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Layoff list at RMC includes principal


Photo of Panet House painting used with the permission of Wendy Trethewey




More Feedback from April1:

Belated congratulations on a very clever and amusing April Fool’s Day joke.

It was sent us by our grandson – Andrew Ernst now at RMC in his second year and we started off by being horrified at the American look of the alleged replacementof the pillbox, even though we know that many of the cadets are not particularly enamoured of the latter. However as I had worn the pillbox at Royal Roads from 1949-1951 I felt and still feel that the traditional pillbox should remain the headgear of the cadets.

So it was with great relief when we discovered that you had caught us and many others in an April Fool’s Day joke.

Once again congratulations for giving us a big laugh.

Garry Ernst 3121



Any others with three rosettes?

I was awarded my third rosette in 2010 having joined CMR in 1968 and was released at CRA 60 in 2011 (my release papers indicated that I have served 42 years and 317 days).

I was wondering if the RMC Club has information (or can access such information) about RMC grads having been awarded CD3 after full time service in the CF (I know some Honorary Colonels have been awarded CD3s).

If that information is available, I would be grateful if I could be sent a list of the names of these individuals (with Class/College numbers).

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards

9592 Claude Perras


  • Jean-Robert Hinse

    April 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Salut Claude
    Tu peux ajouter le 8682 à ta liste. On m’a présenté la CD3 en juin 2009 quelques jours avant mon liçenciement ARO 60. J’ai joint le CMR le 6 septembre 1966. Salutations à tous.

  • Paul Crober

    April 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Someone asked if anyone else had three rosettes? I earned mine in 2009 just prior to playing my last role in uniform, which was Chief of Staff of Joint Task Force Games (Olympic support org for CF). I had 3 years in the 1st Hussars while in secondary school, 4 years at RRMC/RMC, then the usual Armour career in 8CH, RCD, Armour School, etc — plus another 13 years as part-time and full-time Reservist.

  • Dave Wightman

    April 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Gary Ernst must have felt a bit odd wearing a pillbox at RR in 1949-1951 as he would have been the only one doing so. Gary was my CFL at RR and none of us wore the pillbox as it was not reintroduced until the late 50s. And by the way, he was a great CFL and leader and a fine athlete! I hope you’re doing well Gary.

  • H3550 Murray Johnston

    April 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I joined CSC Royal Roads in September 1952 in the ROTP plan and retired in November 1983. Then in July 1991 I became the Colonel Commandant of the EME Branch and served in that position until May 2004 earning my 2nd and 3rd rosettes along the way.

  • 3857 Dick Patterson

    May 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I did 28 in the RegF, another 12 in the ResF and the 3 as Hon LCol, PLF, so 3 bars, too.