Post '53 Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Collar set (2)
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You are viewing a post WWII version of a Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa collar badge set. Complete with both spinner type attachments in good order. No roundels, however. Very good condition plated examples of this set of uniform badges.
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The 1st Volunteer Militia Rifle Company of Ottawa was formed on April 3, 1856, eleven years before confederation. In 1866, the 43rd Battalion of Infantry, which was also called the "Carleton Blazers", was formed in Bells Corners just south of Ottawa. The 43rd Battalion's first call to service came in 1870 when they were deployed to the Prescott area to defend Canada against Fenian raids. The number 2 company of the 43rd Battalion of Infantry would eventually become the Regiment de Hull. The 43rd's soldiers saw action in the North-West (Riel) Rebellion of 1885, and in the Second Boer War as well. However, the battalion sent only volunteers to participate in these conflicts and never deployed formed units. In 1902, the regiment so impressed the Duke of Cornwall, who became King George V, that he became the Camerons' first honorary colonel and allowed the regiment to bear his name, "The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)". In WWI the unit was used to recruit and train soldiers mostly for the 2nd, 38th, and 207th battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Duirng the interwar years, in 1922, the 43rd Regiment was renamed The Ottawa Highlanders and in 1933, it was renamed The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. "(M.G.)" for which the above badges are associated.
In July 1940, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa's active service battalion left for garrison duty in Iceland, which ended in April 1941 when they sailed to England. On 6 June 1944, the Camerons were the only Ottawa unit to land on D-Day at Juno Beach. The Camerons engaged the enemy in almost every battle until the war ended. The 3rd Battalion was formed in July 1945 as a part of the Canadian Army Occupation Force in Germany.