Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments - Artillery Regiments and Batteries
21ST FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, RCA
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This Reserve Force regiment originated in Harriston, Ontario on 1 July 1936, when the '21st Field Brigade, RCA' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '21st (Reserve) Field Brigade, RCA' on 7 November 1940;2 '21st (Reserve) Field Regiment, RCA' on 15 May 1943;3 '21st Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA' on 1 April 1946;4 '21st Field Regiment, RCA' on 1 October 1954;5 and '21st Field Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 12 April 1960.6 It was reduced to nil strength and transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle on 1 April 1970.7
The 21st Field Regiment was formed from the conversion of 'D Company, The Wellington Regiment'. The regiment's date of origin is not traced to the formation date of D Company as lineage is traced from the formation of unit, not sub-unit, sized organizations, ie. regiments and battalions. The lineage and perpetuations of The Wellington Regiment were afforded to the 63rd Battery, RCA (amalgamated with the 26th Field Battery, under that designation, in 1964, and now on the Supplementary Order of Battle) as this sub-unit was formed from 'Headquarters' and 'B Company, The Wellington Regiment'.
1. GO 117/36; and/et GO 145/36. D Company, The Wellington Regiment was authorized on 30 August 1861 as the '1st Volunteer Militia Rifle Company at Elora' / La « D Company, The Wellington Regiment » vit le jour le 30 août 1861, sous la désignation « 1st Volunteer Militia Rifle Company » à Elora.
2. GO 273/40.
3. GO 311/43.
4. GO 115/46.
5. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 412/54.
6. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 670/60.
7. CFOO 70/16.
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