With Mobilization order LS-53, issued on the 26th day of May, 1942, the Regiment entered into a most interesting phase in the history of our unit. Recruiting had to be ramped up as more men were needed to fill the ranks of the Active Service Battalion.
On the 8th day of June, 1942 the Regiment’s other ranks were moved into St Luke Street Barracks for rations, quarters and training. By the 15th of July, 1942 the Regiment had 265 all ranks and on that day they marched from ST. Luke Street Barracks to the Canadian National Railway station, then located on the banks of the Detroit River, to board a train to London, Ontario. In London, they marched to Carling Heights camp located just east of Wolseley Barracks on Oxford Street in London.
On the 5th of September, CSM Ross Croley was appointed Regimental Sergeant-Major becoming, at the age of 25, the youngest person to hold the position of RSM in the Regiment’s history and one of the youngest in the whole Canadian Army.
The 7th Division never fully mobilized and the 30th RECCE was slotted to become the RECCE Regiment for the 1st Canadian Corps. The Regiment left London, Ontario on the 30th of September, 1942 on an odyssey that would bring them to Dundurn, Saskatchewan by the 3rd of October to begin intensive training. While the tank component of the Canadian Armoured Corps trained at Camp Borden in Ontario, the reconnaissance troops trained at A-27 Canadian Armoured Corps Reconnaissance Training Centre in Dundurn.
The Regiment trained hard to prepare for their assignment as the RECCE element for the 1st Canadian Corps but on the 2nd day of December, the assignment changed removing the Regiment from 1st Corps to an unspecified role in 2nd Canadian Corps. The Regiment spent Christmas of 1942 in Dundurn, Saskatchewan.
Below is a Christmas Card, sent by a couple of soldiers to a friend in the Reserve Battalion here in Windsor.
Other Christmas gifts for mothers and sweethearts included silk pillow case covers and pennants like the ones pictured below.
On the 27th day of May, 1943 the Regiment received orders to prepare to move. A trip that would eventually take them to Halifax, Nova Scotia (by way of Camp Borden, through St John, New Brunswick, Camp Aldershot, Nova Scotia) where they boarded His Majesty’s Transport Queen Elizabeth. They sailed from, Halifax on the afternoon of July 23rd, 1943 bound for Gourock, Scotland. They were finally off to war!
On the way to Halifax, the Regiment had some leave back home in Windsor. In the photo below we see the unit marching south on Ouellette avenue on their way to the armoury for dismissal and a reunion with loved ones.