a student at St. Andrew's College I wished to join the 48th Highlanders.
The war was on in 1939, and it seemed a natural evolution from the discipline
of Cadets and the leadership of Jack Wright to join the 48th.
At the school we were well
trained. One of the Masters, Mr. Tudball, was a tower of strength, and
a great trainer for our instructional classes in battle craft, gas training
with respirators and the obstacle course constructed on the lower playing
fields which included crossing shads by rope.
Cadets at SAC provides the
skills as a basis to enjoy the "family" of a regiment such as the 48th
Highlanders. When I joined up at the age of sixteen, I was already preceded
by Old Boys Jim McLeod, Bob Nicholls and brothers David and John Barclay,
and our platoon commander, Lieutenant Stewart was also an Old Boy. My grandfather,
uncle and son - four generations of our family - have been affiliated with
The active army therefore
was no surprise - we were ready. Commissioned in 1948, I went back to the
48th to enjoy the tremendous friendships and camaraderie of the regiment.
In interviewing students
during the seventies, I found they were looking for more structure and
discipline in their daily lives. They were no different than today's men
or the men of forty years ago. It's up to each individual to get as much
out of something as he puts into his efforts. And for me, without the financial
help of the 48th Highlanders, I simply could not have graduated from law
school at Osgoode Hall."