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

84TH INDEPENDENT FIELD BATTERY, RCA

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LINEAGE

This Reserve Force battery originated on 10 September 1869 and incorporates the following artillery batteries.

The 84th Independent Field Battery, RCA originated in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on 4 October 1878, when the 'Yarmouth Battery of Garrison Artillery' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: 'Yarmouth Company of Garrison Artillery' on 1 January 1893;2 and 'Yarmouth Company of Garrison Artillery, CA' on 28 December 1895.3 On 1 June 1899 it ceased its independent status when it was allocated to the newly formed '2nd Division, 1st "Halifax" Regiment, CA', under the designation 'No. 8 Company'.4 On 9 May 1905 it was redesignated 'No. 6 Company', upon amalgamation with the existing No. 6 Company of the regiment.5 It ceased the above amalgamation on 5 June 1906 and was redesignated 'No. 4 Battery', 7th "Nova Scotia" Regiment, CA'.6 It was redesignated: '29th Battery, CFA' on 1 February 1912;7 '84th Battery, CFA' on 2 February 1920;8 '84th Field Battery (Howitzer), CA' on 1 July 1925;9 '84th Field Battery (Howitzer), RCA' on 3 June 1935;10 '6th Anti-Aircraft Battery, RCA' on 1 June 1939;11 '6th (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Battery, RCA' on 7 November 1940;12 '84th (Reserve) Field Battery, RCA' on 1 January 1943;13 and '84th Field Battery, RCA' on 1 April 1946.14 On 15 September 1954. It was amalgamated with the '152nd Field Battery, RCA' (see below), retaining the same designation.15 The battery resumed its independent status on 30 June 1968, and was redesignated the '84th Independent Field Battery, RCA'.16

Note :
The 84th Battery, CFA was disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 1 October 1920 and reorganized the same day (GO 231/20). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the battery.

The 152nd Field Battery, RCA originated in Chester, Nova Scotia on 10 September 1869, when the 'Chester Battery of Garrison Artillery' was authorized to be formed.20 It was redesignated: 'Digby Battery of Garrison Artillery' on 24 October 1873;21 'Digby Company of Garrison Artillery' on 1 January 1893;22 and 'Digby Company of Garrison Artillery, CA' on 28 December 1895.23 On 1 June 1899 it ceased its independent status when it was allocated to the newly formed '2nd Division, 1st "Halifax" Regiment, CA', under the designated 'No. 6 Company'.24 It was amalgamated with 'No. 8 Company' of the regiment, retaining its designation as No. 8 Company, on 9 May 1905 (see above).25 It ceased the above amalgamation on 5 June 1906 and was redesignated 'No. 2 Battery, 7th "Nova Scotia" Regiment, CA'.26 It was redesignated: '27th Battery, CFA' on 1 February 1912;27 '52nd Battery, CFA' on 2 February 1920;28 '52nd Field Battery, CA' on 1 July 1925;29 '52nd Field Battery, RCA' on 3 June 1935;30 '52nd (Reserve) Field Battery, RCA' on 7 November 1940;31 and '152nd Field Battery, RCA' on 1 April 1946.32 On 15 September 1954, it was amalgamated with the '84th Field Battery, RCA', as above.

Note :
The 52nd Battery, CFA was disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 1 October 1920 and reorganized the same day (GO 155/21). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the battery.

Perpetuations

'1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Battalions, Shelburne Regiment (1812-15)' and '52nd Depot Battery, CFA, CEF'

Headquarters Location

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The First World War

The 52nd Battery, which was authorized on 15 July 1916 as the '52nd "Overseas" Depot Battery, CEF',33 embarked for Britain on 19 September 1916.34 The battery disembarked in France on 21 August 1917, where it provided field artillery support as part of the '13th Brigade, CFA, CEF' in France and Flanders until the end of the war.35 The battery was disbanded on 23 October 1920.36

The Second World War

Details from the '6th Anti-Aircraft Battery were mobilized for active service under the designation '6th Anti-Aircraft Battery, RCA, CASF (Details)' on 1 September 1939.37 The details called out on active service were disbanded on 31 December 1940 and the battery mobilized an active service sub-unit designated '6th Anti-Aircraft Battery, RCA, CASF' on 1 January 1941.38 It was redesignated '6th Anti-Aircraft Battery (Type "H"), RCA, CASF' on 1 October 1941.39 The battery provided anti-aircraft artillery support as part of the '23rd Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, CASF', in the defences at Sydney, Nova Scotia and Goose Bay, Newfoundland.40 The battery was disbanded on 31 December 1944.41

Details from the 52nd Field Battery were mobilized for active service under the designation '52nd Field Battery, RCA, CASF (Details)' on 1 September 1939.42 The details called out on active service were disbanded on 31 December 1940.43

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1. MGO 22/78.

2. No authority for a change of designation of artillery batteries in 1892 is contained within the applicable Militia General Orders or Annual Militia Report sessional papers. However, the date of 1 January 1893 is consistent with the nomenclature used in the aforementioned sources of 1893 and the Department of Militia and Defence, The Militia List of the Dominion of Canada, 1893. (GO 21/93 - Establishment Lists of the Active Militia of the Dominion of Canada for the Financial Year 1893-94) / Les Ordres Généraux de la Milice ou les textes de séances du rapport Annuel de la Milice, ne comportent aucune autorité quant au changement d'appellation des unités de cavalerie en 1892. La date du 1er janvier 1893 correspond toutefois à la nomenclature utilisée dans les sources de 1893 mentionnées précédemment ainsi que par le Ministère de la Milice et de la défense, The Militia List of the Dominion of Canada, 1893. (GO 21/93 - Establishment Lists of the Active Militia of the Dominion of Canada for the Financial Year 1893-94).

3. GO 58/95.

4. GO 59/99.

5. Special GO of 9 May 1905.

6. GO 105/06. The sub-unit is erroneously referred to as 'No. 4 Company' in this order. GO 11/06 dealing with establishments, and all subsequent orders, detail that sub-units of heavy artillery are to be designated as 'batteries'. The '2nd Division, 1st "Halifax" Regiment, CA was redesignated: '7th "Nova Scotia" Regiment, CA' on 1 May 1906 (GO 71/06 and/et 76/06); and '7th "Nova Scotia" Regiment (Heavy Brigade)' on 2 April 1907 (GO 58/07) / La sous-unité fut érronément appelée la « No. 4 Company » dans cet ordre. La GO 11/06, traitant des établissements, ainsi que toutes les ordres subséquents, soulignent que les sous-unités de l'artillerie lourde devraient être désignées en tant que batteries.

7. GO 24/12. The 7th "Nova Scotia" Regiment (Heavy Brigade) was redesignated the '11th Brigade, CFA' in the same order / Le « 7th "Nova Scotia" Regiment (Heavy Brigade) » fut rebaptisé « 11th Brigade, CFA » dans le même ordre.

8. GO 13/20. The 11th Brigade, CFA was redesignated the '14th Brigade, CFA' in the same order / La « 11th Brigade, CFA » fut rebaptisée « 14th Brigade, CFA » dans le même ordre.

9. GO 82/25.

10. GO 58/35.

11. GO 92/39.

12. GO 273/40.

13. GO 363/43.

14. GO 247/46.

15. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 424/55.

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