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The 56th Battalion (Calgary), CEF was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 56th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 20 March 1916. It provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 6 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed by the '9th Reserve Battalion, CEF'. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1917.[1]

The 56th Battalion recruited in and was mobilized at Calgary, Alberta.[2]

The 56th Battalion was commanded by Lt.-Col. W.C.G. Armstrong from 1 April 1916 to 6 July 1916.[3]

The 56th Battalion was awarded the battle honour THE GREAT WAR 1915-16.[4]

The 56th Battalion (Calgary), CEF is perpetuated by The Calgary Highlanders.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  2. Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971. ISBN 0906158109
  3. Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971. ISBN 0906158109
  4. Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971. ISBN 0906158109
  5. Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.

Sources[edit | edit source]

Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919 by Col. G.W.L. Nicholson, CD, Queen's Printer, Ottawa, Ontario, 1962

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