Episode 9 - RCRM Speakers Series Season 02Ellin Bessner unveils a fantastic story of heroism, humanity and bravery: Lieutenant Mitchell Sterlin, 16 Platoon Commander during the Second World War. Well known to those who served or serve with The Royal Canadian Regiment, less so to the general public, this story can also be found in Ellin's book, Double Threat, canadian Jews, the Military, and WWII.
Merry Season through the Ranks: ‘tis the Season to be merry and search for Christmas cards in our collection. Our latest Story from the Collection features a few of them, all photographic prints. Sent or received by the RCR, the cards selected are unique composite images, holidays wishes and reference to the history of the unit combined. This practice can be explained as the Regimental Birthday is formally recognized just before Christmas date, more specifically 21 December 1883. Check this Story on our website.

Happy Birthday to the 138 years young
Royal Canadian Regiment!

On 21 December 1883, the Infantry School Corps was established as part of the Canadian Militia and Defence Department. The Parliament had approved amendments to the Militia Act to add paid staff for militia training schools, some 850 to 1,000 members to be known as Permanent Corps of Active Militia. Their role was to train the Dominion’s 40,000 infantry who had formed the backbone of the militia since 1868. Beside three infantry companies, the small permanent force included one cavalry troop and three artillery batteries. Artillery, cavalry and mounted-infantry schools opened from Esquimalt, BC to Québec, QC, passing by Winnipeg, MB. By 1884, the infantry schools opened in Fredericton, NB, Saint-Jean, QC, and Toronto, ON. In 1886, a fourth company was approved in London, ON. The four infantry companies evolved to eventually become
The Royal Canadian Regiment.

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May the holidays bring you joy, health and prosperity!
The museum will be closed for the Christmas break,
starting 24 Dec 2021,
back to current opening hours on 5 January 2022 at 10am.
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