Back to 1683 Cadet Corps


Capt John D. Marles M.Ed., ACM (Retired) CS of C 


John Marles was born in Calgary in 1922. He was educated at Connaught Elementary School, Central Collegiate Institute, Mount Royal College, and the University of Alberta. He obtained the B.Ed. degree in 1947 and the M.Ed. in 1963. He received some military training at the university. In 1942 he joined the Canadian Army (Active) in the 13th District Company, RCASC. After training at Currie Barracks he became ill, and was given a discharge on medical grounds. He moved to Windsor, Ontario, and worked in the Ford plant building military vehicles. Then he returned to teaching, in Calgary, various small towns, Fort Macleod and Edmonton. He taught school for thirty-six years, thirty years as an assistant principal or principal.

Watson Marles, Johnís brother, served eight years in the Royal Air Force in France, Britain, Malaya, Singapore and India. Douglas, another brother, was an officer in the PPCLI and the Army Medical Corps.

In 1944 John joined the CS of C and became chief instructor of #1953 Milo Cadet Corps. They were privileged to participate in the 1945 celebration of VE Day. Later he commanded #1683 Walker Cadet Corps and was at first Assistant Instructor and later Chief Instructor of #2309 Macleod Cadet Corps. He took various courses including driver/wireless operator at Vernon, officer school at Chilliwack, and Captainís Qualifying Course at Dundurn. Captain Marles was an instructor in the Sigs Wing at Vernon and Jericho Beach over several summers. He became a radio ham (amateur radio operator) and earned the advanced license. John still volunteers at the Telus World of Science as a radio operator.

In 1946 John married Ruby Aspeslet, who was in the WRCNS for three and a half years. Next year they hope to celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary. They have four children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Ruby is a spinner and a weaver, and has taught spinning at the Edmonton Weaversí Guild for many years. In 2005 John and Ruby were each awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal for service to the people of Alberta.