Royal Westminster Regiment


Royal Westminster Regiment

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=The Royal Westminster Regiment


caption=
dates=01 April 1910- Present
country=Canada
branch=Militia
command_structure=Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
type=Line Infantry
role=Light Infantry
ceremonial_chief=The Duke of Westminster
ceremonial_chief_label=Colonel-in-Chief
nickname= "The Westies"
abbreviation=RWestmrR
march="The Maple Leaf Forever"
motto= "Pro Rege et Patria" (Latin: For King and Country)
garrison=RHQ - The Armoury New Westminster
A Coy - New Westminster
B Coy - CFS Aldergrove
identification_symbol_4=R Westmnr R
identification_symbol_4_label=Abbreviation

The Royal Westminster Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve. It is based in New Westminster, British Columbia Canada at The Armouries, located at the corner of 6th and Queens in New Westminster. cite web|url =http://www.army.dnd.ca/royal_westies/content_e.htm|title = The Royal Westminster Regiment|accessdate = 2007-12-10|last = Department of National Defence |year = 2003|month = January]

The Royal Westminster Regiment is part of the 39 Canadian Brigade Group and also part of Land Force Western Area.

The Armouries also houses The Royal Westminster Regiment Museum. [ cite web|url = http://www.royal-westies-assn.ca/museum.html|title = The Royal Westminster Regiment Historical Society and Museum|accessdate = 2007-12-17|last = The Royal Westminster Regiment Historical Society and Museum|authorlink = |year = undated] .

=History=

The New Westminster Rifle Company No. 1

The Royal Westminster Regiment traces its lineage back to The New Westminster Rifle Company No. 1 which was formed on November 21, 1863 and was the first militia unit raised in British Columbia, predating Canada as a nation. cite web|url =http://www.army.dnd.ca/royal_westies/history.htm|title = The Royal Westminster Regiment|accessdate = 2007-12-10|last = Department of National Defence |year = 2003|month = January]

In 1863, the Regiment saw its first action when a detachment, numbering 38 men under the command of Captain Chartres Brew, accompanied a punitive expedition dispatched to the Chilcoten. This action was in response to fears of a native uprising sparked by the killing of 13 white miners by members of the Chilcotin Indian Band.

In 1866 there was a perceived threats of invasion by Irish-American Fenians from the United States of America. Fenians had mounted a brief and abortive invasion of Eastern Canada and as a result The Rifles were supplemented by the formation of "The Home Guards" and The Seymour Artillery Company.

In 1874, the New Westminster Rifle Company No. 1 ceased to exist, replaced by the No. 1 Company of Rifles (New Westminster). In 1877 the No. 1 Company of Rifles (New Westminster) was reorganized as the New Westminster Rifle Company, but no increase in its almost totally non-existent funding or equipment was authorized.

In 1892, as a consequence of neglect on the part of the Canadian government the New Westminster Rifle Company was disbanded.

Persevering through a seven year stretch as Artillery, the unit finally reverted to an Infantry role in 1899.

The 104th Regiment (Westminster Fusiliers of Canada)

In 1910, the Regiment's name was changed to the 104th Regiment. Then changed again in 1913 to The 104th Regiment "Westminster Fusiliers of Canada" and again to The 104th Regiment (Westminster Fusiliers of Canada).

First World War

In 1914 the regiment contributed to the formation of the 7th Battalion CEF, and in 1915 formed and trained the 47th Battalion CEF. The battalion sailed from Halifax for Great Britain on November 13, 1915.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 10. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The 47th Battalion fought with distinction at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.Stewart, Charles H.: "Overseas The linages and Insignia of the Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919", page 25. Littel & Stewart, 1970.]

Additional World War One honours were earned for:

*Mount Sorrel
*Somme 1916
*Ancre Heights
*Ancre 1917
*Arras 1917-18
*Hill 70
*Ypes 1917
*Passchendaele
*Amiens
*Scarpe 1918
*Drocourt-Queant
*Hindenberg Line
*Canal du Nord
*Valenciennes
*France and Flanders 1916-18

A member of the 47th Battalion, Corporal Filip Konowal, received the Victoria Cross for his single handed destruction of a German machine gun position.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 28. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The unit also trained the 131st Battalion CEF, which was absorbed by the 30th Battalion, CEF as reinforcements in France.

Between the Wars

The Westminster Regiment

In 1920 the unit was amalgamated with the 6th Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles) and in 1924 it was reformed as The Westminster Regiment.

The regiment was re-designated as a machine gun battalion and titled The Westminster Regiment (M.G.) in 1936.

econd World War

With the German invasion of Poland, the Regiment's 1st Battalion was mobilized on September 2, 1939 as a machine gun battalion.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 3. Mitchell Press, 1964.] .

During the Second World War the regiment formed a part of Major General Burt Hoffmeister's 5th Canadian Armoured Division ("The Mighty Maroon Machine")Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 135. Mitchell Press, 1964.] taking part in the Italian Campaign before being transferred to Europe and participating in the liberation of Holland. The 2nd Battalion, Westminster Regiment served in the reserve force stationed in Canada.Tripp, F.R.: "Canada's Army in World War II, Badges and Histories of the Corps and Regiments", page 82. Unitrade Press, 1983. ISBN 0-919801-11-0]

At that time of mobilization the regiment consisted of Battalion HQ, A and B Companies in New Westminster, C Company in Mission and D Company in Chiliwack. The Commanding Officer was Lt Col C.J Loat, with Major "Little Joe" Sager as Deputy Commanding Officer. Major Sager became CO at the end of 1939.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 5. Mitchell Press, 1964.] On May 27, 1940 the unit deployed to Camp Dundurn Saskatchewan for additional training. Late in September, 1940 the unit was deployed again, not overseas as they had hoped, but back to Vancouver for winter quarters at the then abandoned Hotel Vancouver.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 7. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The Westminster Regiment (Motor)

The unit was converted to a motor battalion and designated The Westminster Regiment (Motor) in early 1941. On May 27, 1941 the unit entrained at the CPR station in Vancouver for deployment to Camp Borden. At Borden the unit became part of the 1st Armoured Brigade, 1st Armoured Division.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 9. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The regiment sailed from Halifax on HMT Andes for Great Britain on November 13, 1941, exactly 26 years from the day that the 47th Battalion CEF had sailed for Europe from the same port. The unit disembarked in Liverpool on November 24, 1941.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 12. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Great Britain

The brigade and the division were both re-numbered on arrival and the Westminsters were now part of 5 Brigade of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division under command of Major General Burt Hoffmeister, based at Aldershot for more training. Subsequently the unit was moved to Farnham, Hove, Pippingford Park, and Cranwich Camp Thetford, Norfolk.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 19. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

In March 1943 the Westminster's CO, Lt Col Sager, was promoted to Brigadier and given command of 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade. Command of the regiment passed to Lt Col RL Tindall, who had been recently second in command of the Perth Regiment.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 21. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Deployment to Italy

On November 15, 1943 the regiment sailed aboard RMS Samaria for Algiers.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 29. Mitchell Press, 1964.] Next the unit was sent by rail to Phillipeville and immediately embarked on the SS Cameronia for Naples, Italy where they joined the 8th Army.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 31. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The regiment went into the line and engaged in combat first at the town of Guardiagrele, near Monte Mariella.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 43. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The unit's first casualties were suffered on January 22, 1944 during patrolling on this static part of the front. Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 45. Mitchell Press, 1964.] After eight days on the line the unit was withdrawn to the Sangro River on the night of 25-26 January.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 48. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The regiment returned to the line on January 31, relieving the 1/9 Gurkhas at Sararola.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 49. Mitchell Press, 1964.] During this action the Westminsters developed the tactic of sending out patrols by night to lay over behind enemy lines in a deserted house through the day, calling in artillery and mortar fire by radio and then returning to their own lines the following night.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 55. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

On February 14, 1944 Lt Col Gordon Corbould, a former Westie company commander and regimental 2IC, returned from his posting as second in command of the Irish Regiment of Canada to assume command of the Westminster Regiment. He would command the unit for the remainder of the war and through its hardest actions.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 54. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Corbould Force

On March 1, 1944 the regiment was relieved from the line by the Perth Regiment and sent for rest in Roatti.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 58. Mitchell Press, 1964.] It was soon re-deployed as part of a battle group under Westminster CO Lt Col Corbould, known as "Corbould Force". The unit took part in the Battle of Monte Cassino, holding the line near the villages of Vallirontonda and Aquafondata, starting on April 11, 1944.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 62. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The unit was relieved on May 3, 1944 and moved to a rest area at Pignataro.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 68. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Battle of the Melfa River

On May 11, 1944 the attack on the Gustav Line and the Hitler Line commenced with the Westminsters and the 5th Armoured Division forming the exploitation force, hoping to break into the Liri Valley and the assault on Rome.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 69. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The advance through the Liri valley included the Westminster's most famous action, the assault water crossing at the Melfa River. The Officer Commanding, "A" Company at the Battle of the Melfa River, Major Jack Mahony, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry and leadership under fire during that action fought in conjunction with the tanks of Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). This action cemented a friendship between the two regiments that has endured since the Second World War.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 107. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The Gothic Line

The entire division was relieved from the line on May 30, 1944 and carried out "rest and refit" duties near the villages of Baia and Latina.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", pages 102-3. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

By August 1944 the Anzio Bridgehead force had broken out, Rome had fallen and the advance to the Po River commenced.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 108. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The Westies joined the fight on August 6, 1944 at Montefalco in the advance to the next German defensive position, the Gothic Line which the regiment engaged starting on August 26th.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 111. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The unit was involved in the crossing of the Fogia River.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 113. Mitchell Press, 1964.] and the Conca River.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 118. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The unit completed the action on September 5, 1944.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 122. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Coriano

After a few days out of the line the regiment was thrown into the Battle for Coriano Ridge, starting on September 13th, 1944. The regiment prevailed despite heavy shelling and losses, being relieved by the 4th British Division.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 123. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The regiment was moved back for rest at the coastal town of Riccione on September 14, 1944Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 125. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

an Mauro and the Rubicone River

The regiment was soon back in action, following more training. They were assigned to pass over the Uso River bridgehead held by the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards and take the village of San Mauro. The attack commenced on September 23, 1944 with the bypassing of San Giustina, which had not been captured and was held by stiff German resistance. "A" Company and "B" Squadron of Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) led the advance.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 127. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The advance continued into the flat country under heavy fire to capture San Vito.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 129. Mitchell Press, 1964.] On September 25, the order was received to continue the advance and cross the Rubicone River, this time with the tanks of the Governor General's Horse Guards in support.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 132. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The attack ran into thick minefields and heavy shelling, but no German infantry and regimental casualties were few.

Porter Force

The Westminster regiment was assigned to Porter Force on November 10, 1944. This ad hoc formation was intended to work with Popski's Private Army and Italian partisans in the forward area south of Ravenna. The mission was to hold the existing line, put pressure on the enemy and advance when the opportunity presented itself. Regimental HQ was in Vincoli with "A" and "B" Companies in San Stefano and "C" Company in Gambellara. The action consisted of extensive night patrolling and night advances to contact the enemy.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 136. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The pressure forced the enemy back across the Uniti Canal and into San Pancrazio.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 139. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The regiment advanced through patrol actions across the Ronco River to the Scolo Lama canal, where bitter German resistance was encountered.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 140. Mitchell Press, 1964.] Consolidating the advances by November 26, 1944, the Westminster's held a line of convert|7000|yd, a very long front for a unit of this size in this type of warfare.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 143. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The campaign to clear the Po River valley was severely hampered by the Italian climate and the rain at this time of year turned the flat valley into lakes and rivers.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 145. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The Porter Force membership ended with over 40 German prisoners taken and many more casualties inflicted on the enemy.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 146. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Adriatic battles

The regiment was employed as part of the 1st Canadian Corps which was given the role in the winter of 1944 of assaulting over the Montone River, capturing Ravenna and the surrounding area, all with the aim of reducing pressure on the Fifth US Army operating near Bologna.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 147. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The attack was commenced at 0800 hours on December 2, 1944 and the unit captured the town of San Pancrazio quickly.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 148. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

After a month in continuous combat the unit was put under command of 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade and crossed the Lamone River in a night attack. The lead elements engaged in a difficult battle in the town of Villanova, where "A" and "C" Companies successfully engaged a column of German tanks with small arms and PIATs.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 161. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The regiment was next engaged in the battles for the Naviglio Canal and the River Senio between 12-22 December 1944. Both actions were continuous and involved dealing with heavy German opposition in concert with the tanks of the Strathconas once again.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 163. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

On December 23, 1944 the regiment was withdrawn for rest at Ravenna after 43 days and nights of continuous combat.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 166-167. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Villanova

The regiment returned to action near the town of Villanova on December 27, 1944. The action was to advance and take the town of Rosetta in the flat country of that area. The battle was against a formation of the Waffen-SS and the fighting was fierce against the determined resistance. As the Westie tradition dictated the regiment was not deterred and the objective was captured, the enemy forced to withdraw.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 168. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The unit was relieved by the 1st Battalion of the Welsh Regiment and a squadron of the RAF Regiment on December 29th, 1944.

Conventello

Early in the New Year the regiment was sent to fill a gap in the line at Conventello and bore the brunt of a German counterattack in that area with the aim of recapturing Revenna.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 171. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The attack included massed German artillery and infantry attacks. The result was that the Westminsters in cooperation with the Strathconas' tanks and the Irish Regiment of Canada held the line and 200 wounded and prisoners were taken, with over 200 German dead.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 172. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

On January 13, 1945 the unit was moved to Fano and on to San Severino Marche for rest and refitting.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 179. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Departure from the Italian Campaign

The Westminsters were dispatched to Leghorn on February 21, 1945 and from there embarked on United States Navy shipping and conveyed to Marseilles, France. The unit mounted its own transport and drove through the Rhone Valley to Belgium, where they leaguered at Deinze.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 181. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Northwest Europe

The regiment was deployed to Meulebeke in Belgium as part of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, now part of the First Canadian Corps, First Canadian Army. Most of the unit was sent on leave when the order came on March 17, 1945 to prepare to move into battle again.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 182. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The first area of operations was on the Maas River and Waal River lines near Nijmegen where the Westminsters relived the 12th Manitoba Dragoons and commenced active patrolling and used the battalion mortars against the German positions across the Waal in Tiel.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 183. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

On April 5, 1945 the regiment was deployed to an area between the Waal and the Neder Rijn in conjunction with two companies of the 2nd Belgian Fusiliers.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 186. Mitchell Press, 1964.] This was in preparation for a major offensive, which commenced on April 12, with a move to Doesburg, just west of Arnhem. The division was given the task of exploiting the breakthrough created by the British 49th West Riding Division and driving to the Zuider Zee. At this point the unit's anti-tank platoon was issued Stuart tanks, unusual for an infantry regiment. The unit carried out a night attack across the Ijessel River on the night of 12/13 April 1945 and passed through Arnhem.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 187. Mitchell Press, 1964.] Pressing the attack, the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, in concert with the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. During the attack Lt Oldfield won the Military Cross for the action of his "A" Company Scout Platoon in clearing a German position and taking 40 prisoners.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 188. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The regiment attacked in concert with the Strathconas and the British Columbia Dragoons, capturing Deleen Airfield. The armoured drive continued against intense German opposition in fluid mobile operations, by-passing points of resistance to clean them up later. The unit advanced through Voorhuizen and Barneveld. German defences were in chaos and many prisoners were taken in the drive to Putten. When the operation had ended on April 18, 1945 the unit had covered convert|33|mi|km and participated in cutting off thousands of German troops in the Amsterdam area.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 192-193. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The unit commenced coast watching and patrolling near Groningen to prevent the escape or infiltration of German forces still holding the islands off shore.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 195. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The unit's final action was the capture of the German anti-aircraft battery at Termunterzijl.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 196. Mitchell Press, 1964.] The battery's 128 mm guns controlled the whole area and the operation was hampered by the lack of artillery and air support. The action was hard-fought against stiff German defences built in great depth to protect the battery. Relentless pressure form the Westminsters forced the abandonment of the battery and the withdrawal of the remaining German forces.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 196-205. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

End of the Second World War

Hostilities ended in Europe on May 7, 1945. The unit was repatriated after a long wait for sea transport and passed through New York City, Toronto and finally to Vancouver by train. They marched up New Westminster's Columbia Street to Queen's Park where the final dismissal was given on January 19, 1946.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 206. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

World War 2 Battle Honours

The unit earned battle honours for:

*Melfa Crossing
*Gothic Line
*Coriano
*Lamone crossing
*Misano Ridge
*Naviglio canal
*Italy 1944-45
*Ijsselmeer
*Delfzijl Pocket
*Northwest Europe 1945

War Record

During the Second World War 4,236 men passed through the Westminster Regiment (Motor). Of these 134 were killed in action.Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page 206. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

The unit was noted for never having failed to make an objective assigned. The Commander of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, Major General BM Hoffmeister, described the regiment's war record as "a record of particularly outstanding accomplishment".Oldfield, Major J.E.: "The Westminster's War Diary", page xii. Mitchell Press, 1964.]

Post war

The Westies lost their "Motor" designation in 1954, but gained their "Royal" title in 1967. cite web|url =http://www.army.dnd.ca/royal_westies/history7.htm|title = The Royal Westminster Regiment|accessdate = 2007-12-10|last = Department of National Defence |year = 2003|month = January]

In May and June 1948, The Westminster Regiment (Motor) provided aid to the Civil Power during the Fraser River Floods. This operation took place over three weeks.

On the 25th of June 1952, the requirement and consideration yet again for Canadian soldiers became a necessity with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea. Members of the Westies prepared for enlistment into the C.A.S.F. Specifically they would join units like the 2nd Battalion P.P.C.L.I. The Westminster Regiment (Motor) was not mobilized. However, a platoon of volunteers was remembered to be parading and preparing on the Armoury floor to join the C.A.S.F.

Then in 1954, the Major General Howard Kennedy Report was completed and made some recommendations to reorganizing the Army. The Report concluded the following: training would be required to be flexible, remove the coastal and air defense units, increase the number of Armoured units, decrease the number of headquarters from thirty-five to twenty-six.

Between 1956 to 1964, the concept of the Militia units mobilizing overseas and contributing to those efforts was changed quite dramatically. Therefore, the role of the Militia was changed and the funding and size was reduced. The role in 1957 was changed to Civil Defense in light of the substantial nuclear threat. From 1964 to 1969 the Militia was further reduced in personnel from 23,000 to 19,000.

The Royal Westminster Regiment has supported the various United Nations Missions such as Cyprus (UNFICYP) 1964- present, Egypt (UNEF II) 1973-79, Golan Heights (UNDOF) 1974 - present, and the former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR)1992-1993. It is suitable and satisfactory that Westies should be serving now in a variety of distant lands. In 1988 five personnel went to UNFICYP (Cyprus) with PPCLI.

=Perpetuation=

The Royal Westminster Regiment perpetuates the Seymour Artillery Company, the Seymour Battery of the British Columbia Garrison Artillery, as well as the 47th and 131st Battalions CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) [World War I] .

=Badges=

=Cadet units=There are several Royal Canadian Army Cadets units spread across British Columbia which are affiliated to the Royal Westminster Regiment. Cadet units affiliated to the Royal Westminster Regiment receive support and also are entitled to wear traditional regimental accouterments on their uniforms.Fact|date=February 2008

=References=

=Alliances=
*GBR - The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

=See also=
* The Canadian Crown and the Canadian Forces

=Order of precedence=

= External links =
* [http://www.army.dnd.ca/royal_westies/content_e.htm Official Web Site]
* [http://www.royal-westies-assn.ca The Royal Westminster Regiment Association]
* [http://army.ca/inf/rwinr.php Army.ca Wiki Page]
* [http://www.regiments.org/regiments/na-canada/volmil/bc-inf/104Westm.htm Regiments.org page]
* [http://www.royal-westies-assn.ca/museum.html The Museum of The Royal Westminster Regiment Historical Society]


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