22nd Battalion (French Canadian), CEF

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The distinguishing patch of the 22nd Battalion (French Canadian), CEF.

The 22nd Battalion (French Canadian), CEF, was a battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the Great War.

History[edit]

The battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 20 May 1915. It disembarked in France on 15 September 1915, where it fought as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.[1]

The 22nd Battalion recruited in Quebec and was mobilized at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.[2]

The 22nd Battalion had eight officers commanding:

  • Col. F.M. Gaudet, 20 May 1915 – 25 January 1916
  • Lt.-Col. T.L. Tremblay, DSO, 25 January 1916 – 25 September 1916
  • Lt.-Col. A.E. Dubuc, DSO, 24 October 1916 – 5 February 1917
  • Lt.-Col. T.L. Tremblay, CMG, DSO, 15 February 1917 – 8 August 1918
  • Lt.-Col. A.E. Dubuc, DSO, 9 August 1918 – 27 August 1918
  • Maj. G.P. Vanier, MC, 27 August 1918 – 28 August 1918
  • Maj. G.E.A. Dupuis, MC, 28 August 1918 – 10 September 1918
  • Lt.Col. J.R.H. DesRosiers, 10 September 1918 - demobilization[3]

Two members of the 22nd Battalion were awarded the Victoria Cross: Corporal Joseph Kaeble was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 8 June 1918 at Neuville-Vitasse, France and Lieutenant Jean Brilliant was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 8 and 9 August 1918 east of Méharicourt, France during the Battle of Amiens.

The 22nd Battalion was awarded the following battle honours:

The 22nd (French Canadian) Battalion, CEF, is perpetuated by The Royal 22nd Regiment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  2. ^ Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971. ISBN 0906158109
  3. ^ Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971. ISBN 0906158109
  4. ^ Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971. ISBN 0906158109

Sources[edit]

  • Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919 by Col. G.W.L. Nicholson, CD, Queen's Printer, Ottawa, Ontario, 1962

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