29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment

(The South Alberta Regiment)
Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment of 4th Canadian Armoured Division, Northwest Europe, 1944 – 1945

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Unit Serial and Arm of Service Flash, 1943 – 1945 Formation Sign
4th Canadian Armoured Division

 

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Battle Honours: Second World War

Falaise, Falaise Road,The Laison St. Lambert-sur-Dives, Moerbrugge, The Scheldt, Moerbrugge, The Lower Maas, Kapelsche Veer, The Rhineland, The Hochwald, Veen, Twente Canal, Bad Zwischenahn, North-West Europe, 1944-1945.

Historical Sketch of the South Alberta Regiment in Normandy

Authorized in Medicine Hat, Alberta, on 15 March 1920, the South Alberta Regiment was mobilized for the Second World War in 1940. Originally an infantry unit in the 4th Canadian Infantry Division, when the division was converted to armour, the South Albertas were designated as the divisional armoured reconnaissance unit.

The South Alberta Regiment landed in Normandy on 24 July 1944 with its parent division. Unlike the two reconnaissance regiments in 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisions, the 14th Canadian Hussars and the 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, the South Albertas was expected to have to fight to obtain its information. As the divisional armoured reconnaissance unit it was frequently expected to provide support to the division's infantry as well as acting as a reconnaissance unit, that is seeking information on the enemy and terrain for the divisional commander.

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An officer of this regiment, Major David Currie, was awarded the only Victoria Cross to a Canadian in Normandy. Currie's squadron, fighting at St-Lambert-sur-Dives, played a significant role in the closing of the Falaise Gap.

Following the Normandy campaign, the regiment fought in Belgium, Holland and Germany.

In 1954 the South Albertas were amalgamated with other units to form The South Alberta Light Horse, which today serves as a tank regiment in 41 Canadian Brigade Group.

For further reading see: Donald Graves, South Albertas: A Canadian Regiment at War, Robin Brass Studio, Toronto, 1998 and John Marteinson and Michael McNorgan, The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps: An Illustrated History, Robin Brass Studio, 2000.

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Second World War Uniform Shoulder Flash

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Uniform Sleeve Patch,
4th Canadian Armoured Division

Second World War Gallantry Awards

Service Number Rank Surname Names Decoration I or P Date
  Lieutenant Colonel NASH Thomas Boyd DSO P Aug44-Apr45
  Lieutenant Colonel WOTHERSPOON Gordon Dorward de Salaberry DSO I 18Aug44
  Lieutenant BOWICK Smith Freemont MC P Oct44-Jan45
  Lieutenant CASELEY Samuel Leaman MC I 27-28Feb45
  Lieutenant McLEOD William John MC I 15Apr45
  Lieutenant SUMMERS Jack Leslie MC P Aug44
M104610 Trooper BROADBENT Albert Glen DCM I 29Jan45
M51023 Sergeant MILNER Thomas Edward DCM I 24Apr45
A105460 Trooper DEVREKER Anthony MM I 10Sep44
F45980 Trooper FORBES James Floyd MM I 07Mar45
M28840 Sergeant FREEMAN Laurence Frederick MM I 27-28Feb45
M44865 Sergeant FREER Frank Ellsworth MM P Feb45
M45513 Corporal HADDOW Arthur MM I 08Aug44
L84636 Acting Sergeant HALKYARD Albert Edward MM I 18Sep44
M10863 Sergeant KROESING James Ernest MM P 27Feb45
L84592 Acting Corporal OTTENBREIT Michael MM I 22Aug44
M45515 Acting Sergeant ROULSTON Herbert MM I 14Oct44
M49001 Sergeant WOOLF Garth Leavitt MM P Aug-Sep44

"I" – Immediate award for a specific act of gallantry.
"P" – Periodic Award. Not for a specific act, but can encompass gallant behavior over a period of time or noteworthy service.

The following is a listing of additional awards and decorations for members of the South Alberta Regiment.

  Honorary Captain SILCOX A.P. MBE
  Captain HUGHES F.N. Bronze Star
  Captain IRVING G.E. Croix de Guerre
M45283 Sergeant PRENEVOST D.L. Croix de Guerre
  Captain IRVING G.E. Mention In Despatches
  Lieutenant BOWICK S.F. Mention in Despatches
M45704 Sqn Sergeant Major BUNDY E.F. Mention in Despatches
M45283 Sergeant PRENEVOST D.L. Mention in Despatches
M45059 Corporal ROSE S.T. Mention in Despatches
M45606 Trooper NICHOLS E.P. Mention in Despatches
M28832 Trooper BERGQUIST M.E. Mention in Despatches
  Major ROBINSON R. C-in-C's Certificate
  Lieutenant ROBERTS J.M. C-in-C's Certificate
M45017 Regt. Sergeant Major MACKENZIE J. C-in-C's Certificate
M11084 Sergeant GOVE J.K. C-in-C's Certificate
B28903 Sergeant ROLLINSON J.E. C-in-C's Certificate
M45501 Sergeant SMITH J. C-in-C's Certificate
M45738 Sergeant WEBB G.W. C-in-C's Certificate
M44800 Sergeant PORTER J.A. C-in-C's Certificate

    Date created: January 10, 2002 | Last updated: October 7, 2009