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Royal Canadian Hussars Association unveils portrait of Hemmingford’s Karl Kramell

The Royal Canadian Hussars Association recently presented an official portrait to retired honourary lieutenant colonel and Hemmingford resident Karl Kramell.

The portrait, which was commissioned by the regiment and paid for by a group of former commanding officers, was prepared by artist Gregg Legge. The painting was presented to Kramell, who served as the unit honourary lieutenant colonel from 2001 to 2009, in recognition of his long service with the regiment, Canadian Forces, and the armoured corps. It will hang in the cavalry room in the officers’ mess at the Cote-des-Neiges Armoury.

As a young boy shortly after the Second World War, Kramell, his mother, and his siblings walked as refugees from East Prussia to northern Germany near the Danish border, where they met with his father before eventually emigrating to Canada. The family first settled in Montreal and then moved to Hemmingford.

In 1958, Kramell joined the army as a member of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, serving successively with the 8th Canadian Hussars, the Royal Canadian Dragoons, and the 12e Régiment blindé du Canada. He served in Germany on three tours, in Egypt, and across Canada. During the October Crisis of 1970, as a sergeant, Kramell led a section that guarded Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Ottawa residence.


Honorary Colonel Marie Claude Jarry and Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm William Stuart Day of the Royal Canadian Hussars Association recently presented Hemmingford resident Karl Kramell with an official honourary portrait PHOTO Royal Canadian Hussars Association


Kramell is one of few soldiers that has made a successful and sustained transition from the regular force to the reserves. He served with Force Mobile Command Headquarters in Saint-Hubert between 1984 and 1994. While at the headquarters, he paraded voluntarily with the unit during his spare time and served principally as the “B” squadron commander. In 1994, he transferred to the unit and served, first as deputy commanding officer, and then, from 1994 to 1997, as commanding officer.

After his retirement from the reserves, he continued to serve with the regimental support organizations. In 2013, he was awarded the “Important Friend of the Regiment” medallion in recognition of his extensive volunteer work as president of the Royal Canadian Hussars Association and the Montreal Cavalry Institute.

In Hemmingford, Kramell remains an active member of his community. He has served three times as president of the Royal Canadian Legion, as the president of the protestant cemetery, and as a councillor and mayor of the township of Hemmingford.

(Submitted by the Royal Canadian Hussars Association)

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