Gordon T. Crossley and Michael R. McNorgan -- Book LaunchFriday Apr 13 2012 1:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
This is a history about the courage, dedication and sacrifice of ordinary Canadians who performed extraordinary deeds. Courage was never wanting in The Garrys. That courage came from the comradeship of being soldiers in a regiment. The Fort Garry Horse was and is such a regiment. This history gives insight into the last 100 years of this regiment of cavalry, of tanks and of light armour.
Gordon T. Crossley, CD, was born and raised in the city of Winnipeg, beginning his military service as an Air Cadet in 1972. He enrolled in The Fort Garry Horse as a Private in 1976, held all non-commissioned ranks in the unit and was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major in 1999. Chief Warrant Officer Crossley was appointed Brigade Sergeant Major of 38 Canadian Brigade Group in 2007 and Area Reserve Sergeant Major for Land Forces Western Area in 2010. Mr. Crossley has led a number of pilgrimage tours to Normandy France and was instrumental in placing monuments in France to commemorate the Canadian Cavalry Brigade actions in the First World War. He is now the director of The Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives.
Michael McNorgan, CD, MA served for 39 years in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, in both regular and reserve regiments, retiring as a major. His last posting with the military was at National Defence Headquarters with the Directorate of History and Heritage. He has authored or co-authored many military histories, and was a contributor to Fighting for Canada and More Fighting for Canada. In recent years he has been involved in guiding small-group tours to the many Canadian battlefields in Italy, Belgium and France. He now lives in Ottawa.