8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)

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REGI PATRIAEQUE FIDELIS -- Faithful to king and country

The 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) is an armoured reconnaissance Regiment with 2 Squadrons. Its Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) is A Squadron and it is located in Moncton with B Squadron located in Sussex, New Brunswick.

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Command Team

Commanding Officer - Major Tom Peppard, CD
Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer Jody Tower, MMM, CD

Our History

The earliest beginnings of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) have traditionally been traced to the year 1775 in the Colony of Virginia where Captain John Saunders, of Princess Anne County, raised a troop of cavalry at his own expense to fight for the Crown against the Colonial rebels. This unusual Regiment included riflemen, grenadiers, artillery and cavalry, and it never knew defeat during the American conflict for independence. In September 1783, the Regiment as an entity sailed for Nova Scotia and reached Saint John on 27 September 1783. A large number of these Loyalists soldiers settled in the Saint John and Kennebecasis valleys by Loyalist soldiers, had a military tradition and indeed an effective militia.

In 1839, the York County Troop, known for a time as the York Light Dragoons, was mobilized for service in the Aroostook War, a conflict with American lumbermen that never quite came to open fighting. For four months they patrolled the border and roads between Woodstock, Fredericton and Saint John.

By 1848, eleven troops of cavalry were in existence. By authority of Militia General Order No 1 of 4 April 1848, these eleven independent troops were united to form a Regiment entitled the New Brunswick Yeomanry Cavalry. It is this date that is officially recognized as the formation date of the 8th Canadian Hussars.

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When We Train

8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) trains from September through to June on Thursday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.


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Contact Us

8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)
Building 48, Room 238
Moncton, NB E1C 9L4
Phone: 506-860-5500 ext 5175


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