Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 187, Colborne, ON
Captain Charles S. Rutherford VC, MC, MM Branch
Serving our Veterans, their families and our community since 1931
Welcome to Colborne Legion’s website. We’re glad you stopped by. When you’re in the area, feel free to drop into the clubroom and pay us a visit.
Named in Honour of Charles Rutherford
The branch originally received its charter on February 26, 1931 with sixteen charter members. The charter President was Comrade Charles Bugg. The branch was named in honour of then Lieutenant Charles S. Rutherford, a local person who served in WW1 and had earned the Victoria Cross, the Military Cross, and the Military Medal while serving overseas.
Charlie served again during WW2 and left the services with the rank of Captain. In 2002 the Branch applied for and received their charter in the name of Capt. Charles S. Rutherford VC, MC, MM to reflect his rank on leaving the military. You can find out more of his story here.
The branch met in a storefront in downtown Colborne until they were able to obtain the former Colborne Public School building which was located where the branch now stands. The school burnt down in the early seventies and the current building replaced it. The current building was opened in the mid-seventies.
Ladies Auxiliary Charter
The Ladies Auxiliary to the branch was chartered June 24, 1935 with seventeen charter members. Throughout the years, the ladies have been a strong and important presence in the life of the branch.