William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada: QORofC

The Canadian Airborne Regiment
Canadian Airborne Reg AIRBORNE

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry PPCLI
During our 1st days in Depot our cap badge was not seen
Because we were unworthy of the uniform of our Queen
Just D rings on our web belts – no Deuce Horn to shine
These were issued after two months of us serving time

One had to learn the Regimental history of the QOR of C
Before their issue we had to learn each historical mystery
Study the Regiment’s battle honours and our rifle history
A Badge and Deuce Horn Buckle was issued to Riflemen like me

The last 4 months in Depot I proudly wore the Silver Maple Leaf
One had to shine it vigorously or suffer the Sergeant’s grief
Daily I shone that cap badge after Depot, it was dipped in chrome
With pride I wore it on my beret in the Battalion I called home

I proudly wore some other badges the AIRBORNE it was one
And I wore the badge of the PPCLI when the QOR it was done
My cap badges now hang on the wall in a display shadow box case
A reminder of when I went from a Rifle 140 to the Infantry 120 pace

Author’s Note: In the 1950’s at the QOR of C Depot in Calgary Recruits were trained for six months (24 weeks), prior to graduating to a Rifle Battalion. Civilian Clothes were taken away and young soldiers were not permitted to go down town for the first two months. Cap Badges and belt buckles were issued after phase one (eight weeks). A Rifle Regiments marches at 140 paces to the minute whilst the Infantry of the line Regiments marches at 120 paces to the minute. The ability to march quickly for long periods of time enabled us to win the Nijmegen and General Crearar marches in Holland and we passed the troops of other Nations at our steady fast 140 to the minute pace.