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Camp Sussex, A Century of Service to Canada
8th Hussars Regimental Museum
Sussex , New Brunswick

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   Camp Sussex is one of the
oldest military facilities in
Canada, informally
established in 1885 and given
official designation in 1893.
Because of its central
location and its proximity to
the railway, the camp has
served as an annual training
ground for many New Brunswick

militia units. In fact, one
estimate suggests that over
300,000 military personnel
trained at this site in the
Kennebecasis River Valley
stemming all the way back to
the time of the Loyalists.
   Originally 253 acres, the
camp expanded in 1912 to meet
the ever-growing training

needs of the military. It
couldn’t grow fast enough,
and as early as 1914 there
was some concern that the
camp was too small for the
task. Nonetheless, the camp
soldiered on through two
World Wars and now houses the
8th Canadian Hussars armoured
reserve unit.

   The Hussars’ exhibition
covers the establishment of
the camp, its early years and
the eras of both World Wars.
Using documents and other
arcana, it celebrates this
historic site, which has
played so important a role to
the town of Sussex, to the
region and to Canada at

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