WWI era 159th Battalion CEF (Algonquin Regiment) Cap Badge
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You are viewing the scans for a WWI era brass cap badge for the 159th battalion CEF. Also known as the Algonquin Regiment. A good heavy badge with both "Flat" style lugs intact. Appears to have an Ellis Hallmark. View scans for details.
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The Algonquin regiment was founded in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario in 1900 as the 97th Regiment of Rifles. In 1903 they were renamed the 97th Regiment Algonquin Rifles. They contributed the 122nd Battalion (Muskoka), the 159th Battalion (1st Algonquins), the 162nd Battalion (Parry Sound), the 228th Battalion (Northern Fusiliers), and the 256th Battalion, to the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WWI. In 1929 they became officially called the "Algonquin Regiment". On May 24th 1940 they were mobilized and served in Canada in a home defence role as part of the 20th Infantry Brigade, 7th Canadian Division and in Newfoundland from 7 February 1942 to 6 February 1943. It embarked for Great Britain on 11 June 1943 and landed in France on 25 July 1944, as part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Armoured Division, and continued to fight in North-West Europe until the end of the war.
On 4 May 1951, the regiment mobilized two temporary Active Force companies, designated "E" and "F" Companies. "E" Company was reduced to nil strength when its personnel were absorbed into the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion (later the 3rd Battalion, The Canadian Guards) for service in Germany with NATO. It disbanded on 29 July 1953. "F" Company was initially used as a reinforcement pool for "E" Company. On 15 May 1952, it was reduced to nil strength when its personnel were absorbed by the newly formed 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (later the 4th Battalion, The Canadian Guards) for service in Korea with the United Nations. "F" Company disbanded on 29 July 1953. The regiment contributed an aggregate of more than 20% of its authorized strength to the various Task Forces which served in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014.