The Lincoln and Welland Regiment

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The Lincoln and Welland Regiment
L&W Regt Badge.jpg
The badge of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment
Active 1863–present
Country Canada Canada
Branch Canadian Army
Type Infantry
Role To close with and destroy the enemy
Size One battalion
Part of 32 Canadian Brigade Group
Garrison/HQ St. Catharines, Ontario
Motto(s) Latin: Non nobis sed patriæ, lit. 'Not for us but for our country'
March "The Lincolnshire Poacher"
LCol C.F. Cincio, CD
Colonel-in-chief Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Army based in St. Catharines and Welland, Ontario.

The regimental colonel-in-chief is Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the regimental motto is Non nobis sed patriæ, "Not for us but for our country".

Operational history

Second World War

Infantrymen of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in a canoe, training for the assault on Kapelsche Veer, Netherlands, January 26, 1945

Between the wars, both the Lincoln Regiment and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment were greatly restricted in the training they were able to conduct. For example, the Lincoln Regiment trained 12 days in 1920, 9 days a year between 1922 and 1927, 12 days a year from 1928 to 1931 and 10 days a year from 1932 to 1936. On 15 December 1936, the two units were reorganized into The Lincoln and Welland Regiment with an establishment of 467 all ranks.


A Lincoln and Welland Regiment NCO attached to a rifle company of the affiliated Bermuda Regiment, training in Jamaica, 1996.

In the years since the Second World War, the regiment has busied itself with the many tasks traditionally entrusted to the Canadian Militia during peace time. Ceremonial parades have been attended and guards mounted, most notably the visits of The Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip to Niagara Falls in 1951 and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1981.

The Lincoln and Welland camp flag, Afghan flag and the American flag in Afghanistan

Due to an administrative oversight, two battle honours earned in north-western Germany during the final weeks of the Second World War were not awarded to the regiment until 1995. In October 1995, at the regiment's annual church parade, scrolls commemorating the battles of Küsten Canal and Bad Zwischenahn were presented by members of the regimental association.

War in Afghanistan

The regiment contributed an aggregate of more than 20% of its authorized strength to the various task forces which served in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014.[1]

Battle honours

The regimental colour of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment

Battle honours in small capitals are for large operations and campaigns and those in lowercase are for more specific battles. Bold type indicates honours authorized to be emblazoned on regimental colours.[2]

War of 1812

First World War

Second World War

South-West Asia


The camp flag of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment

The regiment is also connected with cadet corps in St. Catharines and Fonthill, and with Robert Land Academy in Wellandport.


  • History of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment by Major R.L. Rogers (1989)
  • The Lincs: A History of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment at War by Geoffrey William Hayes (1986)
  • Presentation of New Colours to The Lincoln and Welland Regiment (M) by John Keiller (Lieutenant Governor of Ontario) Mackay (1959)


Old Niagara waltzes by Maud Schooley was "dedicated to the 44th Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Canadian Infantry by special permission of Lt. Colonel Cohoe and officers of the Regiment". It was published in Toronto by Canadian-American Music, circa 1905[4]

19th St. Catharines Regiment march was not carried over as this regiment changed from 19th and 20th Battalions of Volunteer Militia (Infantry) Canada to: the 19th Lincoln Regiment (1912); Lincoln Regiment (192) and Lincoln and Welland Regiment (1936). Instead the Regimental march became The Lincolnshire Poacher.[5]

Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum

The Lincoln & Welland Regimental Museum
Butler's Barracks NOTL 1.JPG
Location Butler's Barracks in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada
Website [1]

The Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum, located in Butler's Barracks in Niagara-on-the-Lake, features the history of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. Exhibits include displays and artifacts from the 18th through the present, and include uniforms, weapons, medals, photographs, regimental band instruments, and other memorabilia. The displays show the regiment's participation in area military engagements in the 18th and 19th centuries, and overseas in World War I, World War II, for peacekeeping and other operations. The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, OMMC and Virtual Museum of Canada. However, though affiliated with Virtual Museum of Canada, there is unfortunately no online exhibit for the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

Order of precedence

Preceded by
The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
The Lincoln and Welland Regiment Succeeded by
4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  2. ^ "The Lincoln and Welland Regiment". Official Lineages Volume 3, Part 2: Infantry Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "South-West Asia Theatre Honours". Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Old Niagara waltzes". Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Regimental Marches". Retrieved 14 February 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum
  • Lieutenant Charles Pearson: The Lincoln and Welland Regiment's WWII Campaign
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