Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Remembering the Founding of the Princess Patricia's Light Infantry

 Many of our Canadian casualties in Afghanistan have been members of this great regiment.  We honour their founding today. Thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for your honourable service to Queen and Country to guarantee our freedom.

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

Canada's initial military effort, intended as an all-out drive, reflected the original and even eccentric mind of Sam Hughes, the minister of militia and defence.

The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), Canada's only professional infantry regiment, was sent to Bermuda to relieve an English unit recalled to Europe, where the real action was centred. Replaced in turn by inexperienced militia units raised in Canada, the RCR would later rejoin the professional fighting force.

The creation of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was an exception to the recruiting methods used by Hughes. On 1 August 1914 Montreal industrialist Hamilton Gault offered Hughes a cavalry regiment. At a distance of 15 years, Gault seemed inspired by Strathcona's initiative, though unlike his predecessor he wanted to fight with the regiment he bought....

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