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IV PLDG
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9th Toronto Light Horse
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10th Brant Dragoons
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11th Hussars
12th Manitoba Dragoons

12e Régiment Blindé du Canada

13th Scottish Light Dragoons
14th Canadian Hussars
14th King's Canadian Hussars
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16th Light Horse
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24th Grey's Horse
25th Brant Dragoons
26th Canadian Dragoons
27th Light Horse
28th New Brunswick Dragoons
29th Light Horse
30th Regiment (BC Horse)
31st Regiment (BC Horse)
32nd Light Horse
32nd Manitoba Horse
33rd Vaudreuil & Soulanges Huss.
34th Fort Garry Horse
35th Central Alberta Horse
36th PEI Light Horse
Algonquin Regiment
British Columbia Dragoons
British Columbia Mounted Rifles
British Columbia Regiment
Border Horse
Calgary Regiment
Canadian Mounted Rifles
Duke of York's Royal Cdn Hussars
Elgin Regiment
Fort Garry Horse
Grey & Simcoe Foresters
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Halifax Rifles
King's Own Calgary Regt.
Lord Strathcona's Horse
Manitoba Dragoons
Manitoba Horse
Mississauga Horse
Ontario Mounted Rifles
Princess Louise Dragoon Guards
Queen's Own Canadian Hussars
Queen's York Rangers (1st Am. R.)
Régt de Hull
Régt de Trois-Riviéres
Royal Canadian Dragoons
Royal Canadian Mounted Rifles
Saskatchewan Dragoons
Sherbrooke Regiment
South Alberta Light Horse
Strathcona's Horse
Toronto Light Horse
Toronto Mounted Rifles
Windsor Regiment

Infantry Regiments 1900-1919
Dawson Rifles
GGFG
Kootenay Rifles
PPCLI
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Infantry Regiments 1920-2000
1st British Columbia Regiment
1st BC Regt (D. of Conn.'s Own)
Algonquin Regiment
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Black Watch (RHR) of Canada
BC Regt (D. of Conn's Own Rifles)
Calgary Highlanders
Calgary Regiment
Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
Canadian Airborne Regiment
Canadian Scottish Regiment
 Canadian Fusiliers (C of L Regt)
Canadian Guards
Canadian Grenadier Guards
Cape Breton Highlanders
Carleton and York Regiment
Elgin Regiment
Essex Scottish
Essex & Kent Scottish
 Fusiliers de Sherbrooke
Fusiliers Mont Royal
Fusiliers du St. Laurent
48th Highlanders of Canada
Gov Gen Foot Guards
Grey & Simcoe Foresters
Halifax Rifles
Hastings and Prince Edward Regt
Highland Fusiliers of Canada
Highland Light Infantry of Canada
Irish Fusiliers
Irish Fusiliers of Can (Vancouver R.)
Irish Regiment
Irish Regiment of Canada
Kent Regiment
King's Own Rifles of Canada
Lake Superior Regiment
Lincoln and Welland Regiment
Loyal Edmonton Regiment
Lorne Scots
Midland Regiment
Mississauga Regiment
New Brunswick Rangers
New Brunswick Scottish
North Nova Scotia Highlanders
North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt
North Waterloo Regiment
Oxford Rifles
Perth Regiment
Peterborough Rangers
Pictou Highlanders
PPCLI
Prince Albert and Battleford Voltrs
Princess Louise Fusiliers (MG)
Prince Rupert Regiment
Princess of Wales' Own Regiment
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
Queen's Rangers (1st Am. Regt.)
Queen's York Rangers (1st Am. R.)
 Régiment de la Chaudière
 Régiment de Chateauguay
Régiment de Levis
 Régiment de Maisonneuve
Régiment de Montmagmy
 Régiment de Saguenay
Régiment de St. Hyacinthe
 Régiment de Québec
Regina Rifle Regiment
Rocky Mountain Rangers
Royal 22e Regt
Royal Canadian Regiment
Royal Highlanders of Canada
Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada
Royal Regiment of Canada
Royal Regina Rifles
Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
Royal Montreal Regiment
Royal New Brunswick Regiment
Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Royal Rifles of Canada
Royal Scots of Canada
Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Saskatoon Light Infantry
Scots Fusiliers of Canada
S, D and G Highlanders
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
South Alberta Regiment
South New Brunswick Regiment
South Saskatchewan Regiment
Toronto Regiment
Toronto Scottish Regiment
Vancouver Regiment
Victoria Rifles of Canada
Voltigeurs de Quebec
Waterloo Regiment
Westminster Regiment
West Nova Scotia Regiment
West Toronto Regiment
Winnipeg Grenadiers
Winnipeg Light Infantry
York Rangers
 Yukon Regiment

The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

The Grey and Simcoe Foresters a regiment of infantry formed in the Canadian Army that later converted to both artillery and armour, and ended the 20th Century as an infantry unit of the Reserve Force.

Lineage

  • On 14 September 1866 the 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry was authorized, and formed from five independent companies. It was redesignated 31st Grey Regiment on 8 May 1900 and The Grey Regiment on 1 May 1920

  • On 14 September 1866 The 35th Simcoe Battalion of Infantry was authorized, and formed from seven independent companies. It was redesignated 35th Battalion The Simcoe Foresters on 5 April 1867, 35th Regiment Simcoe Foresters on 8 May 1900 and The Simcoe Foresters on 1 May 1920

  • On 15 December 1936 The Grey Regiment and The Simcoe Foresters were amalgamated to become The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

  • The regiment was converted and redesignated 45th Anti-Tank Regiment (Grey and Simcoe Foresters) Royal Canadian Artillery on 1 April 1946

  • The regiment was redesignated 45th Anti-Tank Regiment (Self-Propelled) (Grey and Simcoe Foresters) on 19 June 1947

  • On 1 October 1954 the unit amalgamated with the 55th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, converted to armour, and was redesignated The Grey and Simcoe Foresters (28th Armoured Regiment)

  • On 19 May 1958 the unit's designation was changed to The Grey and Simcoe Foresters (RCAC)

  • On 1 May 1970 the unit reverted to the infantry role and was redesignated The Grey and Simcoe Foresters1

The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

Headquarters: Owen Sound, ON
Predecessor: none
Perpetuates: 147th, 157th, 177th and 248th Battalions, CEF
Created: 15 December 1936, by amalgamation of The Grey Regiment and The Simcoe Foresters
Status 1 Jan 2000: Infantry Regiment in the Canadian Forces Reserve

History

The 35th Battalion "The Simcoe Foresters" contributed four companies for service in North West Canada during the 1885 Rebellion, comprising part of the York and Simcoe Provisional Battalion. Both the 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry and the 35th Battalion "The Simcoe Foresters" sent individual volunteers to the Canadian contingents that fought in South Africa in 1899-1902.

The 31st Grey Regiment provided volunteers to the 15th Battalion, C.E.F. at the outbreak of the First World War and recruited for the 147th and 248th Battalions, both of which were broken up for reinforcements for the Canadian Corps. The 35th Regiment "Simcoe Foresters" was placed on active service for local protective duty at the outbreak of the First World War and provided volunteers to the 4th Battalion, C.E.F., and later recruited for the 157th and 177th Battalions, which likewise were broken up for reinforcements for the Canadian Corps.

On 24 May 1940, The Grey and Simcoe Foresters, CASF was mobilized as an active service battalion of the regiment. The unit was redesignated 26th Army Tank Battalion (The Grey and Simcoe Foresters) and converted to armour on 26 January 1942. On 15 May 1942 the unit was redesignated 26th Army Tank Regiment (The Grey and Simcoe Foresters). The unit embarked for the United Kingdom on 16 June 1943, and it disbanded there on 1 November 1943 after a reorganization of Canadian armoured units. A 2nd Battalion served in the Reserve Army in Canada.2

Battle Honours

The Battle Honours held by the regiment as of 1 January 2000 were (Battle Honours in bold were selected for emblazonment):

Northwest Canada, 1885
Arras, 1917, '18
Ypres, '17
Hindenburg Line
Hill 70
Amiens
Pursuit to Mons

Insignia

The cap badge is described as follows:

A pomme charged with a stag lodged on a mount within a circle of autumnal maple leaves proper overall on either side a scroll Vert inscribed GREY and and SIMCOE in letters Argent, the whole surmounting a Maltese cross pommé Argent ensigned by the Royal Crown proper and resting on a scroll Vert inscribed FORESTERS in letters Argent.

The symbolism of the badge is further described there as thus:

The maple leaves represent service to Canada, and the Crown, service to the Sovereign. The badge of the regiment is styled on that of their former British allied regiment The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) (now, through amalgamation, The Mercian Regiment), whose badge, in turn, was based on that of the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment, which featured a Maltese cross (based on the insignia of the Royal Guelphic Order), and that of the 45th (Nottinghamshire - Sherwood Foresters) Regiment, which featured a stag. The words "GREY and SIMCOE" and "FORESTERS" are a form of the regimental title.3

References

  • The Regiments and Corps of the Canadian Army (Queen's Printer, Ottawa, ON, 1964)

  • Hampson, William C. A Catalogue of Twentieth-Century Canadian Military and Metal Shoulder Titles 1900 to 1999 Part II: Royal Canadian Armoured Corps (William C. Hampson Publishing, Calgary, AB, 1999) ISBN 0-9685714-1-7

  • Mazeas, Daniel Insignes de la Milice Canadienne - Canadian Militia Badges Pre 1914

  • Mazeas, Daniel Insignes Canadiens 1920-1950 - Canadian Badges Revised Edition

Notes

  1. Regiments and Corps of the Canadian Army, p.60

  2. Ibid

  3. A-AD-267-000/AF-003 Official Lineages, Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments – Armour Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. June 11, 2010 accessed online at http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-3/par2/gsf-eng.asp

 


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