Towards the end of 1916 the CO of the 49th Battalion CEF, Colonel WA Griesbach, asked that an association be formed to assist Battalion soldiers returning from WWI with reintegrating into civilian life. The 49th Battalion Association was formed in 1917 and has been supporting the soldiers and families of the Regiment continuously since that time. Today’s Association carries on this important role by supporting the serving soldiers and veterans of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, which perpetuates the spirit and lineage of the fighting 49th.
Fears No Foe!
What We Do.
For Members: The 49th Battalion Association is dedicated to fostering fellowship and remembrance within the Regimental Family. To this end we sponsor on-going events, including the annual fall dinner and the spring BBQ event formerly known as Lestock Day, and, publish the FortyNiner Magazine. The Association also funds the Regimental Kitshop which is located in Battalion lines a the Jefferson Armoury in Edmonton, Alberta.
For Families: At the request of families of former members of the Battalion, The 49th Battalion Association will arrange for a military presence at a funeral and pallbearers if desired. We will also provide a simple wreath and flowers for the funeral. Please contact our Association President for further information on how we can support your family.
For Our Community: The 49th Battalion Association has provided funding to numerous community groups and projects over the years. If your group is in need of project funding please contact the Association Secretary to see if we can help.
The Association also offers a bi-annual bursary program for individuals pursuing post-secondary education. Please see our Bursaries page for details of how to apply.
Contacting the Association: For a full list of Association Executive contacts, please look at the About Us page.