The 1<sup>st</sup> Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
, is a Canadian Forces reserve artillery regiment
. It is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia
, at the Halifax Armoury
. The unit consists of two batteries
, the 51st and 84th Field Batteries (87 Field Battery existing only on paper since the late 1990's).
The regiment traces its lineage back to the Halifax Volunteer Artillery, which may have been in existence as early as 1776. The unit was officially recognized in 1791 and served into the mid-19th century, when it underwent a series of name changes. In 1885, the unit, then known as the "1st Halifax Brigade of Garrison Artillery", sent two batteries to participate in the North-West Rebellion
. At the onset of World War I
the 1st Halifax, by then designated as the "1st Halifax Regiment of Garrison Artillery", was called to active duty. It provided home defence in Halifax and served as a training unit for new artillery recruits throughout the war. It reverted to militia status after the end of the conflict and went through another series of name changes.
In 1939, as World War II
loomed, the unit, by then known as the "1st Halifax Coast Brigade, Canadian Artillery", was again called to active service. As in World War I, the 1st Halifax served in a home defence capacity and trained new recruits. The unit was re-designated as... Read More