How did Simcoe rise from an Ensign in a Light Company in 1770, to a Lt. Colonel in 1779? War certainly helped, but so did luck and being in the right place with the right experience at the right time.Read More
One of the Regiment’s battle honours that is not emblazoned on the Guidon is “Canal du Nord.” Running from 27 September to 1 October 1918, this battle opened the way for the Allied Armies into Cambrai.Read More
There is a widespread military expression attributed to General Omar Bradley: “Dilettantes talk about strategy, amateurs about tactics, professional soldiers talk about logistics.” By that standard no soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force were more professional than the 127th Battalion.Read More
Tracing Simcoe's early education and development as a junior officer. Please leave a comment as to whether you liked or disliked the article. Better yet the author would love to engage in some heated arguments about Simcoe and the perspectives he has shared in this series. Let him know what you think.Read More
Rangers must be inquisitive and conditionally aggressive; that was what Robert Rogers needed, and it is good to know that a habit of acquiring things still endures. However, some things never really change. There are things officers and sergeants major should know about, things they will know about and pretend that they don’t, and things they shouldn’t know about.Read More
It is perhaps not surprising that military history often focuses on great battles, inspiring leaders and victories that changed the course of history. Arguably as interesting, however, are the smaller human dramas which take place in the background to these “great” events. Though they are often not recorded or remembered by other than those who were there, it is these stories which make the official history richer. One such story that has survived to present day is that of the court martial of Lieutenant Nathaniel Fitzpatrick of the Queen’s Rangers.Read More
In summer 1914 Canada had been at peace for a century. Over the past hundred years, Britain’s colonies in North America had already gone well on the way to full sovereignty - without the fire and sword of rebellion against the Crown. They still maintained a close bond with the mother country. Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier had reminded the House of Commons four years earlier, “When Britain is at War, Canada is at war.”1 Therefore, when the assassination of the heir to the Habsburg throne in Sarajevo in late June ultimately led Great Britain to enter hostilities with Germany on August 4, Canada immediately entered the fight.2Read More
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The day we have come thousands of km to participate in was here - April 9th. We attended the Vimy Ridge memorial a couple of times during the Sunrise and Sunset ceremonies, however never had time to explore it. Now, we would be witnessing the 100th anniversary event that all of Canada and beyond has been waiting for. The schedule for the day was very simple, attend the event and the reception, however it was very hectic.Read More
To honour the sacrifice and victory of the 20th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, in the Battle of Vimy Ridge the Regimental Council of The Queen’s York Rangers hosted a sold-out Centenary Evening.
The Queens York Rangers perpetuate the 20th Battalion, 37th Battalion, 127th Battalion and 220th Battalion, all of whom were part of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WWI. Their combined service during the Great War earned the Rangers ten Battle Honours.