C.L.B. Facts

  • CLB has served the youth of our province continuously since 1892!
  • CLB presently has over 600 members, of which 400 are youth ages 5 – 19
  • CLB is one of a select group awarded “Freedom of the City” by the City of St. John’s
  • CLB leaders contribute 76,000 volunteer hours to the Brigade each year, including:
    ­ ‣ Major William G. Tilley held the position of Drum Major for 63 years served the brigade for over 90 years!
    ­ ‣ Three C.L.B. Officers have achieved over 75 years of service. Colonel David Edwards, Maj. William Tilley and Lt. Lloyd Rees
  • CLB has a highly accomplished Regimental Band:
    ­ ‣ Awarded 1st place for bands in the Grey Cup Parade in Vancouver
    ­ ‣ Played for Pope John Paul II during his visit to St. John’s
    ­ ‣ Played for the Prince & Princess of Wales during their visit to St. John’s
    ­ ‣ Performs annually at the Royal St. John’s Regatta, Government House Garden Party, Remembrance Day Parade, Battle of Atlantic Memorial, etc.
    ­ ‣ Performs over 100 times per year!
  • Many prominent Newfoundlanders were officers in the CLB, including:
    ­ ‣ Sgt. Tommy Ricketts, a Newfoundland and Labrador Victoria Cross recipient
    ­ ‣ Gordon A. Winter, former Lieutenant Governor
    ­ ‣ Joseph R. Smallwood, Former Premier
    ­ ‣ Gordon Pinsent, Award Winning Actor
    ­ ‣ Bob Cole, NHL Hall of Famer
  • A number of CLB members have been inducted into the NL Sports Hall of Fame
  • CLB has been offering it’s camping program since 1893
  • CLB has sponsored 2355 CLB Army Cadet Corps, the oldest cadet corps in the province, since 1949
  • N.L.C.C. Polyina, a Navy League Cadet Corps, has been sponsored by the CLB since 1992.
  • CLB Armoury is a fixture in the city of St. John’s:
    ­ ‣ Originally built in 1910 at a cost of $16,000
    ­ ‣ Totally destroyed in the Harvey Road fire in December 1992
    ­ ‣ New Armoury built on the same site, opened two years later in December 1994
    ­ ‣ Offered free of charge to Newfoundland for some 12 years to form and train the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in WWI and WWII.
    ‣ Troops were led by the CLB Band to the old Reid Railway Station on Water Street or to the waterfront for embarkation.
    ­ ‣ Armoury once used as a stable to house the horses for the RCMP Musical Ride
  • CLB was a major contributor to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in both WWI and WWII