OUR MOTTO - HONOUR - PRIDE - INTEGRITY

Since its inception in 1987, the Legion Cadet Unit has become a totally professional Unit. Officers and Cadets have maintained the tradition of the comradeship of our ancestors and the Australian attitude of mateship that is so vital to our country’s history.

Our Cadets are trained using the latest methods and they have proved this with other groups requiring the kind of training and dedication that this Unit can provide. Participation by our members in Community Projects and their ability to provide expert training to other youth and service organisations has been our greatest achievement in the past. By participating in the active-8 Premier’s Youth Challenge Program, our reputation has been enhanced even further.

With an Age bracket of between 9 years and 18 years, both male and female, we help young people by giving them not only a direction in life, but an increased ability to find direction in the workforce and to enable them to achieve their own chosen goals.

Our training includes Nationally Accredited Certificate First Aid Courses and Self Defence taught by fully qualified instructors.All of our Officers and Instructors are Police Checked and are volunteers. They pay the same fees as all other Members.

JUNIOR CADETS

As 2007 was our 20th year, we decided to open our ranks to the "Younger" members of our community by starting a Junior Cadet addition to our Unit. The age bracket for this new group is between 9 years and 11 years. They will be taught the same topics as our "Regular" Cadets in a simpler format and will be involved in all activities apart from any street parades.  Once again, it will be a co-ed Unit, fully chaperoned. The Junior Cadets are issued with Australian Army camouflage (Auscam) trousers, Auscam shirt, bush hat,  jumper and jacket free of charge.

LEGION HISTORY

The Legion of Frontiersmen was established in 1904 by a Captain Roger Pocock, who was an ex-Mounted Policeman in Canada and served in the Boer War in South Africa. On 15 February 1906, the Legion Council was granted official recognition by the British War Department. Recognition of the Legion by the Departments of Defence in Australia and New Zealand followed in 1907. An Australian member, Lieutenant William Dartnell, won a posthumous Victoria Cross whilst serving in the Legion’s own Battalion. He is remembered in the Hall of Valour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.


A great many Legion Members gave their lives in war and some 1,500 Frontiersmen fell whilst serving with the ANZAC’s at Gallipoli.
Records show that most of the Australian Light Horse Regiments throughout Australia had Legion Members, both during and after WW1.
The Legion’s motto is "GOD GUARD THEE", taken from the famous ring worn by General Gordon, which had these words engraved inside the ring.

24th July 1914
Prior to England’s declaration of war with Germany, King Albert of the Belgians had asked for volunteers to join his army "H Manchester Troop". Legion of Frontiersmen volunteered and formed the "Troisieme 75th Lancers". The first shots fired in anger in WW1 were by Legion Troops.

12th February 1915
During WW1, Colonel Driscoll was given permission to form the 25th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Frontiersmen), which served in East Africa.
The War Office awarded the 25th Fusiliers the following Battle Honours:
KILIMANJARO
BEHOBEHO
NYANGAO
BUKOBA
EAST AFRICA 1915-17
The 25th Battalion was disbanded after WW1 as only a few remained; however, it was re-named the "25th Fusiliers City of London Regiment, which is a Territorial (Reserve) Unit today.
LEGION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN AWARDED NINE (9) V.C.’s, plus other honours and awards, all served with British Regiments.

1915
During WW1, all able bodied Legion Members enlisted into the Forces. Australia and New Zealand sent Legion Troops tp Gallipoli, where some 1500 Legion members gave their lives. There is a Memorial to all ANZAC Legion on the North Island of New Zealand.
In Canada, Frontiersmen enlisted in the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry. Others formed the Canadian 210th Battalion, of which only nineteen originals survived. These two Battalions are still units of the Canadian Armed Forces of today.

Since 1914 some 9500 Legion Troops have given their lives for the Commonwealth. The Legion Boy Scouts, became the Boy Scouts under Lord Baden – Powell, yet few know of its’ origins and little credit is given to the Legion for originally starting the Movement.

In 1954, the Legion was disbanded in South Australia, but was re-raised on 12 December 1987 at Tea Tree Gully and a Cadet Unit was formed. To date, there are current serving Members of the Legion in the R.S.L and in the Department of Defence Australia and Police Forces throughout Australia.

TODAY
The aims of the Cadet Unit are to provide a wide range of Military and other Training to young people, enabling participants to obtain life skills that would assist them in the future to obtain employment, support and protect their own families and, if they can do this, the Nation as a whole in any emergency.

Our Cadet Program offers participants the opportuniy to communicate with each other in the Australian tradition of "Mateship" whilst training to uphold the Legion’s aims and objectives.

Our Cadets are trained using the latest methods and are equipped with current pattern uniform, which is issued free on enlistment.  Slouch Hats are worn during the warmer months as per Occupational Health and Safety guidelines & are issued with a small dry cleaning fee payable on issue.

We are an Independent Infantry Unit with several sections attached, including Field Ambulance and Chaplaincy. We are a registered Provider with the State Government’s Active8 Program and we also participate in various Community Activities throughout the year.