Appointments2019-01-10T07:52:48+00:00

Appointments

Captain General

The reigning Sovereign holds the Royal Appointment of Captain General and, in this capacity, serves as ceremonial head of The Royal Regimental of Canadian Artillery.  From 1930, when HM King George V was pleased to accept it, until 1952, the appointment was titled Colonel-in-Chief.  During a guest night at the Royal Artillery Mess at Woolwich in December 1950, His Majesty King George VI expressed a desire to change his title from Colonel-in-Chief to Captain General. This change was implemented on 26 January 1951, thus reviving a rank dating from the fifteenth century. The rank of Captain General had been replaced by that of Field Marshal in 1736 although it did not actually disappear from common usage until about 1799.  The Royal Canadian Artillery requested that His Majesty change his Canadian title as he had done for the Royal Artillery, and on 10 January 1952, His Majesty became Captain General of The Royal Canadian Artillery.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was graciously pleased to assume the appointment upon her coronation in 1953.

Past Captain General

  • His Majesty King George VI (1952)

Past Colonels-in-Chief

  • His Majesty King George VI (1936-1952)
  • His Majesty King Edward VIII (1936)
  • His Majesty King George V (1930 – 1935)

Colonel Commandant

Appointed by the Minister of National Defence, on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Colonel Commandant serves as honorary head of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.  In this capacity, he guards the history, distinctions and customs of The Royal Regiment; promotes its identity, ethos and ésprit de corps; and, upholds the unity of the Regimental Family – Regular & Reserve; Serving & Retired; Honoraries & Friends.  The Colonel Commandant also:

  • Provides the link and channel of communication on regimental matters to the Captain General and to the Master Gunner St James’s Park (Honorary head of the Royal Regiment of Artillery)
  • Communicates as required with the Chief of the Defence Staff and Commanders of Commands
  • Helps represent the Regiment to other corps, branches and organizations
  • Advises the Director of Artillery, Regimental Colonel and the Royal Canadian Artillery Association (RCAA) on all matters of significance to the Regiment
  • Chairs the RCA Senate and sits as a member of the Artillery Council and the RCAA Board of Directors
  • Oversees relations with the Allied Regiment and other Commonwealth Regiments of Artillery

Incumbent:  Brigadier-General (Ret’d) J.J. Selbie OMM CD (27 Sep 14 -)

Past Colonels Commandant

  • Lieutenant-General M.K. Jeffery CMM CD (1 Oct 11 – 27 Sep 14)
  • Brigadier-General E.B. Beno OMM CD (15 Sep 07 – 1 Oct 11)
  • Major-General J.A. MacInnis CMM MSC CD (22 Sep 01 – 15 Sep 07
  • Brigadier-General R.P. Beaudry CD (1 Sep 95 – 22 Sep 01)
  • Colonel The Honourable R.A. Jacobson CD (31 Aug 91 – 1 Sep 95)
  • Lieutenant-General W.A.B. Anderson OBE CD (1 Sep 86 – 30 Aug 91)
  • Brigadier-General W.W. Turner CD (4 Aug 79 – 31 Aug 86)
  • Brigadier-General E.M.D. Leslie DSO CD (18 Jan 75 – 3 Aug 79)
  • Major-General H.A. Sparling CBE DSO CD (18 Jan 69 – 18 Jan 75)
  • Major-General A.B. Matthews CBE DSO ED CD (18 Jan 64 – 17 Jan 69)
  • Brigadier P.A.S. Todd CBE DSO ED CD (18 Jan 58 – 17 Jan 64)
  • Major-General H.O.N. Brownfield CBE MC (18 Jan 48 – 17 Jan 58)
  • Major-General H.A. Panet CB CMG DSO (1 Nov 34 – 17 Jan 48)
  • Brigadier-General W.O.H. Dodds CMG DSO VD (20 Mar 28 – 25 Aug 34)
  • Colonel D.T. Irwin CMG VD (10 Jul 25 – 19 Mar 28)
  • Major-General T.B. Strange (1 Apr 25 – 20 May 25)

Senior Serving Gunner

The highest-ranking Artillery General Officer currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces is deemed the Senior Serving Gunner.  In this capacity, he champions the professional interests of The Royal Regiment within the Canadian Armed Forces and advises on all matters of significance.  The Senior Serving Gunner co-chairs Artillery Senate and chairs Artillery Council.

Incumbent:  Lieutenant-General M.N. Rouleau OMM MSC CD

Past Senior Serving Gunners

  • Major-General S.C. Hetherington OMM MSC CD
  • Major-General J.G.E Tremblay CD
  • Lieutenant-General S.A. Beare CMM MSC MSM CD
  • Lieutenant-General A.B. Leslie CMM MSC CD
  • Lieutenant-General J. Arp CMM CD
  • Lieutenant-General M.K. Jeffery CMM CD
  • Lieutenant-General R.A. Daillaire OMM MSC CD
  • Major-General J.A. MacInnis CD
  • Major-General H.R. Wheatley CD
  • Brigadier-General J.A. Cotter CD
  • Major-General D.R. Baker CMM CD
  • Brigadier-General R.G.J. Heitshu CD

Director of Artillery

As “Branch Advisor”, the Director serves as the focal point for Royal Regiment identity and provides essential input to the maintenance of the good health of all artillery military occupations.

The Director reports directly to the Commander of the Canadian Army on matters related to force development, force employment, training and doctrine, professional standards, career patterns, trade specifications and structure.

While having overall responsibility for the Regiment, the Director is primarily focused on the operational aspects of The RCA Family Strategy – Lines of Operation 1 (Force development and employment) & 2 (Leadership succession).

Incumbent:  Colonel J.M.A. LaFortune CD (Dec 16 –

Past Directors of Artillery (or equivalent)

  • Colonel T.J. Bishop MSM CD (Mar 14 – Dec 16)
  • Colonel L.C. Dalton CD (Feb 12 – Mar 14)
  • Colonel B.W.G. McPherson CD (May 10 – Feb 12)
  • Colonel D.D. Marshall OMM CD (May 08 – May 10)
  • Colonel J.C.R. Lacroix CD (Jun 06 – May 08)
  • Colonel R.D. Gunn CD (Jun 02 – Jun 06)
  • Colonel S.J. Gillies CD (Aug 00 – Jun 02)
  • Colonel M.D. Capstick CD (Jul 98 – Aug 00)
  • Colonel D.W. Read CD (Jul 95 – Jul 98)
  • Colonel J.D. Briscoe OMM CD (Jul 93 – Jul 95)
  • Colonel G.J. Oehring CD (Jul 92 – Jul 93)
  • Colonel M.K. Jeffery CD (Jul 91 – Jul 92)
  • Colonel L.T.B. Mintz CD (Jul 89 – Jul 91)
  • Colonel R.A. Dallaire OMM CD (Jul 88 – Jul 89)
  • Colonel D.B. Walton OMM CD (Jul 86 – Jul 88)
  • Colonel J.A. MacInnis CD (Aug 85 – Jul 86)
  • Colonel D.B. McGibbon CD (Jul 83 – Aug 85)
  • Colonel H.R. Wheatley CD (Jun 81 – Jul 83)
  • Colonel R.P. Beaudry CD (Aug 80 – Jun 81)
  • Colonel H.J. Stein CD (Jul 77 – Aug 80)
  • Colonel J.A. Cotter CD (Jul 75 – Jul 77)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel J.O. Ward CD (Acting Jan 75 – Jul 75)
  • Colonel A. Sosnkowski CD (Jun 74 – Jan 75)
  • Colonel D.H. Gunter CD (Jul 72 – Jun 74)
  • Colonel D.W. Francis CD (Jul 69 – Jul 72)
  • Colonel J.P. Beer MBE CD (Oct 65 – Jul 69)
  • Colonel J.L. Drewry DSO CD (Nov 63 – Oct 65)
  • Colonel E.G. Brooks DSO OBE CD (Aug 60 – Nov 63)
  • Colonel H.W. Sterne MBE (Aug 57 – Aug 60)
  • Colonel A.J.B. Bailey DSO OBE ED CD (Aug 54 – Aug 57)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel G.P. Marriott ED CD (Acting Jan 54 – Aug 54)
  • Colonel L.G. Clarke OBE (Sep 49 – Jan 54)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel H.W. Sterne DSO MBE CD (Acting Nov 48 – Sep 49)
  • Col J.S. Ross DSO (Jan 46 – Nov 48)
  • Col W.E. Van Steenburgh (Nov 43 – Jan 46)
  • Colonel S.E.E. Morres CD (Jul 42 – Nov 43)

Director of Technical Research

  • Colonel G.P. Morrison CBE CD (Sep 40

Director of Mechanization and Artillery

  • Lieutenant-Colonel N.O. Carr (Feb 36

Officer Administering Royal Canadian Artillery

  • Lieutenant-Colonel C.V. Stockwell DSO (Sep 39 –
  • Lieutenant-Colonel W.G. Hagarty DSO (Mar 34 – Sep 39)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel J.C. Stewart DSO (Feb 30 – Mar 34)
  • Colonel W.H.P. Elkins DSO (Nov 26 – Feb 30)
  • Colonel L.A.G.O. Roy (Jun 22 – Nov 26)
  • Colonel A.T. Ogilvie DSO (Oct 19 – Jun 22)

Regimental Colonel

The Regimental Colonel’s primary responsibility is to provide leadership for Lines of Operation 3 to 5 (Nurturing the Regimental Family institution; Connecting with Canadians; and, Celebrating our Heritage) of The RCA Family Strategy while recognizing that the Director of Artillery remains primus inter pares, and is the primary interlocutor with the Army Staff.

In exercising his functions, the Regimental Colonel is responsible to the Artillery Senate, is responsive to the Colonel Commandant, and coordinates his efforts with those of the Director and the RCAA. Given the nature of Lines of Operations 3 to 5 issues, the Regimental Colonel remains mindful of the support stakeholders such as Honoraries, retired members and others can bring to bear in advancing issues.

Incumbent: Colonel L.H.P.S. Boucher CD (Jun 17 –

Past Regimental Colonels

  • Colonel T.R. Young CD (Jun 15 – Jun 17)
  • Colonel D.J.M. Bouchard CD (Jun 13 – Jun 15)
  • Colonel C.G. Simonds CD (Feb 12 – Jun 13)
  • Colonel P.J. Williams MSM CD (Feb 11 – Feb 12)

Commander Home Station

Helps ensure that the traditions and history of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery are maintained through the operation and maintenance of The RCA Museum and RHQ RCA.

Incumbent:  Lieutenant-Colonel D.G. McIntyre CD (LdSH (RC))

Past Commanders Home Station

  • Lieutenant-Colonel J.L. Cochrane CD (LdSH (RC)) Jul 15 – Jul 17)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel S.D. Joudrey, CD (PPCLI) (Jul 13 – Jul 15)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel R.W. Goodyear, MSM, CD (RCLS) (Jun 11 – Jul 13)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel L.J.M. Généreux CD (RCE) (Jul 09 – Jun 11)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel J.J. Schneiderbanger CD (LDSH (RC)) (Aug 06 – Jul 09)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel T. Doucette, CD (RCLS) (Aug 03 – Aug 06)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel C. Simonds CD (Aug 00 – Aug 03)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel R.S. Wilson OMM CD (Oct 97 – Aug 00)
  • Colonel J.J. Selbie CD (Aug 96 – Oct 97
  • Colonel T.J. Guiler OMM, CD (Jul 94 – Aug 96)
  • Colonel J.L.H.L.P. Boucher (Jul 91 – Jul 94)
  • Colonel D.B. Walton OMM CD (Jul 88 – Jul 91)
  • Colonel L.T.B. Mintz CD (Aug 85 – Jul 88)
  • Colonel J.A. MacInnis CD (Jul 83 – Aug 85)
  • Colonel J.H.L.C. Archambault CD (Jul 81 – Jul 83)
  • Colonel C.R. Simonds CD (Aug 77 – Jul 81)
  • Colonel M.D. Calnan CD (Jul 75 – Aug 77)
  • Colonel A.D.M. Matheson OMM CD (RCD) (Dec 74 -Jul 75)
  • Colonel D.R. Baker, CD (Jul 72 – Dec 74)
  • Colonel L.C. Baumgart CD (Jul 70 – Jul 72)
  • Colonel D.H. Gunter CD (Jul 69 – Jul 70)
  • Colonel D.W. Francis CD (Aug 67 – Jul 69)
  • Colonel J.S. Orton MBE MC CD (Jun 66 – Aug 67)
  • Colonel G.P. Marriott ED CD (Dec 65 – Jun 66)
  • Colonel W.S. Hunt CD (RCEME) (Oct 62 – Dec 65)
  • Colonel G.P. Marriott ED CD (Aug 60 – Oct 62)
  • Colonel A.C. Perron ED CD (Aug 58 – Aug 60)
  • Colonel J.M. Houghton OBE CD (Aug 55 Aug 58)
  • Colonel Dollard Menard DSO CD (Jul 51 – Aug 55)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel A.J. Lake CD (acting) (Jan 51 – Jul 51)
  • Colonel R.M. Cathcart OBE CD (Aug 49 – Jan 51)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel J.W.D. Symons CD (Jan 49 – Aug 49)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel R.H. Webb DSO CD (Feb 48 – Jan 49)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel D.K. Todd DSO CD (Oct 46 -Feb 48)

Regimental Sergeant Major RCA

The Regimental Sergeant Major, RCA (RSM RCA) acts as the senior Artillery NCM advisor to the Director of Artillery and the Canadian Army Sergeant Major. The RSM monitors and advises on the collective concerns and issues of personnel, artillery distinctions and dress, and also promotes and maintains standards of military professionalism within The Royal Regiment.

The RSM RCA is a member of the following:

  • The Artillery Senate;
  • The Artillery Council;
  • The RCA Regimental Fund Executive Board;
  • The RCA Kitshop Board of Directors; and
  • The RCA Non-Public Property Board of Directors.

Incumbent:  CWO Garth Hoegi CD (2016-

Past RSMs RCA

  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) R.J. Beaudry CD (2015-16)
  • Chief Warrant Officer C.P. Rusk MMM MSM CD (2012-15)
  • Chief Warrant Officer J.A.A. Boivin MMM CD (2010-12)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) M.L. McDonald MMM MSC CD (2009-10)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) N.D. Walker MMM CD (2007-09)
  • Chief Warrant Officer R.R. Wynn MMM CD (2005-07)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) D.J. Meehan MMM CD (2002-2005)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) J.G. Jordan MMM CD (1999-2002)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) J.R. Melanson MMM CD (1998-99)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) N.D. Walker MMM CD (1996-98)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) A.J. Furber CD (1993-96)
  • Chief Warrant Officer D.H. Ferretti CD (1991-93)
  • Chief Warrant Officer R. W. MacDiarmid MMM CD (1989-91)
  • Chief Warrant Officer T.G. Jacob CD (1986-89)
  • Chief Warrant Officer J.R. Flanagan CD (1985-86)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) D.E. Wall MMM CD (1984-85)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) E.E. Patrick CD (1981-84)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) M.D. Clow CD (1980-81)
  • Chief Warrant Officer M.N. MacDonald CD (1977-80)
  • Chief Warrant Officer (Master Gunner) R.A. Douglas MMM CD (1975-77)
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 L.J. Vallee OMM MM CD (1973-75)

Master Gunner St James’s Park

The Master Gunner St James’s Park is the ceremonial head of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and channel of communication between the Regiment and the Captain General.  The appointment was instituted in 1678 and originally known as Master Gunner of Whitehall & St James’s Park. The earlier Master Gunners were responsible for the artillery defence of Whitehall Palace and the Palace of Westminster.  The appointment of Master Gunner St James’s Park is held by a distinguished Royal Artillery Officer selected by the Queen in her capacity as Captain General, on the advice of the Colonels Commandant of the Regiment and is according honorary status as the senior Gunner of the Commonwealth.  The Master Gunner last visited Canada in 2016.

Incumbent:  Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB
(2017-

Past Master Gunners

St James’s Park

  • General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman GBE KCB ADC Gen (2008–2017)
  • General Sir Alexander Harley KBE CB (2001–2008)
  • Field Marshal The Lord Vincent GBE KCB DSO (1996–2000)
  • General Sir Martin Farndale KCB (1988–1996)
  • General Sir Thomas Morony KCB OBE (1983–1988)
  • General Sir Harry Tuzo GCB OBE MC (1977–1983)
  • Field Marshal Sir Geoffrey Baker GCB CMG CBE MC (1970–1976)
  • General Sir Robert Mansergh GCB KBE MC (1960–1970)
  • General Sir Cameron Nicholson GCB KBE DSO MC (1956–1960)
  • Field Marshal The Viscount Alanbrooke KG GCB OM GCVO DSO (1946–1956)
  • Field Marshal The Lord Milne GCB GCMG DSO (1929–1946)
  • General The Lord Horne GCB KCMG (1926–1929)
  • General Sir Edward Francis Chapman KCB (1919–1926)
  • Major General Francis William Ward CB (1918–1919)
  • General Sir Robert Biddulph GCB GCMG (1914–1918)
  • Field Marshal The Earl Roberts VC KG KP GCB OM GCSI GCIE (1904–1914)
  • General Sir Collingwood Dickson VC GCB (1891–1904)
  • General Sir John St. George GCB (1884–1891)
  • General Poole Vallancey England (1880–1884)
  • General Sir John Bloomfield GCB (1877–1880)
  • General William Wylde CB (1868–1877)
  • Field Marshal Sir Hew Dalrymple Ross GCB (1864–1868)
  • General Sir Robert Gardiner GCB KCH (1840–1864)
  • Major General Sir Alexander Dickson GCB KCH (1833–1840)
  • Lieutenant General Sir John Macleod GCH (1808–1833)
  • Major-General Joseph Walton (1783–1808)
  • Held by a non-commissioned officer (1770–1783)
  • Major-General Joseph Brome (1760–1769)
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Deal (1742–1760)

Whitehall and St James’s Park

  • Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Watson (1710–1741)
  • Captain Thomas Silver (1678–1710)

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