1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

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The 1st Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI ) is a combat unit equipped with light armoured vehicles. 1 PPCLI maintains a high degree of operational readiness and agility, and is primed to deploy for a broad spectrum of operations in the proud tradition of the regiment. 

The battalion embodies the unnoffical motto of the regiment with pride: “First in the Field”. The battalion holds 39 Battle Honours, and has been awarded the Commander-in-chief Citation for distinguished service in Afghanistan as part of Task Force ORION in 2006. 

The 1st Battalion is based at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, AB.

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel Wade Rutland
  • Regimental Sergeant Major - Chief Warrant Officer Darren Hessel, CD

History

PPCLI was founded for service in the First World War on August 10, 1914, and paraded for the first time at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Ontario, on August 23, 1914. Hamilton Gault, a prominent Montreal businessman, raised the regiment out of his own funds, making the PPCLI the last privately raised regiment in Canada.

The regiment was named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, the daughter of the Governor General at the time. Princess Patricia maintained close ties with the regiment throughout her life, and hand-sewed the original regimental colour, the Ric-a-Dam-Doo, which was carried into battle in every First World War battle in which the Patricias fought.
Continue reading the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry History.

Equipment

For information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

1 PPCLI
403 Korea Rd, GG Brown Bldg
PO Box 10500 Stn Forces
Edmonton, AB Canada T5J 4J5

Phone: 780-973-4011 Ext 5500

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