Set of 3 Post war Queen's Own cap & collar Set
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The long glorious history of the Queens Own Rifles dates from before confederation. The 2nd Battalion, Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada was formed on April 26, 1860, The Queen's Own Rifles of Toronto were called out on active service from 8 to 31 March and from 1 to 22 June 1866. The battalion fought on the Niagara frontier against the American Fenian Raiders. The Queen's Own Rifles first saw combat and sustained nine killed in action during the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866, where they, and the 13th Volunteer Infantry Battalion (the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry), fell back when charged by a massive force of better armed and highly experienced Fenian insurgents, composed of recent Irish American Civil War veterans, who attacked from the US.
The 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada mobilized detachments for active service on 10 April 1885 that served with the Battleford Column of the North West Field Force, and were removed from active service on 24 July 1885. They were re-named the 2nd Regiment Queen's Own Rifles of Canada on 8 May 1900, after service in the Boar War. The Regiment contributed volunteers for the Canadian Contingents, mainly the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry. This was the first time that soldiers from the Regiment fought on foreign soil.
In the First World War, none of the existing militia infantry regiments in Canada were formally mobilized. In 1914 The Queen's Own formed the 3rd Canadian battalion. The 3rd Battalion, CEF was authorized on 10 August 1914 and embarked for Britain on 26 September 1914. It disembarked in France on 11 February 1915 and fought as part of the 1st Infantry Brigade,1st Canadian Division, in France and Flanders until the end of the war. During the war the 83rd Battalion and the 95th Battalion CEF the 166 Battalion and the 255th battalion were all raised from the Queens Own Rifles Regiment. The Queen's Own Rifles have perpetuated the traditions and battle honours of the 3rd Battalion, 83rd Battalion, 95th Battalion, 166th Battalion, 198th Battalion, and 255th Battalion, CEF. Both the QOR and The Royal Regiment of Canada perpetuate the 3rd Battalion.
In WWII they were part of the Invasion of Normandy, the regiment landed in France as part of the 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. The first major combat operations were on D-day 6 June 1944. The Queen's Own Rifles landed on "Nan" sector of Juno Beach and with the support of the tanks of the Fort Garry Horse Armored Regiment, they captured the strategic seaside resort town of Bernières-sur-Mer. The battalion fought its way to its D-Day objective - the village of Anisy 13.5 km (8.4 mi) inland, the only Regiment to reach its assigned objective that day. The QOR had the highest casualties among the Canadian regiments, with 143 killed, wounded or captured. As well as losses in the initial landing, the reserve companies' landing craft struck mines as they approached the beach. In the battle for Caen, the QOR - as part of the 8th Infantry Brigade - participated in Operation Windsor to capture the airfield at Carpiquet which was defended by a detachment from the 12th SS Panzer-Division Hitler Jugend. During the war, 463 riflemen were killed in action and almost 900 were wounded as they fought through Normandy, Northern France, and into Belgium and the Netherlands, where they liberated the crucial Channel ports. Sixty more members of the regiment were killed while serving with other units in Hong Kong, Italy and northwest Europe. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 30 November 1945.