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Fort Garry Horse
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The Fort Garry Horse badge
Active 1912 to present
Country Canada
Branch Primary Reserve
Type Line cavalry
Role Armoured reconnaissance
Part of Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ

McGregor Armoury

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nickname(s) The Garrys
Motto(s) Facta non verba (“Deeds, not words”)
March El Abanico (quick),
Red River Valley (slow),
alternate quick march: St. Patrick's Day
Abbreviation FGH

The Fort Garry Horse is a Canadian Army Reserve armoured regiment based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is part of 3rd Canadian Division's 38 Canadian Brigade Group.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

The Fort Garry Horse originated in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 15 April 1912, as the 34th Regiment of Cavalry. The following year it was re-designated the 34th Fort Garry Horse on 2 January 1913 and the Fort Garry Horse following the Great War on 15 March 1920. On 15 December 1936, it was amalgamated with the Manitoba Horse. During the Second World War it was re-designated the 2nd Regiment, the Fort Garry Horse on 13 August 1940 and the 10th (Reserve) Armoured Regiment, (The Fort Garry Horse), on 1 April 1941. After the Second World War it was re-designated as the 10th Armoured Regiment (The Fort Garry Horse), on 31 January 1946, as the Fort Garry Horse (10th Armoured Regiment), on 4 February 1949; the Fort Garry Horse on 19 May 1958, the 2nd Fort Garry Horse on 11 October 1958, the Fort Garry Horse (Militia) on 1 January 1960 and finally the Fort Garry Horse on 16 June 1970, following the reduction to nil strength of the Regular Force regiment.

The Manitoba Horse originated in Roblin, Manitoba on 1 April 1912, as the 32nd Light Horse. It was re-designated the 32nd Manitoba Horse on 2 November 1912 and, following the Great War as The Manitoba Horse on 15 March 1920. On 15 December 1936, it was amalgamated with The Fort Garry Horse.

On 11 October 1958, a Regular Force component was authorized as the 1st Fort Garry Horse. On 1 January 1960, it was re-designated the Fort Garry Horse. The regiment served in Canada, on NATO duty in West Germany and on United Nations duty in the Sinai and Cyprus. The Regular Force regiment was reduced to nil strength and placed on the Supplementary Order of battle on 16 June 1970.[1]

In 2003, the regiment began hosting personnel to help create a new unit of the Canadian Military Engineers. On 14 April 2012, during the 100th anniversary celebrations of the FGH, the Engineer Squadron was stood up as 31 Engineer Squadron, part of 38 Combat Engineer Regiment. During their time as a sub-unit of the FGH, the engineers had the distinction of being the only reservists in Canada to wear the black beret of the Armoured Corps with the cap badge of the Canadian Military Engineers. They now wear the green beret in common with other engineer units.

The unit uses Mercedes Benz G-Wagon LUVW scout cars for reconnaissance vehicles.

Lineage of the Fort Garry Horse:[2]

Abbreviations used in the chart
Abbreviation Phrase
Armd Armoured
Bn Battalion
CAC Canadian Armoured Corps
CASF Canadian Active Service Force
Cavy Cavalry
CEF Canadian Expeditionary Force
RCAC Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
Regt Regiment
Sqn Squadron

Perpetuations[edit | edit source]

The Fort Garry Horse perpetuates Boulton's Mounted Infantry of the 1885 North-West Rebellion, the 226th Battalion (Men of the North), CEF.[1]

Operational history[edit | edit source]

The North West Rebellion[edit | edit source]

Boulton's Mounted Infantry was mobilized for active service on 10 April 1885, and served with Middleton's Column of the North West Field Force until it was disbanded on 18 September 1885.

The Great War[edit | edit source]

File:FGH CCB Flash.jpg

The FGH's Great War Canadian Cavalry Brigade identifying flash.

Details from the 32nd Manitoba Horse and the 34th Fort Garry Horse were placed on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protection duties.

The 6th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, was organized in Winnipeg in August 1914. 10 officers and 224 men of the 34th FGH joined the battalion as well as members of the 20th Border Horse, 18th Mounted Rifles, 32nd Manitoba Horse, 15th Canadian Light Horse, and 22nd Saskatchewan Light Horse. The 6th battalion proceeded to England with the First Contingent in October 1914 and was part of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division,CEF. In March 1915, the 6th Battalion was removed from the 1st Canadian Division and re-roled to form the Canadian Cavalry Depot, to support the Canadian Cavalry Brigade in France. The Canadian Cavalry Depot would provide the officers and men for the Fort Garry Horse CEF. Despite its connection with the 34th FGH, and FGH (CEF), the 6th Battalion was not perpetuated by the unit after the war. The perpetuation went to the Border Horse and is held by the XII Manitoba Dragoons, now on the Supplementary Order of Battle.

The Fort Garry Horse, CEF, was organized in England on 21 January 1916. It disembarked in France on 25 February 1916, where it fought in France and Flanders as part of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade until the end of the war. The regiment was disbanded on 6 November 1920. Harcus Strachan of the regiment was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at the battle of Cambrai on November 20, 1917, in France.

The regiment also mobilized the 34th Fort Garry Horse Overseas Training Depot, CEF, on 15 June 1917. It was re-designated the 34th Fort Garry Horse, Depot Squadron, CEF, on 1 January 1917 and embarked for Britain on 21 May 1917, where it provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field. The squadron was disbanded on 6 November 1920.

The 226th Battalion (Men of the North), CEF, was authorized on 15 July 1916 and embarked for Britain on 16 December 1916, where its personnel were absorbed by the 14th Reserve Battalion, CEF on 7 April 1917 to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion was disbanded on 27 July 1917.

The Second World War[edit | edit source]

File:FGH camp flag.jpg

The camp flag of the Fort Garry Horse.

The regiment mobilized The Fort Garry Horse, CASF, on 1 September 1939. It was redesignated as the 10th Armoured Regiment (The Fort Garry Horse), CASF, on 11 February 1941, the 10th Armoured Regiment (The Fort Garry Horse), CAC, CASF, on 15 October 1943 and the 10th Armoured Regiment (The Fort Garry Horse), RCAC, CASF, on 2 August 1945. The regiment embarked for Britain in November 1941.

The regiment landed in Normandy on 6 June 1944, as a part of the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, in support of the 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, and fought in North-West Europe until the end of the war. The overseas regiment was disbanded on 31 January 1946.[1]

Battle honours[edit | edit source]

File:FGH guidon.jpg

The guidon of the Fort Garry Horse.

Those battle honours in bold type are emblazoned on the regiment's guidon.

North West Rebellion
The Great War
The Second World War

Other information[edit | edit source]

  • Facings: yellow
  • Colours: regimental guidon, presented to the 2nd Fort Garry Horse (Militia) in 1963 and 1st Fort Garry Horse (Regular) in 1964. When the regular force unit was disbanded, their guidon was presented to the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba for safekeeping. It remains on display in the Manitoba Legislative Building. The guidon presented in 1963 is kept and still used by the unit.[citation needed]

Alliances[edit | edit source]

Order of precedence[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
The British Columbia Dragoons
The Fort Garry Horse Succeeded by
Le Régiment de Hull (RCAC)

Armoury[edit | edit source]

The Fort Garry Horse and the regimental museum are located in McGregor Armoury at 551 Machray Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Designed by David Ewart it is drill hall with Scottish baronial style façades built in 1914–5 The building was recognized in the Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings in 1994.

Memorial Wall[edit | edit source]

Dedicated on 12 November 1995 to members of the Fort Garry Horse who have died on active service, a memorial wall incorporates the battle honours, the names of the deceased members (with the date of their death), an inscription, the regimental guidon (Fort Garry gate and the regimental motto), and the cap badges used in 1914 and 1939.[3]

A wall hanging incorporates two lances; the regimental cap badge; the regimental motto and the battle honours won during the North West Rebellion and the First and Second World Wars.[4]

Plaques[edit | edit source]

Donated in May 1970, a plaque is dedicated to the members of the Fort Garry Horse who participated in the liberation of The Netherlands in 1944-45.[5]

A plaque was dedicated to the members of the regiment who participated in the Normandy landings and the liberation of Bernières-sur-Mer in France.[6]

A replica of a cairn at Saint Aubin-sur-Mer, dedicated to members of the Fort Garry Horse who landed on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944 was constructed for the regiment in 1965.[7]

Windows[edit | edit source]

Stained glass windows were removed from the Regimental Church in Hemer, West Germany and transported to Winnipeg as a memorial to the regiment's service in Europe from 1962 to 1966.[8]

Vehicles[edit | edit source]

A Lynx reconnaissance vehicle, which was used in the Canadian military as an armoured reconnaissance and command vehicle, is on the grounds.[9]

A Sherman M4A2, which was used by Fort Garry Horse from the Second weapon (Sherman tank) is on the grounds [10]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  2. "The Fort Garry Horse". Official Lineages, Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments – Armour Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-3/par1/arm-bli/FGH-eng.asp. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. Memorial wall
  4. Fort Garry Horse wall hanging
  5. liberation of The Netherlands
  6. Bernières-sur-Mer
  7. cairn at Saint Aubin-sur-Mer
  8. Stained glass windows
  9. Lynx reconnaissance vehicle
  10. Sherman M4A2
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