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#2841 Cadet Corps

Name -        Halifax Rifles Cadet Corps    

Location         Halifax, NS

Formed   January 10, 1969      Disbanded  Active    

Commanding Officers/Chief Instructors- 

 Maj. Don Trivet (1969-) Biography


Capt. D.Leslie (?) Biography


 Capt. Terry Power (?) Biography


Capt. J. Naudin (?) Biography


 Capt. F.Watt (?) Biography


Capt. J. Morgan (?) Biography


 Capt. C. Botteril (?) Biography


Capt. Wendel MacNeil (?) Biography


 Capt. Tony Walsh (?) Biography


Capt. Ian Purdy (?) Biography


Capt. Bill Vance (?) Biography


 Capt. Duane Bannerman (?) Biography


Capt. Bruce Clark (?) Biography


 Capt. Todd Courtney (?) Biography


Capt. Ray Montgomery (?) Biography


Maj Ken Fells (2004-?) Biography


 Capt. Rick Adams (2008-) Biography




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History -   

 This Corps was formed 10 Jan 1969 under the sponsorship of the Halifax Rifles Armoury Association. The Corps was affiliated with Halifax Svc Bn. In 8 Jan 1976 (D Cdts 17 Message) authority was granted for a change of affiliation to Princess Louise Fusiliers.


2841 Halifax rifles was founded as an Armoured Unit during the Boar War.  It continued until the Korean War when it was disbanded like many other units.  The people who served in the Halifax Rifles  decided that this was not a fitting end to their Unit and sought for a Primary Reserve or cadet Corps named the Halifax Rifles.  There is actually quite an exhaustive history of the Halifax Rifles Unit itself.  The Halifax Rifles Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2004, the cadet unit is now 36 years old.


2841  The Halifax Rifles Army Cadet Corps History 

submitted by Jim Jolotta

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC), supported and nurtured army cadets for over 100 years. The "Rifles", third oldest Militia Regiment in Canada, traces its beginnings to the founding of Halifax in 1749 and were officially recognized in May, 1860. They were called out during the Fenian Raids, the North West Rebellion, Boer War, World War1 and World War2. Some of the members served in Korea and Peace Keeping Missions. The "Rifles" were de-activated by the Suttie Commission in 1965, a decision that to this day, many in the community felt was wrong. The "Rifles" continue to serve their community today through the Halifax Rifles Armoury Association by sponsoring 2841, The Halifax Rifles Army Cadet Corps and awarding annually 2 or 3 Memorial Scholarships. A member of the Association also the past president is also president of the Army Cadet League of Canada, NS Branch.
The following Halifax army cadet history is taken mostly from the book "A CENTURY OF RIFLES, 1860-1960" written by editor and historian, L/Col. John Gordon Quigley, M.S.M., E.D., M.S.C. (SHAEF). L/Col. Quigley was a product of the Halifax County Academy Cadet Corps. He joined The Halifax Rifles as a Lt. in 1922. After WW2 he spent many years in the steamship business and continued his service with the "Rifles". Quotes from his book will be highlighted.
The Halifax Rifles and its support of army cadets started before 1900 with the affiliation it had with the Halifax County Academy Army Cadet Corps.

The first mention of cadets in Quigleys book appears on page 21 as follows; A Sgt. Major Archibald Lockhard, retired from the 71st. Highland Light Infantry/88th.Connaught Rangers/87th. Royal Irish Fusiliers and in 1875 enlisted in the Halifax Rifles. He was promoted to Warrant Officer in 1901. 

While serving with the "Rifles" he has been employed on many occasions as an instructor at military camps of the rural militia, and was for some years instructor to the Halifax Academy Cadet Corps.
This would indicate he worked with cadets in the late 1800's.

"G" and "H" Company, "Beechmount" Rifles and "Dartmouth Rifles", were recruited to The Halifax Rifles in Sept.1900. As quoted by Quigley, The majority of the members had already had some training in the cadet corps and were able to make a most creditable showing at their first inspection Nov.28, 1900"

A monster fair was held by the "Rifles" in the Armouries, May, 1904. (The Halifax Rifles Armoury Association, founded in 1902, was raising money to purchase a property next door to the Armouries and build another building to better accommodate the corporals and privates of the Regiment, who had little room available in the new armouries recently constructed) The closing piece was a drill by the High School Cadets which for precision and discipline had never before been seen in Halifax. 

At the May 1907 meeting of The Halifax Rifles Officers it was unanimously decided to invite the Halifax Academy Cadets to join the Regiment in route marches, field day exercises and Divine Service Parades. It was also resolved to donate a trophy for inter-company cadet shooting competition. The Shield offered by the officers to be contested by teams of 8 cadets each - 3 from Halifax Academy, and 1 each from St. Patrick's, Bloomfield, and Alexandra High Schools.

The Annual General Mobilization was ordered for Thanksgiving Day 31 Oct. 1907 and the "Rifles" were on outpost duty near Spion Kop of York Redoubt. The cadets turned out with the Regiment and had their "baptism of fire." Their enthusiasm was unbounded, they enjoyed the exciting and novel experience, and were commended by the D.O.C. and C.O. for the effective work performed.
1908, target practice was pursued this year and the Halifax Academy cadets shot with the Regiment, and in the Canadian Rifle League shoot, the cadet team of ten took 3rd. place winning a handsome silver shield mounted on a polished oak base. Four of the outstanding shots in this cadet team were - Harvey W Doane, R Hendry, George Lomas and Heber Logan.

Two Canadian boys were selected by their shooting record to go to Bisley in 1909 with the Canadian Rifle Team to compete for the Lord Roberts Empire Trophy. The Ottawa team had taken first place in 1908 and the Halifax Academy Cadets second. For the competition against the rest of the Empire, one cadet was selected from Ottawa. Principal S A Morton of the Halifax Academy was asked to select the best shot in Halifax. Cadet Lt. W E Doane was selected, having the best shooting record. Unfortunately Doane would be sixteen 2 June and to be eligible to compete must be under sixteen 1 July. The regulation triumphed and Ottawa - due to the short time - chose another lad from the immediate vicinity.

1911, for some time the Halifax Co. Cadets had been working in close association with the 63rd. Regt. Halifax Rifles. They were turning out with the Regiment at Church Parades, route marches, mobilization schemes, on special courses and a number had enrolled in the Regt. and were developing into first rate soldiers. They were a tremendous help to all - bringing enthusiasm and determination to their work, which inspired the older members of the Regt. In shooting and signaling work they shone like stars in the firmament.
In 1911 Private Wm. E Doane a member of "A" Company, 63rd., was Cadet Major in command of the Halifax County Academy Cadet Corps when Militia Order 138, 18-3-11, included the following: No. 35 the Halifax Co. Academy Cadet Corps is affiliated with the 63rd. Regt. Halifax Rifles.

This was a milestone in the history of this Regt. and it was greatly appreciated that in the year of our celebration of the 50th. Anniversary of our organization, these youths, many of whom would in the future make tremendous contribution to the defense of our country - some alas to lay down their youthful lives on a foreign battlefield under a foreign sky - should become affiliated with our Regt. All realized that it was only as youth saw their responsibilities that we could hope for recognition abroad - not only as a rising nation with ideals - but as one who when duty called would obey the summons to defend our freedom and liberty.

Cadet Major William E Doane won the Chipman Cup in 1911 for shooting and other shooting awards.
This keen young officer later gave his life in the Great War in Flanders Field while serving with the 25th. Battalion.
In Sept. 1912 the Halifax Co. Academy Cadets who had been honoured in being selected to represent N.S. in the Empire competition in Toronto and who had in these competitions won the Kings Prize, the grand prize for shooting, returned to Halifax on the Ocean Limited. They were met at the station by the band and bugles of the 63rd. Regt. Halifax Rifles, and escorted to the Parade where His Worship Mayor Frederick P Bligh congratulated them on behalf of the citizens of Halifax. The names of the N.S. Cadet Team were: Capt. Rowland Moore, Lt. G. Keeler, Joseph Roche, Carl Bennett, Gavin Stairs, Fred Jones, Edward Dorey, Joseph Connelly, Charles Latter, Harold Heal, Clifford Mosher, Henry Wamboldt and William Ray.

It was not in the too far distant future that many of these young men gave their lives in Flanders Field in the defense of Canada.
A meeting of "Rifles" Officers held 16 Apr. 1930 donated 4 cups for competition to the 35th. (affiliated) Cadet Bn. Reference was made to the tremendous impetus given rifle shooting just before the Great War by the presentation of prizes, and to the fact that several of our cadets turned out to be equal to any in the Dominion.

It was our privilege this year to hold our camp on McNabs Island from 30 Jun. to 4 Jul. 1934. 10 officers and 124 other ranks paraded in full marching order. It was a distinct pleasure for us to have accompanying us Lt. R.E.Marshall and 10 cadets from Halifax Co. Academy (affiliated) fully equipped and marching with the Regt.

Army week in Eastern Command during Sept. 1948 was an effort to make the public conscious of what the defense forces were accomplishing. Parades, demonstrations and exhibits were put on. The "Rifles" were delighted to have on the final Grand Parade our attached High School Cadets who marched like veterans in proud formation and received the well earned plaudits of the citizens.
Also in Sept. the Regt. had its first shoot at Bedford. Under the "Rifles" Capt. John E Barnaby's watchful eye, several cadets were with the unit and were apt and enthusiastic pupils. Capt. Barnaby and SSM E Garagan (brother of Brian Garagan, Governor at Large and Chair of the Public Relations Committee - 2005) also volunteered 2 evenings a week to help out with the Lions Club Air Force Cadet Sqdn. this year.

A special event in 1948 was the adjustment in affiliations with the Cadet Corps of Canada. Back in 1911 the Halifax Co. Academy Corps had been affiliated with the "Rifles" and from its ranks had come many of our officers and riflemen in two World Wars; all to give distinguished service and so many - in the flower of their manhood - to give their lives in the defense of Canada. Now it was our proud privilege under the new designation to also be the affiliated unit for Queen Elizabeth High School, St. Patricks along with the former Academy.

The Annual Church Parade was held on 11 May, 1952 at Kings Chapel with the Padre Capt. George F Arnold preaching the sermon. After the service, the unit marched by the saluting base with the Honourary Lt. Colonel Harry P MacKeen, QC, taking the salute. Welcomed to the parade were the cadets from QEH and St. Pats 

On 17 May, 1953, we were again privileged to have our two affiliated cadet corps on parade with us for the Annual Church Parade. The "Rifles" CO, LtCol. G B Cox took the salute. 

The 94th. Annual Church Parade was held at Kings Chapel, May 1954 with both our affiliated cadet corps, QEH and St. Patricks High Schools. Capt. the Rev. Norman N Slaughter conducted the service.

Authority was granted by Eastern Command to permit the attachment, for a period of time, cadets from QEH and St.Pats. The exercise was an outstanding success.

On 1 Oct. 1955, BGen. R J Colwell, DSO, ED, msc, accepted the appointment as Honourary Colonel of the "Rifles". Brigadier Colwell was a veteran of both World Wars. After the break up of the Regt. in England in 1943, into reinforcements for other Armoured Regiments, he went on to command the 1st. Hussars of London, Ont. and took them ashore on D-Day. He was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order by the King at Buckingham Palace for his gallantry in action.
Brigadier Colwell's long and distinguished military career began with service in the Halifax County Academy Army Cadet Corps. 
On May 12, 1957, QEH and St.Patricks Cadet Corps again accompanied the Regt. to Kings Chapel for the Annual Church Parade.
This sums up the reference to cadets in Col. Quigley's history, but it is not the end of the direct association the "Rifles" have with cadets, that is on going and the Halifax Rifles Armoury Association has it set up so that support will continue when the original Association members pass on.

After 1957 the Halifax Rifles continued their support of the QEH and St.Pats Cadet Corps. When the "Rifles" went to the Supplementary Order of Battle i.e.: de-activated by the government, The Halifax Rifles Armoury Association, founded in 1902, carried on with the cadet affiliation.

In the late 60's the school boards decided to get out of the cadet business. QEH and St.Pats Army Cadet Corps were disbanded along with other high school supported corps in the area.

The HR Armoury Association recognized this problem and realizing the value of the cadet movement, decided in 1969 to sponsor a new corps from the remnants of the two disbanded corps. Thus on 17 Jan. 1969, 2841, The Halifax Rifles Army Cadet Corps was formed. They started recruiting in Jan. By Feb. 120 cadets were on strength and their first Annual Inspection was held in Apr. with 119 cadets on parade. The affiliated unit at that time was the Halifax Service Battalion. The first Commanding Officer of the corps was Major Trivet, a former Padre with the NB 8th. Hussars. Former Officers of the "Rifles" instrumental in getting the cadet corps started were, Major Jim Livingstone, Capt. Jack Oland, WO2 Alex George and Sgt. Danny MacLeod. The cadets proudly wear the Halifax Rifles hat badge and shoulder flashes, purchased by the Association. The first Cadet RSM was Mel Lucas, who in 1975 became the ACO(L) for N.S. The current CO of the Corps (2006) is Capt. Rick Adams and the affiliated unit is the Princess Louise Fusiliers, who are also members of the HR Armoury Assoc. 2841 celebrated its 35th. Anniversary in 2004 but its actual history goes back to the late 1800ís. Over the last 100 plus years, thousands of young men and women have been members of this cadet corps. Some have benefited more than others but it is a fact that when these young people go on to become members of the community, they will be putting to use skills they acquired in the cadet program.


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