Regimental Commanding Officers - #9

Lt. Col. Leonard Christopher Harris, 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.  

Major “Doc” Harris went overseas with our 49th Canadian Infantry Battalion as the battalion medical officer and served with that unit until April 1916.  Following the war, he was attached to the newly formed 1st Battalion, The Edmonton Regiment in September 1920’ as the unit medical officer. By 1930 Harris had successfully completed the required course work to hold field rank in an infantry unit and, in March of that year, was promoted to lieutenant colonel and took over command of the 1st Battalion. He held the post until March 1935.  For more on this read the article in our latest newsletter at the link below.

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This is the twenty-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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