Researching The Royal Canadian Regiment

Militia Units Raised in the Current 4RCR "Catchment" Area

The following map shows the locations of Militia units throughout the counties of Middlesex, Oxford, Huron and Perth. Central locations have been selected for "County" or "Township" units. Click on the markers for further information.

The following information has been extracted from the (now defunct) website Regiments.org.

Middlesex County

1800    Regiment of Middlesex

formed in Sedentary Militia

1st Battalion
2nd Battalion <1812>
1866.09.14 26th Middlesex Battalion of Infantry
formed in Active Militia with HQ at London, Ont., by regimentation of independent companies:

 1880.03.24 26th Middlesex Battalion of Light Infantry
 ?? HQ moved to Strathroy, Ont.
 1900.05.08 26th Regiment (Middlesex Light Infantry)
 1920.04.01 The Middlesex Light Infantry
 1921.06.01 reorganised to perpetuate CEF:

1936.12.15 amalgamated with The Huron Regiment, to form The Middlesex and Huron Regiment

1936.12.15 The Middlesex and Huron and Regiment

formed with HQ at Strathroy, Ont., by amalgamation of The Middlesex Light Infantry and The Huron Regiment

1946.03.31 disbanded

1866.04.27 7th Battalion Infantry "Prince Arthur's Own"
formed by regimentation of six independent companies

GO 27 Apr 66. Formed from six independent artillery, rifle and infantry companies authorized on the following dates:

1866.05.01 7th Battalion Infantry
1867.02.15 7th Battalion London Light Infantry
1880.01.16 7th Battalion Fusiliers
1900.05.08 7th Regiment (Fusiliers)
1920.04.01 The Western Ontario Regiment
1920.04.15 reorganised to perpetuate CEF:

1924.08.01 The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
1936.12.15 The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (M.G.)
absorbed HQ Coy and A Coy, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, CMGC; HQ and four(?) coys at London
1942.01.29 The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
1942.03.24 The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (M.G.)
1954.10.01 amalgamated with The Oxford Rifles, to form The London and Oxford Fusiliers

1954.10.01 The London and Oxford Fusiliers
formed at London, Ont., by amalgamation of The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (M.G.), and The Oxford Rifles
1958.04.25 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (London and Oxford Fusiliers)
1965.02.28 B Company formed at Stratford from personnel of The Perth Regiment upon its disbandment
1970.09.01 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (London and Oxford Fusiliers)
1989 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

Oxford County

1802.06.28 The Regiment of Oxford
formed in Sedentary Militia from 1st Bn York Militia, upon creation of Oxford County (one battalion)

1838.01.20 expanded and reorganised: 1st Battalion (Burford and Oakland Townships)
2nd Battalion (Blenheim and Oxford East, West and North Townships)
3rd Battalion (Blandford, Zorra and Nissouri Townships)
1838.02.08 expanded and reorganised: 

1848.08.25 expanded and reorganised: 

1852 4th Battalion redesignated as 5th Bn Regiment of Brant

1863.08.14 22nd Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles Canada, or The Oxford Rifles
formed in Active Militia at Woodstock, Ont.

MGO 14 Aug 63. Formed from six independent rifle and infantry companies authorized on the following dates:

1865 22nd Battalion The Oxford Rifles

1900.05.08 22nd Regiment (The Oxford Rifles)

1920.04.01 The Oxford Rifles
reconstituted in Militia with HQ at Woodstock

1920.10.15 reorganised to perpetuate CEF:
1st Battalion, perpetuating 71st Battalion CEF

2nd (Reserve) Battalion, perpetuating 168th Battalion CEF
1954.10.01 amalgamated with The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (M.G.), to form The London and Oxford Fusiliers


Perth County

Regiment of Perth
formed in Sedentary Militia in Perth County, Ont.
1856 1st Volunteer Militia Rifle Company of Stratford
raised in Active Militia in Stratford, Ont. (recognised 6 May 1858) 1866.09.14 28th Perth Battalion of Infantry
formed with HQ at Stratford by regimentation of four independent companies

1900.05.08 28th Perth Regiment
1920.04.01 The Perth Regiment
reconstituted in Militia with HQ at Stratford
1920.08.16 reorganised to perpetuate CEF:

  1. 1st Battalion, perpetuating 110th Battalion CEF
  2. 2nd (Reserve) Battalion

1936.12.15 The Perth Regiment (M.G.)
absorbed C Coy, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, CMGC

1941.04.01 The Perth Regiment (Motor)
1946.04.01 The Perth Regiment 

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1954.10.01 amalgamated with The Highland Light Infantry of Canada, to form The Perth and Waterloo Regiment (Highland Light Infantry of Canada)

1957.04.01 The Perth Regiment
re-formed by unamalgamation

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1965.02.28 disbanded (SOB), less some personnel to form B Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (London and Oxford Fusiliers)


Huron County

1800    Regiment of Middlesex

formed in Sedentary Militia

1866.09.14 33rd Huron Battalion of Infantry
formed with HQ at Goderich, Ont., by regimentation of independent companies: 

1900.05.08 33rd Huron Regiment 1920.04.01 The Huron Regiment
1920.07.15 reorganised to perpetuate CEF:
1st Battalion, perpetuating 161st Battalion CEF
2nd (Reserve) Battalion
1936.12.15 amalgamated with The Middlesex Light Infantry, to form The Middlesex and Huron Regiment

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1866.09.14 33rd Huron Battalion of Infantry

formed with HQ at Goderich, Ont., by regimentation of independent companies: 

1900.05.08 33rd Huron Regiment 1920.04.01 The Huron Regiment

1920.07.15 reorganised to perpetuate CEF:

1936.12.15 amalgamated with The Middlesex Light Infantry, to form The Middlesex and Huron Regiment

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1936.12.15 The Middlesex and Huron and Regiment

formed with HQ at Strathroy, Ont., by amalgamation of The Middlesex Light Infantry and The Huron Regiment

1946.03.31 disbanded

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