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World War One War Diary
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1914-11-01 - 1919-01-01 (Creation)
- Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
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50 cm of textual records, printed copies of scans.
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The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) was raised in Ottawa in August 1914 as the result of an offer by Captain A. Hamilton Gault to provide $100,000.00 to finance and equip a regiment for overseas service. It was named in honour of Princess Patricia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria and daughter of the Duke of Connaught, then the Governor-General of Canada. PPCLI has been a Canadian permanent force regiment since 1914. It has participated in two World Wars, the Korean War, the War in Afghanistan, civic crises, Cold War defence and numerous peacekeeping missions all over the world. During the Korean War the regiment was increased to three battalions and then cut back to two battalions in 1954. In 1970 it was again increased to three battalions. Since 1919 it has been based in locations in western Canada. In the 2010s the three battalions were located in Edmonton and CFB Shilo, Manitoba.
Original War Diary held by Library and Archives Canada. PPCLI Archives holds only physical and digital copies.
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The War Diary covers the activities of the Regiment from arrival in the UK until after the cessation of hostilities in November 1919. It includes descriptions of all major actions.