Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments - Artillery Regiments and Batteries

11TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, RCA

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LINEAGE

This Reserve Force regiment originated in Guelph, Ontario on 24 March 1880, when the '1st Provisional Brigade of Field Artillery' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '1st Brigade of Field Artillery' on 17 June 1887;2 '1st Brigade of Field Artillery, CA' on 28 December 1895;3 '1st (Howitzer) Brigade, CFA' on 15 April 1913;4 '11th Brigade, CFA' on 2 February 1920;5 '11th Field Brigade, CA' on 1 July 1925;6 '11th Field Brigade, RCA' on 3 June 1935;7 '11th (Reserve) Field Brigade, RCA' on 7 November 1940;8 '11th (Reserve) Field Regiment, RCA' on 15 December 1942;9 '11th Field Regiment, RCA' on 1 April 1946;10 '11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 12 April 1960;11 '11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA (Hamilton- Wentworth)' on 20 November 1975;12 and '11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 1 January 1981.14

Notes :
The 11th Brigade, CFA was authorized a Reserve order of battle counterpart on 1 November 1920 (GO 186/20). The reserve unit was disbanded on 14 December 1936 (GO 3/37).

The 11th Brigade, CFA was disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 3 January 1921 and reorganized the same day (GO 61/21 and GO 114/21). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the brigade.

Perpetuations

'11th Brigade, CFA, CEF

Headquarters Location

Guelph, Ontario

Allocated Batteries

11th Field Battery (Hamilton-Wentworth), RCA
16th Field Battery, RCA
29th Field Battery, RCA

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OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The First World War

Details of the 1st (Howitzer) Brigade were placed on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protection duties.16

The 11th Brigade was mobilized in England as the '11th (Howitzer) Brigade, CFA, CEF' on 1 February 1916.17 It disembarked in France on 16 July 1916, where it provided field artillery support as part of 3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery in France and Flanders, until its absorption by the 3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery in mid- March 1917.18 The brigade was disbanded on 23 October 1920.19


1. MGO 6/80. Formed from two existing independent field batteries from Guelph authorized on the following dates: 'No. 1 Field Battery' (Wellington Field Battery of Artillery, 20 July 1866), and 'No. 2 Field Battery' (Ontario Field Battery of Artillery, 22 March 1878) / Formé de deux batteries indépendantes de campagne de Guelph, autorisées selon les dates suivantes : « No. 1 Field Battery » (Wellington Field Battery of Artillery, 20 juillet 1866), et « No. 2 Field Battery » (Ontario Field Battery of Artillery, 22 mars 1878).

2. MGO 11/87.

3. GO 58/95.

4. GO 71/13; G.W.L. Nicholson, The Gunners of Canada. The History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, vol. 1 (Toronto, 1967), pp.180-181; and/et Report of the Militia Council for the Fiscal Year ending March 31 1914 (Ottawa, 1915), p. 32.

5. GO 13/20.

6. GO 82/25.

7. GO 58/35.

8. GO 273/40.

9. GO 24/43.

10. GO 115/46. Although this regiment is not specifically listed, this is considered the official change in nomenclature date as it is the order which cancels the effects of GO 273/40 for Reserve artillery units of the Canadian Army / Bien que ce régiment ne soit pas spécifiquement listé, ceci est considéré la date officielle de changement de nomenclature puisque c'est cet ordre qui annule les effets du GO 273/40 pour les unités de l'artillerie de réserve de l'Armée canadienne.

11. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 670/60.

12. CFOO 3.310, 20 Nov 75 / OOFC 3.310, 20 nov 75.

13. CFOO 3.310, 3 May 79 / OOFC 3.310, 3 mai 79.

14. CFOO 3.310, 1 Jan 81 / OOFC 3.310, 1er jan 81.

15. MOO 84/90, 9 Jul 90 / DMO 84/90, 9 juillet 90.

16. GO 163/14.

17. List of Canadian Artillery units during the First World War. Compiled from ledger of C.E.F. Units (Mr. Pye) for Col. Nicholson, Sep 63, Kardex file 112.3H1.005 (D4); and/et G.W.L. Nicholson, The Gunners of Canada. The History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, vol. 1 (Toronto, 1967), p. 252.

18. G.W.L. Nicholson, The Gunners of Canada. The History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, vol. 1 (Toronto, 1967), pp. 252 and 275-277.

19. GO 191/20. Although this formation is not specifically listed, this is considered the official disbandment date as it is the date in which the remaining artillery brigades were disbanded / Même si cette formation n'est pas spécifiquement listée, l'on considère cette date comme étant celle de sa dissolution officielle puisqu'elle correspond à celle de toutes les autres brigades d'artillerie.

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