Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments - Artillery Regiments and Batteries
26TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, RCA
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This Reserve Force regiment originated in Brandon, Manitoba on 1 April 1908, when the '99th Regiment' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '99th Manitoba Rangers' on 1 May 1911;2 and 'The Manitoba Rangers' on 12 March 1920.3 On 15 December 1936, it was converted to artillery, amalgamated with the '59th Field Battery, RCA' (see below), and redesignated the '26th Field Brigade, RCA'.4 It was redesignated: '26th (Reserve) Field Brigade' on 7 November 1940;5 '26th (Reserve) Field Regiment' on 1 April 1943;6 '26th Field Regiment (Self-Propelled), RCA' on 1 April 1946;7 '26th Field Artillery Regiment (Self-Propelled), RCA' on 12 April 1960;8 and '26th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 1 November 1964.9
Upon redesignation as The Manitoba Rangers on 12 March 1920 (see above) it was organized as a three battalion regiment with the 1st Battalion (45th Battalion, CEF) on the Non Permanent Active Militia order of battle and the 2nd Battalion (79th Battalion, CEF) and the 3rd Battalion (181st Battalion, CEF) on the Reserve order of battle. The reserve units were disbanded on 14 December 1936 (GO 3/37).
The Manitoba Rangers were disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 1 December 1922 and reorganized the same day (GO 33/23). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the regiment.
The Manitoba Rangers were disbanded for the purpose of amalgamation on 14 December 1936 and reorganized the next day (GO 192/36). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the regiment.
The 59th Field Battery, RCA originated in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on 2 February 1920, when the '59th Battery, CFA' was authorized to be formed.13 It was redesignated: '59th Field Battery, CA' on 1 July 1925;14 and '59th Field Battery, RCA' on 3 June 1935.15 On 15 December 1936, it was amalgamated with 'The Manitoba Rangers', as above.
45th', '79th', and '181st "Overseas" Battalion(s), CEF'
13th Field Battery, RCA
71st Field Battery, RCA
First World War
Details from the 99th Manitoba Rangers were placed on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protection duties.16
The 45th Battalion, which was authorized on 7 November 1914 as the '45th Battalion, CEF',17 embarked for Britain on 1 April 1916.18 The battalion provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until it was absorbed by the '11th Reserve Battalion, CEF' on 7 July 1916.19 The battalion was disbanded on 17 July 1917.20
The 79th Battalion, which was authorized on 10 July 1915 as the '79th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF',21 embarked for Britain on 24 April 1916.22 The battalion provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until it was absorbed by the '17th Reserve Battalion, CEF' on 12 July 1916.23 The battalion was disbanded on 12 October 1917.24
The 181st Battalion, which was authorized on 15 July 1916 as the '181st "Overseas" Battalion, CEF',25 embarked for Britain on 18 April 1917.26 Its personnel were absorbed by the '18th Reserve Battalion, CEF' on 30 April 1917 to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field.27 The battalion was disbanded on 17 July 1917.28
1. GO 58/08.
2. GO 68/11.
3. MO 60/20.
4. GO 192/36.
5. GO 273/40.
6. GO 176/43.
7. GO 115/46.
8. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 670/60.
9. SD 1 Letter No. 64/60, F 1901-3 (DO), 11 Dec 64; and/et Letter, HQ Western Command to D Org, 18 Oct 65, file ref: WC 2001-3/1 (G).
10. CFOO 3.310, 3 May 79 / OOFC 3.310, 3 mai 79.
11. CFOO 3.310, 1 Jan 81 / OOFC 3.310, 1er jan 81.
12. MOO 97194, 14 Aug 97 / DMO 97194, 14 août 97.
13. GO 13/20.
14. GO 82/25.
15. GO 58/35.
16. GO 142/14.
17. GO 86/15.
18. CEF Sailing List, vol. III. The unit also sent two reinforcing drafts overseas [1 June 1915 and 4 September 1915] / L'unité envoya aussi deux contingents en renfort outre-mer [1er juin 1915 et 4 septembre 1915].
19. Edwin Pye Papers, Summary of History of C.E.F. Units - 45th Battalion, Document Collection/Collection de documents 74/672, Series/séries IV, Box/boîte 11, Folder/chemise 45.
20. GO 82/18.
21. GO 103a/15.
22. CEF Sailing List, vol. IV. The Battalion also sent a reinforcing draft overseas on 25 September 1915 / Le bataillon envoya aussi un service de renfort outre-mer le 25 septembre 1915.
23. Edwin Pye Papers, Summary of History of C.E.F. Units - 79th Battalion, Document Collection/Collection de documents 74/672, Series/séries IV, Box/boîte 12, Folder/chemise 79.
24. GO 82/18.
25. GO 69/16.
26. CEF Sailing List, vol. IX.
27. Edwin Pye Papers, Summary of History of C.E.F. Units - 181st Battalion, Document Collection/Collection de documents 74/672, Series/séries IV, Box/boîte 13, Folder/chemise 181; and/et War Diary, 18th Reserve Battalion, file/dossier 683-339-1, NAC/AN, RG/GE 9, III D3, vol. 4951.
28. GO 82/18.
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