Okanagan Military History

Meet the people from the Okanagan Valley who served in the armed forces.

Discover the military history of the Okanagan

Articles and stories from military historians

The Distinguished Service of Major C.K.L. Pyman

The Distinguished Service of Major C.K.L. Pyman

Colin Keith Lee Pyman, who was 30 years old with blue eyes, red hair, and a fair complexion, sailed with the 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry) to England on October 8th, 1914. He served briefly with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in 1915 and was promoted...

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Decorated Fallen of the Okanagan

Decorated Fallen of the Okanagan

When Canadians created cenotaphs and memorials to grieve the terrible losses of the First World War, they listed surnames and initials of the Fallen without abbreviations of ranks, decorations or units because they recognized that all are equal in death. It is the...

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What’s a Regiment?

What’s a Regiment?

British Columbia’s military history is considerably shorter than eastern Canada’s, only being tied to overseas service in the 20th century. This article offers a brief assessment of what a Regiment is generally and specifically regarding the history of the British...

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Totally Tubular, Man

Totally Tubular, Man

“Totally Tubular, Man” This 1980s slang term from the surfing world also applied to the firing of the M-72 Light Anti-Armour Weapon. During the Second World War, Canadian armoured units, such as the British Columbia Dragoons, were attacked by German infantry with...

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The Indomitable Nora

The Indomitable Nora

RCAF Corporal (WD) Olive ‘Nora’ Perry[VBMLA] Kelowna born and raised, Olive ‘Nora’ Perry was working as a Provincial Recreation Physical Education Instructor in Kelowna when she enlisted in the RCAF in September 1942. Nora was posted to Patricia Bay on Vancouver...

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1944: A Summer of Loss

1944: A Summer of Loss

Many Okanagan communities grieved the loss of at least one citizen during the Second World War. According to the Okanagan Honour Roll, 50 people died in Canada or Europe between June 1 and September 31, 1944. They were between the ages of 19 and 39, served in all...

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Visit the Okanagan Military Museum

Step inside and feel the dedication to service and memory which inspired the museum’s founders. The Okanagan Military Museum reveals how local men and women met the call of duty and contributed to events on the world stage.

“For two decades now, our collection has wowed both locals and visitors, and we’re excited for that to continue. This is part of our shared history and a chance for us to come together in remembrance.”

 – Keith Boehmer, Military Historian