Regimental nicknames of the Canadian Forces

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Many regiments have over the years earned nicknames; some laudatory, some derogatory, but all colourful. Sometimes, the nicknames themselves have overshadowed the actual regimental title, e.g. the "Van Doos" for the Royal 22e Régiment. In some cases the nickname actually replaced it: in 1881, the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot became officially known by its nickname, The Black Watch.

What follows is a list of nicknames of Canadian regiments, arranged alphabetically by regimental title. A brief explanation of the origin of the nickname, where known, is included.

Regimental nicknames[edit]

  • The Royal Canadian Regiment
    • The RCR: the official short title of the regiment
    • Shino Boys: a First World War nickname given to The RCR by soldiers of other units, noting the regiment's high standards of dress and deportment [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Regimental website: The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
  2. ^ Cited in Fighting the Hun From Saddle and Trench by Sgt. William R. Jones


  • Mowat, Farley (1955). The Regiment. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.