CWO Harry A. Poile, MMM, CD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Chief Warrant Officer Harry Poile, MMM, CD (Ret’d) on 17 May 2014 in Chilliwack. Harry served a full career with the Canadian Military Engineers – the highlight being his appointment as 1 Combat Engineer Regiment Regimental Sergeant Major 1990-1992.
Harry was born in Shellbrook, SK in 1939 and moved to Chilliwack as a young boy. He joined the local Engineer Cadet Corps and then the Militia in 1955 when he was old enough. In 1960 Harry joined the Regular Army as a Field Engineer and was posted to 2 Field Squadron in Gagetown later that year after completion of his basic training.
In 1965 Harry was posted to 4 Field Squadron at Werl Germany and moved back to Vedder Crossing with and 3 Field Squadron after completion of that tour. In October 1973 Harry was sent to Egypt for a year as part of the UN Emergency Force. He returned home the next year and later that year he moved on to 5 Field Squadron at Valcartier for a 3-year tour.
Upon completing his Valcartier tour, Harry returned to Vedder Crossing with 1 Combat Engineer Regiment. In 1981 Harry returned to Germany for four years but this time in Lahr with 4 Combat Engineer Regiment. He then returned to Chilliwack and 1 Combat Engineer Regiment and became 1CER RSM upon promotion to CWO in 1988. In April 1991 Harry deployed to Kuwait with the Regiment as part of the UN Iraq/Kuwait Observer Mission. On completion of this tour Harry was posted to his final tour at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering as the Standards CWO.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Harry at #280 Vedder Golden Royal Canadian Legion on Vedder Rd., Chilliwack, BC on Thursday 22 May at 1:00 pm. Wearing of blazers and medals for military personnel would be appreciated. There will be a light lunch / snacks and a reception following the service.