(The South Alberta Regiment)
Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment of 4th Canadian Armoured Division, Northwest Europe, 1944 1945
|Unit Serial and Arm of Service Flash, 1943 1945||
4th Canadian Armoured Division
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.
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.
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.
Second World War Uniform Shoulder Flash
Uniform Sleeve Patch,
4th Canadian Armoured Division
|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|
|L84636||Acting Sergeant||HALKYARD||Albert Edward||MM||I||18Sep44|
"I" Immediate award for a specific act of
"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.
|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|
|M45017||Regt. Sergeant Major||MACKENZIE||J.||C-in-C's Certificate|