Things Rangers Have Captured

Things Rangers Have Captured

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.

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The Court Martialed Subaltern

The Court Martialed Subaltern

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.

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Chapter 6 of the Ranger History

 Chapter 6 of the Ranger History

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.2

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Visit to Vimy - April 9

Visit to Vimy - April 9

Hello Ranger Family

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. 

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Rangers Vimy Event in Aurora

Rangers Vimy Event in Aurora

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.

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Christmas in the Trenches

Christmas in the Trenches

The members of the 20th Battalion, CEF were amongst the earliest volunteers for the First World War, many of who enlisted in September of 1914. They spent the next five Christmas’ away from their families, either training in Valcartier, PQ (1914), in France (1915-1917) or in Germany on occupation duties (1918).

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