Cap Badge, Shoulder Titles and Collar Badges
of the Essex Scottish
(Credit for photographs of the badges goes to Clifford Weirmeir, with his splendid website about
regiment of Canada)
The original Essex Scottish Pipe Band of 1940, prior to
the Dieppe raid.
The old man sitting to the left of the CO is Pipe Major Jock Copland
MBE, his 2 sons are also in the picture.
Essex Scottish Pipe Band signed up for active duty in
1940, and remained as a group until the ill fated Raid
on Dieppe. In the Dieppe Raid most of the pipers were
either lost in battle or taken prisoner of war and the
Regiment had to be rebuilt. The Dieppe raid saw the
Essex Scottish take over 500 men to France and only 51
made it out to return back to England, they suffered the
most casualties of that raid.
Scottish and its pipe band entering Dieppe, France in
1944 with the forward-sweeping Canadian Army. Pipe Major
Stoker (originally from
Highlanders) wears a leather day dress
Scottish Pipe Band parades over the Canal Bridge
captured by the Unit during the fighting in the Town of
Groningen, Holland on the 15th.of April 1945, the day
following the action.
Major R. Stoker and Sgt. T. Allen, Essex Scottish
Regiment, Groningen, Netherlands, 17 April 1945.
of The Essex Scottish Regimentís pipe band,
Groningen, Netherlands, 17 April 1945. (L-R):
Drummer Dave Reid, Pipers K. Kenney and Tom Coulson,
Drummers Bob Moorhouse and Bob Turkington, Piper
Archie Beaton, Drummer Hec Stroud.
(Besides the P.M., several pipers of this band wear
Groningen, Netherlands April 17, 1945.
JUNE 29, 1945.Memorial Service in Belgium.
The Burgomaster of Lombartzyde, Belgium,
Lieut.Col.P.W. Bennett (Toronto), O.C. of the Essex
Scottish during the fighting at Lombartzyde, and
Lieut.Col. K.W. MacIntyre (Windsor, Ont.), the
present O.C. of the regiment, placed wreaths on the
graves of members of the regiment who fell in
liberating the village.A composite company of the
Essex Scottish, led by Lieut.-Col. MacIntyre,
marched through Lombartzyde on June 10 when a street
was named after the regiment and a plaque unveiled
bearing the inscription "Essex Scottish Laan - Uit
Dank aan Onze Bevrijders, 12 Sept., 1911."
April 17, 1945, Groningen. This wee lassie never heard
sweeter music in her life (Pipe band of the Essex Scottish, P.
M. R. Stocker).
Beaton of The Essex Scottish Regiment playing
left-handed bagpipes outside a ruined building, Xanten, Germany,
9 March 1945
Helmet of the
Essex Scottish, showing their McGregor Tartan Decal.
This was one of the first items in the collection of
Menno Huizinga (R.I.P.) who as a young boy did
witness the liberation of Groningen and wrote
several books about it.