Canada’s “Cadet Corps Roots” Militia & Defence Annual Report Dec 31st, 1884.

                                                                                                              APPENDIX No.2.

                                                                        REPORTS OF THE DEPUTY ADJUTANTS GENERAL.


                                                                                                 MILITARY DISTRICT No. l.

  • Deputy Adjutant-General’s Office,
  • London, Ont., 10th October, 1884.


                                                                                                         Rifle Associations.

Eleven have sent in returns for the past year. As previously reported, few of the rank and file avail themselves of these competitions, and firing in Cam is simply throwing away ammunition. I therefore still think some effort should be made to induce the several companies to practice at Local Headquarters.

                                                                                              Drill Companies in Schools.

There are three in the district, viz,-

  • London
  • Collegiate Institute, St. Thomas
  • High School, and Mount Forest High School.

Owing to the many changes at the commencement of each term, exertion is necessary on the part of the school author cities to keep u even a semblance of efficiency, the great difficulty being to induce parents to provide e uniforms. The London Collegiate Institute was the only one which applied for an Instructor this year, and while considerable progress was made, diminished numbers and smaller boys were noticeable. If parents were to value the health and appearance of their sons as they ought, they would render the school authorities every assistance in maintaining these Companies.

  • I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most obedient servant, W. Е. JACKSON, Lieut-Colonel., Deputy Adjutant’ General, Military District No. 1.
  • The Adjutant-General of Militia, Ottawa.


Montreal: Les cadets du Mont Saint Louis Le concours pour le drapeau du Duc de Connaught..1jpg

Montreal: Les cadets du Mont Saint Louis Le concours pour le drapeau du Duc de Connaught.


                                                                                                  MILITARY DISTRICT No. 4.

  • Headquarters, Military District No. 4.
  • Ottawa, 6th October, 1884.


                                                                                                          Rifle Associations.

The 4th Military District possesses nine efficient Rifle Associations, viz.:—


  • The Metropolitan ……………..Presidents….P. Pattee. Esq.
  • The 43rd-Ottawa and Carleton…….Lt.-Col. W. White.
  • The Governor General’s Foot Guards………… . Lt.-Col. T. Ross.
  • The Gananoque…………………………………… Major McKenzie.
  • The Prescott…………………… Lt. J. S. Huntington.
  • The Ramsay…………..Major MacDonald.
  • The Perth…………………………… .. A. J. Matheson, Esq.
  • The Arnprior………………………… S. W. Ward, Esq.
  • The County of Ottawa……………………;…… Lt.-Col. White.

There are several other Company Associations who, with the above, give over $2,000 a year in prizes. These Associations are of a great advantage to the Militia Force. They keep the Battalions together, create emulation, and benefit Militia, by making each of its members familiar with the rifle and its use, which is the most essential but difficult duty of a soldier. I beg to recommend strongly that more encouragement be given to Battalion and Company Rifle Associations.

  • I have the honor to be, Your most obedient servant, E. LAMONTAGNE, Lieut-Colonel. Deputy Adjutant-General, Military District No. 4.
  • To the Adjutant-General Militia, Ottawa.


                                                                                                  MILITARY DISTRICT No. 7.

  • Quebec, 30th October, 1884.


                                                                                                          Rifle Associations.

The several Rifle Associations in my District have held their annual prize meetings. I would recommend, in future, that Company prizes for rural Corps be granted. The distances some Companies have to travel to reach their Battalion Headquarter debar a great many volunteers from participating in the competitions for Government allowance prizes; the consequence being, that this same allowance, generally i5 divided between a few volunteers at Battalion Headquarters, and from year to year the other men have never the advantage in sharing in the money granted for rifle shooting. Let a certain sum be allotted to each Company in Battalion, to be shot for at each of their local Headquarters, and I am certain that in so doing more satisfaction will be experienced by all the Force, and the yearly allowances more fairly distributed.

  • I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, T. J. DUCHESNAY, Lieut-Colonel, Deputy Adjutant-General, Military District No. 7.
  • The Adjutant-General of Militia, Ottawa.


Canadian Cadets, L'Assomption College, L'Assomption, QC, 1908.

Canadian Cadets, L’Assomption College, L’Assomption, QC, 1908.


                                                                                                 MILITARY DISTRICT No. 8.

  • Headquarters, Freddricton,
  • 14th October, 1884.


                                                                                                         Rifle Associations.

The following Rifle Associations (6) held competitions, and the returns of matches have been transmitted to Headquarters. I may add that the New Brunswick Provincial Rifle Association competition, held at Sussex in August, appears to have been more successful than usual, there being a larger number of competitors than at any competition for many years past.

  1. New Brunswick Provincial Ride Association.
  2. John County Ride Association.
  3. King’s County…….do…….
  4. York County………do……
  5. Carleton County………
  6. Northumberland………
  7. Charlotte………….do……


  • I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, GEO. J. MAUNSELL, Lt.-Colonel, Deputy Adjutant General Military District No. 8.


                                                                                                 MILITARY DISTRICT No. 9.

  • District Headquarters, Halifax,
  • 6th October, 1884.


                                                                                                        Rifle Associations.

The Provincial and County Rifle Associations are in good working order, and have well sustained the character of their Province at Wimbledon and at the Dominion Rifle Association meetings.

  • I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, JOHN B. TAYLOR, Lt.-Colonel, Deputy Adjutant-General’ Military District N o. 9.


                                                                                                 MILITARY DISTRICT No. 10.

  • Deputy Adjutant-General’s Office,
  • Fort Osborne, Winnipeg,
  • 15th November, 1884.


                                                                                                        Rifle Associations.

There are at resent three efficient Ride Associations in this District, viz., the Manitoba Provincial Rifle Association, the Brandon Rifle Association, and the 90th Winnipeg Battalion Rifle Association, all of which have held Prize Meetings during the year.

The Manitoba Provincial, in addition 10 their Annual Prize Meeting held in their range at Stony Mountain, on 5th August, and two following days, in which over $3, 200 was distributed in prizes, hold seven other minor prize matches during the season, for valuable challenge cups, presented b members of the Association. The number of competitors was consequently much larger than on any previous year, and it was found necessary to add two additional targets, thus making the range a nine-section one.

The Association also adopted the new target system now in use by the Dominion Association, extended the line of` trenches, and established a connection by telephone with the targets, by which much time was saved. In fact, they went to much expense, with a view to making the range in every respect perfect, and I may now safely say that I consider it one of the best and safest ranges in the Dominion. The annual grant of $500 from the Government, is the same as given many years ago, when the membership was not quarter as large, or the expenses nearly so great as at present, and as the North-West Mounted Police in Manitoba have also e use of the range, I would most respectfully recommend that the annual subsidy should be raised to $1,000.

The Association was represented at the Dominion of Canada and Ontario meetings this year, and made some very creditable shooting, especially at the latter place, where they carried off the Challenge Cup presented y Sir Peter Tait,-first prize in the Battalion Team Match, restricted to the Active Militia of Canada.


  • I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, C. F. HOUGHTON, Lieut-Colonel, Deputy Adjutant-General Military District No. 10.
  • To the Adjutant-General of Militia, Ottawa.





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