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18th (Thunder Bay) Medical Company

Brief History

Jan 1906 Formed in Montreal
06 Aug 1914 Placed on active (Regular Force) Service
07 Nov 1914 Mobilized for War – moved to Winnipeg MB
14 Apr 1915 Left Winnipeg for Halifax via train
19 Apr 1915 Sailed for England
29 Apr 1915 Arrived at Avonmouth England
12 Sep 1915 Left South Hampton for France
13 Sep 1915 Arrived at Leharve France
11 Nov 1918 4 Fd Amb parades in Mons for the King of Belgium
13 Dec 1918 Marched into Bonn, Germany
25 Jan 1919 4 Fd Amb Stationed at the Port Arthur Armoury
1923 Unit moves to Simpson Street Armoury
15 Dec 1939 4 Fd Amb moves leaves Fort William for Halifax
19 Dec 1939 Unit sails to Glasgow to be stationed at Camp Aldershot
06 Jun 1940 Finished training at Aldershot
13 Jun 1940 4 Fd Amb lands in France
15 Jun 1940 Unit leaves France after collapse of French forces
Aug 1942 4 Fd Amb moves to Brighton to help Dieppe casualties
27 Jun 1943 4 Fd Amb sets sail for Sicily
10 Jul 1943 Unit lands in Sicily
06 Aug 1943 Unit moves to rear to prepare for the invasion of Italy
07 Sep 1943 4 Fd Amb lands in Italy
01 Mar 1945 4 Fd Amb reaches banks of Senio River
09 Mar 1945 Unit sails for Belgium
18 Apr 1945 4 Fd Amb occupies Apeldoorn, Holland
08 May 1945 Leaves Holland after German surrender
02 Sep 1945 Unit returns home to Fort William Armouries
1954 4 Fd Amb renamed 17 (Fort William) Medical company
1965 Unit becomes a sub unit of the Lakehead Svc. Bn.
1970 Lakehead Svc. Bn. Disbanded, Medical Section moved to 138 Company RCASC
1975 Medical Service reformed as own unit and named 18(Thunder Bay) Medical Company
Nov 1980 LCol JL Remus takes command from Maj Peter Connop
1985 LCol EC Diem becomes new CO
Sep 1991 Command passed to Maj G Perales
1994 Command passed to Lt(N) ID Sweet
1995 Command passed to Maj DP Gresko

18 Medical Company provided historic support at the following battles and campaigns.

World War I
Assigned as Medical unit for 6 Canadian Infantry Brigade. (27th City of Winnipeg Bn, 28th Northwest Bn, 29th Vancouver Bn, 31st Alberta Overseas Bn) and provided their medical need s at the following battles.

The Somme
Amiens
Vimy Ridge
Fosse
Passchendale
Arras

World War II

Assigned as Medical unit for the 1st Infantry Brigade. (Royal Canadian Regiment, Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, 48th Highlanders) and provided their medical needs at the following battles.

Landing in Sicily
Valguarnera
Grammichelle
ASSORO
Agira
Adrano
Regalbuto
Sicily 1943
Landing at Reggio
MOTTO MONTECORVINO
Campobasso
Torella
THE MORO
SAN LEONARDO
The Gully
ORTONA
San Nicola – San Tommaso
Naviglio Canal
Fosso Vecchio
Cassino II
Gustav Line
Liri Valley
HITLER LINE
GOTHIC LINE
LAMONE CROSSING
Misano Ridge
RIMINI LINE
SAN FORTUNATO
Bulgaria Village
San Martino – San Lorenzo
Pisciatello
Fosso Vecchio
ITALY, 1943-1945
Apeldoorn
NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1945

As well, the unit was one of only two Canadian units to set foot in France before its fall in 1940. The other was the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment that we were supporting.

Also assisted 2nd Canadian Division in Brighton England, August 1942 with casualties coming back from the Dieppe operation.

During the Landings on mainland Italy, the unit medical staff was broken into teams and provided medical support aboard landing craft during the actual landing operation.

 
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