Royal Rifles of Canada Cap badge
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Above are the scans for this browning copper version of a Royal Rifles of Canada Cap badge, which has been lacquered to preserve it. it is a welded lug version still in excellent condition. Somewhat hard to fine due to its regimental history.
The Royal Rifles of Canada has been around since before Confederation. It originated in Quebec City, Quebec on 28 February 1862, when The 8th Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles, Canada was authorized. It was re-designated the 8th or Stadacona Volunteer Militia Rifles on 28 March 1862; the 8th Battalion "Royal Rifles" on 6 April 1877; the 8th Regiment "Royal Rifles" on 8 May 1900; The Royal Rifles of Canada on 29 March 1920; the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, the Royal Rifles of Canada on 7 November 1940.
In WWII the Royal Rifles of Canada, entered active service on 24 May 1940. It was re-designated as the 1st Battalion, The Royal Rifles of Canada, on 7 November 1940. The battalion served in Newfoundland on garrison duty from early November 1940 to August 1941. On 27 October 1941 it embarked for Hong Kong, where it was destroyed while fighting in defense of the colony. The unit was reconstituted on 10 January 1942. It served in Canada in a home defense role as part of the Vancouver Defenses of Pacific Command. On 2 January 1945 it embarked for Great Britain, where it was disbanded on 10 January 1945 to provide reinforcements to the Canadian army in the field. On 22 February 1965, it was amalgamated with Les Voltigeurs de Québec. On 1 November 1966, these two regiments ceased to be amalgamated and the regiment was reduced to nil strength and transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle.
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