The South Saskatchewan Regiment
The regiment traces its lineage to July 3, 1905, when an infantry regiment was authorized in the District of Assiniboia and the District of Saskatchewan, which later that year became the province of Saskatchewan. The regiment was eventually organized as the 95th Saskatchewan Rifles, in Regina. After the First World War the 95th merged with the 60th Rifles of Canada (in Moose Jaw) to become the South Saskatchewan Regiment, which expanded to five battalions with the creation of units in Weyburn (3rd Battalion), Moosomin (4th Battalion) and Estevan (5th Battalion).
In 1924, each of the battalions became a distinct regiment, and the name "South Saskatchewan Regiment" went out of use. In the 1936 reorganization of the Militia, the Weyburn Regiment and the Saskatchewan Border Regiment (in Estevan) re-amalgamated into a new South Saskatchewan Regiment.
During the Second World War, The South Saskatchewan Regiment participated in many major Canadian battles and operations, as part of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. The South Saskatchewan Regiment was a major combatant in the Dieppe Raid of 1942, Operation Atlantic, Operation Spring, Operation Totalize, Operation Tractable, and the recapture of Dieppe in 1944.
Lineage of the South Saskatchewan Regiment:
* 152nd Battalion (Weyburn-Estevan), CEF
The regiment was awarded the following battle honours. Those battle honours in bold type are emblazoned on the Regimental Colour.
*The Great War **Arras 1917 **Hill 70
*The Second World War **Dieppe **BOURGUEBUS RIDGE **St. André sur Orne **FALAISE **Falaise Road **The Laison **Forêt de la Londe **Dunkirk, 1944 **Antwerp–Turnhout Canal **THE SCHELDT **Woensdrecht **South Beveland **THE RHINELAND **The Hochwald **Xanten **THE RHINE **Groningen **Oldenburg **North-West Europe 1942, 1944–45
The regiment was formerly allied with these regiments, but these alliances automatically expired when the British regiments amalgamated with other regiments. * 25px The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers * 25px The King's Own Royal Border Regiment.
* Joseph Gregory * Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt VC
"We're the boys of the S.S.R." words by Isabel McCrae Parker and music by Arthur Clare Parker was published in Weyburn, Saskatchewan by A.C. Parker, circa 1939 was dedicated to the officers and men of the South Saskatchewan Regiment. First line: "We're the boys who have gathered from near and far".
* The March of the Prairie Men: A Story of the South Saskatchewan Regiment by Lt. Col. G. B. Buchanan (1900)