A dedication ceremony to the memory of all members of the 12th Canadian Field Regiment R.C.A. is planned for Artillery day, Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at the Guelph, Ontario, Armoury.
RSVP by May 19th:
12th Field Association
Sir Fred Heber ( last standing 12th Field Gunner, known at the time) is looking forward to this historical commemoration for his Regiment! Sir Fred, with all the characteristics of his regiment’s humble spirit, will be present at 96 years, honouring his fellow soldiers, he misses dearly!
Sir Gunner Fred Heber served during WWII 1940-1945 & was part of the first Canadian soldiers landing on Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944.
12th Canadian Field Regiment R.C.A. (1940 – 1945)
11th Battery, 16th Battery, 43rd Battery
The 12th Canadian Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, a Second World War Artillery Regiment consisting of 11th Battery from Hamilton and the 16th and 43rd Batteries from Guelph mobilized in 1940 and deployed as part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. It took part in Operation Overlord, the “D” Day invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 and was the first Canadian Artillery Regiment to fire on land in Normandy. It supported Operations throughout France and Belgium, taking part in the liberation of the Netherlands and was the first Canadian Artillery Regiment to cross the Rhine.
This Quick Fire 25 Pounder Howitzer Gun and Ammunition Limber, formerly located at the 12th Field Artillery Regiment Memorial Park in Arthur, Ontario was relocated to Guelph Armoury and will be dedicated to the memory of all members of the 12th Canadian Field Regiment R.C.A. by the Artillery Support Group of Guelph on 26th of May, 2018.
12th Canadian Field Artillery Regiment Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Artillery Day, Saturday, 26 May 2018
11th Field Artillery Regiment R.C.A. Contribution to the Second World War Effort
At the outbreak of the Second World War in the fall of 1939, as was the custom, the Canadian Army generated new wartime Artillery units using the existing Non-Active Permanent Militia (NAPM) Artillery units as the force generation base.
In Guelph, in September 1929, the 29th Battery was mobilized from the 11th Field Brigade R.C.A. and became part of the 3rd Army Field Regiment R.C.A. C.A.S.F. (later changed to 11th Army Field) which went overseas in 1940 under the command of Lt. Col. C. D. Crowe of Guelph, the former Commanding Officer of the 11th Field Brigade R.C.A.
In May of 1940, the 16th and 43rd Batteries were mobilized together as the 16/43 Battery from the 11th Field Brigade R.C.A. under the command of Major O. M. McConkey, which along with the 11th Battery from the 8th Field Brigade R.C.A. in Hamilton became part of the 12th Canadian Field Regiment R.C.A. C.A.S.F. The 16th and the 43rd were subsequently separated back into two batteries, with the 12th Canadian Field Regiment R.C.A. consisting of the 11th, 16th and 43rd batteries for the remainder of the war (1945 ). The 12th Canadian Field Regiment R.C.A. shipped overseas in July 1941 under the command of Lt. Col. G. T. Inch.
The regiment supported the D-Day landings of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade and continued to provide field artillery support to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division until the end of the war. ( 1945 )
On “D” Day the 6th of June 1944, the 11th Battery was commanded by Major D.M. Wilson, the 16th Battery by Major J.D. Ross and the 43rd by Major A.G. Goldie who later commanded the 11th Field Artillery Regiment in Guelph. The regiment was disbanded on 4th of September 1945.
The 63rd Battery from Guelph was mobilized from the 11th Field Brigade R.C.A. in the summer of 1941 under command of Major R. Ozburn. It went overseas in July 1943 as part of the 19th Army Field Regiment (SP) and supported the landings on D-Day of the 3rd Infantry Division.
On May 26th, 2018, the 11th Field Artillery Regiment R.C.A. and its batteries, the 11th(HW), 16th, 29th, 43rd and 63rd, while not all active, perpetuate the memories of our wartime regiments, the 11th, 12th and 19th.
The 11th Field Artillery Regiment R.C.A. continues to force generate Gunners for domestic and overseas operations.
Twelfth Field Location Dates from Into Action