The North Nova Scotia Highlanders

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The North Nova Scotia Highlanders
Active 1936–1954
Country  Canada
Branch Militia
Type Line Infantry
Role Infantry
Size One battalion
Part of Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ Amherst, Nova Scotia
Motto(s) Cos Cheum Nach Gabh Tilleadh
Colors Facing colour white
March Quick – The Atholl Highlanders
Tartan Murray of Atholl

The North Nova Scotia Highlanders was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army.

Founded in 1936 as The North Nova Scotia Highlanders (M.G.) by the amalgamation of the Cumberland Highlanders, The Colchester and Hants Rifles, and 'C' Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, it acquired its present title in 1941. The regiment landed on Juno beach on D-Day, assigned to 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. In 1954, as a result of the Kennedy Report on the Reserve Army, this regiment was amalgamated with The Cape Breton Highlanders and The Pictou Highlanders to form 1st Battalion The Nova Scotia Highlanders.

The North Nova Scotia Highlanders were allied to the South Staffordshire Regiment and were kitted with a blue glengarry with diced border, scarlet doublet, white sporran with five black points, scarlet & green hose, green garter flashes with full dress only for pipers and drummers.

The regiment perpetuated the 25th, 106th & 193rd Battalions C.E.F and held its final Order of Precedence as 34.

During World War 2 Major Kurt Meyer of the Waffen SS murdered captured soldiers from the regiment.[1] After the war he was convicted, and received a life sentence. His sentence was, however commuted to five years, served in Canada.

Battle honours[edit]

Only uppercase honours are displayed on the guidon.


  1. ^ "Nova Scotia ex-POW Dudka dies". CBC News. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2013-08-10. Sgt. Dudka, born in New Glasgow, was captured after the D-Day invasion and was among those who helped convict SS Gen. Kurt Meyer in the execution of Canadian prisoners of war. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Will R. Bird, No retreating footsteps: the story of the North Novas. Kentville, NS: Kentville Publishing Company, 1946
  • Donald Pearce, Journal of a War: North-West Europe, 1944–1945. Toronto: Macmillan, 1965.

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