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The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment
Active 1870–present
Country  Canada
Branch Canadian Army (Reserve)
Type Infantry
Role Infantry
Size 3 companies
Part of 37 Canadian Brigade Group
Garrison/HQ Bathurst, Newcastle and Campbellton
Motto(s) Spem reduxit and Pro jure constans
March "The Ol' Nor' Shore"
Website Official website
Commanders
Honorary colonel Col Kingsley Ward
Ceremonial chief LCol Norman Branch

The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment is a Canadian army unit raised in New Brunswick, primarily the North Shore counties (thus its name "North Shore Regiment"). The regiment was mobilized shortly after Canada declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939. The North Shore Regiment shipped over to England in July 1941 along with the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, which was part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Though the regiment was already overseas, companies of men continued to ship overseas throughout 1942 and 1943. First the regiment was stationed in Woodstock, New Brunswick, then Sussex, New Brunswick, as well. When it shipped overseas, it was stationed in Liverpool, after that it moved to Scotland near the castle of the Duke of Argyll. On June 6, 1944, the regiment participated in the landing on Juno Beach, landing on Nan Red sector. It lost nearly 50 men, but it advanced inland at the end of the day. On June 10, it liberated the town of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Calvados. On July 4, 1944, the men of the North Shore Regiment participated in Operation Windsor, the attack on the Carpiquet airfield. It lost nearly 130 men, and it was later known by the regiment's chaplain as the "graveyard of the regiment". The regiment later fought in Caen and all through France, continuously advancing with the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade. It fought in places like Ranville, Bourguebus Ridge, Falaise, Quesnay Wood, the Laison and Chambois. It helped clear the coast of France in late August and early September 1944, then it advanced into the Netherlands, taking part in the Battle of the Scheldt. It fought in Breskens Pocket in flooded fields and harsh conditions. After the Scheldt, it moved onto the rest of the Netherlands, fighting near the Bergsche Maas River at Kapelsche Veer. In February 1945, it moved into Germany via amphibious landing. It fought in the Rhineland, the Hochwald, but then it doubled-back to the Netherlands and conquered the Twente Canal, and liberated Zutphen where it met its most brutal urban fighting since Caen. It then moved back into Germany in April, and it ended the war on German soil. In 1954 it was combined with the Carelton and York Regiment to create the Royal New Brunswick Regiment. It was designated 2nd Battalion, the Royal New Brunswick Regiment.

In 2012, the 2nd Battalion, RNBR, was reorganized once again as a distinct regiment, the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment.[1]

Armoury[]

Site Date(s) Designated Location Description Image
Col CC Gammon Armoury, 1820 King Avenue Bathurst, New Brunswick
  • Housing the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, this centrally located drill hall projects a solid, fortified appearance

Lineage[]

Lineage of the North Shore (New Brunswick Regiment)[2]

1863
Independent infy coys
1868
Field bty at Newcastle, County of Northumberland
1870
"The 73rd Northumberland New Brunswick" Bn of Infy
1894
No. 12 "Newcastle" Field Bty
1895
12th "Newcastle" Field Bty, CA
1900
73rd Northumberland Regt
1914
28th Bty, CEF
1915
132nd "Overseas" Bn, CEF
165th "Overseas" Bn, CEF
1917
Absorbed by 13th Reserve Bn, CEF. Disbanded
Absorbed by 13th Reserve Bn, CEF
Absorbed by 15th and 16th Field Btys, CFA, CEF
1918
Disbanded
1920
The Northumberland (New Brunswick) Regt
Disbanded
90th (Newcastle) Bty, CFA
1922
The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt
1925
90th (Newcastle) Field Bty, CA
1927
28th (Newcastle) Field Bty, CA
1935
28th (Newcastle) Field Bty, RCA
1939
28th/89th Field Bty, RCA, CASF
1940
The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt, CASF
1940
1st Bn, The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt, CASF
2nd (Reserve) Bn, The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt
28th (Reserve) (Newcastle) Field Bty, RCA
1941
28th (Newcastle) Field Bty, RCA, CASF
1942
28th (Reserve) Field Bty, RCA
1945
3rd Bn, The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt, CIC, CAOF
Disbanded
28th Field Bty, RCA
1946
Disbanded
Disbanded
The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt
 
 
The Carleton and York Regt
The New Brunswick Scottish
1954
1st Bn, The New Brunswick Regt (Carleton and York)
2nd Bn, The New Brunswick Regt (North Shore)
1956
1st Bn, The Royal New Brunswick Regt (Carleton and York)
2nd Bn, The Royal New Brunswick Regt (North Shore)
2012
The Royal New Brunswick Regt
The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt
2021
Abbreviations used in the chart
Abbreviation Phrase
Bn Battalion
Bty Battery
CA Canadian Artillery
CAOF Canadian Army Occupation Force
CASF Canadian Active Service Force
CEF Canadian Expeditionary Force
CFA Canadian Field Artillery
CIC Canadian Infantry Corps
Coys Companies
Infy Infantry
No. Number
RCA Royal Canadian Artillery
Regt Regiment

Order of precedence[]

Preceded by
West Nova Scotia Regiment
The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment Succeeded by
The Nova Scotia Highlanders

References[]

  1. "Return of The North Shore Regiment". Department of National Defence. June 9, 2012. http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lfaa_hq/north-shore-regiment-eng.asp. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  2. "The Royal New Brunswick Regiment". Official Lineages Volume 3, Part 2: Infantry Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-3/par2/rnbr-eng.asp. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 

Further reading[]

  • Bird, Will R. (1963). North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment. Fredericton: New Brunswick Press. 
  • Hickey, Father Raymond (1949). Scarlet Dawn - a story about the North Shore Regiment by its Restigouche County native Chaplain. Campbellton, N.B.: Tribune Press. 

External links[]

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