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Perpetuation of Canadian Expeditionary Force Units

Through the heritage of our Reserve battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment perpetuates the following units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) of the First World War.

1st Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF

Name:Western Ontario Regiment
Authority:PCO 2067 of 6 August 1914
Recruiting Area:London, Ingersoll, Galt, Windsor, Woodstock, Walkerton, Parry Sound, Chatham, St. Thomas, Strathroy, Goderich, Sarnia, Stratford, Guelph and Dundas
Mobilization HQ:Camp valcartier, P.Q.
Service
Canada:September, 1914, to 3 October, 1914
England:14 October, 1914, to 8 February, 1915
France:11 February, 1915, to 25 March, 1919
Canada:Returned aboard "OLYMPIC." Sailed 15 April 1919, landed 29 April.
Officers Commanding:
Lieutenant Colonel F.W. HILL, D.S.O.22 September, 1914, to 17 January, 1916
Lieutenant Colonel F.A. CREIGHTON24 January, 1916, to 16 June, 1916
Lieutenant Colonel G.C. HODSON, D.S.O.27 June, 1916, to 17 August, 1917
Lieutenant Colonel A.W. SPARLING D.S.O.17 August, 1917, to Demobilization
Victoria Cross Winners:
 Lieutenant Frederick William Campbell - June 15, 1915
Battle Honours:
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  (Published in General Order 110 of 1929)

33rd Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF

Name:33rd Infantry Battalion, C.E.F.
Authority:General Order 86 of 1 July 1915
Recruiting Area:London, Ontario
Mobilization HQ:London, Ontario
Service
Canada:February 1915 to 17 March, 1916
England:25 March, 1916, to 6 April, 1916
France:No service as a unit.
The 33rd Infantry Battalion was absorbed into the 36th Infantry Battalion.
Officers Commanding:
Lieutenant Colonel A. WILSON17 March, 1916, to 2 June, 1916
Major A.E. BYWATER2 June, 1916, to 2 August, 1916
Battle Honours:
The Great War, 1916 (Published in General Order 110 of 1929)

71st Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF

Name:71st Infantry Battalion, C.E.F.
Authority:General Order 103a of 15 August, 1915
Recruiting Area:Woodstock, Ontario
Mobilization HQ:Woodstock, Ontario
Service
Canada:30 August, 1915, to 5 April, 1916
England:11 April, 1916, to 30 September, 1916
France:No service as a unit.
The 71st Infantry Battalion was absorbed into the 44th, 51st, 54th and 74th Infantry Battalions.
Officers Commanding:
Lieutenant Colonel D.M. SUTHERLAND1 April, 1916, to 4 June, 1916
Lieutenant Colonel A.J. MccAUSLAND4 June, 1916, to 19 July, 1916
Major J.C. MASSIE19 July, 1916, to 1 September, 1916
Major A.C. MAKINS1 September, 1916, to 28 September, 1916

142nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF

Name:London's Own
Authority:General Order 151 of 22 December 1915
Recruiting Area:London, Ontario
Mobilization HQ:London, Ontario
Service
Canada:23 November, 1915, to 1 November, 1916
England:11 November, 1916, to 11 November, 1916
France:No service as a unit.
The 142nd Infantry Battalion was absorbed into the 23rd Reserve Battalion.
Officers Commanding:
Lieutenant Colonel C.M.R. GRAHAM11 November, 1916, to 11 November, 1916

168th Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF

Name:168th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F.
Authority:General Order 151 of 22 December 1915
Recruiting Area:County of Oxford, Ontario
Mobilization HQ:Woodstock, Ontario
Service
Canada:21 December, 1915, to 1 November, 1916
England:11 November, 1916, to 4 January, 1917
France:No service as a unit.
The 168th Infantry Battalion was absorbed into the 4th and 6th Reserve Battalions.
Officers Commanding:
Lieutenant Colonel K.W. McMULLEN30 October, 1916, to 4 January, 1917
Battle Honours:
The Great War, 1916-17 (Published in General Order 110 of 1929)

The 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, CEF

The 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, CEF, is also perpetuated by The Royal Canadian Regiment. The 2nd Machine Gun Battalion was formed from the following elements:

(1)     4th Canadian Machine Gun Company,

(2)     5th Canadian Machine Gun Company,

(3)     6th Canadian Machine Gun Company, and the

(4)     14th Canadian Machine Gun Company.

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