Message from LCol Herron - Message from HCol TeKamp
Message from HLCol Garber
As I look forward to 2016 and the 150th Anniversary of our Regiment, on behalf of all serving members of The Brockville Rifles I am excited to welcome you to the Regimental Society’s 150th Anniversary web page. The Regimental Anniversary Committee, being led by LCol (Ret’d) Jeff Shaver and his superb team of former and serving Regimental members, have been busy preparing for the celebration to come in 2016. This web site is anexcellent opportunity for the Committee to reach out to our Regimental Family and keep everyone informed of plans and progress now and throughout the 2016 celebrations.
I would like to take this privileged opportunity to invite our entire Regimental family, serving and former serving members, their families and friends of the Regiment, to get involved now so that we can make the 150th Anniversary celebrations the very best they can be. Even if you are not able to contribute your time or other resources toward this great celebration, please be sure to register your name with the Committee so that you will not miss any opportunity to participate throughout 2016.
Even at 150 years, our Regiment is older than the country we serve. We can trace our roots back to the War of 1812, having received two Battle Honours in 2012: NIAGARA and DEFENCE OF CANADA 1812-1815 in perpetuation of the Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. The Brockville Rifles was also awarded the Honorary Distinction DEFENCE OF CANADA 1812-1815 in perpetuation of the 2nd Regiment of Leeds Militia (1812-1815). In fact, the Regiment can trace itself back as far as 1796 so I invite you to check out the Regimental history found on this web site. In more recent time, members of the Regiment have distinguished themselves in two World Wars, the Korean War, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Truly we have a proud history and I invite all of you to celebrate as part of the Regimental Family during the 150th Anniversary year in 2016.
Once again, welcome to the Regimental Society’s 150th web site. Please take some time to explore the site and come back often. 2016 will be upon us before we know it so please do not miss out on the celebrations. Between now and the end of 2016, I look forward to meeting old friends, renewing acquaintances and getting to know those of you whom I have not yet had the opportunity to meet. Remember, once a Brock always a Brock!
LCol Shawn Herron
Welcome to the website of The Brockville Rifles whose traditions can be traced back to the Seven Years' War when the British Army first created rifle regiments to beat the French in North American forest warfare. Clad in green uniforms and armed with rifles rather than muskets, they were deployed as skirmishers and sharpshooters on the front andflanks of serried ranks of red-coated infantry armed with muskets. Unlike the harshly disciplined thin red line that could deliver an awesome volume of volley fire, and from which it took a brave man to run away, riflemen were expected to fight in loose formation and resist the temptation to flee. This placed a premium on the individual initiative and self-discipline of highly motivated riflemen capable of thinking and acting on few orders.
By virtue of their battlefield deployment, rifle regiments required neither colours around which to rally, nor the fife and drums used to marshal red-coated infantry in line. Rifle skirmishers and sharpshooters communicated instead by means of bugles and whistles, which remain central symbols of rifle regiments to this day. As rifle regiments had no colours, they initially inscribed their battle honours on hat and cross belt badges. Although drums originally had no place in a rifle regiment, they are now used to display most regimental battle honours. Unlike the colours of line regiments, however, rifle regimental drums inscribed with battle honours are not consecrated and not saluted.
The Brockville Rifles, currently a reserve unit in the Canadian Army order of battle, retain the trappings of their rifle tradition. They are also a Regiment in the traditional sense of the term; that is to say, a socially cohesive comradeship in arms with emotional and historical dimensions as well as a contemporary physical presence. As such, the Regiment encompasses more than the reserve army uniformed soldiers who parade in The Armoury on King Street, Brockville. Besides those actively serving, the extended Regiment embraces the ghost battalion of those who died in past actions, officers and members retired from regimental service, and The Brockville Rifles Regimental Society supporting organization of military and civilian friends of the Regiment. Thus, while the unit trains for operations under a legally designated commanding officer within the official chain of command, the wider Regiment has neither a single commander nor an operational role. The Regiment, in sum, includes uniformed personnel serving in the unit and on extra-Regimental employment, former Brocks re-badged to other military occupations, all retired members, and, by extension, the families of Regimental members and the officers and cadets of the affiliated Brockville Royal Canadian Army Cadet corps.
Within the Regiment, The Brockville Rifles Regimental Society is a corporation without share capital incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act (Ontario Corporation Number 1158340). The Head Office of the Corporation is in the City of Brockville, Ontario. Under By-Law Number 1 the following persons are eligible for membership in the Corporation: the incorporating directors; any person residing in the Counties of Leeds and Grenville who is interested in and supports the objects of the Corporation; and any other persons as are admitted on an individual basis by the directors. An annual general meeting of the Corporation shall be held no later than 15 months after the last annual general meeting
Annual membership fees are currently set at $5.00, but the directors may, from time to time, set another amount. Every member in good standing and who has paid the applicable annual membership for the year is entitled to attend any meeting of the Corporation, vote at any meeting of the Corporation, and hold any office of the Corporation. Each member is entitled to one vote.
The Regiment that is The Brockville Rifles thus remains a home and family association as much as a bureaucratic structure and generates a strong sense of belonging and pride evinced by powerful emotional attachments to Regimental history, customs, and traditions. High morale and Regimental spirit flow naturally from a profound depth of military culture, while living up to the deeds of the past continues to provide inspiration to those who serve.
Once a Brock, Always a Brock.
B. TeKamp, Col.
The Brockville Rifles
I feel privileged to join the Commanding Officer and the Honorary Colonel in welcoming you to the Brockville Rifles web site - the on line home of one of the Canadian Army's longest serving regiments - on the eve of our sesquicentennial. Through this site, users have access to a wealth of
information about our proud unit - ranging from our proud history through present day organization and activities to our upcoming 150th Anniversary celebrations.
As a former Commanding Officer of the Brocks, and currently the unit's Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, I take great pride in the accomplishments of
our regiment: the accomplishments of soldiers who have work the Brocks' cap badge on active service in Canada from the War of 1812 through the Ice Storm of 1998, and overseas in the Fields of France and Flanders, in Jamaica and elsewhere in the Second World War, and most recently in Afghanistan. The Brocks have earned a hard won reputation for serving the city for which we are named, our county of Leeds Grenville, our province of Ontario and our nation - Canada!
To those of you with an interest in local history, in Canada's Army or perhaps contemplating military service - welcome. To those of you who have served in the Brocks - welcome back!
Lieutenant-Colonel R.S. (Rick) Garber, CD
The Brockville Rifles