103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles)

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103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles)
Active 1 April 1910 – 1920
Country  Canada
Branch Non-Permanent Active Militia
Role Rifle regiment
Part of Military District No. 13 (unbrigaded)
Garrison/HQ Calgary
Equipment Ross rifle
Engagements none
Disbanded 1920
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Lt-Col. W.C.G. Armstrong; Honorary Colonel – Hon. Lt-Col. R.B. Bennett

The 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles) was an infantry regiment of the Canadian non-permanent militia, organized at Calgary, Alberta, Canada, by General Order on 1 April 1910.

History[edit]

The 103rd Regiment was raised in Calgary as a militia unit. The first commanding officer was Lieutenant-Colonel W.C.G. Armstrong. The regiment's 1st Battalion consisted of eight companies stationed in Calgary.

At the outbreak of World War I the regiment served as a recruiting depot to raise battalions for the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), the first being the 10th Battalion, CEF. The 103rd Regiment was reorganized into two regiments in 1920 (the Calgary Regiment and the Alberta Regiment), each of which was reorganized into two regiments a few years later.

One of the resulting four regiments (the North Alberta Regiment) was disbanded in the 1936 reorganization of the Militia, but three present-day regiments claim descent from the 103rd: the South Alberta Light Horse, the King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) and the Calgary Highlanders.

Descendants of the 103rd Regiment "Calgary Rifles"[1][2][3]

1910 103rd Regt "Calgary Rifles"
 
1920 1st Bn, The Calgary Regt 2nd Bn, The Calgary Regt The Alberta Regt
 
1921 1st Bn, Calgary Highlanders, The Calgary Regt 1st Bn, The Alberta Regt 2nd Bn, The Alberta Regt
1924 The Calgary Highlanders The Calgary Regt The South Alberta Regt The North Alberta Regt
1936 The Calgary Regt (Tank) Disbanded
1940 2nd (Reserve) Bn, The Calgary Highlanders 2nd (Reserve) Bn, The South Alberta Regt
1941 14th (Reserve) Army Tank Bn, (The Calgary Regt (Tank))
1942 14th (Reserve) Army Tank Regt, (The Calgary Regt (Tank)) 2nd (Reserve) Bn, The South Alberta Regt (MG)
1945 The Calgary Highlanders
1946 14th Armoured Regt (King's Own Calgary Regt) The South Alberta Regt
1949 The King's Own Calgary Regt (14th Armoured Regt)
1954 The South Alberta Light Horse (29th Armoured Regt)
1958 The King's Own Calgary Regt (RCAC) The South Alberta Light Horse
2014

References[edit]

  • Knight, Darrell. The Canadian Regimental Badge Book. (Calgary: private publication, 2008)
  1. ^ "The South Alberta Light Horse". Official Lineages: Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments – Armour Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. June 11, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC)". Official Lineages: Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments – Armour Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. June 11, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Calgary Highlanders". Official Lineages: Volume 3, Part 2: Infantry Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. October 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2011.