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If you haven't been to a Shilobrat reunion, you don't know what you are missing, if you have, you know you will be there again, either way, 'This is the one'.
Reunion 2018 set the standard, Reunion 2022 opens the gates! This isn't just a gathering of those who personally knew each other, If you spent any part of your youth in schools, sports, activities in Shilo, it became part of you, there are things we all have in common, we do know each other, you won't be a stranger.
This time we have a theme, the Way We Were, it's just for fun. You don't have to dress up, just fun if you do. The 'Fashion Tips' on our website are extreme, that's for fun too, just come as you are, you know who you were.
Enjoy our Shilobrats Reunion 2022 web site, it will be regularly updated and entertaining.
Better still, come to the Reunion. This is the one!


Added: December 7, 2021
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Hi Dan
I remember having Remembrance Day service inside the Sports Palace. Parade was assembled on the rink. The rink was not frozen of course. ………There was a protocol and direction for all of the families and children. Once the Parade was marshalled and ‘Atten-Shun’was called, it was understood by all that it was to be quiet. Exceptions were allowed. Babies crying out and fidgeting and the occasional cough.
I remember that all Parades especially Remembrance Day were very respected. For sure in the Murphy family. Our family watched many parade square events as well as practice and the mandatory troop drills. I polished a lot of brass and shined many boots for my dad. Not to forget all the web belt dressing.


Added: November 25, 2021
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Just remembering all those cold Nov 11 services. All the soldiers freezing their ears off on the parade square. As soon as dismissed running to the junior ranks to get warm.
In the early years having the air force there doing a flyby.
Memories are great, from an almost forgotten place


Added: November 9, 2021
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livd at 20 Ubigue from 1956 to 1972. then at 111 Kingston from 1972 to 1975
Family was John, Ken,Twins Ray and Ron, Rod, Pam, Shelley, Dave, Dan and Alan. Dad, Wilfred, Was rheme.


Added: November 1, 2021
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What if you wrote down your thoughts and observations about what was going on around you as you made your way through life, and chose a format of verse and rhyme to capture those thoughts like an artist or photographer captures a moment in time. Then in the year of the pandemic you discover this time capsule of treasured thoughts and memories and decide to give it life. The first time you read The Gate and Other Poems on a Life's Journey is to see what it is about, and realize this was also a time period you grew up with similar experience. Now you sit down and read from your memory time capsule perspective and appreciate why he bothered. Thank you Doug Jordan for doing this.

Added: October 10, 2021
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Wishing Miss Sheehan a wonderful birthday. She has been there for me and many other teenagers no matter what the problem was. She definitely “ saved “ me from a life of trouble. She was tough but had a huge heart for everyone who went to PEPS.

Added: September 30, 2021
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Hi Rusty. …I must say that one of my good friends was Chris Evoy. The family was just a street or so over towards the main gate from us on Ubique. We were in the same class. Chuckle. He had a different sense of humour than me. Mine was more a Newfi humor. He was a good friend. Obviously you are related. Murphy’’s, Evoy, Findlay, and the Martins. Turners and the White’s as well. …We had a good old gang. Many a good night after supper playing ‘kick the can’. Playing cowboys with our Cap Pistols and holsters. Lots of fun in the Camp theatre. And so many other things all of us did in Shilo when we were young.
Glad to hear from you. This is a great site. I check in often and write in occasionally. We all knew almost every inch of Camp Shilo. Every nook and cranny many of which we probably should not have been. That’s Army brats for ‘ya.
later. Bump.


Added: September 23, 2021
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Bump, you should write a book, your memories are so exacting about Shilo. I remember going to the Hostess Hut (what we called it). From my paper route, I could load up on candies and get a milkshake and chips at the counter. Loved it when soldiers shoveled money into the jukebox and buying Hit Parade magazine and searching for Humbug magazine. Take care all...Rusty Evoy

Added: September 22, 2021
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Howdy. ….I lived in Camp Shilo all thru the Fifties and until 1961. The family resided first in ‘H’ huts and then into a small newly constructed home and would need to look at an early map to say which address. After a year or so we moved again over to another PMQ at #7 Ubique. Which was our permanent address until my Dad retired and moved on to Nova Scotia.
One way or another most families and all of the Army members frequented the Coffee Shop. Matter of fact both my Mum and Dad worked there as well as the Coffee and food concession at the Sports Palace. …My Dad also tended the Bar at the Sergeants Mess. He also had the grocery delivery routes from the Maple Leaf Services Store that was in Camp. …My self and my brothers Ernie and Larry would be sitting with legs over the open tailgate of my Dad’s 1951 Ford Station Wagon as he drove the PMQ’s and we hoisted the bags and boxes to the homes. …sorry to say that many a banana or orange was eaten along the way. Broccoli and Asparagus were safe tho..
We spent so very many times at the Coffee Shop. Ourselves and other Shilo Brats were there for the pop and French fries and sundries. That is where I first saw the new fangled ball point pen which I purchased from money from my paper routes which were the Winnipeg Free Press and the Brandon Sun. As a side note to that was that in School we were still being taught to use the nib and inkwell method. Chuckle. I bypassed the leaky old fountain pen.
I remember quite well the Coffee Shop. ….You would park adjacent to the entrance. Walk on to the door and when inside it was sort of a room to wipe your feet and get rid of your galoshes and it also served as a mail room to post and receive mail and parcels. …As you moved inside proper and now in the main area you could hang a ‘left’ and you would be near the actual coffee shop area and stools at the Bar and the ‘short order’ grill. There you could get fries hot dogs and burgers and soft drinks and milk and such and there was a nice ice cream and popsicle cooler. ….The main common area had tables and chairs to eat your fries and such. Then there was an area to get sundries like soap and razors and other toiletries . There were some ‘notions ‘ and as well there were postcards and stuff. Funny . I can still see the exact photo memory of the coffee shop.
Well that is my memory lane thing of the day. …Thanx Folks.


Added: September 21, 2021
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Greeting to everyone from me, in "The Great White North". I have lived in Thompson for 41 years but still fondly remember my days in Shilo. I am thinking about moving to Nova Scotia, as my Thompson relocation was supposed to be for only 3 years, and I've been here since August of '80. I could never figure out which three years, so I guess that's why I'm still here!

Added: September 16, 2021
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