WW2 New Westminister Cap badge (lot #2)
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You are viewing the cap badge for the New West Minister Regiment out of British Columbia. This badge is made of brass and is in fine condition with both original lugs intact.
The Royal Westminster Regiment traces its lineage back to The New Westminster Rifle Company No.1 which was formed on November 21, 1863. In 1866 there was a perceived threats of invasion by Irish-American Fenians from the United States of America. Fenians had mounted a brief and abortive invasion of Eastern Canada. In the 1870's the No.1 Company of Rifles (New Westminster) was reorganized as the New Westminster Rifle Company. In 1914 the regiment contributed to the formation of the 7th Battalion CEF, and in 1915 formed and trained the 47th Battalion CEF. During WW1 this regiment fought in the Somme, Ypres, Passchendaele, and Flanders. In 1920 the unit was amalgamated with the Duke of Connaughts Own Rifles and in 1924 it was reformed as The Westminster Regiment. the Regiment's 1st Battalion was mobilized on September 2, 1939, as a machine gun battalion. The Second World War saw the regiment as part of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division ("The Mighty Maroon Machine") and took part in the Italian Campaign before being transferred to Europe and participating in the liberation of Holland.
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