“Had lunch with Fran then up to Hart House to shoot.”

22 Feb 52

This evening we climbed aboard a bus and headed for Toronto to compete with U of T. at swimming, squash, rifle and revolver shooting. It always seems like a terribly long trip especially when everyone is so eager to get there. We finally arrived and I buzzed up to Webber’s and ate cookies with Fran before turning in.

23 Feb 52

Up early and down town to see Mr. D.L. Gordon of Clarkson Gordon and Company (CA’s). He talked with me for about an hour and a half about the C.A.’s profession. His firm hopes to take in two or three cadets each year. Had lunch with Fran then up to Hart House to shoot. We won the match by a slim margin of points. The rifle team also won, squash boys took only 1 out of 4 matches and the swimmers took several events but were not actually competing in all events and classes. Met many old faces around including Bruce MacLeod. Went up to Pete’s for a while and shot the breeze with him for a while.

24 Feb 52

Went to church today – the new rebuilt Humbercrest – had a wonderful apple pie for dinner and the off right away to catch the bus back. The return trip was pretty quiet actually as everyone had had a lot of weekend. The Royal Roads teams lost to R.R. detailed result will follow. The hockey team won games over the weekend and the basketball team did well also.


  • Dick Noble 3469

    February 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    To W.A.McColl 3069
    Greetings Bill:
    It was rewarding to see in the action shot that you were still standing in the ring. Never mind the final outcome.
    In the results of the pistol shoot against U of T, I notice that Cadet Ford fared very well. He (Joe Ford) and I were room mates in grades 11 and 12 at Rothesay Collegiate School. I would like to think that Joe was my best friend during that period of time.
    I am looking forward to seeing you and Fran on March 13th … at your home … overlooking the Nanaimo harbour. As you will remember, you are the next host of our Bridge Club for that month. It is a bit surprising that you & Fran and June & I first met and became good friends circa 2000 and it wasn’t until a few years later that we discovered that you went to RMC and I went to RRMC. Our college numbers are fairly close together i.e. 3069 and 3469. Small world isn’t it?
    Dick Noble 3469

  • E.P. McLolughlin

    February 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Great weekend! Though I did not remember getting that top rifle score! Won’t deny it though. The Rifle and Pistol club membership came in very useful when driving across manitoba a few years later. I was arrested for speeding and the Mountie just looked at my RMC card and saw an RCMP addition “Honorary Member of “A”Division, Rifle and Pistol Club”.

    “Oh, you’re a member of ‘A’ Division” Just keep the speed down, O.K.? I think it even helped me avoid a fine in the wilds of Montana about the same time.Life’s fun moments.

    3010 E.P. the D.P.

  • Mike Kennedy

    February 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I suspected that the “CFL McLoughlin” might be the same Peter McLoughlin we all know and love, it is good to see that that is in fact the case. I never realized he was such an accomplished rifle shot, but the anecdote about the speeding is not at all surprising. No doubt Peter must have thought he was back behind the controls of an F 86 as he was racing across Manitoba !

    The other thing that is interesting about this story is the fact that RMC was competing against U of T in rifle and pistol shooting. I can just imagine how well an event of this nature would have gone down in today’s politically correct world. It shows you how much things have changed since 1952.

    Interestingly enough, my son, who is now 20, is a student in second year at U of T. I can remember when he was about 10 or 11 teaching him how to shoot with a .22 rifle at our place in Quebec, which is not far from where the Hon. McLoughlin resides. We had to be very careful to do our shooting well back in the bush, way out of sight, as the municipality had passed a bylaw making it illegal to discharge a firearm within municipal limits. This of course was something I had been doing for most of the 40 previous years.

    It wouldn’t surprise me to discover that my son may well be the only student in today’s U of T who has ever even touched a rifle, let alone fired one.

    Only in Canada, they say !This apparently is what we are defending.