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TODAY

The Toronto Scottish Regiment is an Army Reserve unit based at Fort York Armoury in Toronto. The Army Reserve trains for, and provides support to the Regular Force. As an example members of the Regiment have served with United Nations Peacekeeping Forces and with Canadian Forces Humanitarian Assistance Missions in Bosnia, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Haiti, Kosovo, Namibia, The Golan Heights, and Rwanda. In Canada, members of the Regiment have deployed and provided assistance during the Winnipeg flood of 1997, the Eastern Ontario Ice Storm of 1998, and the Snow Storm that crippled Toronto in January 1999. In the winter of 1999 a number of soldiers were deployed on Operation Abacus, the Canadian Forces contingency plan for any Y2K developments. Several members have volunteered and made a significant contribution to more than one mission or deployment.

75th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force

The Toronto Scottish Regiment traces its roots to a cavalry unit, the 9th Mississauga Horse formed in1906. During the First World War the unit became the 75th (Mississauga) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. During the war over 5,500 soldiers served in the battalion in France and Belgium. In the fall of 2003 the Regiment was authourized to establish a mission element unit in Mississauga, in effect returning their roots. At the annual New Years Levee and contingent from the Regiment visited Mississauga City Hall and passed through the reception line in the Council Chambers greeting the Mayor and Councillors. Later in the year the unit conducted a food drive raising 7,810 lbs of non-perishable food and delivered it to the the Mississauga Food Bank, making it the single largest donator that they had last Christmas.

 

2004 NEW YEARS DAY LEVEE

 
LCol Mike Traynor is greeted Mississauga Mayor, Her Worship, Hazel McCallion at City Hall during 2004 New Years Day Levee.
  Her Worship Hazel McCallion poses with a delegation from the Regiment of New Years Day 2004.

 

SINCE WORLD WAR II

The active unit of The Toronto Scottish Regiment was disbanded on 31st December 1945 reverting to an Infantry Militia Regiment. A large number of the members from the war remained with the regiment attending Tuesday night parades at Fort York Armoury. Highlights in the history of any regiment are periodic visits by their Colonel-in-Chief and the Toronto Scottish has been fortunate to have been visited often. Her Majesty's first visit after the war was in 1962.

Escorted by LCol Donald Learment (R) and LCol Robert Hilborn (C) Her Majesty's Canadian Equerry, the Colonel-in-Chief talks to a member of the 1965 Guard
Assisted by Maj Fred McKenna, Her Majesty presents the new Queen's Colour to Capt. Bill Bell
After the parade Her Majesty mingles with Her troops in 1965

In 1965, the Queen Mother visited the regiment and before a standing room only audience at Varsity Stadium presented new colours. In 1974 she presented a new Queen's Colour with the Canadian Flag replacing the Union Jack before a huge audience at the CNE Stadium. Her Majesty has visited Her regiment again in 1979, 1981,1985 and 1989. In October 2000, The Toronto Scottish Regiment was granted the secondary title of, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's Own.

Escorted by LCol Don Johnston, Her Majesty inspects the Regiment at the CNE Stadium in 1974 prior to the presentation of a new Queen's Colour.
During an inspection at Queens Park in Toronto Her Majesty stops to speak to a member of the Pipes and Drums.

 

With Her officers and NCOs in Toronto in 1989.
Departing Toronto in 1989, Her Majesty stops to speak to Pipe Sergeant Colin Campbell.

 

BETWEEN THE WARS

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LCol Colin Harbottle, who had taken command of the battalion soon after the death of LCol Beckett on 1st March 1917, had been lobbied by a number of former officers and men to have the 75th become a permanent unit in the Canadian Militia. In May 1920 the government authorized the forming of the Mississauga Regiment to perpetuate the traditions of the 75th Bn CEF. The Mississauga Regiment was re-designated The Toronto Scottish Regiment on 1st September 1921, becoming a permanent unit of the Non-Permanent Active Militia. After becoming The Toronto Scottish Regiment, LCol Harbottle sought and was granted affiliation with The London Scottish Regiment in England and adopted the London Scottish tartan, Hodden Grey. The tartan had been selected by the London Scottish's founder Lord Elcho in 1859. He opted to dress his soldiers in the muted heather tones of Scotland. In 1937 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth consented to become the regiment's Colonel-in-Chief. On 22nd May 1939, during the Royal Tour of Canada, Her Majesty presented new Regimental Colours to The Toronto Scottish Regiment on the campus of the University of Toronto.

Escorted by LCol Christopher Thompson, Her Majesty inspects The Toronto Scottish Regiment before presenting new Colours in Toronto 1939

WORLD WAR II

The regiment was mobilized on 1st September 1939 and after work up training left for England, arriving at Tournay Barracks at Farnborough on 18th December 1939. The Toronto Scottish was the first complete Canadian unit to land in Britain after War was declared.

The Toronto Scottish Regiment mounts The King's Guard at Buckingham Palace in April 1940
Camera crews records Her Majesty being greeted by the Pipe Major in 1940
LCol Chistopher Thompson sees their Majesties to their car after visiting the Officers' Mess in 1940. Holding the car door is Sgt Fred McKeena.

 

Her Majesty asks about the Vickers Machine Gun during a visit to Aldershot in March 1941
Her Majesty follows the King and LCol John Christie reviewing Her soldiers in Aldershot
Her Majesty reviews Her soldiers in 1944

On the 21st April 1940, the Regiment was the first Canadian Army reserve unit to mount the King's Guard at Buckingham Palace. An advance party of the Regiment landed in Brest, France on June 12, 1940 before being ordered to withdraw. On 26 November of that year, two members of the Regiment with their Vickers medium machine-gun, shot down a German Dornier 17 bomber that was attacking a town on the south coast of England. This was the first enemy aircraft shot down by the Canadian Army in the Second World War. During the war Her Majesty visited the Regiment on five occasions, three times during 1940, once in 1941, and again in 1943. The Toronto Scottish Regiment was designated as a machine-gun battalion, because of this the Regiment did not fight as a complete unit during the war. They provided fire support for every action involving the 2nd Canadian Division. Members of the Regiment took part in the raid on Dieppe in August 1942. After D-Day until the cease-fire on 7th May 1945, The Toronto Scottish was on the continent of Europe supporting many 2nd Canadian Division units, at one time unit members were fighting in three different countries at the same time. During the war 59 members of the Regiment were decorated and 42 Mentioned-in-Despatches. Casualties were 88 killed, 1 missing in action and 312 wounded. On the 28th October 1945 the Scottish returned to Toronto and marched to the University Armoury and was dismissed.

WORLD WAR I

75th Battalion Canadian Eexpeditionary Force (CEF)

The Toronto Scottish Regiment was raised on the 1st July 1915, as the 75th (Mississauga) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Beckett. Within three weeks over 1,500 personnel had been recruited and by March 1916 the Battalion was fully trained and sailed for Liverpool. In August the Regiment moved to France and then on to Belgium. From the summer of 1916 and for the next two years the 75th Bn CEF took part in every major engagement involving the Canadian Corps. Over 5,500 soldiers served in the battalion during World War One, 1,049 were killed including LCol Beckett. The 75th Bn CEF was awarded 16 Battle Honours of which 10 are emblazoned on the Regimental Colour. Two hundred and forty two decorations were awarded to all ranks including a Victoria Cross to Captain Bellenden Hutcheson, the Medical Officer, who had previously been awarded the Military Cross. The 75th Battalion returned to Toronto on 8th June 1919 and after a final parade though the city was dismissed at the University of Toronto's Varsity Stadium.

THE FUNERAL OF HER MAJESTY THE ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER

Four members of The Toronto Scottish Regiment took part in the State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Maj Michael Trayner, WO Michael Lacroix, Sgt Peter Hartwig, and Cpl Cristel Cuffy.

The Honorary Colonel, Col Hugh Stewart; the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, LCol Eric Jackman; the Commanding Officer, LCol Julian Chapman; and the Regimental Sergeant Major, CWO Kevin Junor have also traveled to London to pay their respects to their Colonel-in-Chief.

Her Majesty's Commonwealth Regiments - Friday April 5, 2002

The Toronto Scottish contingent are second from the rear.

(L to R) Maj Michael Trayner, Sgt Peter Hartwig, Cpl Cristel Cuffy, and WO Michael Lacroix

PHOTO: Courtesy MOD

 

August 1900 - March 2002

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Colonel-in-Chief

The Toronto Scottish Regiment

(Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own)

 

2000 National Tribute photographs