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#59 Cadet Corps

Name - Chatham Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps (1900-12)

Legion Highlanders Cadet Corps (1912- current)

Location  Chatham, ON

Formed  July 2, 1900     Disbanded  March 2, 1912
B Coy      Mar 14, 1914                        unknown

Reformed  Nov 18, 1912     Disbanded  Active

Commanding Officers/Chief Instructors- 

Col Ralph D. West (?) Biography

 

Maj Dick Sanford (?) Biography

 

Maj Vic Jewiss (?) Biography

 

Maj Jack Lambe (?) Biography

 

Maj Dottie Laurie (?) Biography

 

Maj R.P. Sanford (1979-80) Biography

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Maj Lew Roseberry (1990-93) Biography

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Capt Nathan T. Brown (1993-95) Biography

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Capt D.J. Pardoe (1996-99) Biography

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Capt S.H. Lambe (1999-2001) Biography

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Capt. Brian Murphy (2001-04) Biography

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Capt Scott Lambe (2004-06) Biography

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Capt Wendy Walker (2006-08) Biography

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Captain Pardoe (2008 - date)

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Senior Cadets

   

 

C/LCol Terry Kennedy (1956)

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C/CWO Craig Burtch (1995-97)

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C/CWO Aaron Bak (1997-98)

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C/CWO Stephanie Williston (1998-2000)

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C/CWO Peter Dulong (2000-01)

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C/CWO Miranda Mitchell (2002-04)

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 C/CWO Misti Rayment (2004)

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 C/MWO Brian Broom (2004-05)

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C/CWO Amber Laurie (2005)

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C/CWO John Berthelot (2006-08) 

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C/CWO David Seredniki (2008-09)

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C/CWO Joshua Martin (2009 - ) 

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Corps Flag

 

Corps Home

 

Chatham Armoury

 

1940s-50s pattern shoulder flash

1st pattern shoulder flash ca.1955

History - 

 

This Corps was originally formed 17 Jan 1900 designated Chatham Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps and sponsored by Board of Education, Chatham. This corps disbanded on Mar 2, 1912. 

It was reformed 14 Dec 1912. On Apr 14, 1942, the corps was affiliated with the Kent Regiment. affil. Essex & Kent Scottish, Jan 1, 1955. Effective 7 Mar 62 it became affiliated with 2nd Bn, Essex and Kent Scottish. Effective 1 Apr 65 it re-affiliated with the Essex and Kent Scottish. Effective 21 Nov 67 Corps was redesignated and re-sponsored - C Coy, Essex and Kent Scottish. Effective 22 Jan 75 the Corps redesignated to 59 Legion Highlanders Cadet Corps. Authority was also granted on this same date to change sponsor to Royal Canadian Legion (Honourable Ray Lawson Branch 28), Chatham.

59 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps was founded in 1900 as a school cadet corps at the Chatham Collegiate Institute. At the time, all cadet corps could be found in high schools. As the number 59 suggests, it is one of the oldest Army Cadet units in the country as today there are thousands of corps in the country. 

At the time, the cadet program was designed for boys to encourage leadership and military training. Most of the instructors were school teachers or ex-military personnel. In the late 1960s, many school cadet corps were becoming "open cadet corps", meaning anyone could join, not just the youth attending the school. Led by Colonel R.D. West, CD OSTJ, the fight was on to establish 59 as an open cadet corps so that any teenaged boy in the community could join.

Col West was successful in acquiring space in the Chatham Armoury and 59 became an open corps on 1 January 1968.There was very little in the way of supplies and materiel, but the corps thrived. At one point in the corps history, there were satellite companies in many of the smaller towns near Chatham. The corps saw it's first female cadets join in 1975 , with one of the first to join, Dottie Laurie, becoming the first female CIC Commanding Officer of the corps. 


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