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General Information

Location :   Since inception, the Regiment has headquartered at Mewata Armouries, located at the western end of 8th Avenue in Calgary, Alberta.

Mailing Address :  The Calgary Highlanders, 801 - 11th Street S.W., Calgary, AB, T2P 2C4.

Telephone Number : The switchboard for all Reserve military units in Calgary can be contacted at (403) 410-2320.

Regimental Kit Shop : Current contact information and price list is available here.

Recruiting Information : Current recruiting information is available here.

Abbreviation/Regimental Short Title : The official abbreviation as used in military correspondence, and worn on the shoulder title, is CALG HIGHRS.

Mission Elements :   The Calgary Highlanders currently fields one Mission Element.

"A" Company is a dismounted rifle company tplatoon.jpg (30393 bytes)hat undergoes challenging training on a yearly cycle.  Each year the Company changes its focus to provide as wide a range of experience to its soldiers as possible.  Past training years have seen training in dismounted light infantry tactics, mechanized infantry training, tactical helicopter operations, amphibious operations, and mountain warfare training, with emphasis changing between offensive and defensive operations.  Other training has included civil security, patrolling, as well as the annual qualification in such things as marksmanship, heavy weapons handling, first aid, defence against chemical and nuclear weapons, and landmine awareness.

"B" Company was a training company for the 2004-2005 training year, which allowed for soldiers new to the Reserve Army to acquire basic military training alongside their peers in such general subjects as drill, dress, deportment, fieldcraft, weapons handling, citizenship, hygiene, first aid, regimental history, racism and harassment prevention, and all the skills necessary for a soldier to move forward in their military career from Recruit to Trained Soldier.  In 2005, the Regiment entered a training cycle focusing on individual training, and  this training company stood down. Historically, The Calgary Highlanders have fluctuated as far as the number of companies under command, at one time having several outlying subunits throughout southern Alberta.

Regimental Structure : The regiment is organized on the lines of an Infantry Battalion, with Headquarters Company supporting the training of the mission elements.  The Regiment also has a wide array of volunteer support, from the Regimental Pipes and Drums to the Family Association (formerly Ladies Auxiliary).

Higher Formation : The Calgary Highlanders are just one unit of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, headquartered in Alberta and including all Reserve Army units throughout the province. The Brigade belongs to the 3rd Canadian Division, which is the formation commanding brigades throughout Western Canada.

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Birthday :   1 April (1910)

Perpetuates: The Regiment perpetuates the 10th Battalion, C.E.F. and was reorganized from the 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles).
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Facing colour :     Yellow

Tartan : Government Tartan Number Two, also known as "Black Watch".

Regimental March (Quick Time):   Highland Laddie

Regimental March (Slow Time): None officially authorized, but The Sloedam is used for this purpose.

Motto :
     "Airaghardt" (Gaelic for "Onward", the motto of the City of Calgary)

Annual Commemorations : The Regiment commemorates St Julien's Day on the weekend closest to 22 April, commemorating the counter-attack by the 10th and 16th Battalions, CEF, on Kitcheners' Wood on "The Glorious 22nd of April, 1915".  The occasion is marked by the annual reunion dinner of The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Association.  The Regiment also exercises its right to the Freedom of the City of Calgary on this weekend by marching to church parade and a wreath laying at City Hall.

The Regiment also commemorates the Battle of Walcheren Causeway, one of many hard earned Battle Honours awarded to the Regiment for its service during the Second World War.  The commemoration of this battle, on the weekend closest to 31 October, has traditionally included the participation of the Dutch community of Calgary.

The Regiment also participates in Remembrance Day services in communities throughout southern Alberta, from where the majority of their recruits were drawn during the Second World War.

Annual Events : Annual public events supported by the Regiment include the Calgary Stampede in July and the Grand Highland Ball each spring.  The Regimental Pipes and Drums have an extensive calendar of public appearances and may be contacted via the weblink on the main menu of this site.

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Badges belonging to the late Chief Warrant Officer Martin McCumber, MMM, CD
Artifacts and photo courtesy Guy McCumber


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