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North Saskatchewan Regiment

The North Saskatchewan Regiment

Badge of the North Saskatchewan Regiment
Active 3 July 1905–present
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Army
Type Line infantry
Size One infantry battalion and one pipe and drum band
Part of 38 Canadian Brigade Group
Garrison/HQ Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Motto Latin: Cede Nullis (Yield to none)
March "The Jockey of York" and, for pipe band, "The Meeting of the Waters"
Insignia
Abbreviation N Sask R
Tartan MacKenzie Hunting (pipes and drums only)[1]

The North Saskatchewan Regiment (N Sask R) is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces, headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with companies in Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Its current commanding officer is Lieutenant-Colonel Tony Engelberts, who took over from Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Whittaker. The N Sask R is part of 3rd Canadian Division's 38 Canadian Brigade Group.

The N Sask R (as it is abbreviated) holds 46 battle honours.

Lineage

The North Saskatchewan Regiment originated in Regina, Saskatchewan on 3 July 1905, when The 16th Mounted Rifles was authorized. It was redesignated The 16th Light Horse on 1 October 1908 and the 16th Canadian Light Horse on 15 March 1920, following the Great War. On 15 December 1936, it was amalgamated with The Saskatchewan Mounted Rifles and redesignated the 16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse. It was redesignated the 16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse (Reserve) on 7 November 1940 On 1 April 1941, the regiment was converted to infantry and redesignated the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, 16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse. It was redesignated the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Battleford Light Infantry (16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse) on 1 May 1941 and The Battleford Light Infantry (16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse) (Reserve) on 15 September 1944. On 1 April 1946, it was amalgamated with the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Prince Albert Volunteers and redesignated The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers. On 1 September 1954, it was amalgamated with the 50th Field Squadron, RCE, and redesignated The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers (Machine Gun). On 17 February 1955, it was amalgamated with The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun) and redesignated The North Saskatchewan Regiment (Machine Gun). It was redesignated The North Saskatchewan Regiment on 11 April 1958.

On 1 September 1970, the 1st Battalion, The North Saskatchewan Regiment (The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers) and the 2nd Battalion, The North Saskatchewan Regiment (The Saskatoon Light Infantry) were amalgamated.

The Saskatchewan Mounted Rifles originated in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on 2 March 1908 as the Saskatchewan Light Horse. It was redesignated the 22nd Saskatchewan Light Horse on 1 April 1908 and The Saskatchewan Mounted Rifles on 15 March 1920. On 15 December 1936, it was amalgamated with the 16th Canadian Light Horse.

The 50th Field Squadron, RCE originated in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on 5 June 1947. On 1 September 1954, it was amalgamated with The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers.

The Prince Albert Volunteers and the Saskatoon Light Infantry originated in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 1 April 1912 as the 105th Regiment. It was redesignated the 105th Regiment Fusiliers on 16 September 1912, and the 105th Regiment (Saskatoon Fusiliers) on 15 April 1914. Following the Great War, on 15 March 1920, it was amalgamated with the 52nd Regiment Prince Albert Volunteers and redesignated The North Saskatchewan Regiment. On 15 May 1924, it was reorganized as four separate regiments, designated as The Yorkton Regiment (now the 64th Field Battery, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA); The Saskatoon Light Infantry'; The Battleford Light Infantry and The Prince Albert Volunteers.

On 15 December 1936, The Prince Albert Volunteers and The Battleford Light Infantry were amalgamated and redesignated The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers. It was redesignated The Prince Albert Volunteers on 1 May 1941 and the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Prince Albert Volunteers on 5 March 1942. On 1 April 1946, it was amalgamated with The Battleford Light Infantry (16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse) (Reserve).

On 15 December 1936, the Saskatoon Light Infantry was amalgamated with C Company of the 12th Machine Gun Battalion, CMGC (now The Royal Regina Rifles) and redesignated The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun). It was redesignated the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun) on 7 November 1940 and The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun) on 1 November 1945. On 17 February 1955, it was amalgamated with The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers (Machine Gun).

On 17 February 1955, The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers (Machine Gun) and The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun) were amalgamated and organized as a two battalion unit with the 1st Battalion, The North Saskatchewan Regiment (The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers) (Machine Gun) and the 2nd Battalion, The North Saskatchewan Regiment (The Saskatoon Light Infantry) (Machine Gun) on the Reserve Force order of battle.

The 52nd Regiment Prince Albert Volunteers originated in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on 2 January 1913 as an "Infantry Corps, consisting of 8 companies." It was designated the 52nd Regiment Prince Albert Volunteers on 1 February 1913. On 15 March 1920, it was amalgamated with the 105th Regiment (Saskatoon Fusiliers).[2]

1885
Moose Mountain Scouts
Infy Coy at Battleford
1885
Disbanded
Disbanded
 
1905
The 16th Mounted Rifles
1907
Independent sqns of Canadian Mounted Rifles
1908
The 16th Light Horse
22nd Saskatchewan Light Horse
1912
105th Regt "Fusiliers"
1913
52nd Regt "Prince Albert Volunteers"
1914
1st Regt, Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF
105th Regt (Saskatoon Fusiliers)
5th Bn, CEF
1916
1st Bn, Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF
1920
16th Canadian Light Horse
Disbanded
The Saskatchewan Mounted Rifles
4th Bn, The North Saskatchewan Regt
3rd Bn, The North Saskatchewan Regt
2nd Bn (Prince Albert Volunteers), The North Saskatchewan Regt
1st Bn, The North Saskatchewan Regt
Disbanded
1924
The Battleford Light Infy
The Yorkton Regt
The Prince Albert Volunteers
The Saskatoon Light Infy
1932
Perpetuates Moose Mountain Scouts
Perpetuates Infy Coy, Battleford
 
C Coy, 12th MG Bn, CMGC
1936
16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse
The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers
The Saskatoon Light Infy (MG)
1939
The Saskatoon Light Infy (MG), CASF
1940
16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse, CASF
16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse (Reserve)
1st Bn, The Saskatoon Light Infy (MG), CASF
2nd (Reserve) Bn, The Saskatoon Light Infy (MG)
1941
2nd (Reserve) Bn, The Battleford Light Infy (16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse)
The Prince Albert Volunteers
1942
20th Army Tank Regt (16/22 Saskatchewan Horse), CAC, CASF
1st Bn, The Prince Albert Volunteers, CASF
2nd (Reserve) Bn, The Prince Albert Volunteers
1943
Disbanded
1st Infy Div. Support Bn (The Saskatoon Light Infy), CIC, CASF
1944
The Battleford Light Infy (16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse) (Reserve)
1st Bn, The Saskatoon Light Infy (MG), CASF
1945
Disbanded
Cannon Coy, 1st–3rd Canadian Infy Regt (The Saskatoon Light Infy (MG)), CAPF
1945
Disbanded
Disbanded
The Saskatoon Light Infy (MG)
1946
The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers
1947
50th Field Sqn, RCE
1954
The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers (MG)
1955
1st Bn, The North Saskatchewan Regt (The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers) (MG)
2nd Bn, The North Saskatchewan Regt (The Saskatoon Light Infy) (MG)
1958
1st Bn, The North Saskatchewan Regt (The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers)
2nd Bn, The North Saskatchewan Regt (The Saskatoon Light Infy)
1970
The North Saskatchewan Regt
2014
Abbreviations used in the chart
Abbreviation Phrase
Bde Brigade
Bn Battalion
CAC Canadian Armoured Corps
CAPF Canadian Army Pacific Force
CASF Canadian Active Service Force
CEF Canadian Expeditionary Force
CIC Canadian Infantry Corps
CMGC Canadian Machine Gun Corps
Coy Company
Div. Division
Infy Infantry
MG Machine Gun
RCE Royal Canadian Engineers
Regt Regiment
Sqn Squadron

Perpetuations

The North Saskatchewan Regiment perpetuates the Moose Mountain Scouts of 1885; the Infantry Company, Battleford, Saskatchewan of 1885; the 1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF, the 9th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF, 10th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF, the 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF, the 53rd Battalion (Northern Saskatchewan), CEF, the 65th Battalion (Saskatchewan), CEF, and 232nd Battalion (Saskatchewan), CEF.[3]

Operational History

North West Rebellion

The Infantry Company at Battleford was raised for active service on 10 April 1885, and served with the Battleford Column of the North West Field Force. It was disbanded on 18 September 1885.

The Moose Mountain Scouts were raised for active service on 24 April 1885 and served with the Line of Communication Troops of the North West Field Force until disbanded on 18 September 1885.[4]

The Great War


The 1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF, was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 12 June 1915. It disembarked in France on 22 September 1915, where it fought as part of the 1st Brigade, Canadian Mounted Rifles, until 1 January 1916. The Battalion was converted to infantry, and allocated to the 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division. The Battalion fought in France and Flanders until the end of the Great War.[5]

The 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF, was authorized on 10 August 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 29 September 1915. It disembarked in France on 14 February 1915, where it fought as part of the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.[6]

The Second World War

Details from The Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers and The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun) were called out on service on 26 August 1939 and then placed on active service on 1 September 1939 for local protection duties. These details were disbanded on 31 December 1940.

The 16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse mobilized for active service on 24 May 1940. It was redesignated as the 20th Reconnaissance Battalion (16/22 Saskatchewan Horse), CAC, CASF, on 26 January 1942 and the 20th Army Tank Regiment (16/22 Saskatchewan Horse), CAC, CASF, on 15 May 1942. On 16 June 1943 it embarked for Great Britain, where it was disbanded on 1 November 1943.[7]

The 1st Battalion, The Prince Albert Volunteers, CASF, mobilized on 5 March 1942. It served in Canada in a home defence role as part of the 15th Infantry Brigade, 7th Canadian Division and 19th Infantry Brigade, Pacific Command, and was disbanded on 30 November 1945.[8]

The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun), CASF, mobilized for active service on 1 September 1939. It was redesignated as the 1st Battalion, The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun), CASF, on 7 November 1940, then as the 1st Infantry Division Support Battalion (The Saskatoon Light Infantry), CIC, CASF, on 1 May 1943 and finally as the 1st Battalion, The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun), CASF, on 1 July 1944. The battalion embarked for Great Britain on 8 December 1939. It participated in the expedition to raid the Norwegian island of Spitzbergen on 25 August 1941, landed in Sicily on 10 July and Italy on 3 September 1943 as part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. The unit landed in France on 4 March 1945, on its way to the North West Europe theatre of operations in which it served until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 15 October 1945. On 1 June 1945 The Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun) mobilized three cannon companies for active service with the Canadian Army Pacific Force, which were disbanded on 1 November 1945.[9]


Battle honours

Those battle honours in bold type are emlblazoned on the regimental colour.

The North West Rebellion

  • North West Canada, 1885

The Great War

The Second World War

Two of the units which were amalgamated to form this regiment, the 16th Canadian Light Horse and The Prince Albert Volunteers, possessed the battle honour Pursuit to Mons from the Great War, but this honour cannot be perpetuated if a regiment is entitled to the honour Valenciennes or Sambre. One of these honours was gained by the regiment upon the amalgamations.[10]

Alliances

Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps

There are several Royal Canadian Army Cadets units spread across Saskatchewan that are affiliated to the N Sask R.

Corps Location
390 RCACC Prince Albert
572 RCACC Humboldt
2293 RCACC Saskatoon
3071 RCACC Saskatoon
2537 RCACC North Battleford

Cadet units affiliated to the N Sask R receive support and also have permission to wear traditional regimental accoutrements on their uniforms.

See also

  • 38 Canadian Brigade North Saskatchewan Regiment Site
  • 2293 North Saskatchewan Regiment Cadet Corps

References

Preceded by
The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
The North Saskatchewan Regiment Succeeded by
The Royal Regina Rifles

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