Edward Thornton Taylor

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Colonel
Edward Thornton Taylor
Personal details
Born 1850
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Royal Military College of Canada
Profession Soldier
Military service
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army, Canadian Forces Land Force Command
Rank Colonel

Colonel Edward Thornton Taylor was a Canadian soldier. He was the first Canadian born Commandant of the RMC. He was the first Commandant who was a graduate of the Royal Military College. He introduced hockey to Kingston, Ontario as an RMC student in 1877.

Education[edit]

Colonel Edward Thornton Taylor was born in 1850. He graduated from McGill University in 1878 and went on to RMC, where he introduced hockey to Kingston (student # 45). As a cadet at RMC, Taylor won the sword of honour in 1882 and the sword is in the collection of the RMC museum. He served as battalion sergeant-major at RMC.

Military career[edit]

He was the first RMC cadet to attend the staff college course at Camberly (1895). He joined the 2nd Battalion of the Cheshire regiment. He served with his regiment and on the staff in India and Burma, often in instructional positions. He was fond of climbing and shooting tigers. He was an energetic man of great physical endurance who possessed an almost boyish enthusiasm.[1] Lieutenant Colonel Taylor served as the sixth Commandant at RMC, (1905-9). At the time, about 80 cadets were in training. Cadets had to pass a competitive examination on entering, with half-yearly examinations afterwards to obtain diplomas.[2] Although the college was organized on a strictly military basis, a thoroughly practical and complete course of study in civil engineering, civil and hydro-graphic surveying, physics, chemistry, French and English was provided. The practice of gymnastic drills and outdoor exercises of all kinds ensured good health and fine physical condition. Five commissions in the imperial army were awarded yearly to the cadets who stand highest. The length of the course was three years, in three terms of nine and a half months' residence each.[3] The total cost of the course, including board, uniform, instructional material and all extras, was from $750 to $1,000. As Commandant, he indicated the difficulty involved if RMC graduates who did not take a commission in the British army or Canadian Permanent Active Force were required to serve for a stated time in the Non-Permanent Active Force. This compulsory military service would be difficult since graduates did not always live near militia units. He recommended that graduates be posted to a unit of their choice rather than simply be placed on the reserve of officers.[4] In 1906, the practice began at the RMC club annual dinner of calling the roll by having each member rise in place in turn and announce their college number and name in order of seniority. In 1907, the loving cup was circulated for the first time around the table at the RMC club annual dinner. Although Taylor retired in 1916, he commanded the labour corps in France in 1917.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  2. ^ "The New Student's Reference Work: Volume 3" by Chandler B. Beach, Frank Morton McMurry and others. Publisher F. E. Compton And Company 1911
  3. ^ "The New Student's Reference Work: Volume 3" by Chandler B. Beach, Frank Morton McMurry and others. Publisher F. E. Compton And Company 1911
  4. ^ Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  5. ^ Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982

Books[edit]

  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. RMC. Kingston, Ontario. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
  • Chandler B. Beach, Frank Morton McMurry and others. "The New Student's Reference Work: Volume 3" F. E. Compton And Company, 1911
Academic offices
Preceded by
Colonel J.H.V. Crowe
Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada
1905-9
Succeeded by
Colonel Raymond Northland Revell Reade