D.V. Currie Armoury marks centennial anniversary

Cole Carruthers
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D.V. Currie Armoury marked its centennial anniversary with an open house
and tour for the public.

If brick and mortar could talk, the D.V. Currie Armoury would not only be able to share a wealth of Canadian military history, but also the past lives and events of an entire community.

The armoury had an open house Saturday to mark its 100th anniversary, and invited the public to tour the grounds and take in the history of Moose Jaw’s military heritage.

“The armoury has been home to to a variety of military units, and was also used as a temporary morgue when an aircraft crashed, its been used as a headquarters for floods and also used as a temporary hospital during an influenza outbreak,” former commanding officer for the armoury, Brad Hrycyna told the Times-Herald.

“Because its a reserve organization, its members are citizens of Moose Jaw and they’re citizen soldiers,” Hrycyna said. “Part-time soldiers, the rest of the time are part of the community –– so the reserve units are usually more tied to their communities than regular force counterparts.”

“Things like the officers’ mess –– back in its heyday in the 1950s and ‘60s, it was the place to be,” Hrycyna said. “If you were a local businessman, you were trying to find a way of becoming an associate member of the mess, because this is where things happened.”

He added that the collection of military vehicles on display in front of the armoury have been slowly added over time, and are used to commemorate parts of Canadian military history.

“The Sherman tank was left there when the Shermans were withdrawn from the regiment, which would have been in the early ‘60s,” Hrycyna said. “And slowly over the years, other vehicles were added ... the main batch of vehicles came in during the ‘80s and a few since then have been added.”

For more on this article pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • Gerry frost Calgary
    May 02, 2015 - 01:56

    In 1968 my Dad Bill Frost a veteran from WW11. And Korea ran the stores for the armouries. Dad was a Sherman tank crew man for the Calgary tanks ,during the war ,on the last day the Sherman tank was running Dad call me and brother Ron up to the Armourie ,and gave us a ride around the parade square.we got the last ride it was very cool! . Later that afternoon some welders came and welded up all the hatches .there still is a brand new set of tools in side the tank ,the welders never checked .

  • Garth Hampson
    May 04, 2013 - 20:36

    We are thrilled to see the special attention that is being given to the Armouries. When I was a student at Central Collegiate some 60 years ago we spent considerable time there. It now houses a very fine display of Vimy memorabilia and particularly the two Vimy crosses that for many years were housed at St. Johns Anglican church, now St. Aidans. The display also houses the original cross from Pte. Jack Sealy's grave at Villers au Bois where he is buried along with 1,009 other Commonwealth soldiers. Jack was originally from the Macrorie area of Sask. but later moved to Moose Jaw and joined the 46th Btln. The 4th of May, this very date, he was killed in action 94 years ago. He had survived the great Vimy victory of April 9th, 1917. His mother is buried in Rosedale Cemetery.