8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)

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REGI PATRIAEQUE FIDELIS -- Faithful to king and country

Moncton Garrison

299 Park Street
Moncton, NB E1C 9L4

Sussex Armouries

9 Leonard Drive
Sussex NB E4E 2P8

Join Our Team

Looking for full-time or part-time work? We are hiring and provide excellent career opportunities. Please do not hesitate to call or email our recruiter who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide direction on how to apply to our Regiment.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: Sergeant Darren Spicer
Phone: 506-860-5500, Ext. 5529
Email: darren.spicer@forces.gc.ca

Or contact

Phone: 1-800-856-8488
Find a recruiting centre near you.

When We Train

September to June:

  • Thursday evenings
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • one weekend per month.

Full-time summer employment is available from May to August.

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The 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) is a Primary Reserve unit with a long and distinguished history. The regiment was formed in 1848 in the Sussex area and was originally known as Saunders Horse. The 8th Canadian Hussars is Canada’s oldest continually serving Calvary regiment in Canada. The regiment was rerolled to an armoured unit during the second world war. When wars came, hundreds of Hussars joined the active service army and served with distinction on battlefields in France and Flanders in World War 1, and in Italy and Holland in World War II, They also served later in Europe under NATO in the Middle and Far East and in Cyprus as peace keepers for the United Nations.

Today, The 8th Canadian Hussars are again militia soldiers, continuing to supply men and women to support regular army in places like Afghanistan where Canada has committed its forces.

When you join our unit, you will receive competitive pay for your part time or full time work as well as be eligible for on the job training that could benefit you in civilian life. Also, there are medical, dental and educational benefits available to Army Reservists.

Here are all the details:

  • Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel Tom Peppard, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer D.W. Zinck

Moncton Garrison

299 Park Street
Moncton, NB E1C 9L4

Phone: 506-860-5500, Ext. 5752

Sussex Armouries

9 Leonard Drive
Sussex NB E4E 2P8

Phone: 506-432- 6661

The earliest beginnings of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) have traditionally been traced to the year 1775 in the Colony of Virginia where Captain John Saunders, of Princess Anne County, raised a troop of cavalry at his own expense to fight for the Crown against the Colonial rebels. This unusual Regiment included riflemen, grenadiers, artillery and cavalry, and it never knew defeat during the American conflict for independence. In September 1783, the Regiment as an entity sailed for Nova Scotia and reached Saint John on 27 September 1783. A large number of these Loyalists soldiers settled in the Saint John and Kennebecasis valleys by Loyalist soldiers, had a military tradition and indeed an effective militia.

In 1839, the York County Troop, known for a time as the York Light Dragoons, was mobilized for service in the Aroostook War, a conflict with American lumbermen that never quite came to open fighting. For four months they patrolled the border and roads between Woodstock, Fredericton and Saint John.

By 1848, eleven troops of cavalry were in existence. By authority of Militia General Order No 1 of 4 April 1848, these eleven independent troops were united to form a Regiment entitled the New Brunswick Yeomanry Cavalry. It is this date that is officially recognized as the formation date of the 8th Canadian Hussars.

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