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#2573 Cadet Corps

Name -         6th Field Squadron Royal Canadian Engineer Cadet Corps

Location     North Vancouver, BC

Formed      January 25, 1956    Disbanded       Active  

Commanding Officers/Chief Instructors- 

Capt George King (25 Jan 1956 - April 1956) Biography


Capt Derrick Humphreys (April 1956 - May 1959) Biography

Capt Harry Adams (May 1959 - 1962) Biography

Capt George King (1962) Biography 

(photo missing)

Capt Ernie Pennington (1962 – May 1965) Biography

(photo missing)

Lt. S. Bennett (May 1965- ? 1965) Biography

(photo missing)

Capt Harry Adams (1965-1966)  Biography

(photo missing)

Capt George (Bud) Royle (1966 - June 1969) Biography

Capt Don Royle (June 1969 - 31 March 1971) Biography

Capt Don Straumford ( 1 April 1971 - 22 Jan 1973 ) Biography

(photo missing)

Capt Alan Barrett (23 January 1973 - 31 May 1979) Biography

Capt Bob Irvine (01 June 1979 - 14 Oct 1986) Biography

Capt Brian Seward (15 Oct 1986 - 15 Oct 1989) Biography

Capt Don Parr-Pearson (16 Oct 1989 - 11 Dec 1990) Biography

Capt Mike Millard (12 Dec 1990 - 30 Nov 1994) Biography

Capt Wendy Blomme (01 Dec 1994 - 14 June 1997) Biography

Capt Rob Thompson (15 June 1997 - 27 May 2000) Biography

Capt Rick Nicholson (28 May 2000 - 26 Oct 2003) Biography

Captain Mike Millard (27 Dec 2003 - 07 Nov 2004) Biography

Captain Bob Irvine (08 Nov 2004 - 17 Jun 2008) Biography

Capt Chris Hamilton (17 Jun 2008 – 7 Oct 2014 )

Capt Kaj Boysen (7 Oct 2014 - Present)


Senior Cadets

  C/WO II Tony Humphreys (1956)

unknown (1957-62)


C/Major John Gibberd (1962-63)

unknown (1964-69)


   C/WO II Brian Pennie (1970)

  unknown (1957-69)


  WO I Ian MacArthur (1974)

    C/CWO Mike Millard (1975-76)


C/CWO Robert MacDonald (1977-78)

 C/CWO Richard Eaton (1979)

C/MWO Scott MacLeod (1980)

 C/CWO Dave Collins (1981-82)

C/CWO Sean Steede (1983-84)

C/CWO Keith McIntosh (1985)

  C/MWO Ryan Prox (1986)

C/MWO Rachael Armstrong (1987)

C/MWO Alyssa Brooks (1988)

 C/WO Robert Deas-Dawlish (1989)

C/ WO Shiloh Gregorchuk (1990)

  unknown (1991-94)

C/MWO Matt Jackson (1995)

unknown (1996-97)

C/MWO Adam Fratianni (1998)

unknown (1999-2004)

C/CWO Dane Nicholson (2005)


C/CWO Rose Sharp (2006)

 C/CWO Joy Emerson (2007-08)

C/CWO Kaj Boysen (2009)

C/MWO Alex Visca (2009)

C/CWO Jessica Ma (2010) 

 C/CWO Breanne Tennant (2011)

C/MWO Jan Pinon (2011-12)
C/CWO Jun Bae (2013)
C/CWO Anna Ashborne (2014)
CWO Bradon DaSilva (2014-15) 
C/CWO Christopher Burritt (2015-16)


Corps Flag


The corps' first flag

The corps' second flag (F. Arseneault)


Corps Home

LCol J.P. Fell Armoury  - North Vancouver (F.Arseneault)

interior facing NE (F.Arseneault)


interior facing NE (F.Arseneault)


interior facing south (F.Arseneault)



History -   

In 1956 under the sponsorship of 6th Fd Sqn RCE CA (M) formation unit became known as 2573 6th Field Squadron RCE Cadet Corps. affil.: 7th Field Engineer Regt RCE, Jan 25, 1956. They are sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 118, North Vancouver. (auth?)


"Captain Derrick Humphreys (Former Mayor of West Vancouver ) was asked to start an Engineer Cadet Corps by Major Bill Dow, the Commanding Officer of 6th Field Engineer Squadron. It was initially affiliated with the 7th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE) in Vancouver, the parent regiment of 6th Field. The corps was registered as 6th Field Squadron Royal Canadian Engineers Cadet Corps on 25 January 1956 and was given the corps number 2573. When #2570 North Shore Cadet Corps disbanded, the remaining cadets were absorbed by #2573.

During the late 1960s and into the 1970s, the popularity of the cadet programme experienced a down turn and the entire programme was re-evaluated at the National level with a view to making some changes. With a new mandate, major changes to the training programme and new cadet uniforms in 1977, enrolment was once again on the increase. During this time, the corps re-badged and changed its name from 6th Field Squadron RCE Cadets Corps to the 6th Field Engineer Squadron Cadet Corps (the name still used today). These changes were brought about following the affiliated unit’s Branch changing from the Royal Canadian Engineers to the Canadian Military Engineers.

In the near future, the name of the corps will once again change as the affiliated unit’s name changes. The word “Field” is soon to be eliminated. The corps will be known as 6th Engineer Squadron Cadet Corps."  - Capt Bob Irvine Dec 2005  


The 6th Field Company Canadian Engineers of North Vancouver sponsored an army cadet corps from 1917 up until 1941 when the unit was sent to the east coast in preparation for deployment overseas during World War II.

      Following the end of WW II, 6th Field Squadron wanted to re-establish an army cadet corps of its own. With the demise of the affiliated cadet corps at North Vancouver High School the time seemed right, so in 1955 application was made to Ottawa. On 25 January 1956, #2573 - 6th Field Squadron Royal Canadian Engineers Cadet Corps was authorized. Adhering to protocol, the corps was affiliated to the 7th Field Regiment RCE in Vancouver, at that time the parent regiment of 6th Field Squadron.

      Captain F.H.C. Oram of 6th Field Squadron approached Captain Derrick Humphreys to be the Chief Instructor (CO) of the newly formed cadet corps. Derrick Humphreys was a City of North Vancouver Alderman at the time and would later become the Mayor of West Vancouver.  

      The corps got off to a rather unusual start, as told by Mr. Anthony (Tony) Humphreys, son of Derrick Humphreys and the first Cadet Squadron Sergeant Major (SSM) of the corps: 

      “The Area Cadet Officer explained to my Dad that the procedure for starting a cadet corps required that a certain number of boys be enrolled, and only when that number had been reached would uniforms and equipment be provided to the new cadet corps.  My Dad explained to the Area Cadet Officer that he would proceed differently, and that the Area Cadet Officer would place in the Armouries uniforms and equipment for a cadet corps of 60 boys, and my Dad would put boys into them.  UNHEARD OF!  There followed some discussion, and some mysterious correspondence with the Minister of National Defence and even the Prime Minister.  The Area Cadet Officer then decided my Dad’s plan was acceptable after all, even my Dad’s insistence that to outfit 60 you needed 100 uniforms to allow for various size ranges.

   The plan to start the cadet corps was advertised in various North Vancouver schools, and I think newspapers, and on the chosen Saturday morning (24 March 1956) sixty boys did arrive and were enrolled and issued uniforms, much to the amazement of everyone except my father.” 

      It should be mentioned that when the corps was formed cadets was an organization for boys only. #2573 bent the rules right from the get-go by having a few girl cadets in uniform in 1956. The girls didn’t stay however because of the many restrictions on their involvement in cadet training and the fact that there were no summer camp opportunities available to them. Needless to say, a milestone in cadet history occurred when in July of 1975 Parliament amended the National Defence Act to allow girls full participation in the cadet program. 

      At the time the 6th Field corps started up, another army cadet corps was parading in North Vancouver. #2570 North Shore Cadet Corps was formed a few months earlier in 1955 and was affiliated with the 211th Battery of the 43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (Militia). #2570 North Shore Cadet Corps’ affiliated unit would be disbanded in October of 1959 and absorbed by the 15th Field Regiment RCA in Vancouver. All things considered, the decision was made to disband #2570 in May of 1959 and transfer the cadets (less than 30) and instructors to #2573.

      The existence of two corps becoming one often gave rise to some confusion when relating the story of the early years of our corps.

      For the first 20 years, army cadets of #2573 wore the wool “Battledress” uniform, styled after that worn by soldiers during WW II and Korea. Then in 1977 a new cadet uniform was released, designed to fit in with the new “rifle green” uniforms being issued to the Canadian Forces following unification. About the same time the corps re-badged and changed its name from the 6th Field Squadron RCE Cadets Corps to the 6th Field Engineer Squadron Cadet Corps (the name still used today). The latter two changes were brought about following 6th Field Squadron’s “Branch” changing from the Royal Canadian Engineers to the Canadian Military Engineers. 


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