The 82nd Abegweit Re-enactors
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Unit History/Date Formed May 1st, 1996
Other Impressions 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 Events 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 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.
Contact Persons Head of the Organization: Terry Hunter
thunter@hc.itas.net or (902) 569-1699.
Websites None at present.


Nov. 11, 1999 parade, Charlottetown PEI.
 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.

CLICK THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE

Sicily.jpg (58862 bytes)