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3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1915-1918

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1.3 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of the battalion's activities. Volume 4036 includes the following files: Aircraft 1915-1917 (folder 1, file 1); Ammunition, large 1916-1917 (folder 1, file 2); Appointments, promotions 1916 (folder 1, file 3); Arms and ammunition, small 1915-1916 (folder 1, file 4); Artillery and trench mortars 1916-1917 (folder 1, file 5); Artillery and trench mortars. Reports 1915-1917 (folder 1, files 6 and 7); Badges 1915-1916 (folder 1, file 8); Battle stops and refilling points 1915-1916 (folder 1, file 9); Billets and billeting 1915-1917 (folder 1, file 10); Bombs and grenades 1915-1917 (folder 1, file 11); Burials and cemeteries 1915-1917 (folder 1, file 12); Cameras 1915-1916 (folder 1, file 13); Camps 1916 (folder 1, file 14); Candles 1915 (folder 1, file 15); Canteens, 1916 (folder 1, file 16). Volume 4037 includes the following files: Address by Bishop of London March 1915 (folder 3, book 2); Casualties 11915-1917 (folder 2, files 1-3); Censorship 1916-1917 (folder 2, file 4); Circular letters 1915-1917 (folder 2, file 5); Clothing and equipment 1915-1917 (folder 2, file 6); Clubs, 1915-1916 (folder 2, file 7); Codes, 1916-1917 (folder 2, file 8); Conferences, 1916-1917 (folder 2, file 9); Army books containing material on a wide variety of subjects, 1915-1916 (folders 3-4 and Vol. 4038, folders 5-7). Volume 4038 includes the following files: Defences, 1915-1917 (folder 8, file 1); Schemes. Kemmil Jan-Feb 1916 (folder 8, file 2); Schemes, 1 Cdn Div Dec 1917 (folder 8, file 3); Schemes,. 1 Cdn Div Jan 1918 (folder 8, file 4); Schemes, Hill 70 sector March 1918 (folder 8, file 5); Schemes, Pont du Jour sector April 1918 (folder 8, file 6); Trenches and dugouts 1915-1917 (folder 8, file 7); Wire and wiring parties 1915-1917 (folder 8, file 8). Volume 4039 includes the following files: Defences. Work and working parties 1915-1917 (folder 9, files 1-4); Demolitions, 1916 (folder 10, file 1); Designation 1916 (folder 10, file 2); Discipline 1915-1917 (folder 10, files 3-5); Disposition, locations reports 1915-1917 (folder 10, files 6-7); Dressing stations 1916 (folder 10, file 8); Dumps 1916 (folder 10, file 9); Entertainments 1915-1916 (folder 10, file 10); Establishments 1914-1917 (folder 10, file 11); Field kitchens and cookers 1916-1917 (folder 10, file 12); Forestry 1917 (folder 10, file 13); Franchise 1916 (folder 10, file 14); Gas 1915-1917 (folder 10, file 15); Guards and sentries, 1915-1917 (folder 10, file 16); Guns (machine and Lewis) 1915-1917 (folder 10, file 17); Helmets 1915-1917 (folder 11, file1); Honours and awards 1916-1917 (folder 11, file 2); Inspections 1915-1917 (folder 11, file 3); Intelligence summaries 1916 (folder 11, file 4); Intelligence reports 1915-1917 (folder 11, file 5-6); Intelligence 1915-1917 (folder 11, file 7); Interpreters 1915-1917 (folder 11, file 8); Leave 1915-1917 (folder 11, file 9-11). Volume 4040 includes the following files: Maps 1915-1917 (folder 12, file 1); Medical 1915-1917 (folder 12, file 2); Messes and messing 1916-1917 (folder 12, file 3); Mining and miners 1915-1917 (folder 12, file 4); Mining, German 1916 (folder 12, file 5); Montenegrins 1915 (folder 12, file 6); Moves and reliefs 1915-1917 (folder 12, files 7-8); Munitions workers 1916 (folder 12, file 9); Officers 1915-1917 (folder 12, files 10-13); Operations. St Eloi 1915-1916 (folder 13, file 1); Operations. Mount Sorrel June 1916 (folder 13, file 2); Operations. Somme Sept-Oct 1916 (folder 13, file 3); Operations. Machine guns 1915-1916 (folder 13, file 4); Operations. Minor 1916-1917 (folder 13, files 5-7); Operations. Lessons learned from 1916 (folder 13, file 8); Orders. 1 Cdn Inf Bde 1916 (folder 13, file 9); Orders. 3 Cdn Inf Battn 1915-1916 (folder 13, file 10); Orders. Special of the day 1915-1916 (folder 14, file 1); Orders. Town 1916 (folder 14, file 2); Orders. Battalion 1915-1916 (folder 14, books 1-7); Organization 1915-1917 (folder 14, file 10). Volume 4041 includes the following files: Parades 1915-1917 (folder 15, file 1); Patrols 1915-1917 (folder 15, file 2); Passwords 1916 (folder 15, file 3); Pay and allowances 1916 (folder 15, file 4); Personnel 1916-1917 (folder 16, files 1-2); Pigeon service 1915-1917 (folder 16, file 3); Prisoners of war 1915-1916 (folder 16, file 4); Progress reports 1915-1917 (folder 16, file 5-6); Propaganda (folder 16, file 7); Rations 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 1); Reconnaissance 1916-1917 (folder 17, file 2); Reinforcements 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 3); Remounts 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 4); Reports and returns 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 5); Salvage 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 6); Sanitation 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 7); Scouts and snipers 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 8); Self inflicted and accidental wounds 1916-1917 (folder 17, file 9); Sickness 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 10); Signal service 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 11); Signals, S.O.S. 1916-1917 (folder 17, file 12); Signals, German 1915-1917 (folder 17, file 13). Volume 4042 includes the following files: Situation reports 1915-1917 (folder 18, files 1-3); Smoke screens, 1916 (folder 18, file 4); Sports 1915-1917 (folder 18, file 5); Stores 1915-1917 (folder 18, files 6-9); Stores 1915-1917 (folder 19, files 1-3); Strength 1915-1917 (folder 19, files 4-6); Training 1915-1917 (folder 20, files 1-7); Transport and traffic 1915-1917 (folder 20, file 8); Trench mortars 1916 (folder 20, file 9); Trophies 1917 (folder 20, file 10); Visits 1915 (folder 20, file 11); Water supply 1915-1917 (folder 20, file 12); Wind reports 1915 (folder 20, file 13); Army workshops 1915 (folder 20, file 14).

Textual records
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Volume
from 4036 to 4042
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Archival reference no.
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Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Textual records The finding aid's file level descriptions can be accessed through the consists of fields in the MIKAN record. A paper copy is also available in the Reference room. The finding aid is a typed list consisting of volume number, file number, title and outside dates. Note that this descriptive record is based on information found in finding aid 9-37 and in Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. 9-37-5 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized at Valcartier under Camp Order 241 of 2 September 1914 and was composed of recruits from Toronto. The battalion was commanded successively by Lieutenant-Colonels R. Rennie, W.D. Allen DSO and J.B. Rogers DSO, MC.

The battalion embarked at Quebec on 25 September 1914 aboard TUNISIAN, disembarking in England on 16 October. Its strength was 42 officers and 1123 other ranks. The battalion arrived in France on 11 February 1915, becoming part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by the12th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 23 March 1919, arrived in Canada on 21 April 1919, was demobilized on 23 April 1919 and disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.

The battalion band was organized in September 1915, its composite air was `The March of the Buffs', `British Grenadiers' and `Men of Harlech'. The battalion colours were purchased in England in 1919 and the mascot was a goat.

The 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and by The Toronto Regiment. The latter amalgamated with The Royal Grenadiers in 1936 forming The Royal Regiment of Canada.

Additional information

Accruals
No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
For related records found elsewhere in this fonds, see the following files: War diary, 14 Oct 1914-28 Feb 1919 (RG9-III, Vols. 4915, folders 356-358 ); Promotions (RG9-III, Vol. 979, file P-21-3); Promotions, appointments (RG9-III, Vol. 984, file P79-3); Court of inquiry, shortage QM stores (RG9-III, Vol. 1479, file C-166-7); Operations Souckey 5-27 Dec 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 3858, folder 84, file 7); Designation 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 3879, folder 13, file 12); Claim for machine guns 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 3890, folder 46, file 11); Strength Dec 1918-Jan 1919 (RG9-III, Vol. 3894, folder 57, file 26); Operation Somme Sept-Oct 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4011, folder 17, file 4); Minor operations. Proceedings of court of inquiry, 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4017, folder 35, file 7); Minor operations. Court of inquiry re Dec 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4017, folder 35, file 18); Affiliation and The Buffs Feb 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4023, folder 1, file 3); Colours 1919 (RG9-III, Vol. 4024, folder 3, file 1); Defence schemes April 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4024, folder 3, file 15); Minor re court of inquiry April 1919 (RG9-III, Vol. 4027, folder 13, file 4); Operations Cambrai Oct 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4028, folder 16, file 3); Operations orders Oct 1917-April 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4029, folder 19, file 5); Operations Mount Sorrel May-Aug 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4051, folder 19, file 4); Operations orders 6-15 Oct 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4055, folder 29, file 14); Operations orders 4-19 March 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4067, folder 5, file 10); Intelligence reports, 26 Oct 1916-17 Nov 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4074, folder 1, file 18); Minor operations, 8 Dec 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4148, folder 14, file 12); Minor operations, 31 Jan-5 Feb 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4286, folder 9, file 3); Minor operations, 8 Dec 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4367, folder 11, file 8); Badges 1917-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 2); Historical record 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 1); Honours and awards (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 3); Lieut W. E. Chatterton Nov 1916 (Somme) (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 8); Corp G.A. Dawes, June 1915 (Givenchy) (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 7); Lieut G.C. Willis, April 1916 (St Eloi) (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 5); Operations. Mount Sorrel June 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 6); Minor operations, 9 Dec 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 9); Photographs (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 4); Nominal roll on embarkation, 1914 (RG 9, II 63, Vol. 79); Promotions, appointments (RG9-III, Vol. 2907, file P-24-33). For related records found in the Department of National Defence fonds, see the following files: Badges (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-487-1); Officers (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-487-2); Demobilization (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-487-3); History (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-487-4); Appointment of officers (RG 24, Vol. 1378, file HQ 593-6-1-3); DHS file (RG 24, Vol. 1904, file DHS 5-7-3); GAQ file (RG 24, Vol. 1846, file GAQ 11-31); QOR file (RG 24, Vol. 1829, file GAQ 7-36). This information is based on Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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