Wallace: The Mascot of the Canadian Scottish

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    Wallace: The Mascot of the Canadian Scottish

    Post by Battalion Colours on Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:06 pm

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    During WWII, in June 1940, Wallace (a St. Bernard puppy), the Regimental Mascot 'enlisted'. A year later, the 1st Battalion boarded ship for England along with them Wallace (who got smuggled on board by troops). The ship docked at Glasgow at the beginning of September when HRH Princess Mary inspected the Regiment on September 23, 1941. Friendships were struck up with The Royal Scots, who adopted and kept Wallace in Edinburgh Castle for the duration of the war. After the war ended Wallace was reunited with the remaining troops and returned home to Canada with them.

    Since then, it's been a unit tradition to have a St Bernard for the Regimental Mascot.
    In 1989, HRH Princess Alexandra gifted a puppy to the Regiment during her visit to Canada. Today we have Wallace VI. who lives in Victoria with our Regimental Sergeant Major. He is six years old and weighs over 200lbs. He accompanies the Regiment on parades, field exercises and traditional ceremonial events. He has become quite the local celebrity being featured in several newspapers, TV news casts, he even had an audience with the Mayor of Victoria and he is a frequent guest at the Lieutenant Governor's house, as the two of them are good friends.

    Wallace first as a pup:

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    Wallace VI:

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    Master Warrant Officer Charles Middleton of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) leads regimental mascot Wallace VI in the Victoria Day Parade. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 21 May 2007:

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