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Moncton Garrison:

Originally established in 1940 as the home of No. 5 Equipment Depot, a supply centre for all the east-coast RCAF stations.

As a result of the Unification, the Station was re-named CFB Moncton and control of the base was transferred to Maritime Command in 1966. The role of the base was to provide administrative and logistical support to 5 Canadian Forces Supply Depot, a Recruiting Centre, the Eastern New Brunswick Militia District Headquarters and the local Reserve Force and Cadet units.

In the mid 1990s, a reorganization and consolidation occurred within the Canadian Military. Several bases were either downsized, merged or closed and as a result, CFB Moncton was reduced to a detachment of CFB Gagetown in 1995. Command of the Detachment was transferred Land Forces Command. No. 5 Canadian Forces Equipment Depot closed on 1 April 1 1996.

In 1995, No. 1 Construction Engineering Unit re-located from Winnipeg’s Kapyong Barracks.

The detachment, re-named Moncton Garrison, also served as the home of 4th Air Defence Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery, 37 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters, 32 Service Battalion, the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) and later 303 Military Police Platoon.  The Canadian Forces Support Establishment Moncton provided the local Reserve, Cadet and remaining Regular Force units with administrative and logistical support.

A small portion of the property was severed off and transferred to the Canada Lands Corporation. The Royal Canadian Legion took over the former Officer’s Mess and the Canadian Forces Housing Agency maintained 70 PMQs (now called Residential Housing Units) for military members.

In 2003, No. 1 Construction Engineering Unit disbanded and No. 1 Engineer Support Unit (1 ESU) officially stood up to replace it, due to the requirement for the CF to generate, deploy, and sustain a national military support capability.  No. 1 ESU was mandated to provide or arrange the full assortment of military engineering general support to contingency operations and close support to CF command and control elements.

In April 2012, the Department of National Defence announced that Moncton Garrison would close the next two years.

In 2013, No. 1 Engineering Support Unit relocated to CFB Kingston and No. 4 Air Defence Regiment relocated to CFB Gagetown.

Also in 2013, Food Depot Alimentaire (FDA) petitioned the Federal Government to take over the main building at Moncton Garrison, Building 66.  This was confirmed in November 2015, when the City of Moncton bought Building 66 and will turning the building over to FDA as a centralized food bank.

By spring of 2016, only be two buildings will remain in military hands: B 48 and B 61, which will be occupied by  the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) and 37 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters.  Additionally, a military police platoon and elements of the North Shore Regiment will be housed in one part of B 48.

As of 2019, Moncton Garrison remains an active army establishment.

Source material: information provided by Tom McLaughlan, 8th Hussars Museum (2016),  DND press releases from May 1989 & February 1994, information supplied by John Allain Corporation of the City of Moncton (1999), information supplied by Claude Despres, Corporation of the City of Moncton (1999), New Brunswick Military Heritage Project – http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm, New Brunswick Military Heritage Project – http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm, information supplied by Doug Zwicker, 1 Engineer Support Unit (2004), “Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic ” by Author Paul Ozorak & information supplied by Bill Soucoup, Constable, RCMP Patrol Section Codiac Regional RCMP Detachment Moncton (1999), Moncton Military Family Resource Centre handbook 2013 – http://www.familyforce.ca/sites/Moncton/EN/Newsletter/Documents/NewPosting_Hanbook2013_Web.pdfCity of Moncton news release, 4 May 2013 – http://22864.vws.magma.ca/index.php?&article_id=10986, CBC News – www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/04/04/nb-defence-cuts-gagetown-moncton.html & Food Depot Alimentaire – www.ipick.ca/fredericton/fda-hoping-to-turn-former-moncton-garrison-building-into-food-bankcommunity-centre &”Garrison building 66 to become centralized food bank”, 91.9 The Bend radio (2015).


Camp Sussex:

Opened in Moncton in 1885 as a tented Militia Training Camp, used by the 28th Cavalry and various infantry and artillery regiments.

During World War II, the camp served as the home to No. A-30 Canadian Infantry Training Centre. “Temporary” H-huts were built at the camp for barracks and administration buildings. In early 1944, No. A-34 Special Officers’ Training Centre also opened at the camp.

The camp remained open after World War II, serving as the headquarters of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s).

The camp began downsizing in the early 1950s when the nearby Camp Gagetown was established and finally closed in 1965. The rifle range continued to be used until the early 1980s, when it too closed due to nearby residential development. The former camp’s hospital was used as the local hospital until 1979, when it was demolished.

Very little remains of Camp Sussex today, with the sole remaining building being a former tank hangar, now used by the New Brunswick Agricultural Museum.

The Department of National Defense still owns part of the property, with Leonard Drive running down the middle of the former camp. The Brigadier Milton Gregg, VC, Armoury occupies a small portion of the former camp, serving as the home to “B” Squadron of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) and the training area continues to be used by troops from CFB Gagetown.

The remainder of the former camp is a recreational park, industrial park and educational campus. A future housing development is also planned for the area.

As a nod to the property’s military past, the local sports centre is named the 8th Hussars Sports Centre.

Source Material: Town of Sussex – http://www.townofsussex.com/sussex/history.html, the Blacks Harbour Historical Society – http://www.geocities.com/blacksharbour/utopia.html, information supplied by Doug Briggs, Sergeant-at-Arms, Royal Canadian Legion, Sussex Branch(2003), Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic by Paul Ozorak & New Brunswick Historic Images – http://www.rootsweb.com/~nbpstgeo/stge9armycamp.htm.

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  1. Harry

    How could I find pictures and or information about my father who served a short term with the princess louise division in aprox 1960? sorry I dont have the info that I do know with me now. Not sure if it was through Sussex or Sackville. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Harry,

      Your best bet would be to contact the National Archives in Ottawa. If you have his service number, that would greatly help in the search. Good luck in your search.

      Bruce

  2. Sharon Fairfax

    My father came over from England 1942 and was stationed in Debert NS for a period of time then went to Moncton NB then out west. My half siblings and I were connect through dna and our father returned to Liverpool England, later married and had five children. They are here visiting with me. He was with the RAF and we are looking for information and possibly if there are records of service men that came to Canada we have his military #. He died in 2003. Can you tell me if possible where there are records that we can see regarding the 1942, 43 + would like to go to Moncton tomorrow and see some of the records if possible. I live in Amherst NS and my family is only here a few more days leaving Monday to go back to England. Can you tell me where we could go to see if there was any roster or anything that may even carry his name. Appreciate any help you can give us
    Sharon Fairfax at gandsfairfax@gmail.com phone number 902 667 7097 if no one home leave message

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Sharon, Your best bet would be to contact the Ministry of Defence in the UK. I believe they maintain service records but if not, they would know who to contact. In Canada, those records are held by the National Archives in Ottawa.

      Bruce

      1. Sharon Fairfax

        Thank you Bruce, it has been wonderful connecting to family I am 74 and my siblings are 70 and under and through dna I found them. We are so happy to find each other and now we all want to follow our fathers journey since he entered Canada 1942 Again thank you for you rinformaiton Sharon Fairfax and Byrne family

  3. Michael Rouse

    Good Day,

    We have found on our company property at prestige Homes a large round underground concrete structure approx. 50 ft in diameter with a supported roof. Ceilings are about 10-12 ft high estimated and we are trying to find out what it possible could have been? Is there any information available to show us what this may have been? I can provide a photo of the structure half drained of water if it will shed some light.

    1. Bruce Forsyth

      Hi Michael,

      You can send the photos to bruce@militarybruce.com. In what city is this structure?

      Bruce

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