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Monday, 5 August 2013

Formation of the 7th Fusiliers (1866)
Topic: The RCR

The 7th Fusiliers, which became the Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (M.G.), was amalgamated with The Royal Canadian Regiment and The Oxford Rifles in the 1950s. The two Militia Regiments formed the Reserve Battalion of The RCR: 4RCR. The regimental lineage document prepared by the Department of National Defence (DND) Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH) offers the following on the formation of the 7th Fusiliers:

Standing Orders of the 7th Battalion Fusiliers

The Standing Orders of the 7th Battalion Fusiliers, published in 1885, provided further details on the formation of that regiment:

Formation of the Battalion

In the year 1856, but two Volunteer Companies existed in London, No. 1 Rifles commanded by Capt. Hammond and No. 2 Highland Rifles commanded by apt. Moffat, who for many years afterwards occupied the position of Brigade Major of no. 1 District. No. 3 Rifle Company was not organized until March 24th, 1865. It was commanded by Capt. C.F. Goodhue, who was gazetted April 20th, 1865.

The "Trent" affair had caused considerable excitement in Canada in the early part of the American war, and in no part was there exhibited more patriotism than in London. Prominent citizens commenced a drill association, and rapidly perfected themselves in the use of arms. From it sprang Nos. 1 and 2 Infantry Companies, which were organized Dec. 26th 1862 and Jan 23rd, 1863. the former had for its officers:---John B. Taylor, Andrew Cleghorn, and George S. Burns. The latter: Hiram Chisholm, Arch. MacPherson and Alex M. Kirkland. The companies above named formed the nucleus from which the 7th or "Prince Arthur's Own," as it was first called, sprang. Early in the spring of 1866, a meeting of the officers was called in the old Drill Shed, which stood where the Collegiate Institute now stands, and at that meeting "The London Light Infantry" was organized, and Lieut.-Col. John R. Taylor, D.A.G. of the District placed in command. During the Fenian Raid of that year, one or two Companies were were stationed at Windsor for over three months, and the whole of the Regiment was placed under active service at Fort Erie during the scare, at the latter point they were under the command of Major McPherson, who proved himself a very efficient commanding officer, although not coming under fire. they endure trying forced marches and much fatigue. The annual service Militia list, contains the first complete list of officers gazetted, which is as follows:

Field Officers and Staff

  • Lieut.-Col. John B. Taylor, D.A.G.
  • Major Arch. McPherson
  • Major Robert Lewis
  • Pay-master; Duncan Macmillan
  • Adjutant; Thomas Green
  • Quarter-master; John B. Smythe
  • Asst.-Surgeon; Richard Payne, M.D.
No. 1 CompanyNo. 2 Company
Capt. Duncan C. MacDonald
Lieut. Henry Gorman
Ensign W. Hill Nash
Capt. Edward W. Griffith
Lieut. Edward MacKenzie
Ensign A.W. Porte
No. 3 CompanyNo. 4 Company
Capt. Thomas Miller
Lieut. Henry Bruce
Ensign William McAdams
Capt. W.H. Meredith
Lieut. Richard M. Meredith
Ensign Chris S. Corrigan
No. 5 CompanyNo. 6 Company
Capt. M.D. Dawson
Lieut. David A. Hannah
Ensign James Magee
Capt. William H. Code
Lieut. James A. Craig
Ensign Frank McIntosh
No. 7 CompanyNo. 8 Company
Capt. John MacBeth
Lieut. Emanuel Teale
Ensign Henry Hart Coyne
Capt. John Jackson
Lieut. Sextus Kent
Ensign Thomas Elliot

List of Honorary Members; 1st January, 1885

The 7th Fusiliers Standing Orders includes a list of Honorary Members who were to be "entitled to the privileges of the [Officers'] Mess and freedom of the Orderly Room." With a total of 74 names consisting of VIPs, military appointments and retired regimental officers, the list of notables heading the roll establishes how well connected the Militia regiments of the day were:

The Senior Subaltern

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