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The Governor General's Body Guard for Ontario date from 1855, when they were organised to meet a recognised want.  The name of Lieutenant-Colonel Denison will for long be identified with the troop, towards the high efficiency of which he has so much contributed.  During the Rebellion at the turn of the century, th Body Fuard were stationed at Humboldt.  Many of the officers have, moreover, taken part in the engagements against the Fenians.

The 1st Regiment of Cavalry Hussars and the 2nd Regiment of Cavalry Dragoons both date from May, 1872, the headquarters of the former being at London, and of the latter at Oak Ridges. The Cavalry regiments as such have not been fortunate enough to take part in any of the more important engagements, though individual members have from time to time participated as volunteers.  It must, however, be remembered that, "in the brave days of yore", there were Cavalry regiments amongst the Volunteers who served so well.  Such, for instance, were Merritt's Yeomanry, who were in that famous battle of Queenstown Heights where Brock fell, and the stern charge of the Canadian soldiers gave earnest of their heritage of victory.

The 3rd Provisional Regiment of Cavalry, the "Prince of Wales' Canadian Dragoons", date from April 1875, and have their headquarters at Coburg.  The commanding officer at the turn of the century was Colonel Boulton - one of the Canadian Officers who took part in the fighting of the Rebellion of 1837 - 1838.

The 4th Regiment of Cavalry Hussars date from April 1875, and perpetuate the memory of the Frontenac Horse.  Their headquarters are at Kingston, and amongst their officers in 1898 were some who participated in the Fenian and North West Expeditions.

The 5th Regiment of Cavalry Dragoons were organised in November 1877, and were principally recruited from the St Andrew's Cavalry Volunteers, and the 6th Regiment of Cavalry Hussars, better known as the Divisional Cavalry, date from November 1879, having headquarters at Montreal.  A past commanding officer, Colonel Barr, served in the Red River Expedition.

The 8th (Princess Louise's) New Brunswick Regiment of Cavalry Hussars date from 1869.  By General Order of 1884 they were allowed to assume as a badge the cornet of H.R.H. the Princess Louise, surmounting a Garter within which is the number VIII together with the motto, "Regi Patriaeque Fidelis".  The 8th are not withouth distinction in the various competitions in which they have taken part.  In 1882 Trooper Langstroth gained the Governor-General's Prize, and in 1884 and 1887 Sergeant G Langstroth gained the Governor-General's Medal.

The Queen's Own Canadian Hussars date from 1856 and were originally known as the Quebec Squadron; the city in which their headquarters are.

Of the Independent Troops the King's Troop of Cavalry (Hussars) date from 12th June 1874, the Prescott Troop of Cavalry (Dragoons) from December 1871, the Princess Louise's Dragoon Guards from 1872, and the Winnipeg Troop of Cavalry (Dragoons) from 1878.  The uniform of the Independent Troops is, speaking generally, similar to that of the other Cavalry regiments, having blue uniform with white facings.  The Princess Louise's Dragoons have as a badge a joint monogram of H.R.H. the Princess Louise and of the Marquis of Lorne, with the coronets of a Princess and Marquis.  The Winnipeg Troop of Cavalry are the only regiment which as such took part in the North West Rebellion, during which they were stationed at Fort Qu'appelle, under the command of Captain Knight.  In 1887 Trooper Clarke gained the Governor-~General's Medal.

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Disaster at Dieppe, France, 19th August 1942 by David Pentland.


Disaster at Dieppe, France, 19th August 1942 by David Pentland.

Under pressure from Stalin to open a second front in Europe, Operation Jubilee was designed ostensibly as a reconnaissance in force on the French coast, to show the feasibility of taking and holding a major defended port for a day, in this case Dieppe. The plan devised by Lord Louis Mountbatten failed due to inadequate naval and air support, carrying out the landing in daylight and general lack of intelligence of the target. Here new Churchill tanks of the 14th Canadian Tank Regiment (The Calgary Regiment), with men of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and Fusiliers Mont-Royals, struggle to fight their way off the beach. Only a handful of men penetrated into the town itself, and eventually the remaining troops were ordered to withdraw. Out of 5086 soldiers who landed only 1443 returned.
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Operation Veritable, Eastern Holland, 8th - 22nd February 1945 by David Pentland.

LVT Mark II and IV Buffaloes of 79th Armoured Division carry the men of 3rd Canadian Infantry Division through the flooded lower Rhine valley to secure the left flank of the Anglo-Canadian operation.
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Print shows Canadian troops of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Canadian Hussars, Field Artillery, Royal Canadian Artillery, Governor Generals Body Guard, Governor Generals Foot Guards and Strathconas Horse.


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Types of the Canadian Forces by Richard Simkin

Print shows Canadian troops of the Royal Canadian regiment, 2nd Queens Own Rifles, 5th Royal Scots, 3rd Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, 10th Grenadiers, Royal Canadian Artillery, North-West Mounted Police, Royal Canadian Dragoons and Governor Generals Body Guard.


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The 5th Royal Scots (Canada) by H Bunnett (P)


The 5th Royal Scots (Canada) by H Bunnett (P)

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Halifax Garrison Artillery by H Bunnett (P)

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The 6th Regiment of Cavalry (Hussars, Canada) by H Bunnett (P)

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The 2nd Queens Own Rifles (Canada) by H Bunnett (P)

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Private (Acting-Corporal) L. Clarke, Single-handed, Holding At Bay A Party Of Germans During A Counter Attack.


Private (Acting-Corporal) L. Clarke, Single-handed, Holding At Bay A Party Of Germans During A Counter Attack.

Private (Acting-Corporal) Leo Clarke, Canadian Infantry, was building a block when about twenty of the enemy with two officers counter-attacked. He boldly advanced against them, emptied his revolver into them and afterwards two enemy rifles, which he had picked up in the trench. One of the officers then attacked him with the bayonet wounding him in the leg, but he shot him dead. The enemy then ran away, pursued by Acting-corporal Clarke, who shot four more and captured a fifth. Later, he was ordered to the dressing station, but returned next day to duty. For his most conspicuous bravery he was awarded the V.C.
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Private Harris throwing himself on a bomb to save a comrade.


Private Harris throwing himself on a bomb to save a comrade.

Private W. B. Harris, of the 29th Canadian Infantry Battalion, was throwing a bomb when his foot slipped, and the grenade fell on the side of a traverse where the rest of a grenade class were standing. They all got away except one man. Private Harris, realising his danger, rushed forward and threw himself on the bomb to save the man. The bomb exploded and Harris was severely wounded through his self-sacrificing act. He was awarded the D.C.M.
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Corporal Schultz Dressing Wounded Under Heavy fire During The Second Battle of Ypres.


Corporal Schultz Dressing Wounded Under Heavy fire During The Second Battle of Ypres.

During the second battle of Ypres, Corporal Sam Schultz, of the 10th Canadian Battalion, was in charge of about ten other medical orderlies and fatigue men at a dressing station near Wieltje. On the night of April 24th 1915, the house, which was close behind the British lines, and hardly more than a hundred yards from the German trenches, was practically destroyed by shellfire, and Schultz and his party were obliged to perform their duties in extreme peril. Throughout the night, however, Schultz remained at his post and did not withdraw until the following afternoon, when all the wounded had been removed. He was rewarded with the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
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Private Bushby Holding At Bay Two Germans who attempted to Bayonet Him as He Was Digging Out A Comrade.


Private Bushby Holding At Bay Two Germans who attempted to Bayonet Him as He Was Digging Out A Comrade.

Besides assisting wounded men on May 8th 1915, out of a trench at Hooge, which was in the hands of the enemy, Private E. J. Bushby of Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, gallantly attempted to rescue a comrade who had been half buried in the trench. While digging the man out, Bushby held at Bay two Germans who were attempting to bayonet him. He also made two journeys to the reserves under heavy fire to bring up ammunition, and was awarded the D.C.M. for his conspicuous gallantry.
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Colour Sergeant Hall falls mortally wounded in attempting to rescue a wounded comrade.


Colour Sergeant Hall falls mortally wounded in attempting to rescue a wounded comrade.

On April 23rd 1915, a wounded man, who was lying some fifteen yards from a British trench in the neighbourhood of Ypres, called for help, and Company Sergeant Major Frederick William Hall, of the 8th Canadian Battalion, endeavoured to reach him in the face of a very heavy enfilade fire which was being poured in by the enemy. The first attempt failed, and a non commissioned officer and private soldier, who were attempting to give assistance, were both wounded. Company Sergeant Major Hall then made a second most gallant attempt, and was in the act of lifting up the wounded man to bring in when he fell mortally wounded in the head. For his most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrificing conduct, Colour Sergeant Hall was awarded the V.C.
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21 Engineer Regiment by David Rowlands (GL)


21 Engineer Regiment by David Rowlands (GL)

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Gun Fire. An Historical Narrative of the 4th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery 1914 - 1918 by Lt J A MacDonald.


Gun Fire. An Historical Narrative of the 4th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery 1914 - 1918 by Lt J A MacDonald.

Mobilised in 1914, trained at Shorncliffe in Kent in 1915, the 4th Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery found themselves in action in some of the hottest spots on the Western Front after their arrival in France in 1916. Their first taste of trench warfare was in and around the Ypres Salient at St Eloi, Hooge and Sanctuary Wood. They then moved south to take part in the later stages of the Battle of the Somme, where they helped their comrades in the Canadian infantry capture the village of Courcellette and the nearby Regina Trench. In 1917, the artillerymen again assisted the Canadian infantry in the famous seizure of Vimy Ridge, which they helped hold thereafter. They suffered greivous losses later that year in the battle of Passchendaele (third Ypres) and in 1918 played a vital role in holding off the German advance before Amiens. Finally, they took part in the storming of the Hindenburg Line which led to the November 11th Armistice. Accompanied by appendices listing Rolls of Hono.........


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The Militia Cavalry consists, in addition to the Governor-General's Body Guard, of the following :- 1st Hussars, 2nd and 3rd Dragoons, 4th Hussars, 5th Dragoons, 6th and 8th Hussars, King's Canadian Hussars, Manitoba Dragoons, Montreal Hussars.  Independent troops: Princess Louise's Dragoon Guards, Winnipeg Dragoons.  The regiments usually consist of 226 rank and file, though the 8th Hussars muster 350; a squadron is eighty-five strong as a rule, and a troop forty-five.  The total number of Militia Cavalry available is therefore about 2,350, exclusive of the 145 regulars.  The uniforms, as has been stated, follow closely the lines of the Imperial cavalry, the Hussars almost exactly resembling that of the 13th Hussars, but with white helmets except in the case of the 8th and the Queen's Own, who wear busbies.  The 3rd Dragoons wear red with yellow facings, yellow metal helmets, black and red plumes.  The Manitoba Dragoons have red with white facings and white helmets.  The remaining dragoons are dressed similarly to the 6th Carabiniers, namely, blue with white facings.  The tall young sergeant of Hussars represented in the next picture is wearing the laced forage cap, which is common to all.  he certainly looks very juvenile for a responsible position as sergeant, but doubtless in the Canadian Militia, as in our own regular Army, young men sometimes come along who rise very rapidly.  

The Governor-General's Body Guard dates, as has been stated, from the year 1855; and this was in fact the year in which the military force of Canada was first instituted in anything like its present organisation, being divided into two bodies, the active and sedentary Militia.  The latter consists of all those of eligible age who have not come forward to join the colours and go through their drills; so that every man in Canada is, if only in a negative sense, a militiaman, whether he likes it or not.  In those days, however, matters were on a very different footing from that of the present day, for a considerable force of Imperial troops was always maintained in Canada, and the Militia consequently was not of the same importance or efficiency, though there was always an excellent spirit, and no difficulty was experienced in filling the ranks.  In 1870 came a momentous change; it was determined to withdraw the Imperial troops, except those at Halifax, which has to be protected as a coaling station for the fleet, and to throw upon Canada the responsibility of maintaining her own defences.  This, as will readily be realised, was a radical step, and it was carried out in a radical manner.  The withdrawal was so complete that the stores were sold, the guns passed over to Canada, and even the sentry boxes were shipped for England; which latter might have been interpreted by ingenious pessimists as typical of the complete desertion of the colony by the Imperial Government, and the withdrawal of all protection.  Whether the pessimists had their say about it or not is not related; but the point which most concerns us is the fact that a large proportion of the Militia Cavalry regiments, as now existing, date their organisation from 1872 and the few succeeding years, which affords convincing proof that the Canadians had no intention of sitting down and wringing their hands over the departure of the Imperial regiments, though it was undoubtedly a great blow to them, both socially and commercially. To enter more into detail, the 1st Hussars, 2nd Dragoons, and Princess Louise's Dragoon Guards date from 1872, the King's Canadian Hussars from 1874, the 3rd Dragoons and 4th Hussars from 1875, the 5th Dragoons from 1877, the Winnipeg Dragoons from 1878, and the 6th Hussars from 1879.  The 8th Hussars and the Queen's Own Canadian Hussars - the only wearers of the busbies, it will be recollected - have an older date, going back respectively to 1869 and 1856; while the Manitoba Dragoons came later, in 1893.  Being left to their own resources, the Canadians at once commenced to improve and extend their organisation.  While the British troops were among them, it had been customary to permit individual officers and men who desired to perfect themselves to spend a short time with various regiments for that purpose.  The departure of the Linesmen was followed by the institution of military schools, and subsequently of a Royal Military College at Kingston, which is conducted on the model of Sandhurst, and four commissions are given annually by the British Government to successful competitors.  The Imperial troops, however, had some work found for them before finally departing.  Canada was passing through an interesting phase of its history just then, and one event led to another.  In 1867 was passed the Act of Confederation of the British North American Provinces by which all were included in the Dominion of Canada; and the consummation of this Act had the effect of drawing attention to the territory in the North West, then almost entirely in the hands of Hudson's Bay Company; and following on the precedent afforded by the cession of India and the extinction of the East India Company, it was considered that the time had arrived for a similar policy in the North West Provinces.  It will be necessary for us to go a little into the history of these occurrences, in explanation of subsequent events which compelled the Dominion Government to call out part of her Militia, assisted in the first instance by some Imperial troops, though in after years they "ran the whole show" themselves, and with credit, as will be seen; but the details must be reserved for a future number.

Of the Militia Artillery a great deal might be said.  They have their triumphs to chronicle, their steady progress to boast.  Very early in the military records of the Dominion do we meet mention of the "Gunners".  There was a Halifax Field Battery in 1776, concerning whom we have but space to chronicle their uniform.  This was a blue cloth coatee with a red-edged cape. the skirt turned up with white, and blue-faced lappels; they had, too, a white waistcoat, blue pants, and "half boots", with a round hat on which was the Hanoverian cockade.  Somewhat later the addition of a gilt button in the centre of the cockade was added.

The Frist Brigade of Field Artillery was organised in 1880, and the various Batteries on the dates following:  The Durham Field Battery in 1872; the Ganauoque Field Battery, which so early as 1862 was organised as a Garrison Battery, was changed to Field Artillery in 1872; the Hamilton Field Battery in December 1855; the Kingston Field Battery in 1856; the Montreal Field Battery in 1855; the Newcastle Field Battery in 1868; the Ottawa Field Battery in 1855; the Quebec Field Battery in 1855; the Richmond Field Battery in 1877; the Shefford Field Battery in 1872; the Sydney Field Battery in 1883; the Toronto Field Battery in 1866 - first as Garrison and three months later as Field Artillery; the Welland Canal Field Battery in 1861; the Winnipeg Field Battery in 1871; and the Woodstock in 1866 as Garrison Artillery , and in 1874 as Field Artillery.  

The Winnipeg Field Battery were fortunate enough to participate  in the North West Rebellion, and serve with considerable distinction in General Middleton's column in the operations at Fish Creek and against Batoche.  In the former engagement they were not actively engaged, two of the guns under Captain Jarvis only being ordered forward, when, to use the General's expression, "the affair was nearly over".  At Batoche, however, they were in "the thick of it", major Jarvis and Captain Coultee being specially referred to in the report for their valuable service.  Major (then Captain) Young, of the battery, was acting as Brigade Major, and rendered most excellent service throughout the campaign.  To him was consigned the custody of the rebel Riel after his surrender, "a charge which involved the utmost responsibility on Captain Young".  No casualties were reported, despite the active participation of the battery in the engagement.

 

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