List of Royal Military College of Canada Memorials

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List of Royal Military College of Canada memorials and traditions.

pre World War I memorial plaque dedicated to Royal Military College of Canada ex-cadets William Grant Stairs, Huntly Brodie Mackay, and William Henry Robinson

Skylarks[edit]

Glider in Royal Military College of Canada Cadet Dining Hall, 2012

Year Skylark - Annual class practical joke or prank
1933 A toy cannon made in the college mechanical engineering lab was fired down the hallway of Fort Lasalle.
1960 Declaration of martial law over the Queen's University model parliament and the taking into "protective custody" of the prime minister.
1961 Liberated Queen's University quarathon football returned via airplane to stadium.
1962 Lost rifles (minus breech blocks) "stored" in Fort Haldimand vault.
1964 Lifted a VW Beetle to Fort LaSalle landing.
1965 Toilet paper shot from cannons.
1974 A cadet's car, an MG, was left in second floor of RMC library.
1976 Cadets painted tank pink.
1979 Cadets used dental floss to ring the Spanish bell that is hung in front of the Stone Frigate.
1979 Cadet climbed the Memorial Arch and painted "4 SQN" in the gravel on its surface. A squadron-mate flew over in a Cessna and took a photograph.
1984 Mackenzie Building Tower clock converted into a Mickey Mouse clock.
1993 While a cadet spent spring break in Florida, cadets took shifts to keep the hot air poppers going to fill his room in Fort Haldimand with popcorn
2003 During grad parade practice, a piper had a fake double of himself (in full regalia) tossed from the bell tower of the MacKenzie building after the piper-solo.
2007 Cadets set off a fireworks display during morning parade.
2008
  • The "Brucie" statue decked-out in traditional Aboriginal dress by students from the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY)
  • Headless horseman” appears at a parade.
2008 "RMC" is painted on the field of Richardson Stadium by civil engineering students and is visible for the Queen's homecoming football game which is televised nationally.
2010 The "Brucie" statue was decked-out in Queen's University '10 coveralls featuring a Superman "Q" on the front.
2011 A Victorian era cannon was found in the middle of the Cadet Dining Room.
2012
  • An air cadet glider measuring 54 ft by 27 ft was found in the middle of the Cadet Dining Room (picture above).
  • Tables in the Cadet Dining Hall were rearranged to say "C Div".
  • Cadets rolled a period 25-pounder cannon into the middle of the parade square, with a 12 squadron banner taped onto it.
  • Spanish Bell unbolted from in front of the Stone Frigate and carried by 6 squadron for the duration of the FYOP Obstacle Course.
2013
  • 1 Squadron Cadets converted the steps of the Currie Building into a ship, HMCS Hudson [1]
  • 8 Squadron Cadets announce that the commandant's 20+ year old car is for sale for $8.

Traditions[edit]

Tradition Significance
blanket toss blanket toss of senior class members after the last waltz at the Graduation Ball
cadet diary Some cadets wrote their diary on their t-square in India ink, while others wrote on their books. The museum retains examples of diaries from the 1890s to the present day.
cake walk minstrel show/stage show on St. Patrick's Day is rewarded by a cake
Casey's Grave Cadets are expected to recite, on demand from seniors, RMC facts and trivia (no longer practiced, nor required). This inscription is a favourite "Casey, for 18 years my faithful charger in peace and war. Died on duty April 2nd 1925 age 29 yrs. A.C. Macdonell"
ceremonial mace is carried into the ceremony and placed on stage to signal the opening of the convocation.
change of command ceremony The former commandant offers farewell and best wishes to the college and to the new Commandant. The new commandant accepts a first salute as the cadet wing marches past.[2]
Christening bell Following naval tradition, a ship's bell is used as a baptism font in the College chapel for christenings and the names of the children are later inscribed on the bell. The ship's bell at RMC was used previously at Royal Roads Military College.
Church parade Officer cadets participate in a full regalia parade from RMC to Kingston City Hall on the last Sunday of the academic year. The intent is to have every available cadet take part. In the past, the church parade was from RMC to St. George's Cathedral (Kingston, Ontario)
Copper Sunday In a tradition dating to 1882, Officer cadets attend various Kingston churches on the last Sunday of the academic year. While RMC does not to influence cadets toward any particular religion, the goal is to expose the cadets to the typical processes and procedures of religious ceremony, should they need to carry out Assisting Officer duties in the future. The name comes from the custom of cadets gathering their pennies for collection into the offering plate.
College Cheer The RMC Cheer is used at all significant sporting events between RMC Paladins and other university teams. Call: Gimme a beer! Response: Beer! Esses! Emma! T-D-V! Who can stop old RMC! Shrapnel, cordite, NCT! R-M-C!
College Coin Every new officer cadet is issued a Challenge coin upon completion of First Year Orientation Period. The Coin is engraved with the name of the College in French and English surrounding the College Crest on the obverse. The Cadet's college number and the Memorial Arch is on the reverse surrounded by the Motto in both languages.
college Toast (honor) RMC club toast to absent comrades meaning those who have fallen in action or who have died
Divisional Christmas mess dinner The youngest cadet of the division makes a short speech, requesting one holiday wish from the DCdts for the rest of the division; the wishes from the division dinners will make the exam period less stressful for the Cadet Wing. e.g. permission to wear combat uniforms while writing their exams.
"Drill Fest" During the weeks immediately following winter-term exams up until graduation, the wing practices for graduation parade multiple times a day seven days a week, often for up to 6 hours in blocks of 3 hours.
Feux de Joie an honour guard perform a rifle salute with field artillery, or more commonly, rifles using blank ammunition.
Freedom of the City privilege bestowed to the RMC in 1976 by City of Kingston on the occasion of its centenary to march through the city “with bayonets fixed, colours flying and drums beating” was granted “until such time as the Cataraqui runs dry.” [3]
Freedom of the fort While in Fort Frederick (Kingston, Ontario), officer cadets are equal independently of their year. They are also allowed to remove their headgear.
"Goodnight Saigon" This song is played for and sung by first-year cadets at lights-out during the First-Year Orientation Period.
Graduation Congratulations
  • Peter Mackay, RMC Chancellor and Defence Minister, started a new tradition at RMC in 2008 when he asked graduates to stand and congratulate those near them.[4]
Graduation and Commissioning Parade in honour of graduating cadets:
  • graduating students are presented with their Officer’s Commissions in the Canadian Forces.
  • Officer Cadets display their foot drill and sword movements,
  • Feux de Joie an honour guard performs a rifle salute with field artillery
  • graduates march through Memorial Arch for the last time as Officer Cadets.
Jacket exchange The senior officer (the Commandant or the Director of Cadets) exchanges tunics with the youngest Officer Cadet at the annual RMC Christmas Dinner. The Christmas dinner follows the tradition from the army where senior officers serve the junior members who usually serve them throughout the year.
Just Passing By When a graduate of the RMC pilots an aircraft in the vicinity of Kingston, Ontario he or she conducts an impromptu airshow over the College.[5]
Memorial Arch New officer-cadets pass through the Commemorative Arch as a class on their first day of university and upon graduation. Other than on Remembrance Day and in the course of other special parades (i.e. Battle of Britain), church parade, officer-cadets do not pass under the Arch as a class before their graduation from college.[6]
Memorial Arch Architectural sculpture A helmeted head stands in high-relief from the keystone. The face is extremely expressive and its parted lips seem to shout Rupert Brooke's poem, The Dead.[6]
Memorial Arch Poem Chiselled into the stone of the Memorial Arch are the opening lines of Rupert Brooke's poem, The Dead: "Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead. There are none of these so lonely and poor of old, but dying has made us rarer gifts than gold." First-year cadets are required to memorize the quote.[6]
Memorial stairway Sir Archibald Macdonell had the administration-building staircase lined with paintings of ex-cadets who died on military service
Memorial trees The ex-cadets who died on military service during World War I are honoured by the birch trees located in the lawn at the west end of the Administration Building.
obstacle course race gruelling course for recruits set up by the cadets' immediate predecessors, memorialized by a sculpture
Old 18 First year cadets are required to memorize the names of the first class in the order of their college numbers.[7]
Old 18 A historical drill team at RMC who perform at the "Sunset Ceremony" (a military tattoo the night before the graduation parade). Eighteen cadets, dressed in formal scarlet uniforms and wielding late 19th-century Enfield rifles fend off an attack by cadets dressed as rebels using similar rifles of smaller caliber.[8]
Old Guard The founding members of the QCMG. Established by a select group of cadets sometime around 1989, the QCMG existed as a (extra details required here) within the cadet population. Upon graduation, departing QCMG cadets would be responsible for selecting a suitably deserving first year cadet to take their place in guard, ensuring its survivability. However, only the founding members were ever referred to as the "Old Guard".
Old Brigade Alumni who entered military college 50+ years before wear unique berets and ties, have the Right of the Line on reunion weekend memorial parades, and present the College cap badge to the First Year cadets on the First Year Badging Parade. Each class traditionally marks its 50-year anniversary and entry into the Old Brigade with a gift.
Parade Square Recruits run the square at all times until they have successfully completed their first year. (no longer practiced, nor required)
Road and area names Sir Archibald Macdonell gave Great War names to all the roads and areas of RMC.
Royal Winers unofficial Department of Oenology at RMC cofounded by Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk Motto: "Age leaves us fine wines and friends." [9]
shouldering professors At closing exercises, cadets carried professors around the room
"Sir John A Macdonald" An annual dinner held at RMC Senior Staff Mess, since 2001 featuring toasts and stories celebrating the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister.[10]
Smokers Social gatherings at RMC that raise money for an event, group, or charity through the collection of "cover" or admission at the door. Smokers can include performances, with shows presenting a collection of sketches and comedy songs.
’’Snowball fight Annual RMC snowball fight (all Sqns against #1 Sqn).
Snow sculpture Annual RMC snow sculpture competition in Confederation Park with Queen's. RMC's entry was modelled after the MacKenzie Building (2008) and the Memorial Arch (2007).
Spider A spider web based stained glass window, made by Stone Frigate Class of 1983 honours the squadron mascots, as spiders were common in the (pre-modernized) building. The window has a Plexiglas shield to avoid damage during annual snowball fight.
’’Sunset ceremony A military tattoo held the night before the graduation parade which demonstrates skills and interests cultivated at RMC.

The 2013 performances:

  • the RMC Precision Drill Team performed a silent precision drill routine including the throwing of rifles, rifle salutes and sword drill movements.
  • the Old Eighteen Historic Drill Team demonstrated the military dress, drill and tactics of the period when the Old Eighteen originally enrolled in the first class of Royal Military College, 1876, under the training hands of Sergeant-Major Mortimer and Captain Ridout.
  • the Naval Gun Crew provided artillery support
  • the Sandhurst Military Skills Team, tae kwon do, cheerleading, and fencing teams,
  • the outgoing and incoming Colour Parties, accompanied by the Guard of Honour carrying the provincial flags on parade, performed the exchanging the colours. The Colour Party consists of a party commander, two flag bearers carrying the RMC stand of colours and two rifle escorts.
  • Canadian Forces parachute demonstration team, the SkyHawks from Trenton, Ontario.
  • Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (or ALOY) program students performed the Bear Song, the Sobriety Song and the Migma Honour Song on a large ceremonial drum with vocal accompaniment
  • The Sandhurst Military Skills team rappelled from LaSalle dormitory and performed simulations and obstacle course.
  • The Tae Kwon Do team showed discipline and fortitude in their display of the martial art.
  • RMC's Pipes and Drums, Brass Band, and Highland Dancers, perform Star Wars, Highland Laddie, The Retreat, The Tattoo, O Canada and Amazing Grace
  • During the Sunset Ceremony, the Commandant's Pennant, RMC School Flag, Canadian Forces Flag and Canadian National Flag are lowered
  • Fireworks concluded the tattoo [11]
Sweetheart broach officer cadets gave their dates an enamel brooch in lieu of a corsage for formal dances at Christmas, RMC Westpoint, and Graduation. The museum retains several examples.
Wake up or Panic song officer cadets have the duration of a song to get up, shave, make their beds, dress and stand for inspection. Tango Flight (7 Sqn)'s song in 1993 was “Happiness in Slavery”, by Nine Inch Nails. Cartier Flight's wake up song was “Dead on Time” and they went to sleep to Corey Hart “Never Surrender”. Other popular songs include O Fortuna and The Bodies Hit The Floor.
War Memorial Flag Flag with Union Flag on background was adorned with 1100 green maple leaves bearing name of RMC cadets who served in war. The red maple leaves in the centre memorialized cadets who were killed in action. The flag hung in St. George's Cathedral until 1934, when the flag began to disintegrate.

Class gifts[edit]

Class Endowment
1955 RMC Museum
1956 1956 Leadership Library Collection
1957 RMC TV Station
1958 Lecture series on emerging 21st-century global issues
1959 RMC Library
1960 College/Principle choice
1961 Birchall Pavilion & Maple trees
1962 RMC Library
1963 RMC Wall of Honour commemorates outstanding alumni
1964 RMC Library
1965 RMC Professorship
1966 Gazebo/Leonard Birchall Pavilion

RMC Militaria collectibles[edit]

  • Royal Military College of Canada Officer Cadet action figure, made for 2006 Great Canadian Action Figure Convention in Kingston, Ont. The male model figure can wear a 1st year scarlet dress uniform jacket with academic achievement badges or a 4th year senior cadet's #4s patrol jacket with academic and sports badges, plus belt with a dress navy trousers with red piping. In addition, the figure wears leather ankle boots with Vibrom soles, leather gaiters, leather belt with metal RMC buckle, and a leather bayonet frog. The arms include a metal C7 rifle and metal bayonet with metal scabbard. The box features RMC landmarks and a description of the College in English and French.[12]
  • Royal Military College of Canada Officer Cadet 54mm pewter Toy Soldiers include: Cadet Squadron Leader with sword and four first year cadets with FNC1 rifle. The female and male cadets are dressed in Scarlet Ceremonial uniforms with white belts, pillbox hats, dark trousers with red piping, gaiters and black boots.[13]
  • Royal Military College of Canada officer cadet 'Gentlemen Cadet' 80 mm metal figure No. 53 c. 1980 by Chas C. Stadden Studios.[14]

Currie Hall[edit]

General Sir Arthur Currie officially opened Currie Hall at Royal Military College on 17 May 1922. General Sir Arthur Currie made the following comments, "I cannot tell you how utterly embarrassed and yet how inexpressibly proud I am to witness this ceremony, and to be present when this hall is officially opened. This hall is to commemorate the deeds of our fellow com-rades whom it was my great honour and privilege to command during the latter years of the War." [15] The Currie Hall is decorated with the crests and battle colours of every unit that fought in France during World War I.

His Excellency John Ralston Saul (February 2004) described the Currie Hall decorations, "This is an astonishing hall in which to speak. If you gaze up at the initials on the ceiling and at the paintings and the painted insignia around the walls, you are reminded that Canada is not a new country."... "Militarily speaking, we have been at it for a long time. This hall is a conceptualisation of our participation in the First World War. All of that grandeur and tragedy is pulled together here in a remarkable way. I'm not sure that we could reproduce a hall of this sort to describe our military experiences of the last half century." [16]

Triumphal arch[edit]

The Memorial Arch, at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, built in 1923, is a monument which honours the memory of ex-cadets who have died in combat or while attending the College. The Memorial Arch, designed by John M. Lyle, is an example of the Beaux-Arts architecture. Lyle's design won a competition in which seven Canadian architects were invited to compete. Leigh French singles out the Memorial Arch as "an outstanding example of coherent purpose and well considered form, unlike many of the war memorial projects that emerged immediately after World War I".[17] The Indiana limestone arch on a base of Quebec granite was built at a cost of $75,000.[18]

The Arch was unveiled by Mrs. Joshua Wright, mother of two cadets who gave their lives in the First World War. #558 Major G.B. Wright, DSO, RCE, was killed in action in France on 21 May 1915. #814 Major J.S. Wright, 50th Bn CEF, was killed in action in France on 18 Nov 1916.[19]

The Memorial includes the following texts:[20]

The RMC Memorial Arch provides a list of officer cadets who were killed in action or died from wounds suffered in action under the following headings:[20]

Two bronze plaques on the flanking plinths of the Arch, which were unveiled by the Governor General on 15 September 1949, commemorates the fallen from World War II. As required, names of those lost in Korea and on peacekeeping and other military operations have been added.

Trophies[edit]

88mm gun monument at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Trophy Description
  • German Anti-Tank Gun

Memorials[edit]

CF100 monument like that at the Royal Military College of Canada.
F-86 Sabre monument at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Commemorative Arch
Other Description

2The 4 in (100 mm) Twin MTG HA XIX Naval Gun taken off HMCS Huron

  • refurbished with the financial support of the ex cadet club 2010
  • Carriage Lamps on Crerar Gates
  • donated by Class of 1985
  • In the colours of 414 (electronic Warfare) squadron
  • presented by the class of 1972
  • refurbished with the financial support of the ex cadet club and
  • rededicated on October 6, 1996.
  • presented by Class of 1968, refurbished by RMC Club 1996.
  • presented by Class of 1971
  • refurbished with the financial support of the ex cadet club 2010
  • from Class of 1979.
  • refurbished with the financial support of the ex cadet club 2010
  • Gazebo behind Fort Champlain
  • from Class of 1966
  • Sidewalk- "Route 66" runs via Potters Lodge to Massey Building
  • from Class of 1966.
  • from the Class of 1956
  • oil painting by William Irving in "Heritage Room" in Mackenzie Building shows representative figures from all of the Corps and regiments of the British army in which ex-cadets of RMC of Canada served.
  • the British Army presented RMC with the painting in 1976 on the occasion of the College's Centennial.

Commemorative and Memorial Stained Glass Windows[edit]

Location Date Description Manufacturer Inscription Window
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1973 1 light Oak tree and crest Robert McCausland Limited honours Class of 1958 Memorial Stained Glass window, Class of 1958, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1970 1 light Royal Canadian Dragoons Robert McCausland Limited honours 2770 LCol KL Jefferson Memorial Stained Glass window, 2770 LCol KL Jefferson, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1967 1 light Antique window navy league Robert McCausland Limited * In memory of David H. Gibson, C.B.E. National President, Navy League of Canada, 1938-1952 Naval Memorial Stained Glass Window, Currie Hall, Currie Building, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1968 1 light Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Crest Robert McCausland Limited * In memory of Colonel Edward Geoffrey Brooks DSO OBE CD 1918-1964 staff adjutant 1948-1950 by classes of 1948-52 Col E G Brooks DSO OBE CD 1918-1964 staff adjutant 1948-1950 stainglass Currie Hall.JPG
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1968 1 light Dieppe Dawn Robert McCausland Limited * In memory of Dieppe Dawn 19 August 1942 by classes of 1948-52 Dieppe Dawn 19 August 1942 stained glass Currie Hall.JPG
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1967 1 light Coronation flag and crest Robert McCausland Limited
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1973 1 light Royal Canadian Engineers Crest Robert McCausland Limited
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1966 1 light Royal Horse Guards and family crest Robert McCausland Limited
Sir Arthur Currie Hall 1967 1 light Antique window Robert McCausland Limited * Navy League Cadet Corps (Canada) Navy League Wrennette Corp Navy League Cadet Corps (Canada) Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Navy League Cadet Corps (Canada), Memorial Stained Glass Window, Currie Hall, Currie Building, Royal Military College of Canada
Roman Catholic Chapel 1938 1 light Emblem Lamb of God carrying a flag Robert McCausland Limited
  • To the memory of the class entering in 1938 who gave their lives for Canada.
Memorial Stained Glass window, Class of 1938, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Roman Catholic Chapel 1963 1 light Emblem lilies and M Robert McCausland Limited
  • Dedicated to the memory of our beloved son S/L Ian G.A. Mcnaughton, R.C.A.F., RMC 2588. Born 6 Nov. 1919. Killed in Action over Germany, 23 June 1942. R.I.P.
Saint Raphael Roman Catholic Chapel Yeo Hall Royal Military College of Canada memorial window to Iam GA McNaughton 2588.jpg
Roman Catholic Chapel 1963 1 light Crest Robert McCausland Limited
  • Donated by the Kingston branch of the Royal Military College Club of Canada, May 1963.
Royal Military College of Canada Chapel stained glass window.jpg
Roman Catholic Chapel 1963 1 light Alpha Omega Bible and Torch
  • Donated by Mrs. Oliver Tiffany (Kit) Macklem in memory of her husband no. 605 Oliver Tiffany, and her father no. 203 William Bermingham
Memorial Stained Glass, Yeo Hall, Chapel, Royal Military College of Canada 605 Oliver Tiffany & 203 Williiam Bermingham.jpg
Roman Catholic Chapel 1 light Dove
  • Offert par Marguerite et Edouard de B. Panet.
Roman Catholic Chapel, Yeo Hall, Royal Military College of Canada, Marguerite et Edouard de B. Panet dove.jpg
Roman Catholic Chapel 1 light Chalice and wheat
  • Presented by H6888 Lt.-Colonel Thomas Fraser Gelley, M.A.,Ll.D member of faculty, 1919-1963.
Memorial Stained Glass, Yeo Hall, Chapel, Royal Military College of Canada H6888 LtCol Thomas Gelley.jpg
Roman Catholic Chapel 1963 1 light Alpha Omega Bible and Torch
  • Donated by Mrs. Oliver Tiffany (Kit) Macklem in memory of her husband no. 605 Oliver Tiffany, and her father no. 203 William Bermingham
Memorial Stained Glass, Yeo Hall, Chapel, Royal Military College of Canada 605 Oliver Tiffany & 203 Williiam Bermingham.jpg
Protestant Chapel 1963 1 light Royal Military College Crest Robert McCausland Limited
  • Donated by the Kingston branch of the Royal Military College Club of Canada, May 1963.
Royal Military College of Canada Chapel stained glass window.jpg
Protestant Chapel 1963 1 light Royal Military College Crest Robert McCausland Limited
  • Donated by the Kingston branch of the Royal Military College Club of Canada, May 1963.
Memorial Stained Glass, Yeo Hall, Chapel, Royal Military College of Canada Club Kingston 1963.jpg
Protestant Chapel 1963 1 light Timothy Robert McCausland Limited
  • “put on the whole armour of god.” In loving memory of no. 2609 Flight Lieutenant Ian Macdonnell Sutherland-Brown.
Royal Military College of Canada memorial window to Ian Sutherland Brown Sir Lancelot whole armour of God.jpg
Protestant Chapel 1963 1 light Dove Robert McCausland Limited
  • In memory of 4482 Squadron Leader Donald Eaton Galloway Class of 1959
Saint Martin Protestant Chapel Yeo Hall Royal Military College of Canada memorial window to Donald Eaton Galloway dove.jpg
Protestant Chapel 1963 1 light open book Robert McCausland Limited
  • In memory of 6229 Lieutenant John Carson first to leave the Class of 64.
Royal Military College of Canada Saint Raphael’s Roman Catholic Chapel memorial window to John Carson Emblem Bible and Torch.jpg
Protestant Chapel 1963 1 light lamb of God Robert McCausland Limited
  • I thank all who loved me in their hearts with love and thanks from mine. 1900 Group Captain Douglas Edwards
Memorial Stained Glass, Yeo Hall, Chapel, Royal Military College of Canada 1900 Douglas Edwards.jpg
Protestant Chapel 1963 1 light chalice Robert McCausland Limited
  • In memory of 10557 Lieutenant Kris K. Gammeljord Class of 1975
Royal Military College of Canada Yeo Hall Saint Martin Protestant Chapel memorial window to Kris Gammeljord (Chalice).jpg
Yeo Hall 1966 1 light R.M.C. Crest Robert McCausland Limited
  • In memory of the class of 1958 who have died
Memorial Stained Glass window, Class of 1958, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Yeo Hall 1965 1 light Canadian Coat of Arms and 10 Provincial crests Robert McCausland Limited
  • O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. Don des anciens du college section de Montréal-1965.
Stained glass, Oh Canada Royal Military College of Canada Club Montreal 1965.jpg
Yeo Hall 1942 1 light Cadet at ease Robert McCausland Limited
  • to the memory of those members of the class of 42 who have given their lives for Canada
Memorial Stained Glass window, Class of 1942, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Yeo Hall 1964 1 light Visionary Christ with Cadet Robert McCausland Limited
  • In loving memory of 4954 F/O Peter Gordon Robson graduated May 1960 died on active duty September 1960
Memorial Stained Glass, Yeo Hall, Chapel, Royal Military College of Canada 4954 Peter Robinson.jpg
Yeo Hall 1964 1 light Three Services in Battledress Robert McCausland Limited
  • In memory of their gallant fallen classmates presented by the class entering in 1933
Memorial Stained Glass window, Class of 1933, Royal Military College of Canada
Yeo Hall, Memorial Hall outside chapels [22] 1964 1 light "RMC and Tri-Service Crests" Robert McCausland Limited
  • Presented by Toronto branch R.M.C. Club of Canada 1964
Toronto Branch Royal Military College of Canada Club stained glass 1964.jpg
Yeo Hall, Memorial Hall outside chapels 1934 1 light Last Post Robert McCausland Limited
  • Presented by the class entering RMC in 1934 as a memorial to fallen classmates
Memorial Stained Glass window, Class of 1934, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Yeo Hall, Memorial Hall outside chapels 1964 1 light Cadet with Reversed Arms Robert McCausland Limited
  • Presented by the graduating class 29 May 1964
100p
Mackenzie Building 1956 1 light Navy Robert Jekyll
  • from the Class of 1956
Mackenzie Building 1956 1 light Army Robert Jekyll
  • from the Class of 1956
Mackenzie Building 1956 1 light Air Robert Jekyll
  • from the Class of 1956
Mackenzie Building c. 1920 1 light St Michael *Gentleman Cadet James Wylie Logie (drowned 1913); window donated by his father Hon. James Wylie (1789–1854) and his mother Mary Wylie née Hamilton.
Mackenzie Building Memorial Stairway 1920 1 light Emblem Royal Military College of Canada crest & motto Robert McCausland Limited Gentleman Cadet Douglas Burr Plumb, (drowned 1903); window donated by his stepfather Wallace Nesbitt (1858–1930) Memorial Stained Glass Window, Douglass Burr Plumb, Memorial Stairwell, Mackenzie Building, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg|-
Mackenzie Building Memorial Stairway 1920 1 light Antique window Sir Galahad *Gentleman Cadet Arthur Latrobe Smith, (drowned 1913); window donated by mother and brother
Stone Frigate 1987 1 light spider web
  • by Stone Frigate Class of 1983
Stone Frigate, 1 squadron, stained glass spider, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Kingston, Ontario) 1 light Antique window RMC crest and motto *Royal Military College of Canada stained glass window Royal Military College of Canada stained glass window St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Kingston, Ontario).JPG

Commemorative and Memorial Trees[edit]

Maple
Oak
Red Oak
Pine
Silver Birch
White Ash
Memorial Trees Description
  • Trees-Red Oaks, 13 trees on west side Precision Dr.
  • Class of 1962 on occasion of 25th anniversary 1987.
  • Trees with plaque. on Duty Drive (north side Hwy #2)
  • from Class of xxxx
  • commemorates 8 classmates killed in the Great War 1914-1918 by Class of 1910.
  • Tree with plaque near Massey Library
  • from UTPM Class of 1989 (unnamed memorial to Mr. Cliff Watt, Library Staff)
  • Tree with plaque on stone
  • In memory of (#17333) Kelly Gawne, Class of 1990
  • White Ash Trees, seven trees on Bishop Road
  • oak trees, 17 trees on Precision Dr
  • in memory of classmates killed in the Second World War from the Class of 1940. (Note, the class of 1940 was the last "war-class" to attend RMC. In 1942 the college was closed for the remainder of World War II and during that time the College Colours were safeguarded in St. George's Cathedral in Kingston).
  • Maple tree with plaque (behind Currie Bldg)
  • "en mémoire de Nicole Bérubé 1949-2003" Second Language teacher.
  • Tree with plaque (near Hewett House)
  • in memory of Jane Dacey by her friends, 1985. (wife of Dr. J.R. Dacey, Director of Studies (i.e.: Principal) 1967-1978.)
  • a grove of 10 maples with stone table and two stone benches
  • in memory of Classmates killed in the Second World War by Class entering in 1935.

Monuments[edit]

Commemorations Description
  • Bill & Alphie
  • Bill & Alphie's, the on-campus cadet pub in Yeo Hall, is named after Bruce Bairnsfather's Great War cartoon characters. Stone carvings based on Old Bill & little Alphie, appear at the entrance to RMC's Yeo Hall.
  • RMC centennial (1976) gift of RMC Club
  • Gift of Class of 1991
  • Wooden Gates Fort Frederick with 1971 plaque
  • in remembrance of the days when Fort Frederick was a recruit refuge, by Class entering in 1931
  • stone Benches (5) near river opposite Commandant's House.
  • to commemorate 100th Anniversary of the Engineering Branch and close ties between Branch and RMC. Dedicated Oct 2004.
  • Stone (located north side Fort LaSalle)
  • "Class of 1998"
  • Stone pillar located near AMS, former Cadet Mess & Recreation Centre
  • to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of RMC by Class of 1976

Plaques[edit]

There are numerous plaques erected by federal, provincial, municipal and private authorities on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada.[24]

Plaque Description Photo
  • 50th anniversary of College 1926
  • Plaque Currie Building tablet by RMC Club
Royal Military College of Canada memorial plaque.jpg
  • various alumni, staff, professors
Memorial benches @ Royal Military College of Canada.jpg

was offered at the Royal Military College of Canada for the benefit of gentlemen Cadets and Staff in 1883-4. St. John Council anniversary

St John`s Ambulance First Aid plaque Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
  • wall
Royal Military College of Canada fence.jpg
  • Astronomical Observatory
  • astronomical observatory 1886-1951
  • Avro CF-100 Canuck Mark 5 plaque
  • Presented by the class of 1972 to commemorate rededication on October 6, 1996.
CF 100 Mark IV Canuck plaque @ Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
  • "Near this Parade Square, in March 1964, while viewing the College Flag atop Mackenzie Building, Col. the Hon George Stanley, then Dean of Arts, Royal Military College of Canada, first suggested to Col. the Hon. John Matheson, then Member of Parliament for Leeds, that the RMC College Flag should form the basis of the National Flag. The two collaborated on a design which was ultimately approved by Parliament and by Royal Proclamation adopted as the National Flag of Canada as of the 15th of February 1965." Flag of Canada
  • Plaque on Currie Bldg installed by the College about 1985.
  • Plaque Currie Building
  • Dockyard Bell [25]
  • Royal Military College Class of 1931
*International Hockey Series plaque, RMC vs USMA, Currie Hall, RMC International Hockey Series plaque, RMC vs USMA, Currie Hall, RMC.jpg
  • Plaque (Federal) National Historic Person Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Girouard plaque at Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
  • Currie Building plaque
  • "Kingston Navy Yard"
RMC Kingston Navy Yard.jpg
  • "The Royal Military College of Canada"
  • Ontario Heritage Trust plaque near the entrance to the college grounds at the gates on stone wall between Fort LaSalle and Fort Sauvé, near the north end of Point Frederick Drive.
  • The first officer training college in Canada, the Royal Military College opened in 1876 with 18 cadets receiving military and academic instruction. In 1959, it was granted university status.[27][28]
Royal Military College of Canada Plaque.jpg
  • "A naturally defensible site, Point Frederick was reserved as early as 1788 for construction of a battery. Various fortifications were built on the point over the next 50 years. The martello tower still in existence was one of four erected to fortify Kingston during the Oregon Crisis in 1846."
  • Plaque Ontario Heritage Trust
Fort Frederick plaque at Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
  • Point Frederick Buildings [31]
  • Marker: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
  • "A strategic location for the defence of the Loyalist settlement at Cataraqui (Kingston), this point was reserved in 1788 and named after Sir Frederick Haldimand, Governor of Quebec (1778-86). In 1790-91 a guardhouse and storehouse were built. By 1792 a dockyard was in operation and during the War of 1812 this vital naval base was fortified. On November 10, 1812, the Fort Frederick battery took part in repulsing an American naval squadron under Commodore Isaac Chauncey. This structure, one of four massive stone Martello towers built to strengthen Kingston's defences, was erected in 1846-47 during the Oregon boundary crisis between the United States and Britain. In 1852 the dockyard was closed and in 1870 Fort Frederick was abandoned."
  • Inside the walls of the tower, on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada (Federal) National Historic Site Plaque
  • "This peninsula, headquarters of the Provincial Marine (c.1790-1813), and of the Royal Navy (1813-1853), was the major British naval base on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Buildings surviving from this period include the Naval Hospital, the Guard House complex, and the Stone Frigate. On the southern part of the peninsula stands Fort Frederick, erected in 1812-13 but completely rebuilt in 1846. In 1875 the Point was chosen as the site of the Royal Military College of Canada which admitted its first class in June 1876."
  • "Royal Military College of Canada Memorial Arch" [32]
  • Marker: Royal Military College Club of Canada 1923
Memorial Arch plaque unveiling Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
memorial plaque Royal Military College of Canada WWII memorial.jpg
Royal Military College of Canada Gentlemen cadets Roll of Honour, Currie Hall, Currie Building, Royal Military College of Canada Cadet roll of honour, Currie Hall, Currie Building, Royal Military College of Canada 2011.jpg
  • Ontario Heritage Trust Plaque in front of the Stone Frigate building on the NE corner of General Crerar Crescent and Valour Road, on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada
  • "Under the terms of this 1817 arms-limitation agreement, the United States and Great Britain agreed to dismantle most of their armed vessels on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain and to construct no new warships. The agreement, technically, is still in force." [33][34]
Royal Military College of Canada Rush Bagot Agreement.jpg
  • "Stone Frigate"
  • Ontario Heritage Trust Plaque in front of Stone Frigate.
  • "This large stone building, completed in 1820, was designed to hold gear and rigging from British warships dismantled in compliance with the Rush-Bagot Agreement. It served as a barracks briefly in 1837-38, and by 1876 had been refitted to house the Royal Military College of Canada."[35][36]
  • Plaque (Federal) National Historic Person
Sir James Lucas Yeo plaque at Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Royal Military College of Canada 3 ex-cadets pre WWI
  • memorial plaque
Stone plaque dedicated to 3 Royal Military College of Canada ex-cadets.jpg
*Fort Frederick World Heritage Site, Kingston, Ontario
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Plaque
Fort Frederick World Heritage Site, Kingston, Ontario.JPG
Excavation Plaque detail, Fort Frederick Museum, Excavation Plaque detail, Fort Frederick Museum, Royal Military College of Canada.jpg
Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment Royal Canadians plaque in Senior Service Mess, RMC enumerates the Regiment's locations of service Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment Royal Canadians plaque @ Royal Military College of Canada.JPG

Other[edit]

Memorial Description
  • WAG Gallant Dog
  • Gravestone beside Hewett House
  • in memory of #1022 Maj-Gen Harold Oswald Neville Brownfield (joined RMC 1913-left with war certificate 1914) served with the RCA in France and Belgium 1915-18; served as associate professor of tactics, RMC 1934-7; BRA 1st Canadian Army 1945.
  • from widow Wilhelmina Brownfield c.1965.
  • refurbished with the financial support of the ex cadet club 2010
  • Stone
  • In memory of (#S107) LCol (Ret'd) George Holbrook C.M.[37] and (9584) Ian Moffat (RMC 1973) Class of 1973.
  • In honour of 21707 Kleon Lowell Sproule (RMC 2000), Class of 2000
  • Crerar Entranceway
  • in memory of #749 General Crerar (plaque donated by Class of 1935)
  • Carriageway Gates at Crerar Entrance
  • "in memory of those who have gone before" by Class entering in 1934.
  • Letters on Crerar Entranceway
  • donated in memory of #15423 Jean R Perreault by Class of 1986
  • Coat-of-Arms (bronze, with correct motto) on Crerar Entrance
  • donated in memory of #2085 W.E Fleury (RMC 1929) by his family in 1986. [Note plastic Coat-of-Arms incorrectly displaying the motto of College Militaire Royale CMR was put up by the College under the direct of the then Commandant, BGen Emond, 1995.]
  • Pedestrian Gates, walks, Crerar Entrance
  • in memory of fallen classmates by the Class joining in 1937
  • Class of 1940 (east side Precision Dr.) re: 17 trees
  • Sidewalk "Route 92" (Memorial Arch to Hwy #2)
  • in memory of #18287 Josh Andrews (RMC 1992) and #18531 Trent Woolridge (RMC 1992) by Class of 1992.
  • Bench behind Currie Building
  • in remembrance of #3098 Glen Tivy (RMC 1953), #3132 Dutch Holland (RMC 1953) and #3140 Bob Kostiuk (RMC 1953) by Class of 1953
  • Bench-behind Currie Bldg
  • in memory of #6842 Ted Hague (RMC 1966) from his brother, Commandant #9098 BGen (ret'd) Ken Hague (RMC 1972)
  • Bench pair behind Currie, near Sawyer building
  • in memory of Maj. Peter Carr-Harris and Lt. Ella Carr-Harris from Advocates Society in honour of their president.
  • Bench pair behind Currie
  • in memory of fallen comrades by the "United Kingdom" Branch of the RMC Club (n.d.)
  • to honour (memory of) Prof. Giuseppe Lepore
  • Sword of honour
  • No. 913, former Battalion Sergeant Major C.B.R. MacDonald (RMC 1914)'s Sword of Honour, which he won in 1914, was presented by his brother to RMC in 1965 as a memorial to C.B.R. MacDonald.
  • No. 1514, former Battalion Sergeant Major H.A. Richardson (RMC 1923), presented to RMC in 1965, the Sword of Honour which he won in 1923 as a memorial to the Class of 1919-1923.
  • marine sextant circa 1820-30s
  • No. 503 John Strickland Leitch, C.E., presented Sea Captain John Leitch's old marine sextant to RMC in May, 1964; Captain Leitch commanded a Cunard Line steamship in the 1830s.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HMCS Hudson
  2. ^ http://rmcclub.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/flashback-issue-10.jpg
  3. ^ e-Veritas » Blog Archive » What's Happening At RMC
  4. ^ Ckws-Tv - Ckwstv
  5. ^ RMC Club of Canada
  6. ^ a b c The Memorial Arch
  7. ^ http://www.rmcclubfoundation.ca/about/old18_e.html Biographies Old 18
  8. ^ History - Museum of the Royal Military College of Canada
  9. ^ http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2461256 Royal Winers
  10. ^ Kingston Historical Society - John A. Macdonald Anniversary Dinner
  11. ^ Sunset Ceremony 2013
  12. ^ http://www.gijoeelite.com/f_itemPart.asp?strPart=GIPT-RMC
  13. ^ http://www.gijoecanada.com/54mm.htm
  14. ^ CC Stadden
  15. ^ Mitchell Kryzanowski, Currie Hall: Memorial to the Canadian Corps (Kingston: Hewson and White, 1989), p. 9.
  16. ^ His Excellency John Ralston Saul J.D. Young Memorial Lecture “A New Era of Irregular Warfare?” Lecture Delivered to Faculty and Cadets Royal Military College Kingston, Ontario
  17. ^ French, Leigh A Memorial Arch at Kingston, Ont. Architectural Forum 44 no. 2 (Feb 1926) 89-92
  18. ^ H16511 Preston, Dr. Richard A. Canada's Royal Military College: A History of the Royal Military College, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  19. ^ Memorial Arch
  20. ^ a b Kingston Historical Society Monuments, Memorials and Markers http://www.webwoods.com/khs/dp.cfm?action=home
  21. ^ RMC Memorial windows http://www.craft.on.ca/index.php?a=Portfolio.portfolio_artist_bio&id=26
  22. ^ Royal Military College Review 1965 (Kingston, Ontario) p 191
  23. ^ John Boxtel's Place on the Net
  24. ^ John H. Grenville `An illustrated guide to monuments, memorials & markers in the Kingston area` Kingston Historical Society Plaque Committee, Kingston, Ont. : Kingston Historical Society, 2000.
  25. ^ The Dockyard Bell
  26. ^ Sir Édouard Girouard 1867-1932
  27. ^ Royal Military College of Canada plaque
  28. ^ The Royal Military College of Canada
  29. ^ Ontario Heritage Trust- Point Frederick
  30. ^ Point Frederick
  31. ^ Point Frederick Buildings
  32. ^ Royal Military College of Canada Memorial Arch
  33. ^ Rush-Bagot Agreement
  34. ^ The Rush-Bagot Agreement
  35. ^ Stone Frigate
  36. ^ Stone Frigate
  37. ^ http://news.gc.ca/web/view/en/index.jsp?articleid=84519&keyword=arctic&&page=22

External links[edit]

Flag of the Royal Military College of Canada