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

15TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, RCA

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LINEAGE

This Reserve Force regiment originated on 2 February 1920 and incorporates the following regiments.

Notes :
The 15th 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 15th Field Brigade, RCA was disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 6 April 1938 and reorganized the next day (GO 95/38). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the brigade.

The 43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA originated in Vancouver, British Columbia on 15 May 1939, when the '1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' was authorized to be formed.14 It was redesignated: '1st (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' on 7 November 1940;15 and '43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' on 1 April 1946.16 On 31 December 1954 it was amalgamated with the '102nd Coast Regiment, RCA' (see below), retaining the same designation.17 It was redesignated the '43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA' on 22 August 1955.18 On 15 October 1959, it was amalgamated with the '15th Field Regiment, RCA', as above.

The 102nd Coast Regiment, RCA originated in Vancouver, British Columbia on 28 October 1948, when the 'Vancouver Coast Regiment, RCA' was authorized to be formed.19 It was redesignated the '102nd Coast Regiment, RCA' on 29 September 1949.20 On 31 December 1954, it was amalgamated with the '43rd Heavy Anti- Aircraft Regiment, RCA', as above.

Perpetuations

'No. 5 Canadian Siege Battery, CEF'

Headquarters Location

Vancouver, British Columbia

Allocated Batteries

31st Field Battery, RCA
68th Field Battery, RCA

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OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The First World War

No. 5 Canadian Siege Battery was mobilized in England as 'No. 165th (Canadian) Siege Battery, CEF' on 16 June 1916 from personnel from the 'Canadian Siege Artillery Depot'.21 It was redesignated 'No. 5 Canadian Siege Battery, CEF' on 24 January 1917.22 The battery disembarked in France on 21 September 1916,23 where it provided siege artillery support as part of the 2nd Brigade, CGA, CEF in France and Flanders until the end of the war.24 The battery was demobilized on 8 May 1919.25

Note :
When an artillery regiment and its allocated batteries are amalgamated with another regiment and its allocated batteries, perpetuation is assigned to the batteries which maintain the same numerical designation. When a numerical designation is not continued, the perpetuation goes to the regiment as a whole.

The Second World War

The 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA was called out on service for local protection duties on 26 August 1939.26 Details from the brigade were also mobilized for active service under the designation '15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA, CASF (Details)' on 1 September 1939.27 The details called out on active service were disbanded on 31 December 1940 and the brigade mobilized an active service unit designated the '15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA, CASF' on 1 January 1941.28 It was redesignated the '15th (Vancouver) Coast Regiment, RCA, CASF' on 1 June 1942.29 The regiment provided coastal artillery support as part of the defences of Vancouver, British Columbia.30 The regiment was disbanded on 1 March 1944.31

Details of the 1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA were mobilized for active service under the designation '1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, CASF (Details)' on 1 September 1939.32 The details called out on active service were disbanded on 31 December 1940.33

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1. GO 13/20. The brigade was not actually organized until 15 July 1920 (GO 173/20) / La brigade ne fut pas organisée avant le 15 juillet 1920(GO 173/20).

2. GO 82/25.

3. GO 58/35.

4. GO 95/38.

5. GO 139/38.

6. GO 273/40.

7. GO 115/46.

8. CAO 76-3, Supp Issue No. 62/48.

9. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 658/59.

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

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

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

13. MOO 97209, 14 Aug 97 / DMO 97209, 14 août 97.

14. GO 75/39; and/et GO 78/39.

15. GO 273/40.

16. GO 115/46.

17. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No 415/54; CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No 458/55.

18. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No 458/55.

19. CAO 110-3, Supp Issue No. 99/48.

20. CAO 76-3, Supp Issue No. 148/49.

21. War Diary, 1st Brigade, Canadian Garrison Artillery, Preface/avant-propos, NAC/AN, RG/GE 9, Series 111-D-3, Vol. 4974, File/dossier 562; and/et G.W.L. Nicholson, The Gunners of Canada. The History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, vol. 1 (Toronto, 1967), p. 402.

22. CRO 334, 29 Jan 17.

23. Official History of the CEF 1914-1919, Formations and Units Ledger, Document Collection/Collection de documents, 87/252 LG.

24. G.W.L. Nicholson, The Gunners of Canada. The History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, vol. 1 (Toronto, 1967), passim.

25. CRO 5539/19.

26. GO 124/39.

27. GO 135/39.

28. GO 44/41.

29. GO 37/43.

30. G.W.L. Nicholson, The Gunners of Canada. The History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, vol. 2 (Toronto, 1972), pp. 467-468.

31. GO 149/44.

32. GO 200/39.

33. GO 44/41. This General Order also authorized the regiment to mobilize an active service unit designated '1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, CASF' on 1 January 1941. This active force unit never became operational and, in 1944, was belatedly disbanded as of 10 September 1940 (GO 314/44) / Cet Ordre général autorisait aussi le régiment à mobiliser une unité en service actif, sous l'appellation de « 1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, CASF » le 1er janvier 1941. Cette unité de la force active ne devint jamais opérationnelle et, en 1944, elle fut tardivement dissoute des le 10 septembre 1940. (GO 314/44).

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