55th Battalion (New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island), CEF

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H.R.H. Duke of Connaught the Governor General and staff. Major Gen. Rutherford and Staff Col. Hugh H. McLean, Brigadier, and Staff. Lt. Col. Kirkpatrick and officers, 55th Battalion, CEF (HS85-10-30471)

The 55th Battalion (New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island), CEF was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 55th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 30 October 1915. It provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 6 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed by the 40th Battalion (Nova Scotia), CEF. The battalion was disbanded on 21 May 1917.[1]

The 55th Battalion recruited in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and was mobilized at Sussex, N.B.[2]

The 55th Battalion had two Officers Commanding:

  • Lt.-Col. J.R. Kirkpatrick, 30 October 1915 – 5 May 1916
  • Maj. H.I. Jones, 5 May 1916 – 13 May 1916[3]

The 55th Battalion was awarded the battle honour THE GREAT WAR 1915-16.[4]

The 55th Battalion (New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island), CEF is perpetuated by The Royal New Brunswick 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, Queen's Printer, Ottawa, Ontario, 1962