44th Battalion (Manitoba), CEF

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The distinguishing patch of the 44th Battalion (Manitoba), CEF.

The 44th Battalion (Manitoba), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 44th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 23 October 1915. It disembarked in France on 12 August 1916, where it fought as part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.[1]

In August 1918, the 44th Battalion was renamed the 44th Battalion (New Brunswick), CEF.[2]

The 44th Battalion recruited in and was mobilized at Winnipeg, Manitoba.[3]

The 44th Battalion had three Officers Commanding:

  • Lt-Col. E.R. Wayland, 22 October 1915 – 11 December 1915
  • Lt.-Col. J.H. Sills, 27 December 1915 – 16 January 1917
  • Lt.-Col. R.D. Davies, DSO, 22 January 1917-Demobilization[4]

The 44th Battalion was awarded the following battle honours:

The 44th Battalion (Manitoba), CEF, is perpetuated by The Royal Winnipeg Rifles.[6]

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 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, Queen's Printer, Ottawa, Ontario, 1962