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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
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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.)
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 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
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S, D and G Highlanders
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
South Alberta Regiment
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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

260th Battalion, CEF

The 260th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a unit raised for service in the First World War.

History

The 260th Canadian Infantry Battalion mobilized in Victoria, British Columbia drawing troops (including conscripts) from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.1

 

The battalion was one of two Canadian infantry battalions sent to Siberia and northern Russia as a component of the 16th Canadian Brigade Group, whose mandate was to protect lines of communication during the Russian Revolution.
 

260th Battalion, CEF

Organized: 1 November 1918 (G.O. 128/1918)
Service: Component of the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force.
Strength: 984 other ranks
Disbanded: 15 November 1920 (G.O. 215/1920)
Perpetuated by: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

The 260th Battalion was mobilized and organized in September 1918, under commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel F.C. Jamieson. Official authorization for the unit came on 1 November 1918, as the '260th Battalion, Canadian Rifles, CEF (Siberia)'. The unit was authorized both by General Order 128 (1 November 1918) and by CEF Routine Order 1084, dated 20 September 1918. The unit embarked at Victoria aboard S.S. Protesilaus on 26 December 1918, and sailed to Vladivostok where it disembarked on 15 January 1919.2

 The unit served with the 16th Infantry Brigade as part of the Allied Forces in eastern Russia until 9 May 1919, when it returned to Canada. The unit officially disbanded on 15 November 1920.

The battalion was not perpetuated during the Otter Committee reorganizations. In more recent years, an effort to perpetuate the CSEF led to grants of perpetuation to existing units of the Regular Force. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was named the official perpetuating unit of the Battalion on 3 November 1997.3

Insignia

A contemporary newspaper account described the insignia of the C.S.E.F. as follows:

The infantry units of this force will be known as the 259th and 260th Battalions, Canadian Rifles, C.E.F., Siberia. The cap badge in the case of officers will be an oxidized silver bugle with maple leaf enclosed, the whole backed by a red cloth badge. The collar badge will be an oxidized silver letter "C", with the numerals "259th" or "260th as the case may be, underneath. Rank badges of oxidized silver "Canada" badges will also be worn on the shoulders and the buttons will be of the black rifle pattern.4

Metal cap and collar badges were also worn on service dress. Distinctive cap and collar badges were approved on 17 September 1918.5

The C.S.E.F. used a system of battle patches identical to that worn by the C.E.F. in France and Flanders. The C.S.E.F. as a whole was distinguished by a maroon coloured rectangle, 3 inches wide by 2 inches tall, worn on each upper arm. The exact shade was known as "garnet" and was the same battle patch worn by the 5th Canadian Division in the United Kingdom. The 260th Battalion was further distinguished by a red semi-circle worn above the rectangle, the red indicating the 16th Brigade, and the semi-circle indicating the second senior battalion in the brigade.6

Notes

  1. Love, p.140

  2. Guide to Sources, p. 689

  3. (NDHQ Memorandum 1065-1 (DHH), 30 October 1997). See also Annex 1B to A-AD-267-000/AF-003, viewable online at Directorate of History and Heritage list of lineages.

  4. September 28, 1918 edition of the Edmonton Morning Bulletin via CEF Matrix

  5. Harper, Joseph A Source of Pride: Regimental Badges and Titles in the Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919 (Service Publications, Ottawa, ON, 1999) ISBN 0-9699845-8-8 p.82

  6. Law, Clive M. Distinguishing Patches (2nd Ed.) (Service Publications Ltd., Ottawa, ON, 2008) ISBN 978-894581-50-9 p.10

References

  • Love, David W. A Call to Arms: The Organization and Administration of Canada's Military in World War One (Bunker to Bunker Books, Calgary, AB, 1999) ISBN 1894255-03-8

  • Stewart, Charles H. Overseas: The Lineages and Insignia of the Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919 (Little & Stewart, Toronto, ON, 1970)

  • Guide to Sources Relating to Units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Infantry Battalions (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, ON, 2012)

Archival Holdings

 

The following holdings at Library and Archives Canada may be useful for further research on this unit:

  • War diary, 19 Sept. 1918 - 30 April 1919

    • RG 9 III-D-3, vol. 5057, folder 962

  • Audit reports

    • RG 24, vol. 1803, file HQ 683-843-1

  • Inspection reports, clothing and equipment

    • RG 24, vol. 1803, file HQ 683-843-2

  • Recruiting and mobilization places in Canada

    • RG 24, vol. 1830, file GAQ 7-43

  • Demobilization

    • RG 24, vol. 2013, file HQ 762-34-29


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