The Unofficial Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) Site
|In midsummer, just before the unit went for training at Netheravon, a large group from the Battalion took park in an actual operation. Four officers and eighty other ranks joined groups from the 2nd Brigade to take part in the Spitzbergen operation. This operation was directed by Brigadier A.E. Potts, E.D., the commanding officer who had brought the unit to England. Upon securing the island without fighting, half the force remained there for demolition purposes while the other half proceeded to Archangel with Russian Nationals and brought back French Nationals who had been interned there before Russia had come into the war.|
|Earlier in that year, Lt. Col. McKerron had recieved an offer from the city of Saskatoon to provide new colours for the Battalion. The offer by the City was gratefully accepted and the rather complicated procedure of procuring the colours was taken in hand. By autumn the Colours were ready. The Battalion was honoured when Her Majesty, The Queen, graciously consented to present the new Colours in October. In preparation for the ceremony, the Officer Commanding the Guards Depot at Caterham provided a number of Warrent Officer Instructors to assist in the smartening-up drill. While these preparations were going forward a change in command took place. Lt. Col. McKerron returned to Canada and command was given to Major E.J.S. Dudley, who was promoted to Lt. Col. His place as 2nd i/c was filled by Major P.C. Kalehn.
On the morning of October 24th, the memorable colour ceremony took place. The Colour Party, the Four Guards and the whole colourful ceremony will long be remembered by those who were there. After presenting the Colours, Her Majesty addressed the Battalion as follows:
|Commader In Chief|
| " Colonel Scott-Dudley, Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of The Saskatoon Light Infantry.
I am very glad of the opportunity of being with you again. Your fine bearing on Parade today shows you have fully maintained the high standard of efficiency you displayed when I visited you eighteen months ago.
I know that to many of you these months of waiting have seemed very long, and that your thoughts must often have turned to your homes, and to your wives and families whom you have left in Canada. I know too how much your dear ones must be praying for you, and how they are thinking with pride of the part that you have been called upon to play in guarding these shores. I know you will remember that the defence of this Island is vital no less to those whom you love than to the cause for which you are fighting.
The Colours which I now present to you bear on them the names of battles your Regiment fought with honour a quarter a century ago.
Colours are no longer carried in the field, but they still stand for ideals which have always been sacred to soldiers - pride in their Regiment, devotion to a just cause, readiness to sacrifice self interest to the service of others.
It is in the knowledge that these ideals are shared by you all that I place these symbols of your belief in your hands today. I am confident that they are in safe keeping and I pray that God may bless and protect you all."
|Colours Presentation Pics|
|Colours Presentation Pics 2|
|Colours Presentation Pics 3|
|Battalion Parade Pics|
|Battalion Parade Pics 2|
|Pics At Tournai|
|In the latter part of October, the Canadian Corps took over the defence of the Sussex Coast. The Battalion moved with the 1st Division to its new area. Battalion Headquarters was established at Steyning while the companies moved to brigade areas. "B" Company's area was very extended and the Battalion recieveed an increment of three platoons to enable that company to carry out its tasks.
For the ensuing year and a half the Battalion remained in the costal areas except for exercises or short periods of special training such as the Machine Gun Concentration in Wales and BRICK training in Scotland.
The winter and spring of 1941-42 was notable for strenuous battle drill and commando training insisted upon by General Montgomery, G.O.C. in C., South Eastern Command. It is safe to say that seldom in actual operations of the future was the going as tough as it was in this period of training. This hardening culminated in the long-remembered "Exercise Tiger" when every machine gunner thanked his stars that he was not in the infantry.
In January ans March 1942 a number of officers, warrant officers and N.C.O.'s returned to Canada for a tour of instructional duty. Quite a number were unable to get back to the unit before it left for Sicily and some never did get back.