MADOC, 385 ARMY CADETS
385 ARMY CADETS MADOC
PLAQUE TEXT SIDE ONE:
The first Cadet Corps in Madoc started in 1913. With the possibility of a major European war coming soon, it was decided that a school in Madoc should prepare a platoon of Cadets from the student body. The Corps stopped getting its funding after the war, such apathy was common after a war. No specific date had been recorded of the closing of the Corps.
It was not until 1924 that the Madoc Corps was again documented, in the early autumn and its first commander was Lloyde Blue. In 1932, due to economic struggles, the Cadet Corp was was once again disbanded on the 29th of August 1934.
In 1944, Feb. 24th, the Corps was put together by the officers of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment. The Regiment also ran a training camp for interested cadets at Ipperwash and at Barriefield. The Corps was then known as the 385 Madoc High School Cadet Corps. The Corps was then disbanded again effective June 30th 1947.
In 1952, Oct. 14th, the Corps reformed and the name was left the same. The Corps affiliated itself once again with the Hastings Prince Edward Regiment. 382 RCAC is still going strong to this date recruiting youth ages 12-18 from the municipalities of Marmora and Lake, Tweed, Madoc Township and Centre Hastings.
PLAQUE TEXT SIDE TWO:
VIMY APRIL 9 AVRIL 1917
The early morning of April 9th 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Canada's involvement in Vimy Ridge. Many brave men went over the top that Easter Morning, not knowing what led ahead of them. Vimy Ridge is known as one of the greatest battles led by Canadians. With four Canadian and one British division, they embarked on a three-day battle that was heavily strategized and planned. Under the fire of thousands of guns, Canadians charged into battle with one task in mind: "Capture the Ridge". This led to Canada's success that no other nation could accomplish.
This victory came at a heavy toll; which paid the price of many men's lives (11,285 Canadian soldiers) including bellowed fathers and sons from Madoc and Huntingdon. The tragedy of this battle and the countless victims claimed by conflict, should never by forgotten.
We will Remember
Erected by Kiwanis and Lions Clubs
GPS co-ordinates: 44° 30' 21.72" N 77° 28' 08.50" W (44.5058333, 77.4688889)
Street address: St. Lawrence Street East of downtown
Historic notes: The heavy toll on Vimy cost Canada 3,598 killed and approximately 7,000 wounded, according to the Canadian War Museum.
Below: Plaques located in park on St. Lawrence Street East