|Royal Canadian Horse Artillery|
Garter badge of the RCHA
|Brigadier General William Henry Pferinger Elkins CB, C.B.E., DSO|
The Royal Canadian Horse Artillery is the name given to the regular field artillery units of the Canadian Army.
RCHA units are the senior units of the Canadian land field force, with a history dating back to the birth of Canada as a nation. 'A' and 'B' Batteries of Garrison Artillery were formed as the first units of Canada's permanent military force in 1871 in Kingston and Quebec City respectively, with a third ('C' Battery) authorized in 1883 and formed in 1887 in Esquimalt. These bore the name of the Regiment of Canadian Artillery, with the Royal Canadian Artillery being formed as the militia element in 1895. In 1905, to distinguish between the regular force and militia, the regulars were given the title Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.
In addition to the three regiments currently serving, two further regiments have served in the past prior to being disbanded:
The Freedom of the City was exercised by the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Kingston in 1983; 1996 and May 26, 2012.
Lineage of Royal Canadian Horse Artillery units.
The Royal Canadian Horse Artillery badge (1968) by Robert McCausland Limited is a stained glass memorial to 2517 Colonel E. Geoffrey Brooks DSO OBE CD (RMC 1952), who served as the Royal Military College of Canada’s staff adjutant 1948-1950 and as Director of Artillery, Royal Canadian Artillery in August 1960. He is remembered in the Geoffrey Brooks Memorial Essay Competition - 2,000 to 3,000 words on any topic of military history or specific military interest that pertains to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. The contest (1st Prize -$500; 2nd Prize -$300; and 3rd Prize – $200) is open to all DND military (Regular and Reserve) and civilian personnel and students attending post-secondary educational institutes.
|Sir Arthur Currie Hall, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario||1968||1 light Royal Canadian Horse Artillery badge||Robert McCausland Limited|
Today, the regular force encompasses three RCHA regiments: