Battle Honours of the Canadian Army

The Governor General's Horse Guards

Highlighted Battle Honours are approved for emblazonment on the Regimental Guidon. Capitalized Battle Honours indicate the name of a group of battles, actions or engagements. Where common names but separate year dates created a combined battle honour title authorized as a single name for emblazonment, both have been highlighted.

Wars and Operations Battle Honour Date Remarks
The North West Rebellion, 1885

North West Canada, 1885

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Authorized for the Governor General's Body Guard by General Order 69 of 1919, confirmed by G.O. 109 of 1929.

South African War

South Africa, 1900

Authorized for the Governor General's Body Guard by General Order 60 of 1933.

First World War
Local Operations, 1916. (Previous to the Allied Offensive)

Mount Sorrel

2-13 Jun 1916

The Governor General's Body Guard were authorized the following Great War battle honours: "Mount Sorrel, Somme, 1916, Arras, 1917, Hill 70, Ypres, 1917"
(G.O. No. 71 of 1930)

Perpetuating the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, the 7th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles and the 216th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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4th Canadian Mounted Rifles - Mount Sorrel, Somme, 1916, Flers-Courcelette, Ancre Heights, Arras, 1917, '18, Vimy, 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe, 1918, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Cambrai, 1918, Valenciennes, Sambre, FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18
(G.O. 110 of 1929)

  Pte T.W. Holmes won the Victoria Cross near Passchendaele on 26 Oct 1917 while serving with the 4th CMR.

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216th Battalion, C.E.F. -
"The Great War, 1917"
(G.O. No. 123 of 1929)

Perpetuation of the 216th Bn C.E.F. by the GGHG is from amalgamation with The Mississauga Horse
(G.O. 95 of 1929)


The Governor General's Body Guard - Mount Sorrel, Somme, 1916, Flers-Courcelette, Ancre Heights, Arras, 1917, '18, Vimy, 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe, 1918, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Cambrai, 1918, Valenciennes, Sambre, FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18
(G.O. 112 of 1935, superceding List No. 3 issued with G.O. No. 71 of 1930.)

 

Operations on the Somme. (1 Jul – 18 Nov, 1916)

Somme, 1916

1 Jul – 18 Nov 1916

Flers-Courcelette

15-22 Sep 1916

Ancre Heights

1 Oct – 11 Nov 1916
The Arras Offensive (9 Apr – 15 May, 1917

Arras, 1917

9 Apr – 4 May 1917

Vimy, 1917

9-14 Apr 1917

Hill 70

15-25 Aug 1917
The Flanders Offensive (7 Jun – 10 Nov, 1917)

Ypres, 1917

31 Jul – 10 Nov. 1917

Passchendaele

12 Oct 1917 and/or 26 Oct – 10 Nov 1917
The Advance in Picardy (8 Aug – 3 Sep, 1918)

Amiens

8-11 Aug 1918
The Breaking of the Hindenburg Line (26 Aug – 12 Oct, 1918)

Arras, 1918

26 Aug – 3 Sep 1918

Scarpe, 1918

26-30 Aug 1918

Hindenburg Line, Battles of the

12 Sep – 9 Oct 1918

Canal du Nord

27 Sep – 2 Oct 1918

Cambrai, 1918

8-9 Oct 1918
Picardy (17 Oct – 11 Nov)

Valenciennes

1-2 Nov 1918

Sambre

4 Nov 1918
 

France and Flanders, 1915-18

 
Second World War
LIRI VALLEY

Liri Valley

18-30 May 44

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Melfa Crossing

24-25 May 44
GOTHIC LINE

Gothic Line

25 Aug 22 Sep 44
 

Misano Ridge

3-5 Sep 44
LAMONE CROSSING

Lamone Crossing

2-13 Dec 44
 

Fosso Munio

19-21 Dec 44
ITALY 1944-1945

Italy, 1944-45

 
 

Ijsselmeer

15-18 Apr 45
NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1945

North-West Europe, 1945

 
South-West Asia
South-West Asia Afghanistan 

Announced 9 May 2014

Nulli Secundus

 

The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1914-1919 / by S.G. Bennett. Toronto: Murray, 1926. 336 p

Historical record of the Governor-General's Body Guard, and its standing orders / by Frederick C. Denison.  Toronto: s.n., 1980 (c1876).

Soldiering in Canada: recollections and experiences / by George T. Denison. Toronto: Morange, 1980 (c1900).

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  3. 12 RBC
  4. GGHG
  5. 8 CH
  6. H R
  7. Ont R
  8. QY Rang
  9. Sher H
  10. 12 RBC (M)
  11. 1H
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  17. KOCR
  18. BCD
  19. FGH
  20. R de Hull
  21. Windsor R