56th Battalion (Calgary), CEF

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56th Battalion, CEF
Active 1914–1916
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Expeditionary Force
Type Infantry
Battle honours The Great War, 1915–16
Commanding officer Lt-Col W.C.G. Armstrong

The 56th Battalion (Calgary), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. The 56th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 20 March 1916. It provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 6 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed by the 9th Reserve Battalion, CEF. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1917.[1]

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

The battalion was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel W.C.G. Armstrong from 1 April 1916 to 6 July 1916.[2]

The 56th Battalion was awarded the battle honour The Great War, 1915–16.[2]

The 56th Battalion (Calgary), CEF is perpetuated by the Calgary Highlanders.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Calgary Highlanders". Official Lineages Volume 3, Part 2: Infantry Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. 
  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


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