Princess Louise's regiment
'The 8th Hussars' by Douglas How
Journeys to the Second World War and home
Ruby M. Cusack
I wondered how come Dad wasn't working in the garden. When we jumped in the car, we found out that he had broken a piece of the spring-tooth harrow and needed to go to Smith's Hardware Store to get some bolts.
Once this errand was completed, he winked at Mum and said, "I think I should go on over to the Village and see Thad ." I wondered why he was going to visit the undertaker. Cliff and I weren't very pleased as we had hoped he was going to take us into Robb's Drugstore to get ice cream.
When he parked in the driveway, we could see Mr. Stevens in the pasture with a small horse. Dad opened the car door and motioned for us to follow. As we approached the fence, the little horse came running to meet us.
After a bit of conversation and our being able to pet her, Mr. Stevens asked, "How old are you, Princess Louise?" She pawed twice. Of course, Cliff being a boy, was allowed to reward her cleverness with a cube of sugar. You might say this colt was a world traveler.
A group of mechanics of the 8th Hussars was working on some tanks in the darkness of the night of September 15, 1944 in Italy, when suddenly they heard a noise like a scream. On investigation, they came across a gaunt young foal of three or four months. The foal had been wounded in the leg and stomach and was half starved and bleeding. She had worn a path around the body of her dead mother. When they got the little filly back to the Hussar lines, they bandaged her wounds. The men called her Princess Louise and they decided they were going to keep her. She became the Regimental Mascot of the 8th Hussars
The Princess seemed to sense that this Iron Horse Regiment had been a famous cavalry unit in years gone by and she was proud to bring this memory back to the soldiers.
On January 27, 1946, her Regiment came home to Sussex to a welcoming crowd, but the Princess had to be left behind when they left Holland. Finally in March she arrived in New York on a Dutch liner and was met by her good friend Trooper E.A. Jackson of St. Martins. She continued her journey to Saint John by train, where a civic reception was held at King Street East.
On March 28 the people of Hampton gathered at the Court House to welcome her. Magistrate Arthur J. Kelly presented Princess Louise with a certificate of Naturalization, changing her from an Italian to a Canadian. She was made a freewoman of the Village of Hampton and as such was entitled to roam at her will.
There have been many transitions since the introduction of the militia in Loyalist days. Lt. Col. John Saunders entertained the unit from 1868 to 1876 on his grounds at Fox Hill. For up to 16 days at a stretch, Fox Hill would become a military and social centre. The men ate rations of bread, meat, potatoes, tea, coffee, salt, pepper and barley for soup. They slept in bell tents, ten men to a tent, one blanket to man, with the good earth for a mattress. Their pay was 50 cents a day which made them two-thirds as valuable as the horse.
In 1879, the Marquis of Lorne, the Governor General and his wife Her Royal Highness, the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the 31-year-old fourth daughter of Queen Victoria paid their first visit to New Brunswick. While in Saint John, a detachment of soldiers on horseback, from the 8th Cavalry provided their escort. It was out of this contact that the idea came to seek permission to have the 8th Cavalry designated as the Regiment of the Princess Louise.
Over the years the camps were held in various places from Moncton to St. Andrews, but from 1891 Sussex was their permanent home for many years.
Douglas How has written a comprehensive history of the 8th Hussars up to the mid 1950s. The Appendices contain 60 pages of names: Officers 1867 to 1939; C.A.S.F. Personnel; Officers 1946 to 1957 and a Roll of Honor.
During the last months of 1945 a magazine, ‘The 8th Hussar' was published weekly in Groningen, Holland, by the 8th Princess Louise (NB) Hussars. It is a trove of information. There is a photo of the wedding at Worthing, on September 5, 1945 of Tpr. Edgar Maillet and his bride Nancy. It is generously filled with pictures of members of the regiment, including Cpl. MacVicar ‘who expects to go home to St. George soon'. The November 25 issue has a directory of Hussars and former Hussars to use as a reference to help maintain contact after their return to Canada. A bound copy of these magazines is in the Kings County Museum, Hampton.
‘THE 8th HUSSARS' by Douglas How takes one on a journey
through the daily horrors and trials of the Second World War back to the
regimental organization in the Loyalist time period. He paints a picture of
the good times and the bad times of war and of the necessity in years gone
by to be prepared to defend New Brunswick.
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