WWII era Grey & Simcoe Foresters Cap badge & collar set (3 pcs)
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You are viewing the scans for this exquisite offering of a solid white metal and brass WW2 era Grey & Simcoe Foresters cap badge, and it accompanying brass collar set.. The badges are in excellent condition with all original lugs intact and in good order.
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Some History: The 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry was organized and formed from six independent and rifle companies located in Owen Sound, Meaford, Leith, Durham and Flesherton, and Gazetted on 14 September 1866. These independent companies from Grey and Simcoe counties had deployed from 186466 to guard strategic points along the Canada-USA border in response to the Fenian Raids. During World War I the 31st and 35th regiments recruited men for four battalions (the 147th, 157th, 177th, and 248th (Grey) Battalion) and supplied quotas for two more, the 4th and 15th Battalions, CEF. In 1917, Private Thomas William Holmes of the 147th Grey Battalion became Canada's youngest winner of the Victoria Cross, while assigned to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles. By war's end, the Grey and Simcoe counties had contributed over 6,000 soldiers, of whom several hundred were killed-in-action. The Grey's Roll of Honour alone lists 342 killed-in-action.
During World War II They embarked for England on June 16, 1943, having served as local protection force in Ontario and Nova Scotia since mobilization. Unfortunately, the regiment had to swallow a bitter pill when on November 1, 1943 the regiment was broken up for reinforcements. Consequently, Foresters found themselves represented in tank regiments in almost every theater of conflict.
Today the Grey and Simcoe Foresters are conveniently stationed near the 4th Canadian Division Training Center, formerly Land Force Central Area Training Center