Seminar 2016

The 2016 Annual seminar that ended on March 6 was a excellent affair.

Over 70 (over 80 for dinner) informed and interested history buffs met for a friendly weekend of

presentations, discussion and conversation at the

Officers’ Mess of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s)

Bay Street Armoury, Victoria, BC, Canada

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Friday, March 4th – Evening

18:00 – 21:30 Check-in, Social Gathering, and Silent Auction/Show and Tell Setup

Enjoy a drink in the Mess Bar while viewing the Canadian Scottish Regiment’s incomparable military artifacts and historical paintings. Meet and mingle with fellow members and discussion of some of your own favorite Great War subjects. Talk over aspects of the Pacific Coast Branch with Executive Committee members. Renew your Branch Membership. Set-up your Show & Tell exhibit, contribute books and other items for our Silent Auction, and start bidding on items that interest you.

Saturday, March 5th – Day

08:45 – 09:00

Check-in (Coffee and donuts served)

09:00 – 09:50

1916, by John Azar

10:00 – 10:50

The Birth of Modern Intelligence, by Dr. John Ferris

11:00 – 11:50

Admirals Jellicoe and Beatty at Jutland and After, by Dr. Barry Gough

12:00 – 12:59

Lunch (Mess Dining Room), Silent Auction bidding

13:00 – 13:50

Britain’s Pals Battalions: Community Disasters and the Road to Conscription, 1916, by Dr. James Wood

14:00 – 14:50

Canadians on the Somme, by Jim Kempling

14:50 – 14:59

Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:00

Annual General Meeting: Welcome by Branch Chairman. Presentation of Executive Reports. Nomination and election of Executive committee members for 2016 – 2017. New Member Introductions.

16:00 – 16:30

Socializing, Silent Auction bidding, and membership renewal


Saturday, March 5th – Evening

18:00 – 20:30

Mess Dinner (Jackets and ties or mess-kit for gentlemen, suits or dresses for ladies)

Keynote Speaker: The 100th Anniversary of the Bay Street Armoury, by Lt. Col. Stephen Sawyer, CO, Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s)

20:30 – 

Socializing in mess bar, Silent Auction payment and pickup



Sunday, March 6th – Morning
08:45 – 9:00

Coffee and donuts served

09:00 – 9:50

The Great War Tank, by Rollie Keith

09:55 –10:45

Service Corps and Supply Trains, by Ted Leaker

10:50 –11:40

Still Bravely Singing: Birds of the Western Front, by Alan MacLeod

Roses of Picardy, by Susan Neeson

Saanich Remembers The First World War Project, by Caroline Duncan

11:45 –12:00

Members’ general discussion, suggestions and farewells