ABOUT GARY TURNER
Gary's father was a career soldier, who served with Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry from 1950 to 1975. Their family lived in Calgary, Griesbach Barracks in Edmonton, Toronto, Germany and finally back to Calgary where his father retired from the military. The family lived in Germany from 1969 to 1972; there Gary's history obsession took deeper root and he gained an appreciation of foreign cultures. Graduating from high school in 1971, he began working for the air force in Baden Soellingen with hopes of joining the air force. However, government funding cuts meant there were few opportunities available. Although he hoped things might change, they did not and he abandoned that goal four years later.
Gary's grandfather served with Lord Strahcona's Horse in WW1 and it was he who first stoked his grandson's life long interest in military history. During the Korean War, Reginald, Gary's father, fought at the Battle of Kapyong in April, 1951 and he also encouraged his son's passion for history.
On November 11, 2018, Gary and his wife, along with two of their closest friends, attended centenary remembrance ceremonies in Mons, Belgium, where Canadian troops ended their war 100 years earlier. Then followed a ten day tour of the areas where Canadians fought in Belgium and France. On March 30, 2018, he witnessed the Lord Strathcona's remembrance of their most famous battle, the Battle of Moreuil Wood, in France. In 2015, the Princess Patricias commemorated the 100th anniversary of their most famous battle, the May 8, 1915, Battle of Frezenberg, near Ypres Belgium.
Without his parents' knowledge, Gary began riding motorcycles in 1968. To date, he has logged approximately five hundred thousand kilometres on two wheels. He has seen most of the western United States, six Canadian provinces, two northern territories and Alaska. However, the absolute highlight of his riding career occurred in 2011. This was a nine week odyssey of eight European countries while he also explored most of the old western front aboard his trusty BMW, lovingly named The Blue Max." This trip started Gary's writing career in a motorcycle magazine. You can read his debuted article by clicking here.