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8th Hussars Museum

Black, Lt. Col Joseph Laurence

  • Person
  • 1900-1992

Lt-Col Black was born in 1900 in the province of New Brunswick. He would attend the Royal military College in Ontario graduating in 1921. He proceeded to join the reserved with the 8th New Brunswick Hussars. Lt. Col Black was appointed as Commanding Officer of C Squadron of the Hussars. The Squadron would muster in Sackville and train there.

When World War II commenced, the Hussars were mobilized for active duty and Lt-Col was one of the first officers to volunteer for overseas service. He was second in command of the Regiment in 1941. Unfortunately, due to a familial emergence, Black was transferred back to serve in Canada. He expected to return to his regiment, but he would instead go on to serve the rest of the war in Canada and the Untied States. He served as an intelligence officer on the West Coast of Canada.

Lt. Col Black was later President of J.L. Black and Sons. Also, he was the inaugural president of the Moncton Radio Station, created in the 1930s.

Blanchet, Mike

  • Person
  • 1943 - 1975

Col Blanchet (Frenchy) graduated from Royal Military College , Kingston Ont., 1929, and in 1931 , joined the 8th Princess Louise's (New Brunswick) Hussars as a commissioned officer serving through to the conclusion of World War 2. Wartime duty consisted of the post of Adjutant , and as commander of "A" Squadron for the combat phase, during which he earned the awe and admiration of his men. Subsequently , he was elected President of the regimental association , and later appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment.

Boer War

  • Corporate body
  • 1899-1902

Officially this was the Second Boer War. This was saw the might of the British Empire pitted against the small population of independent Boers in South Africa. This war turned into an international humiliation when the Boers were able to bog down the British and cause the war to drag on for years, rather than the purported months claimed by British authorities. Reinforcements from the Empire swelled the Empire forces to over half-a-million men. This war machine was pitted against a Boer force of 75 000. The British employed the use of the first concentration camps, gathering up Boer families and concentrating them into small enclosures. The overwhelming British Force coupled with the psychological effects of the concentration of the Boer families turned the war in favour of the British thereby ending the war.

Boudreau, Ernie

  • Person
  • 1943-1947

Ernie Boudreau joined the army on 28th Germany 1943. Upon enlistment he headed to Cornwall to begin training. He disembarked in Scotland in 1944, before transferring to France. He returned to Canada after the war.

Bowen, Lloyd Dave

  • Person
  • 1921-1945

Lloyd David Bowen was born 28 March 1921. Lloyd joined the 8th Canadian Hussars in 1941. He served overseas during World War 2 . Regimental number B62332. Lloyd received the 1939-1945 star, Italy , France and Germany star. He also received the Canadian volunteer metal, defense and war metal.

Bowser, Gary

  • Person
  • 1724-2006

Gary served more than 33 years with the Reserve and Regular Force 8th Hussars. Following his retirement, he has continued to serve as a Commissionaire at CFB Gagetown for the past 14 years. He has been an avid supporter of the 8th Hussars Museum and has contributed many artefacts over the past 10 years.
Gary worked for a number of years in the base library in Gagetown and he also was an avid collector with a focus on the 8th Hussars Regiment for sure. He made an effort to collect data on the Regiment for a number of years and he gathered up most of this information during his time in the history library at Gagetown.

Boyd, Gordon Alexander

  • Person
  • 1914-1918; 1943; 1945

The photographs, book and newspaper clippings were from Andy Robinson's mother's father; Gordon Alexander Boyd during his time in Canada and overseas from 1914-1918. He fought in European towns such as Arras, Amiens, Cambria, Hindenburg Line and in big battles such as Vimy Ridge and The Somme against the Germans. The photographs and the book were loaned by Andy Robinson and the newspaper clippings were donated.

Brown, Carol

  • Person
  • 1950

Carol brown donated to the 8th Hussars Museum .

Brown, Scovil

  • Person
  • 1915-2009

Scovil Brown My DOB 20/02/1934 Born in Farnham Quebec19 45 .Father had massive stroke ,as we had NO income and we were 5 kids . We moved home to my mothers old home in Hampton. I948 Veteran members of the 8th Hussars must have recognized the need at home and took me into the regiment long before I was eligible. I joined the 8th NB Hussars ( PL) (M) HQ Sqn Hampton March 1948. Did all the basic training required weekends & Driver/ Mc/Wheeled at Christmas & Easter Camp at Camp Sussex. Did Driver/Mc/Track Gp 1 at summer Camp Petawawa 1949. Went to Gunnery Range at Tracadie (NB) Live firing 76mm, Sherman M4A2 -E8 Fall 1949 Camp Sussex Christmas & Easter And was on the parade when the Medal was presented to the Regiment by the Mayor of Eelde,Holland the CO was Lt Col E D George MP Unsure of the date in 1950.
Went to summer Camp at Camp Utopia (NB) On advanced party.later on Rear party.1950 . Regular training Christmas & Easter Promoted L/Cpl that year. 1950 Attended summer camp at Utopia 1951 also promoted Cpl that year.
Attended Summer Camp at Utopia on a Leadership Course 1952,I recall that I went to camp on call out to open the Camp Utopia.... missed my School Graduation,, No Suit, Pictures, or Ring ....No money,that ,went home for food. four kids at home .My Dad a WW1 Veteran became totally paralyzed (stroke)1945 we had no income. Thank God For the Hussars !!!! I continued to serve in the Hussars till Feb 1955
Joined the regular Force, Royal Canadian Dragoons At Camp Petawawa...Had to revert from Cpl to Trooper,that was how it was then . Feb 1955 Did basic training all over again all trades training I had to do again as the RCD's had Centurion Tanks and so the BS went on. Winter of 1956 Did winter indoctrination North, While there we where re called to Petawawa and told we would be going to Egypt as the Suez War was on going.
Jan 1957 ..... The 56 Recce Squadron ( United Nations Emergency Force) was formed and left for Egypt in February. We Got our Ferret Scout Cars 18 or so , at Port Said Egypt. Moved across the Egyptian desert to the Gaza Strip , Rafah. We slept in the open on the ground ,no sleeping bags then ,just one wool blanket. The tour was one full year on hard rations ( NO FRESH FOOD) 2/1/2 gallons of water per man per day to drink, wash and cook. in 45 c heat every day...we were young and "Dumb" We worked every day on patrol day light till after dark In the hot sun. then a two hour shift of guard every night. It was one night while on guard at 3 am sitting on top of my Scout Car I asked the question of my self WHAT TO HELL AM I doing here ?? It was then that decided to transfer to the RCDC. It took five years to get the transfer. It came through in 1962 in Germany.

1958 returned to Canada .Dropped off of a RCAF North Star Plane after a three day flight from Egypt, at Dorval Airport (Montreal) with two Kit bags of kit and told "Find your own way to the down town Montreal railway station in a snow storm. No thanks nothing.I assumed that was the way it was Just happy to be home in Canada. March 1958 Reported to Camp Gagetown to the 1/8th Canadian Hussars (PL) C Sqn where I was detailed to kitchen duty for one month(Washing dishes By hand for the whole regiment ) I was the new kid on the block...the reward for serving. !! Oct 1959 Sent to Germany as part of the rotation. Dec 25th 1959 Wife and child arrived at Dusseldorf Airport as I was the duty driver the day I was assigned to pick them up with a service VW Car Served a very tough three years of NATO schemes endless parades,bug outs, and Compulsory church parades, along with a 51/2 work week. Dec 1962 We were all packed and ready to leave Germany for Canada when my transfer to the Royal Canadian Dental Corps came through. So I had to revert to a Private from Cpl. It just so happened that the Cuban Crises took place and the Regiment along with the Whole Brigade were on stand by. Jan 1963 Arrived for duty at HMCS Esquimalt, Dental Clinic , Victoria BC The next years were very intensive training period, before the year was ended I was promoted to full Cpl and the next year to a Sgt. In the year I made 4 trips from Victoria to CFB Borden on courses etc. 1964 On staff at Royal Rhodes Military Collage Clinic . 1965 Posted to CFB Vancouver Dental Clinic and Temp duty to CFS Holberg, Chilawack,etc . 1968 Posted to No 1 Dental Unit, Ottawa, RCDC HQ and CFB Rockcliff. also on staff at the National Defense Medical Center. 1970 Promoted Warrant Officer and spoke french 1971 Posted to CFB Valcartier Chief Laboratory Tech. 1974 Promoted MWO 1975 Retired Canadian Forces 1975 Awarded A Diploma of Denturism U of M Quebec, 1977 PQ Party Elected . 1977 Moved Back Home to Hampton, New Brunswick , Opened a Denture Clinic.

Bruce, Gordon Wyndham

  • Person
  • 1938-1944

Gordon Wyndham Bruce was born 13 December 1918 in Calgary, Alberta. He was baptized 8 May 1921 at the age of 3 and he lived in Alberta until 1936. From 1 July 1937 to 6 January 1940 Bruce was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was discharged from the RCMP to join the Canadian Army. Bruce did his officers training at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick and he graduated 16 June 1941, where he gave the valedictorian speech. He was with the 8th Princess Louise's Hussars in Borden, Ontario in 1940. Bruce also had his motorcycle permit and drivers license. He was posted to "B" Squadron and was with the 8th Princess Louise's Hussars in England and he trained with them in Wales. On the 16 November 1943 he was issued a British Military Identity card. Bruce saw action in Italy where he was part of the Battle of the Boot from 1943 to 1945 and was part of operations from 24 May to 31 May 1944 from the Hitler Line to Ceccano. From Italy Bruce went with the Hussars to Holland and was with them there when the Second World War ended. In Eelde, Holland Bruce was billeted with a family there. On the 10 August 1955 Bruce attended a Regimental Reunion Memorial Service in Sussex, New Brunswick. His promotions during his time in the military were: Lieutenant 8 April 1941, Captain 1 May 1942, Major 6 August 1944, Captain 27 August 1944, and finally major 12 July 1945. Gordon Wyndham Bruce died sometime after 1991.
During his time with the Hussars, he was part of an advance force of 8th New Brunswick observer's sent to the Italian front. He became acting Major, commanding A Squadron, prior to the assault on Coriano Ridge, 13 September 1944, when its Major, Major Hill, was stricken with Jaundice.

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