51st Battalion (Edmonton), CEF

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51st Battalion, CEF
Colonel Harwood and staff of 51st Battalion, Sarcee Army Camp, Calgary, Alberta.jpg
Lt-Col Harwood and staff of the battalion
Active 1914–1917
Disbanded 1920
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Expeditionary Force
Type Infantry
Battle honours The Great War, 1916–17

The 51st Battalion (Edmonton), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 51st Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 18 April 1916. It provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 13 November 1916, when it was reorganized as a garrison duty battalion. On 22 June 1917, its personnel were absorbed by the various regimental depots. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.[1]

The battalion recruited in and was mobilized at Edmonton, Alberta.[2]

While training at Sarcee Camp near Calgary, the men of the battalion, along with many other units who trained at the camp, created hillside numerals of whitewashed stones overlooking their encampment. These stones, a 24-metre-high number "51", are the remainder of only four units whose glyphs survive on the hillside at Battalion Park in the neighbourhood of Signal Hill, Calgary, Alberta.

The battalion had three officers commanding:

  • Lt-Col Reginald de Lotbiniere Harwood, 19 April 1916 – 10 July 1916
  • Maj. W.J. Shortreed, 10 July 1916 – 20 September 1916
  • Lt.-Col. W.T. Stewart, 20 September 1916-[2]

The battalion was awarded the battle honour The Great War, 1916–17.[2]

The perpetuation of the 51st Battalion, CEF, was assigned in 1920 to the 3rd Battalion, The Edmonton Regiment. When the regiment was split in 1924, the perpetuation went to the 2nd Battalion, The Edmonton Regiment. This regiment, now The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry), continues to perpetuate the 51st Battalion today.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry)". Official Lineages Volume 3, Part 2: Infantry Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971. ISBN 0906158109

Sources[edit]

Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919 by Col. G.W.L. Nicholson, CD, Queen's Printer, Ottawa, Ontario, 1962