202nd (Sportsman's) Battalion, CEF

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202nd "Overseas" Battalion, CEF
Active 1916–1917
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Expeditionary Force
Type Infantry
Officer commanding Lieutenant-Colonel P. E. Bowen

The 202nd (Sportsmens) Battalion, CEF was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, the unit began recruiting during the winter of 1915/16 in that city and surrounding district. After sailing to England in November 1916, the battalion was absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion on May 28, 1917. The 202nd (Sportsmens) Battalion, CEF, had one officer commanding: Lieutenant-Colonel P. E. Bowen.

The flying ace Wop May was a member of the battalion.

The regimental colour of the 202nd Battalion is laid up in the rotunda of the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton.[1]

The perpetuation of the 202nd Battalion was assigned to the Edmonton Fusiliers in 1924. This regiment merged into the 19th (Alberta) Armoured Car Regiment, RCAC, in 1946. The 19th in turn amalgamated into the South Alberta Light Horse in 2006, and the SALH now perpetuates the 202nd Battalion.[2]


  • Meek, John F. (1971). Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ontario: The Author. 
  1. ^ "Fact Sheet: The Regimental Colours" (PDF). The Alberta Legislature. February 23, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The South Alberta Light Horse". Official Lineages: Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments – Armour Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. June 11, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 2011.