The colors in the coat of arms of Quebec City possess a heraldic significance.
GOLD symbolizes Strength - faith - justice
- wealth - constancy and splendor.
SILVER = humility
- purity - charity - truth and victory.
AZURE = sovereignty
- majesty - serenity - good reputation - knowledge - clarity and loyalty.
GULES = love - pain - grandeur - courage - generosity
- bravery and intrepidity.
GREEN = hope - revival - abundance - beauty -
freedom and cheerfulness
The ship represents the period when quebec was founded in 1608 by Samuel De
Who came from Honfleur .
It also represents the maritime vocation of quebec with its important seaport.
The full sails symbolizes the strength and courage of the population.
Each of the two keys has its own significance : the key on the right symbolizes
Quebec as the capital
of New - France, of Canada, at the beginning of the English Regime and of
The key on the left represents the Capital of the province of Quebec since
Together they symbolize the political and municipal history of the City of
The Maple leaf symbolizes the Canadian personality of the city of Quebec and
represents all the Ethnic
elements of its population, along with the patriotic and civic spirit of its
The crown, on top of the escutcheon, reminds us that Quebec is a fortified
city and that its founder,
Champlain, also came from a fortified town, Brouage en Saintonge.
Lastly the expression " Don de Dieu feray valoir " (which might
be loosely translated as
" Gift of God shall make us prosper ")
is a testimony of Christian faith symbolizing spiritual, moral and social
virtues of the active
and courageous population of Quebec.
and embodies the ideal of the city, drawn from the source of its foundation.
Raised at Woolwich on the 1st January 1759 as Captain William
of the 1st Battalion RA.
The Battery was equipped with the 6 pounder guns.
The battery was one of two Companies raised in 1759 for the expedition to
City of Quebec.
The force under the command of Major General Wolfe assembled at Louisburg
in June 1759
By mid July the Artillery bombardment had begun, but it was clear more direct
action was required to defeat the garrison
which was three times the strength of the attackers.
In the afternoon of the 13th September 1759, Wolfe dispatched a small force
in ships and boats to drift upstream.
Under cover of darkness the force landed at a small cove ( now known as wolfe,s
Once ashore they scaled the 200 foot high cliffs, overcoming the Piquet, this
was the signal for Wolfe to despatch
a force of 4500 men and 2 of Captains McLeods guns to reinforce the landing.
By morning his force was deployed for battle on the plain of Quebec.
McLeod,s guns successfully engaged the three field guns supporting the French
and then waited silently
in the center of the British line for the French to attack.
The French opened fire at 200yds, a range which their Muskets were almost
The British held their fire until the French were within 35yds, then a single
volley from both Infantry and
Artillery broke the French line.
Wolfe who was leading the Grenadiers was hit in the chest by a bullet piercing
2 soldiers ran to his aid but it was too late, Wolfe,s last words were" Who runs "
A soldier replied " the French run sir "
with it was said Wolfe replied " God now
be praised, I die in peace " and closed his eyes for
2 days later the French surrendered and Quebec fell.
Following the action at Quebec the Battery remained in the America,s for 8
years and detachments were present
at the capture of Martinique and Havana in 1762.
1900 the Battery now named 18 Field Battery, sailed for
South Africa and the Boer War.
There the Battery was especially commended for its brilliant services on the
fighting march for the relief of KIMBERLEY
It was written that in the battle of the Modder
River, which was almost unique in being an Artillery engagement,
wherein the enemy was chiefly crushed by gun fire, 18 Battery covered itself
It was one of the Batteries which opened the action and throughout the long
day it was rendering splendid service.
The Battery became a particular target for the enemy, who inflicted considerable
losses upon it.
The Battery sailed for India before the close of 1901.
1914 the Battery was in Malta,
moving to France as part of the BEF,
equipped with the 4.7" Gun and firing for the first time at Ypres on the
The Battery fought continuously on the Western front until the Armistice,
taking part in many great battles
including the Somme and Cambri.
There was then a stay in England - Dates to be traced ?
Battery embarked for Minorca and received a special
commendation from the Governor
for its actions during the siege of Fort St Philip in 1782
Another web site but in French, it includes some good photographs
For the next 100 years, the Battery travelled extensively including INDIA
- BURMA & ADEN
They also spent 18 years in the West Indies.
After the Great War the Battery served initially in Ireland then on a training
expedition to the Black sea
before returning to England where it remained until 1938.
1939 the Battery serving with 10th Field Regiment moved to INDIA where it served on coastal
The Battery then fought in the BURMA campaigns where it was often split with single guns operating
alone in the hills, so as to cause maximum destruction to the Japanese forces.
The Battle of KOHIMA was a long
hard battle but a vital one at that time, this enabled the allies to move
quickly on to their main objective IMPHAL.
Between the two battles the British forces lost approximately 16,700 men.
The Japanese lost more than 53,000 at that
time it was the biggest defeat on land for the Japanese forces.
1945 the Battery served in England with 18 Regiment equipped with the 4.5 Howitzer.
The 5.5inch and the 25 pounder Guns.
1962 The Battery moved with 18 Medium Regiment RA to Munsterlager
1967 moved to Hong Kong with 18 Light Regiment on internal security duties.
1969 Battery joined 42 Medium Regiment RA in Devizes
moving back to Germany
with the Regiment in 1971.
1971 moved with 42 Regiment to Fallingbostle
1977 42 Regiment was disbanded so posted to 5 Regiment in Hildesheim
1985 Posted to 32 Regiment in Dortmund
1991 The Battery is still serving with 32 Regiment but as a Headquater Battery stationed at Roberts Barracks, Larkhill Salisbury SP4 8QU.
The Battery has to this day, completed 11 tours of NORTHERN IRELAND since 1964,
4 to BELFAST, 3 to LONDONDERRY, 2 to SOUTH ARMAGH. 1 to BALLYKINLER
and one at the MAZE PRISON.
Nevertheless, the tour that brings pain to the current serving members of the
battery to this day,
is the tour to Londonderry in 1989.
When on the 8th March L/Bdr
Stephen Cummins (Stevie) and Gnr Miles Amos (Amo)
were murdered by a land mine, planted by the IRA.
However that was short lived because in 1994
the Battery deployed to Bessbrook Mill South Armagh,
this was the first tour for some of the Battery at that time, which was not
without its problems from the odd
Mortar attack and shootings but the Battery performed well.
In 1995 & 1996 the regiment completed two
exercises in Cyprus known as Exercise Lion Sun.
This was the first time the Battery had ever worked for the United Nations
and also with different Nationalities.
The Battery was in three locations, One permanent Force Reserve who dealt
with the whole of the Island
and Two troops who manned most of the towers in the British sector of the
In 1999 and 2000 the Battery deployed on one
of the biggest combined forces training exercise since the Gulf war.
The exercise was formed up of 11 different Nations, which made a total of
almost 70,000 troops.
This all took place on the sands of Egypt, This was the first time for some
of the Battery on exercise from home
but also working on the MLRS equipment.
however the Battery worked well and showed professionalism throughout the
whole of the exercise
and achieved some good training.
The year 2000 saw the sunny sands again but this
time it wasn't the sands of EGYPT but CANADA.
This was the first time the Battery had returned to Canada since 1987, when
Captain Green was
killed in a tragic accident.
Upon their return the Battery held a Memorial service on Quebec Day for the
Late Captain Green and
laid a new Headstone in his Memory.
2001 saw the Battery help out
with a British National problem - " Foot and Mouth epidemic "
For a lot of the men this was one of the hardest jobs
they have done and probably will do in their time
with the Battery.
The year 2002 sees the Battery return to Cyprus
for another tour as UN soldiers, keeping
the peace between the Turks and Cypriot nationalities on the Island, a job
at times which can be no easy task.
Officers Serving with the Battery
According to the 1907/8 Royal Field Artillery Distribution list
THE FOLLOWING BATTERY HISTORY
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COURTSEY OF L/BDR LEWIS
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