OCdts. On Parade

* He was born in February 13, 1863 and after graduating from the Royal Military College, in Kingston, Ontario in 1883 accepted a commission in the British Regular Army as a Hussar lieutenant in the 21st Lancers.

* At the outbreak of the South African War, then Captain ____ resigned his commission in order to go overseas.

* He quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant and distinguished himself on the battlefield.

* During his second tour of duty in South Africa now Captain ___, along with other notables commented that signalling could be put to better use.

* It was after his return to Canada that Captain ___ began his campaign to persuade military authorities to establish a separate signalling service.

* It was his aim to create such an arm and to the extent that the Canadian Signalling Corps made this a reality, is largely his monument.

* The Special General Order dated 24 October 1903 created the Canadian Signalling Corps. In the same year the Canadian Engineers were assigned responsibilities for communications while the fledgling Canadian Signalling Corps was created to standardize communications.

* In March 1908, the first Canadian Signalling Corps badge, designed by Major ____, was approved.

* This crossed flags badge was a Canadian variation on the badge of the 21st Lancers (with whom a young lieutenant had previously served).

* The selected Corps motto “Velox – Versutus – Vigilans” (Swift – Skilled – Watchful) was added to the badge in place of a regimental name. The facing colour of the 21st Lancers, French gray, was also adopted for the new Canadian Signalling Corps.

* Qualified signallers were permitted to wear a distinguishing badge on the right arm, for the Canadian Signalling Corps, the first distinctive uniform was authorized.

* French gray was incorporated into the piping and trouser stripes as the distinguishing Signals colour.

* He died in Kingston and was buried in Cataraqui Cemetery.


a) 52 William Grant Stairs

b) 62 William H. Robinson

c) 82 Bruce Carruthers

d)126 Philip Primrose.


c) 82 Major Bruce Carruthers (RMC 1883)

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