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The North Nova Scotia Highlanders was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army.

The North Nova Scotia Highlanders
Country Canada
TypeLine Infantry
SizeOne battalion
Part ofRoyal Canadian Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQAmherst, Nova Scotia
Motto(s)Cos Cheum Nach Gabh Tilleadh
ColorsFacing colour white
MarchQuick – The Atholl Highlanders
TartanMurray of Atholl

Founded in 1936 as The North Nova Scotia Highlanders (M.G.) by the amalgamation of the Cumberland Highlanders, The Colchester and Hants Rifles, and 'C' Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, it acquired its present title in 1941. The regiment landed on Juno beach on D-Day, assigned to 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. In 1954, as a result of the Kennedy Report on the Reserve Army, this regiment was amalgamated with The Cape Breton Highlanders and The Pictou Highlanders to form 1st Battalion The Nova Scotia Highlanders.

The North Nova Scotia Highlanders were allied to the South Staffordshire Regiment and were kitted with a blue glengarry with diced border, scarlet doublet, white sporran with five black points, scarlet & green hose, green garter flashes with full dress only for pipers and drummers.

The regiment perpetuated the 25th, 106th & 193rd Battalions C.E.F and held its final Order of Precedence as 34.

During the Second World War, Major Kurt Meyer of the Waffen SS murdered captured soldiers from the regiment.[1] After the war he was tried and convicted in Canada. Sentenced to death on 28 December 1945, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment on 14 January 1946.[2] After serving nearly nine years in prison, Meyer was released on 7 September 1954.[3]


Battle honoursEdit


  1. ^ "Nova Scotia ex-POW Dudka dies". CBC News. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2013-08-10. Sgt. Dudka, born in New Glasgow, was captured after the D-Day invasion and was among those who helped convict SS Gen. Kurt Meyer in the execution of Canadian prisoners of war.
  2. ^ Brode, 106.
  3. ^ Campbell, 160.
  • Barnes, RM, The Uniforms and History of the Scottish Regiments, London, Sphere Books Limited, 1972.
  • Brode, Patrick. "Casual Slaughters and Accidental Judgments: Canadian War Crimes Prosecutions, 1944-1948." Toronto: The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 1997.
  • Campbell, Ian. "Murder at the Abbaye: The Story of Twenty Canadian Soldiers Murdered at the Abbaye d’Ardenne." Ottawa: The Golden Dog Press, 1996.

Further readingEdit

  • Will R. Bird. "No retreating footsteps: the story of the North Novas." Kentville, NS: Kentville Publishing Company, 1946
  • Pearce, Donald. "Journal of a War: North-West Europe, 1944–1945." Toronto: Macmillan, 1965.

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