Regimental Sergeants Major

The list of Regimental Sergeants Major, (known simply as Sergeant Major until 1908), is nearly complete however we’ll continue to try our best to fill in the gaps.  From 1 May 1906 until 15 December 1936 the Regiment expanded to 2 Battalions and by 1908 the term Regimental Sergeant Major came into use for the first time and separate Sergeants Major were appointed for the 1st and 2nd Battalions. During both WWI and WWII there were multiple Battalions and from 1953 to 1970 there were two Regular Army Battalions and a Training Depot.

QOR Sgts Major 1860-1908

QOR Sgt Majors 1908-1937

World War One (Canadian Expeditionary Force Battalions)

3rd (Toronto) Battalion

Reinforcement Battalions

Post World War I

World War Two

1st Overseas Battalion

2nd Reserve Battalion

3rd (Active) Battalion

Post World War II

1st Battalion (Regular)

2nd Battalion (Regular)

Regimental Depot (Regular)

3rd Battalion (Reserve)

How the rank of Sergeant Major looked throughout our history:

montage rank

1897 Newspaper Article on the QOR Sergeants' Mess
1897 Newspaper Article on the QOR Sergeants’ Mess

Thorn, JO Sgt Maj 04659

8 thoughts on “Regimental Sergeants Major”

  1. I am looking for information on Regimental sgt.major William Black. I am his great grandson. He apparently was Reg Sgt Major through multiple wars, and his uniform and medals are in a museum in Vancouver. At least that was told to me many years ago. I live in the U.S and I am trying find the museum.


    1. Hi Gary,
      I don’t believe William was Queen’s Own but you could try the Seaforth Highlanders, they have a museum in Vancouver.


  2. I’m trying to find information on Wilfred W. Wagg Sergeant Q.O.R of Canada . I didn’t see it, maybe you know where or how to find any info. He was my Grandfather and died the 1st of June 1962.

    Thank you



  3. Great webpage for historical information! The title of your page should read, “Regimental Sergeant’s Major”. the current spelling is incorrect.


    1. Just noticed Kent Stewart’s comment on spelling. There should be no apostrophe in “Sergeants”. That would be a possessive form. The correct plural is as it appears: “Regimental Sergeants Major”.


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