Commanding Officers

The following is a list of Commanding Officers of the Queen’s Own Rifles Regiment and Battalions:

Perpetuated Battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

3rd Battalion (Toronto Regiment)
83rd Battalion (Queen’s Own Rifles)
95th Battalion
166th QOR Battalion
198th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Buffs
  • Lieutenant Colonel J.A. Cooper
255th Battalion

Queen’s Own Rifles Colonel Commandants

First Battalion Commanding Officers

Second Battalion Commanding Officers

Third (Reserve) Battalion

Fourth (Reserve) Battalion

Fifth (Reserve) Battalion

  • March 1932 to at least October 1935
    Major E. M. Watts

Sixth (Reserve) Battalion

  • March 1932
    Lieutenant Colonel Sidney W. Band, VD
  • October 1935
    Lieutenant Colonel H.E. Rooney, VD

Reserve Regimental Depot

Single Reserve Battalion
(On Dec 15, 1936 the 1st and 2nd Battalions were combined to form a single battalion.)

1st Battalion (Active Service)

2nd Battalion (Reserves)

  • 10 Jul 1940 to 9 May 1945
    Lieutenant Colonel B. L. Johnston OBE, VD
  • 10 May 1945 to 21 Nov 1945)
    Lieutenant Colonel H. G. Barnum MC, ED 
  • 22 Nov 1945 to 30 Nov 1945
    Lieutenant Colonel F. G. Rolph

3rd Battalion (CASF)

  • 21 May 1942 to 15 Aug 1943
    Lieutenant Colonel R. H. Sankey

4th Battalion (CAOF)

  • 8 Jun 1945 to 25 Dec 1945
    Lieutenant Colonel J. N. Medhurst OBE, ED
  • 26 Dec 1945 to 10 May 1946
    Acting Lieutenant Colonel R. A. Gauthier

Post War Reserve Battalion

1st Battalion – Regular Force

2nd Battalion – Regular Force

  • 16 Oct 1953 to 31 Aug 1956
    Lieutenant Colonel W. H. V. Matthews MC, CD
  • 1 Sep 1956 to 9 Aug 1959
    Lieutenant Colonel R. F. MacKay MC, CD
  • 10 Aug 1959 to Jun 1961
    Lieutenant Colonel R. J. Wilkinson MC, CD
  • Jun 1961 to Apr 1963
    Lieutenant Colonel D. N. Osborne CD
  • Apr 1963 to Sep, 1964
    Lieutenant Colonel E. D. Price CD
  • Sep 1964 to Feb 1966
    Lieutenant Colonel S. F. Andrunyk, OMM, CStJ, CD
  • Mar 1966 to Aug 1968
    Lieutenant Colonel N. A. Robinson CD, ADC

Regimental Depot – Regular Force (Calgary)

  • 1 Mar 1954 to 15 Oct 1955
    Major C. D. Rehill CD
  • 16 Oct 1955 to 31 May 1957
    Major C. J. Doerkson CD
  • 1 Jun 1957 to 29 Aug 1962
    Major D. M. Creighton CD
  • 30 Aug 1962 to 2 Dec 1968
    Major J. L. McCulloch CD

3rd Battalion – Reserves

2 thoughts on “Commanding Officers”

  1. I was with, Colonel Neville Arthur Robinson, in 1966 1967 in Calgary ,and I consider that he was the BEST CO that I ever had during my 35 years of services in the Canadian Armed Forces. I was the only Postal Clerk with the batallion then, approximitely 900 mens and he use to say, Cpl Lavigne I know your the only one of your trade but if someone gives you a hard time my door his alway’s open just come in.

  2. Not sure this is the right place to be but I was at Ridgeway today and wanted to commend the unit for the exemplary showing they performed.

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