Highland Light Infantry of Canada

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The Highland Light Infantry of Canada Hli badge1
Active 1886–1954, 1957–1965
Country Canada
Branch Militia
Type Line Infantry
Role Infantry
Size One battalion
Part of Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ Galt, Ontario
Motto(s) Defence Not Defiance
Colors Facing colour buff
March Quick - Sean Triubhas (Whistle o'er the Lave o't)
Tartan MacKenzie

The Highland Light Infantry of Canada was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army. Founded in 1886 as the 29th Waterloo Battalion of Infantry it went through several name changes including, in 1900, the 29th Waterloo Regiment and in 1915, the 29th Regiment (Highland Light Infantry of Canada). It acquired its present title in 1920. In 1954, as a result of the Kennedy Report on the Reserve Army, this regiment was amalgamated with The Perth Regiment to form The Perth and Waterloo Regiment (Highland Light Infantry of Canada). However, this amalgamation was undone in 1957 and the Highland Light Infantry of Canada resumed its regimental identity. In 1965 it amalgamated with the Scots Fusiliers of Canada and was renamed the Highland Fusiliers of Canada.

The Highland Light Infantry of Canada was allied to the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). They were initially kitted with a green Glengarry, trews and scarlet doublet, but became kilted in 1935. Pipers and bandsmen wore a feather bonnet, red hackle, black sporran with three white points, MacKenzie hose for the pipers and red and white for the regiment, and a blue Balmoral bonnet with a diced border, green tourie and red and white hackle. The regiment perpetuated the 34th Battalion and 111th (South Waterloo) Battalion, CEF, and held its final order of precedence as 17.

Battle honours[edit]

Infantrymen of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada aboard a landing craft en route to France on D-Day. LCI(L) 306th of the 2nd Canadian (262nd RN) Flotilla

Battle honours in small capitals are awarded for participation in large operations and campaigns, while those in lowercase indicate honours granted for more specific battles. Battle honours in bold type are authorized to be emblazoned on regimental colours.

The Great War[edit]

  • Mount Sorrel
  • Somme, 1916
  • Arras, 1917, '18
  • Hill 70
  • Ypres, 1917
  • Amiens
  • Hindenburg Line
  • Pursuit to Mons

The Second World War[edit]

  • Normandy Landing
  • Caen
  • The Orne (Buron)
  • Bourguébus Ridge
  • Faubourg de Vaucelles
  • Falaise
  • The Laison
  • Chambois
  • Boulogne, 1944
  • Calais, 1944
  • The Scheldt
  • Savojaards Platt
  • Breskens Pocket
  • The Rhineland
  • Waal Flats
  • The Hochwald
  • The Rhine
  • Zutphen
  • Leer
  • North-West Europe, 1944-1945

See also[edit]


  • Barnes, RM, The Uniforms and History of the Scottish Regiments, London, Sphere Books Limited, 1972.
  • Bartlett, Jack Fortune "1st Battalion the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, 1940-1945" 1951