The Victoria Rifles of Canada
The official lineage of The Victoria Rifles of Canada infantry regiment.
On a compass rose Sable a plate charged with the letters VRC Gules and encircled by an annulus Sable edged and inscribed PRO ARIS ET FOCIS in letters Argent and ensigned by the Royal Crown proper.
The use of a star shape and the Royal Crown was common among regimental badges at the time of formation of the Victoria Rifles of Canada.
PRO ARIS ET FOCIS (For the altars and for the hearths)
"Huntsmen's Chorus" and "Lutzow's Wild Hunt"
Rifle regiments do not carry Colours. They may emblazon their battle honours on unit appointments such as cap badges.
No camp flag recorded.
South African War
SOUTH AFRICA, 1899-1900.
The First World War
YPRES, 1915, '17; FESTUBERT, 1915; MOUNT SORREL; SOMME, 1916, '18; Flers-Courcelette; Thiepval; Ancre Heights; ARRAS, 1917, '18; Vimy, 1917; ARLEUX; Scarpe, 1917, '18; HILL 70; Passchendaele; AMIENS; HINDENBURG LINE; Canal du Nord; Cambrai, 1918; PURSUIT TO MONS; FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915 18.
This Reserve Force regiment originated in Montréal, Quebec on 22 January 1862, when 'The 3rd Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles Canada' was authorized to be formed.Footnote 1 It was redesignated: '3rd Battalion "The Victoria Volunteer Rifles of Montreal"' on 18 July 1862;Footnote 2 '3rd Battalion "Victoria Rifles of Canada"' on 5 December 1879;Footnote 3 '3rd Regiment "Victoria Rifles of Canada"' on 8 May 1900;Footnote 4 'The Victoria Rifles of Canada' on 29 March 1920;Footnote 5 'Victoria Rifles of Canada' on 15 November 1934;Footnote 6 '2nd (Reserve) Battalion, Victoria Rifles of Canada' on 7 November 1941;Footnote 7 and 'Victoria Rifles of Canada' on 1 June 1945.Footnote 8 It was reduced to nil strength and transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle on 5 March 1965.Footnote 9
Upon redesignation as The Victoria Rifles of Canada on 29 March 1920 (see above), it was organized as a three battalion regiment with the 1st Battalion (24th Battalion, CEF) on the Non Permanent Active Militia order of battle, and the 2nd Battalion (60th Battalion, CEF) and 3rd Battalion (244th Battalion, CEF) on the Reserve order of battle. The reserve units were disbanded on 14 December 1936 (GO 3/37).
The Victoria Rifles of Canada were disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 15 September 1920 and reorganized the same day (GO 232/20). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the regiment.
On 4 May 1951, the regiment mobilized two temporary Active Force companies designated "E" and "F" (CAO 110-2, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 245/51 and SD 1 Letter No. 4237, 5 May 1951). "E" Company was reduced to nil strength upon its personnel being incorporated into the '1st Canadian Rifle Battalion' for service in Germany with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (SD 1 Letter No. 4365, 12 November 1951). It was disbanded on 29 July 1953 (CAO 78-2, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 352/53). "F" Company was initially used as a reinforcement pool for "E" Company. On 15 May 1952, it was reduced to nil strength, upon its personnel being absorbed by the newly formed '2nd Canadian Rifle Battalion' for service in Korea with the United Nations (SD 1 Letter No. 4452, 22 April 1952 and CAO 110-2, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 283/52). "F" Company was disbanded on 29 July 1953 (CAO 78-2, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 352/53).
'24th', '60th' and '244th "Overseas" Battalion(s), CEF'
The battalion was called out on active service on 8 March 1866. It served on the South-eastern frontier and was removed from active service on 31 March 1866.Footnote 10
The battalion was called out on active service on 24 May 1870. It fought on the South-eastern frontier and was removed from active service on 24 June 1870.Footnote 11
South African War
The regiment contributed volunteers for the Canadian contingents in the field, mainly the « 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry ».Footnote 12
The First World War
Details of the regiment were placed on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protection duties.Footnote 13
The 24th Battalion, which was authorized on 7 November 1914 as the '24th Battalion, CEF',Footnote 14 embarked for Great Britain on 11 May 1915.Footnote 15 It disembarked in France on 16 September 1915, where it fought as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war.Footnote 16 The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.Footnote 17
The 60th Battalion, which was authorized on 20 April 1915 as the '60th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF',Footnote 18 embarked for Great Britain on 4 November 1915.Footnote 19 It disembarked in France on 21 February 1916, where it fought as part of the 9th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until 30 April 1917, when its personnel were absorbed by the '5th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF' and the '87th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF'.Footnote 20 The battalion was disbanded on 15 August 1918.Footnote 21
The 244th Battalion, which was authorized on 17 July 1917 as the '244th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF',Footnote 22 embarked for Great Britain on 28 March 1917.Footnote 23 Its personnel were absorbed by the '23rd Reserve Battalion, CEF' on 21 April 1917 to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field.Footnote 24 The battalion was disbanded on 17 July 1917.Footnote 25
The Second World War
The regiment was called out on service for local protection duties on 26 August 1939.Footnote 26 Details of the regiment were also mobilized for active service under the designation 'Victoria Rifles of Canada, CASF (Details)' on 1 September 1939.Footnote 27 The details called out on active service were disbanded on 31 December 1940Footnote 28 and the regiment mobilized an active service unit designated 'The Victoria Rifles of Canada, CASF' on 24 May 1940.Footnote 29 It was redesignated '1st Battalion, The Victoria Rifles of Canada, CASF' on 7 November 1940.Footnote 30 It served in Canada, and in Newfoundland from November 1940 to September 1941 on garrison duty as part of the 17th Infantry Brigade, 7th Canadian Division.Footnote 31 It embarked for Great Britain on 20 November 1944.Footnote 32 The battalion was disbanded on 21 November 1944, to provide reinforcements to the Canadian Army in the field .Footnote 33
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