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8th Hussars Museum

Wood, James

  • Person
  • 1914-1918

G234 Cpl Wood JC ,Sussex New Brunswick - The 55th Battalion (New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island), CEF, was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 30 October 1915, where it provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 6 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed by the 40th Battalion (Nova Scotia), CEF. The battalion was disbanded on 21 May 1917. The 104th Battalion, CEF, was authorized on 22 December 1915 and embarked for Britain on 28 June 1916, where it provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 24 January 1917, when its personnel were absorbed by the 105th Battalion (Prince Edward Island Highlanders), CEF. The battalion was disbanded on 27 July 1918.

Trueman, Jack

  • Person
  • 1945

Jack Trueman spent many years with the 8th Canadian Hussars. He was named as an Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment. In 2014, he was reunited with the dog tags of hi grandfather who had served during the First World War. Jack's father was Stephen Edward Trueman, born 1907 in Campbellton NB. He served four years during the Second World War.

Jonah, Ronald

  • Person
  • 1970-1990

Ronald Jonah G71 From Saint John New Brunswick

Coates, Irvine

  • Person
  • 1916-1980

Irvine Throne Coates was born in 1894 and served in World War One with the 104th Battalion. Irvine served in Canada, England, and France. He joined in April 1916 and was discharged in August 1919. Irvine was wounded twice and suffered from shell shock. He fought at the battle of Vimy Ridge. Irvine also served in World War Two with the Veterans Home Guard of Canada from January 1942 to December 13, 1943. Irvine died in 1980.

Estabrooks, Claire

  • Person
  • 1816

Claire's father was Ivan McKnight who was the brother of Locksley and Hilton McKnight who were both part of the 49th Battalion. Locksley died at the Somme on September 15th, 1916. Locksley also had a Master of Arts Degree from UNB.

Bell, Billy

  • Person
  • 1930

Billy Bell was one of the prime movers in the association of 8th Canadian Hussars. , a natural organization.
Billy was a sergeant with A squadron in the 8th Hussars - he had be shot out of a tank seven times . He was a valued and respected member of his community and a long time director of the 8th Hussars Association. He was awarded the Canadian 125th Commemorative Medal for his outstanding service and the town of Hampton had honored him by naming a street William Bell Drive.

Riley, Hugh Geoffery

  • Person
  • 1940 - 2017

Hugh Geoffery Riley, regimental number G250, joined the 4 Canadian Motorcycle Regiment, 8th Princess Louise (NB) Hussars in the August of 1940. Hugh enlisted in Sussex, New Brunswick, the same day as his brother Jack,
regimental number G251. Other family members would also join the war effort, with brother Pat joining the artillery, sister Lilla to the RCAF, and brother Stan to the army. Prior to signing up, Riley worked in the woods, sailed wooden ships in the South Seas for a time, and also trained in Camp Sussex for two summers with the militia.

After his enlistment, Riley trained with the 8th Hussars in Camp Sussex, Camp Borden, and Camp Petawawa, before going on to continue his training with the regiment in Great Britain.

During the Second World War, Corporal Riley served as the 8th Hussars Regimental Signals Section.

Hugh's duties in Signals and Military Intelligence took him all over the Italian Peninsula, and much of his work involved traversing the mountainous Italian terrain in a scout-car to observe enemy action and gather information.

During his time in Italy, Hugh recalls two days spent hiding in a wine casket when German soldiers overran their position. Riley also recalls working with Col. Robinson to design the 8th Hussars shoulder flash and also worked with the Regimental Adjutant in writing large sections of the 8th Hussars War Diary.

During the Regiment's time in Great Britain, Riley recalls meeting with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and dancing with famed-singer Vera Lynn. This is the same time the Union Jack was supposedly obtained that Frank Gaunce spoke about being borrowed from 10 Downing St in London while they were driving Winston Churchill around in the Canadian Tanks.

Corporal Riley returned home in February 1946 and was discharged on 8 March 1946. Upon his return to Canada, Hugh was asked to stay on with the Army as he spoke five languages including Russian, but Hugh was keen to get on with family life and leave the army behind.

For his dedicated service, Hugh received the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star , the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with pin and clasp.

Hugh Riley currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick and just celebrated his 102nd birthday.

Hugh's lifetime of accomplishments truly illustrate his extraordinary character.

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.

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