5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF

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The distinguishing patch of the 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF.

The 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF, known as "Tuxford's Dandy's," was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War.

History[edit]

The 5th Battalion was authorized on 10 August 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 29 September 1915. It entered the theatre of operations in France on 14 February 1915, where it fought as part of the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.[1]

The 5th Battalion recruited in Brandon, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Red Deer, Alberta and Merritt and Vernon, British Columbia and was mobilized at Camp Valcartier, Quebec.[2]

The 5th Battalion had five officers commanding:

  • Lt.-Col. G.S. Tuxford, 22 September 1915-January 11 1916
  • Lt.-Col. H.M. Dyer, DSO, 11 January 1916-29 June 1917
  • Lt.-Col. L.P.O. Tudor, DSO, 29 June 1917-8 March 1917
  • Lt.-Col. L.L. Crawford, DSO, 8 March 1918-4 April 1918
  • Lt.-Col. L.P.O. Tudor, DSO, 4 April 1918-Demobilization[3]
Sgt. Raphael Zengel, VC, MM, the 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF.

Sgt. Raphael Louis Zengel of the 5th Battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross for his action on 9 August 1918 at Warvillers, France. He had previously been awarded the Military Medal. [4]

The 5th Battalion Was awarded the following battle honours:

5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF, is perpetuated by the North Saskatchewan Regiment.[5]

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. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.

Sources[edit]

  • Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919 by Col G.W.L. Nicholson, CD, Queens's Printer, Ottawa, Ontario, 1962
  • 5th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group

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