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CSS Units 18th (Thunder Bay) Service Battalion

     The Services have always been an integral aspect of the Militia in the Thunder Bay area since 1914. They originated with the 4th Field Ambulance and evolved through various phases to become the present 18 (Thunder Bay) Service Battalion.
     The 4th Field Ambulance was formed in 1914 and subsequently served in World War I and World II as a Service Unit. In 1919, the unit reverted to a Reserve Unit at the Port Arthur Armoury under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel G.E. McCartney. The Unit then moved to the Simpson Street Armoury in Fort William during 1922 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.P. Hogarth. In 1955 the Unit was redesignated 17 Field Medical Company and commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel J.D. MacIntosh.
     The 35 Technical Squadron RCEME was formed at the Fort William armouries in 1949 as an independent squadron under the command of Major Dick Evans. This Unit was moved to the Port Arthur Armoury in 1958 commanded by Major Walter Dolman.
     In 1951 a platoon of the service Corps was commanded by the 17 Medical Company, RCAMC and this unit moved to the Port Arthur Armoury as well in 1958.
     During 1960 the 138 Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps came into existence under the command of Major J.P.Gaynor. The Company experienced a number of very active training years under Major Gaynor's leadership and under his successor, Major S.A. Wallace.
     The Port Arthur Service Battalion was formed on 1 January 1965 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.B. Melville. The Battalion consisted of a headquarters, formerly the 118 Manning Depot, 138 Company RCASC, 35 Technical Squadron RCEME and 17 Medical Company RCAMC. The Battalion establishment was 225 all ranks and was always very close to full strength. In 1966, upon the request of the commanding officer, this Battalion was redesignated Lakehead Service Battalion.
     In 1967, the Battalion won second and third prize in Ontario for the Militia Units Competition during Centennial Year celebrations. An 1867 Drill Team, the 18th Light of Foot appeared both locally and at several functions in the United States. The team performed the authentic close order the battlefield drills circa 1867 under the direction of CWO W. Himes, CD.
     The dark cloud of reorganization of the Militia loomed over the Lakehead in 1969. The Lakehead Service Battalion was transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle in April, 1970. Major D.W. Botchar commanded the 138 Transport Company, which remained independent. The Company placed second in the Commonwealth Shield Competition in 1969, and won the Shield in 1970 under the command of Major D. L. Rudyke. The command of the Company changed to Major B. Wilson in February, 1972. The Company ceased to be an independent unit in 1975 with the establishment of 18 Service Battalion commanded by Major B. Turner. This new Battalion consisted of Headquarters, transportation Company, Supply Company, Maintenance Company and Military Police Platoon. In November that year Lieutenant-Colonel R. Felsted assumed command.
     On 3 November 1979 the Battalion was redesignated as 18 (Thunder Bay) Service Battalion under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J. Litt. When, now promoted, Lieutenant-Colonel D.L. Rudyke resumed command the Battalion was tasked by Land Forces Command Headquarters to provide a Transport Platoon to be utilized for augmentation of 1 Service Battalion, CFB Calgary.
     More recently, Major R.H. Bourret assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel T.M.S. Kaipio in September, 1990. The present CO, Major G.M. Kosoris, replaced Major J.E. Zurba who had taken over from Major Bourret in September, 1992. In September 1998, LCol. B.H. Faulkner took over command of the unit from the promoted LCol. G.M. Kosoris. LCol. Faulkner continues to command the unit today, and continues to ensure a high level of operational readiness in the provision of Combat Service Support.

MEDIA NOX MERIDIES NOSTER ("Midnight Is Our Noon" - representative of the Combat Service Support role of the Service Battalion in battle, which requires the majority of operations to be conducted at night).

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