2554 (Calgary) Army Cadet Corps

This Corps was formed in Calgary in 1955 as the Queen’s Own Rifles Cadet Corps when the regiment was a regular army unit posted in Calgary.

  • Most efficient corps in Southern Alberta 1961-62
  • Won the Lieutenant Colonel Mooney Challenge Trophy for the best shooting team in Southern Alberta 1964.

Chief Instructors (while with QOR):

  • September 1955 – Captain H.W. Cooke, DEM, CD
  • March 1957 – Major M.R. Butterfield, CD
  • September? 1960 – Lieutenant F.M.A. Mascaro
  • 1964 – ?
  • 1966? – 68 – Captain Peter E.W. Bacon, CD

Cadet Commanding Officers

  • 1965/66 – Cadet Major S.W. Bacon

When the 2nd Battalion stood down in 1968, the PPCLI assumed the Corps’ affiliation. 2554 remains a very active Corps, and full information can be found at its website (www.ppclicadets.com).

2554 QOR Cadet Corps at HMCS Techumseh 1960. (L-R) c/Lt Les Bird, ?, c/Cpl Pat Keogan, c/Cpl John Bacon, c/Cpl Al Price, ?, Capt Ray Butterfield. (Photo from Capt M. Ray Butterfield)
4th row: Ken Peterson (2), Ernie Wallace (6)
3rd row: Osbourne (5), Butch Cooper (7)
2nd row: Steve Bacon (9)
1st row: Pat Keoghan (1) (sp), JohnBacon (2), Al Price (3), Jim Lang (4), Maj Fred Swan (5), LCol Dan Osbourne (6), Capt Frank Mascaro (8), Les Bird (9), Jim O’Brien (10) (courtesy John Bacon)

Most of the information on this Corps comes from the former Army Cadet History website, an excellent volunteer effort to preserve the history of Canada’s Cadets.

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