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Battle honours are absent for World War ll.
The reasons for this is explained here.
Silver Bugle
Donated to Halifax Rifles by
"Ladies Of Halifax" in 1862
(On display at Citadel Museum)
Regimental Colours deserve very special mention and should always be accorded the deepest reverence by all soldiers.

It is with especial pride that we record that these COLOURS were given to the Regiment by the Corporation of the City of Halifax, in the year
1862, in recognition of valuable service the Regiment was performing in training themselves in their spare time to be ready to defend Canada as
they are doing today. The presentation took place on November 10th, 1862. The day was proclaimed a Public Holiday, and a full review of
Permanent Force and Reserve Force men took place on the Commons. Mrs. P. C. Hill, wife of the Mayor of Halifax made the presentation on
behalf of the Halifax City Council. Captain William Chearnley, (Captain Commanding) accepted the COLOURS on behalf of the Regiment.

Following the COLOUR presentation the Countess of Mulgrave presented the Regiment with a Silver Bugle donated by the Ladies of Halifax ,
and expressed the wish that the Regiment would long carry it. This bugle is presently in the Citadel Hill Military Museum, at Halifax. (See picture at
page top)

At the outbreak of the Second World War the COLOURS were deposited with due ceremony in the Chapel of King's University College, where
they still remain.
The inscription on the cabinet holding the COLOURS reads as follows.

"COLOURS" presented to the HALIFAX VOLUNTEER BATTALION                          November 10th, 1862, by the Halifax City Council.
After Confederation this CORPS became 63rd. Regt. "HALIFAX RIFLES" under authority of General Orders No. 109 of 1929, No. 71 of
1930, and No. 60 of 1933.
          
 The BATTLE HONOURS are emblazoned on the "COLOURS"

       
            BATTLE HONOURS AWARDED

                   NORTH WEST CANADA..................1885
                   SOUTH AFRICAN WAR....................1899-1900
                   MOUNT SORREL...............................1916
                   SOMME...............................................1916
                   ARRAS.................................................1917
                   HILL 70................................................1917
                   YPRES..................................................1917
                   AMIENS...............................................1918
                   PURSUIT TO MONS...........................1918
                   HIDENBURG LINE..............................1918
"A detailed account has yet to be written of what happened to the six hundred and nine (609) other ranks and thirty-eight (38)
officers in the Regiment at the time, as well as those previously posted as reinforcements. Some went to Artillery, Engineer and
Signals Regiments, Service Units, the RCAF and RAF,  but the majority went to 31 Canadian Armoured and Infantry
Regiments.


These soldiers fought as members of those units in Sicily, Italy, Normandy, North-West Europe and Germany. Although they
fought in every major Canadian Army battle in these theatres, the Halifax Rifles has no World War 11 battle honours. The
Regimental Association is pursuing this with DND."

(Annex C)