Chronology

The 5th had on its rerolling from coast defence artillery to field artillery was issued with howitzers that fired projectiles of 155 mm or about 6 inches in diameter.  This was a new role of firing from the land at land based targets vice from the land to water borne targets.

A Field Artillery unit is designated as light, medium or heavy artillery, based on the calibre of the projectilles that the gun or howitzer is able to fire.  A battery which has guns of a calibre of 155mm or more is designated as a medium Battery.

 

5TH INDEPENDENT MEDIUM BATTERY, ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY

(25 Oct 1956 – 25 Apr 1958)

5TH (BC) INDEPENDENT MEDIUM BATTERY, ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY

(25 Apr 1958 – 12 Apr 1960)

5TH (BC) INDEPENDENT MEDIUM ARTILLERY BATTERY, R.C.A.

(12 Apr 1960 – 31 Mar 1965)

At this time the 5th was rerolled to light artillery with a new howitzer weapon system that fired 105mm or about 4 inch projectiles.

5TH (BC) FIELD BATTERY, R.C.A.

(31 Mar 1965 – 01 Sep 1967)

(Note: 15th Field Regiment in Vancouver is reconstituted on amalgamation of 15th Field Regiment RCA and 5th (British Columbia) Field Battery RCA with effect from 01 Mar 1965)

From LCol (retd) Phil Sherwin “Reorganization: The intent was that 5 Indep “Med Bty” not to be amalgamated with 15 RCA …. just as part of the reorganization of the RCA, converted to a “Field Battery” and then placed under command of 15 RCA for training and admin. (S 1901-3 (CDS) 3 November 1964 refers). The admin and training was expensive and wasn’t efficient; so within two years the 5th became independent…. this is similar to 89th in Woodstock NB. when their placement under command of 3 RCA was also severed for comparable reasons.”

From LGen (retd) Honourary Lieutenant Colonel Stu McDonald: “The amalgamation of the 5th and 15th in 1965-1967 saw the 5th Battery becoming one of three (or perhaps four) batteries of the 15th. The marriage was not a popular one and only lasted for two years before the 5th again became independent. I was a Lieutenant in the 5th and moved to Vancouver to teach in September of 1967, the same month that the 5th became independent again. I remained a 5th member for a couple of years while “attached” to the 15th, as I really didn’t want to lose my 5th connection.”

5TH (BC) FIELD BATTERY, R.C.A.

(01 Sep 1967 – 15 Sep 1991)

(Note: The Battery reverted to independent status with effect

from 01 Sep 1967 [CCF Org Order 67/8 d/ 9 Jun 1967]).

 

5TH (BC) FIELD REGIMENT, R.C.A.

(15 Sep 1991 to the present)