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Stan Overy, Curator
August 19th, 2002 marked the 60th anniversary of the deadly raid on Dieppe by the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and many other famous regiments in World War II.
A special exhibit commemorating the ill-fated action ran from April to August, 2002, at the Hamilton Military Museum, part of the Dundurn Castle Museum complex in Hamilton. Special ceremonies and a display of today's Regiment marked the opening on April 27th.
The RHLI Museum will assist families and researchers with historical inquiries concerning the RHLI only, on a case-by-case basis, as time and resources permit. As an all-volunteer institution, we regret that our ability to assist with inquiries is very limited. For more information or assistance, please contact our Curator at 905-573-2002, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing at:
You should try to obtain the following information:
Please Note: The initials of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry are “RHLI”. If your family member served with the “HLI”, this refers to the “Highland Light Infantry” of Kitchener-Waterloo, which is now the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHF of C). They may be contacted at: Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHF of C)
You could also pursue your RHLI inquiry with Library and Archives Canada, now located at: Canadian Genealogy Centre
Here you will find resources relating to the:
Visiting the Museum
The Museum is open year around, however due to the limitations of our volunteers, entrance is by appointment only. To make an appointment please contact the Museum Administrator at 1-905-528-2945 during office hours or (905)573-2002 outside of office hours.
Office hours are Monday during the day, and Tuesday during the evening. For further information please phone the office at 1-905-528-2945. Admission is Free. We regret, the Museum is NOT wheelchair accessible.
How to get there?
The Museum is located at the The Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote, VC, CD, Armoury, 200 James Street North. Free parking Sunday at Mulberry St. across from the Armouries.
Mission Statement - The purpose of the Museum
The Museum Complex
The Buchanan Room
Displays depict, in chronological order, the uniforms and equipment of the Regiment through its history.
The Memorial Room
This display is a special memorial to those who gave their lives in the name of freedom and justice. The collection of medals include two Victoria Cross winners.
The Robinson Room
This display shows uniforms, instruments and trivia of the 19th and 20th centuries bandsman.
The Hayhurst Armoury
Display shows all the small arms of the Regiment through its history as well as enemy weapons captured as trophies of war.
The Regimental Gallery
A collection of photographs associated with the Regiment, is located in what was once the hallway to the guard drill of the old drill hall.
The Gibson Room
This display contains edged weapons, headdress and uniforms by the Regiment over the years.
The James Street Armoury was renamed the The Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote, VC, CD, Armoury in memory of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote VC, CD. On August 19th, 1942, Honorary Captain Foote, the Regiment's chaplain and clarinetist in its band, and non-combatant under the Articles of War, would win the Victoria Cross for valour on the beach at Dieppe. Time after time the burly padre scoured the beach for injured men, picked them up and carried them to safety. "On these occasions, with utter disregard for his personal safety, he exposed himself to an inferno of fire and saved many lives with his gallant efforts," read the citation in the London Gazette three and a half years later. He refused a final opportunity to leave the shore, choosing to stay with the wounded, and spend the remaining war years in a German POW camp.
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