The Act of Remembrance
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
This weekend, during the Association of 8th Canadian Hussars (PL) Inc’s annual general meeting and reunion, we, the 8th Hussars Museum, celebrated the Regiments and the Town of Sussex's military contributions during Canada's 150 years as a nation. The 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) Regiment is one of only a few Regiments in Canada who can celebrate service to Canada for that entire period of time and the Town of Sussex has been home to the Regiment for all of those 150 years plus as well.
The towns military history also includes Camp Sussex and the role it has played in Canada military life, while supporting Canadian war efforts in both World War I and II.
Friday Night a Meet and Greet was held at the Sussex Milton Gregg Armory, where old friends gathered sharing stories and memories.
A game of trivia, based on the history of the 8th Hussars was enjoyed- Cpl Byron Ostrum was the winner,
The Memorial Service was held at the 8th Hussars Museum at the historic Train Station in Sussex with the dedication of the new UN and NATO memorial cairn as part of the service. The Regiment marched on at 0945 hrs followed by the arrival of the Town Executive and special quests. A number of veterans from the peacekeeping years and the NATO tours were on hand to share in the unveiling process. The cairn was placed directly in front of the Lynx monument and several historical vehicles were on static display for the event.
The 150th dinner was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, We attempted as closely as possible to duplicate the turkey dinner served in 1867 when a troop of Hussars trained at Fox Hill, NB and held a party to honour the founding of Canada. The 8th Hussars Museum volunteers and members of the Regiment presented a military history of the Regiment and the Town in three segments featuring 50-year periods of time. Vignettes illustrating specific events were included and most of the parts were played by soldiers of the Regiment. The evening was closed out with the entertainment provided by Differentfolk, a traditional band from central New Brunswick.
Dan and his wife’ Monique are posing in the above photograph. They are from Arnprior ON and traveled down to join the event along with numerous other former members of the Regiment from Ontario.
Photographs taken at meet and greet Friday night , Memorial Service Saturday morning , Lunch with the soldiers and association members and Regiment at AGM . ENJOY !
Summer is winding down a little too quickly and our summer students are finished this week. Thank you to our three outstanding students, for a great summer: Matthew Gamble, Hayden Johnston and Olivia McLean. We had a very busy summer, starting with visiting school classes, Sussex Summerfest and numerous visitors in for tours. We have received very positive feedback from the general public informing us of how pleasant of an experience their visit was because of the knowledgeable and pleasant staff.
The 8th Hussars Museum has summer student opportunities each year, funding is dependent upon grants from Young Canada Works, Community Museums Summer Employment Program and Canada Summer Jobs. Today we had the opportunity to thank Alaina Lockhart MP for Fundy Royal for our funding through Canada Summer Jobs and Young Canada Works. As well we thank the Province of New Brunswick Heritage Branch for their support through Community Museums Summer Employment Program.
A Few Words from Matthew :
I was pleased to have been able to spend another summer with the 8th Hussars Museum in Sussex this year.
This fall I will enter my third year of studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton where I am pursuing a double-major in International Relations and Economics.
For the majority of the summer, I spent time doing archival work on photographs of the Regiment from the Cold War era. Hopefully some former or current Hussars will be able to visit the museum and take a look. Some pictures will definitely bring back some fond memories and cause a few laughs!
I was also happy to play a part in the creation of the Camp Sussex Presentation given at the museum as a part of Sussex Summerfest 2017. Through my research for this project, I learned some very interesting details about life in Camp Sussex around the turn of the century.
Along the way I had the opportunity to speak with many veterans and many other interesting people who were able to stop into the museum. Especially as many of our WWII veterans continue to grow older, I make it a personal mission to learn as much as possible from these extraordinary men and preserve their crucial contributions for future generations.
All and all, I am thankful to have the opportunity to have a summer job in a field that I am passionate about, and one where I can learn from the life experiences of the Greatest Generation.
A few words from Hayden
I'm grateful for the opportunity to come and work at the 8th Hussars Museum for a second year. I am currently entering into my third year of university, working towards the completion of a double-major in political science and psychology. This is in preparation for graduate school, were I intent to study law. In light of this, working at the Museum has provided me with experience applicable to my area of study, especially related to understanding differences between individuals.
My main focus at the Museum this year was on archival preservation. Over the course of this summer, I have had the opportunity to examine numerous historical photographs pertaining to Canadian Forces Operations in Canada and throughout the world. These photos provide insight into the operation of the Canadian Military Machine and the ever evolving doctrines employed by the Military Establishment.
Additionally, Museum staff participated in the Town of Sussex's Summerfest program; this saw the Museum host a presentation pertaining to the former Military Camp, Camp Sussex. I was fortunate to be able to participate and learn about this often neglected part of New Brunswick history.
Besides this, I have been fortunate to meet a plethora of individuals, ranging from veterans to tourists from across the continent. Many of these people were kind enough to share their experiences, both in and out of the armed forces.
A message from Olivia
Thank you Carol for an amazing summer. I have had so many enjoyable learning opportunities over the course of the summer. Yesterday , I gave a tour to a past member of the 8th Hussars, it was a nice challenge to expand my knowledge and share everything I learned over the course of the summer. I have met some very interesting life changing people over the summer. Working at the museum was an experience that I was very fortunate to have been able to share with every new person I met. The world is a small place and it was amazing to see people who did not have knowledge on the world be opened up to a new concept and realize the pain and suffering people went through. You guys were amazing people to work with. Thanks again for an amazing experience that I will certainly never forget.
The 8th Hussars Museum has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 New Brunswick Day Merit Award, which is designed to provide the opportunity for the community to honour our unsung heroes and recognize achievements in six different fields of endeavor: Arts and Culture, business ,community leadership, environment, sport, recreation, active living and volunteer service.
We were chosen to receive the New Brunswick Day Merit Award for Arts and Culture, for the preservation and display of the military regiment and and connections to the community.On behalf of the Town of Sussex and Members of the Council we were invited to attend the New Brunswick Day Ceremony today for the 2017 New Brunswick Celebrations at O'Connel Park. On this special occasion , we, the Members of the 8th Hussars Museum are very honored and proud to have received the Merit Award for Arts and Culture.
The 8th Hussars Museum was founded in 2004 under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Sussex and the Association of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) Inc. The opening of the museum was held in support of the 100th Anniversary of the Town of Sussex. The museum functions both as a museum with 3645 artefacts nationally registered and as an archive with documents dating back to 1793 and over 14,063 historical photographs scanned and saved.
The source of many of the museums numerous artefacts is the 8th Canadian Hussars (PL) regiment which is one of Canada’s oldest continually serving cavalry/armoured regiments, having been established in Kings County in 1848. The museum also has a mandate to preserve and share the history of Camp Sussex, one of the first permanent military camps established in Canada after Confederation. By focusing on these two roles, it allows the museum to provide a venue to share the rich military heritage of the southern part of the province and the many local military personnel who have volunteered to fight for peace and freedom and often paid the Supreme Sacrifice.
The museum has actively engaged with numerous partners across Canada and Internationally to better improve the quality of our displays. All artefacts received by the museum are accessioned and uploaded to the Canadian Heritage Information Network for national access, and all archive materials are registered and uploaded to the Council of Archives of New Brunswick database. Due to their efforts in digital preservation the museum was asked in 2015/2016 by CHIN to volunteer as a trial archive to develop a nationally accepted standard for digital preservation of photographs for small museums. This very successful trial resulted in the development of a national preservation policy and plan that was provided to all small museums in Canada. Other programs of note include the development of “The Story of Camp Sussex, A Century of Service to Canada” which is available nationally on the CHIN Virtual Museum and our support to the Faces to Graves project currently underway in the Netherlands which is attempting to put a face to every soldier’s head stone in that countries Canadian War Graves. This program came about due to the museums efforts in supporting the Twinning of Towns between Sussex and Tynarloo NL celebrating the anniversary of the end of WW II and the subsequent presentation of a gold medal to the Regiment in 1952.
The 8th Hussars Museum is operated by museum committee of 10 volunteer members and an additional six volunteers assist in planning, development and construction of new displays.
Lead-up to the Creation of Camp Sussex
The Heyday of the Militia
-Collection of Daily Rations: 6:00 AM
-Breakfast: 6:30 AM
-First Drill 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
-Officer Hour: 9:00 AM
-Second Drill: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
-Dinner: 12:30 PM
-Third Drill: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
-Tea: 5:00 PM
-Rations - Groceries: 5:30 PM
-Guard Mounting: 5:30 PM
-Retreat: 5:30 PM
-First Post: 9:00 PM
-Last Post: 9:30 PM
-Lights Out: 9:45 PM
The Interwar Years
WWI and WWII
Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Herman Marland Hirschfeld, CD, PSC, PLFC -
Lieutenant-Colonel Hirschfeld was born on the 5th of August, 1941 in Goldenville, Nova Scotia. In 1962, he joined the Canadian Army and graduated from the Armoured Corps School in Camp Borden, Ontario, as a Second-Lieutenant in 1963.
During his thirty-four year military career, Hirschfeld served with both the Royal Canadian Dragoons and the 8th Canadian Hussars. His duties included Troop Leader, Battle Captain, Squadron Commander, and Regimental Second-in-Command. He was also a member of Canada's Olympic National Biathlon Ski Team.
He also served extensively at the Combat Training Centre at CFB Gagetown, being one of the first officers to serve at the newly formed Combat Arms School.
Hirschfeld took part in a year-long Australian Army Command and Staff Collage Course in Queenscliff, Australia in 1981. While Outback, Hirschfeld made many new friends and enjoyed his time. The Slouch Hat on display was given to him by his Australian friends.
Notably, Hirschfeld served with NATO's Central Army Group HQ in Germany as the Senior Canadian Liaison Officer from 1987-1990. He retired from the Army in June 1996 and currently lives with his wife in Oromocto, New Brunswick
Cpl Hugh Riley, the 8th Hussars oldest surviving Veteran turns 102!
Hugh Geoffery Riley, regimental number G250, joined the 4 Canadian Motorcycle Regiment, 8th Princess Louise (NB) Hussars in the August of 1940. Hugh enlisted in Sussex, New Brunswick, the same day as his brother Jack,
regimental number G251. Other family members would also join the war effort, with brother Pat joining the artillery, sister Lilla to the RCAF, and brother Stan to the army. Prior to signing up, Riley worked in the woods, sailed wooden ships in the South Seas for a time, and also trained in Camp Sussex for two summers with the militia.
After his enlistment, Riley trained with the 8th Hussars in Camp Sussex, Camp Borden, and Camp Petawawa, before going on to continue his training with the regiment in Great Britain.
During the Second World War, Corporal Riley served as the 8th Hussars Regimental Signals Section.
Hugh's duties in Signals and Military Intelligence took him all over the Italian Peninsula, and much of his work involved traversing the mountainous Italian terrain in a scout-car to observe enemy action and gather information.
During his time in Italy, Hugh recalls two days spent hiding in a wine casket when German soldiers overran their position. Riley also recalls working with Col. Robinson to design the 8th Hussars shoulder flash and also worked with the Regimental Adjutant in writing large sections of the 8th Hussars War Diary.
During the Regiment's time in Great Britain, Riley recalls meeting with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and dancing with famed-singer Vera Lynn. This is the same time the Union Jack was supposedly obtained that Frank Gaunce spoke about being borrowed from 10 Downing St in London while they were driving Winston Churchill around in the Canadian Tanks.
Corporal Riley returned home in February 1946 and was discharged on 8 March 1946. Upon his return to Canada, Hugh was asked to stay on with the Army as he spoke five languages including Russian, but Hugh was keen to get on with family life and leave the army behind.
For his dedicated service, Hugh received the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star , the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with pin and clasp.
Hugh Riley currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick and just celebrated his 102nd birthday.
Hugh's lifetime of accomplishments truly illustrate his extraordinary character.
Hugh Riley is celebrating his 102nd Christmas. He is currently residing at the Veterans Health unit at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton. He is the 8th Hussar's oldest living veteran at 102 years of age and has rallied very well after a series of health concerns earlier in the fall.The veterans Christmas party at the Health unit was put on by various Legions in the area and as you can see from the photograph Hugh was in fine spirits and actively engaged with the party goers. This photograph was provided by his daughter and primary care giver, Sharon Riley.
Getting the Lynx monument in place at the 8th Hussars Museum is part of the Museum's fall 150th celebration and memorial to 8th Canadian Hussars who have been killed in Service as part of Peace keeping and NATO duties for Canada.
Sgt. Gordon Bickerton holds Princess Louise and her 10-day baby Princess Louise II, at Camp Sussex in 1954.
The inspiration for the scene came from this photograph
This scene will be on display at the 8th Hussars Museum to Honor the wonderful work of Nick Dunning and also honor the Mascots and their handler Gordon Bickerton .
Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation
Since serving in uniform, many of Canada’s Veterans continue to provide outstanding service to their country, their communities and their fellow Veterans. To formally recognize the contributions of these outstanding Canadians, the Governor General authorized the creation of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.
Hampton,New Brunswick -
Mr. Carl Scovil Brown is a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. Originally a member of the 8th Canadian Hussars, he became a member of the regimental association upon his retirement and continues his involvement today. Mr. Brown ensures that sick members are visited, that families of deceased members are cared for, and that Veterans receive dignified funerals. He is also personally responsible for the establishment of the 8th Canadian Hussars Museum in Sussex, New Brunswick. Upon realizing that nothing existed to commemorate the contributions of the regiment, Mr. Brown developed a plan, recruited like-minded individuals, established committees and worked to create a museum. This involved countless hours gathering; cataloguing and insuring memorabilia; and directing fundraising efforts to acquire a venue to display the regimental history. Thanks to his efforts, the 8th Canadian Hussars Museum is now well established and was recently named the best small museum in Canada. Mr. Brown also convinced the association to fund a memorial tablet depicting the story of “the little colt” Princess Louise, that became the regimental mascot. Mr. Brown is also a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion and sat on the board that replaced the old and crumbling cenotaph in Hampton, New Brunswick. This project required significant community engagement, fundraising and dedication. Mr. Brown’s financial expertise has been a huge asset to the Legion, helping them achieve the stability they continue to enjoy today.
Welcome to the 8th Hussars Museum
The 8th Hussars Museum is located in the historic Train Station in Sussex, NB. The building has been restored to its original grandeur and is situated in the hub of the Town of Sussex. The Victorian-era structure houses many of the important artifacts of the museum and is accessible to the general public. Since the later part of the 19th century, countless Hussars arrived by rail to train at Camp Sussex and later to serve in the South African War, WWI and WWII.
The collection includes many items representing the life of the Regiment with original uniforms dating back to 1881, original Routine Orders dating back to 1893, memorabilia from members who represented the Regiment at Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, WWI, WWII, UN/NATO peacekeeping tours as well as the Afghanistan engagement. Of particular interest are the flags from each of these eras. The Museum also proudly holds the original accouterments of HRH The Princess Royal who is Colonel Commandant of the Regiment