Force Study Group
||3rd Infantry Battalion
||August 6, 1914 - September 15, 1920
|Theatre of Operations:
||France and Flanders
|Major Battles / Battle Honours:
||Ypres 1915, 1917; Gravenstafel; St. Julien;
Festubert 1915; Mount Sorrel; Somme 1916; Pozières; Flers-Courcelette;
Ancre Heights; Arras 1917, 1918; Vimy 1917;Arleux; Scarpe 1917,
1918; Hill 70; Passchendaele; Amiens; Drocourt-Quéant;
Hindenburg Line; Canal du Nord; Pursuit to Mons.
|According to Stewart, the battalion served in
France and Flanders with the 1st Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian
Division from February 12, 1915 until the armistice.
Nicholson reports on the 3rd Infantry Battalion on the
following pages (see the Matrix
Ypres: 63, 66, 71, 76, 78
Mount Sorrel: 153
Vimy Ridge: 256-257
Somme: 401, 413
Library and Archives Canada:
Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized at Valcartier
under Camp Order 241 of 2 September 1914 and was composed of
recruits from Toronto. The battalion was commanded
successively by Lieutenant-Colonels R. Rennie, W.D. Allen
DSO and J.B. Rogers DSO, MC.
The battalion embarked at Quebec on 25 September 1914 aboard
TUNISIAN, disembarking in England on 16 October. Its
strength was 42 officers and 1123 other ranks. The battalion
arrived in France on 11 February 1915, becoming part of the
1st Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by
the12th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned
to England on 23 March 1919, arrived in Canada on 21 April
1919, was demobilized on 23 April 1919 and disbanded by
General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.
The battalion band was organized in September 1915, its
composite air was `The March of the Buffs', `British
Grenadiers' and `Men of Harlech'. The battalion colours were
purchased in England in 1919 and the mascot was a goat.
The 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by The
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and by The Toronto Regiment.
The latter amalgamated with The Royal Grenadiers in 1936
forming The Royal Regiment of Canada.
has provided this information for the Matrix:
Link to my transcription of a poem on the 3rd Battalion's
experience at the 2nd battle of Ypres with my interpretation:
Here is the test piece for your use on the Matrix. This
one relates directly to the 3rd Battalion, rather than one of
the shorter stories (I wrote about previously) by an individual.
This could be a link with the data underlying as discussed in my
TORONTO REGIMENT ADDING TO
Third Battalion Keeping Up
Record it Started at the Call in 1914.
MASCOT STILL WITH IT.
Wood Sorrel From Toronto Worn to Celebrate Re-Capture of Mount
The Toronto Regiment, 3rd Battalion, which left Toronto at this
first call in August, 1914, is adding to its hard-won early
laurels, according to information trickling back to Toronto from
The battalion took an honorable part both in the capture of Vimy
Ridge and subsequently in the capture of Fresnoy. At Vimy two
battalions of the 1st Brigade made the initial attack and the
other two battalions advancing immediately after were given a
set of objectives beyond those captured in the first advance.
The 3rd Battalion was in the second pair. It is reported that it
reached all its objectives and pushed half a mile beyond. For
that day's operations eighteen officers and men were named for
honors, but a sad feature is that seven of the eighteen were a
few days later killed at Fresnoy.
A pleasing incident in the battalion's life occurred on June
13th when a box of wood sorrel arrived from a Toronto lady. A
spray was distributed to each of the men. This they wore in
their caps to celebrate the re-capture of Mount Sorrel in the
Ypres salient on June 13th of last year.
The battalion's official mascot in the shape of a goat which has
been with the unit for more than a year is reported to be alive
Another item of news of interest to the battalion and its
friends is that the bandmaster has been outfitted with a
leopard's skin which was originally equipped and reinforced by
contributions from readers of The Star.
Source: Toronto Star - July 5th, 1917.
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