Volume 3, Part 2: Infantry Regiments

LE RÉGIMENT DE MAISONNEUVE

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Description

Sable a shield of the arms of Paul Chomedy de Maisonneuve (Argent three torches enflamed Gules) all within an annulus Gules inscribed LE RÉGIMENT DE MAISONNEUVE in letters Argent and surmounting a fleur-de-lis Argent ensigned by the Royal Crown proper and environed by two branches of maple bound Or bearing at the base a scroll Azure inscribed with the Motto in letters Or.

Symbolism

The maple leaves represent service to Canada, and the Crown, service to the Sovereign. The fleur-de-lis is a widely-known emblem of the Province of Quebec. Paul Chomedy de Maisonneuve was the founder of Montreal. The black background represents a canon ball. "LE RÉGIMENT DE MAISONNEUVE" is the regimental title and "BON COEUR ET BON BRAS" is the motto of the regiment.

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MOTTO

BON COEUR ET BON BRAS (Good heart and strong arm)

MARCH

"Sambre et Meuse"

ALLIANCE

British Army

The Rifles

BATTLE HONOURS

The First World War

MOUNT SORREL; SOMME, 1916; ARRAS, 1917; HILL 70; YPRES, 1917; AMIENS.

The Second World War

BOURGUÉBUS RIDGE; Faubourg de Vaucelles; Maltot; Verrières Ridge-Tilly-la-Campagne; FALAISE; Falaise Road; Forêt de la Londe; Dunkirk, 1944; Antwerp-Turnhout Canal; THE SCHELDT; Woensdrecht; South Beveland; Walcheren Causeway; THE RHINELAND; The Reichswald; The Hochwald; Xanten; Groningen; Oldenburg; NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1944-1945.

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LINEAGE

This Reserve Force regiment originated in Montreal, Quebec on 4 June 1880, when the '85th Battalion of Infantry' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '85th Regiment' on 8 May 1900;2 'Le Régiment de Maisonneuve' on 29 March 1920;3 '2nd (Reserve) Battalion, Le Régiment de Maisonneuve' on 7 November 1940;4 and 'Le Régiment de Maisonneuve' on 15 December 1945.5

Notes:

Upon redesignation as Le Régiment de Maisonneuve on 29 March 1920 (see above), it was organized as a two battalion regiment with the 1st Battalion on the Non Permanent Active Militia order of battle, and the 2nd Battalion on the Reserve order of battle.

Le Régiment de Maisonneuve was disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 15 March 1921 and reorganized the same day (GO 133/21). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the regiment.

On 15 May 1922, the 1st Battalion was redesignated the 1st Battalion (206th Battalion, CEF) (GO 89/22). The reserve unit was disbanded on 14 December 1936 (GO 3/37).

On 8 June 1961, the perpetuation of the 41st "Overseas" Battalion, CEF was assigned to the regiment (CAO 33-1 and CAO 229-1, Issue No. 698/61).

Perpetuations

'41st' and '206th "Overseas" Battalion(s), CEF'

Headquarters Location

Montreal, Quebec

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OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The First World War

Details of the 85th Regiment were placed on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protection duties.6

The 41st Battalion, which was authorized on 7 November 1914 as the '41st Battalion, CEF',7 embarked for Great Britain on 18 October 1915.8 It provide reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until 13 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed by the '69th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF'.9 The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.10

The 206th Battalion, which was authorized on 15 July 1916 as the '206th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF',11 sent two reinforcing drafts to Bermuda.12 On 17 August 1916, its personnel were absorbed, in Canada, by the '167th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF'.13 The battalion was disbanded on 1 August 1918.14

The Second World War

The regiment mobilized 'Le Régiment de Maisonneuve, CASF' for active service on 1 September 1939.15 It was redesignated '1st Battalion, Le Régiment de Maisonneuve, CASF' on 7 November 1940.16 It embarked for Great Britain on 24 August 1940.17 On 7 July 1944, the battalion landed in France as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, and it continued to fight in North West Europe until the end of the war.18 The overseas battalion was disbanded on 15 December 1945.19

The regiment subsequently mobilized the '3rd Battalion, Le Régiment de Maisonneuve, CASF' for active service on 12 May 1942.20 It served in Canada in a home defence role as part of the 21st Infantry Brigade, 8th Canadian Division.21 The battalion was disbanded on 15 October 1943.22

REGIMENTAL COLOUR

Le Régiment de Maisonneuve

CAMP FLAG

Le Régiment de Maisonneuve


1. MGO 11/80. Formé de trois compagnies indépendantes d'infanterie et de deux nouvelles compagnies, autorisées selon les dates suivantes : « No. 1 Company » (An Infantry Company at the Village of St. Jean Baptiste, 16 juillet 1869); « No. 2 Company » (St. Jérôme Infantry Company, 16 janvier 1880); « No. 3 Company » (No. 2 Laprairie Infantry Company, 6 février 1880); et les nouvellement autorisées « No. 4 Company » (Côte St. Paul Infantry Company) et « No. 5 Company » (Longueuil Infantry Company) / Formed from three independent and two new infantry companies authorized on the following dates: 'No. 1 Company' (An Infantry Company at the Village of St. Jean Baptiste, 16 July 1869); 'No. 2 Company' (St. Jérôme Infantry Company, 16 January 1880); 'No. 3 Company' (No. 2 Laprairie Infantry Company, 6 February 1880); and the newly authorized 'No. 4 Company' (Côte St. Paul Infantry Company) and 'No. 5 Company' (Longueuil Infantry Company).

2. MO 105/1900.

3. MO 95/20.

4. GO 42/41.

5. GO 400/45; et/and GO 85/46.

6. GO 142/14.

7. GO 86/15.

8. CEF Sailing List, vol. III. Le bataillon envoya également un contingent de renforts outre-mer le 17 juin 1915 /The Battalion also sent a reinforcing draft overseas on 17 June 1915.

9. Edwin Pye Papers, Summary of History of C.E.F. Units - 41st Battalion, Collection de documents/Document Collection 74/672, séries/Series IV, boîte/Box 11, chemise/Folder 41.

10. GO 149/20.

11. GO 69/16.

12. CEF Sailing List, vol. X. Le bataillon envoya les deux contingents de renforts outre-mer les 28 juillet 1916 et 11 août 1916 /The Battalion sent the two reinforcing drafts overseas on 28 July 1916 and 11 August 1916.

13. Edwin Pye Papers, Summary of History of C.E.F. Units - 206th Battalion, Collection de documents/Document Collection 74/672, séries/Series IV, boîte/Box 13, chemise/Folder 206.

14. GO 98/18.

15. GO 135/39.

16. GO 42/41.

17. Collection de documents/Document Collection 92/252, (3-6-41) Le Régiment de Maisonneuve, boîte/Box 37, chemise/Folder 5.

18. Cercle des officiers du Régiment de Maisonneuve, rédigé par Jacques Gouin, Bon coeur et bon bras, Histoire du Régiment de Maisonneuve 1880-1980, (Montréal, 1980), passim.

19. GO 85/46.

20. GO 309/42.

21. Collection de documents/Document Collection 92/252, (3-6-41) Le Régiment de Maisonneuve, boîte/Box 37, chemise/Folder 5.

22. GO 15/44.

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