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The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
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Badge of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
Active 1905 - Present
Country Canada
Branch Militia
Type Line Infantry
Role Light Infantry
Size One Battalion
Part of Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ The Armoury
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Nickname(s) Lake Sups
Motto(s) Inter Pericula Intrepidi (Fearless in the Face of Danger)
March Hielan' Laddie
Engagements World War I
World War II
Insignia
Tartan McGillivray
Abbreviation LSSR

The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. The regiment is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and is part of 38 Canadian Brigade Group. The unit was raised in response to the second Riel Rebellions, and was originally known as the 96th Algoma Rifles. Also known as the "Lake Sups" (pronounced soups), the regiment was active during World War II. During which, the regiment, then known as The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) or LSR(M), mobilized a Motor (motorized infantry) battalion for the 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division. The LSR(M) and 28th Armoured Regiment (The British Columbia Regiment) were the only Canadian land based units to score a naval victory during the Second World War. On November 5, 1944, the units sank a number of German ships in the port of Zijpe.[1] The units sank three German ships and destroyed a fourth.[2] The ships were reportedly destroyers, one of which was damaged by mortar fire - one legend suggests a mortar round fired by the infantry made its way down the smokestack of one of the ships.[citation needed] The ship's bell from one of the sunken vessels was recovered, and is located in the Officer's Mess of The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own). Since World War II, its soldiers have served throughout the world on numerous peacekeeping operations. Most recently, the LSSR has had several soldiers serve in Afghanistan. The regiment has lost one soldier, Cpl Anthony "T-Bone" Boneca on July 9, 2006, fighting Taliban insurgents during Operation Zahar ("sword") in Zhari District, Kandahar Province.

Regimental information[edit | edit source]

Armoral description

A maple leaf charged with a beaver, encircled by an annulus, inscribed THE LAKE SUPERIOR SCOTTISH REGIMENT and surmounted by the Crown; below a scroll inscribed INTER PERICULA INTREPIDI; on each side of the annulus, six maple leaves.

Official abbreviation

Lake Sup Scot R

Tartan

MacGillivary

Lineage[edit | edit source]

File:LSSR camp flag.jpg

The camp flag of The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment.

The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment originated in Port Arthur, Ontario on 3 July 1905, when a "regiment of infantry" was authorized to be formed, which was designated 96th The Lake Superior Regiment on 1 December 1905. Following the Great War it was renamed The Lake Superior Regiment on 12 March 1920, the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Lake Superior Regiment on 7 November 1940, The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) on 1 April 1946, The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (Motor) on 29 June 1949 and finally The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment on 11 April 1958.[3]

Operational History[edit | edit source]

The Great War[edit | edit source]

The distinguishing patch of the 52nd Battalion (New Ontario), CEF.

Details of the 96th The Lake Superior Regiment were placed on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protective duty.

The 52nd Battalion (New Ontario), CEF, was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 23 November 1915. The battalion disembarked in France on 21 February 1916, where it fought as part of the 9th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920.

The 141st Battalion (Rainy River District), CEF, also known as the "Border Bull Moose," was authorized on 22 December 1915 and embarked for Britain on 29 April 1917, where its personnel were absorbed by the 18th Reserve Battalion, CEF on 7 May 1917, to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion was disbanded on 17 July 1917.[4]

The Second World War[edit | edit source]

The regiment mobilized The Lake Superior Regiment, CASF, on 24 May 1940. It was redesignated the 1st Battalion, The Lake Superior Regiment, CASF, on 7 November 1940 and the 1st Battalion, The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), CASF, on 26 January 1942. It embarked for Britain on 22 August 1942. On 26 and 27 July 1944, it landed in France as part of the 4th Armoured Brigade, 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division, and it continued to fight in North West Europe until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 15 February 1946.[5]

Battle honours[edit | edit source]

File:LSSR regt colour.jpg

The regimental colour of The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment.

Those Battle honours in bold type are emblazoned on the regimental colour.

The Great War[edit | edit source]

The Second World War[edit | edit source]

Perpetuations[edit | edit source]

The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment perpetuates the 52nd Battalion (New Ontario), CEF, and the 141st Battalion (Rainy River District), CEF (also known as the "Border Bull Moose").[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Canadian Military Heritage" (Government of Canada site), CHAPTER 6 Turning Point – 1943, Into Holland.
  2. History of the British Columbia Regiment, Department of National Defence web page
  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. Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

Alliances[edit | edit source]

Order of precedence[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's)
The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment Succeeded by
The North Saskatchewan Regiment

Armoury[edit | edit source]

Site Date(s) Designated Location Description Image
Thunder Bay Armoury 317 Park Avenue, 1913 David Ewart Canada's Register of Historic Places Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Housing The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, this two-storey, gable-roofed Baronial style drill hall is centrally located.
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See also[edit | edit source]

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