- The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
Infobox Military Unit
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
caption=Cap Badge of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
branch= Army Reserves
size= One battalion
command_structure= Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
current_commander= LCol Delaney
ceremonial_chief= HRH Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
ceremonial_chief_label=Colonel in Chief
motto= "In Pace Paratus" (In Peace Prepared)
march= Quick: "The Buffs /
The Maple Leaf Forever"
Double Past: "Money Musk"
anniversaries= 150th Anniversary on April 26, 2010
identification_symbol_4=QOR of C
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada are a
militia regimentwithin the Canadian Forces, based in Toronto, Ontario. The regiment is part of Land Force Central Area's 32 Canadian Brigade Group. It is the only Primary Reserveregiment in Canada to have a parachute role. The regiment consists of the Reserve Battalion, the Regimental Association [http://www.qor.com/association.html] and The Regimental Band. [http://www.qor.com/band/band.html] The official abbreviation is QOR of C, but the name is often abbreviated to QOR.
The QOR of C parade out of
Moss Park Armouryin downtown Torontoand Dalton Armouryin Scarborough every Wednesday night. The unit motto is "In Pace Paratus" - In Peace Prepared.
The Reserve Battalion is made up of the following companies:
* Battalion Headquarters
* 60th Company
* Buffs Company (
* Victoria Company (Combat Service Support)
* Para Company
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada are the only militia regiment in Canada that participates in parachuting exercises. The unit has qualified Parachute Instructors and
jumpmasters. Members also take courses in helicopter operations, aerial delivery, and as LZ/DZ (landing zone/drop zone) controllers. Members of the QOR have also been sent on the arduous Patrol Pathfinder Course. Qualified personnel in jump positions are allowed the honour of wearing the maroon beret. Trained soldiers are addressed as Riflemen.
The Queen's Own Rifles have had a long standing support role with the Canadian Parachute Centre, recently incorporated into the new
Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre. Several reserve units have soldiers who have completed the Canadian Army's Basic Parachutist Course, but none can bring Parachute Instructors, jumpmasters, parachute riggers, LZ/DZ controllers, and aerial delivery specialists together like the QOR. They also send many parachute instructors and jumpmasters to assist with parachuting courses. Most members of Para Company jump several times a year, as opposed to parachutists in other reserve units who do not have the option to jump with their units.
The Canadian Forces SkyHawks Parachute Demonstration Team has also had support from the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, with several members joining the elite demonstration team.
Many current and former members of the QOR are also members of the
Canadian Airborne Forces Association.
Members of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada have served on recent overseas tours including: UNTAG (United Nations Transition Assistance Group) Namibia 1989 -1990, Cambodia, Cyprus, Somalia (for Operation Deliverance 1992-1993 members were attached to 1,2 and 3 Commando of the Canadian Airborne Regiment), Sierra Leone, Bosnia,
Kosovo, Afghanistanand the Sudan.
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (originally named 2nd Battalion, Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada) was formed on
April 26, 1860, predating the Confederation of Canada. It is Canada's oldest continuously-serving infantry regiment.
The Queen's Own Rifles first saw combat during the
Battle of Ridgeway. The Second Boer Warwas the first time that soldiers from the Queen's Own Rifles fought on foreign soil. They were recognized for their service and earned a Battle Honourfor the regiment, even though they were not allowed to wear the QOR cap badge in South Africa.
The regiment also saw combat in both World Wars and the
Korean War, as well as during conflicts after these wars.
From 1983 to 1995, the regiment was operationally tasked to provide an airborne company to the
Canadian Airborne Regiment.
The unit played a large role in securing the
Victoria Crossof Corporal Frederick George Tophamin 2005.
April 22, 2006, the QOR opened Dalton Armouryin Scarborough as part of the Land Force Reserve Restructure expansion. Buffs Company parades out of Dalton Armoury. In September 1910, the QOR went on a 13 mile route march with The Buffs (East Kent) Regimentof the British Army. It was noted that the Buffs and QOR used the same regimental march, a tune known as "The Regimental Quick Step of the Buffs" composed for The Buffs by Handel. A regimental alliance was made official in 1914.
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada have earned 46
battle honoursduring its history. The battle honours in bold are approved to be emblazoned on the Regimental Drums (Rifle Regiments do not carry "Colours").
First World War
*Hindenburg Line, Battles of
*Canal du Nord
*Pursuit to Mons
*FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18
econd World War
*Faubourg de Vaucelles
*Emmerich – Hoch Elten
*NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45
Battle of Ridgeway, Fenian Raids, 1866
Battle of Cut Knife, North-West Rebellion, 1885
First World War
**Canal du Nord
Pursuit to Mons
Second World War
Victoria Cross recipients
Seven members of the Regiment have been awarded the VC, the last was *Sgt
Aubrey Cosens, VC (May 21, 1921 - February 26, 1945)
*HM Queen Mary (1928-1953)
*HRH Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy (1960- )
Right Honourable Vincent Masseywas appointed Governor General of Canadain 1952. He was the first Canadian appointed to the post, and since then the Governor General has always been a Canadian citizen. Massey Hallin Toronto was named for his family.
William Dillon Otter(3 December 1843 – 6 May 1929) KCB, CVO, VD was the first Canadian-born Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Army.
Charles H. Belzile, CM, CMM, CD was a former head of the Canadian Army.
Lewis MacKenzie, C.M., CMM, MSC (and bar), O.Ont , CD, (born 30 April 1940) is a retired Canadian general and writer. MacKenzie is most famous for establishing and commanding Sector Sarajevo as part of the United Nations Protection Force or UNPROFOR in Yugoslavia in 1992.In 1970, the 1st Battalion of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada was rebadged to reform the 3rd Battalion of the PPCLI.
Major-General Malcolm Mercer, CB, was a barrister and art patron who practiced law in Toronto. He led the 3rd Canadian Divisionduring the first two years of the First World Warbefore he was killed in action at Mount Sorrelin Belgium.
Henry Pellatt, C.V.O., D.C.L.,(6 January 1859, Kingston, Ontario, Canada - 8 March 1939) was a well-known Canadian financier and soldier
* Lieutenant Colonel The Honourable
Barney Danson, PC, OC, served with the regiment in Normandy and later served as Minister of National Defence.
Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Godfrey Peuchenwas an ill fated businessmanand RMS "Titanic" survivor. He commanded the Home Battalion of the QOR during World War I.
Ben Dunkelman- Promoted through the ranks from Private to Major during the Second World War.
Edward Arunah Dunlop, Jr.CM, OBE, was an MPP and first President of the Toronto Sun. He was blinded during the Second World Warwhile trying to save a soldier from a grenade.
John McCraeis remembered for his poem " In Flanders Fields". He was a member of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada while studying at the University of Toronto, during which time he was promoted to Captain.
Norm Gardner, former Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board.
Frederick J. Conboyserved as Mayor of Toronto, Ontariofrom 1941 to 1944.
Alexander Muir- author of " The Maple Leaf Forever," fought at the Battle of Ridgeway
The Regimental Museum of
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canadais located on the third floor of the historic Casa Lomabuilding. Sir Henry Pellatt, who built Casa Loma, was an ardent supporter of the Regiment, and was knighted in 1905 for his service with the unit.
St. Paul’s Bloor StreetAnglican Church in Toronto has been the regimental church of the QOR since 1910. It is located at 227 Bloor Streetbetween Church Streetand Jarvis Street.
The Cross of Sacrifice located outside the Church is dedicated to the members of the QOR that have fallen. It was built and dedicated after the First World War.
The Books of Remembrance are a list of the names of the QOR fallen, and are located in the interior of the Cathedral. The Books are paraded annually on Remembrance Day Sunday, when the Regiment parades to St. Paul’s to attend services.
The most recent is the regimental crest carved on the back of one of the pews of the
Royal Memorial Chapelat Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
The oldest memorial is the Ridgeway tablet at the Memorial United Church in
Ridgeway, Ontario. Ridgeway is also commemorated in a stained glass window at University College, a tablet in the Ontario Provincial Parliamentbuildings, the Canadian Volunteers Monument in Queen’s Park (west side of Queen’s Park Crescent) and a cairn at Ridgeway.
North-West Rebellionof 1885 is remembered by the North-West Rebellion Monument in Queen’s Park (east side of Queen’s park Crescent), the Battleford Column tablet in Moss Park Armoury and a cairn at Battleford, Saskatchewan. The South African Warmemorial is on University Avenue. An additional tablet is in Denison Armoury.
The First World War is commemorated by the Cross of Sacrifice and the Shrine containing the Book of Remembrance at St Paul’s Anglican Church. In addition, a tablet is mounted at Moss Park Armoury. The QOR fallen are also remembered in The Buffs Memorial window, Warrior’s Chapel, of
A plaque was erected to the fallen in the Second World War at the site of the D-Day landing, Bernières-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. A tablet was also placed of a farm building at Mooshof, Germany, where Sergeant
Aubrey Cosens, VC, earned his decoration.
There are also significant memorials at Le Mesnil-Patry, Anguerny, Anisy (France) and Wons, Rha, Sneek, Doorn, Oostburg, Zutphen (Holland). Other lesser memorials also exist.
*GBR - The Royal Gurkha Rifles
*GBR - The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires)
Order of precedence
The Canadian Crown and the Canadian Forces
Canadian Airborne Forces Association
Military history of Canada
SkyHawks Parachute Team
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