31 Canadian Brigade Group

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31 Canadian Brigade Group
31 Canadian Brigade Group (logo).jpg
Active 1997–present
Country Canada
Branch

Canadian Army

Primary Reserve
Type Headquarters
Part of 4th Canadian Division
Garrison/HQ London, Ontario
Motto Latin: Pro aris et focis (For hearth and home)[1]
Abbreviation 31 CBG

31 Canadian Brigade Group (31CBG; French: 31e Groupe-brigade du Canada) is part of the 4th Canadian Division, under the Canadian Army. It encompasses the southwestern portion of Ontario, and is headquartered in London, Ontario. The 31 CBG area of responsibility stretches from Hamilton to Windsor. The brigade has approximately 2000 soldiers. Colonel Brock Millman, CD is Commander of 31 Canadian Brigade Group.[2] The brigade sergeant-major is Chief Warrant Officer Dave Ellyatt, CD.

Second World War[edit]

31st (Reserve) Brigade Group was created, within 1 Militia District, on 1 April 1942 when the reserve force in Canada was reorganized for the war. Like today, the formation consistend of part-time soldiers who paraded and trained on evenings and weekends. The brigade group was closed down on 28 November 1945 and the headquarters itself closed on 8 June 1946.[3] During its existence, the brigade group was headquartered in London Ontario and it held the following organization:

  • Canadian Infantry Corps
    • 1st (Reserve) Battalion, The Middlesex and Huron Regiment
    • 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) MG
    • 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Essex Scottish Regiment
    • 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Scots Fusiliers of Canada
  • Canadian Armoured Corps
    • 30th (Reserve) Reconnaissance Regiment (Essex Regiment (Tank))
  • Royal Canadian Artillery
    • 31st (Reserve) Field Regiment, RCA
  • Royal Canadian Engineers
    • 7th/11th (Reserve) Field Company, RCE
  • Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
    • Brigade Group Company, 1st (Reserve) Divisional, RCASC
  • Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
    • 24th (Reserve) Field Ambulance, RCAMC
  • Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
    • E and J sections, No.1 (Reserve) District Signals, RCCS
  • Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps / Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    • No.2 Group,
    • No.2 (Reserve) Divisional Workshop, (RCOC) RCEME
    • No.1 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment (Type A), (RCOC) RCEME
    • No.2 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment (Type B), (RCOC) RCEME
    • No.3 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment (Type B), (RCOC) RCEME
    • No.4 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment (Type B), (RCOC) RCEME

1997 to Present[edit]

31 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG) was recreated on 1 April 1997, with its headquarters located in London, replacing the London Militia District (LMD). Resulting from a major restructuring of the army, it was established as one of ten reserve brigade groups organized across Canada.

Units[edit]

31 Canadian Brigade Group London
31 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters London, Ontario
1st Hussars Armoured reconnaissance London and Sarnia Ontario
The Windsor Regiment (RCAC) Reconnaissance Windsor, Ontario
11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Guelph and Hamilton, Ontario
49 Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario
31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins) Engineer St. Thomas and Waterloo, Ontario
31 Signal Regiment Communications Hamilton, Ontario
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) Light infantry Hamilton, Ontario
4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Light infantry London and Stratford, Ontario
The Grey and Simcoe Foresters Light infantry Owen Sound and Barrie
The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Light infantry Cambridge and Kitchener, Ontario
The Essex and Kent Scottish Light infantry Windsor and Chatham, Ontario
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) Light infantry Hamilton, Ontario
31 Service Battalion Logistics Hamilton, London, Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "31 Canadian Brigade Group". Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges. Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/31cbg_hq/About_Comd.htm
  3. ^ "Reserve Brigades - Second World War". Canadian Soldiers.com. 24 February 2013.