World War 2 Remembered - Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1945 Q2

1945 – April to June

In April on 1945, the 1st Canadian Corps had joined the First Canadian Army in North-West Europe. It was responsible for the liberation of the area north of the Maas River in western Netherlands. The 1st Canadian Division, including the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade (The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and Seaforth Highlanders of Canada) now became part of the advance westward. For the Loyal Edmontons, this would be the start of the last month of fighting the Germans.

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Regimental Commanding Officers

Lt. Col. Robert Henry Palmer

Today’s Loyal Edmonton Regiment traces its lineage back to the formation of the 101st Regiment in 1908. Over time there have been many changes in name, organization and taskings. One interesting thread in all this change is who commanded the regiment. With this article we continue a series looking at those Commanding Officers. Lt. Col. Palmer, who took over the 49th Battalion from Lt. Col. Griesbach in 1917, was appointed CO of the 1st Battalion of the newly formed Edmonton Regiment in 1920.

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