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Brother of our former Zone Commander Andy Andrews.

peacefully at St. Catharines General Hospital, after a brief illness, on May 24, 2018 in his 97th year.  Duffy was a devout Catholic and had a deep faith, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. A founding charter member and Past Grand Knight of Immaculate Conception Council, Knights of Columbus in Fort Erie, and also a Lifetime Member of the Royal Canadian Legion.  Predeceased by his loving wife Mary of almost 66 years in 2014, and his daughter Candy Smaill in 2017.  Duffy was the oldest of 5 brothers and son of E.J. “Teddy” and Mae Andrews of Fort Erie, ON.  Survived by son Christopher (Marybeth) Andrews of Lowbanks, Ontario.   Also survived by grandchildren Joseph (Sophia) Smaill of Surrey, B.C., Geneva (Alex) Smaill of Vancouver, B.C., Michael (Autumn) Smaill of Burnaby, B.C., Hayden (Ivy) Andrews of Toronto, Ontario.  Great grandfather to Zoe Alethea Smaill and Penelope Mary Smaill, both of Surrey, B.C.    Predeceased by brothers Herbert (Phyllis) of London, ON; Jack (Gisela) of Schwanau, Germany;  Ron (Myrna) of Sarnia, ON; Raymond (Joyce) of Sault St. Marie, ON.  Duffy also leaves several nieces and nephews.  Born on the Empress of France on the North Sea, on August 20, 1921, Duffy served with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment during World War II in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.  In 2016, Duffy was awarded the Legion of Honour of France, for his distinguished service while serving in Normandy in 1945.  Family will receive friends and relatives at Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Road, Fort Erie, Ontario on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 2pm – 4pm and also 7pm – 9pm.  Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11am at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 310 Central Ave., Fort Erie, Ontario.  Private interment to follow.

In Memory of Howard John Miller * March 19, 1938 – † February 11, 2018

On February 11, 2018, comrade Howard Miller unexpectedly passed away at his vacation address on Lanzarote. The family has stated to be deeply sad but thankful that pain and suffering have been spared for him.

Howard was, as “oldest”, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for more than 25 years and the patriarch of the Poppy Campaign in Zandvoort. Although he could no longer actively present the Poppies to the public around Remembrance Day on 11 November, he always wanted to be informed of the daily results afterwards.

The funeral ceremony of Howard has taken place in the meantime. May he rest in peace.


Transferal Drill Cane during 4-Days Marches in Nijmegen


Drill Cane of the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers with tribute and honour offered by the Regiment Sergeant Major Luc Moreau, to the Royal Canadian Legion 005 Liberation of the Netherlands.

It was not only an honour to participate again in the Canadian Army ceremony at the Canadian cemetery in Groesbeek on the third day of the Nijmegen Four Day Marches with our colour party, but there was also an Continue Reading

Battlefield Tour and 100 years Vimy

Battlefield Tour and 100 years Vimy

In the weekend of last April 8 and 9 a group of 29 RCL-comrades and partners or friends made a Battlefield Tour in the surroundings of Ypres and attended the commemoration ceremony of 100 years Battle of Vimy Ridge

April 8 Battlefield Tour and “Last Post” at the Menin Gate, Ypres  

By a travel coach Van der Valk Tours the group left from 3 locations in the Netherlands to Ypres in Belgium. A short Continue Reading

13th Annual General Meeting February 19

On Sunday, February 19, 2017 the General Meeting will be held in the clubhouse of RCL 005, Restaurant Mondani in Lochem. Besides the usual accountability of the board of RCL Branch 005, during this meeting the bi-annual election of the Board members will take place. Members are most welcome as off 12:30PM. The meeting will start at 01:00PM.


Candlelights at the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek

On November 15, 2016 an article in the Gelderlander newspaper was published telling that on Christmas eve there will be 2.617 lights burning on the graves of the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek. Just like the municipality of Holten does for over 25 years, the initiators Bert Eikelenboom, Bart Boone and Gerard Hendriks would like to accomplish that at Groesbeek. They seem to be successful. Watch the news in the Gelderlander carefully.

Lest we Forget.



In memory of Comrade Jan Griekspoor

In Memory of Comrade Jan Griekspoor

* 5 August 1934 – 22 September 2016



Thursday 22 September 2016 our comrade Jan Griekspoor exchanged his earth life for the hereafter. Jan went,  weakened by his illness, silently. As he chosen it himself. Until the end of his strength he was present at and  compassionate to the commemoration ceremonies of passed on comrades. Participation in the Colour Party of  RCL005 was obvious for him, but regretfully not possible at the end. Still he was present at the commemorations to  always place his “Poppy-cross” to honour his past on comrades. A modest and very much appreciated man is no  longer in among us. We wish him a safe journey.

 Lest we forget. 



Jan Griekspoor met kruisjes                                     FB_IMG_1474616660999


The funeral will take place in silence and privately, in order to Jan’s wishes. He also requested to not forget and to support his wife Elly.
You can send your messages of condolences and token of support to the secretary office of RCL005. We will provide the forwarding to Elly for you.


SECRETARY office RCL005:
E. de Zee (secretary)
Korenbloemlaan 2
6713 DX Ede




Jan Griekspoor CP

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Frequently RCL005 receives positive feedback about our website and the information it contains and made available to everyone, but particular for our members. Of course there are discussions and suggestions given about the content of the site, which we are pleased with. We are constantly working on improving the quality and perform check-ups to maintain integrity of the information on the site as we are doing so now. This takes a lot of time and it sometimes to the detriment of the speed at which information can arrive at everyone.

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In memory of Comrade Henk Minne.

In memory of Comrade Henk Minne * 13 July 1941 † 9 May 2016

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Monday May 9, 2016 we received a notice that our highly appreciated comrade Henk Minne has passed away. After a long period of illness Henk eventually closed his eyes for the last time. We knew his health was progressing very badly, but even so this message arrived unexpectedly. This is a very sad moment. RCL Branch 005 was close to his heart. Every year he was emphatically present at Wageningen in his old re-enactment Air Force uniform and his inseparable Canadian vehicle.

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Also he often attended many Colour Parties and was always proud and honoured to carry one of the Colours. It was easy to talk with him about the war and as always you received all possible information from him. We will miss him tremendously. But we will never forget him. We wish his family all strength with the enormous loss.

Friday, May 13, 2016, the condolence at the funeral home from 19:00 to 19:45 Uitvaartcentrum De Haan en Van de Kamp DELA, Mozartweg 58 Amersfoort. 4 Colour Party with flag (Canadian / British / Dutch / Branch flag) Banner  Guard during the condolence.

Saturday, May 14, 2016, the cremation ceremony at 16:15 present at crematorium Dodeweg 31 3832 RE Leusden. There is an Honour Guard upon arrival and during the service a banner guard around the coffin (4 man with flag).

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Beaumont-Hamel, Battle of the Somme

July 1, 2016 it is 100 years ago that in the First World War the Canadian Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought a fierce combat in the Battle of the Somme in Beaumont-Hamel, France. RCL005 would also pay attention to this occurrence.
The Magazine of The Royal Canadian Legion has developed a special interactive web experience named: Blood in the Mud If you are interested this is an extraordinary edition (click on the logo to follow). Below you will find a short impression of Legion Magazine:

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