Birth of a Regiment


The Vancouver Six

In 1915, these six young men were all students at Vancouver College, then part of McGill University. Merril Des Brisay was born in Saskatchewan, Lyall Fraser in Port Arthur Ontario. Steve Plummer was also from Ontario but had moved to Calgary with his family as a teenager. Simmy Simonds was a native of Vancouver and lived in the Shaunsessy area. Charlie Hardie, was born in England but grew up in Victoria where he had been active in the high school cadet corps. Ralph MacPherson, the third BC member of the group was born in Nova Scotia but was living in West Vancouver with his parents when he started at Vancouver College. All six enlisted as part of the First University Company joined the Patricia’s in the field on July 28th, 1915.

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