3069 W.A. McColl’s – III Year – 1951 & 2013 Update…

13 Oct 51

After a light practice we had dinner at Creelman Hall- it was the best meal we’ve had for a long time – they eat well up there at O.A.C.as they produce much of their own food. I spent an interesting hour wandering about the campus and into a post-mortem room. The game was a hard one to lose because they weren’t that much better than us. We fumbled a lot. Left for Toronto right after the game with John Naudie and his parents…got Fran and we looked up Pete Neilands and Lavallee I stayed with Pete for the night and all in all enjoyed the weekend very much.

14 Oct 51

Cleaned up at Mu Sigma Mu this morning and a dandy dinner at noon. Had a comparatively quiet bus ride back to the college.

15 Oct 51

Was speaking to Col Brooks who was over to the college and around talking to the boys. He is on his way to Korea.

17 Oct 51

Our new Staff Adj, Major Nation, has just arrived. He is a RCE man and the boys from Chilliwhack say that he’s a very strict disciplinarian. At 1600, 289 cadets lined up outside on the square and the Brigadier started this year’s harriers race. The seniors were excused but most of them ran anyway in order to help out the squadrons’ totals. 3 Sqn won it followed by 4,1,2. A R.R. guy won, Soule was his name. A lot of our recruits did well. I came in 48th so I’m not in such lousy shape as I had figured. Jimmy Graham did well, coming in 18th.

19 Oct 51

After a couple of days of the odd mid term we jumped on the bus once again for Montreal but this time heading west. Half of the gang boarded a Dakota from the Norman Rogers field and my half went on to Trenton where we had a wonderful dinner in the officers mess. Wing Commander Jardine is the mess president there now and he arranged it all for us – what a layout! A special television theatre and a bar reported to be the largest in the country. It was quite a thrill once we got airborne – the lights of Kingston are a very pretty sight at night. Then when we got to Montreal the sight of all the lights and the moon shining on the St. Lawrence made an exciting practice. Landed at Dorval and slept at RCAF Station Lachine.

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UPDATE FROM 3069 W.A. McColl

I’m going to have to take issue with the statement that RMC Band is celebrating 60 years. The band had its first practice out in the Fort on November 28th, 1949. The Staff Adj got some bugles and drums for us but because there was a bit of experience with bugle bands it didn’t take long to produce a reasonable march. The rest of the cadet wing heckled us unmercifully but the band persevered. So on January 29th, 1950 the band was allowed to parade on the square. The Sgt Major saw to it that it was a Saturday morning drill parade with no spectators around first thing. Anyway, we did well enough that we led the cadet wing into Kingston on a church parade. The other point to mention is that produced a body of buglers to sound various calls. The band was called “Moon’s Marines” after the leader 2962 Moon Hall.


3069 Bill McColl


  • Victoria Edwards

    October 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing the story about the Moon’s Marines bugle & drum band @ RMC with e-veritas. I’d love to follow up with an interview/photos.

    A painting of a RMC bugler playing last post was gifted to recognize that there were College bugler(s) before there was a RMC pipes and drum band.
    2962 Edward ‘Moon’ Hall is described in the RMC yearbook as a likeable happy-go-lucky chap holding the position of College bugler for 3 years.
    Source: pg 75 of the RMC yearbook, class of 1953

    A painting of a piper was gifted to recognize the founding of the RMC Pipes & Drums band 60 years ago.

  • John Reid

    October 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Pete (Moon) Hall was quite a character, to say the least. Yes indeed. A fun guy. He was one of my classmates. Moon made his mark our minds at meal time in the cadets mess. Moon could conjure up verbal descriptions of the food we were served by “Shorty” the College cook that caused one’s apetite to promptly disappear . But his descriptions were hilarious, to say the least. However, Moon aparently listened to his own descriptions of the food and consequently he ate little of it, such that eventually he was hospitalized with Scurvy. Yes, Scurvy. Surely Moon was the only cadet in the history of the College to contract Scurvy.