Location : Since
inception, the Regiment has headquartered at Mewata
Armouries, located at the western end of 8th Avenue in
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 410-2320.
Regimental Kit Shop : Current contact information
and price list is
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.
is a dismounted rifle company that 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.
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. As of September 2005, the entire Regiment has entered a training cycle
focusing on individual training, and so this training company has been stood down.
Historically, the Calgary Highlanders have fluxuated as far as the number of
companies under command, at one time having several outlying subunits throughout southern
Regimental Structure : The regiment is organized on
the lines of an Infantry Battalion, with Headquarters Company overseeing and supporting
the training of the two mission elements. The Regiment also has a wide array of
volunteer support, from the Voluntary Pipes and Drums
to the 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.
Birthday : 1 April (1910)
Perpetuates: The Regiment perpetuates the Tenth Battalion,
CEF and was reorganized from the 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles).
Facing colour : Yellow
Tartan : Government Tartan Number Two, also known as "Black
Regimental March (Quick Time): Highland
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)
Commemorations : The Regiment commemorates
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 during the Second World War. The commemoration of this battle, on the
weekend closest to 31 October, includes a Drumhead Ceremony jointly held with the Dutch
community of Calgary.
The Regiment also participates in Rememberance 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.
Badges belonging to the late Chief Warrant
Officer Martin McCumber, MMM, CD
Artifacts and photo courtesy Guy McCumber