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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.

Bulmer, Harley B.

  • Person
  • 1941

Harley B. Bulmer : G296 L/Cpl Bulmer, H.B. Dorchester N.B.

Bunker, Ivan Loys

  • Person
  • 1893-1917

Ivan was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, 7 September 1893. He served with the 104th Battalion and also the 5th Canadian mounted Rifles Battalion. Ivan fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge and died of his wounds received in action on 6 September 1917. This was one day less of his 24th Birthday. Ivan was one of three Canadians buried in the Petit-Vimy British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was the son of the late Merton and Lily Bunker of Rusagonis, New Brunswick.

Burgess, Robert Leslie

  • Person
  • 1924-2013

Burgess was born in Saint John on March 7th, 1924. Burgess went to school on the West Side of Saint John, New Brunswick. He joined the army at age 16, and served overseas 4th Canadian Motorcycle Regiment, and then the 8th New Brunswick Hussars. After the war he married Isabel McCarthy in 1948. He worked at Frank Fales and Sons and purchased it in 1971, acting as owner until he sold it in 1988. He died on September 12th, 2013.

Burnett, William Wilson

  • Person
  • 1939-1945

HCapt Padre William Burnett served as the regimental padre to the 5th Armoured Regiment (8th Princess Louise's New Brunswick Hussars), during most of the Second World War. On 1 September 1944, Captain Burnett was leading a burial party in a Honey tank during action near the Foglia River. He provided whatever assistance he could to the wounded, all the while working under heavy enemy shelling. He was burying the dead when a shell struck his tank. Padre Burnett refused medical treatment, despite having shrapnel lodged in his abdominal cavity and having half his hand blown off, until his men were taken care off. For his devotion to the well-being of his troops, he was awarded the Military Cross.

Burton John Crealock

  • Person
  • 1941-1946

Private Burton John Crealock 1 August 1920 -23 March 2012 Canadian Army G 6078- Private . He Enrolled in the No 70 CABA Fredericton N.B. 15 May 1942 and Served in Canada, United Kingdom and Continental Europe . Burton was Discharged from the Service under Routine Order 1029 by Reason of the the Return to civil Life( on Demobilization ) 4 May 1946 Fredericton New Brunswick. Medals awarded 1939-1945 Star, France - Germany Star and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Private John Burton Crealock Married Mable Estella Holder 14 December 1942, Lower Millstream United Church Kings Co. New Brunswick.

Camp Sussex

  • Corporate body
  • 1880-1978

Between 1868 to 1876, John Saunders trained his men at his home in Fox Hill. Camps were held there every other year. In 1881 stables were build on the grounds which were to become Camp Sussex. In 1883 the officers built a home. It was called the Cavalry Club House and became the first officer?s mess. In 1893 the Federal government purchased the grounds outright and created a permanent military camp. In that year there was a large camp held with both the Infantry and Cavalry participating.In 1936 they became a motorized cavalry unit. In 1937 a mechanized cavalry unit and in 1938 they became a divisional cavalry unit. In 1940 they switched to motorcycles and became the 4th Canadian Motorcycle Regiment. In Janualry of that year they were given the order to mobilize and 415 men trained in Sussex that year. In March 1941, they became the 5th Armoured Regiment and were sent to Camp Borden, in Ontario to train. Later they went to Debert, Nova Scotia and then went overseas in November 1941. In 1946 the Regiment came home. The train arrived in Sussex on January 27, 1946. The 8th Hussars were back at summer camp that August for the first time since 1940. During the 1950?s training became more concentrated. Twice a year the Regiment conducted concentrated courses to top off their local training. These courses included skills in trades such as driving and maintenance, wireless and gunnery. In the late 1950?s changes were made. The Regiment was moved to CFB Gagetown and Camp Sussex as such was no more. There are still some Militia and Cadets here.

Carson (Mcleod), Margaret

  • Person
  • 1957-1958

Margaret Carson (Mcleod) Daughter of HI McLeod, Capt of D Squadron CFB Gagetown . Margaret cleaned out the stables and looked after Princess Louise and in return she got to ride her .

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