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Canadian Army Mobilization Orders No. 11 to No. 18

June 26, 2021

                                                                                                           

 Mark W. Tonner

Infantry units – 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

Under Mobilization Order No. 11, dated 17 April 1943, with effect from 1 May 1943, the following Infantry units of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized in the United Kingdom under the supervision of Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

                                                Unit Mobilization

Unit Serial NumberSerial NumberUnit
183183/11st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Canada, CIC
182182/11st Battalion, The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, CIC
181181/11st Battalion, The Essex Scottish Regiment, CIC
186186/11st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, CIC
188188/11st Battalion, Le Regiment de Maisonneuve, CIC
192192/11st Battalion, The Calgary Highlanders, CIC
187187/11st Battalion, Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, CIC
193193/11st Battalion, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, CIC
191191/11st Battalion, The South Saskatchewan Regiment, CIC
Mobilization Order No. 11, dated 17 April 1943.

RCA units – 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

Under Mobilization Order No. 12, dated 18 April 1943, with effect from 1 May 1943, the following RCA units of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized in the United Kingdom under the supervision of Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

                                                Unit Mobilization

Unit Serial NumberSerial NumberUnit
154154/1Headquarters of 2nd Divisional Artillery, RCA
155155/14th Field Regiment, RCA
 155A/1Headquarters, 4th Field Regiment, RCA
 155B/12nd (Ottawa) Field Battery, RCA
 155C/114th (Midland) Field Battery, RCA
 155D/126th (Lambton) Field Battery, RCA
160160/15th Field Regiment, RCA
 160A/1Headquarters, 5th Field Regiment, RCA
 160B/15th (Westmount) Field Battery, RCA
 160C/128th (Newcastle) Field Battery, RCA
 160D/173rd Field Battery, RCA
165165/16th Field Regiment, RCA
 165A/1Headquarters, 6th Field Regiment, RCA
 165B/113th (Winnipeg) Field Battery, RCA
 165C/191st Field Battery, RCA
 165D/121st Field Battery, RCA
170170/12nd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA
 170A/1Headquarters, 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA
 170B/118th Anti-Tank Battery, RCA
 170C/120th Anti-Tank Battery, RCA
 170D/1108th Anti-Tank Battery, RCA
 170E/123rd Anti-Tank Battery, RCA
142142/13rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA
 142A/1Headquarters, 3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA
 142B/138th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, RCA
 142C/116th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, RCA
 142D/117th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, RCA
Mobilization Order No. 12, dated 18 April 1943.

RCE units – 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

Under Mobilization Order No. 13, dated 18 April 1943, with effect from 1 May 1943, the following RCE units of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized in the United Kingdom under the supervision of Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

                                                Unit Mobilization

Unit Serial NumberSerial NumberUnit
171171/1Headquarters of 2nd Divisional Engineers, RCE
172172/11st (Lambton) Field Park Company, RCE
173173/12nd Field Company, RCE
174174/17th Field Company, RCE
175175/111th (Lambton) Field Company, RCE
Mobilization Order No. 13, dated 18 April 1943.

RCASC units 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

Under Mobilization Order No. 14, dated 17 April 1943, with effect from 1 May 1943, the following RCASC units of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized in the United Kingdom under the supervision of Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:, and Headquarters, 1st Canadian Corps:

                                                Unit Mobilization

Unit Serial NumberSerial NumberUnit
195195/1Headquarters Commander 2nd Infantry Division RCASC
11591159/1No. 27 Company, RCASC (employed as 2nd Infantry Divisional Troops Company, RCASC)
196196/1No. 4 Company, RCASC (employed as 4th Infantry Brigade Company, RCASC)
197197/1No. 5 Company, RCASC (employed as 5th Infantry Brigade Company, RCASC)
198198/1No. 6 Company, RCASC (employed as 6th Infantry Brigade Company, RCASC)
381381/1No. 45 General Transport Company, RCASC (employed as 2nd Infantry Divisional Transport Company, RCASC )
Mobilization Order No. 14, dated 17 April 1943.

RCAMC units 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

Under Mobilization Order No. 15, dated 18 April 1943, with effect from 1 May 1943, the following RCAMC units of the 2 nd Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized in the United Kingdom under the supervision of Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

                                                Unit Mobilization

Unit Serial NumberSerial NumberUnit
201201/1No. 10 Field Ambulance, RCAMC
199199/1No. 11 Field Ambulance, RCAMC
200200/1No. 18 Field Ambulance, RCAMC
13661366/1No. 3 Field Dressing Station, RCAMC
13671367/1No. 4 Field Dressing Station, RCAMC
202202/1No. 13 Field Hygiene Section, RCAMC
Mobilization Order No. 15, dated 18 April 1943.

RCOC units 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

Under Mobilization Order No. 16, dated 18 April 1943, with effect from 1 May 1943, the following RCOC units of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized in the United Kingdom:

                                                Unit Mobilization

Unit Serial NumberSerial NumberUnit
15021502/1Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Divisional Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, RCOC
232A232A/14th Infantry Brigade Workshop, RCOC
232B232B/15th Infantry Brigade Workshop, RCOC
232C232C/16th Infantry Brigade Workshop, RCOC
666666/1No. 20 Light Aid Detachment (Type A), RCOC
665665/1No. 19 Light Aid Detachment (Type B), RCOC
668668/1No. 22 Light Aid Detachment (Type B), RCOC
670670/1No. 24 Light Aid Detachment (Type B), RCOC
687687/1No. 69 Light Aid Detachment (Type A), RCOC
669669/1No. 23 Light Aid Detachment (Type B), RCOC
667667/1No. 21 Light Aid Detachment (Type B), RCOC
662662/1No. 16 Light Aid Detachment (Type A), RCOC
663663/1No. 17 Light Aid Detachment (Type A), RCOC
664664/1No. 18 Light Aid Detachment (Type A), RCOC
610E610E/13rd Light Anti-Aircraft Workshop (Type A), RCOC
849849/1No. 2 Infantry Troops Workshop, RCOC
117C117C/12nd Infantry Divisional Sub-Park, RCOC
235A235A/1No. 2 Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit, RCOC
Mobilization Order No. 16, dated 18 April 1943.

Sigs and Recce units 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

Under Mobilization Order No.17, dated 17 April 1943, with effect from 1 May 1943, the following Sigs and Recce units of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized in the United Kingdom under the supervision of Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

                                                Unit Mobilization

Unit Serial NumberSerial NumberUnit
176176/12nd Canadian Divisional Signals, RC Signals
581581/18th Reconnaissance Regiment (14th Canadian Hussars), CAC
Mobilization Order No. 17, dated 17 April 1943.

Headquarters units – 2nd Canadian Infantry Division:

Under Mobilization Order No. 18, dated 18 April 1943, with effect from 1 May 1943, the following Headquarters units of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized in the United Kingdom:

                                                Unit Mobilization

Unit Serial NumberSerial NumberUnit
152152/1Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
180180/1Headquarters, 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade
185185/1Headquarters, 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade
190190/1Headquarters, 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade
254B254B/12nd Infantry Division Section Reinforcement Camp
542542/1No. 2 Canadian Field Security Section
203203/1No. 2 Provost Company
204204/12nd Divisional Postal Unit, CPC
233233/1No. 2 Field Cash Office
Mobilization Order No. 18, dated 18 April 1943.

Acknowledgments:

The Author wishes to thank Mike Reintjes for putting the idea to write this, and following articles, on the series of Canadian Army Mobilization Orders which began to be issued to the Canadian Army Overseas by Canadian Military Headquarters (London), as the possibility of active operations approached in the spring of 1943. I wish to also thank Richard Law for publishing this article.

Sources:

–               LAC/ RG24, C-2, Volume: 12500, File: 6/MOB ORDER 11/1; File: 6/MOB ORDER 12/1; File: 6/MOB ORDER 13/1; File: 6/MOB ORDER 14/1; File: 6/MOB ORDER 15/1; File: 6/MOB ORDER 16/1; File: 6/MOB ORDER 17/1; and File: 6/MOB ORDER 18/1.

–               ON ACTIVE SERVICE, by M.W. Tonner, 2008, Service Publications; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ISBN 1 – 894581 – 44 – X

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