Researching The Royal Canadian Regiment

"The Good Old Days"

From the shelves in the Museum's library comes a very interesting ledger prepared by Major I.S. Hill, the OC of "A Coy, 2RCR" during the years 1954 and 55. This ledger contains detailed stats throughout those years on his company up to their date of redeployment to Canada in November 1955.

"A" Coy, 2RCR (as of January 1955)

1.     Parade State - 131 (all ranks)

2.     Sick parade (average weekly attendance in 1955) - 8

3.     Venereal Disease (total incidence 1955) - 6

4.     Parachutists - 33 (at start of 1955, down to 24 by October)

5.     Marital Status - 80% of the company was single

6.     Religion (with the army of the day only recognizing RC and Protestant) -

7.     Previous Service - (as of Jan 1955)

8.     Age Groups - (as of Jan 1955)

9.     Educational Standards - (as of Jan 1955)

10.     Absence Without Leave (monthly average 1955) - 5

11.     Province of Origin -

12.     Training Standards -

13.     Weapon Training -

Another item in the ledger is a copy of a memorandum summarizing trials and charges in the Company:

Incidence of Crime - "A" Coy, 2RCR - Nov 53 to Jul 55

TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES - 392

The number of charges per man is broken down as follows:

"... it will be seen that 54 men have 3 or less charges on their CFAB 1586's and 12 men share between them 217 charges, or more than half the company total."

Pro Patria

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