Williams, Jeffrey.


1st ed., 1972. 110 pp., 31 photo & other plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. When Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was formed in 1914 by Hamilton Gault, it was probably the last military unit to be raised by a private individual for service under the Crown. Manned by veterans of all but one regular regiment in Britain and Canada, and superbly officered, the Patricia’s fought gallantly at Ypres, Frezenburg, Vimy and Passchendaele. Fittingly, it was a fighting patrol of the Patricia’s which led the way into Mons on the night of 10 November, 1918 – the only battalion which could claim a blood relationship with all those British regiments whose war had begun there in 1914. They were back again in England in 1939. From the landings in Sicily until March 1945, they moved with the rest of their corps to join First Canadian Army in Holland. In Korea in 1950 the Patricia’s were again the first Canadians into action. For the first time there was more than one battalion in the Regiment whose story in peace and war is told here up to 1972.

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