The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own)

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The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own)
Torontoscottish.jpg
Cap badge of the Toronto Scottish Regiment
Active 1920-Present
Country Canada
Branch Militia
Type Line Infantry
Role Light Infantry
Size One battalion
Part of Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury, Toronto
Nickname The Tor Scots
Motto Carry On
March Quick - Blue Bonnets over the Border
Anniversaries Regimental Birthday (as the Toronto Scottish Regiment) 1 September 1921
Commanders
Current
commander
LCol Garry Moore, CD
Colonel in Chief HRH The Prince of Wales
Insignia
Tartan Hodden Grey

The Toronto Scottish Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Army. It is part of 4th Canadian Division's 32 Canadian Brigade Group.

The regiment was formed in 1920 as the Mississauga Regiment in Ontario to perpetuate the lineage of the 75th Battalion (Mississauga), Canadian Expeditionary Force following the First World War. In 1921, the regiment was renamed The Toronto Scottish Regiment by the commanding officer of the day, Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Harbottle, CMG, DSO, VD.

During the Second World War, the regiment mobilized a machine gun battalion for the 1st Canadian Division. Following a reorganization early in 1940, the battalion was reassigned to the 2nd Canadian Division, where it operated as a Support Battalion, providing machine-gun detachments for the Operation Jubilee force at Dieppe in 1942, and then operating in support of the rifle battalions of the 2nd Division in northwest Europe from July 1944 to VE Day. In 1940, the 1st Battalion also mounted the King's Guard at Buckingham Palace. A 2nd Battalion served in the reserve army in Canada.

In 2000, the regiment changed its name to the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own), in recognition of their Colonel-in-Chief, who had held the position since 1938. In recognition, the regiment was part of the escort at the Queen Mother's funeral. The regimental tartan is Hodden Grey.

On September 12, 2009, the regiment moved to the Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury which is shared with the Toronto Police Service.[1] The new armoury is notable in that it is a green building, earning a LEEDS silver rating.

Lineage[edit]

The camp flag of The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own).
  • Originated in Toronto, 1 May 1920 as The Mississauga Regiment
  • Redesignated 1 September 1921 as The Toronto Scottish Regiment
  • Amalgamated 15 December 1936 with "B" and "C" Companies of the 1st Machine Gun Battalion, CMGC and redesignated as The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Machine Gun)
  • Redesignated 7 November 1940 as the 2nd Battalion, The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Machine Gun)
  • Redesignated 19 June 1947 as The Toronto Scottish Regiment
  • Redesignated 19 October 2000 as The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own)[2]

Perpetuations[edit]

The Great War[edit]

Operational History[edit]

The Great War[edit]

The Great War distinguishing patch of the 75th Battalion (Mississauga), CEF.

The 75th Battalion (Mississauga), CEF was authorized on 10 July 1915 and embarked for Great Britain on 29 March 1916. It disembarked in France on 12 August 1916. There it fought as part of the 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion disbanded on 15 September 1920.[4]

The 84th Battalion, CEF was authorized on 10 July 1915 and embarked for Great Britain on 18 June 1916.13 There, on 30 June 1916, its personnel were absorbed by the '73rd Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada), CEF, 75th Battalion (Mississauga), CEF and other units of the 4th Canadian Division, to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion disbanded on 11 April 1918.[5]

The Second World War[edit]

The Toronto Scottish mount the King's Guard in London, 1940

The regiment mobilized as The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Machine Gun), CASF for active service on 1 September 1939. It was redesignated as the 1st Battalion, The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Machine Gun), CASF on 7 November 1940; as the 2nd Infantry Division Support Battalion (The Toronto Scottish Regiment), CIC, CASF on 1 May 1943; and as the 1st Battalion, The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Machine Gun), CIC, CASF on 24 February 1944. On 7 December 1939, it embarked for Great Britain. The battalion took part in OPERATION JUBILEE, the raid on Dieppe, on 19 August 1942. It landed again in France on 6 and 7 July 1944, as part of the 2nd Infantry Division. The battalion continued to fight in North-West Europe until the end of the war. The overseas battalion disbanded on 31 December 1945.[6]

Afghanistan[edit]

The regiment contributed an aggregate of more than 20% of its authorized strength to the various Task Forces which served in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014.[7]

Battle honours[edit]

The regimental colour of The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own).

In the list below, battle honours in capitals were awarded for participation in large operations and campaigns, while those in lowercase indicate honours granted for more specific battles. Those battle honours followed by a "+" are emblazoned on the regimental colour.[8]

Great War[edit]

Second World War[edit]

Aghanistan[edit]

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, presents new Colours to the Royal Regiment of Canada and Toronto Scottish Regiment at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, 5 November 2009.

Toronto Scottish Regiment Museum[edit]

Toronto Scottish Regiment Presentation of Colours March Past

The regiment's museum was formerly located at the Fort York Armoury in Toronto. The museum was opened in 1984 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In September 2009, the museum was relocated to the Captain Bellenden Seymore Hutcheson VC Armoury in Etobicoke and officially re-opened on 1 May 2010. The museum includes uniforms, weapons, artifacts and military memorabilia. The museum is open by appointment and during regimental events.

Notes and references[edit]

Toronto Scottish Regiment Presentation of Colours
  1. ^ http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Toronto-Scottish-Regiment-Arrives-at-New-Armoury-1042208.htm
  2. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  3. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  4. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  5. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  6. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  7. ^ http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/05/09/south-west-asia-theatre-honours
  8. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  9. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  10. ^ Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  11. ^ "South-West Asia Theatre Honours". Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Toronto Scottish Regiment Presentation of Colours March Off

Alliances[edit]

See also[edit]

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
The Irish Regiment of Canada
The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own) Succeeded by
Royal Newfoundland Regiment