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November 2014 Activity Calendar and Newsletter – Columbia

Did You Know – The Blue Puttees?

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment re-created its historic march from Pleasantville to St. John’s harbour on October 3, 2014 to mark 100yrs since the Regiment embarked on the S.S. Florizel to begin its commitment to the Great War.

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment (R NFLD R) has been a unit of the Candian Army since 1949 though its predecessor units trace their origins to 1795. In the late summer of 1914, it was all about the desire to honour “King and Country”. During the Great War the battalion-sized regiment was the only North American unit to fight in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 and was virtually wiped out at Beaumont Hamel on July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of Somme. The Regiment earned the title “Royal” in 1917 in recognition of its exceptional service and sacrifice – the only Regiment to be honoured this way by the British during the war.

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment (R NFLD R) had their ankles wrapped in thin blue wool – not the traditional khaki. This was a distinctive bit of kit for which they are still revered today, as the Blue Puttees.

But why blue?

There are varying accounts as to why the R NFLD R wore blue puttees.

One belief is that the colour was both deliberately chosen to distinguish themselves from others and inspired by an elite brigade that fought in the Boer war more than a decade ealier. The other that the local “Church Lads Brigade” offered the blue wraps due to a shortage of the standard olive fabric.



  • Correction—The final total for our Alzheimer Coffee Break Fundraiser came to $240.00 (Wow!)
  • Our Remembrance Day service will be on Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m. in the Chinook dining room (phase 1); our guest speaker will be Gordon Brown, a Korean war veteran. Please note the Tuck Shop will be closed on this day as well as November 11, 2014.
  • On November 13, 2014 we will be having a bake sale with funds supporting a local charity in honor of the two fallen Canadian soldiers. Donations of baking would be greatly appreciated.
  • We are taking names for the Annual Rotary Christmas dinner, scheduled for Sunday, December 7, 2014. Space is limited so please sign up early with the recreation department.
  • We are looking for donations to our Fashion Show (through the ages) and would appreciation any donations. See Joyce for more details.
  • The Salvation Army is setting up a mini store with new and gently used items for sale to our residents and staff on Monday, November 25, 2014 from 10:30-2:30. The mobile store will be located in the Chinook dining room.

COL Newsletter November 2014

COL Calendar November 2014