Number of posts : 937
Age : 69
Localisation : Calgary
Cap Badge : Pads Brat
Places Served : Father -- Canadian Army. Served Hemer, Soest, and Wetter
Registration date : 2007-12-28
|Subject: BMH-Argonne and Canadian Fort Qu'Appelle 28/12/2007, 22:00|| |
You have a great site here (which I found via a link from Ruhrmemories.ca).
My father, WO Victor G. Lock, was Canadian Army, Ordnance Corp and was one of 3 personnel who remained behind to close out the old Cdn Brigade Area in 1971-72. We lived in Iserlohn at that time. I was the only Canadian kid still living in the North Rhine-Westphalia region (everyone else either in Lahr or back in Canada) and attended Cornwall Comprehensive (6th Form) in Dortmund (now Europa Schule).
BMH was a separate entity from Fort Qu'Appelle and was, as I understand it, jointly administered by both BAOR and Canadian Forces, although it may have been only BAOR and used by Canadians as well. Fort Qu'Appelle was close to BMH but the two sites are not synonymous.
Fort Qu'Appelle and it's 'sister fort' Fort Beausejour did, as mentioned, go to the British and, following that, reverted to the Bundeswehr. One of the forts, I forget which one and admit to some confusion on this, was then renamed the Winkelmann Kaserne...I have it in my head it was Beausejour, enroute to Hemer and across from Buechenwaldchen, a small 'suburb' of Iserlohn-Hemer.
I spent considerable time hanging out at the Youth Club in Hemer on Berliner Strasse (and the local gasthofs!!--especially Katz
, down in Stephanopel) and have many fond memories of the Irish Ranger families I grew to know.
Would love to hear from anyone who remembers The Canadian Bloke!
Calgary, Alberta, Canadacalgaryfella1953@hotmail.com