Episode 044 – CWO Scott Patterson

Chief Warrant Officer Scott Patterson, CD joined The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada 1 Apr 1979, after transferring from Central Militia Special Training Unit.  He completed his Basic Parachutist Course January 1982 and Airborne Indoctrination Course August 1983, making his an original member of The QOR of C Jump Platoon.

Scott was a devoted member of the Regimental Pioneers, participating in numerous commemorations and parades.  Some of his more enjoyable tasks have been as an instructor and platoon warrant for leadership training at 32 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School.  As a Master Warrant Officer, he was attached to 25 Medical Company [now 25 (Toronto) Field Ambulance] as a Support Company Sergeant Major, thereby seeing the Reserves from a completely different perspective.  In 1998, Scott served as the Company Sergeant-Major during a sovereignty exercise in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.

When Scott was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, he served as the Regimental Sergeant-Major of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.  This appointment was from February, 2004 to April, 2008.  CWO Patterson was given a second opportunity to serve as a Regimental Sergeant-Major when he was appointed to 32 Service Battalion, a Regiment that his father once commanded.

CWO Patterson’s fondest memories are participating with Veteran’s during the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings with the Gypsy Wagon Crew.  One of his more recent highlights was participating in the Lieutenant Governor (Ontario)’s book drive in Northern Ontario where he controlled drop zones where books were parachuted in. CWO Patterson is employed with the Toronto Paramedic Services. He is a member of the Maple Leaf Rifle Club and an avid collector of military memorabilia.

The RSMs of 32 CBG

The Regimental Sergeants-Major of 32 Canadian Brigade Group in 2006 with CWO Scott Patterson, The RSM of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada on the bottom right of the photo.


Maj Allan Champion and CWO Scott Patterson, lay a wreath from the Regiment commemorating the life of D-Day veteran, CQMS Jack Martin.


CWO Scott Patterson acts as a pall bearer for the funeral of Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Fox, MBE in 2011.

English/Anglais IS2013-7400-1 27 April 2013 Toronto, Ontario Members of the Canadian Armed Forces were among the participants in a series of commemorative ceremonies to remember the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York at the Fort York National Historic Site in the afternoon of April 27, 2013. April 27, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York, which took place in the second year of the War of 1812. The City of Toronto and the Canadian Armed Forces collaborated to commemorate this significant milestone in Toronto’s history through a number of events and displays. Residents of the city and the Greater Toronto Area came out to participate in the day’s events and share in remembering this historic battle. Photo: Bradley Prouse Français/French IS2013-7400-1 27 April 2013 Toronto, Ontario Les membres des Forces armées canadiennes ont participé à une série de cérémonies commémoratives du bicentenaire de la bataille de York au lieu historique national du Fort York dans l'après midi du 27 avril 2013. Le 27 avril 2013 est le 200e anniversaire de la bataille de York qui s'est déroulée pendant la deuxième année de la guerre de 1812. La ville de Toronto et les Forces armées canadiennes ont collaboré pour commémorer ce moment important de l'histoire de Toronto en organisant une série d'événements et d'expositions. Les habitants de la ville et de la région du Grand Toronto ont participé aux événements de cette journée et se sont remémoré cette bataille historique. Photo: Bradley Prouse

The Command Teams of 32 Canadian Brigade Group at the conclusion of the 2013 Battle of York Parade.  CWO Scott Patterson is in the back row on the right and is the Regimental Sergeant-Major of 32 Service Battalion.


Scott presents CWO Mike Lacroix with some parting gifts in November 2014.


CWO Scott Patterson in front of portraits of MGen R. Rennie, CB, CMG, DSO, MVO, (left) who commanded The Queen’s Own Rifles 1916-1920 and Col G.C. Royce, 1920-1921.


QOR Photo 8 RSM's

CWO Scott Patterson (rear, left), poses with two of his successors, CWO Shawn Kelly (rear, center, right) and CWO Mark Shannon (rear, center, left) and five of his predecessors, Capt John Wilmot (rear, right), Capt Robert Chan (front, left), CWO Brian Budden (front, center, left), CWO Mike Holland and CWO Eric Simundson; RSMs of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.


Scott looks back on this picture and says “That must have been taken at the start of the march, because I wouldn’t be smiling like that at the end!”


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