Field of Crosses honours fallen southern Alberta soldiers

Field of Crosses honours fallen southern Alberta soldiers

Thousands of fallen soldiers from southern Alberta are once again being honoured in the Field of Crosses in Calgary. Click to watch the video. Volunteers began work Saturday on the field, which sees the name of each southern Alberta soldier killed in action — dating...

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On May 9, 2014, Canada marked a "National Day of Honour" to pay tribute to the men and women who served in the nation's military mission in Afghanistan. Today, ten years later, we'd like to remember one of the brave souls who is honored every November in The Field of Crosses—a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in May 2008.

Corporal Michael Starker was born in Calgary on 16 February 1972. He joined the Regular Force as an infantryman on 16 August 1990 and was posted to 1 PPCLI upon completion of Battle School. Corporal Starker served in the First Battalion from August 1990 until August 1991, and spent time in Cyprus with the Battalion.

Upon his return from Cyprus, he was posted to 2 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment. He served with the Airborne Regiment until it disbanded in 1995. Corporal Starker returned to the First Battalion in Calgary and served with the Battalion until he took his release in February 1996.

Corporal Starker worked as a paramedic with Calgary's Emergency Medical Services for the past nine years. He joined the Reserve Force as a medic in 2003 and worked with the Calgary Detachment of 15 Field Ambulance.

Corporal Michael Starker was killed in action in Afghanistan on 6 May 2008 while working with the Provincial Reconstruction Team Force Protection Company (B Company, 1 PPCLI), when his patrol came under fire in an ambush in the area West of Pashmul, a village in Zharey District, Southwest of Kandahar City.

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On May 9, 2014, Canada marked a National Day of Honour to pay tribute to the men and women who served in the nations military mission in Afghanistan. Today, ten years later, wed like to remember one of the brave souls who is honored every November in The Field of Crosses—a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in May 2008.

Corporal Michael Starker was born in Calgary on 16 February 1972. He joined the Regular Force as an infantryman on 16 August 1990 and was posted to 1 PPCLI upon completion of Battle School. Corporal Starker served in the First Battalion from August 1990 until August 1991, and spent time in Cyprus with the Battalion.

Upon his return from Cyprus, he was posted to 2 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment. He served with the Airborne Regiment until it disbanded in 1995. Corporal Starker returned to the First Battalion in Calgary and served with the Battalion until he took his release in February 1996.

Corporal Starker worked as a paramedic with Calgarys Emergency Medical Services for the past nine years. He joined the Reserve Force as a medic in 2003 and worked with the Calgary Detachment of 15 Field Ambulance.

Corporal Michael Starker was killed in action in Afghanistan on 6 May 2008 while working with the Provincial Reconstruction Team Force Protection Company (B Company, 1 PPCLI), when his patrol came under fire in an ambush in the area West of Pashmul, a village in Zharey District, Southwest of Kandahar City.

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#10Years #DayofHonour #Afghanistan #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #WeRemember #FieldofCrosses #YYC #Calgary

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So young, young man. We’ll never forget.

Always Remembered ❤️

2 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

A Tribute to Firefighters.

This past weekend, we observed International Firefighters Day. The men and women, who risk their lives daily to keep our homes and communities safe from the damaging and potentially fatal effects of fire, deserve a special tribute. Firefighters are often overworked and underappreciated, yet instead of complaining, more often than not, they tell you how much they love their job. We realize how conscientious and dedicated these public servants are to their communities.

Firefighters typically possess interpersonal and social skills as they need to work closely with their colleagues to form a united team. Because of their shared attributes, the common obstacles they face, and the numerous hours they spend training together, these professionals often establish bonds that rival those typically found amongst siblings.

Firefighters work very long hours, sometimes living at the fire station for days at a time. They are committed to their jobs and take the work of protecting their communities and each other very seriously. They often volunteer their precious time to schools and other organizations to help educate others about the dangers of fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in the event of a fire. Thank you to our firefighters!

Each November the Field of Crosses commemorate four Calgary Firefighters who served in the Canadian Armed Forces and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

𝐁𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐋𝐄𝐓𝐓, 𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐆.
Age 27 – Pte. CASC
Date of Death: 14/May/1915

𝐁𝐎𝐖𝐃𝐄𝐍, 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐫 𝐅.
Age 30 – Pte. 1st Pnr Bn
Date of Death: 26/May/1916

𝐁𝐔𝐑𝐓𝐎𝐍, 𝐄𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐅.
Age 22 – L/Cpl PPCLI
Date of Death: 09/May/1915

𝐆𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐑, 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧
Age 24 – Cpl PPCLI
Date of Death: 02/June/1916

#Firefighters #FirefightersDay #CalgaryFireDepartment #CFD #FieldofCrosses #WeRemember
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A Tribute to Firefighters.

This past weekend, we observed International Firefighters Day. The men and women, who risk their lives daily to keep our homes and communities safe from the damaging and potentially fatal effects of fire, deserve a special tribute. Firefighters are often overworked and underappreciated, yet instead of complaining, more often than not, they tell you how much they love their job. We realize how conscientious and dedicated these public servants are to their communities.

Firefighters typically possess interpersonal and social skills as they need to work closely with their colleagues to form a united team. Because of their shared attributes, the common obstacles they face, and the numerous hours they spend training together, these professionals often establish bonds that rival those typically found amongst siblings.

Firefighters work very long hours, sometimes living at the fire station for days at a time. They are committed to their jobs and take the work of protecting their communities and each other very seriously. They often volunteer their precious time to schools and other organizations to help educate others about the dangers of fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in the event of a fire. Thank you to our firefighters!

Each November the Field of Crosses commemorate four Calgary Firefighters who served in the Canadian Armed Forces and paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

𝐁𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐋𝐄𝐓𝐓, 𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐆.
Age 27 – Pte. CASC
Date of Death: 14/May/1915

𝐁𝐎𝐖𝐃𝐄𝐍, 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐫 𝐅.
 Age 30 – Pte. 1st Pnr Bn
Date of Death: 26/May/1916

𝐁𝐔𝐑𝐓𝐎𝐍, 𝐄𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐅.
Age 22 – L/Cpl PPCLI
Date of Death: 09/May/1915

𝐆𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐑, 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧
Age 24 – Cpl PPCLI
Date of Death: 02/June/1916

#Firefighters #FirefightersDay #CalgaryFireDepartment #CFD #FieldofCrosses #WeRemember

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Words cannot express our appreciation.

Terri Emmerson

3 weeks ago
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𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐍𝐀, 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐄.
Age 25 – F/O (BA) RCAF
Date of Death: 25/4/1945

William Edward Hanna was born February 10, 1920, in Bow Island, Alberta, son of Samuel Murry Hanna and Bertha Alice Hanna.

William enlisted in 1940 with the Royal Canadian Air Force, service number J400861, flying with the 431 Iroquois Squadron on a Lancaster bomber KB 831.

Heading to their target at Wangerooge, Germany, two Lancaster’s (KB 831 and KB 822) were lost in a mid-air collision over the Baltic Sea. William Hanna was killed in action on April 25, 1945, at the age of 25.

Flying Officer Bomb Aimer Hanna has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Surrey, England. He is also inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, Alberta.

Flying Officer (BA) Hanna is commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

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𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐍𝐀, 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐄.
Age 25 – F/O (BA) RCAF
Date of Death: 25/4/1945

William Edward Hanna was born February 10, 1920, in Bow Island, Alberta, son of Samuel Murry Hanna and Bertha Alice Hanna. 

William enlisted in 1940 with the Royal Canadian Air Force, service number J400861, flying with the 431 Iroquois Squadron on a Lancaster bomber KB 831.

Heading to their target at Wangerooge, Germany, two Lancaster’s (KB 831 and KB 822) were lost in a mid-air collision over the Baltic Sea.  William Hanna was killed in action on April 25, 1945, at the age of 25.

Flying Officer Bomb Aimer Hanna has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Surrey, England.  He is also inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, Alberta.

Flying Officer (BA) Hanna is commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

#FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #Calgary #Remembrance #Canada #History
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Today, April 10th, we celebrate National Siblings Day. This year we commemorate 140 siblings in the Field of Crosses, this includes 2 sets of a brother and sister, and 4 sets of 3 brothers.

On this National Siblings Day, we would like to take the opportunity to share the stories of Private David T Stark and Private Joseph G Stark, brothers who are honoured each November in the Field of Crosses.

𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐊 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐓
Age 33 – Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death: 26/04/1917

𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐊 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐩𝐡 𝐆
Age 30 – Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death 28/04/1917

They were indeed true brothers and were inseparable from early childhood. Both were born in New South Wales, Australia, the sons of James and Jessie Stark (née Hamilton). David Taylor Stark was born in Sydney on March 29, 1886, and Joseph Gillespie Stark was born in Enfield on September 1, 1888. The family later moved to Scotland, and both brothers served 4 and 5 years, respectively, with the Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Regiment).

The family moved again, settling in Calgary, Alberta. Both David’s and Joseph’s occupations were as Railway Brakemen with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

Both boys enlisted in Calgary with the 10th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), Joseph on January 21, 1915 (service number A/34354 or 434354), and David on June 25, 1915 (service number 435470).

Sadly, after 22 months in the trenches, the brothers were killed in action 2 days apart.

Private David T Stark died on April 26, 1917, at the age of 33. He is buried at Bois-Carre British Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France.

Private Joseph G. Stark died on April 28, 1917, at the age of 30. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial at Pas de Calais, France.

Both brothers are also commemorated at the Union Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta.

Each November, the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta, commemorates these two brothers: Private David Taylor Stark and Private Joseph Gillespie Stark.

#SiblingsDay #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #YYCEvents #Calgary #Remembrance #Canada #History #Brothers
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Today, April 10th, we celebrate National Siblings Day. This year we commemorate 140 siblings in the Field of Crosses, this includes 2 sets of a brother and sister, and 4 sets of 3 brothers.

On this National Siblings Day, we would like to take the opportunity to share the stories of Private David T Stark and Private Joseph G Stark, brothers who are honoured each November in the Field of Crosses.

𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐊 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐓
Age 33 – Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death: 26/04/1917

𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐊 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐩𝐡 𝐆
Age 30 – Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death 28/04/1917

They were indeed true brothers and were inseparable from early childhood. Both were born in New South Wales, Australia, the sons of James and Jessie Stark (née Hamilton). David Taylor Stark was born in Sydney on March 29, 1886, and Joseph Gillespie Stark was born in Enfield on September 1, 1888. The family later moved to Scotland, and both brothers served 4 and 5 years, respectively, with the Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Regiment).

The family moved again, settling in Calgary, Alberta. Both David’s and Joseph’s occupations were as Railway Brakemen with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

Both boys enlisted in Calgary with the 10th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), Joseph on January 21, 1915 (service number A/34354 or 434354), and David on June 25, 1915 (service number 435470).

Sadly, after 22 months in the trenches, the brothers were killed in action 2 days apart.

Private David T Stark died on April 26, 1917, at the age of 33. He is buried at Bois-Carre British Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France.

Private Joseph G. Stark died on April 28, 1917, at the age of 30. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial at Pas de Calais, France.

Both brothers are also commemorated at the Union Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta.

Each November, the Field of Crosses in Calgary, Alberta, commemorates these two brothers: Private David Taylor Stark and Private Joseph Gillespie Stark.

#SiblingsDay #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #YYCEvents #Calgary #Remembrance #Canada #History #Brothers

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Lest we Forget Lest we Forget we will Remember Them all

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