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The 86th Battalion (Machine Gun), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Great War Canadian Expeditionary Force. The 86th Battalion was authorized on 22 December 1915 and embarked for Britain on 19 May 1916, where it provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until 22 June 1916, when it was reorganized as the Canadian Machine Gun Depot, CEF. The battalion disbanded on 1 September 1917.[1]

The 86th Battalion recruited in Hamilton, Wentworth and Dundas, Ontario and was mobilized at Hamilton.[2]

The 86th Battalion had one Officer Commanding, Lt.-Col. W.W.Stewart, DSO, from 22 May 1916 to 16 March 1917 (after 22 June 1916 as the Canadian Machine Gun Depot, CEF).[3]

The 86th Battalion was awarded the battle honour THE GREAT WAR 1916.[4]

The 86th Battalion (Machine Gun), CEF, is perpetuated by The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment).[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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