48th Museum Announcement

We are thrilled to officially launch our new website 48TH HIGHLANDERS MUSEUM ONLINE Check it out! Be fascinated and informed about our artifacts and Highlanders from 1891 to today. Explore over 6,000 artifacts Learn about over 7,500 Highlanders who served including all those who died in the service of Canada With your help this will […]

From your Regimental Association Interim Executive Committee…

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Fellow Highlanders and friends of the Regiment,  Happy New Year to you all, and best wishes for a better year ahead and a time when we can meet in person once again soon. As we head into 2022, I thought I would share some information with you and provide you with an update on the […]

Message from the Padre – #4

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A number of years ago at the annual regimental dinner in December, MWO Mark McVety CD (Ret’d) gave a talk to the newest members of the unit about where and how the regiment had passed Christmas during the long years of the First and Second World Wars.   It was a lot to take in, […]

48th Highlanders of Canada – Veterans Services Team – Blog #2 – December, 2021

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By: Sgt Al Kowalenko, OMC (Retd), 48th Veterans Services Coordinator   Greetings to our 48th Veterans, Active Battalion Members, and Regimental Family: As a follow-up to our 48th Veterans Services blog of March, 2021, we are now providing a current update on “Veterans Affairs Canada” (VAC), including information on its structure and access to their […]

November 11, 2021: The Fallen of the 15th Battalion 1914-1921 – Dileas Gu Brath

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During The Great War 1914-1918 the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) lost 61 Officers and 1,406 Non Commissioned Officers and Men Killed in Action, Missing in Action, Died of Wounds or Died of illness. The Fallen are buried in 206 cemeteries in Europe, The United Kingdom and Canada. The Missing are commemorated on the Menin Gate […]

Message from the 15th Battalion’s ‘Man at the Front’

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Time for a catch up on the situation here in France. It has been an interesting ride since April when I last wrote about life in the north of France. Back then we were under curfew and suffering from a somewhat slow roll-out of the various vaccines. We had started with the accepted formula that […]

Message from the Commanding Officer

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Hello Highlanders –   It’s a great day to be a Highlander!   Tomorrow, 16 October 2021, is the 130th anniversary of the founding of our Regiment; and we celebrate 130 years of service to Canada and Canadians.   We had planned a weekend of celebrations and events to mark this significant milestone – an […]

Message from the Padre – #3

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Among my favourite photos in the Regiment’s vast archives are those of war time weddings. Each photo tells an amazing story of two people who chose to take a leap of faith and tie the knot in the face of a very uncertain future in dangerous and difficult times. Perhaps the uncertainty of the times […]

105th Anniversary Thiepval Ridge 1916

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“They were on The Somme” Between September 1st and October 14th, 1916 the 15th Battalion took part in the Canadian Corps’ offensive on The Somme for which the battalion was awarded the Battle Honours, Somme 1916, Poziers, Thiepval and Ancre Heights. There were three phases in the 15th Battalion’s participation in Somme offensive: September 1-25 […]

From The RSM’s Desk – Blog #3:

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Good day fellow Highlanders, As I write this blog, we are quickly approaching our 130th Regimental Birthday and coincidentally the first anniversary of my assuming the appointment of RSM.  The time is passing quickly, but as you will read below you have accomplished many great things this summer. There have been many parts of this […]

Message from the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel

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Building bridges through inclusion This blog begins in the midst of the High Holidays, which is an important time of year for people of the Jewish faith. Shana Tova to Jewish members of our Regimental community and may it be an easy fast. Ours is a Regiment and a Brigade that is rich in diversity, […]

Message from the Commanding Officer

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Greetings Highlanders –   It’s a great day to be a Highlander!   As I’m enjoying the last few days of summer, I thought that I should send out a brief update on the status of the Regiment, and let you know what’s going on as we resume training.   We continue to navigate our […]

104th anniversary of Hill 70

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This is the 104th anniversary of the battle of Hill 70 during which the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) assaulted and captured Puits 14 and Bois Hugo as part of the Canadian Corps’ assault on Hill 70 near Lens, France. The battalion was in the first wave of the assault on the Corps’ exposed and vital […]

The 103rd Anniversary of the battle of Amiens: August 8-10, 1918

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The battle of Amiens was the beginning of Canada’s 100 Days on the road to final victory in The Great War. In March 1918 the German High Command commenced a series of large scale offensives along the Western Front. Although German forces achieved significant gains the Allies eventually contained their advance. The British and French […]

Message from the Commanding Officer

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Hello Highlanders –   It’s hard to believe that we’re at the August Long Weekend already – the mid-point of summer.  The summer sure is flying by.   You’ll have seen the FALCON by now, and know several notable, long serving members have retired during this past training year: WO Ian Dewar Sgt Colin Dewar […]

Message from the Padre – #2

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As the old joke goes, Canada has only two seasons: winter and July. This July will find me on a busman’s holiday in the Kawartha Lakes. There is a little church on an island in Stoney Lake called St Peter’s-on-the-Rock. It was established in 1914 and with the addition of a cottage in 1920, it has hosted […]

From The RSM’s Desk – Blog #2:

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Hello Highlanders, As I write this blog, we are closing out another training year and beginning to look forward to the summer months and the fall training cycle. This has certainly been a challenging year.  The restrictions on training imposed by health protection measures required ongoing adjustments to plans, training, ceremonies and everything that is […]

Message from the HONORARY LIEUTENANT COLONEL

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“What is our legacy?”   GREETINGS HIGHLANDERS – SERVING SOLDIERS, FORMER SERVING MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF OUR EXTENDED REGIMENTAL FAMILY   As a Wealth Advisor, I regularly ask clients to think about and articulate their desired legacy.  So, what is a legacy?  It is most often defined in two ways: 1. monies (or property) gifted […]

Message from the Commanding Officer

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Hello Highlanders – We’re well into May now – and finally the weather has caught up with the calendar!   And the end of the Training Year is in sight.  Although we have about 4 weeks of training left, we’re already seeing soldiers depart, or getting ready to depart, for training and courses this summer. This […]

Message from the Honorary Colonel

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GREETINGS HIGHLANDERS – SERVING SOLDIERS AND FORMER ACTIVE AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF THE REGIMENTAL FAMILY –     As we continue, amidst Covid related restrictions and related negative news, I want to share some recent positive stories that relate to, or involve, the 48th Highlanders. In Ontario, we have hit the target of giving at least one […]

Virtual Act of Remembrance 2021 – on YouTube (with subtitles)

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Due to Covid-19, the 48th Highlanders of Canada conducted a small ceremony to enable our regiment to come together virtually and remember those who came before us. After the gas attacks during the 2nd battle of Ypres, only 150 out of the 912 soldiers of the 48th Highlanders of Canada answered roll call in the […]

From your Regimental Association Executive

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Our 48th Highlanders Regimental Association Group page on Facebook continues to attract a lot of users.  It is our main branch of the new Association.  Check back frequently… but DONT BE AFRAID TO POST PICTURES AND RECOLLECTIONS THAT RELATE TO YOUR SERVICE!  That is why it is there. If you have friends that served with […]

106th Anniversary of 2nd Ypres – Canada’s Baptism of Fire

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Today is the 106th anniversary – to the exact day – of the gas attack against the Canadians during the 2nd battle of Ypres on April 24, 1915. It was Canada’s and the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) first major engagement of The Great War  – it was to be their ‘Baptism of Fire’. Their desperate […]

MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER

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  Hello Highlanders – I trust this finds you well – or as well as you can be, in the midst of the third wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and another stay-at-home order in Ontario. I’m going to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed on five items: HCol MacIntyre – we received […]

104th Anniversary of the Battle of Arras

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Have your days merged to the point where you look at the rubbish bin in the kitchen and think, “half full, must be Monday” ? It feels like that for me these days here in France. Things have become decidedly complicated since the beginning of the new year. I live just inside the Somme but am […]

Message from the Padre

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As I write this, many of us are marking Easter week and I can’t help but note that it was on an Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, that the Regiment participated in the famous battle of Vimy Ridge. The weather on that fateful day 104 years ago was cold and sleety, quite different from the […]

Message from the Regimental Sergeant Major

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As I write this first blog from the RSMs desk, I am reflecting on what has happened over the past year. Who would have thought as we collectively “took a knee” to help flatten the curve that we would still be dealing with this pandemic a year later. The COVID 19 mitigation measures that have […]

From the 48th Highlanders Museum

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This Day in History 1st Commanding Officer of 48th Highlanders Confirmed on 25 March 1892 The appointment of Lieutenant Colonel John Irvine Davidson as the first Commanding Officer of the 48th Highlanders was confirmed on 25 March 1892. He had been gazetted (provisionally) on 20 November 1891 just weeks after the authorization of the regiment by the Government of Canada […]

MESSAGE FROM THE HONORARY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL

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Highlanders, Latha math to our active unit and cadets, our veterans/former serving members, and our current serving and extended regimental family! Covid-19 has certainly provided us all with challenges. For me personally, it has been a time of reflection and gratitude. I am proud of how our regiment has pivoted, finding opportunities to stay connected […]

Message from the COMMANDING OFFICER

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Greetings Highlanders – We’re now four weeks into our weekly blog, and we’ve had blogs written by the HCol, the Regimental Association, and our Veteran’s Care Rep.  Upcoming you’ll see blogs from the 15th Bn Project Team, the RSM, the Padre and a few more.  We aim to have a number of contributors that provide updates and […]

48th Highlanders Veterans Services Team – An Introduction

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By: Sgt Al Kowalenko, OMC (Retd) I am pleased to write this blog about our 48th Veterans Services Team and to connect with all Highlanders of our Active Battalion, former serving members, and our extended Regimental Family and friends.The subject of Veterans Services covers various topics and I often receive questions about what it actually involves […]

Message from the HONORARY COLONEL

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GREETINGS HIGHLANDERS – SERVING SOLDIERS, FORMER SERVING MEMBERS, AND MEMBERS OF THE EXTENDED REGIMENTAL FAMILY –    As I write my first contribution to the weekly blog, I am reminded that the new website is the result of a significant amount of dedicated time and effort in getting us to this point.  It clearly demonstrates what can […]

Regimental Association Sitrep 1/21

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As you must have noticed by now, as of January 2021 we have a new Regimental  Association!  About 500 of you have already asked to join through the 48th Highlanders Regimental Association Group page on Facebook. A new interim executive has been appointed and will meet for the first time next week to chart the way […]

MAY 2022: 107th Anniversary of the battle of Festubert

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Following the chlorine gas attack and heavy defensive fighting in the Ypres salient in April 1915, the depleted Battalions of the 1stCanadian Division – including the 15th Battalion – were pulled out of the line, reinforced and on May 3rd moved to France south of Armentieres. On May 9th, as part of the plan to […]

Building our Association

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Fellow Highlanders, Supporters and Friends, As part of our ongoing efforts to build the Regimental Association, we have now consolidated all our mailing lists and added them to our web site. Everyone who is registered on the web site will have the following benefits: 1. You will receive your copy of the Falcon magazine as […]

April 24, 2022: The 107th Anniversary of 2nd Ypres

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On April 22, 1915 the German 26th Reserve Corps launched the opening attack of the battle of 2nd Ypres  against the French 87th Territorial and 45th Algerian Divisions on the immediate left flank of the 1st Canadian Division. The assault was preceded by the first mass use of poison gas in modern warfare and the […]

Happy Birthday to our Colonel-in-Chief

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Born: 21 April 1926 • Age 96 ~ Colonel-in-Chief: 48th Highlanders of Canada as HRH Princess Elizabeth 01 December 1947 and continuing from Accession Day 6 February 1952 as HM Queen Elizabeth II to present.* ~ Coronation Day: 2 June 1953 – crowned Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ~ Accession Day 2022: 6 February 2022 […]

November 1917: 15th Battalion Fallen & the 104th anniversary of Passchendaele

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Like the Somme in 1916, the offensive at Passchendaele was launched to relieve pressure on the French Army. Operationally, 1917 was a heavy year for the 15th Battalion. The unit had been a first wave assault battalion at Vimy ridge in April and during the intense fighting at Hill 70 in August. When the Canadian […]