29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment
(The South Alberta Regiment)
4th Canadian Armoured Division
in Northwest Europe, 1944 – 1945

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Unit Serial and Arm of Service Flash, 1942

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Unit Serial and Arm of Service Flash,
1943 – 1945

Battle Honours: Second World War

Falaise, Falaise Road, The Laison, St. Lambert-sur-Dives, Moerbrugge, The Scheldt, Moerbrugge, The Lower Maas, Kapelsche Veer, The Rhineland, The Hochwald, Veen, Twente Canal, Bad Zwischenahn, North-West Europe, 1944-1945.

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Formation Sign 4th Canadian Armoured Division

Historical Sketch

The South Alberta Regiment was authorized on 15 March 1920 as The Alberta Regiment. On 15 May 1924 it was reorganized into two separate regiments, The North Alberta Regiment and The South Alberta Regiment. The South Alberta Regiment mobilized the South Alberta Regiment, C.A.S.F. on 24 May 1940. It was redesignated 29th Armoured Regiment (The South Alberta Regiment) on 26 January 1942, and became the junior armoured regiment of 3rd Armoured Brigade, 4th Canadian Armoured Division. It embarked for the United Kingdom on 22 August 1942 and on 01 January 1943 it was redesignated the 29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment (The South Alberta Regiment), and became the divisional armoured reconnaissance regiment of 4th Canadian Armoured Division. The Regiment landed in Normandy on 24 July 1944 in that role. Major D.V. Currie won the Victoria Cross, between 18-20 August 1944 at St. Lambert-sur-Dives. It was the only VC awarded to a Canadian armoured regiment in WWII.

Second World War Gallantry Awards

Service # Rank Surname Names Decoration I or P Date
  Lieutenant Colonel NASH Thomas Boyd DSO P Aug44-Apr45
  Lieutenant Colonel WOTHERSPOON Gordon Dorward de Salaberry DSO I 18Aug44
  Major CURRIE David Vivian VC I 18-20Aug44
  Lieutenant BOWICK Smith Freemont MC P Oct44-Jan45
  Lieutenant CASELEY Samuel Leaman MC I 27-28Feb45
  Lieutenant McLEOD William John MC I 15Apr45
  Lieutenant SUMMERS Jack Leslie MC P Aug44
M104610 Trooper BROADBENT Albert Glen DCM I 29Jan45
M51023 Sergeant MILNER Thomas Edward DCM I 24Apr45
A105460 Trooper DEVREKER Anthony MM I 10Sep44
F45980 Trooper FORBES James Floyd MM I 07Mar45
M28840 Sergeant FREEMAN Laurence Frederick MM I 27-28Feb45
M44865 Sergeant FREER Frank Ellsworth MM P Feb45
M45513 Corporal HADDOW Arthur MM I 08Aug44
L84636 Acting Sergeant HALKYARD Albert Edward MM I 18Sep44
M10863 Sergeant KROESING James Ernest MM P 27Feb45
L84592 Acting Corporal OTTENBREIT Michael MM I 22Aug44
M45515 Acting Sergeant ROULSTON Herbert MM I 14Oct44
M49001 Sergeant WOOLF Garth Leavitt MM P Aug-Sep44

"I" – Immediate award for a specific act of gallantry.
"P" – Periodic Award. Not for a specific act, but can encompass gallant behavior over a period of time or noteworthy service.

The following is a listing of additional awards and decorations
for members of the South Alberta Regiment.

  Honorary Captain SILCOX A.P. MBE
  Captain HUGHES F.N. Bronze Star
  Captain IRVING G.E. Croix de Guerre
M45283 Sergeant PRENEVOST D.L. Croix de Guerre
  Captain IRVING G.E. Mention In Despatches
  Lieutenant BOWICK S.F. Mention in Despatches
M45704 Sqn Sergeant Major BUNDY E.F. Mention in Despatches
M45283 Sergeant PRENEVOST D.L. Mention in Despatches
M45059 Corporal ROSE S.T. Mention in Despatches
M45606 Trooper NICHOLS E.P. Mention in Despatches
M28832 Trooper BERGQUIST M.E. Mention in Despatches
  Major ROBINSON R. C-in-C's Certificate
  Lieutenant ROBERTS J.M. C-in-C's Certificate
M45017 Regt. Sergeant Major MACKENZIE J. C-in-C's Certificate
M11084 Sergeant GOVE J.K. C-in-C's Certificate
B28903 Sergeant ROLLINSON J.E. C-in-C's Certificate
M45501 Sergeant SMITH J. C-in-C's Certificate
M45738 Sergeant WEBB G.W. C-in-C's Certificate
M44800 Sergeant PORTER J.A. C-in-C's Certificate