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


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This Reserve Force regiment originated in Ottawa, Ontario on 9 May 1905, when the '8th Brigade of Field Artillery, CA' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '1st Brigade, CFA' on 2 February 1920;2 '1st Field Brigade, CA' on 1 July 1925;3 '1st Field Brigade, RCA' on 3 June 1935;4 '1st (Reserve) Field Brigade, RCA' on 7 November 1940;5 '1st (Reserve) Field Regiment, RCA' on 1 March 1943;6 '30th Field Regiment, RCA' on 1 April 1946;7 and '30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 12 April 1960.8

Notes :
The 1st Brigade, CFA was disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 15 September 1920 and reorganized the same day (GO 203/20). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the brigade.

The 1st 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).


'1st Field Artillery Brigade, CFA, CEF'

Headquarters Location

Ottawa, Ontario

Allocated Batteries

1st Field Battery, RCA
2nd Field Battery, RCA

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First World War

The 1st Brigade, which was authorized on 6 August 1914 as the '1st Field Artillery Brigade, CFA, CEF',12 embarked for Britain on 27 September 1914.13 It disembarked in France on 12 February 1915,14 where it provided field artillery support as part of the 1st Canadian Divisional Artillery in France and Flanders until the end of the war.15 The brigade was disbanded on 23 October 1920.16

1. Special GO of 9 May 1905. Formed from the '2nd "Ottawa" Battery' authorized on 27 September 1855, and the newly formed '23rd Battery'/ GO spécial du 9 mai 1905. Formée de la « 2nd Ottawa Battery » autorisée le 27 septembre 1855 et de la « 23rd Battery », nouvellement formée.

2. GO 13/20.

3. GO 82/25.

4. GO 58/35.

5. GO 273/40.

6. GO 132/43.

7. GO 116/46.

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

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

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

11. MOO 61/90, 9 July 90 / DMO 61/90, 9 juillet 90.

12. PC 2067, 6 August 1914 and 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 Colonel A.F. Duguid, Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War, 1914-1919 , vol. 1 - Appendices (Ottawa, 1938), pp. 37-39.

13. Ibid., pp. 110 and/et 114.

14. Ibid., 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 disbandment date as it is the General Order in which the batteries and ammunition column 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 l'ordre général ordonnant la dissolution des batteries et de la colonne des munitions de la formation.

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