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The 3rd Canadian Division was a formation of the Canadian Corps during the First World War.

The 3rd Canadian Division was formed in Francemarker in December 1915 under the command of Major-General M.S. Mercer. Its members served in both France and Flanders until Armistice Day. While with 3rd Division at Ypresmarker, Mercer would become the highest-ranking Canadian officer killed in action in World War I. Brigadier V. A. Williams, commanding the 8th Brigade, became the highest-ranking Canadian officer captured in World War I, also at Ypresmarker. Mercer was replaced by Louis Lipsett, who commanded the division until September 1918 shortly before he too was killed in action.

Infantry units

7th Canadian Brigade:

8th Canadian Brigade:

9th Canadian Brigade: (Joined the Division in January 1916)

  • 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion. January 8, 1916 - May 1917 (Disbanded);
  • 123rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion. March 1917 - June 1918. To the 3rd Canadian Engineer Brigade.

Battles and engagements on the Western Front





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