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5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF

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5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF

The 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF, known as "Tuxford's Dandys," was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War.

History

The 5th Battalion was authorized on 10 August 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 29 September 1915. It entered the theatre of operations in France on 14 February 1915, where it fought as part of the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.

The 5th Battalion recruited in Brandon, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Red Deer, Alberta and Merritt and Vernon, British Columbia and was mobilized at Camp Valcartier, Quebec.

The 5th Battalion had five officers commanding:

  • Lt.-Col. G.S. Tuxford, 22 September 1915-January 11, 1916
  • Lt.-Col. H.M. Dyer, DSO, 11 January 1916 – 29 June 1917
  • Lt.-Col. L.P.O. Tudor, DSO, 29 June 1917 – 8 March 1917
  • Lt.-Col. L.L. Crawford, DSO, 8 March 1918 – 4 April 1918
  • Lt.-Col. L.P.O. Tudor, DSO, 4 April 1918-Demobilization
  • Sgt. Raphael Louis Zengel of the 5th Battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross for his action on 9 August 1918 at Warvillers, France. He had previously been awarded the Military Medal.

    The 5th Battalion Was awarded the following battle honours:

  • YPRES, 1915, '17
  • Gravenstafel
  • St. Julien
  • FESTUBERT, 1915
  • MOUNT SORREL
  • SOMME, 1916
  • Thiepval
  • Ancre Heights
  • ARRAS, 1917, '18
  • Vimy, 1917
  • Arleux
  • HILL 70
  • Passchendaele
  • AMIENS
  • Scarpe, 1918
  • Drocourt-Quéant
  • HINDENBURG LINE
  • Canal du Nord
  • PURSUIT TO MONS
  • FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18
  • 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF, is perpetuated by the North Saskatchewan Regiment.

    References

    5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF Wikipedia


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