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


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This Reserve Force regiment originated in St. Catharines, Ontario on 1 July 1898 when the '2nd Brigade of Field Artillery' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '3rd Brigade, CFA' on 2 February 1920;2 '3rd Field Brigade, CA' on 1 July 1925;3 '3rd Field Brigade, RCA' on 3 June 1935;4 '3rd (Reserve) Field Brigade, RCA' on 7 November 1940;5 '3rd (Reserve) Field Regiment, RCA' on 15 March 1943;6 '29th Field Regiment, RCA' on 1 April 1946;7 '29th Field Regiment (Self-propelled), RCA' on 19 June 1947;8 and '29th Field Artillery Regiment (Self-Propelled), RCA' on 12 April 1960.9 Upon redesignation as the '29th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 15 March 1965, it was reduced to nil strength and transferred to Supplementary Order of Battle.10


'3rd Field Artillery Brigade, CFA, CEF'

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

The 3rd 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).

Headquarters Location

Sarnia, Ontario11


The First World War

The 3rd Brigade, which was authorized on 6 August 1914 as the '3rd Field Artillery Brigade, CFA, CEF',12 embarked for Britain on 1 October 1914.13 It disembarked in France on 16 February 1915,14 where it provided field artillery support as part of the 1st and 4th Canadian Divisional Artilleries in France and Flanders until the end of the war.15 The brigade was disbanded on 23 October 1920.16

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1. GO 64/98. Formed from three existing independent field batteries authorized on the following dates: '4th Field Battery' (4th "Hamilton" Field Battery, 6 December 1855), '7th Field Battery' (No. 7 "Welland Canal" Field Battery, 6 December 1861), and the '9th Field Battery' (9th "Toronto" Field Battery, 9 March 1866) / Formé de trois batteries de campagne indépendantes autorisées selon les dates suivantes : « 4th Field Battery » (4th "Hamilton" Field Battery, 6 décembre 1855), « 7th Field Battery » (No. 7 "Welland Canal" Field Battery, 6 décembre 1861), et la « 9th Field Battery » (9th "Toronto" Field Battery, 9 mars 1866).

2. GO 13/20.

3. GO 82/25.

4. GO 58/35.

5. GO 273/40.

6. GO 156/43.

7. GO 116/46.

8. CAO 76-3, Supp Issue No 43/47.

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

10. SD 1 Letter No 64/62; Message, CENCOM, A 2989, 012015Z Nov 65; Letter, HQ Central Command to D Org, 11 May 65, file ref: CC 2001-3/1-23/1 (G); SD 1 Letter No 64/61; and/et Letter, HQ Central Command to D Org, 14 May 65, file ref: CC 2001-3/1-23/3 (G).

11. The regiment was relocated from Toronto to Sarnia at the time of its transfer to the Supplementary Order of Battle / Le régiment fut re-localisé de Toronto à Sarnia au moment de son transfert à l'Ordre de bataille supplémentaire.

12. PC 2067, 6 August 1914, reprinted in Duguid, p.37; Memorandum entitled "Preliminary Instructions for Mobn. War 1914," BGen V.A.S. Williams, Adjutant-General, Canadian Militia, to O.Cs. Divisions and Districts, 10 August 1914, reprinted in Duguid, p.39.

13. G.W.L. Nicholson, The Gunners of Canada. The History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, vol. 1 (Toronto, 1967), p. 200.

14. Colonel A. F. Duguid, The Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War 1914-1919, vol. 1 - Appendices (Ottawa, 1938), p. 454.

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

16. GO 191/20. Although this formation is not specifically listed, this is considered the official date of disbandment as it is the General Order in which the batteries of the brigade 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 batteries de la brigade.

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