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Regimental History

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry has a rich history in the Hamilton-Wentworth region, as well as a prominent spot in Canadian military history. The RHLI was formed in 1862 as the 13th Battalion, Volunteer Militia (Infantry) Canada, but had its roots in local units of Volunteer Militia, notably the 1st and 2nd Companies of Volunteer Rifles (Hamilton), formed in 1855, and the Volunteer Highland Company (No. 3 Company) formed in 1856.

Within this section, you will find highlights of its general history, service history, past appointments and recent visits to some memorable events within RHLI's history. The table on the right highlights the August 2002 tour of Southern France in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.

Whether you're looking for history about the Regiment, Battle Honours or other information, here's a what you'll find as part of this section.


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