Please note we are no longer able to apply dates to many photos, as the Editor of this post does not have access to yearbooks to confirms dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Pictures but no info re class #. Very poor.
Our editor who does the Golden Oldies Section no longer has access to the yearbooks to confirm dates. He is using previous files uploaded that the dates are either not present on the file, or not correct. We had been getting more comments that dates were wrong than right, so we wanted to try omitting the dates to see if our ex cadet community could help us with accuracy.
There used to be dates attached to these pics which I kinda liked. Any reason for their removal?
The Drill Staff photo is Roads circa 75-76 judging from who was in the photo. If memory serves WO Buxton retired in early 1976 but not before he terrorized the Rooks entering in fall 75. In particular he often compared our poor posture on the square to a canine doing something unnatural to a football.
Yes, the drill staff photo is from the The Log, 1975 (Roads). About the time I arrived at Roads in 1973, the drill staff had been told they could no longer use profanity. That drove them to become quite inventive. Two Buxton quotes:
1. “Your rifle is drier than popcorn farts in January!” (not to me)
2. “You, sir, are a horrible little man!” (to me, after which I became know as “HLM” for horrible little man)
I suspect the photo of the band was taken in the spring of 1958. Several of my Class of ’61 mates are shown, as is (I think) John deChastelaine, CWC in 1959-60.
Try this link which will give you all the Royal Roads yearbooks from 1943 to 1995. That may help with identifying some photos. (I do note that some of the collection in this issue are RR/1966.
I believe that the CMR grad parade with CWO Couture to be in 1977. I was a prep then.
Actually it was 1979. I was in the graduating Class.
I believe the picture in the snow was during the spring of 1958. There was a late spring fall of heavy wet snow, and the Commandant, Commadore Piers, cancelled after-class intra mural sports and said all 8 squadrons should assemble on the sports field, build a snow fort, put up their squadron flag (visible in the picture), lay in a supply of snowballs, and after he gave the command to start, prepare to defend their flag while trying to capture someone else’s.
I think the Great photo of the Senior Hockey Team was 1970. Regards, Smitty
The top photo was from a parade during our fourth year in 1978/79. Pete Avis confirms it was a Sunday morning Commandant’s Parade in the spring of 1979. Since the first women were scheduled to start attending RMC in the fall of that year, one of the guys from our year thought it would be fun to play a prank by sneaking his girlfriend at the time, a student from Queens, on that parade. He managed to convince the rest of the guys in 7 Sqn to help orchestrate the skylark, so they found her some scarlets and appropriate accoutrements and a rifle and proceeded to give her a couple of quick lessons in the drill movements needed for that parade. By all accounts she did quite well with very limited training and likewise our recollection is that the skylark was well received by all, including the unsuspecting inspecting officer!
When I first saw the photo it looked odd due to her hair length. Your explanation provided some wonderful laughs so thanks for brightening my morning.
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