WWII era VRC Victoria Rifles of Canada Cap badge (lot#2)
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You are viewing the scans of an interesting subdued version of the Victoria Rifles of Canada (VRC). This badge, originally made of brass, has been covered over with black material most likely intended to create an early version of camo, but blackened uniform devises is a common occurrence, with rifle regiments in Canada. It has both original lugs intact with accompanying cross pin. It also comes with a red felt backing as found. Nice kings crown version of a hard to find cap badge for the Canadian Army.
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The Victoria Rifles of Canada originated in Montréal, Quebec on 22 January 1862, as the 3rd Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles Canada.
The battalion was called out on active service during the 1866 Fenian Raids from 8 March to 31 March 1866, and during the 1870 Fenian Raids from 24 May to 24 June 1870. It was re-designated the "3rd Battalion, Victoria Volunteer Rifles of Montreal" on 18 July 1862 and as the "3rd Battalion Victoria Rifles of Canada" on Dec 5 1879.
On May 8th 1900 it was again renamed. this time the "3rd Regiment Victoria Rifles of Canada".This regiment supplied volunteers for the 24th Battalion ( Victoria Rifles), CEF in 1914. They embarked for Great Britain on 11 May 1915. After arriving in Europe on 16 September 1915, they fought as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war.
Prior to WWII the regiment took on its current name, the "Victoria Rifles of Canada". This occurred on 15 November in 1934. After WWII began, on 7 November 1941, it's name was again changed to the "2nd (Reserve) Battalion, Victoria Rifles of Canada". Under this title they served on the home front in Canada and in NFLD from the 7th of November 1940 to September 1941 on garrison duty as part of the 17th Infantry Brigade, 7th Canadian Division. However in November of 1944 the 1st Battalion of the Victoria Rifles embarked for Great Britain on November 20th 1944, but it was broken up the very next day, on November 21st, to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Divisions in the field....
After the war ended it reverted to its prewar name "Victoria Rifles of Canada". It was disbanded on 5 March 1965, and its remnants transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle, an impending omen to the sobering effects of coming unification of the late sixties.