29th Battalion, (Vancouver), CEF

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The 29th Battalion, Canadian Corps, 9 April 1917. Troops advance into no man's land at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The distinguishing patch of the 29th Battalion (Vancouver), CEF.

The 29th Battalion (Vancouver), CEF was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. Known as “Tobin’s Tigers”, the Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 20 May 1915. It disembarked in France on 17 September 1915, where it fought as part of the 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920. [1]

The 29th Battalion recruited in Vancouver and New Westminster, British Columbia and was mobilized at Vancouver. [2]

The 28th battalion had eight Officers Commanding:

  • Lt.-Col. H.S. Tobin, 20 May 1915-20 July 1916
  • Lt.-Col. J.S. Tait, 20 August 1916-10 September 1916
  • Lt.-Col. J.M. Ross, 10 September 1916-16 December 1916
  • Lt.-Col. J.S. Tait, 16 December 1916-22 January 1917
  • Lt.-Col. J.M. Ross, DSO, 22 January 1917-23 July 1917
  • Lt.-Col. W.S. Latta, DSO, 23 July 1917-16 August 1918
  • Maj. L.A. Wilmot, MC, 16 August 1918-5 September 1918

Lt.-Col. H.S. Tobin, DSO, 5 September 1918-Demobilization[3]

One member of the 29th Battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross. Company Sergeant-Major (Warrant Officer Class II) Robert Hill Hanna was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions On August 21, 1917, at Hill 70 near Lens, France.[4]

The 29th Battalion was awarded the following battle honours:

The 29th Battalion (Vancouver), CEF, is perpetuated by The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own).[6]

Raised by Lieutenant-Colonel Tobin on 24 October 1914 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the 29th derived its manpower from the Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles and the Irish Fusiliers of Canada.[7] The SS Missanabie transported the battalion to England in May 1915. Subordinated to the 6th Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division, the 29th consisted of 37 officers and 1,104 other ranks.[8]

The 29 Battalion's lineage was perpetuated by the 2nd Battalion, British Columbia Regiment - constituted in 1920.[9] Subsequent amalgamation in 1936 absorbed the 29th's history into that of the Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment), which was placed on the Supplementary Order of Battle in 1965. On 13 June 2002, The Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) was amalgamated with The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own).[10]

The 29th Battalion is currently perpetuated by The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own).[11]

Sources[edit]

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


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
  5. ^ Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971. ISBN 0906158109
  6. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003/AF-001 Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments - Part One: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments
  7. ^ 29th Vancouver Battalion, Tobin's Tigers, C.E.F., russiansinthecef.ca. Accessed 3 March 2008.
  8. ^ 29th Canadian Infantry Battalion, mikan3.archives.ca. Accessed 4 March 2008.
  9. ^ The Royal Westminster Regiment, army.forces.gc.ca. Accessed 3 March 2008.
  10. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  11. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003/AF-001 Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments - Part One: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments