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

6TH FIELD ENGINEER SQUADRON

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LINEAGE

This Reserve Force squadron originated on 1 February 1911 and incorporates the following engineer squadrons.

The 6th Field Engineer Squadron originated in North Vancouver, British Columbia on 1 February 1911, when the '6th Field Company, CE' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '6th Field Company, RCE' on 29 April 1936;2 '6th (Reserve) Field Company, RCE' on 7 November 1940;3 '6th Field Company, RCE' on 31 December 1945;4 and '6th Field Squadron, RCE' on 19 June 1947.5 On 31 December 1954 it was amalgamated with '54th Field Park Squadron, RCE' (see below) retaining the same designation.6 It was redesignated: '6th Field Engineer Squadron (M)' on 21 May 1975;7 and '6th Field Engineer Squadron' on 19 December 1991.9

Note:

The 6th Field Company, CE was authorized a Reserve order of battle counterpart on 15 June 1920 (GO 89/20 and GO 128/30). The reserve unit was disbanded on 14 December 1936 (GO 3/37).

The 54th Field Park Squadron, RCE originated in Vancouver, British Columbia on 5 June 1947, when the '54th Field Park Squadron, RCE' was authorized to be formed.10 On 31 December 1954 it amalgamated with 6th Field Squadron, as above.

Headquarters Location

Vancouver, British Columbia

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The First World War

The 6th Field Company was mobilized for active service on 6 August 1914 for local protective duties and engineer services.11

The Second World War

Details of the 6th Field Company were mobilized for active service in Canada from 26 August 1939 to 31 December 1940 for local protective duties and engineer services.12

The 6th Field Company mobilized the '6th Field Company, RCE, CASF' for active service on 24 May 1940.13 It embarked for Britain in June 1941. The company participated on the landings at Normandy in June 1944 as part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.14 The overseas company was disbanded on 31 December 1945.15

A '2nd/6th Canadian Field Company, RCE, CAOF' was formed in Germany on 1 June 1945 to provide field engineer services for the allied occupation force.16 The company was disbanded on 29 April 1946.17

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1. GO 18/11.

2. GO 75/36.

3. GO 42/41; GO 213/43; and/et GO 439/44.

4. GO 400/45.

5. CAO 76-3, Issue No. 43/47.

6. CAO 76-3, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 412/54; and/et CAO 76-3, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 458/55.

7. DGOM Memorandum to C Prog, 1901-1774 TD 5115 (DGOM), 14 May 75; NDHQ Message DOE 255, 16 Jun 75; and/et CFOO 3.310, 20 Nov 75 / OOFC 3.310, 20 nov 75.

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

9. MOO 96/91, 19 Dec 91 / DMO 96/91, 19 déc 91.

10. CAO 110-3, Issue No. 43/47.

11. GO 130/14; and/et Colonel A.J. Kerry and Major W.A. McDill, The History of the Corps Of Royal Canadian Engineers, Volume 1 (1749-1939), (Ottawa: The Military Engineers Association of Canada, 1962), pp. 65 and 66.

12. GO 124/39; GO 134/39; GO 44/41; and/et Colonel A.J. Kerry and Major W.A. McDill, The History of the Corps Of Royal Canadian Engineers, Volume 2 (1936-1945), (Ottawa: The Military Engineers Association of Canada, 1966), pp. 15 and 16.

13. GO 184/40; and/et GO 50/41.

14. Colonel A.J. Kerry and Major W.A. McDill, The History of the Corps Of Royal Canadian Engineers, Volume 2 (1936-1945), (Ottawa: The Military Engineers Association of Canada, 1966), pp. 51 and 264.

15. GO 111/46.

16. GO 319/45.

17. GO 201/46.

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