Remembering First World War Battle of Moreuil Wood

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) continue their annual tradition to commemorate the Battle of Moreuil Wood but this time, on home soil at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton on March 21.

The Battle of Moreuil occurred on March 30, 1918, and was considered to have been a leading event in the First World War. The Canadian Cavalry Brigade attacked and forced the German 23rd Saxon Division to withdraw from Moreuil Wood, a commanding position on the Arve River in France.  

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Since then,  March 30th has been recognized and celebrated as “Regimental Day” by many generations of Strathconas, both serving and retired.

“Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) is proud of its heritage, and of all our soldiers who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield of Moreuil Wood. The Battle of Moreuil Wood commemoration provides the Regiment a time to reflect and recognize the sacrifice of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their life for their country, or whom were injured, so that we can live in peace. The Moreuil Wood commemorative parade is held annually as a tribute to Fallen Comrades, and as a great symbol of Regimental pride,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Angell, Commanding Officer, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians).

The Strathconas commemorate the Battle of Moreuil Wood in remembrance of their fallen soldiers and a symbol of pride. Founded in 1900, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) is Canada’s only heavy armoured unit. The Regiment serves Canada in keeping with the motto “Perseverance.”

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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