The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment)
Who We Are
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI) is an Army Reserve regiment based in Hamilton with an outlying company in Burlington. As a Light Infantry Regiment, the RHLI is a force optimized for military operations in complex environments, rapidly deployable through a variety of means, yet not tied to any one platform.
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Please do not hesitate to call us for more information. We would be pleased to review your resume, and have you visit us for a tour of our unit.
Unit Parade Night: Tuesday evenings 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Commander: Lieutenant Colonel JP Hoekstra
Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Dan Ruiter
Established on December 11th, 1862 as the 13th Battalion Volunteer Militia, the RHLI is the oldest infantry regiment in the Hamilton-Burlington area. The RHLI has been present in every Canadian military campaign and the history of the Regiment reflects the history of the nation it serves. “Rileys”, as they are known, were present at the Battle of Ridgeway during the Fenian Raids, the Red River uprising and the Boer War. In both World Wars, Rileys distinguished themselves, and members also served in Korea. Rileys have also served in the former Republic of Yugoslavia, Kuwait, The Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and Afghanistan.
The official history of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) can be found on the Directorate of History and Heritage website.
For information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army visit our Equipment page.
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
John Weir Foote VC Armoury
200 James St. North
Hours of Operations: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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