Artillery Units and Command Teams

Pre-Confederation

The Militia Act of 1855 authorized the first Canadian paid force of 5,000 men. This force included seven independent batteries of artillery. Three of the original seven batteries are perpetuated by Reserve Force batteries today. Prior to 1855, volunteer Canadian artillery batteries existed but the continuity of some of these batteries is difficult to trace. One of these pre-1855 units, the Loyal Company of Artillery, was formed in Saint John, N.B., in 1793,  and today is home of the 3rd Field Regiment, RCA.

Post Confederation

Artillery was first element of the regular component of the fledgling nation of Canada’s military. On 20 October 1871, The Royal Regiment formed the first Canadian Regular army units when two batteries of garrison artillery were created. A and B Batteries located in Kingston and Quebec respectively were to perform garrison duties and also to serve as Schools of Gunnery.  They serve today as part of the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery has served valiantly in every major conflict in our Nation’s history. For more information on the heritage of The Royal Regiment, please visit the National Artillery Museum website. A condensed history of The Royal Regiment is found in chapter 1, Vol II of The RCA Standing Orders.

  • 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant-Colonel S.G. Haire, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer M.G. Campbell, CD
  • 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant-Colonel J.G. Hampton, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer R.A. Gallant, CD
  • 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant-Colonel E.M.C. Harvey, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer G. Angel, CD
  • 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support), RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant-Colonel K.L.A. Bouckaert, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer T. Neil, CD
  • Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School
    Commandant – Lieutenant-Colonel N.S. Roby, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer J.R.F. Vidal, CD
  • 1st Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant-Colonel J.R. Woodgate, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer E.P. Smith, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel R.G.C. Sobey
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel C. Doty, CD
  • 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel M.G.S. Pelletier, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Adjuc J.A.C. Barros, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel C. DeKovachich, CD
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel D Dussault
  • 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company), RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel S.B. Strachan, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer G.M. Louvelle, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel John J.K.F. Irving
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel J. Quinn
  • 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant-Colonel Brendon B.Y. LeBlanc
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer A.R. Dadds, CD
    Honorary Colonel – W.D. Murray
    Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel – John Ducker
  • 6th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel M.P.C. Bérubé, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer L. Gravel, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel Jean Lafamme
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Lieutenant General (Ret’d),The Honourable R.A. Dallaire, OC, CMM, GOQ, CSM, CD
  • 7th Toronto Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel R.D. Smid, MMM, MB, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – CWO (Mr Gnr) Robinson, CD
    Honorary Colonel – BGen (Ret’d) E.B. Beno OMM, CD
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel M.W. Clearihue
  • 10th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel S.K. Fortin, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Master Warrant Officer T.M. Appel, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Her Honour V.S. Schofield, SOM
  • 11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel M.B. Armstrong, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer M.H. Coit, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel M.D. McKay, CD
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – vacant
  • 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel J.P.P. Lajoie, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer G.M. Dempsey, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel W.J. Rodgers
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel A. De Genova
  • 20th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel J.C Wilson, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Master Warrant Officer D. Baker, CD
    Honorary Colonel – vacant
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel A.Z.H. Mawji
  • 26th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel S.K. Fortin, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Master Warrant Officer T.M. Appel, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel R.H. Felstead, CStJ, CD
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel G.L. Dangerfield
  • 30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel D.C. Buchanan, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major –Chief Warrant Officer W.R. Hall, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel C. Nanji
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel T Sparling
  • 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish), RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel J.G. Hardwick, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer D.W. Franken, CD
    Honourary Colonel – vacant
    Honourary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel D.N. Bedard
  • 49th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel V.L. Knox, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer S.B. Leask, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel C.E. Healy, CD
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel M.V. Turco
  • 56th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant-Colonel R.J. Christopher
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer D.Russ
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Col B.E. Robertson
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel P. Williamson
  • 62e Régiment d’artillerie de campagne, ARC
    Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel D. Roux, CD
    Regimental Sergeant Major – Chief Warrant Officer R. Blouin, CD
    Honorary Colonel – Honorary Colonel G. Maltais
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel François Normand
  • 20th Independent Field Battery, RCA
    Battery Commander – Major N.P. Barber, CD
    Battery Sergeant Major – Master Warrant Officer G.J. Wittebolle
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – The Honorable R.L Casson
  • 84th Independent Field Battery, RCA
    Battery Commander – Captain J. Dulong, CD
    Battery Sergeant Major – Warrant Officer D.S. Clarke, CD
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel N.J. LeBlanc
  • 116th Independent Field Battery, RCA
    Battery Commander – Major J. Baker
    Battery Sergeant Major – Master Warrant Officer R. Henry, CD
    Honorary Lieutenant Colonel – Honorary Lieutenant Colonel N. Dufresne, CD
  • The Regiment of Royal Canadian Artillery Band
    Commanding Officer – Captain Patrice Arsenault, CD
    Band Sergeant Major – Master Warrant Officer D.J. Keels
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