The Royal Canadian Regiment and
The First World War - 1914-1919

Battle Honours

During the First World War, The Royal Canadian Regiment entered France during November 1915 and fought throughout the War with the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade of the 3rd Canadian Division. The Regiment's conduct on the battlefield led to the selection and awarding of 16 Battle Honours for the First World War. Battle Honours were selected in accordance with the Conditions of Award of Battle Honours for the Great War 1914-1919, published in Canadian Army General Orders in 1928.

Published by General Order 110 of 1929, The RCR were authorized the following Battle Honours:

"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, 1914-18"

First World War
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

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

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

Hindenburg Line, Battles of

12 September - 9 October 1918

Canal du Nord

27 September - 2 October 1918
Picardy (17 October - 11 November).

Pursuit to Mons

11 November 1918
FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18

FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18

The RCR currently holds 25 battle honours for the First World War. The additional nine battle honours have come to the Regiment as a result of the amalgamation of the Canadian Fusiliers and the Oxford Rifles in 1954 when they became the London and Oxford Fusiliers (3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment). The battle honours of five infantry battalions and one machine gun battalion of the CEF were perpetuated by these Militia regiments and subsequently became battle honours to be carred by The RCR in honour of the memory and achievements of those units.

The units of the CEF perpetuated by The RCR today are the following:

More on the perpetuation of battle honours, and also the full current list of battle honours of The RCR.

Pro Patria

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