The Nova Scotia Highlanders

The Nova Scotia Highlanders
The Nova Scotia Highlanders
Active 1871–present
Country Canada
Branch Primary Reserve
Type Light infantry
Role Light role
Size One battalions
Part of Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ Truro
Motto Siol Na Fear Fearail (Breed of Manly Men)
March The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel (Regiment)
The Atholl Highlanders (1Bn)
Abbreviation NS Highrs (as seen on rank slip on)

The Nova Scotia Highlanders is a reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces.



The regiment was formed in 1954 by the amalgamation of The North Nova Scotia Highlanders, The Cape Breton Highlanders, and The Pictou Highlanders.

The regiment was composed of two separate units, officially designated as the 1st Battalion, The Nova Scota Highlanders (North), and 2nd Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton), both of which were part of Land Force Atlantic Area's 36 Canadian Brigade Group. The 1st Battalion was headquartered in Truro with individual companies located in Amherst, Pictou, New Glasgow, Springhill, and Truro. The 2nd Battalion was headquartered in Sydney, and in 2011 it was renamed back to its pre-1954 designation, the Cape Breton Highlanders.[1][2] This leaves The Nova Scotia Highlanders as a one-battalion regiment.


Although the 2nd Battalion continued the proud tradition of wearing balmorals, the traditional headdress of the regiment, the 1st Battalion did not. There was a strong movement within the unit by the majority of the troops to replace the beret with the balmoral once again as it marked out the highland unit as distinctive and showed the ties with the unit's heritage that contributed to its ésprit de corps. As of January 1, 2011, the balmoral once again became the official headdress of the 1st Battalion as well.

History of predecessor regiments

The regiment's original constituents participated in many operations, including the South African War (1899–1902); Vimy, the Hindenburg Line in World War I and the Normandy landing, Boulogne, and the Gothic Line in World War II.


The Nova Scotia Highlanders perpetuate the following battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force of the First World War:

  • 17th Battalion, CEF
  • 25th Battalion, CEF
  • 106th Battalion, CEF
  • 193rd Battalion, CEF
  • 246th Battalion, CEF

Battle honours

The Nova Scotia Highlanders have received 56 battle honours since the unit's inception.

They are:

Early History

  • South Africa, 1899–1900

World War One

  • YPRES, 1915,'17
  • Hill 70
  • Festubert, 1915
  • Somme, 1916,'18
  • Flers-Courcelette
  • Thiepval
  • Ancre Heights
  • Cambrai, 1918
  • ARRAS, 1917,'18
  • Valenciennes
  • VIMY, 1917
  • Sambre
  • Arleux
  • FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915–1918
  • Scarpe, 1917,'18

World War Two

  • Falaise
  • Melfa Crossing
  • The Laison
  • Ceprano
  • BOULOGNE, 1944
  • Montecchio
  • Calais, 1944
  • The Scheldt
  • Savojaards Plaat
  • Fosso Munio
  • Conventello-Comacchio
  • The Rhineland
  • ITALY, 1944–1945
  • Waal Flats
  • Normandy Landing
  • The Hochwald
  • Caen
  • Zutphen
  • The Orne
  • IJsselmeer
  • Bourguebus Ridge
  • Leer
  • Faubourg de Vaucelles
  • Delfzijl Pocket
  • Verrières Ridge—Tilly-la-Campagne
  • North-West Europe, 1944–1945

NOTE: The honours in CAPITALS currently appear on the Nova Scotia Highlanders regimental colours.


Order of precedence

Preceded by
The West Nova Scotia Regiment
The Nova Scotia Highlanders Succeeded by
Le Régiment de Maisonneuve


External links

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