The regimental newsletter entitled “The Growler” began publication on 1 January 1916. The first regimental newspaper was called “The Bugler” and was published in 1914 on the troopship carrying the Regiment overseas to the UK from Canada.
Censorship quickly squashed that initiative, but the Regiment tried again in 1916 with “The Growler” – which also brought down the wrath of the Canadian Corps staff upon the RMR, which goes to validate the phrase once quoted by an RSM of the RMR: “No good deed goes unpunished”…!
Regimental newspapers were not uncommon and contributed to the morale and unit identity of Regiments. Mainly full of information from home, gossip and funny stories they were written by the soldiers for their fellow soldiers.