The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC)

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The Prince Edward Island Regiment
Prince Edward Regiment RCAC.jpg
Cap badge of the PEIR
BranchCanadian Army
RoleArmoured reconnaissance
SizeOne regiment (140 soldiers)
Part of36 Canadian Brigade Group
Motto(s)Latin: Parva sub ingenti "The small under the protection of the great"
ColorsGold and black
March"Old Solomon Levi"
Battle honoursSouth Africa, 1900; Arras, 1917, '18; Ypres, 1917; Amiens; Hindenburg Line; Pursuit to Mons; North-West Europe, 1944–1945; Afghanistan
LCol M.G. (Glenn) Moriarity, CD
Colonel-in-chiefPrince Edward, Earl of Wessex

The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC) is a Primary Reserve armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Forces, 5th Canadian Division, 36 Canadian Brigade Group. The regiment is based in Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island.


The PEIR perpetuates the following units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force:

In 1946 the amalgamation of The Prince Edward Island Light Horse and The Prince Edward Island Highlanders created The Prince Edward Island Regiment, 17th Reconnaissance Regiment.

The Prince Edward Island Regiment was amalgamated with the 28th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in 1955.

Boy Robert Cyril Claude Brooks[edit]

The youngest Canadian soldier to die in the Second World War, 14-year-old Boy Robert Cyril Claude Brooks was a member of the 17th (Reserve) Armoured Regiment (Prince Edward Island Light Horse). He was killed in a training accident near Coleman, Prince Edward Island, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on 23 September 1944, when a Universal Carrier was driven through a guard rail on a bridge, overturning into the water below. He was trapped beneath the overturned vehicle and drowned, along with two fellow members of the regiment, Sergeant D.C. Ramsay and Trooper W.N. Dennis.[2]



The Prince Edward Island Regiment is organized into the following components:

  • Regimental Headquarters
  • Recce Squadron
  • Headquarters Squadron
  • Band

Battle honours[edit]

Battle honours in small capitals are for large operations and campaigns and those in lowercase are for more specific battles. Bold type indicates honours emblazoned on the regimental guidon.

South African War
South Africa, 1900
First World War
Second World War
North-West Europe, 1944–1945[3]
South-West Asia


Model Type Dates Builder Details
Volkswagen/Bombardier Iltis light utility vehicle 1985–2004 Volkswagen, Germany optional M101 trailer unit; replaced by G-Wagen
LUVW C&R (G-Wagen) 4 × 4 light utility vehicle 2004- Mercedes-Benz, Germany replaced the Iltis light trucks in Afghanistan
LUVW MILCOTS (Milverado) - 2003 Silverado Basic model 861 (GM K25943HD) light utility vehicle 2003- Chevrolet, USA replacing the Iltis jeeps in North American operations only
C9 light machine gun
Colt Canada C7 rifle personal weapon 1984- Diemaco/Colt Canada

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
1st Hussars
The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC) Succeeded by
The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal)

The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC) Museum[edit]

Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC) Museum
LocationQueen Charlotte Armouries,
3 Haviland Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N1
TypeRegimental Museum

The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC) Museum collects, preserves, displays and studies the military history of the founding units of The Prince Edward Island Regiment, from the island's formation (founding). The main concentration is on the period 1870 until the present. The RCAC museum is located at the Queen Charlotte Armouries in Charlottetown, PEI.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003/AF-001 -- Part One: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments
  2. ^ Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947
  3. ^ "The Prince Edward Island Regiment (RCAC)". Official Lineages Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments – Armour Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  4. ^ "South-West Asia Theatre Honours". Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  5. ^ A-AD-266-000/AG-001 Canadian Forces Museums –Operations and Administration 2002-04-03