The following is a brief summary of the Regiment’s history, from its inception to today.
The Regiment originated in response to the Louis Riel Rebellion in western Canada in early 1885. The people of Port Arthur and Fort William, eager to lend a hand in the conflict, prompted a banker, Mr. Samuel W. Ray of Port Arthur, to send a telegram to Ottawa, asking for permission to form a militia unit. The Minister of Militia responded as follows: Continue reading “The Official Regimental History”
The Regiment was raised 30 Apr 1885 and designated The Provisional Battalion of Rifles at Port Arthur, Ontario.
It was redesignated the 96th District of Algoma Battalion of Rifles 29 Apr 1887.
On 3 Jul 1904 is was renamed the 96th Lake Superior Regiment and redesignated The Lake Superior Regiment 15 Mar 1920.
26 Jan 1943 it became The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) and on 29 Jun 1949 it was granted approval to become “Scottish”, being called The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (Motor),
and 11 Apr 1958 it adopted its present title, The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. During World War I it sent drafts of over 400 soldiers each to the 8th and 28th Battalions, CEF, raised the 52nd, 94th, and 141st Battalions, the latter two being reinforcement Battalions for “The Fighting 52nd”.
The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment perpetuates the following Regiments:
The Provisional Battalion of Rifles
96th District of Algoma Battalion of Rifles
96th Algoma Rifles
96th The Lake Superior Regiment
52nd, 94th and 141st Battaions, CEF
The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor)
The LSR(M) and the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) (RCAC) 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. The units sank three German ships and destroyed a fourth. 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. 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) (RCAC).
Zijpe is a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.
The municipality of Zijpe consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Burgerbrug, Burgervlotbrug, Callantsoog, Groote Keeten, Oudesluis, Petten, Schagerbrug, Sint Maartensbrug, Sint Maartensvlotbrug, ‘t Zand.
In Scotland, every January 25, they celebrate the birthday of their national poet, Robbie Burns Day! A special pudding is served called Haggis which has been cooked inside a sheep’s stomach. Continue reading “Robbie Burns Day”