55th Megantic Battalion of Infantry
Excerpted from Duties for Non-Commissioned Officers of the 55th Battalion, Active Militia
By: O. Hunter, Major and Adjutant, 55th Batt. A. Militia
Approved: J.J. Duchesnay, Lt.-Col., D.A.G. 7th Military District
Megantic Light Infantry
The regiment was raised 22 March, 1867, as the 55th Megantic Battalion of Infantry. It was redesignated as the 55th Regiment, Megantic Light Infantry, 8 May 1900 and was disbanded on 3 Sep 1912.
Motto: "Semper Paratus" – "Always Ready"
Uniform: Scarlet with blue facings
1. The good conduct of a Regiment depends greatly on the active and zealous discharge of the duties required on the part of Non Commissioned Officers.
2. Their duty is rigidly to report every irregularity they may observe in the men whether on or off duty; and never to permit insolence or reply from a soldier in the execution of their duty; they must on no account use vile or irritating language to him, and should above all things maintain a proper, equal and impartial authority.
3. No Officer or Non-Commissioned Officer should under any circumstances, speak or parley with a soldier under the influence of liquor, but should have him immediately confined.
4. Any soldier refusing to obey an order lawful given or argues about the right or wrong of it, should be immediately confined and reported to the officer commanding the company.
5. Whenever a man is recommended for promotion, a specimen ot his handwriting should accompany the recommendation.
6. Officers are strictly forbidden to reprove their Commissioned Officers in the presence of their men, as such tends to weaken their authority.
7. Non-Commissioned Officers, through breach of discipline are not to be sent to the guard room, but placed under arrest in their camp or quarters.
8. Inefficient Non-Commissioned Officers are a nuisance with regard to the efficiency of a company, and officers should be careful in their recommendations.
9. The names of all Non-Commissioned Officers, on appointment, will appear in regimental orders.