Regimental Sergeant Major’s Message
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome and thank you for visiting the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) website. Contained within this site are numerous articles, facts and information that pertain to the Battalion and our Regimental Family. The Regiment and the family that surround it bring together the serving members and all those who support it from the youngest members of our affiliated Cadet Corps to the oldest members of our Regimental Association. This diverse group of volunteers and serving members maintain the heart and soul of the Regiment and ensure that we are ready to meet the challenges of the next 100 years of service to our country.
The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) is an infantry unit of the Primary Reserve, located on Vancouver Island. We are part of 39 Canadian Brigade Group, the Army of British Columbia. We maintain permanent locations in Victoria, Nanaimo and Courtenay where our soldiers gather and train. We provide professionally trained soldiers for any domestic or international emergency or deployment that we may be called upon to support such as the BC forest fires and floods. In addition we’ve supported security operations for the Olympics and we are especially proud of being able to answer the call to support the global war on terror as well as continued United Nations deployments elsewhere in the world in support of peace.
The Regiment maintains the Highland Traditions that were adopted when the Regiment was formed in 1914. At this time many members of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) were of Scottish origin and the highland traditions were adopted as a common bond for the soldiers that were recruited from Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Hamilton. The 16th proudly wore the kilt throughout the First World War even though the original Scottish members of the Battalion were few in numbers by wars end. In the Second World War the 1st Battalion Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) returned to Europe wearing battle dress trousers instead of kilts. Kilts were reserved for the pipe band and non-combat members. Every soldier wore a small square of Hunting Stewart tartan behind his cap badge as reminder that they were part of The Canadian Scottish Regiment. This tradition continues to this day. Kilts are still worn for parades and formal events while the balmoral with tartan behind the cap badge is worn for regular training operations.
The contents of this site present the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) in all its forms. Each entry and page contains information that paint a unit of one that maintains the traditions of the past, but is always looking towards the future. As the demands placed on us by our country evolve, the Canadian Scottish adapts to keep pace. Please explore the website and if you feel that you have what it takes to become a highland warrior and serve our great communities and country, contact our recruiters.
Chief Warrant Officer Gary Newcombe CD
Regimental Sergeant Major
The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s)
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