7th Reconnaissance Regiment

(17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars)
Reconnaissance Regiment of 3rd

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Unit Serial and Arm of Service Flash, 1943 – 1945 Formation Sign
3rd Canadian Infantry Division

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Battle Honours: Second World War

Caen, Falaise, The Laison, The Scheldt, Breskens Pocket, The Rhineland, The Rhine, Emmerich-Hoch Elten, Zutphen, Deventer, North-West Europe 1944-1945.

Historical Sketch of the 17th Duke of York's
Royal Canadian Hussars in Normandy

Raised as an independent cavalry troop in Montreal in 1879, the 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars achieved regimental status in 1907. The regiment was mobilized for the Second World War on 1 September 1939, becoming a motorcycle unit. In 1941 they were designated as a reconnaissance unit being attached to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

The regiment landed detachments in France on D-Day in support of the 3rd Division.

As with its sister reconnaissance units in Normandy, the 12th Manitoba Dragoons and the 8th Recce, the 17th Duke of York's RCH was tasked with obtaining information of the ground and the enemy for its formation commander. Unlike the two armoured reconnaissance regiments in First Canadian Army, the South Albertas and the 10th (Polish) Mounted Rifles, it was not expected to have to fight to obtain its information although many times recce soldiers were forced to shoot their way out of trouble.

Following the Normandy campaign, the regiment fought in Belgium, Holland and Germany. After the ceasefire in Europe, the regiment was asked to form part of the Canadian Occupation Force from 1 June 1945 to 15 January 1946.

Amalgamated in 1958 with its sister regiment, the 6th Duke of Connaught's Royal Canadian Hussars, the unit today is known as the Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal) and is a tank regiment in 34 Canadian Brigade Group.

For further reading see: W.G.H. Peavy, 7th Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment in World War II, the Regiment, Montreal, 1948, and John Marteinson and Michael McNorgan, The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps: An Illustrated History, Robin Brass Studio, 2000.

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Second World War Uniform Shoulder Flash

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Uniform Sleeve Patch,
3rd Canadian Infantry Division

Second World War Gallantry Awards

Service Number Rank Surname Names Decoration I or P Date
  Lieutenant Colonel BAERMAN Charles Alexander DSO P Oct44-Apr45
  Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS Thomas Cripps DSO I 14Aug44
  Major McLEAN Charles Wesley DSO P Jun44-Apr45
  Lieutenant AYER Donald Holman MC I 14Aug44
  Lieutenant BRUNSTRON Terrence Stewart MC I 16Aug44
  Lieuntenat CARDY Andrew Gordon MC P 04-20Sep44
  Lieutenant CRABTREE Lorne Walter Kay MC I 27Oct44
  Major HARROLD Joseph James MC U/K U/K
  Captain PULLAM John Thomas MC I 26Oct44
  Lieutenant RILLIE James Alexander MC I 02Sep44
D3397 Corporal CHAPMAN Kenneth Amos MM I 14Apr45
D3212 Sergeant GILES Frederick George MM I 13Oct44
A68187 Trooper MORRIS Robert Edgar MM I 01Sep44
D3336 Corporal SANDS Albert Richard MM I 01Sep44
D3252 Sergeant SCOTT Geoffrey Bernard MM I 13oct44
D77029 Corporal TETRAULT Joseph Robert MM I 01Sep44
D82836 Lance Sergeant WELLINGTON Edwin John Drummond MM I 29Oct44
D3970 Sergeant WHITTALL Cedric Godfrey MM I 03Apr 45
D3353 Sergeant YOUNG Joseph MM I 28Oct44
L100789 Trooper YOUNG Thomas Paul MM I 31Aug44

"I" – Immediate award for a specific act of gallantry.
"P" – Periodic Award. Not for a specific act, but can encompass gallant behavior over a period of time or noteworthy service.


    Date created: January 10, 2002 | Last updated: October 7, 2009