 with 100th Info

  Oatmeal Rag Issue 05 100th Anniversary is only available in hard copy from the Association.


  or Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_06_May_2011.pdf

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 07 Aug 2011  







 Oatmeal Rag issue 14 Oct 2013

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 15 Jan 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 16 April 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 17 Oct 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 18 Jan 2015

Oatmeal Rag Issue 19 May 2015

Oatmeal Rag Issue 20 Oct 2015