The R.S.M.’s and College Chief Warrant Officers of RMCC



Long overdue list of college RSMs and CCWOs finally available.

What is your favourite RSM story? See full list of names below.

Ex Cadets who have a memory to share about their time at the college interacting with the RSM are encouraged  to send us along a note and / or leave a comment (be as brief or as wordy as you like).

These stories will help build the RSM/CCWO memory bank.


The R.S.M.’s and College Chief Warrant Officers of RMCC Kingston


As described in “AS YOU WERE”, Volume 1, “One of the projects to mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the R.M.C. Club was to install a board that would record the names of the R.S.M.’s who have trained the cadets down through the years.

Ex-cadets would thus acknowledge the debt of gratitude that they owe these extraordinary warrant officers who did so much to indoctrinate them into the mystique of Army life and into the paramount need for the pursuit of excellence”. Unfortunately, this project was never completed.

Thirty seven (37) years later, the RMCC Heritage and Museum Committee had committed to continue the research necessary to complete this work.

Thanks to the members of the RMCC Heritage and Museum committee, most notable, MGen Frank Norman (ret’d) , secretary, Mrs Lena Beliveau (present) and Mr Ross McKenzie (past) museum curators, Major Mathias Joost,  Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH) and many others, we are proud to present the following list of RMCC Sgt-Majors and Chief Warrant Officers.

The intent of this article is to create on opportunity for e-Veritas readers and others to provide any additional information about each of these men and woman, as necessary, in order to tell the story of the College RSMs and CWOs .

The committee is asking alumni and others to forward this information to the current RMCC CCWO, CPO1 Keith Davidson ([email protected])

Shortly, a new board will be proudly displayed outside the office of the Royal Military College of Canada’s, CollegeChief Warrant Officer’s Office along with various College RSM and CWO articles displayed in a presentation case below.

The R.S.M.’s and College Chief Warrant Officers of RMCC Kingston


1876-1883        Sgt-Maj J. Mortimer,  RHA

1883-1899        A/ Sgt-Maj H. Birtles,  RE

1899-1901        Sgt-Maj W. James, PWOR

1901-1902        Sgt-Maj H. Birtles,  RE

1902-1906        Sgt-Maj W. Prince,

1906-1911        Sgt-Maj J. Keith, DCM,

1911                   A/ Sgt-Maj A. Boutillier, RCGA

1911-1915        Sgt-Maj S.C. Cutbush, S Gds

1915-1921        WO II F.J. Coldham,  RE

1921-1926         WO II F. Faulkner,  PPCLI

1926-1933         WO II J.T. Harper,  PPCLI

1933-1940         WO I J. Wyatt, MBE, DCM,  RCR

1940-1942         WO I J.E. Coggins,  RCR

1942                   WO I I.T. O’Riordan,  RCR

1942-1946         WOII N.W. Power,  RCE

1947-1958         WO I J. E. Coggins, MBE, CD, RCR

1958-1961         WO I J.F. Sininger, CD,  RCE

1961-1971         WO I J. McManus, CD,  Cdn Guards

1971-1973         CWO G.A.Naylor, CD, RCA

1973-1977         CWO D.C. Cox, CD, RCR

1977-1980         CWO R.J. Slaney, OMM, CD,  Ld SH(RC)

1980-1986         CWO F.J. Maclean, CD,  RCR 

1986-1990         CWO D. Fournier, CD, 12eRBC

1990-1994         CWO C.J. Tripp, CD, RCA

1994-1997         CWO L. Beaulne, CD, ING

1997-2001         CWO J.A.D. Perry, CD,  ENG

2001-2003         CWO J.B. Lapointe, MMM, CD,  AVN

2003-2004         CWO D.S. McArdle, MMM, CD,  PPCLI

2004-2006         CPO1 J.R Dumont, CD,  CMS

2006-2008         CWO J.J.R. Gravel, MMM, CD,  R22eR

2008-2010         CWO M Chiasson, CD, C&E

2010-2011         CWO A.J. Slack, MMM, CD,  RCD

2011-2012         CPO1 E. Lindsay, CD, RCN

2012- 2016        CPO1 K.E. Davidson, MMM, CD, RCN


  • Mike Kennedy #12570

    January 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    The entry for Mr. Cox should be amended to reflect the fact that he was a Member of the Order of Military Merit, invested on November 5, 1975.

    He was quite a character, to say the least, and one who made our time at the College both memorable, and fun as well.

    This project, by the way, is a great idea and congratulations to all those who made it happen.

  • #3959 Phil Smith RMC'58

    January 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I served with Dan Cox in 2RCR in the 50s and 60s … I could fill eVeritas with stories about him. When I told him I was leaving the Service to go to Grad. School he took me over to the Sgts. Mess for a libation. So, in 1973 I am at the RMC for our 15th Year Reunion. I am walking on to the Square following the Saturday Wing Parade, with several classmates and my wife, Elizabeth. A booming voice calls out, “Captain Smith, come on up and have a beer and let’s catch up.” I turned around, and there, on the parapet of the Stone Frigate is the large familiar figure of CWO Dan Cox, with a huge smile on his face. I yelled back, “Be right there, Mr. Cox.” My wife turned to my classmates, who were somewhat puzzled by this interchange, and said, “Well, we won’t see Phil for the rest of the afternoon,” She was correct, and Dan Cox and I, … caught up. Mr. Cox had just begun his term as College RSM and I asked him his feelings about it. He was so proud of the appointment, so effusive about the College … just as I was so proud and effusive to see him there. Our comradeship was renewed and strengthened at that Weekend. Thank you, Mr.Cox, for all that you taught a young officer.

  • David Wright

    January 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    The class that entered RMC in 1953 stepped on to The Square on Sept 11th.All the details of that day have escaped my memory except one. We were grouped in front of the entrance to La Salle and RSM Coggins said something to me that I could not understand. He repeated it to me again and not understanding what he said and appearing not to be stupid I said “Yes Sir.” Another exchange with my “Yes Sir” in reply. The CWC, Alick Marshall, was standing nearby and leaning toward me said ” He is telling you not the call him sir.”
    We soon learned what a wonderful, kind man Jack Coggins was. We made him an honorary member of our class.

  • Mike Kennedy #12570

    January 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    That is a great anecdote from Phil about Mr. Cox. He was indeed a memorable character. If he arrived at the College in 1973, that would have been the same year that General Turner became the Commandant. it was also the year that my seniors (Class of 1977) entered.

    What I will always remember about Mr. Cox is the fact that, notwithstanding his at times stern demeanor, he had a heart as big as the outdoors. As a young and very awkward recruit who in 1976 was feeling overwhelmed by the demands of adapting to life at the College, Mr. Cox was always very good to me. I will be forever grateful to him for that.

    In fact, I remember that when I was in the process of being released from the College in July 1977, Mr. Cox was one of the last people I saw. He wished me well in civilian life, and told me he was sorry to see me go. I never forgot that.

    I believe it was that same year (1977) that Mr. Cox retired from the Army and settled in Cape Breton. I heard that years later he passed away very suddenly, and at a relatively young age, of a massive heart attack. I don’t know any details about his life after his military service, but I do hope he found happiness in retirement.

    For sure, Mr. Cox was a prime example of the kind of colourful character who made our time at RMC not only bearable, but a great deal of fun as well. I would be very interested in any other stories anyone can share about him. I know he was held in high regard by a great many of his other old cadets, as no doubt were most if not all of the other RSM’s who served at the College over the years.

  • J. Douglas Smith

    January 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I served in 2 units with Danny Cox, the second being his tour as RSM at the College. He was a MAN !!!!!!!. Captain (ret’d) J.D. Smith, 8074 TDV

  • 8849 Mike Moore

    January 19, 2016 at 2:34 am

    WO I Sininger later took his Commission and his final appointment was, I believe, as Chief Instructor at RCSME/CFSME in Chilliwack. His final days of service coincided with the first days of our ROTP Phase 2 MILE training. A classmate (8833 John Leggat, I believe) and I were on our way to Base Supply to pick up some kit. We came to a “T” junction and spotted an officer approaching from our left. We gave our best salutes, and were stopped in our tracks by Major Sininger, who proceeded to put us in our place because we hadn’t saluted the senior officer. We knew it would be pointless to say anything in our defence, and absorbed the upbraiding. Later that afternoon Major Sininger was “mugged out” of the Officers’ Mess. That gave us the distinction of being the last Officer Cadets to bear the brunt of this proud old warrior’s wrath.

  • Ron Stewart

    January 20, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Bill
    As a member of the class of 66 I entered RMC in 1962.
    The Chief Warrant Officer had us on parade shortly after we arrived.
    His introductory spiel went something like this.

    “Gentlemen, as you are officers I will refer to you as Suh.
    When you are on my parade you will refer to me as Suh.
    The only difference being that
    You will mean it!”

    Thanks for the memories
    Keep up the good work

    6940 RC Stewart