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Object Name Belt
Object Number 1998.017.005
Description CM 5462
Web Belt
Plastic imitation webbing; green coloured with pebbled exterior surface; metal fittings with brass waist belt clasp; with Royal Canadian Engineer's symbol; embossed garter buckle with unit motto, with EIIR cypher centered, the whole surmounted by a Queen's crown.
Provenance Colonel D.H. Rochester, O.B.E., C.D., graduated in 1941 from the University of Toronto as a mining engineer. He served during the Second World War with 24 Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers in the Aleutian Islands and with 8 Field Squadron in Germany.

Following the war, Colonel Rochester was appointed Chief Instructor at Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering in January 1949. Upon the outbreak of the Korean War he was selected to command the first RCE unit to serve in Korea, 57 Independent Field Squadron. For his service in Korea he was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division). In 1954 he served with Army Headquarters and was sent to Indochina in November for the establishment of the International Truce Commission.

In September 1956 Colonel Rochester commanded 1 Field Engineer Regiment at Vedder Crossing, B.C. and following several Canadian and international postings returned to Chilliwack 21 September, 1965.

As Commander Camp Chilliwack and Commandant of RCSME during integration of the Canadian Forces, he acted as Chief Engineer of the Canadian Army. In April 1966 with the advent of the "Base" concept he became the first Base Commander, CFB Chilliwack.

In April 1967, Colonel Rochester was posted to command the newly formed Canadian Airborne Regiment. He commanded the unit for at least two years.

Colonel Rochester retired from the Canadian Forces in April, 1980.
Date 1953