In November of 1916 Colonel Griesbach, CO of the 49th Battalion, wrote from the battle field in France to suggest that a Forty-Ninth Regimental Association be formed for three purposes – to welcome home returning members of the unit, to advise them on such matters as pay and pensions and to assist them in re-establishment in civilian life. In February of 1917 a local group wrote back to say that a regimental association was being formed. Over the years the association has brought veterans of the Regiment together for annual dinners, church parades and Remembrance Day ceremonies. The association also took on the task of publishing the Fortyniner magazine.
Today the 49th Battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Association is dedicated to promoting good fellowship and Esprit-de-Corps within the Regimental family and maintaining interest and liaison with the Regiment. The association still holds an annual dinner, publishes the Fortyniner magazine and now also manages the Regimental Kit Shop. It also administers a charitable institution which, among other things, provides educational bursaries to members of the unit and the association, their families, as well as to the general public.
The Regimental Kit Shop is located in the unit lines at Jefferson Armoury in Edmonton and offers a range of products of interest to unit members, past and present. Items include regimental accoutrements (buckles, buttons, cap badges, etc.), clothing (T-shirts, vests, sweat suits, etc.), jewelry (broaches, lapel pins, cuff links, etc.) and more.
Go to the Association website for contact and membership information, upcoming events, and kit shop products, prices and ordering information.