Articles & Stories

Exploring the military history of the Okanagan Valley and its people.

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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This website is run and managed by the Okanagan Military Museum, part of the Kelowna Museums Society. The Okanagan Military Museum Society [OMMS] formed in 1987 and opened the Okanagan Military Museum on November 11, 1999.