The Officers’ Mess
Areas of leisure and relaxation, messes allow their respective members to get together and fraternise at the end of the day or on special occasions.
The magnificent Officers’ Mess of the Fusiliers Mont-Royal is the work of several generations.
Its current appearance was forged over the years, but we do know that it dates, for the most part, back to the era between the two world wars. The busts of colonels A.E. Labelle and Rodolphe Forget, which are now in the arms room, were probably around when the armoury was first built. There is no documentation to prove this, but it is logical to think so, as Brigadier General Labelle and financier Rodolphe Forget were the two pioneers to whom we owe the funds used to build the armoury.
The foyer dates back to the same era, and was offered to the regiment by its architect and its entrepreneur, as mentioned on a commemorative plaque.The flag cabinets in the three corners of the arms room are from the 1950s, when J.P.C. Gauthier was commander and the regiment was given new flags. The third cabinet was made slightly later, after the Duplessis regime, when the Premier presented the regiment with the new fleur-de-lys flag that had just been adopted as official emblem.
The stately red carpet which bears the Grenade on each corner was a gift from the then-president of the Officers’ Club, Guy Vandelac, veteran of Dieppe. The interior design of the arms room was remodeled in the 1980s. The electric light fixture made of bayonets in the main mess room is from the era immediately following the First World War.
As for the bar, it was apparently offered to the regiment by the Seagram distillery during the Second World War. The card room (Colonel Hector Prévost room), with its rich library, was likely also a gift from the distillery, because both rooms share the same woodwork.
The Officers’ Mess contains many other treasures, such as flags, medals dating back to the North-West Rebellion, pictures, an impressive painting of the regiment taking the Beauvoir Farm in 1944, and a plaque with the name of every officer killed during World War Two.
Brigadier General Richard Genin
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