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Regimental Information

The West Nova Scotia Regiment

Armorial Description: Argent on an escutcheon Argent fimbriated Or a saltire Azure between in chief a church on a mount, in base a schooner proper set on barry wavy Argent and Azure, and in the flanks two mayflowers leaved proper, all within an annulus Azure edged and inscribed WEST NOVA SCOTIA REGIMENT and SEMPER FIDELIS in letters Or, ensigned by the Royal Crown proper and resting upon a scroll Azure edged and inscribed CANADA, the whole surmounting a mullet of eight points Or.

Symbolism: The crown represents service to the Sovereign. The shield includes several symbols of Nova Scotia. The saltire or cross of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, refers to the province's Scottish heritage; the mayflower is the province's floral emblem; the schooner, inspired by the famous Bluenose, symbolizes the sea-faring communities of the South shore, and the church represents the memorial church at Grand-Pré and thus the Annapolis Valley in general and the province's Acadian heritage. "WEST NOVA SCOTIA REGIMENT" is a form of the regimental title and "SEMPER FIDELIS" is the motto of the regiment.

Official Abbreviation: WNSR

Motto: Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)

Quick March: God Bless the Prince Of Wales

Slow March: Garb of Auld Gaul

Regimental Hymn: Abide With Me

Order of Precedence: 24

HQ Location: 5 CDTC Aldershot, Nova Scotia

British Army Alliance: The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's Lancashire and Border)

Battle Honours

The non-emblazonable honorary distinction: DEFENCE OF CANADA – 1812-1815 – DÉFENSE DU CANADA

The First World War (6)

  • ARRAS, 1917, '18
  • HILL 70
  • YPRES, 1917
  • AMIENS
  • HINDENBURG LINE
  • PURSUIT TO MONS

The Second World War (26)

  • LANDING IN SICILY
  • Valguarnera
  • ADRANO
  • Catenanuovo
  • Centuripe
  • SICILY, 1943
  • Landing at Reggio
  • Potenza
  • Gambatesa
  • THE SANGRO
  • Castel di Sangro
  • The Gully
  • CASSINO II
  • Gustav Line
  • LIRI VALLEY
  • Hitler Line
  • Melfa Crossing
  • GOTHIC LINE
  • LAMONE CROSSING
  • RIMINI LINE
  • San Martino-San Lorenzo
  • San Fortunato
  • Savio Bridgehead
  • ITALY, 1943-1945
  • Apeldoorn
  • NORTH- WEST EUROPE, 1945

Theatre Honours: AFGHANISTAN