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This is the original battledress tunic of Company Sergeant Major R. Hess. He was an officer with the Queen's Own Rifles - 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. The tunic is in good used condition, shows normal traces of usage. The tunic bears printed/canvas shoulder titles and division patches with embroidered CANADA titles and Warrant Officer Class II patches. Clearly maker marked by 'Strathcona Garment MFG.co' dated 1945 with size 5. The Queen's Own Rifles took part in the first wave on D-Day June 6 1944. CSM R. Hess landed June 6 1944 in Normandy.
An unique opportunity for adding a famous D-Day regiment Battledress to your collection!
This information comes from the QOR war-diary:
Sept 18 – LA CAPELL 749541
Reveille – cloudy and cool
Bn HQ started to move to new location in BOULOGNE bu had to spend the rest of the night in a house on the roadside due to heavy shelling.
0530 “A” Coy along with “B” Coy started atack again to clear the north end of BOULOGNE. Attack was successful and several prisoners were taken. The coys consolidated their positions in the ST PIERRE area.
1000 The CO’s carrier and the half track were heavily shelled on the road 100 yds south of the station at 697538.
Lt Stewart of the Lorne Scots who was attached to the QOR of C battle experience was killed by a Jerry sniper with an MG. Capt Parkinson and CSM Hess of HQ Coy went out to pick up Lt Stewart. After picking him and a Sgt from “D” Coy up, were on the return trip when they got twisted in their directions and ended up on a bridge crossing the LIANE river where an enemy MG opened up on them, almost cutting their jeep in two. Capt Parkinson and CSM Hess and Signalman Frost who was with them sustained a broken knee cap diving out of the jeep. CSM Hess and Signalman Frost are in the hospital and Capt Parkinson later died of his wounds.
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
The Queen's Own was mobilized for the Second World War on May 24th, 1940. The Regiment's first assignment was the defence of Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Eventally, the Regiment was posted to England, in July 1941, as a part of the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade of the 3rd Canadian Division. The Queen's Own first action, was in the leading wave of the D-Day invasion. The Regiment landed on Bernieres-sur-Mer at 08:12hrs, on the 6th of June 1944. The fighting took them through Normandy and into Northern France. The Regiment fought their way north into Belgium, freeing the crutial channel ports.
The Regiment entered the Netherlands, in early October of 1944. The impossible terrain of the Netherlands made fighting costly and difficult. In February the Rifles finally crossed the border into Germany, pushing toward the Hochwald. In capturing the little hamlet of Mooshof, Sergeant Aubrey Cosens was awarded the Victoria Cross. The Queen's Own Rifles last action of the war was at 12:00 hrs on May 4 when C Company attacked a cross roads just east of Ostersander, Germany. It was taken by 15:00 hrs then the order came through not to fire on the enemy unless fired upon. The official Cease Fire came at 08:00 hrs on May 5, 1945. The battalion paraded to a church at Mitte Grossefehn and Major H.E. Dalton, the acting Commanding Officer, addressed the Regiment. During the war 393 Queen's Own were killed in action and a further 873 were wounded, many two or three times.