The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)

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The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)
Halifax Rifles RCAC logo.jpg
Active 1860–1965, 2009–present
Country  Canada
Branch Canadian Forces Primary Reserve
Type Rifles
Role Armoured reconnaissance
Size Headquarters Company
Part of Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ Canadian Forces Base Willow Park, Halifax, NS
Motto Cede nullis ("Yield To None")
March Dismounted: "Lutzon's Wild Hunt"

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) is a Canadian Army regiment that served between the years of 1860 and 1965 before being reduced to nil strength and placed on the Supplementary Order of Battle. The regiment was reactivated on May 10, 2009,[1] as a reserve force unit performing the role of armoured reconnaissance. It is the first and so far only regiment to be reactivated from the Supplementary Order of Battle.

Lineage[edit]

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) originated in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 14 May 1860. It was redesignated as the Halifax Volunteer Battalion of Rifles on 28 May 1869; as the 63rd The Halifax Volunteer Battalion of Rifles on 5 November 1869; the 63rd The Halifax Battalion of Rifles on 13 May 1870 and the 63rd Regiment "Halifax Rifles" on 8 May 1900. Following the Great War it was renamed The Halifax Rifles on 15 May 1920. During the Second World War it was renamed the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Halifax Rifles on 1 January 1941 and The Halifax Rifles (Reserve) on 15 September 1944. Following the end of the War it was redesignated The Halifax Rifles on 30 November 1945 before being converted to armour and redesignated the 23rd Armoured Regiment (Halifax Rifles), RCAC on 1 April 1946; as The Halifax Rifles (23rd Armoured Regiment) on 4 February 1949 and The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) on 19 May 1958. It was reduced to nil strength and transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle on 31 January 1965. On 28 July 2009, it was removed from the Supplementary Order of Battle and reactivated as a Reserve Force regiment of the Canadian Army.[2]

Perpetuations[edit]

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) perpetuate the 40th Battalion (Nova Scotia), CEF.[3]

Operational history[edit]

Fenian Raids[edit]

The Halifax Volunteer Battalion was called out on active service on 6 June 1866. The battalion, which guarded the Halifax Dockyard, was removed from active service on 31 July 1866.[4]

The North West Rebellion[edit]

The 63rd The Halifax Battalion of Rifles mobilized three companies for active service on 10 April 1885 which served with the Halifax Provisional Battalion in the Alberta Column of the North-West Field Force. The companies were removed from active service on 24 July 1885.[5]

The South African War[edit]

The 63rd The Halifax Battalion of Rifles contributed volunteers for the Canadian Contingents during the South African War.[6]

The Great War[edit]

Details of the 63rd Regiment "Halifax Rifles" were placed on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protective duty.[7]

The 40th Battalion (Nova Scotia), CEF was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 18 October 1915. The battalion provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until 4 January 1917, when its personnel were absorbed by the 26th Reserve Battalion, CEF. The battalion was disbanded on 17 July 1917.[8]

The Second World War[edit]

Details from the regiment were called out on service on 26 August 1939 and then placed on active service on 1 September 1939 as The Halifax Rifles, CASF (Details), for local protection duties. which were disbanded on 31 December 1940. The regiment mobilized the 1st Battalion, The Halifax Rifles, CASF for active service on 1 January 1941. It was converted to armour and redesignated as the 23rd Army Tank Battalion (The Halifax Rifles), CAC, CASF on 26 January 1942 and the 23rd Army Tank Regiment (The Halifax Rifles), CAC, CASF on 15 May 1942. It embarked for Britain on 17 June 1943 as a unit of the 2nd Army Tank Brigade, 4th Canadian Armoured Division, where it provided reinforcements to units of the Canadian Corps in the field. The overseas regiment was disbanded on 1 November 1943.[9]

Battle honours[edit]

Those battle honours in BOLD TYPE are emblazoned on the Regiment’s guidon.

The War of 1812[edit]

Honorary Distinction

The non-emblazonable honorary distinction DEFENCE OF CANADA - 1812-1815 - DÉFENSE DU CANADA (awarded in commemoration of the Nova Scotia Fencible Infantry).

North West Rebellion.[edit]

The South African War

The First World War MOUNT SORREL; SOMME, 1916; ARRAS, 1917, '18; HILL 70; YPRES, 1917; AMIENS; HINDENBURG LINE; PURSUIT TO MONS.

See also[edit]

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
The Governor General's Horse Guards
The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) Succeeded by
8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090510/halifax_rifles_090510/20090510?hub=TopStories
  2. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  3. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  4. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  5. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  6. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  7. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  8. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  9. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.