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#2865 Cadet Corps

Name -        Hamilton-Wentworth Artillery Cadet Battery    

Location         Hamilton, ON

Formed    June 25, 1970     Disbanded      Active

Commanding Officers/Chief Instructors- 

Maj R.A. Johnston, CD (1970-73) Biography

Capt W. Odie, CD (1974 -76) Biography


 Capt W.  Hyslop, CD (1976-81) Biography

Captain L. Jackson, CD (1981-86) Biography


Captain S. Little, CD (1986-89) Biography  
Captain C. Copeland (1990 – 1993) Biography

Captain W.  Hyslop, CD (1993-96) Biography

 Captain S. Castellana, CD (1997-99) Biography

Captain S. Straughan (1999-2002) Biography
Capt. Sherry Woytaz (2002-05) Biography
Captain J.A. Jenne (2005-08) Biography

Captain R. Valois, CD (2008-) Biography

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History -   

 Steel City Cadet Corps was formed 25 Jun 70 and sponsored by the Steel Company of Canada and affiliated with 11 Fd Bty RCA. Effective May 71 the Corps redesignated as Steel City Artillery Cadet Corps. Message D Cdts 888 dated 18 Dec 79 concurred in co-sponsorship with Mount Hamilton Branch 163, Royal Canadian Legion. In the 1979 annual report, the Corps was placed on probation due to a lack of cadets. In the 1980 annual report, probation was removed. Effective 25 Mar 97 the designation changed from The Steel City Artillery Cadet Corps to 2865 Hamilton-Wentworth Artillery Cadet Battery (D Cdts Adm 140)

2865 Hamilton Wentworth Artillery Cadets, previously named 2865 Steel City Artillery Cadets, was created under the direction of Major A.J. Lafreniere (Corps Sponsors Liaison Officer/ Engineer at The Steel Co. of Canada), Major R.A. Johnson CD (CO/ Admin O), and Major W. Cline CD (Affiliated Unit C.O.) in 1972.  Structural efforts for the corps began as early as 29 April1970 when the Canadian Forces Organization Order (CF R1.0.1) amended their list of cadet corps and inserted 2865 as the newest corps effective 13 June 1970 .

 Although approval was given by the Canadian Forces to open a new corps, there were many obstacles that still needed to overcome.  In October 1970, the Director and Treasurer of the Sponsoring Board of Trustees, R.B. Elder began the financial planning to make the new corps functional.  A donation, by The Steel Co. of Canada, Ltd, of $400 allowed for payment of the corps start up costs valued at $273.63.   Although the corps opened on 13 June 1971 , the corps was not inaugurated until 14 February 1972 after the corps had successfully enrolled 36 cadets.

 Upon opening, the corps allowed boys from the Hamilton area to learn basic military training and accordingly helped kept “young boys from street corners and other related temptation” as written by Major A.J. Lafreniere. Even though the corps was created to benefit young men, Major R.A. Johnson had a goal of inviting young women into the organization.  Although girls were not officially part of the Canadian Cadet Movement until 1975, Major R.A. Johnson had created an active program for young girls.  The boys would be called cadets and the girls would be called Gadattes. The goal of having both genders within the corps affected the recruitment of process as the different sexes were factored into all recruitment efforts for 2865 youth. 

 Gadattes training schedule was to be amended from the boys to include differences including; administration (clerical course), catering (cooking and waiting on tables), quartermaster (stores and seamstress courses), display teams (band and majorettes), and common training (signaling, health, poise and deportment, drills, and the Ball).

 After only a few months of being inaugurated, and only one year after opening, the Steel City Artillery Cadets held their first Annual Inspection/ Annual Birthday Parade on Sunday June 11, 1972 at “Fort Jamieson” in Nanticoke Ontario with corps strength holding at 55.  Fort Jamieson was a piece of property owned by The Steel Company of Canada Ltd (STELCO) in the Nanticoke area.  The corps was allowed to use this area for training and parades, while maintaining the corps official training location at 200 James Street in the James Street Armoury, renamed Lieutenant-Colonel John W. Foot VC Armoury in 1942.

 To reward the cadets for their dedication to the corps and their training, 10 awards were created to recognize the youth’s accomplishments.  Most trophies awarded to individuals were given with a miniature that the Cadet would be able to keep.  Awards include: Best All Round Cadet, Best Attendance, Best Sportsman, Best Bandsman, Best Rifle Shot, Best Troop, Master Cadet, Best Mixer Award, Cadet Commander, and a Plate for the Corps Flag.

 The cadets in the corps were referred to as the Corps Police (CP) and were divided into Troops.  Troops included: the Cadet Headquarters, the White Troop, Orange Troop, Yellow Troop, Flag Party, and the Band Troop.  Within each Troop there were Police Sections which were created to ensure correct drill, dress, deportment, and fulfillment of orders within the Troop.  Additional duties that would be assigned during training include: Main Gate Duty, the calling of CPs, traffic control, quarter master, fire prevention, and duty troop. 

 The Band Troop consisted of musicians that created a military band.  2865 Steel City C.C. was one of three Hamilton Cadet corps who was authorized to have a band. The other corps included 2347 and 2814. Each corps was authorized to have 27 members due to the availability of instruments. 

 There four mottos that the cadets of 2865 would learn and would use to guide their actions.  The first motto preached by this dedicated group of youth is the corps motto “The Best Received the Best”.  Next is the Royal Canadian Army Cadet motto “ACER ACERPORI”, meaning, as the maple grows so does the sapling.  The final mottos the cadets learn is adopted from the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery which are “Quo fas et gloria ducunt” which means “Whither Right and Glory Lead” and  “Ubique” which means “Everywhere”.  Everywhere meaning that the artillery and engineers have served everywhere the army has been, too many places to name in battle honours

 Affiliated with the 11th Field Regiment, 2865 has been able to adopt their colours.  Like most military units or organizations, the artillery has its own set of colours.  The GUNS of the regiment are its colours and on ceremonial occasions the guns are paraded and accorded the same compliments as the standards, guidons or colours of other corps.  11th Field has seven “colours” (its guns) accumulated over the last 120 years.  Colours include the 9-pounder, 12-pounder, 13-pounder, 18-pounder, 4.5 inch howitzer, 25- pounder, and the C1a1 105mm howitzer.  With each improvement to the “colours” of the Royal Regiment, projectiles can be delivered farther, faster, and with greater accuracy. 

 Since the creation of the 2865 H-W Artillery Cadet Battery, it has had 10 Commanding Officers to include: Major R.A. Johnson C.D. (1970-1973), Captain W. Odie, CD (1974 -1976), Captain W. Hyslop, CD (1976 – 1981/ 1993 – 1996) , Captain L. Jackson, CD (1981 – 1986), Captain S. Little, CD (1986 – 1989), Captain C. Copeland (1990 – 1993), Captain S. Castellana, CD (1997 – 1999), Captain S. Straughan (1999 – 2002), Captain S. Woytaz (2002 – 2005), Captain J.A. Jenne CD (2005 – 2008), and Rick Valois CD (effective June 2008). 


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