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


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This Regular Force regiment originated in Chilliwack, British Columbia on 17 June 1977, when '1st Combat Engineer Regiment' was authorized to be formed.1


1st Combat Engineer Regiment's date of origin is not traced to the formation date of the '58th Independent Field Squadron, RCE' (see below) as lineage is traced from the formation of unit, not sub-unit, sized organizations, ie. regiments and battalions.

3rd Field Engineer Squadron originated in Petawawa, Ontario on 4 May 1951, when the '58th Independent Field Squadron, RCE' was authorized to be formed.3 It was redesignated: '3rd Field Squadron, RCE' on 16 October 1953;4 '3rd Field Squadron' on 30 April 1958;5 and '3rd Field Engineer Squadron' on 21 May 1975.6 The squadron was reorganized as a regiment and designated '1st Combat Engineer Regiment' on 17 June 1977, as above.


The 58th Independent Field Squadron was raised as an Active Force unit on the framework of Reserve Force units (58th Independent Field Squadron, 6th Field Engineer Regiment, and 33rd Field Park Squadron) for service in Germany with 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group. Upon return to Canada the field troops were disbanded on 29 July 1953 and then reformed from available resources for post Armistice service in Korea from March to November 1954 under the designation of '3rd Field Squadron, RCE'.8

Headquarters Location

Edmonton, Alberta



1. NDHQ Message DMCO 58, 241930Z Jun 77/ Message du QGDN, DMCO 58, 241930Z juin 77; and/et CFOO 3.12, 12 Jan 78/OOFC 3.12, 12 jan 78.

2. CFOO 3.1.104, 30 Jul 93/OOFC 3.1.104, 30 juillet 93.

3. CAO 110-2, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 245/51.

4. CAO 76-2, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 358/53.

5. CAO 76-2, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 605/58.

6. DGOM Memorandum to C Prog, 1901-1774 TD 5115 (DGOM), 14 May 75; and/et NDHQ Message DOE 255, 16 Jun 75.

7. SD 1 Letter No. 53/91, 13 Aug 53.

8. Lieutenant-Colonel K.J. Holmes, The History of the Canadian Military Engineers, Volume 3 (to 1971), (Toronto: Military Engineering Institute of Canada, 1997), pp. 245 to 246.

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