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Focus: French regiment, Carignan-Salières Regiment defended and fortified New France. There 1,200 soldiers overwhelmed the 3,000 residents of New France in 1665.


IMAGE – Illustration ‘Unibroue’ régiment de Carignan-Salières by Charles Vinh

The Carignan-Salières Regiment (1665-1669)

The Carignan-Salières Regiment was the only one to be deployed in full to Canada during the French Regime. To establish a sustainable presence in the colony, the colonial authorities provided a variety of incentives, such as distributing seigneuries to officers in the regiment or marrying soldiers off to the Filles du roi to persuade them to settle in the colony at the end of their service. Of the 1,300 soldiers and officers from the regiment sent to New France, more than 400 settled permanently in the North American territory.

The Carignan-Salières Regiment arrived in New France in 1665, 57 years after Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City in 1608.


In view of the fact that there were only 3,200 people of French ancestry in Canada, of whom about 500 lived in or near the town of Quebec, it is easy to guess the emotions raised in that little colony by the announcement that such a large force was arriving. There was enough commotion just trying to find lodgings for all 1,200 soldiers and 80 officers! It was not long before the troops were deployed. By the end of August, eight companies had been sent to build strongholds all along the Richelieu. These became the forts of Sorel, Chambly, Saint-Jean, Sainte-Thérèse and Sainte-Anne. The four companies from the West Indies were attached to the Carignan-Salières Regiment but not incorporated into it, retaining their identification with their respective regiments.

The presence of so many troops radically altered the colony’s military position, which had previously been so precarious. At last the towns could be defended by suitable garrisons, and forts built to block the Richelieu, the traditional path of the Iroquois. Enthusiasm was such that numerous Canadians volunteered to provide support to the Carignan-Salières Regiment. In just a few weeks, the small French colony, which had been huddling defensively for a quarter of a century, changed its outlook from that of besieged to that of aggressor. A new tactic of attacking the Iroquois in their own villages emerged.



Lancaster II LL724 – QO-N

Source: Richard Koval’s Website on Bomber Group 6

On January 21st, 1944, F/O L. Legace RCAF and crew, flying Lancaster II LL724 coded QO-N, failed to return from this operation.

F/O L. Legace

Library and Archives Canada

Sgt W. Atkins RAF

F/O J. Mahoney RCAF

F/O J. Mahoney RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

W/O2 D. McDonald RCAF

No photo

F/O D. Hunter RCAF

F/O D. Hunter RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

F/Sgt W. Peterson RCAF

No photo

P/O W. Douglas RCAF

P/O W. Douglas RCAF

Library and Archives Canada

All were killed.

The above photos were taken from Library and Archives Canada. They are accessible through Ancestry.

These however are not…

They are from Gordon Hill’s private collection. I am sure you can spot my 5th cousin once removed.

Syracuse, New York, July 1942

No. 4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec


No. 5 ITS Belleville, Ontario

Gordon Hill is not yet aware that he has reunited two distant cousins. One who never came back from the war and a baby boomer whose passion for history, aviation and World War Two started on his way back from school at lunch hour in 1958.

Type of plane flown by Flying Officer Larry Legace