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12e Régiment Blindé du Canada

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Royal Canadian Dragoons
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Sherbrooke Regiment
South Alberta Light Horse
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Infantry Regiments 1900-1919
Dawson Rifles
GGFG
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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)
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Carleton and York Regiment
Elgin Regiment
Essex Scottish
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48th Highlanders of Canada
Gov Gen Foot Guards
Grey & Simcoe Foresters
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Hastings and Prince Edward Regt
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Highland Light Infantry of Canada
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Irish Regiment
Irish Regiment of Canada
Kent Regiment
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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
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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.)
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 Régiment de Maisonneuve
Régiment de Montmagmy
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Rocky Mountain Rangers
Royal 22e Regt
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Winnipeg Light Infantry
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2nd Dragoons

2nd Dragoons was a regiment of the Militia that served during the 20th Century.

Lineage

  • 10 May 1872: 2nd Regiment of Cavalry formed with eight troops

  • 1887: Redesignated 2nd Dragoons

  • 15 December 1936: Amalgamated with 10th Brant Dragoons to become 2nd/10th Dragoons.

History

 

There was a strong tradition of volunteer cavalry units in Ontario following the War of 1812, and horsed units saw action during the 1837 Rebellion and the Fenian Raids following the American Civil War. The 2nd Regiment of Cavalry was a response to the latter, was organized as a hussar regiment with eight troops as follows:

  • 1 Troop, Saint Catharines

  • 2 Troop, Oak Ridges

  • 3 Troop, Markham

  • 4 Troop, Grimsby

  • 5 Troop, Burford

  • 6 Troop, Queenston

  • 7 Troop, Barrie

  • 8 Troop, Welland County

Regimental Headquarters had been located at Oak Ridges until 1892.

 

2nd Dragoons


Photo courtesy James Scott, uptheRoyals.com

Headquarters: St. Catharine's, ON (originally Oak Ridges, and later Welland, ON)
Predecessor
: None
Perpetuates: None
Raised: 10 May 1872
Amalgamated: 15 Dec 1936 with 10th Brant Dragoons to become 2nd/10th Dragoons

A change to dragoon format in 1887 led to the regiment's designation as 2nd Dragoons. No. 2 and No. 3 Troop shifted to the command of the Governor General's Body Guard in Toronto in 1889, No. 7 Troop was removed from the strength of the regiment, and No. 4 Troop moved from Grimsby to Saint Ann's. The remaining troops adopted letter designations, and as the century drew to a close, reorganized into three squadrons as follows:

  • "A" Squadron, Saint Catharines (from No. 1 and No. 6 Troop)

  • "B" Squadron, Saint Ann's (from No. 4 and No. 8 Troop)

  • "C" Squadron, Burford (from No. 5 Troop)

The regiment sent a draft of 1 officer and 15 men to serve with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles in the Boer War, two of whom were killed (Lieutenant J.E. Burch and Trooper A. Radcliffe).

 

"C" Squadron was detached from the regiment in 1909 to form a cadre for the 25th Brant Dragoons, with a new "C" Squadron forming in Hamilton, and "D" Squadron in Welland. It was during this year that the regimental cap badge and matching collar badges, a bi-metal badge depicting Brock's Monument in Queenston, Ontario. The regimental motto in Latin translated as For King and Empire.

 

At the start of the First World War, "A" and "D" Squadron were called out to assist in guarding the Welland Canal, and maintained security duties there until 1916. The 2nd Dragoons are reported to have sent over a thousand volunteers to various elements of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, including the 4th, 75th and 84th Battalions, and 4th and 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles. The 176th Battalion was also raised in St. Catharines, and though later officially perpetuated by The Lincoln Regiment, the 2nd Dragoons participated materially in the raising of the battalion.

 

Following the war, the regiment reorganized into three squadrons in 1921, with "A" Squadron based in St. Catharines, "B" Squadron in Hamilton and "C" Squadron in Welland, where Regimental HQ was also located. The authorized strength of the unit declined to 100 officers and men, though larger numbers of volunteers paraded, without pay.

 

In 1936, the unit amalgamated with the 10th Brant Dragoons.

 

Allied Regiment

 

The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons)

 

Insignia

 

A helmet plate is illustrated in Mazeas depicting a round disc surrounded by maple leaf wreath, with the numeral "2" superimposed.

 

In 1909, as described above, General Order 2 approved a cap badge depicting the monument to General Brock, with smaller collar dogs. Mazeas illustrates both a helmet plate and a cap badge of this pattern, with matching collar dogs. A "2" numeral was worn on the shoulder strap according to both Mazeas and Hampson.
 

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 p.22

  • G. Michael Kirby Rounds Complete, A History of the 57th Artillery Regiment (2nd/10th Dragoons) RCA (The Haunted Press, Niagara Falls, Ontario,1997) ISBN 1-895528-04-6

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

 


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