|Unit History/Date Formed
||May 1st, 1996
||The group focuses on wearing the uniform
of The Prince Edward Island Light Horse which, although an Armoured Reconnaissance unit,
formed the Defence Company of the Headquarters of the 2nd Canadian Corps in North West
Europe. The 82nd Abegweit Re-Enactors also portray other Island units which served
overseas such as the 2nd Medium (PEI) Battery which served in Italy and the 8th Medium
(PEI) Battery which served in North West Europe. Although another Island unit, The
PEI Highlanders, did not serve overseas as a formed Battalion, the unit was broken up and
members were sent to the Princess Louise Fusiliers, Carleton & York, North Shore (NB)
Regt., Cape Breton Highlanders, West Nova Scotia Regiment, and several other Canadian
units including the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and Canloan Officers. The
reason for this diversification was that the Canadian government did not want the unit to
get wiped out like the Newfoundland Regiment did during the first day of the Somme in
1916. However, "D" Coy of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders was almost
made up entirely of PEI Highlanders.
During summer time, the 82nd Abegweit Re-Enactors portray Islanders who
served with The West Nova Scotia Regiment and wear the Khaki Drill uniforms which would
have been worn during the Sicilian and Italian campaigns.
||Regular annual events: Summerside Lobster
Carnival parade, Summerside Legion annual Veteran's breakfast along with various
parades and special events in PEI as applicable.
|Size of unit
|Currently 3 dedicated members, but the unit has
fielded up to 10 re-enactors.
||Recruiting Requirements: Membership is
open to physically fit personnel who have an interest in PEI Military History.
Members are expected to acquire their own uniform, equipment and weapon though some
equipment is available for loan to new members.
||Head of the Organization: Terry Hunter
firstname.lastname@example.org or (902)
||None at present.
Nov. 11, 1999 parade,
Left to Right: Samuel Cormier, "A" Coy 1st Can Para Battalion, Terry
Hunter and Mike Hunter of the 82nd Abegweit Re-Enactors wearing the uniform of The Prince
Edward Island Light Horse. M38 Jeep is owned by Bill Hebb of "A" Coy 1st
Can Para Battalion.
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