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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

8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)

The 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) was a regiment of the Canadian Army that served throughout the 20th Century, as both a cavalry regiment and later as an armoured regiment. Originally a Militia regiment, a Regular Force component was later added, and the two were merged into a Total Force unit in 1993.

Lineage

In the 1980s, the Department of National Defence formally recognized the year of formation as 1848, without changing the Order of Precedence. Previously, 3 Jan 1866 was considered the official date of formation.

  • 4 Apr 1848: New Brunswick Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry formed from independent cavalry troops; first volunteer cavalry regiment in British North America.

  • 30 Apr 1869: incorporation of the regiment into the Canadian Militia; this was recognized as the "official" formation date until the 1980s.

  • 31 May 1872: Redesignated 8th Regiment of Cavalry.

  • 18 Jul 1884: Redesignated 8th Princess Louise's New Brunswick Regiment of Cavalry and named for Princess Louise, wife of the Governor General.

  • 19 Aug 1892: Redesignated 8th Princess Louise's New Brunswick Hussars

  • 1 Apr 1941: Redesignated 5th (Reserve) Armoured Regiment (8th Princess Louise's (New Brunswick) Hussars).

  • 4 Feb 1949: Redesignated 8th Princess Louise's (New Brunswick) Hussars (5th Armoured Regiment).

  • 29 Jan 1957: Split into two components:

    • 1/8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) (Regular Force component).

    • 2/8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) (Militia component).

  • 1 Jan 1960: Both components redesignated: 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)

  • 1993: Both components merged to form Total Force armoured regiment headquartered at Moncton, NB.

8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)

Headquarters: Various
Predecessor: None
Perpetuates: 6th Canadian Mounted Rifles
Raised: 3 January 1848 (see article)
Status 1 January 2000: Militia regiment

History

The regiment provided a squadron for the 6th Canadian Mounted Rifles, as well as personnel for other units, during the First World War.

During the Second World War, the regiment mobilized the "4th Canadian Motorcycle Regiment, CASF (8 NBH)" in July 1940. On 9 February 1941, this unit was allocated to the Canadian Armoured Corps as an armoured regiment, and designated "8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)". It embarked for the UK in October 1941, and was redesignated again as "5th Canadian Armoured Regiment (8th Princess Louise's ((New Brunswick) Hussars) on 15 October 1943. The unit served in the Italian Campaign with the 5th Canadian (Armoured) Division, and moved to North-West Europe in February 1945. The active unit disbanded on 15 February 1946.

The 5th (Reserve) Armoured Regiment 8th Princess Louise's (New Brunswick) Hussars served in Canada as a Militia unit.

The Regular Force component created in 1957 served operationally overseas, and was merged with the Militia component in 1993 into a Total Force regiment.

Battle Honours

Battle Honours in bold were selected for emblazonment:

Mount Sorrel
France and Flanders 1915-16

Melfa Crossing
Gothic Line
Tomba di Pesaro
Lamone Crossing
Conventello-Comacchio
Ijsselmeer
Somme, 1916
Liri Valley
Ceprano
Montecchio
Coriano
Misano Ridge
Italy 1944-1945
Defzijl Pocket

North-West Europe 1945


Insignia

 

The regimental badge is described as follows:

A knotted surcingle inscribed "CANADIAN HUSSARS - PRINCESS LOUISE'S", surmounted by the Coronet of HRH Princess Louise; in the centre of the surcingle, the Roman numeral "VIII", and below, a scroll bearing the motto "REGI PATRIAEQUE FIDELIS".2

The badge is described further at the website of the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada in heraldic terms as follows:

Or the number “VIII” in Roman numerals Argent within a knotted surcingle Azure edged and inscribed CANADIAN HUSSARS - PRINCESS LOUISE’S in letters Or, ensigned by the coronet of the younger child of the Sovereign also Or, the whole set upon a scroll Gules edged and inscribed REGI PATRIAEQUE FIDELIS in letters Or.

The site notes that the motto translates into English as "faithful to King and country."3

 

Cap Badge

 

The badge at left was thought at first to be a post-war badge, but collector Dwayne Hordij passes on the following:

I thought that (this badge might be postwar) too originally, as badges of that design are usually thought to be from the late 1940's early 1950's. The post war badges for that unit are bi-metal. The badge (at right) was also bought from Chris Brooker....one which he described as the pattern introduced overseas circa 1943. It is all brass not bi-metal. Mazeas book on Canadian Insignia 1920-1950 has the General Order for the (bi-metal version of this) badge at 1950.....no mention is made of the all brass badge. At right is a picture taken in 1945 of an officer of the unit .....look at the pattern of his badge!! True officers pattern badges can be slightly different, but for the most part are similar in design as other ranks.....perhaps made of different materials etc, but fundamentally similar.

The badge with the buckle is very early war, and in all likelihood prewar. The buckle is a heraldic symbol and several units were told to remove it from their badges as they were not entitled to wear it ...take a look at the badges of the Cape Breton Highlanders, 48th Highlanders, Regt de Maisonneuve as other example where earlier badges had the buckle and were then removed. The non buckled version of the 8th Hussars badge is extremely common......and apparently became the cap badge of the 2nd battalion when the overseas pattern was adopted.

I can't prove any of this.......however the photographic evidence and research of Chris Brooker ( who isn't always right, but I would take his word over most any other) lends enough to the debate to suggest that it is a war time badge.

April 1945, Holland. LAC photo 131033.

 

Notes

  1. The Regiments and Corps of the Canadian Army (Queen's Printer, Ottawa, ON, 1964), pp.69-70

  2. Ibid, p.47

  3. http://archive.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=415&ShowAll=1

 


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