The Winnipeg Grenadiers

The Winnipeg Grenadiers

The Winnipeg Grenadiers

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The Winnipeg Grenadiers was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army formed on 1st April 1908 under General Order No. 20. Initially it was raised with Headquarters at Morden, Manitoba and companies at: ‘A’ Company at Morden, ‘B’ Company at Morden, ‘C’ Company at Manitou, ‘D’ Company at Carmen,‘E’ Company at Roland, 'F’ Company at Pilot Mound, ‘G’ Company at Cartwright and ‘H’ Company at Boissevain. The unit did not have any active personnel enrolled at the formation.

On 1st February 1910 all companies and headquarters were moved to Winnipeg. On 2nd May 1910 the designation was changed to the "100th Winnipeg Grenadiers". The first officers were gazetted to the Regiment on 18th May 1910. Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Norlande Ruttan who came from the Retired List commanded the Regiment on organization (General Order No. 57 (HQ 32-1-107)). The Regiment was reorganized under General Order No. 120 (1915) on the 1st October 1915 to an establishment with four companies.

In 1965 it was placed on the Supplementary Order of Battle.

Combat Deployments

First World War

The 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers), CEF served in France and Belgium from 13 August 1916 to 4 May 1919. It was part of the 12th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division.

While in the field it took part in the following battles:

  • Battle of Ancre Heights (the Capture of Regina Trench) 17 October to 11 November 1916
  • Battle of Ancre 13 to 18 November 1916
  • Battle of Vimy......
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