Since 1963 the members of 23 (Hamilton) Field Ambulance have met in Ancaster in the early fall at the beginning of the training year to participate in the annual Church Parade to St John’s Anglican Church. This is one of the unit’s strong traditions started by veterans and members of the unit to celebrate the members of the Farmer Family who served with the unit during the two wars. Colonel George D. Farmer commanded the Fifth Field Ambulance from mobilization to November 1916. The unit was founded on 4 December 1900 and was known as the 7th Bearer Corps. The unit will celebrate it 11o Annivesary this December at the Unit Christmas party.
On 19 September 2010, at 09:30 hours the members of the unit formed up in the parking lot of Tim Horton’s in Ancaster and marched to the St. John’s Anglican Church. After the service, the members conducted a laying of the wreaths at the Farmer plot in the cemetery adjacent to the church.
The unit then adjourned to the garden party hosted by the Farmer family for the annual award ceremony and a light lunch. The entire exercise engenders Esprit de Corps and reunits colleagues after the summer away on course and serving. All the members present remembered the six soldiers serving abroad and in Afghanistan, and wish them a safe return — so they can participate in the parade in 2011.
Three photos follow: 1. forming up 2. on the march and 3. at the church.