The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment - History

Our History

The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment has a long and proud history. It has grown and adapted from its’ 19th century Militia origin and remains a contributor to Canada’s defence requirements. During the Second World War, The Regiment earned more Battle Honours than any other Canadian regiment and unit members continue to serve and sacrifice on operations domestically and around the world.

The modern unit perpetuates local militias starting with the United Empire Loyalists and includes service in The War of 1812, The 1837 Rebellion of Upper Canada, The Fenian Raids, The North-West Rebellion and The Boer War. During World War I, The Unit was mobilized as part of the British Commonwealth Forces.

The Unit’s organization changed as Canada’s military structure developed. In 1920, the 16th Prince Edward Regiment and the 49th Hastings Rifles were amalgamated to form what is now known today as The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment. The Unit then consisted of three Battalions.

The Hasty P’s were mobilized again at the beginning of World War II. The Regiment trained in Britain and saw combat in France, Italy and North-West Europe. After the Second World War, the Hasty P’s raised a contingent, as part of NATO 27 Brigade, to return to Europe for service in West Germany. Hasty P’s have served all over the world including, Korea, Angola, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, the Congo, Haiti and Afghanistan from the 1950s to the present day.

The Regiment’s soldiers have also participated in several domestic operations including the 1997 Red River Floods in Manitoba, the 1999 Ice Storm and the 2010 G8 Summit in Toronto. Hasty P’s have participated in military competitions on the national and international stage. Some of these competitions include the Canadian Forces Small Arms Concentration (CFSAC), the 2005 and 2007 Cambrian Patrol in Britain and “Zemessardzes Patrula 2012”, a patrol competition in Latvia.

Officers and soldiers of The Unit, starting with the Militias of old Ontario, have been battle tested all over the world for more than two hundred years. We continue our proud Regimental tradition by training and preparing to serve the nation at home and abroad. The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, its serving members, veterans and our fallen, have left their mark on Canada and countries around the world. It is said that no Hasty P soldier ever dies. They are simply transferred to the “White Battalion” where they will continue to serve in the company of their comrades.

Colours and Battle Honours

Defence of Canada 1812 – 1815
NORTH-WEST CANADA 1885
Mount SorrelSOMME 1916
ARRAS 1917, 1918
HILL 70
YPRES 1917
AMIENS
HINDENBURG LINE
PURSUIT TO MONS
Landing in Sicily
Grammichele
Valguarnera
ASSORO
Agira
Adrano
Regalbuto
SICILY 1943
Landing at Reggio
Motta Montecorvino
Campobasso
Torella
THE MORO
San Leonardo
The Gully
Ortona
CASSINO II
Gustav Line
Liri Valley
HITLER LINE
GOTHIC LINE
Lamone Crossing
Misano Ridge
RIMINI LINE
SAN FORTUNATO
Bulgaria Village
Naviglio Canal
Fosso Vecchio
ITALY 1943 – 1945
Apeldoorn
NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1945

More history on The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment can be found on the History and Heritage website.

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