Chimo Cabin

The Chimo Cabin project is the next structure being constructed in the Rossland Range Recreation Site as part of the Friends of the Rossland Range management plan.

A crew of serving and retired Combat Engineers of 44 Engineer Squadron, 39 Combat Engineer Regiment have partnered with FORR to volunteer skills and labour to complete the construction.

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Memorial Service – 6 Nov

Colonel Hugh A J Hutchinson, CD (Ret’d) 1936 – 2015

The Hutchinson family and the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association cordially invite you to a memorial service, to honour the life and service of Col Hugh Hutchinson, to be held at the Combined Mess, 6 Engineer Squadron, Lt. Col. J.P. Fell Armoury, 1513 Forbes Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 2Y4 on 06 November 2015. The mess will be open at 1900 and the memorial service will start at 1930.

Dress: Serving Members – DEU
Civilians: Business Suit – or Regimental/Squadron blazer and tie

RSVP: by Wednesday November 4th, 2015;
to Col (Ret’d) Bill White ( , or

to Capt (Ret’d) Ed Langford (

Service History:

1955-66 Royal New Zealand Engineers, Royal Australian Engineers.; Pte. to Capt. 1966-74 6Fd Sqn RCE, Commanding Officer 1970-74; Major
1974-78 SSO Vancouver Militia District; SSO O and T; SSO L and A Milarea HQ; LCol. 1979-81 Supplementary Reserve

1981-83 Deputy Commander, Vancouver Militia District 1983-87 Commander, Vancouver Militia District; Col.

Death Notice:

Provided from CME Family Last Post (

We regret to advise of the death of Colonel Hugh Arthur James Hutchinson, CD (Retd) on 5 August 2015 in West Palm Beach Florida following a short battle with cancer. Born in Greymouth, New Zealand in 1936, Colonel Hutchinson served in the Militias in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. His service with the Royal New Zealand Engineers and the Royal Australian Engineers spanned 1955-66 in the ranks from Sapper to Captain. He served with 6th Field Squadron in Vancouver from 1966 to 1974 and was Commanding Officer 1970-74. Hugh then served 1974-78 as Senior Staff Officer at

Vancouver Militia District and Area Headquarters. After a short period with the Supplementary Reserve, he returned as Deputy Commander, Vancouver Militia District (1981-83) and Commander, Vancouver Militia District (1983-87).

Hugh’s engineering work took him to many parts of the world from Australia to Canada to Asia to North Africa. His specialty in hydro engineering gave him opportunities to be a part of the building of hydroelectric Dams in Tasmania, Australia and Mica, British Columbia as well as the construction of the Great Man Made River Project in Libya.

Notice from the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers Newsletter

Colonel Hugh Hutchinson (Retired) 1936 – 2015

We regret to announce the death of Hugh Hutchinson at home in Florida on 5 August 2015 following a short battle with cancer. Born in New Zealand, Hugh was an adventurous and energetic man who put his efforts into his progression as a Civil Engineer, the New Zealand, Australian and Canadian Militias and his many friends and colleagues all over the world. His engineering work took him to many parts of the world from Australia to Canada to Asia and North Africa. His specialty in hydro engineering gave him opportunities to be part of the building of hydro-electric dams in Tasmania, Australia and Mica, British Columbia as well as construction of the Great Man-Made River Project in Libya.

As a former commander of 6 Field Engineer Squadron, along with Tam London and Bill Dow, he was instrumental in forging the affiliation with the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) in the 1970’s.

We are grateful to Colonel Jim Happer for sharing this sad news with us.

Extract from the obituary published in Greymouth, New Zealand

Nearly 25 years of Hugh’s career was dedicated to the construction of the Great Man- Made River Project (GMRP) in Libya in which he was initially the Phase One project manager. The GMRP involved the construction of a 4 metre internal diameter pipeline to extract water from beneath the Sahara desert and piping it thousands of kilometres to key coastal Libyan Cities.

When civil order collapsed with the demise of the Gaddafi government, Hugh worked extensively to ensure the safe extraction of his many colleagues prior to his own evacuation by the British. Hugh continued to assist the project from outside of Libya as he was enormously proud of the engineering accomplishment of the GMRP.

In addition to the celebration at the Lt Col J. P. Fell Armoury, a family ceremony to inter his ashes will be held in Greymouth, New Zealand.

Donations to the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association ( or Hospice of Palm Beach County ( are requested in lieu of flowers.

Important Dates

Messmates, mark your calendars for the following:

Jr’s Dining In – Sept 26

Occupation of the Armouries – 17 Oct – Festivities to Commemorate the Centennial of the Occupation of the Armouries

Regimental Christmas Dinner – 12 Dec

New Year’s Levee – Jan 1

Valentine’s Day Massacre – 13 Feb (Saturday Closest to Valentines Day) for a Jrs vs Snr NCOs and Officers Floor Hockey Game followed by Mixed Dining In

Vimy Dinner – April 9 for Mixed Dining In and Entertainment

Annual Reunion – April 30 (Closest to Corps Birthday on the 29th) – Dinner for the Regimental Association

Officer’s Mess Dinner – May 14

D-Day Mess Dinner – June 4 (Closest Sat)


Lets March!

Do you know what the Drill Manual says about Marching?

The standard lengths of pace are:

quick and slow time – 75 cm;
stepping out in quick and slow time – 85 cm;
stepping short in quick time and slow time – 55 cm;
double time – 1 m;
half pace in quick time (used for marching forward and back three paces or less) – 35 cm; and
side pace – 25 cm.

When marching the cadence is:

in quick time, 120 paces per minute; in slow time, 60 paces per minute; and in double time, 180 paces per minute.

During recruit training, the cadence in quick time may be increased to 140 paces per minute to encourage agility and alertness.

Units shall practice and be prepared to march and manoeuvre with other elements of the CF at the standard cadences. However, two other traditional quick march cadences may be ordered by parade commanders of units parading alone or with others sharing these customs:

-for Scottish and other units parading with a pipe band, 110 paces per minute; and

-for light infantry (less Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, which drills as a line regiment) and rifle regiments, which have traditions of maintaining special agility and alertness on the battlefield, 140 paces per minute.

Now lets do some math.

A pace is 30″ (traditionally)  and 120 per minute. convert it to decimal which is 76cm.  A little more specific hey then the manual. Round up for better explosions. 

0.76 x 120 = 91.2 metres per minute

91.2 x 60 = 5472 metres per hour or 5.472km/h which is 3.4mph

It works out at about 20 miles a day with breaks. That has been the figure since the Roman Legions  …..there is only a certain amount that a soldier can carry on a daily basis and again through history it has normally been about 60lb.

Well what about Engineers? The Corps traditionally marches at 110 beats per minute.  

I bet the Romans gave their Engineers a bit of a break too with the speed, somebody always has to carry the shovels and picks …. besides when the Infantry gets to the end, they stop. The muddy old Engineers start work. 

There is also a Junior Officer speed called “Faster then a Thousand Gazelles” which fits in here somewhere, which lasts until that guy can have his ruck weighted properly and be spoken to firmly by the WO.