Recently, the Master Gunner St James’s Park completed his visit to Canada. During his time in Canada, he visited Halifax, St John, Gagetown, Quebec City, Petawawa, Ottawa and Kingston from 17 to 25 June 2016. He had the chance to be immersed inside Canadian culture and history. He saw multiple historical sites of importance to the Royal Canadian Artillery. During his visit he was accompanied by the Colonel Commandant BGen (Ret’d) Selbie and LCol Scharlach.
Find more pictures of his 2 RCHA Visit Here
The Master Gunner St James’s Park is the ceremonial head of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and channel of communication between the Regiment and the Captain General (Queen Elizabeth II).
The appointment was institued in 1678 and originally known as Master Gunner of Whitehall & St James’s Park. The earlier Master Gunners were responsible for the artillery defence of Whitehall Palace and the Palace of Westminster.
The appointment of Master Gunner St James’s Park is held by a distinguished Royal Artillery Officer selected by the Queen in her capacity as Captain General, on the advice of the Colonels Commandant of the regiment and has honorary status over all other Commonwealth Artilleries.
General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman GBE, KCB currently holds the ceremonial position of Master Gunner St James’s Park. He is a former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces.