Trooper, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), 1918

Caption: Trooper, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), 1918

Lord Strathcona's Horse was formed in 1901 as a Permanent Force squadron of mounted rifles. In 1909, it took over the title of the Canadian volunteer unit that had fought in the 2nd South African War. Mobilised as cavalry in 1914, the regiment was sent into the trenches in France as infantry in 1915. Eventually, the Strathcona's were remounted, and served as cavalry for the rest of the war. This reconstruction by Ron Volstad shows the dress and equipment of a trooper in 1918. On 31 March of that year, Lieutenant G.M. Flowerdew lead his 100 man squadron on a successful (if costly) charge at Moreuil Wood that is still commemorated today by the regiment. He died from wounds received that day and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. (Canadian Department of National Defence)