Honouring Veterans Initiative- Art Boyle

Sergeant Art Boyle was recognized at our April GCC meeting through the GCC’s Honouring Veterans Initiative. Full details of his extensive service are available in the April GCC Newsletter distributed to members and which is also available on the GCC website. http://www.gcclondon.ca/whatsnew.htm

Sergeant Art Boyle, who will shortly be celebrating his 100th birthday, was unable to attend.

The Honouring Veterans initiative of the Garrison Community Council (London and Region) acknowledges the service of individual Canadian Forces (CF) and RCMP veterans. As well the initiative celebrates our rich military heritage, both past and present, while continuing our traditions of Remembrance. The Honouring Veterans initiative supports the GCC’s mission to focus on building a greater understanding of the Canadian Forces within the civilian community. A summary of Art Boyle’s service is provided below.

Sergeant Art Boyle was born in the Gaspe in November of 1915. In 1938, he joined the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) and began life in the army with a sword and a horse. During the early 1940’s, he trained as a Dragoon, with the 1st Hussars as part of the 1st Canadian Cavalry Regiment (Mechanised) (1CCR (M)). This unit was comprised of the RCD, the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (LdSH) and the 1st Hussars, who supplied the Headquarters (HQ) and ‘C’ Squadron.

Art entered the Second World War as a 1st Hussar. 1CCR (M) was disbanded in early 1941 and several of the Dragoons opted to stay with the 1st Hussars (now a Tank unit) rather than return to the RCD who became an armoured car unit.

Art Boyle(left) at the Holy Roller in Victoria Park this past November with another WWII 1st Hussar, Phil Cockburn.

Art Boyle(left) at the Holy Roller in Victoria Park this past November with another WWII 1st Hussar, Phil Cockburn.

In late 1941, the unit moved to Great Britain and continued training there. Art was a crew commander in a Lee tank. He eventually crew commanded a Sherman. During a fire-fight in June 1944, Art’s tank was responsible for the sixth Panther tank kill of an engagement. In the same month, he duelled with a German tank at le Mesnil-Patry (where ‘B’ Squadron was destroyed) and won the duel causing the German Squadron Commander and crew to bail out and crawl from the field. Later in the year, he would skillfully maneuver his tank to a position from where he could engage two German Tiger tanks, firing on one, causing it to burn and forcing them to retreat. For this action, he received the Military Medal. Art is also a member of the French Legion of Merit and has been awarded the medal for the Legion of Honour (Légion d’honneur) France’s highest order, or decoration. He completed his duties in the war at Breda, Holland in late1944. Art has been President of the 1st Hussars Association, in existence since 1946 and still attends the meetings.

Our May Speaker

Our Guest Speaker at the May GCC meeting was Georgiana Stanciu, Curator, RCR Museum. She updated Members on the development and growth of the museum and its collection.

Georgiana Stanciu, Executive Director for The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

Georgiana Stanciu, Executive Director for The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

Georgiana Stanciu was born in Craiova (Romania). In 1990 she obtained an undergrad at the Fine Arts Academy in Bucharest (Romania) in the Museum Studies and Art History Program. In 1991 she joined the National Museum of Art of Romania as junior curator for the European Art Department. Initially keeper for the European Art collection, Georgiana became the Head of the Department in 1995. At the same time, she successfully completed a M.A. degree in International Cultural Relations and Cultural Management at Université de Dijon while attending classes within a joint program with UNESCO Paris (France).

In 1997 she came to Canada and in 1998 she was accepted at Université de Montréal, Québec as a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Cinema Studies. She obtained her degree in 2006. The same year she became the curator with the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario.

GCC President, Jack Scott thanks our May Speaker, Georgiana Stanciu

GCC President, Jack Scott thanks our May Speaker, Georgiana Stanciu

In 2007 she was a European Art Fellow for the National Art Gallery in Ottawa and since May 2012, she has become the Executive Director for The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum at Wolseley Barracks in London, ON. Throughout her career as a museum curator, in addition to various papers published in Romanian, Georgiana saw numerous projects completed in the area of exhibit development, collections management and education programs. She has had the opportunity to know closely how museums functions in Europe, Asia and North America.