The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment

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The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
Regimental badge
BranchCanadian Army
TypeLine infantry
RoleLight infantry
SizeOne battalion
Part of38 Canadian Brigade Group
Garrison/HQO'Kelly VC Armoury
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Nickname(s)Lake Sups
Motto(s)Latin: Inter pericula intrepidi, lit. 'Fearless in the face of danger'
March"Hielan' Laddie"
EngagementsWorld War I
World War II
Battle honours
  • Ypres, 1915, '17
  • Festubert, 1915
  • Mount Sorrel
  • Somme, 1916
  • Flers–Courcelette
  • Ancre Heights
  • Arras, 1917, '18
  • Vimy, 1917
  • Hill 70
  • Passchendaele
  • Amiens
  • Scarpe, 1918
  • Drocourt–Quéant
  • Hindenburg Line
  • Canal du Nord
  • Cambrai, 1918
  • Valenciennes
  • France and Flanders, 1915–18
  • Falaise
  • Falaise Road
  • The Laison
  • Chambois
  • The Scheldt
  • The Lower Maas
  • The Rhineland
  • The Hochwald
  • Veen
  • Twente Canal
  • Friesoythe
  • Küsten Canal
  • Bad Zwischenahn
  • North-West Europe, 1944–1945
  • Afghanistan Edit this at Wikidata
Commanding officerLCol M Singleton
Regimental sergeant majorCWO C.J. Loverin
Honorary colonelHCol Cliff Friesen
Honorary lieutenant-colonelHLCol Michel S. Beaulieu

The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. The regiment is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and is part of the 3rd Canadian Division's 38 Canadian Brigade Group. Also known as the "Lake Sups" (pronounced soups), the regiment was active during the First and Second World Wars. During the latter, the regiment, then known as The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) or LSR(M), mobilized a motorized infantry battalion for the 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division.

The LSR(M) and 28th Armoured Regiment (The British Columbia Regiment) were the only Canadian land-based units to score a naval victory during the Second World War. On November 5, 1944, the units sank three small German ships and destroyed a fourth in the port of Zijpe.[1][2] One of the ships was likely the AF-92,[3] a landing-craft-type vessel, about 153 feet (47 m) long, equipped to lay mines, and armed with two 88 mm guns. One legend suggests a mortar round fired by the infantry made its way down the funnel of one of the ships.[citation needed] 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).

Since World War II, its soldiers have served throughout the world on numerous peacekeeping operations. Most recently, the LSSR has had several soldiers serve in Afghanistan. The regiment lost one soldier, Corporal Anthony "T-Bone" Boneca on July 9, 2006, fighting Taliban insurgents during Operation Zahar ("sword") in Zhari District, Kandahar Province.

Regimental information[edit]

Armoral description[edit]

A large maple leaf in center charged with a beaver, encircled by an annulus, inscribed THE LAKE SUPERIOR SCOTTISH REGIMENT and surmounted by the Crown; below a scroll inscribed INTER PERICULA INTREPIDI; on each side of the annulus with six maple leaves.


Inter Pericula Intrepidi Fearless in the face of danger

Official abbreviation[edit]

Lake Sup Scot R




The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment[edit]

  • Originated 3 July 1905 in Port Arthur, Ontario when a "regiment of infantry" was authorized to be formed
  • Designated 1 December 1905 as the 96th The Lake Superior Regiment
  • Redesignated 12 March 1920 as The Lake Superior Regiment
  • Redesignated 7 November 1940 as the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Lake Superior Regiment
  • Redesignated 1 April 1946 as The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor)
  • Redesignated 29 June 1949 as The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (Motor)
  • Redesignated 11 April 1958 as The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment[4]


The distinguishing patch of the 52nd Battalion (New Ontario), CEF.

The Great War[edit]

Operational history[edit]

The camp flag of The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment.

The Great War[edit]

Details of the 96th The Lake Superior Regiment were placed on active service on 6 August 1914 for local protective duty.[4]

The 52nd Battalion (New Ontario), CEF, was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 23 November 1915. The battalion disembarked in France on 21 February 1916, where it fought as part of the 9th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion disbanded on 30 August 1920.[4]

The 141st Battalion (Rainy River District), CEF, also known as the "Border Bull Moose," was authorized on 22 December 1915 and embarked for Britain on 29 April 1917, where its personnel were absorbed by the 18th Reserve Battalion, CEF on 7 May 1917 to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion disbanded on 17 July 1917.[4]

The Second World War[edit]

Lake Superior Regiment with captured Hitler Youth flag, Friesoythe, Germany, 16 April 1945

The regiment mobilized The Lake Superior Regiment, CASF, on 24 May 1940. It was redesignated as the 1st Battalion, The Lake Superior Regiment, CASF, on 7 November 1940 and as the 1st Battalion, The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), CASF, on 26 January 1942. It embarked for Britain on 22 August 1942. On 26 and 27 July 1944, it landed in France as part of the 4th Armoured Brigade, 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division, and it continued to fight in northwest Europe until the end of the war. The overseas battalion disbanded on 15 February 1946.[4]

War In Afghanistan[edit]

The regiment contributed an aggregate of more than 20% of its authorized strength to the various Task Forces which served in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014.[5]

Battle honours[edit]

The regimental colour of The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment.

In the list below, battle honours in capitals were awarded for participation in large operations and campaigns, while those in lowercase indicate honours granted for more specific battles. Those battle honours followed by a "+" are emblazoned on the regimental colour.[4]

The Great War[edit]

The Second World War[edit]

War in Afghanistan[edit]


  1. ^ "Canadian Military Heritage" (Government of Canada site), CHAPTER 6 Turning Point – 1943, Into Holland.
  2. ^ History of the British Columbia Regiment, Department of National Defence web page
  3. ^ "The Minute Book". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "South-West Asia Theatre Honours". Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Stanley, George F.G., In the Face of Danger: The History of the Lake Superior Regiment (1960)
  • Beaulieu, Michel S., David K. Ratz, Thorold J. Tronrud, and Jenna L. Kirker. Thunder Bay and the First World War, 1914-1919. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2018.
  • Fedak, Michael. Letters to Leah: The Experiences of a Member of the Lake Superior Regiment (motor) During the Second World War from August 1944 to May 1945, introduced by David K. Ratz. Thunder Bay: Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, 2012.
  • Private W.C. Millar, From Thunder Bay Through Ypres with the Fighting 52nd, edited by Thorold J. Tronrud and annotated by David Ratz. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2010.
  • Ratz, David Karl. "Aid to the Civil Power: The 96th 'Lake Superior Regiment' 1909 and 1912."  Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records (1991): 51–64.
  • Ratz, David. "Strike Duty," the Canadian Military and Labour at the Lakehead before the First World War." In Essays in Northwestern Ontario Working Class History, edited by Michel S. Beaulieu, 29-49. Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, 2008.
  • Ratz, David K. "Pete Musselman, Teacher and Soldier." Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records (2003): 21–50.
  • Ratz, David. "The Controversy Over Unit Designation and Perpetuation: The History of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment." Journal of the Military History Society of Manitoba (1999): 50–56.


Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's)
The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment Succeeded by
The North Saskatchewan Regiment


Site Date(s) Designated Description Image
O'Kelly VC Armoury
317 Park Avenue
Thunder Bay, Ontario
1913 David Ewart Canada's Register of Historic Places Housing The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, this two-storey, gable-roofed Baronial style drill hall is centrally located. Lssr.png

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