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1900-13 | 1914-39 | 1940-63 | 1964-99


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1900-20 | 1921-36 | 1937-50 | 1951-99

Cavalry/Armoured Regiments
1st Hussars
1st APC Regiment
1st British Columbia Horse
2nd Dragoons
2nd/10th Dragoons
3rd Prince of Wales' Cdn Dragoons
4th Hussars
4th Hussars of Canada
IV PLDG
5th Dragoons
5th Princess Louise Drag. Gds
6th Duke of Connaught's R.C.H.
7th Hussars
7th/11th Hussars
8th Princess Louise's NB Hussars
8th Cdn Hussars (Princess Louise's)
9th (Grey's) Horse
9th Toronto Light Horse
9th Mississauga Horse
10th Brant Dragoons
10th Queen's Own Cdn Hussars
11th Hussars
12th Manitoba Dragoons

12e Régiment Blindé du Canada

13th Scottish Light Dragoons
14th Canadian Hussars
14th King's Canadian Hussars
15th Light Horse
16th Light Horse
17th Duke of York's Royal Can. H.
17th PEI Recce
18th Mounted Rifles
19th Alberta Dragoons
19th The Alberta Mounted Rifles
20th Border Horse
21st Alberta Hussars
22nd Saskatchewan Horse
22nd Saskatchewan Light Horse
23rd Alberta Rangers
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
Governor General's Body Guard
Governor General's Horse Guards
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
Royal Canadian Regiment
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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 Halifax Rifles (RCAC)

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) was a regiment of infantry formed in the Canadian Army that later converted to armour, and had been added to the Supplementary Order of Battle by the end of the 20th Century. In 2009, the regiment was re-activated as an armoured reconnaissance unit of the Reserve Force.

Lineage

  • 14 May 1860: The Halifax Volunteer Battalion of Rifles was authorized

  • 5 November 1869: Redesignated 63rd The Halifax Battalion of Rifles

  • 8 May 1900: Redesignated 63rd Halifax Rifles

  • 15 May 1920: Redesignated The Halifax Rifles

  • 1 April 1946: Redesignated 23rd Armoured Regiment (Halifax Rifles)

  • 4 February 1949: Redesignated The Halifax Rifles (23rd Armoured Regiment)

  • 19 May 1958: Redesignated The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)

  • 31 March 1965: Reduced to nil strength and added to Supplementary Order of Battle

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)

Headquarters: Halifax, NS
Predecessor: none
Perpetuates: 40th Battalion, CEF
Raised: 14 May 1860
Added to SOB: 31 March 1965
Status 1 Jan 2000: Supplementary Order of Battle

History

Following the Crimean War and the rise of the Volunteer Force in Britain, the Halifax Volunteer Battalion of Rifles was raised in May 1860 and underwent a number of organizational changes. The unit provided three companies for the Halifax Provisional Battalion for active service in the North West Rebellion, and also sent volunteers for the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment during the South African War of 1899-1902, as well as the South African Constabulary.

During the First World War, details of the 63rd Halifax Rifles were placed on active service for local protective duty on 6 August 1914. Volunteers from the regiment attested for overseas service with the 14th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on its formation in September 1914 and the regiment later raised the 40th Battalion, CEF, the 40th later being broken up for reinforcements for the Canadian Corps.

During the Second World War, details of the regiment were once again placed on local protective duty at the outbreak of war, and the unit mobilized on 1 January 1941. The active service unit converted to armour, redesignated as the 23rd Army Tank Battalion (The Halifax Rifles) on 26 January 1942, and embarked for the United Kingdom on 17 June 1943. The active unit disbanded on 1 November 1943, while a 2nd Battalion of The Halifax Rifles served in the Reserve Army in Canada.

On 1 April 1946, the regiment was redesignated the 23rd Armoured Regiment (Halifax Rifles), then The Halifax Rifles (23rd Armoured Regiment) on 4 February 1949. It received its final designation on 19 May 1958. The regiment served in Halifax until reduced to nil establishment in on 31 March 1965.

Battle Honours

Battle Honours in bold were selected for emblazonment:

North West Canada, 1885
Mount Sorrel
Arras, 1917, '18
Ypres, 1917
Hindenberg Line
South Africa, 1899-1900
 Somme, 1916
Hill 70
Amiens
Pursuit to Mons
 

Insignia

The cap badge is described on the Governor General's website as follows:

On an eight pointed star Argent a hunting horn Or embellished Gules encircling a maple leaf Vert inscribed with the word CANADA in letters Or, the horn pendent from cords Sable enfiling a motto scroll Vert edged and inscribed CEDE NULLIS in letters Or below a like scroll inscribed THE HALIFAX RIFLES and ensigned by the Royal Crown proper.1

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

The star is of a type favoured by Canadian regiments in Victorian times. The maple leaf represents service to Canada, and the Crown, service to the Sovereign. The regiment's rifle heritage and their regimental march, the "Huntsmen's Chorus" is symbolized by the horn. Both green and black are important colours used in rifle regiment uniforms. "THE HALIFAX RIFLES" is a form of the regimental title and "CEDE NULLIS" is the motto of the regiment.

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. http://archive.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project-pic.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=17&ProjectElementID=40

 


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