Key Events in the History of the 7th Field Battery
The Founding of The Battery
The Battery was formed on 27 September 1855 as the Volunteer Militia Field Battery of Montreal.
The Creation of Mount Royal Park
Major AA Stevenson, Commander of The Battery and Montreal City Councillor, was instrumental in the creation of the park on Mount Royal on 24 May 1876. In 1862 and again in 1863, he led a troupe from his battery to the top of Mount Royal to fire a salute. By his acts, he proved that the mountain was accessible to those opposed to the creation of a park on Mount Royal and to remind the public of the pertinence of creating a park on the mountain
The Fenian Raids
The Battery was called out on active duty from June 1 to 18, 1866 during the Fenian Raids of 1866, and from May 24 to June 1, 1870 during the Fenian Raids of 1870.
World War I
The Battery was mobilized on August 14, 1914 and served as the 7th Field Battery, 2nd Field Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, 1st Canadian Division. 7th Field Battery went into battle at the Second Battle of Ypres, Belgium on 22 April,1915, saw action in many major battles of World War I including: Mount Sorrel, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, Arras, Canal du nord and Cambrai; leading to the armistice on November 11, 1918.
World War II
7th Field Battery was mobilized on September 12, 1939 as part of the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, 1st Canadian Division. The Battery went into battle at Ragusa, Sicily on July 13, 1943 and saw action in many of the major battles of the Italian Campaign including the battle for Ortona, where a gun detachment is illustrated in the famous painting “Canadian Field Guns Near Ortona”; Cassino; Florence; Rimini and Bagnacavallo. The 1st Canadian Division left Italy in March 1945 for the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, The Battery took part in the battles for Zutphen, Deventer and Apeldorn, seeing action until the Armistice.
The Korean War
The 205th Field Battery RCA was mobilized by the Montreal Artillery and served in Korea from 28 April 1953 to 9 May 1954.
Members of the unit have served on peacemaking/peacekeeping missions undertaken by the Canadian Forces.
The Ice Storm of 1998
The Unit was called out during the ice storm of 1998 and served in Lasalle and Acton Vale.