The following are some examples of Christmas Cards in our Museum Archives that were sent to The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada or officers of the QOR.
To the Commanding Officer and Officers from Lt Col H. Hope and officers, 1st Battalion KRRC
Royal Winnipeg Rifles inside
Royal Winnipeg Rifles Cover
The Officers 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets (inside)
4th Bn The Royal Green Jackets
1960 – To the Commanding Officer and All Ranks of my 3rd Battalion with my best wishes for the New YearAlexandra
60th Royal Rifle Corps – inside: George Eakins, Colonel Commandant
60th Royal Rifle Corps – cover
Check out this second gallery of Regimental Christmas cards since 1923, many of which will be in our temporary exhibit at the museum starting December 1st.
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Cover of the 1923 QOR Christmas Card with list of officers on the back.
Inside of the 1936 QOR Christmas Card with photo of officers taken in front of the now demolished Toronto Land Registry Office,
Inside of the 1938 QOR Christmas Card with a photo of the Officers in front of the now demolished Toronto Land Registry Office, signed by Colonel Reg Pellatt.
Inside of the 1948 QOR Christmas Card featuring a sketch of a 1975 Sergeants’ Ball
Cover of 1950 QOR Christmas Card on the 90th anniversary
1950 Christmas Card Insert
Inside of 1950 QOR Christmas Card
Inside of 1952 Christmas Card
Inside of 1959 Regimental Christmas Card with photo of the first Commanding Officer, Col Durie.
Inside of 1961 Regimental Christmas Card with a photo of Princess Alexandra of Kent, Colonel-in-Chief
Inside of 1962 QOR Christmas Card showing presentation of drum to The Buffs signed by LCol Elliot, 1st Battalion.
Inside of the 1963 Regimental Christmas Card featuring photos of the unveiling of the Regimental Memorial at Berniere-sur-Mer in June 1963.
Inside of the 1963 QOR Christmas Card
Inside of 1965 or 1966 QOR Christmas Card signed by Lt Colonel Jones, 3rd Bn
Inside of the 1974 QOR Christmas Card with a photo of the Bugles at Canterbury Cathedral for the 30th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
1974 cover of QOR Christmas Card
Inside of the 1957 or 1958 Regimental Christmas Card showing the Cross of Sacrifice
1962 QOR Regimental Christmas Card with a photo of a young Colonel-in-Chief, Prince Alexandra of Kent
Inside of QOR Christmas Card probably 1966, with a photo of then Colonel-in-Chief Princess Alexandra, with husband Sir Angus Agilivy, son James and daughter Marina.
QOR Christmas Card – date unknown
As we approach another holiday season, we’re sharing some of the Regimental Christmas Cards that will be on a temporary exhibit at the Museum starting 1 December. This first series is primarily from the First World War with one from 1941. The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada perpetuate the 83rd, 166th and 198th Battalions represented below.
Cover of 1915 Christmas card of the 83rd Battalion, CEF
Inside of the 1915 Christmas Card of the 83rd Overseas Battalion, CEF (perpetuated by The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada)
Inside of the 1915 Christmas Card of the Commandant and Officers of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Inside of the 1915 Christmas Card of the Warrant Officers, Staff-Sergeants and Sergeants of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Front cover of the 1916 Christmas Card of the 166th Battalion, CEF
Inside of the 1916 Christmas Card of the 166th Battalion, CEF Sergeants’ Mess
Centre inside of the 1916 Christmas Card of the 166th Battalion, CEF Sergeants’ Mess.
Inside back of the 1916 Christmas Card of the 166th Battalion Sergeants’ Mess
Front cover of the 166th Battalion, CEF Sergeants’ Mess Christmas Card
1916 Christmas Card from the Officer Commanding and Officer’s of the 166th Battalion, CEF
1916 Greetings from the 198th Battalion, CEF which was training at Exhibition Camp, Toronto at the time.
Taken in England in 1941, it includes a formal photograph Queen Mary, Colonel-in-Chief with the Officers of the First Battalion.