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But first, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa were to be banished to a far-off lonely place called ICELAND.

The Regimental Tartan of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa

The History of the 1st. Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.), as published in 1948


Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Ross, OBE, ED, commanded the 1st Battalion from the end of October 1944 in the Netherlands to its disband­ment in December 1945 in Ottawa. He left the battalion for England in July 1945 to carry out research for its wartime history, published in 1948 as The History of the 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.). (Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa)


"Capital Soldiers", the revised version of the regimental history of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, published in 2011.


On Iceland, Pipe Major Sam Scott learned to play the pipes on horseback

and the whole band

got plenty of time to practice, there was no T.V. yet or any other entertainment

so they were glad to finally go to another island: Britain,

Where P.M. Sam Scott became a great admirer of Willie Ross at Edinburgh Castle and followed the Pipe Major course and other tuition there with his fellow Canadian Pipers. This is why the standard of post-war Canadian piping did reach such a high level.


This type of Sporran was worn by the Pipe Band of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa


In England, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa were well-trained, preparing for the actions in North west Europe.

Four men with new rifles. This photograph of four Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa on a training exercise in England, taken on 28 May 1943, shows them posing for the camera with their new Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I .303 calibre rifles - only recently received by the regiment. Also noticeable are the tartan patches on their helmets and the current cloth shoulder title without the "MG" during this phase of the Highlanders' wartime service. (Source; LAC, Acc.1967-052, number 18316)

Ottawa's own regiment. Stanley Lewis, the Mayor of Ottawa, journeyed to Great Britain during the war and took the opportunity to visit with the city's own regiment. He is pictured here taking the salute as the regiment marches past in January 1943, while the pipe band in battle dress and kilts plays off to one side. Also visible on the sides of the steel helmets are the initial painted patches of the Cameron of Erracht tartan to represent the kilts British and Canadian soldiers no longer wore into battle. (Source; Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa)

This is a close-up photograph of a Helmet of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa with the Cameron of Erracht Tartan Decal on it.


After the invasion: Regimental Sergeant-Major L.D. Burnet and Pipe Major Samuel Scott
of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.), near Caen, France, 15 July 1944.

Personnel of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.) and unidentified British soldiers preparing to board the first leave train en route to England,
Oisterwijk, Netherlands, 31 December 1944.

3rd. Canadian Infantry Division massed pipes & drums, on 17-03-1945 at Matterhorn, Germany. Only the H.L.I. of Canada is missing.
Walking in front are, left to right: P/M. A. MacMillan (CanScots), P/M. Ross Stone (NorthNova's), P/M.
Robert Wishart (Glengarrians) and last but not least: P/M. Sam Scott (Ottawa Cams).

Another photograph of the 3rd. Canadian Infantry Division massed pipes & drums (taken half-way during countering).
Pipe Majors facing the photographer, left to right:
P/M Sam Scott (Ottawa Cams) a piper wearing CanScots tartan kilt can be seen walking behind him, P/M
Robert Wishart (Glengarrians) and P/M. Ross Stone (NorthNova's)