The South Saskatchewan Regiment

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The South Saskatchewan Regiment
S Sask R Cap Badge.jpg
The cap badge of the South Saskatchewan Regiment.
Active Militia July 3, 1905 – September 1, 1968; Supplementary Reserve September 1, 1968 – present
Country Canada
Branch Army, Supplementary Reserve
Type Infantry
Size Nil strength
Garrison/HQ Estevan, Saskatchewan
March "Warwickshire Lads"
Battle honours Arras, 1917; Hill 70; Dieppe; Bourguebus Ridge; St. André sur Orne; Falaise; Falaise Road; The Laison; Forêt de la Londe; Dunkirk, 1944; Antwerp–Turnhout Canal; The Scheldt; Woensdrecht; South Beveland; The Rhineland; The Hochwald; Xanten; The Rhine; Groningen; Oldenburg; North-West Europe 1942, 1944–45.

The South Saskatchewan Regiment was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces formed in 1936 by the amalgamation of The Weyburn Regiment and The Saskatchewan Border Regiment. It was reduced to nil strength and placed on the Supplementary Order of Battle (i.e., virtually disbanded) in 1968. They participated in the 1942 Dieppe Raid.

History[edit]

The regiment traces its lineage to July 3, 1905, when an infantry regiment was authorized in the District of Assiniboia and the District of Saskatchewan, which later that year became the province of Saskatchewan. The regiment was eventually organized as the 95th Saskatchewan Rifles, in Regina. After the First World War the 95th merged with the 60th Rifles of Canada (in Moose Jaw) to become the South Saskatchewan Regiment, which expanded to five battalions with the creation of units in Weyburn (3rd Battalion), Moosomin (4th Battalion) and Estevan (5th Battalion).

In 1924, each of the battalions became a distinct regiment, and the name "South Saskatchewan Regiment" went out of use. In the 1936 reorganization of the Militia, the Weyburn Regiment and the Saskatchewan Border Regiment (in Estevan) re-amalgamated into a new South Saskatchewan Regiment.

During the Second World War, The South Saskatchewan Regiment participated in many major Canadian battles and operations, as part of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. The South Saskatchewan Regiment was a major combatant in the Dieppe Raid of 1942, Operation Atlantic, Operation Spring, Operation Totalize, Operation Tractable, and the recapture of Dieppe in 1944.

Lineage of the South Saskatchewan Regiment:[1]

1905
Regt of inf.
1907
95th Regt
1909
95th Saskatchewan Rifles
1912
95th Saskatchewan Rifles
105th Regt
1913
60th Rifles of Canada
1920
1st Bn, The South Saskatchewan Regt
2nd Bn, The South Saskatchewan Regt
3rd Bn, The South Saskatchewan Regt
4th Bn, The South Saskatchewan Regt
5th Bn, The South Saskatchewan Regt
1924
The Regina Rifle Regt
The King's Own Rifles of Canada
The Weyburn Regt
The Assiniboia Regt
The Saskatchewan Border Regt
 
1936
The South Saskatchewan Regt
1939
The South Saskatchewan Regt, CASF
1940
1st Bn, The South Saskatchewan Regt, CASF
1941
2nd (Reserve) Bn, The South Saskatchewan Regt
1945
Disbanded
The South Saskatchewan Regt
1968
Supplementary Order of Battle
2014

Perpetuations[edit]

Battle honours[edit]

The regimental colour of the South Saskatchewan Regiment.

The regiment was awarded the following battle honours. Those battle honours in bold type are emblazoned on the Regimental Colour.

  • The Second World War
    • Dieppe
    • BOURGUEBUS RIDGE
    • St. André sur Orne
    • FALAISE
    • Falaise Road
    • The Laison
    • Forêt de la Londe
    • Dunkirk, 1944
    • Antwerp–Turnhout Canal
    • THE SCHELDT
    • Woensdrecht
    • South Beveland
    • THE RHINELAND
    • The Hochwald
    • Xanten
    • THE RHINE
    • Groningen
    • Oldenburg
    • North-West Europe 1942, 1944–45[3]

Alliances[edit]

The regiment was formerly allied with these regiments, but these alliances automatically expired when the British regiments amalgamated with other regiments.

Notable members[edit]

Music[edit]

"We're the boys of the S.S.R." words by Isabel McCrae Parker and music by Arthur Clare Parker was published in Weyburn, Saskatchewan by A.C. Parker, circa 1939 was dedicated to the officers and men of the South Saskatchewan Regiment. First line: "We're the boys who have gathered from near and far".[4]

Media[edit]

  • The March of the Prairie Men: A Story of the South Saskatchewan Regiment by Lt. Col. G. B. Buchanan (1900)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The South Saskatchewan Regiment". Official Lineages: Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments, Part 2: Infantry Regiments. Directorate of History and Heritage. October 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Perpetuation of C.E.F. Units – Infantry – 151st Bn to 200th Bn". Retrieved November 25, 2007. 
  3. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  4. ^ "We're the boys of the S.S.R.". Retrieved January 9, 2012.