27th Armoured Regiment
(The Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment)

Junior Armoured Regiment, 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade,
Northwest Europe, 1945

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Unit Serial and Arm of Service Sign 
1943 – 1945
Formation Sign
2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade

 

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Battle Honours: Second World War

Normandy Landing, Authie, Caen, The Orne, Bourguebus Ridge, Faubourg de Vaucelles, St. Andre-sur-Orne, Falaise, Falaise Road, Clair Tizon, The Laison, Antwerp-Turnhout Canal, The Scheldt, The Lower Maas, The Rhineland, The Hochwald, Xanten, The Rhine, Emmerich-Hoch Elten, Zutphen, Deventer, North-West Europe, 1944-1945.

Historical Sketch of the The Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment in Normandy

Raised as an infantry unit in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on 21 September 1866, the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment was converted to armour along with its parent division, the 4th, in 1942. As a result of a 1943 reorganization of armour, the Sherbrookes became a part of the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade.

As the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade's reserve regiment, they landed on D-Day at Bernières-sur-Mer. During the breakout from the beachhead on the following day, they fought at Authie and Buron. In July, they were involved in the actions around Caen, including participation in the vicious fighting on Bourguébus Ridge. In July, they were instrumental in the capture and clearing of the city of Falaise.

Following the Normandy campaign, they fought in Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Amalgamated with the 7/11 Hussars in 1964, today the Sherbrooke Hussars are roled as a tank regiment in western Quebec's 34 Canadian Brigade Group.

For further reading see: H. M. Jackson, The Sherbrooke Regiment (12th Armoured Regiment), n.p., 1958 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,
2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade

Second World War Gallantry Awards

Service Number Rank Surname Names Decoration I or P Date
  Lieutenant Colonel GORDON Melville Burgoyne Kennedy DSO I 08Jul44
  Major HOUSTON Ross Melvin DSO P Jul44-Feb45
  Major WALSH Vincent Owen DSO I 07Jun44
  Major RADLEY-WALTERS Sidney Valpy DSO & MC P Aug44-Apr45
  Captain BRENNAN John Paul MC I 28Apr45
  Lieutenant CLOUT Edward Albert MC I 03Mar45
  Lieutenant GOODWIN George Douglas MC I 28Apr45
  Captain GOULD Thomas Garfield MC I 26Feb45
  Lieutenant NEILL John Wesley MC I 26Feb45
  Captain SPAFFORD Elliott MC P Jun44-Mar45
  Lieutenant WARRINER Robert Alfred MC I 29Mar45
H26395 Sergeant CUDDIE Lloyd William DCM I 22-24Jul44
F30544 Trooper BARLETT David Douglas MM P Jul44
D46374 Sergeant BEARDSLEY Ralph Robert MM I 08Jul44
F30573 Sergeant BOWERS Victor Ray MM P 27Feb45
B112892 Lance Sergeant CONNELL Armond Thomas MM I 23Apr45
D46904 Lance Corporal DAVIS Milton David MM I 26Apr45
D46072 Squadron Sergeant Major HOWLAND Ernest Arthur MM P 13Aug44
F29861 Squadron Sergeant Major NICHOLSON Claude Linden MM P 07Jun44
H63854 Sergeant RIGBY Arthur MM I 10Apr45
L8857 Trooper SCHULER Vernon Peter MM I 08Mar45
M104311 Sergeant SODEMAN Eugene Frederick MM I 26Feb45

"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: March 1, 2011