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Capt Ted Usher


Ted Usher was born Dale Edwin Arthur Usher in New Westminster BC. Ted was born into a family steeped in military history associated to The Royal Westminster Regiment. He grew up in New Westminster attending John Robson then Lord Kelvin Elementary Schoolís. High school was New Westminster Secondary School supplemented with a year of grade ten at St. Thomas Moore High School. At a young age of one, Ted was baptized at a Regimental christening that was held on the parade square of the Armoury in New Westminster. Tedís father, both grandfathers, older and younger brotherís all served in the Regiment. In 1969, Ted joined 2316 RCACC in New Westminster following his brother Ken in cadets. Even though Ted joined at a later age then the required 13, he still excelled and eventually became the RSM of the corps.

            Ted made two trips to Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1969 (CL) and 1970 (CLI). This was followed by a Corporal Call-out staff duty in 1972 working with the Basic Cadets. In February 1973, Ted joined the militia with The Royal Westminster Regiment and was quickly promoted to Corporal. At the age of 19 in August of 1973, Ted left cadets and joined the Cadet Instructors List and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in October 1973. Since there was no room for more officers at 2316 RCACC in New Westminster, Ted joined the Westie affiliated cadet corps in Maple Ridge. 1838 RCACC was Tedís corps for several years until he moved back to 2316. In 1978 Ted was appointed a CO 2316. During that same year, Ted was sworn in to the New Westminster Police Department as a Constable. With the added pressure of being a new police officer, cadets had to be put on the back burner and Ted left cadets and went on the Supp List only to return a few years later and take 2316 over as the CO again. Ted served as a militia officer for several years in the Westies followed by another stint as CO of 2316. In 1994, Ted stepped down and went on the Supp List again to look after his family and young daughter. Ted returned to duty and signed up with 2316 in October 2003 and worked as the Administration Officer. In the summer of 2004, Ted returned to Vernon after a 30 year break and was appointed as the Adjutant for the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. He would hold this position for 2005 as well.

            After a 27 year service with the New Westminster Police Service, Ted retired to pension as of September 2004. His career involved working in patrol, identification, records, burglary section, detective office, criminal intelligence section, recruiting and training, and a four year secondment to Criminal Intelligence Service BC where he was the Provincial Coordinator for outlaw motorcycle gang intelligence. Tedís police career resulted in him receiving his Police Exemplary medal, the Queens Golden Jubilee medal along with a Chief Constables Commendation and a City of New Westminster Police Board Certificate of Merit. These awards were presented to Ted for his effort in producing a book (plus second printing) and researching the history of the New Westminster Police Service and the formation of the NWPS Museum and Archives, plus the NWP Historical Society.

            Ted has also received his Canadian Forces Decoration and the Canada 125th medal for his work with cadets and the CF.

            In October of 2004, Ted was assigned to a new position within RCSU (Pac) as the Liaison Officer between the regional headquarters and the Army Cadet League of Canada British Columbia Branch.

            Ted is married to the former Angela Tremblay of Vernon BC and they have one daughter Alisa. Ted and his family reside in Coquitlam BC .