THE RCEME MASCOTS
During the winter of 1943, 1 Infantry Troops Workshop was on the Italian Adriatic coast near Lanciano. One particular villa in the area had been completely reduced to rubble, yet in the middle of it all and almost totally untouched was the statue of a peasant girl.
She was quite attractive, but standing there amongst the rubble she must have looked even more beautiful to the war-weary and glamour starved technicians of RCEME. She was coerced into returning to the unit lines, where she was soon kitted-out with her own helmet, old rifle and bayonet. She became affectionately known as Sadie. She helped our troops by volunteering to stand guard at the entrance to the workshop control office. Every time the workshop moved, so did Sadie.
At the war's end, she found herself in Arnhem (having travelled by ship from Italy to the south of France, then by truck through France, Belgium and Holland). After all of her dedication and devotion to duty (and our troops), her loyal comrades were not about to desert her. She was rewarded with a posting to paradise at the RCEME school in Barriefield. Eventually she was posted to CFSEME in Borden where she stands guard to this day.
Several people have represented Sadie "Live" at various events. To name only a few, Mrs Daphne Rainville, at the 2004 Western EME Bonspiel (Photo) and Ms Shelly Coffey at the 2008 Bluebell Conference in Ottawa.
Digger, the Maintenance Platoon Mascot, has been with the Canadian Contingent of the Logistics Battalion (LOGBATT) for over 26 tours of peacekeeping duty at Camp Ziouani, Golan Heights.
Digger, was revered by camp personnel and held the rank of Warrant Officer upon his transfer to Canada in 2003. He is believed to have been the highest ranked mascot of the Canadian Military. (Reference needed)
Digger was not only popular with the troups, whose morale he boosted during their Tour, he even had his picture taken with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien during the PM's visit to the camp in April 2000.
Digger had a turbulent career, and was demoted a few times (References needed) until he settled down and was finally promoted to Warrant Officer in 2003 prior to his transfer to Canada.
The Mission of the Canadian Contingent of UNDOF, also known as OP DANACA, was to monitor and supervise the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria. The Canadian Contingent provided most of the troops for the UNDOF Logistic Battalion, as well as a number of communications and headquarters personnel. Canadian peacekeepers served with UNDOF since its inception, and marked 29 years in the mission in April 2003.