The South Saskatchewan Regiment

The South Saskatchewan Regiment had its origins 3 July 1905. It was designated the 95th Regiment, and was authorized in the districts of Assiniboia and Saskatchewan. More than 30 years later, on 15 December 1936, the amalgamation of two existing regiments, the Weyburn Regiment and the Saskatchewan Border Regiment, brought about the establishment of the South Saskatchewan Regiment as we know it today. After fighting in the First World War, the Regiment was mobilized once again as the South Saskatchewan Regiment, C.A.S.F., on 1 September 1939. The troops from Saskatchewan left for the United Kingdom on 16 December 1939.

On 19 August 1942, the South Saskatchewan Regiment took part in an operation that has not been forgotten, the Dieppe Raid. Brave soldiers from the Regiment pushed over the beach at Dieppe in the dim light of the early morning and entered the small village of Pourville, believing that surprise had been achieved. To their dismay, however, the Germans had detected the raid and the South Saskatchewan Regiment was met with heavy gun fire by the enemy. By the end of the Dieppe Raid the South Saskatchewan Regiment had suffered 84 casualties.

Lieutenant-Colonel of the South Saskatchewan Regiment, Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt, was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry and inspiring leadership during the Dieppe Raid. From Dieppe, the troops moved into Normandy on 8 July 1944 as a unit of the 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. They were stationed there until the end of the war and were disbanded on 15 December 1945.

To commemorate the Regiment's hard work and bravery in the Dieppe Raid, a monument was erected at Pourville, just west of Dieppe, where the Regiment landed on that ill-fated day.

South Saskatchewan Regiment Casualties 

Estevan list

L13363 Private Richard Harker Chapman was killed in action 3 March 1945 at Hochwald during operations to clear the west bank of the Rhine.

L13370 Private James (Jim) Arbuckle Clarke was killed in action at Dieppe 19 Aug 42.

L12162 Lance Corporal Charles William Cowan of Shand was killed in action 8 Aug. 44 in Operation Totalize during the push to Falaise.

L104059 Private John Dukart was killed in action 28 Aug. 1944 at Forêt de la Londe during the pursuit to the Seine.

L13340 Private George Lawrence Hollingdale was killed in action 16 Aug. 1944 at Vilers-Canivet in Operation Tractable during the push to Falaise.

L13131 Lance Corporal William (Billy) James Knight was killed in action at Dieppe 19 Aug 42.

Major (George) Reginald Matthews was killed in action 20 July 1944 and is buried at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian war cemetery, Calvados, France. Matthews was the acting commanding officer of the regiment when he was killed.

L13364 Corporal Percy Ernest McIlvenna was killed in action 7 Aug. 1944 during the push to Falaise.

L12091 Lance Corporal (William) James Muirhead was killed in action 20 July 1944. Muirhead survived the Dieppe Raid but not the battle for the Falaise Gap.

L12371 Sergeant David William Murray was killed in action 27 July 1944 at Ifs during the push to Falaise. Murray missed the Dieppe Raid because of an accident, but landed with his regiment in Normandy after D-Day. He was killed by mortar fire during the breakout from Caen.

L12681 Private Charles (Fred) Frederick Pinkney was killed in action at Dieppe 19 Aug 42.

L13333 Private David Everett Pow died 22 Aug 1942 of wounds incurred during the Dieppe raid.

L12031 Lance Sergeant Donald Everett Purvis was killed in action 20 July1944 at Verrières Ridge.

L13332 Lance Sergeant George Salmond Jr. was killed in action at Dieppe 19 Aug 42.

L13741 Private Joseph Sava was killed in action 20 July1944 at Verrières Ridge.

L12122 Private Norman William Thomson was killed in action at Dieppe 19 Aug 42.

L12695 Private Robert Adams Wallace was killed in action at Dieppe 19 Aug 42.

L12119 Corporal Harry Winn died 25 July 1944 during the push to Falaise. Winn was wounded at Lavillenures and died two days later.

L12033 Private John Thomas Winn (b.1918) of Estevan was KIA killed in action at Dieppe 19 Aug 42. He is a cousin of Harry Winn.

South Saskatchewan Regiment Casualties 

Weyburn list

L12530 Private William Bahnuick was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12164 Private Robert George Burns was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12405 Sergeant Cyril Barnes Clark was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12289 Private Jules Alphonse Gagnon was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12086 Lance Corporal Walter Celest Heinzman was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12844 Private Clifford Gerrald Ismond died 12 March 1942 of mumps, measles and septicaemia. Ismond's life was not a particularly happy one. His father was killed in an accident when he was quite young; his mother spent most of the rest of her life in the mental hospital at Weyburn. His military file is full of notes regarding forfeiture of pay for lost kit and other misdemeanours. Ismond was court martialed at Camp Vernon for desertion and transferred in custody to Dundurn, where he died in the camp hospital.

L13173 Private Frank Jewell was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

Lieutenant Leonard George Kempton was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

Lieutenant Edwin Robert (Ted) Kercher Jr. died 5 Aug 1944 during the push to Falaise. Kercher, who was mentioned in despatches for heroism at Dieppe when he was a corporal, was wounded at Verrières and died the next day.

L12113 Private Joseph Le Blanc was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

M38343 Private George Joseph Lightfoot Jr. (b.1920) of Del Bonita, Alberta, was killed in action 20 Dec. 1944.

L12267 Warrant Officer 2 James Michael McAvoy was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12636 Private William James Morrison was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12001 Warrant Officer 2 Charles Robertson died 26 Jan. 1942 and is buried at Hillcrest cemetery, Weyburn.

L12051 Private Clifford Ronald Rogers died 25 Nov. 1942. Rogers was on strength to Corps headquarters when his motorcycle was in collision with a truck near Paddock House, East Sussex, resulting in fatal head injuries.

L12285 Private Hamilton Russell Stewart Jr. was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12528 Private Walter David Taylor was killed in action 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

Major Robert (Bob) Sladden Wells was killed in action 20 July 1944 at Verrières Ridge.  Wells was wounded in the eye at Dieppe.

South Saskatchewan Regiment Casualties 

Southeast Towns and Villages - Dieppe list

L12025 Private Joseph Heinz from Bienfait was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe. It seems likely that he was lost at sea during the retreat from Dieppe and was buried by Belgian farmers.

L12689 Lance Corporal George Charles Redwood of Bienfait died 28 Aug 1942. Redwood was wounded in the Dieppe raid and died in a POW camp hospital nine days later.

L12606 Private Trueman Ellis Norton of Alida was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12993 Private Melville Douglas Beatty of Carlyle was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12903 Private Walter Earl (Squeak) Beatty of Carlyle was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe. Brother of Melville Beatty. Ironically, the boys enlisted at Weyburn within a week of each other and both died during the Dieppe Raid. While many families across the land lost two (or more) sons, there cannot be many who lost two on the same day.

L12488 Private Ralph Margetts of Manor was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12278 Private James Duncan Campbell of Arcola was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12904 Private Richard Collins Jr. of Arcola was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L13633 Private (Richard) Ivan Kerr of Kisbey was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12670 Private Earl John William Poole of Stoughton was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12802 Private Gordon Archer Danforth (b.1915) of Griffin was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12899 Private Lynn Berdette (Mick) Evernden of Griffin was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12492 Private Anthony Emil Joseph Gallant of Dumas was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12980 Sergeant Fred Arthur Tromburg of Kennedy was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L13436 Private Cecil Robert Last of Creelman was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12758 Private George Frank Brennand of Moosomin died 1 Sept. 1942 from wounds received at Dieppe.

L13198 Private (Robert) Lloyd Carswell of Moosomin was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L13299 Lance Corporal Harvey Alfred Coulter of Wapella was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L13354 Private (John) Henry Lucien Bachelu of Kendal was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12741 Private Alden Joseph Rochon of Montmartre was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L22135 Lance Corporal Kenneth John Bartlam of Grenfell was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12557 Private William Jasin of Grenfell was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L12806 Private Raymond Ernest Pickford of Broadview was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L13296 Private William George Stainger of Indian Head was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

L13108 Private Herbert Daniel Richmond of Ogema was killed in action on 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe.

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South Saskatchewan Regiment  Colours Re-dedication 

15 August 2020 @ 1300 hrs Estevan Legion

 

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15 August 2020

Re-dedication

On March 24th 1970, the colours were retired and put up in the Estevan Comprehensive School foyer. Lt. Col Bannatyne stated “They are not a symbol of war but a symbol of all of us for a better world, and ultimate cost paid by so many for that peace.”

“This 15th of August 2020, we recognize the South Saskatchewan Regiment and pay tribute to the Colours that have come back to the Legion for display and to further education of our youth.”

South Sask Regiment Gallery

The Regina Rifle Regiment -   "The Farmer John's"

The regiment mobilized 'The Regina Rifle Regiment, CASF' for active service on 24 May 1940. It was re-designated the '1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment, CASF' on 7 November 1940. It embarked for Britain on 24 August 1941. On D-Day, 6 June 1944, it landed in Normandy, France as part of the 7th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, and it continued to fight in North-West Europe until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 15 January 1946. (from the CAF History page)

10 June 1944

L100534 Rifleman 
Anthony (Tony) William Blondeau

L100534 Rifleman (Regina Rifles) Anthony (Tony) William Blondeau (b.1915) of Estevan was killed in action (KIA) 10 June 1944 near Caen and is buried at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian war cemetery in France. Anthony was the son of Samuel and Sara Jane (Gardipie) Blondeau and was a construction labourer when he enlisted at Regina in 1942. His brother James also served in the Army. 

*Information and photo provided by the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial website (link below)

Headstone photo provided by the CANADIAN VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL website.

Grave Marker – A photograph (2010) of the headstone at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, located at Reviers, about 4 kilometres from Juno Beach in Normandy, France. May he rest in peace. (J. Stephens)

The Regina Rifle Regiment Casualties 

Weyburn list

L60821 Rifleman Kurt Heinz Gatzke was killed in action 18 Feb. 1945 at Moyland Wood during operations to clear the west bank of the Rhine.

L13217 Rifleman James Joseph Leask was killed in action on D-Day 6 June 1944.

L105852 Lance Corporal George Edward Slaney was killed in action 25 Sept. 1944 during the assault on Calais. Slaney was wounded and attempting to return to his platoon when he was hit by a sniper.

Regina Rifle Gallery