The Royal Westminster Regiment

Unit Identification

The Royal Westminster Regiment Badge

PRO REGE ET PATRIA
For King and Country

Army Reserve

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Phone: 604‑666‑4282

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Phone: 1-800-856-8488
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Who We Are

The Royal Westminster Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry unit of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Regiment’s history traces back to the New Westminster Volunteer Rifles in November 1863, and it has served at home, and overseas with NATO, and UN operations. Infantry is the backbone of the Canadian Army, and their role is to ‘close with, and destroy the enemy, by day or by night, in all weather conditions, and terrain.’ As an infantry Reserve, we work together with the Regular Force to augment, and support in whatever capacity we are needed.

Trained to fight, infantry soldiers are capable of performing in various operations including airmobile, amphibious, and environmental operations whether in the Arctic, the mountains, or the desert. Infantry soldiers are highly trained, dependable, and self-disciplined individuals who are able to readily adapt to dynamic situations, and environment.

Benefits of Joining

When you join our unit, you will receive competitive pay for your part time or full time work as well as be eligible for on the job training that could benefit you in civilian life. Also, there are medical, dental and educational benefits available to Army Reservists.

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel D.J. Vernon
  • Regimental Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer B.H.J. Gardner

Contact Us

The Royal Westminster Regiment
530 Queens Avenue
New Westminster, BC
V3L 1K3
Phone: 604-666-4069 

News

Alex Decoteau in police uniform, 1911

From the Olympics to Passchendaele: Alexander Decoteau’s exceptional journey

Passchendaele, Belgium — On November 12, 2017, Canadians will participate in the Alex Decoteau Run, a 5K portion of the 16K Poppies’ Run taking place through the historic battlefield of Passchendaele in Belgium. This event is one of many held in 2017 to commemorate the centenary of the battle.
November 7, 2017

Soldiers  right before taking part in the Edmonton YWCA’s 2017 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser

Swapping army boots for high heels for a worthy cause

Edmonton, Alberta — Over 400 men participated in Edmonton’s YWCA “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser on September 20, 2017, teetering along a downtown block in high heels to raise awareness and funds for survivors of domestic violence.
October 24, 2017

Fort St. John, B.C

Military convoy celebrates Veterans, Alaska Highway

Dawson Creek, British Columbia — A collection of retired military vehicles has been given a new lease on life by a group of enthusiasts that has taken them on a journey of over 6,000 kilometres to salute veterans.
September 21, 2017

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 History

This Reserve Force regiment originated in New Westminster, British Columbia on April 1,  1910, when the 104th Regiment was authorized to be formed.  It was redesignated the 104th  Regiment Westminster Fusiliers of Canada on December 15, 1913.  On March 12,  1920, it was amalgamated with the 6th Regiment The Duke of Connaught's Own,  Rifles to form the 1st British Columbia Regiment.  It was redesignated the 1st British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) on November 1, 1920. On  May 15, 1924, it was reorganized into three separate regiments, designated:  1st British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) (now the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own); The Vancouver Regiment (now The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own); and The Westminster Regiment.  On  December 15,  1936, it was amalgamated with C Company of the 11th Machine Gun Battalion, CMGC and redesignated The Westminster Regiment (Machine Gun).  It was redesignated: The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on April 1, 1941; 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on November 7, 1941;  The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on  January 31,  1946;  The Westminster Regiment on October 6, 1954; and The Royal Westminster Regiment on December 9, 1966.

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