Canada 150 Edmonton Trivia Contest – The Military

This post has the answers for last week’s trivia questions on the Military. The next set of questions on Sport & Leisure in Edmonton are now available!

Welcome to the Canada 150 Edmonton Trivia Contest! Today we’re releasing the next set of 10 questions – Sports and Leisure in Edmonton. Sets of 10 questions will be released every Friday between now and June 23.

Questions can be answered using this online form and completed forms are entered into two draws. See full contest details, including prizes, in our March 14 blog post.

EA-29-168 Prince of Wales Armouries Interior c. 1930
EA-29-168 Prince of Wales Armouries Interior c. 1930

Edmonton has had a long tradition with the Military. Perhaps the relationship has not always been as cordial and supportive as it is today – but the military (and paramilitary forces like the North West Mounted Police who arrived in 1875) have been important to ensure the security and the prosperity of the west.

Ten years after the establishment of the NWMP post near Edmonton, there was a militia regiment sent out from Ottawa to protect the populace at Fort Edmonton and the nearby settlement from the perceived threat of Louis Riel’s supporters among the local Indigenous people and the Metis. Many of the Metis had long been neighbours and fellow homesteaders with the other settlers and the local First Nations were generally not in league with Riel. However, rumours abounded and some settlers fled to the Fort to beg protection until the militia arrived. Steele’s Scouts arrived from Calgary days after the “crisis” to find every thing calm and peaceful.
Prior to the First World War there were several local militia groups in Edmonton and surrounding communities who, once war was declared in 1914, resigned their militia units to enlist in the fledgeling Canadian Expeditionary Forces.

1. When did Vimy ridge fall to Canadian troops including Edmonton’s own 49th Battalion?

A. April 14, 1917
B. April 24, 1915
C. July 1, 1916
D. August 8, 1918

Hopefully you attended the recent centennial commemoration of Vimy or watched one of the specials featuring the Vimy memorial in France. Traditionally described as one of the defining moments in Canadian national development, it is certainly true that the battle produced a significant impact on Edmonton as large numbers of the city’s enlisted men were killed in this battle and the aftermath. Their names were published in the local papers, and read out in church services and listed on honour rolls throughout the city in the weeks afterwards.

2. When was the 49th Battalion formed?

A. January 4, 1914
B. January 4, 1915
C. January 4, 1916
D. January 4, 1917

3. When did the City adopt the 418 Squadron?

A. 1916
B. 1944
C. 1951
D. 2001

Air combat and reconnaissance were begun in the First World War but local aviators were mostly trained and deployed in the British Air Force. It wasn’t until the Second World War that Canada was able to train and enplane its own Air Force.

4. When did the Alberta Field Force arrive in the Edmonton area?

A. 1869
B. 1875
C. 1885
D. 1892

The Alberta Field Force was sent to quell the Riel Rebellion and ensure the peaceful transition from nomadic to agricultural and urban settlement in the west. When they arrived in Edmonton they found no enemy to engage and soon returned east.

5. The first cenotaph commemorating the First World War in the Edmonton area was built in 1920 in what area of the City?

A. Calder
B. Jasper Place
C. Downtown
D. Beverly

EA-160-14 Beverly Memorial Unveiling October 17, 1920
EA-160-14 Beverly Memorial Unveiling October 17, 1920

6. What was the nickname of the 49th Battalion, which became their official name?

A. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment
B. Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
C. North Alberta Regiment
D. The South Alberta Light Horse

The Edmonton Regiment was recruited early in the First World War, and due to the influence of Major Griesbach, was maintained as a unit when many other divisions were broken up and used to reinforce earlier units on the ground once they arrived at the front. The name was changed to add Loyal during the Italian campaign in 1943.

7. Lestock, the mascot of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, was an animal frequently found in the Edmonton area. What animal was it?

A. Muskrat
B. Magpie
C. Skunk
D. Coyote

EA-458-118 Woman with Lestock 1915
EA-458-118 Woman with Lestock 1915

A lady supporter of the military presented a coyote pup to the 49ers while the troops were travelling through Saskatchewan. It became their mascot but was left with a small black bear at the London Zoo. The bear cub was later to become famous as the loveable but not-so-smart friend of a child named Christopher Robin.

8. Name a building formerly used as an armoury in Edmonton.

A. Ortona Armoury
B. Victoria Armoury
C. Prince of Wales Armoury
D. Connaught Armoury
E. All of the above

EA-458-171 Victoria Armoury January, 1915
EA-458-171 Victoria Armoury January, 1915

9. Edmonton’s former military base, now a subdivision, was named after which former Edmonton mayor?

A. Fighting Joe Clark
B. HME Evans
C. William Griesbach
D. Vincent Dantzer

10. What is the name of the group that fosters relations between Edmonton military community and the City of Edmonton?

A. Edmonton Salutes
B. Army R Us
C. Yellow Ribbon
D. Military Family Alliance

Good luck with the next batch of questions about Sport & Leisure in Edmonton, you have until Thursday, May 25 at midnight to answer them and be entered in the contest!