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The Algonquin Regiment was mobilized for active service on May 24, 1940.  It was re-designated 1st Battalion, The Algonquin Regiment on November 7, 1940. The Regiment served in Canada in a home defence role as part of the 20th Infantry Brigade, 7th Canadian Division and in Newfoundland from February 7, 1942 to February 6, 1943. The Regiment embarked for Great Britain in June 1943 and landed in Normandy, France as part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Armoured Division. Soldiers of the Regiment fought as vanguard infantry through Falaise, fighting to secure many bridgeheads over canals in Holland and into Germany, earning the following battle honours:     Falaise     Falaise Road     The Laison     Chambois     The Seine, 1944     Moerkerke     The Scheldt     Breskens Pocket     The Lower Maas     The Rhineland     The Hochwald     Veen     Küsten Canal     Bad Zwischenahn     North-West Europe, 1944-1945   The overseas Battalion was disbanded on February 15, 1946.
  Algonquin Regiment Photo Collection
The following photos are from a wartime collection of Sherry Garvin. Her father Private Gilbert Bell served in “D” Company of the  Algonquin Regiment and the Bugle Band of the Regiment.  The photos are for the most part from his training time in Port Arthur, Ontario and Shilo, Manitoba.
Remembering Private Gilbert James Bell (Service No. B55251) Born   in   Bracebridge,   Ontario   August   31,   1917,   Private   Gilbert   James   Bell   was   the   son   of   Gilbert Archibald   (Archie)   and   Marie   Marie Carmel   (Hubbard)   Bell.      Enlisting   in   Timmons,   Ontario   on   August   8, 1940,   he   served   with   “D”   Company   of   the   Algonquin   Regiment   and was a member of the Bugle Band. He played both drum and bugle.    While   stationed   in   Shilo,   Manitoba   in   1941,   he   met   Winn   Brown and   they   were   married   shortly   before   Gilbert’s   Company   was   moved to Port Arthur, Ontario. Just   as   the   Company   was   to   be   shipped   overseas,   Gilbert   was in    hospital.        His    kit    went    overseas    with    the    Company,    but    he remained   in   Canada.      He   was   transferred   to   the   Home   Guard   when he was released from hospital.  Private Gilbert Bell was very proud of his time in the band. In   the   years   following   the   war   Gilbert   worked   as   a   skilled   carpenter and building contractor. He died on September 9, 1991 in Brandon, Manitoba.
Regimental Bugle Band
Port Arthur, Ontario - December 14, 1940
Regimental Mascot
372 members of the Algonquin Regiment lost their lives in the  Second World War. On the Parry Sound’s waterfront trail a monument now recognizes members of the Algonquin Regiment who lost their lives in the Second World War. Unveiled September 23, 2012 “Stand easy boys, you are back home at last … Carved in stone are the names of 372 young Canadian boys who voluntarily stepped up to the plate and joined up to fight and destroy the insidious Nazi tyranny that threatened to destroy our motherland, our country and our freedom …  Whatever their reason for enlisting  underlying, was the thought that there could be a price to pay, a sacrifice to make and a determination to pay that price for a principle of ridding our world of evil, of protecting our country, family and friends.” Words spoken at the unveiling by Algonquin Veteran Jack Patterson of Parry Sound
Photo: Huntsville Forester
The Algonquin Regiment War Memorial Algonquin Avenue, North Bay, Ontario. Unveiled on August 31, 1961
Plaque commemorating The Algonquin Regiment, Wierden, Netherlands,  July 2, 1945. Wierden To the Algonquin Regiment Commemorating The Liberation of Our Town 9 April 1945
Gilbert Bell - 1946
Gilbert Bell -  top left bugler Algonquin Regiment
Various Photos Private Gilbert James Bell