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Cap Badge, Shoulder Titles and Collar Badges of the Calgary Highlanders
(Credit for photographs of the badges goes to Clifford Weirmeir, with his splendid website about the Irish regiment of Canada)


The Regimental Tartan of the Calgary Highlanders

This Calgary Highlanders Helmet Flash Decal was worn on the left side of the MK II Helmet, inspired on the Red/White dicing of the Glengarry.

This can be seen on the photograph on the bottom of this page.


This was the original, post World war 2, Calgary Highlanders Regimental History


This New Version, "A Battalion of Heroes", was published in 1994


This photograph of the Calgary Highlanders pipe band was taken in England, 1942. The pipe major here is still Bob Stocker (minus beard) and the sergeant is Neil Sutherland.
The pipers are still un-officially wearing the  Royal Stewart tartan.

Look at this link to read more on the tartans used by the Calgary Highlanders:

In 1923, Honorary Colonel R.B. Bennett provided new uniforms, as a result of his observations of Scottish Highland units during the Great War.  Royal Stewart was adopted for the entire pipes and drums. Kilts and plaids were in the new tartan, as well as bag covers and pipe ribbons.
In 1929, the Government tartan was introduced for the drummers, reflecting the alliance with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of the British Army.

When the First Battalion of the Regiment arrived in England in 1940 complete with Pipes and Drums, the Regiment was very quickly informed that Royal Stewart Tartan was the domain only of those regiments designated "Royal."  The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of the British Army supplied plaids and kilts of Government Tartan to the Calgary Highlanders' pipers, who continued to wear Royal Stewart bag covers.  It appears also that pipe ribbons in both Royal Stewart (on the upper side of the drones) and Government tartan (on the reverse) were worn. 


The two WW2 Calhi - Pipe Majors

At the start of World War Two, Robert (Bobbie) Robson Stoker (originally born in Newcastle on Tyne, England, 1914) joined the Calgary Highlanders where he was nicknamed "Wimpy." He was promoted from Lance Corporal to Pipe Major of the First Battalion in 1940, and led the Pipes and Drums during their stay in Shilo, Manitoba before the battalion sailed for England in the autumn. At that time Neil Sutherland, who was with the Winnipeg Police, joined the band of the Calhi’s and was made Pipe Sergeant (see the photo above).


Robert R. Stoker1940-42  Neil Sutherland 1942-45


The Pipe Major and Pipers wear an Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders style Grey Hair Piper's Sporran with three long black Tassels (see above, Left)

The drummers wear an Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders "Swinging six" White Hair Sporran with 6  Short Black Tassels (see above, right)

The Pipes and Drums performed throughout the UK; in 1942 Stoker was transferred by Lieutenant Colonel MacLaughlan, the Commanding Officer of the battalion, to the Essex Scottish as sergeant, promoted to Pipe Major. Neil Sutherland then took over from Stoker as Pipe Major of the Calgary Highlanders till the end of the war.

Pipe-Major Neil Sutherland talks to former Prime Minister and Honorary Colonel R.B Bennett, in England on 12 February 1943.
The Pipe Band took their full ceremonial dress with them to the United Kingdom, and changed the previously worn Royal Stewart tartan
into Argyll & Sutherland for the whole pipe band. N.B.: on the left side of the helmet seen worn on the right, the Helmet Flash can be seen.

Neil Sutherland did very well on the courses he took while in the UK; Willie Ross, Chief of Piping for the British Army in fact wanted Sutherland to stay in England after the war.
But Sutherland returned to the Winnipeg Police, where he was Pipe Major from 1945 to 1970.