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166 Bn QOR CEF Officer's


Bill Alexander

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I am doing some research on the officer's of the 166th Battalion Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Canadian Expeditionary Force. Does anyone have a nominal roll of the officer's of this battalion before it was broken up? Or, any nominal roll of the officer's at any time of the unit's existence?

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Hi Bill:

The 166th Battalion didn't publish any history of their WWI service.

Have you tried contacting the Regiment for their Great War nominal roll?

The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

Regimental Headquarters

Moss Park Armoury

130 Queen Street East

Toronto, Ontario

M5A 1R9

Phone: Battalion Orderly Room (416) 973-3281

Fax: (416) 861-1459

E-mail: info@qor.com

"Once in the Queen's Own

Always in the Queen's Own"

Garth

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Hi Garth, Thanks for the contact information for the QOR.

There is a history of the QOR, by Barnard, published in 1960. It contains basic information about the activities of the QOR and perpetuated battalions in WWI. Of interest, the 3rd Bn CEF was manned nearly exclusively by QOR officers and recruits at the outbreak of the war, but unlike other battalions, was not allowed to keep its militia identity. The QORs for some reason, were on the outs with Sam Hughes. Though another Toronto battalion the 15th, kept regimental identity, a couple of small drafts of soldiers put in the 3rd, from the Royal Grenadiers and the Governor General's Body Guard, allowed the argument to be made that the unit was not solely QOR. These drafts put the 3rd way over strength, and were seen as political machinations to deprive the QOR of the claim to the 3rd battalion. In comparison, the 15th needed drafts of at least company strength to bring it up to establishment. In these drafts there were elements of the 31st Grey Regt and 97th Algonquin Rifles. Yet the 48th Highlanders were allowed to maintain the 15th Battalion as a 48th unit.

The 166th was authorized on Jan 3 1916, and disbanded on September 15, 1917. It supplied drafts to the 3rd, 38th, 75th, and 124th Bns.

The QOR history also lists all casualties in the CEF that were recruited by the QOR. The Honour Roll includes the man's number, name, original battalion, active service battalion circumstance of death (K, DoW, etc), and date of death.

The reason for my request is to attempt to identify an officer that transferred to the Royal Flying Corps from the 166th.

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The reason for my request is to attempt to identify an officer that transferred to the Royal Flying Corps from the 166th.

Hi Bill:

You may want to post you're query on the Aerodrome forum, here. The guys on the forum are pretty knowledgeable, and you'll probably gets some leads on where to find the RFC information you're looking for.

Garth

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