New Brunswick Rangers...who were they?

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New Brunswick Rangers...who were they?

Joined: March 15th, 2006, 3:45 pm

January 31st, 2010, 11:29 pm #1

Can any give a hand here?

I have been unable to find much info about the New Brunswick Rangers.
My Grand Uncle (who has since passed) always said he was with them during WW2, he did serve overseas
and has the standard 5 medals but I am unable to get copies of his records to confirm his story about the Rangers.

From what I found on the net, it appears they were a militia unit that was disbanded in 1941?

Does anyone have any info about the unit and what happened to them during WW2.
I assumed they must have been absorbed into other units.

Here is a small clipping I found about them from 1945


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Roger


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John Cameron
John Cameron

February 1st, 2010, 12:57 am #2

The N.B. Rangers were the Support Company for 10th Infantry Brigade, $th Canadian Armoured Division. They landed in Normandy in July '44 with 4th Div. They were the HMG and Mortar support for the Brigade using Vickers MMGs and 4.2" Mortars.
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Jim Camirand
Jim Camirand

February 1st, 2010, 2:02 am #3

Can any give a hand here?

I have been unable to find much info about the New Brunswick Rangers.
My Grand Uncle (who has since passed) always said he was with them during WW2, he did serve overseas
and has the standard 5 medals but I am unable to get copies of his records to confirm his story about the Rangers.

From what I found on the net, it appears they were a militia unit that was disbanded in 1941?

Does anyone have any info about the unit and what happened to them during WW2.
I assumed they must have been absorbed into other units.

Here is a small clipping I found about them from 1945


Thanks
Roger


GDay Roger

As John indicated the NB Rangers were part of the 4th Division, 10th Infantry Brigade. The 10th Infantry Brigade was made up of the Lincoln and Welland Regt. The Algonquin Reg. and the Argyll Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise). At the end of the war the Canada sent a unit to Berlin (the Berlin Battalion) made up of a company from each of the Loyal Edmonton Regt. (1st Div.), The Fusiliers Mont Royal (2nd Div.) and the Argylls (4th Div.). There they represented Canada in the Victory Parade on July 21st 1945. My Dad was a member of the Argylls and went to Berlin.

Drop me an e-mail at jcamirand52@hotmail.com if you would like any further info.

Jim Camirand
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Doug Townend
Doug Townend

February 1st, 2010, 2:20 am #4

Can any give a hand here?

I have been unable to find much info about the New Brunswick Rangers.
My Grand Uncle (who has since passed) always said he was with them during WW2, he did serve overseas
and has the standard 5 medals but I am unable to get copies of his records to confirm his story about the Rangers.

From what I found on the net, it appears they were a militia unit that was disbanded in 1941?

Does anyone have any info about the unit and what happened to them during WW2.
I assumed they must have been absorbed into other units.

Here is a small clipping I found about them from 1945


Thanks
Roger


Try the following reference:

"The Regiments and Corps of the Canadian Army" published in 1964 by the Queen's Printer, Ottawa.

NB Rangers is mentioned on pages 178 to 181. In the early years of the 1900s, the unit went through various amalgamations with other NB units but as noted in above responses it went to war in WW2 as the NB Rangers. After the war it was one of several units that formed the First Battalion, The Royal NB Regiment.

DT.
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Joined: February 1st, 2006, 6:13 pm

February 1st, 2010, 2:27 am #5

Can any give a hand here?

I have been unable to find much info about the New Brunswick Rangers.
My Grand Uncle (who has since passed) always said he was with them during WW2, he did serve overseas
and has the standard 5 medals but I am unable to get copies of his records to confirm his story about the Rangers.

From what I found on the net, it appears they were a militia unit that was disbanded in 1941?

Does anyone have any info about the unit and what happened to them during WW2.
I assumed they must have been absorbed into other units.

Here is a small clipping I found about them from 1945


Thanks
Roger


Hi Roger;

This is rather long, but:

A thumbnail history of The New Brunswick Rangers from 26 August 1939 to 1 April 1946. Part 1 deals with that component of the regiment that served beginning with the Non-Permanent Active Militia and became a unit of the Canadian Active Service Force and eventually a unit of the Canadian Army (Active). Part 2 deals with that component of the regiment which continued to serve with the Non-Permanent Active Militia and eventually the Canadian Army (Reserve).

Part 1: The New Brunswick Rangers of the Non-Permanent Active Militia - Canadian Active Service Force - Canadian Army (Active):

- Details of The New Brunswick Rangers (Battalion Headquarters (Sussex, NB), Headquarters Company (Sussex, NB), "A" Company (Clifton, NB), "B" Company (Sussex, NB), "C" Company (Moncton, NB) and "D" Company (Salisbury, NB)) a unit of the Non-Permanent Active Militia under Headquarters, 16th Infantry Brigade (Saint John, NB) were Called Out on Service in Military District No. 7 effective 26 August 1939 for the purpose of (a) Manning Coastal and Anti-Aircraft Defences; and (b) providing guards for vulnerable points.

- The New Brunswick Rangers (Details) of the Non-Permanent Active Militia was Called Out and Placed on Active Service effective 1 September 1939 for duty within Military District No. 7 under the designation The New Brunswick Rangers, C.A.S.F. (Details).

- The New Brunswick Rangers, C.A.S.F. (Details) was re-designated The New Brunswick Rangers (Details) effective 7 November 1940.

- The New Brunswick Rangers (Details) were disbanded effective 31 December 1940.

- The New Brunswick Rangers were not disbanded in 1941, they were placed on Active Service effective 1 January 1941 in Military District No. 7 (encompassed the Province of New Brunswick) as a Home Defence unit of the Canadian Army (Active).

- They were allocated to the Canadian Infantry Corps as the 1st Battalion, The New Brunswick Rangers, C.I.C. effective 3 September 1942.

- 1st Battalion, The New Brunswick Rangers, C.I.C. was converted and re-designated the 10th Infantry Brigade Support Group (The New Brunswick Rangers) effective 1 November 1943.

- 10th Infantry Brigade Support Group (The New Brunswick Rangers) was converted and re-designated The 10th Independent Machine Gun Company (The New Brunswick Rangers) effective 24 February 1944.

- The 10th Independent Machine Gun Company (The New Brunswick Rangers) were disbanded effective 15 February 1946.

The War Diaries of the above mentioned can be found at Library & Archives Canada (Ottawa) under RG24, National Defence, Series C-3, Volumes 6623, 6624, 6625, 6626, 6627, 6628 and 6629 under the file title: No. 10 Independent Machine Gun Company (New Brunswick Rangers). Volume 6629 also includes the War Diary for the Regimental Depot, New Brunswick Rangers from September 1939 to July 1940, after which the Regimental Depot was absorbed into No. 7 District Depot (Fredericton, NB) effective 25 July 1940.

Part 2: The New Brunswick Rangers of the Non-Permanent Active Militia and of the Canadian Army (Reserve):

- Details of The New Brunswick Rangers ( Battalion Headquarters (Sussex, NB), Headquarters Company (Sussex, NB), "A" Company (Clifton, NB), "B" Company (Sussex, NB), "C" Company (Moncton, NB) and "D" Company (Salisbury, NB)) a unit of the Non-Permanent Active Militia under Headquarters, 16th Infantry Brigade (Saint John, NB) were Called Out on Service in Military District No. 7 effective 26 August 1939 for the purpose of (a) Manning Coastal and Anti-Aircraft Defences; and (b) providing guards for vulnerable points.

- The New Brunswick Rangers (Details) of the Non-Permanent Active Militia was Called Out and Placed on Active Service effective 1 September 1939 for duty within Military District No. 7 under the designation The New Brunswick Rangers, C.A.S.F. (Details)

- The New Brunswick Rangers of the Non-Permanent Active Militia was re-designated the 1st (Reserve) Battalion, The New Brunswick Rangers under effective 7 November 1940.

- 1st (Reserve) Battalion, The New Brunswick Rangers was re-designated the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The New Brunswick Rangers upon the Active component (The New Brunswick Rangers) of the regiment being placed on Active Service effective 1 January 1941.

- 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The New Brunswick Rangers was reallocated to the 37th (Reserve) Brigade Group from the 16th (Reserve) Infantry Brigade effective 1 April 1942.

- 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The New Brunswick Rangers was reallocated to the 16th (Reserve) Infantry Brigade from the 37th (Reserve) Brigade Group effective 14 September 1944.

- 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The New Brunswick Rangers In conjunction with The Saint John Fusiliers (M.G.) were converted and re-designated The South New Brunswick Regiment effective 1 April 1946.

- The South New Brunswick Regiment was re-designated The New Brunswick Scottish effective 2 December 1946.

Hope this helps.

Mark
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Joined: March 15th, 2006, 3:45 pm

February 1st, 2010, 11:37 pm #6

Thanks for all the help guys! much appriciated
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Jim Camirand
Jim Camirand

February 2nd, 2010, 3:22 am #7

entlemen

While we are on the subject of the NB Rangers...........

As I noted above my Dad was with the Argyll's in the 4th Div.......

I am presently in the process of putting together a disply frame of all the units which made up the 4th Div. ffor him.

Does anyone have a picture of the NB Rangers cloth shouldeer title/flash ????? I can not local a pic. anywhere ....and of course if someone knows where I might be able to pick one up, along with a Lake Superior Regt. (not L S Scottish Regt.) cloth flash I would appreciate it.

jcamirand52@hotmail.com

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Jim C.
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Joined: March 15th, 2006, 3:45 pm

February 3rd, 2010, 1:37 am #8

I have a color photo from a book?
Would that do?

Roger
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Jim Camirand
Jim Camirand

February 3rd, 2010, 1:52 am #9

G'Day Roger

That would be great....I have no idea what it looks like and a pic would be great....you can either post it here or to my e-mail jcamirand52@hotmail.com

Any chance you or anyone else has the Lake Superior flash????

Thanks Jim
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Joined: March 15th, 2006, 3:45 pm

February 3rd, 2010, 2:24 am #10

Her ya' go.
Think this is what your looking for.

Cheers
Roger



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