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Regimental Commanding Officers - #19

Lieutenant Colonel William Taylor Cromb, Jr., DSO, ED

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.  

William Taylor Cromb was the 14th soldier to command The Loyal Edmonton Regiment after its formation in 1920 and the 19th in line since the formation of its predecessor the 101st Regiment (Edmonton Fusiliers) in 1908. He was the 9th commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Canadian Active Service Force (C.A.S.F.) during the Second World War.

Bill Cromb, Jr. was a lieutenant in The Edmonton Regiment when it went overseas on 19 December 1939. He was a major in command of C Company when the battalion left for Sicily in June of 1943. In May of 1944 he went to The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, as second in command, and later, in August, he took over command of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. He was with these units as they fought through France and up into Holland. After the war’s end, he returned to command The Loyal Edmonton Regiment and brought it home. For more on his story read the article in our latest newsletter at the link below.

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This is the thirty-ninth in a series of quarterly newsletters originally recognizing 100th anniversary events of the First World War, with emphasis on Edmonton’s 49th Battalion, and 75th anniversary events of the Second World War, with emphasis on The Edmonton Regiment/The Loyal Edmonton Regiment.  These stories came to an end with our 2019-1 and 2020-3 editions respectively. However, there are still many stories to be told about our regiment, past and present, including our newest series of articles on our regimental commanding officers.  We will also be expanding our focus on the museum itself with articles related to more current events and with stories about some of the interesting artefacts and archival materials in our collection.

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