ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

March 2014

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I n this issue we will look at the 2nd Dragoons, a now disbanded cavalry regiment which was eventually located in St. Catherines, Ontario. The 2nd Regiment of Cavalry, with its Regimental HQ located in Oak Ridges, Ontario, was first established on the 1st May 1872 as a Hussar regiment by the regimentation of eight existing independent troops of cavalry, based as follows: • No. 1 Troop, raised 27 Sep. 1855 at St. Catherines as the 1st Volunteer Militia Troop of Cavalry of St. Catherines. • No. 2 Troop, raised 27 Dec 1855 at Oak Ridges as the 2nd Troop of Volunteer Militia Cavalry of the County of York. Redesignated 22 Dec 1865 as the 1st Troop, York Squadron of Volunteer Militia Cavalry. Redesignated 30 Mar 1866 as the 1st Troop, 1st Squadron of Volunteer Light Cavalry of the County of York. • No. 3 Troop, raised 15 Jul 1855 at Markham as The Markham Troop of Volunteer Militia Cavalry of the County of York. Redesignated 22 Dec 1865 as the 2nd Troop, York Squadron of Volunteer Militia Cavalry. Redesignated 30 Mar 1866 as the 2nd Troop, 1st Squadron of Volunteer Light Cavalry of the County of York. • No. 4 Troop, raised 11 Dec 1856 at Grimsby as the 1st Volunteer Militia Troop of Grimsby. • No. 5 Troop, raised 7 Sept 1866 at Burford as The Burford Volunteer Militia Troop of Cavalry. Redesignated in 1882 as C Squadron. • No. 6 Troop, raised 31 Aug 1866 at Queenston Heights as The Queenston Mounted Infantry Company. • No. 7 Troop, raised 19 Oct 1866 at Barrie as The Barrie Mounted Infantry Company; disbanded 12 Dec 1872. • No. 8 Troop, raised 02 May 1862 at Port Robinson as The Volunteer Militia Cavalry Troop of the County of Welland. In 1892 the Regiment had a change of title and became the 2nd Dragoons and at the same time Regimental HQ was moved to St. Catherines, Ontario. In 1889, No. 2 and No. 3 Troops left the regiment and were placed under the command of the Governor General's Body Guard in Toronto (now the Governor General's Horse Guards). In December of 1899 the regiment was reorganized into three squadrons: • "A" Squadron in Saint Catharines formed from No. 1 and No. 6 Troop 8 SHoUldEr To SHoUldEr The 2 nd dragoons by Bill Nangle

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