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#2947 Cadet Corps

Name -         12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion Cadet Corps

Location       Richmond, BC

Formed    November 2, 1976    Disbanded    Active   

Commanding Officers/Chief Instructors- 

Maj Art Allman, CD (1976-85) Biography

Capt Mike Bond (1985-88) Biography


Capt Pat O'Sullivan, CD (1988-93) Biography


Maj Peter Appleton, CD (1993-2000) Biography


Capt Pete Davis, CD (2000- Nov 2008) Biography

Capt Tony Liem, CD (Nov 2008 - current)  Biography


Senior Cadets











 C/CWO Stephen Cobb


C/CWO Gurpreet Sihota


 C/CWO Elizabeth Esaw (? - 2004)


 C/CWO Adres Rios (2004 - Sept 2005)


C/CWO Matt Esaw (Sept 2005 - June 2006)


 C/CWO Sharon Ong (June 2006 - June 2007)


C/CWO Ken Story (June 2007 - Jan 2008)


 C/CWO Vanessa Wu (Jan 2008 - March 2009)

 C/CWO Chris Yuen (Mar - May 2009)


 C/CWO Jeffrey Ng (May 2009 - June 2010)

 C/MWO Rico Choi (June 2010 - current)


Corps Flag


Corps Home

Col Sherman Armouries Richmond, 22 Dec 2005 (Phil Edge)


Main Entrance (Phil Edge)


Deuce and half monument (Phil Edge)




cap brass

shoulder title ca.2008


History -   

 This Corps was formed 2 November 1976 and known as 2947-12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion Cadet Corps. It was sponsored by and affiliated with No. 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion.


2947 (12 SVC BN) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps

1977 - 2000


By Major PJ Appleton


            This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 2947 (12 Svc Bn) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. The Corps was raised through the efforts of the then Commanding Officer of 12 Svc Bn, LCol Larry Watkins OMM CD. The creation of the Corps coincided with the move of the Battalion from South Jericho to Sea Island and therefore is truly "a child of the Fraser". It was felt that the sponsorship of the Cadet Corps would not only benefit the youth of Richmond, but also bring the Battalion closer to the community and its new home, the city of Richmond. In this it has been very successful.

It began in 1976 when Major Art Allman was selected to become its first Commanding Officer. Art had just retired from the battalion and took on this challenge, going on to be the longest serving CO (almost nine years). During his tenure, the Corps grew to 120 cadets and was judged the top army cadet corps in BC in 1984. The Corps' first cadet RSM, Quentin Wyne, went on to join the battalion where he attained the rank of Captain. The Corps also started a band under the direction of Sue MacDonald, a music teacher from McRoberts Secondary School. Cadet WO WJ Allman received the Major General Howard Award for the most outstanding cadet in Pacific Region. Reciprocal international exchange exercises with the U.S. Marine Corps Cadets at Whidby Island Naval Air Station were carried out in 1982 an 1983. All these achievements are the product of good leadership and support by dedicated individuals including Capt. H Nicholson, Capt. H Costain, Mrs. A Allman.

In Jan 1985 Capt MJ Bond became the first non-battalion officer to command the 2947 Cadet Corps. He served for three years.

The command returned to a past serving battalion officer in Jan 1988, in the able person of Capt. Pat O'Sullivan. He served for the next six years in a period of change which included belt tightening and the introduction of female cadets. Capt. O'Sullivan brought to the table an abundance of experience from his earlier Cadet Instructor List (CIL) days and his close association with the battalion. Through his experience, he discovered and enrolled Lt (Capt) D Gee to help with the training. Together, with assistance from the Battalion NCM's, they succeeded in navigating the winds of change.

These years saw many cadets going on battalion exercises. Continued good standings in provincial competitions as well as above average graduates from national gold star exams were the norm. Some of these graduates went on to become CIL Officers. Art Allman returned to the scene as the shooting instructor, with excellent results obtained at DCRA and BCRA shoots. Demographic changes had brought the corps size down, but the quality of training remained high. When Capt. O'Sullivan retired at the beginning of 1993, he could be proud of the quality of the Sr NCOs of the Cadet Corps and their achievements.

The changes at this stage of the Corps' history were coming at gale force speed, and a different set of skills were required of a Commanding Officer. Budgetary and politically sensitive issues demanded a two-front military and business approach. The Battalion sought out a successful businessman to take over the Corps. In 1993, Major Peter Appleton, a retired CIL Officer, was quickly accepted into the Battalion family as CO of the Cadet Corps.

One of his first challenges was facilitating the fundamental changes within the mandatory training program namely, moving from the traditional "Army" style program into the new "Adventure" style format. Capt. Gee was tasked as the Training Officer, and proved capable of adapting to this new environment. Seeing a need for more good quality officers, Major Appleton recruited Trevor Clifford and Tara Weightman, both former cadets of this unit. When Capt. Gee was later asked by Pacific Region Headquarters to become CO of another Cadet Corps, Trevor took over Capt. Gee's responsibilities. Trevor later went on to Pacific Region to Co-ordinate Adventure Training, as it became known.

Another illustration of outstanding talent was when Lt. J.P. Da Silva reconstituted the Cadet Corps band. By its second year, the band had played at the Annual Reviews of the three Cadet Corps.

This period 1995-99, witnessed the first integration of unit cadets directly into the Cadet Instructor Cadre as officers of their own unit. The normal path had been for Cadets to transfer to other units or leave the system for at least a year. The budgetary issues saw a great reduction in the support available from Base Commanders and Unit Commanders. This fostered the need to take a different approach, so Major Appleton looked to the Air Cadet (655 RCACS) experience for guidance. As a result, 2947 was the first Army Cadet Corps in the province to have a fully functional Parents Committee set up under the 1995 Provincial Army Cadet League guidelines. The first group included Sue Chamberlain, Carol Curtis, Gerry Biggar, Sandra Smith, and Heather Shaw. They took on the fund raising, public relations and general social activity support functions, which allowed the officers of the corps to carry on their primary tasks. The annual budget has tripled, thanks to this and subsequent Parents Committees. The increase allowed the Corps to purchase radios, camping equipment, climbing gear and computers, most of which were no longer available through the system. This in turn gave badly needed flexibility in conducting both mandatory and optional training.

Corps achievements between 1993-2000 kept to the earlier standard set by Art Allman. The corps increased in size to approach the 120 mark due to the hard work of Gerry Biggar and cadet recruiting teams. The Regional Headquarters no longer awarded best Corps type awards, but 2947 knew who was the best and maintained a high standard of training, a fact the Battalion took great pride in.

The Regional Headquarters continued to call upon 2947 officer resources when skilled officers were required outside the unit Some notable firsts were achieved. The unit had the top national gold star candidate (female) in the province in 1995 and many others in the top ten during this period. The Corps also had its first female Cadet RSM (Karlee Biggar). 2947 won the Patrolling competition two years in a row and came second in a third year. The Corps presented a credible shooting team every year, and had the highest individual best shot in the BCRA in 1997.

The unit has had more than its share of international exchanges and parachute course candidates. It was the first Army Cadet Corps in the region to qualify for the use of the C7 service rifle at the local level. It provided a Quarter Guard for the Lt. Governor of' the province at the annual military ball. In 1998, the Corps had the distinction of a visit by the Honourable Art Eggleton, Minister of National Defense.

In March 2000, Major Appleton handed Command over to another officer who served in the Battalion, Capt Peter Davis. Capt Davis brings with him prior Cadet Commanding Officer experience as well as a long history with the Reserves. The Corps is smaller than at its peak in 1998 but has the infrastructure and enthusiasm in place to begin the new millennium. Capt. Davis has accepted this challenge and will command in the best traditions of the 2947 Cadet Corps adhering to the 12 Service Battalion motto "Duty Above All".

The consistent and unstinting support given by the Corps' affiliated unit and sponsor, 12 Service Battalion, is fundamental to the Corps' success. Every Commanding Officer of this unit has personally given support to this Corps. Because of the many hours given by Battalion NCMs and officers over the years, this Cadet Corps remains one of the best Army Cadet Corps in the province. Branch 5 of the Royal Canadian Legion has also given excellent support since the birth of the Corps.

The Canadian Cadet Organization and the Army Cadet Program provide a structured environment where the best qualities of our youth may be nurtured and leadership skills developed to the betterment of our country. This is provided through the Gold Star level training program, which follows a four-year program culminating in the National Gold Star Exams. After completion, cadets may then go on to advanced training such as the parachute course (the ultimate in every cadet's) mind, International Exchanges, and / or become instructors at various cadet camps all over the country. This program has proven so valuable that the provincial Department of Education now gives high school credits for those who complete the Gold Star program.

As with all federally funded programs and organizations, there are inevitable changes that rise from time to time, and so it is with the Army Cadet Program. While the overall aims remain the same, the path to them has changed somewhat. What has never changed, however, is the continued support from the Battalion for its "Child of the Fraser", and the dedication of this Cadet Corps' officers and civilian support bodies.


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