BABY WALLACE LOOKS AT A PORTRAIT OF HIS PREDECESSOR PTE WALLACE I
Wallace III – 13 January 1972 – 23 February 1982
Two months later on a wintery Sunday evening in December, Lieutenant Colonel M. Heppell, the then Commanding Officer of the Regiment, received a telephone call from a woman living at Departure Bay, Nanaimo. She stated that she and her family were moving away the next day and were looking for a home for their large dog which they were unable to take with them. She said that the large dog was only 18 months old, very friendly, had never been in the house and looked very much like a St. Bernard. With his curiosity sparked and anxious to find a replacement mascot, the Commanding Officer drove to Nanaimo in winter conditions and, with the assistance of a passer-by, found the house he was looking for. His introduction to “Pal” occurred when the back door was opened and up bounded a very large and determined dog covered in fresh snow. Sizing up the situation quickly, Lieutenant Colonel Heppell recognized the dog as being strong, fit and friendly – qualities befitting a Canadian Scottish soldier – and offered to take him away with him to become the Regiment’s mascot. This satisfied the family and although the young lad of the house was sad to see his friend “Pal” leaving, all were content that he would be well cared for.
Wallace III, as he was renamed, stayed with the Heppell family until the following parade night when the Commanding Officer brought him to the Armoury for an introduction to the unit. A visit to the Band Room resulted in Wallace howling dolefully at the sound of the pipes, much to the delight of the drummers present. On parade, Wallace, standing beside Lieutenant Colonel Heppell, was introduced to the Headquarters and ‘A’ Company elements of the Regiment and when the parade was asked by the Commanding Officer if they would accept the dog as their mascot, the response was a resounding “YES SIR!”
The Commanding Officer made two stipulations: first, that a handler was required from the ranks, and second, Wallace would have free access to all messes in his capacity as Regimental Mascot. After the parade Warrant Officer J. “Hans” Peeters volunteered to serve as handler with Wallace living with his family. This was approved without hesitation and there began a wonderful relationship between Warrant Officer Peeters and Wallace that was to last until 1982 when Wallace III passed on.
Like his predecessor, Wallace was given the No.1 Dog Tag by Mayor P. Pollen in March of 1972. During his 10 years of service Wallace was seen by thousands of spectators when on parade with the Pipes and Drums. He attended training at Camp Wainwright, Alberta, and Fort Lewis, Washington, and various Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion and hospitals were Regimental veterans were being cared for.
His last parade was on the 11th of November in 1981 and he passed away on the 23rd of February in 1982. His ashes are held in the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess.