In 1886 by decree our name became-63rd Battalion, Halifax Rifles.
It was in 1898 that Lieut-General J. Winburne Laurie, D.C.L., became Honorary Colonel of the 63rd
Regiment, Halifax Rifles. He is a soldier of a family of soldiers. He entered the Army in 1853 as an
Ensign in the Queen's Own, and saw his first service in the Crimea. He came to Canada in 1861 as
Inspecting Officer of Militia. He had served in the Transvaal and was second in command of the
Canadian Forces in the Northwest Rebellion. He took a great interest in the Militia and particularly rifle
shooting, and today the Laurie Silver Bugle is a most coveted trophy for shooting. Due to his energy and
organizing ability the Militia of Nova Scotia was built up to a very high standard. In recognition of the
great interest taken by General Laurie in the welfare of our citizen soldiers, the Militia of the Province
of Nova Scotia presented him with a Lansdowne Silver Trophy. The leadership he gave to the Halifax
Rifles as their Honorary Colonel was of great benefit in the progressive development of this unit.
During the Boer War the Regiment furnished sixty one officers, non-commission officers and men for
On several occasions over the years the Rifles have been alerted in aid of the civil power, which is one
of the duties laid down in the Militia Act. In such a serious situation it is well to realize which so often
people not familiar with conditions do not-that when the soldier is called out in aid of the civil power he
is there for the purpose of maintaining law and order. He represents no faction, clique or union, but the
supreme authority of the state-which is the people. This is where discipline tells and it has always been
testimony to the efficiency of our Militia in Nova Scotia that on occasions when they have had to assume
the onerous tasks of acting in aid of the civil power they have conducted themselves in such a manner
that all sections of the community have been satisfied.
The Halifax Rifles were a very proud unit when in 1906 by kind permission of His Majesty King Edward
VII, the 63rd Battalion, Halifax Rifles, had been made an allied regiment of the famous King's Royal
Rifle Corps. This Regiment traces its beginning back to the years 1755-56 when it was first organized in
America and known as the 62nd Royal American Regiment,
From the bicentenary edition giving a brief history of The King's Royal Rifle Corps (60th Rifles)
1755-1955 we quote:
"Lastly the Regiment acknowledges with loyal pride the honour conferred upon it by association with
the ROYAL FAMILY, five members of which served in the Regiment between 1889 and 1921, two losing
their lives on Active Service. Also, for 158 years of its existence and in unbroken succession for the last
86 years, a member of the Royal Family has assumed the appointment of Colonel-in-Chief.
"In 1953 HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN graciously succeeded her father and grandfather as
Such is the proud record of the Regiment, which has honoured the Halifax Rifles by making them an
allied regiment with the gracious consent of the reigning sovereign.
|Officers of the 63rd Halifax
Volunteer Battalion Rifles, 1882.
At back centre, with his hands on his hips,
is Lt. H. St. C. Silver, who was later a captain
and the Regiment's last survivor of the
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