1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

Unit Identification

1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Badge




"Whither right and glory lead"

1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA, is one of Canada's oldest continually operating Army Reserve units. We are citizen soldiers who volunteer to defend Canada through our participation in military training on a full-time and part-time basis. Our unit consists of full-time and part-time soldiers, both Regular Force and Reserve, as well as civilians, working together as a team to accomplish all missions assigned to us. We are always seeking those interested in joining the Army Reserve, so feel free to explore some of our history, as well as the work that we are doing every day, right here in your community. If you like what you see, don't hestitate to contact us to see if we are the right organization for you.

There are two Units located within 1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment. One is in Halifax and the other is the 84th Independent Field Battery located in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. Each share the same Commanding Officer. 

Related Links

Reserve Jobs

Command Team

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel John Woodgate
Regimental Sergeant-Major: Chief Warrant Officer Ed Smith

Our History

The “1st Halifax” was called out for active service at the outbreak of The First World War. The regiment was to remain on active service throughout the war, and to provide drafts of trained troops to assist in forming the 9th Siege Battery, and to provide replacements for other siege units in France. One draft helped to form No. 6 Company, Siege Artillery, which served in St. Lucia.

After the armistice, the Regiment returned to militia status. More name changes were to follow with the unit becoming the “1st Halifax Regiment, Canadian Garrison Artillery” on February 2nd, 1920, and on July 1st, 1925, the “1st Halifax Coast Brigade, Canadian Artillery”. It was under this name that the regiment was placed on active service in 1939. 87 Battery was authorized on 15 August 1939 as the ‘87th Field Battery, RCA’ through the disbandment and conversion to artillery of elements of ‘The King’s Canadian Hussars (Armoured Car)’ (originated 1 December 1903) and allocated to the 14th Field Brigade, RCA.

During the Second World War, the regiment was called upon to man the Halifax defences once again. As in World War I, the Regiment was assigned the boring, but necessary task, of home defence. Throughout the war, the regiment sent troops to other units for service overseas. Another name change followed on May 29th, 1942, when the regiment became the “1st ( Halifax) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA”. With a change from 3.7 inch guns of British design to 90mm American equipment, the regiment was re-named the “1st (Halifax) Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA” on August 22nd, 1955.

The current designation of the “1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA” occurred on November 1st, 1960, when the Regiment was issued 105mm howitzers and was amalgamated with the 36th Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. Today, the senior batteries of these two proud units, the 51st Field Battery, and the 87th Field Battery constitute the regiment, thus perpetuating units whose history includes the original Halifax Volunteer Artillery and the old King’s Canadian Hussars.

Continue reading about 1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA.

Join Our Unit

If you are interested in joining the 1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, please contact our recruiting office at 902-427-1551 or the 84th Independent Field Battery, please contact 902-742-5015 or visit the Canadian Forces recruiting website.

When We Train

The 1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment and the 84th Independent Field Battery train from September through to June on Tuesday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.


For more information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army, visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

Bayers Lake Armouries
73 Hobson Lake Drive
PO BOX 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, NS 
B3K 5X5
Phone: 902-450-4400 

Date modified: