Lincoln and Welland Regiment R.C.I.C

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment originated in St. Catharines, Ontario on 18 March 1863 as The 19th Battalion Volunteer Militia (Infantry), Canada. It was redesignated as the 19th "Lincoln Battalion of Infantry" on 28 September 1866; as the 19th St. Catharines Battalion of Infantry on 1 October 1897; as the 19th St. Catharines Regiment on 8 May 1900; as the 19th "Lincoln" Regiment on 2 November 1912; and, following the Great War, as The Lincoln Regiment on 1 May 1920. On 15 December 1936, it was amalgamated with The Lincoln and Welland Regiment and redesignated The Lincoln and Welland Regiment. During the Second World War it was redesignated as the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Lincoln and Welland Regiment on 7 November 1940, returning to its pre-war designation as The Lincoln and Welland Regiment on 15 February 1946.

 

Between the wars, both the Lincoln Regiment and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment were greatly restricted in the training they were able to conduct. For example, the Lincoln Regiment trained 12 days in 1920, 9 days a year between 1922 and 1927, 12 days a year from 1928 to 1931 and 10 days a year from 1932 to 1936. On 15 December 1936, the two units were reorganized into The Lincoln and Welland Regiment with an establishment of 467 all ranks.

 

The regiment was called out on service on 26 August 1939 and then details were placed on active service on 1 September 1939, designated as The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, CASF (Details), for local protection duties. The details were formed as an active service battalion and designated The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, CASF on 15 August 1940. It was redesignated as the 1st Battalion, The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, CASF on 7 November 1940. The unit served in British Columbia, as part of the 13th Infantry Brigade, and in Newfoundland in a home defence role as part of Atlantic Command. On 16 July 1943 the 1st Battalion it embarked for Britain. On 25 July 1944 it landed in France as a part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Armoured Division, and it continued to fight in North-West Europe until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 15 February 1946.

 

The highest and most distinguished award for valour, the Order of the Bronze Lion was bestowed upon the regiment's Sergeant Wallace Edmond Firlotte.

 

From Tilly-la-Campagne on 31 July 1944 until Bad Zwischenahn on 1 May 1945, the regiment distinguished itself in many actions. Over 1500 men of the regiment were casualties. Of the original men who enlisted in 1940, only three officers and 22 men were on parade in St. Catharines in 1946 when the 1st Battalion was dismissed.

Name: Tucker, Harry James

Rank: Private

Age 19

No. B/158417

Unit: 8th Platoon, B Company

Missing since: 23-10-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Joseph and Maude Tucker, of Longlac, Ontario.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Believed to have been taken killed in the Essen area.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: Ross, Reginald

Rank: Private

Age 20

No.K/386

Unit: 8 Section 12 Platoon B Company

Missing since: 11-12-1944

Next of Kin: Son of  Julia Gwendolyn Ross, of Deroche, British Colimbia.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information:
Known to have been drowned in the river Maas ,when the assault boat he was in sank.


Name: Barritt, George Robert

Rank: Private

Age 27

No.L/2611

Unit: 

Missing since: 26-01-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Robert and Mable Barritt, of Runciman, Saskatschewan.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Kapelsche Veer area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: Watchorn, Lorne Aubrey

Rank: Private

Age 25

No.B/157757

Unit: 

Missing since: 26-01-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Lawrence Watchorn, of Victoria, British  Columbia.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Kapelsche Veer area.

Name: Johnsen, Agnor Marius

Rank: Private

Age 19

No.K/1404

Unit:8 Section 12 Platoon B Company

Missing since: 11-12-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Marie Johnsen, of New Minster, British Columbia.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been drowned in the river Maas ,when the assault boat he was in sank.

 

 


Name: Tannis, Elias Michael

Rank: Private

Age 25

No.C/115064

Unit: 7 Section 12 Platoon B Company

Missing since: 11-12-1944

Next of Kin: Son of George and Mary Tannis, Ottowa, Ontario

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been drowned in the river Maas, when the assault boat he was in sank.

 

 

 


Name: Beaudry, Charles Joseph

Rank: Private

Age 30

No.D/122680

Unit: 

Missing since: 26-01-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Mr and Mrs Joseph C. Beaudry, of Dalhousie, New Brunswick.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Kapelsche Veer area.

 

 

 

 


Name: Howey, Victor Garton

Rank: Private

Age 24

No.A/59355

Unit: 

Missing since: 29-01-1945

Next of Kin: Husband of Phyllis Jean Howey, of St  Johns, Newfoundland.

Son of George and Georgena Howey.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Kapelsche Veer area.

Name: Judges, Arthur George

Rank: Private

Age 28

No.B/115323

Unit: 7 Section 12 Platoon B Company

Missing since: 11-12-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Frances A Judges, of Toronto, Ontario.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been drowned in the river Maas ,when the assault boat he was in sank.


Name: Taverner, James Roy

Rank: Corporal

Age 21

No.B/110401

Unit: 11 Platoon B Company

Missing since: 11-12-1944

Next of Kin: Son of  Louisa M. Taverner, of Humber Bay, Ontario.

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information:
Known to have been drowned in the river Maas, when the assault boat he was in sank.

 

 


Name: Stokes, Stanley James

Rank: Private

Age 25

No.B/115471

Unit: 

Missing since: 26-01-1945

Next of Kin: ?

Groesbeek Panel: 10

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in Kapelsche Veer area.