Regimental Commanding Officers - #8

Lt. Col. Gilbert Howland, V.D.

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. Howland was the third commanding officer of 1st Battalion, The Edmonton Regiment (1927-1930).  His Canadian service record also includes the 101st Regiment (Edmonton Fusiliers), the 63rd Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion, the 113th (Lethbridge Highlanders) Battalion and, finally, the 38th (Ottawa) Battalion with whom he fought at Vimy Ridge.  For more on this read the article in our latest newsletter at the link below.

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This is the twenty-eighth 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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