137th (Calgary) Battalion, CEF

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137th "Overseas" Battalion, CEF
137 Bn CEF Cap Badge.jpg
Cap badge
Active 1915–1917
Disbanded 1917
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Expeditionary Force
Type Infantry
Commanding officer Lt-Col G.W. Morfitt
Shoulder title

The 137th Battalion, CEF, was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Based in Calgary, Alberta, the unit began recruiting in late 1915 in that city. After sailing to England in August 1916, the battalion was absorbed into the 21st Reserve Battalion on January 10, 1917.

The 137th Battalion, CEF, had one officer commanding: Lieutenant-Colonel G.W. Morfitt.[1]

The battalion is perpetuated by the King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC).[2]

In 1967, members of the 137th Battalion CEF Association raised funds and erected a memorial to the unit on the west side of North Glenmore Park, in Calgary. Members of the King's Own Calgary Regiment commemorate the sacrifices of their fallen comrades each Remembrance Day by sending a contingent to the memorial and conducting a small ceremony of remembrance.[citation needed]

The 137th (Calgary) Battalion CEF is one of only four units whose glyphs survive on the hillside at Battalion Park in the neighbourhood of Signal Hill, Calgary.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Officers' Declaration Paper of G.W. Morfitt". Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC)". Official Lineages Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments – Armour Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 

Suggested Reading on the 137th Battalion including Harvey Daniel Duncan's diary of camp life and war on the battlefield.

  • Bagley, Fred and Duncan, Dr. Harvey Daniel A Legacy of Courage "Calgary's Own" 137th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F. 1993

  • Meek, John F. Over the Top! The Canadian Infantry in the First World War. Orangeville, Ont.: The Author, 1971.