Battle Honours of the Canadian Army

The Royal Canadian Regiment
4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

Highlighted Battle Honours are approved for emblazonment on the Regimental Colour. 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
War of 1812

In 2012, the Canadian Government decided to award honours for the War of 1812. Units of the Canadian Militia (1812-15) were identified as the recipient units for these honours and these honours were then deemed to be perpetuated by existing regiments on the basis of geographical connections.

Detroit

15 Aug 1812

Perpetuating the actions of the following pre-Confederation Militia unit:

1st Regiment of Middlesex Militia (1812-15)
1st Regiment of Oxford Militia (1812-15)

Niagara

19 Dec 1813 to Sept 1814

Perpetuating the actions of the following pre-Confederation Militia unit:

1st Regiment of Middlesex Militia (1812-15)

Defence of Canada – 1812-1815 – Défense de Canada

 

Perpetuating the actions of the following pre-Confederation Militia unit:

1st Regiment of Middlesex Militia (1812-15)
st Regiment of Oxford Militia (1812-15) 

North-West Rebellion

Saskatchewan

Infantry School Corps star badge.

"C" Company,
The Infantry School Corps

North West Canada 1885

South African War

Paardeberg

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2nd (Special Service) Battalion,
The Royal Canadian Regiment

South Africa 1899-1900

First World War
Summer Operations, 1915. (March-October)

Ypres, 1915

22 April – 25 May 1915

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The RCR, C.E.F. - "Mount Sorrel, Somme, 1916, Flers-Courcelette, Ancre Heights, Arras, 1917, 18, Vimy, 1917, Hill 70, Ypres, 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe, 1918, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Pursuit to Mons, FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18"
(G.O. 110 of 1929)

  VC won by Lt M.F. Gregg on 27 Sep 1918.

The Regiment perpetuates the 1st, 33rd, 71st, 142nd and 168th Infantry Battalions and the 2nd Bn, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (via the London and Oxford Fusiliers which became the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion in 1954 by the amalgamation of the Canadian Fusiliers and The Oxford Rifles (now the 4th Battalion)).

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1st Bn C.E.F. -
"Ypres, 1915, '17, Gravenstafel, St Julien, Festubert, 1915, Mount Sorrel, Somme, 1916, Pozieres, Flers-Courcelette, Ancre Heights, Arras, 1917, '18, Vimy, 1917, Arleux, Scarpe, 1917, '18, Hill 70, Passchendaele, Amiens, Drocourt-Queant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders, 1915-18"
(G.O. 110 of 1929)

  VC won by Lt F.W. Campbell on 15 Jun 1915 while serving with the 1st Bn C.E.F.

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33rd Bn C.E.F. -
"The Great War, 1916"
(G.O. 110 of 1929)

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71st Bn C.E.F. -
"The Great War, 1916"
(G.O. 110 of 1929)

142nd Bn C.E.F.  -
"The Great War, 1916"
(G.O. 110 of 1929)

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168th Bn C.E.F.  -
"The Great War, 1916-17"
(G.O. 110 of 1929)

2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps -
"Amiens, Arras 1918, Scarpe 1918, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Cambrai 1918, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1918"
(G.O. 123 of 1929)

Gravenstafel Ridge

22-23 April 1915

St Julien

24 April – 4 May 1915

Festubert, 1915

15-25 May 1915
Local Operations, 1916. (Previous to the Allied Offensive)

Mount Sorrel

2-13 June 1916
Operations on the Somme. (1 July – 18 November, 1916)

Somme, 1916

1 July – 18 November 1916

Pozieres Ridge

23 July – 3 September 1916

Flers-Courcelette

15-22 September 1916

Ancre Heights

1 October – 11 November 1916
The Arras Offensive (9 April – 15 May, 1917

Arras, 1917

9 April – 4 May 1917

Vimy, 1917

9-14 April 1917

Arleux

28-29 April 1917

Scarpe, 1917

3-4 May 1917

Hill 70

15-25 August 1917
The Flanders Offensive (7 June – 10 November, 1917)

Ypres, 1917

31 July – 10 Nov. 1917

Passchendaele

12 October 1917 and/or 26 October – 10 November 1917
The Advance in Picardy (8 August – 3 September, 1918)

Amiens

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

Arras, 1918

26 August – 3 September 1918

Scarpe, 1918

26-30 August 1918

Drocourt-Quéant Line

2-3 September 1918

Hindenburg Line, Battles of

12 September – 9 October 1918

Canal du Nord

27 September – 2 October 1918

Cambrai, 1918

8-9 October 1918
Picardy (17 October – 11 November).

Pursuit to Mons

11 November 1918
FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1914-18

FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1914-18

Second World War
LANDING IN SICILY

LANDING IN SICILY

9-12 Jul 43

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The RCR, Canadian Active Service Force - "LANDING IN SICILY, Valguarnera, Agira, ADRANO, Regalbuto, SICILY, 1943, Landing at Reggio, Motta Montecorvino, Campobasso, Torella, San Leonardo, The Gully, Ortona, CASSINO II, Gustav Line, LIRI VALLEY, Hitler Line, GOTHIC LINE, LAMONE CROSSING, Misano Ridge, RIMINI LINE, San Martino - San Lorenzo, Pisciatello, Fosso Vecchio, ITALY 1943-45, Apeldoorn, NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1945"
(Cdn Army Orders, Issue No. 597, 26 May 1958)

 

Valguarnera

17-19 Jul 43
 

Agira

24-28 Jul 43
ADRANO

ADRANO

29 Jul – 7 Aug 43

Regalbuto

29 Jul - 3 Aug 43
SICILY 1943

SICILY 1943

9 Jul 43 – 17 Aug 43
 

Landing at Reggio

3 Sep 43
 

Motta Montecorvino

1-3 Oct 43
 

Campobasso

11-14 Oct 43
 

Torella

24-27 Oct 43
 

San Leonardo

8-9 Dec 43
 

The Gully

10-19 Dec 43
 

Ortona

20-28 Dec 43
CASSINO II

CASSINO II

11-18 May 44

Gustav Line

11-18 May 44
LIRI VALLEY

LIRI VALLEY

18-30 May 44

Hitler Line

18-24 May 44
GOTHIC LINE

GOTHIC LINE

25 Aug 22 Sep 44
 

Misano Ridge

3-5 Sep 44
RIMINI LINE

RIMINI LINE

14-21 Sep 44

San Martino – San Lorenzo

14-18 Sep 44
 

Pisciatello

16-19 Sep 44
LAMONE CROSSING

LAMONE CROSSING

2-13 Dec 44
 

Fosso Vecchio

16-18 Dec 44
ITALY 1943-45

ITALY 1943-45

3 Sep 43 – 22 Apr 45
 

Apeldoorn

11-17 Apr 45

NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1945

Korean War
United Nations Operations - Korea, 1950-1953

KOREA, 1951-1953

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The RCR, Canadian Army Special Force -
"Korea, 1951-1953"
(Cdn Army Orders, Issue No. 634, 9 Feb 1959)

South-West Asia
South-West Asia Afghanistan 

Announced 9 May 2014

War of 1812 Honorary Distinction

War of 1812 Honorary Distinction (non-emblazonable) - In 2012 the Canadian Goverment decided to award the right of perpetuation of War of 1812 Honours to current units of the Canadian Army. The Royal Canadian Regiment was awarded the non-emblazonable Honorary Distinction Defence of Canada – 1812-1815 – Défense de Canada in perpetuation of the actions of the following War of 1812 unit of the pre-Confederation Militia:


Further Reading at The Regimental Rogue:

Researching The Royal Canadian Regiment

Too Few Honours; Rumours of Historical Parsimony in Regimental Honours and Awards

Battle Honours of The RCR

  1. How many Battle Honours?
  2. 1915: Bermuda and Belgium
  3. Great War Battle Honours Revisited; 25 or 49?

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