‘It’s always been a partnership’ for Foot Guards museum curators


By  Steven Fouchard, Army Public Affairs

Ottawa, Ontario — You could say Estelle Lane married the Governor General’s Foot Guards (GGFG) right along with her husband, Master Warrant Officer (Retired) Martin Lane, who was a member for 15 years, but the fact is, she became a part of the family even before the pair made it official in 1967.

“It started while we were going out,” Estelle recalled. “He was Treasurer of the Foot Guards Association and Secretary of the Mess. So there were always minutes to type. It’s always been a partnership.”

“That was one of our dates,” she added with a fond laugh. “I’d be typing minutes.”

“We’ve done a lot together,” MWO (Retd) Lane responded.

All told, MWO (Retd) Lane is approaching 60 years of involvement with the GGFG, Canada’s senior Reserve infantry regiment and best known for performing ceremonial duties such as the Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill in their trademark scarlet tunics and bearskin hats.

“I was sworn in on the fifth of January 1960 and I’ve never left by way of serving for 15 years, and later being the Secretary and Treasurer of the Regimental Association, then Vice-president and serving twice as President,” he said. “I think I’ve served every position in the Association.”

Mrs. Lane did her part, in addition to all that typing, as a member of the regiment’s Ladies’ Auxiliary, helping organize regimental social events as well as fundraisers for valued local…

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