1st Canadian Hussars WWII era O/R brass Collar set (2)
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Above, you may view the scans of this 1st Canadian Hussars WWII era O/R copper/bronze collar set . One is plainly marked with a "J.R. Gaunt - London" hallmark, and the other has a "Wm Skully - Montreal" hallmark. In excellent condition with all original lugs intact and in good order. (View scans for more details)
Some History ... In March 1856 the First Troop of Volunteer Militia Cavalry of London and the St Thomas Volunteers amalgamated. In 1863, these units were re-designated the St. Thomas Troop of Cavalry and the London Troop of Cavalry, respectively. Both troops were put on active duty in southwestern Ontario in response to the Fenian Raids of 1866.
During the Boer War the 1st Hussars did not participate as a unit, but 27 of the regiment's members went to South Africa with other units of the Canadian Army. 15 Hussars joined 'A' Squadron, 1st Battalion of the Canadian Mounted Rifles (later re-named the Royal Canadian Dragoons. The 1st Battalion CMR arrived in South Africa in March 1900 and fought in the region, participating in the March on Pretoria from which comes the famous song.
In June 1915, 7 CMR sailed for England. In January 1916, 'A' Squadron was renamed Special Service Squadron, First (Canadian) Hussars to reflect the unit's roots in 1st Hussars. On 9 April 1917, the Battle of Vimy Ridge commenced. During the battle, the CLH was committed on the southern flank of the line. In August 1918 to 28 August, The 1st Hussars of the Canadian Light Horse were tasked mostly as dispatch riders. On August 10th five members of 'B' Squadron attempted to capture a German ammunition convoy they had spotted while running messages. Although they were unsuccessful in capturing the wagons, they managed to take some 20 prisoners.In October of 1918 the First Hussars would participate in an action that saw the last of the few cavalry charges in Canadian history. This was the last major action of WWI called the 100 days Offensive.
With advent of WWII, in the spring of 1941, the 1st Hussars, now the 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars) (6 CAR), became part of the 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade.They departed to England in October 1941.On June 6th, 1944, (D-Day) at 07:15, 19 tanks of 'B' Squadron 1st Canadian Hussars launched their Sherman V DDs into the English Channel some 2 miles off of Nan Green Beach. Of 'B' Squadron's 19 tanks, 15 made it to shore ahead of the Regina Rifles whom they were tasked to support. After clearing Courseulles-sur-Mer, The regiment made its way inland. One survivor of D-Day said that "A German soldier actually saluted us on our way to the objective. I guess he was surprised to see us this far inland". 'C' Squadron pressed on, with 2nd Troop reaching the regiment's objective of the Caen-Bayeux Highway, becoming the only Allied unit to reach its D-Day objective. The 1st Hussars suffered 21 killed, 17 wounded during the actions of D-Day.
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