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John "Jack" Earnest Elliott - help from public needed - 25Jun2023

Read the request from Jim Little, Faces to Graves Foundation.

Heritage Advisory Committee Veteran Banner Project Launched - 2023


Dieppe Raid - 19Aug1942 - 80th Annniversary - Victoria Park, Regina - 19Aug2022 - 2pm

Unveiling of Pedestals - HMCS Weyburn and South Saskatchewan Regiment

The following message is from Brad Hrycna, Royal United Services Institute, 11Mar2022.

"We are unveiling two commemorative pedestals on that date [19Aug2022] at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park, Regina. Saskatchewan. They are part of our next phase of the RUSI of Regina Commemorative Pedestal Project. I have attached a document that describes the initial 12 pedestals of which DIEPPE RAID is one. I have attached an image of that pedestal and if you look closely, you will see it was made possible by a VAC grant.

Our next group of seven pedestals are based on the Second World War ships and units from Saskatchewan, or in case of the ships two that were named for Saskatchewan cities and were lost in the war. On the 19th of August we will be unveiling the HMCS WEYBURN and SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN REGIMENT pedestals. The mayor of Weyburn will be attending and speaking due to the town's relationship to both. In my remarks I will be mentioning Pte Clarence Bourassa of the SSR. He was wounded at Dieppe and then killed in Normandy. He is the subject of the book ONE FAMILY'S WAR. His Grandson, Moose Jaw's Chief of Police, Rick Bourassa and family will be in attendance. I have attached my initial draft of the SSR pedestal text.

Our ceremony starts at 2 p.m. with the arrival of the Lieutenant Governor and lasts about 45 minutes. We anticipate 50 to 100 spectators and media coverage.


Brad Hrycyna."

For more information about the other pedestals and their unveiling ceremonies, see The Pedestal Project - Word document

The Complete List of All Pedestal Unveiling Dates:

13 May 2022 (Friday) 2pm - CENOTAPH and ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
8 August 2022 (Monday) 2pm - HMCS REGINA and REGINA RIFLES REGIMENT
15 September 2022 (Thursday) - 3pm BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN

  VE Day 2015 - New Road to be Named in Honour of SSR Officer

A new road is being built which will be named after the highest ranking officer KIA during the Battle of Lochtenberg, crossing the Antwerp-Turnout Canal. The street in Brecht, Belgium, will be named "Harry Williams Lane, in honour of Major Harry Williams, commander of B Company, South Saskatchewan Regiment, on September 24th, 1944. See article in Oak Bay News, Victoria, British Columbia.

  Veterans Voices of Canada

Interested in helping preserve Canada's military history? See to learn more!

  A Royal Mystery

Do you remember a mascott for the SSR named "Royal"? If so, help us with this mystery!


  SSR Reunions are held in Weyburn in Fall

Veterans of the Second World War, and members of the South Saskatchewan Regiment, Bob Abbott and Dave Robinson lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park [Weyburn, SK] on September 8th, 2012. The annual SSR reunion was held at the Weyburn Royal Canadian Legion. Family, friends and members of the Weyburn Royal Canadian Legion army cadets gathered for the wreath laying.
The ceremony was held to remember those who fought in WWII and the Dieppe Raid, which occurred on August 19, 1945. Among those in attendance were: Marjorie Mcleod, Legion Chaplain, and veterans Dave Robinson, Bob Abbott, George Schmidt, Gordon Johnston, John Litwin, Bert Longhurst, Howard Schmidt, Marcel Frecon, Jesse Balkwill, Keith Inches, and Elmer Cole. Others attending were Kyle Wilton, a Royal Canadian Army Cadet; Corporal Riley Mann of the Royal Regina Rifles; and army cadets Taylor Doud and Mason Zadorozniak.
The reunion of SSR veterans was held in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, 6-8 Sep 2013. For more information, contact Roz Saigeon.

  2014 Reunion was held in Weyburn, 5,6,7Sep2014

  2013 Reunion - Weyburn Legion Hall

  Last Post


George Schmidt - August


Jack Lee - January 26

John Litwin - April 7

Bert Longhurst - April 22

Jim Scarroe - May 3

For a thorough Canadian list of obituaries concerning veterans, see the very good work of the Royal Canadian Legion Magazine's Last Post section. Support the Legion's creation of their list by subscribing to Legion Magazine or offering a donation to the Legion for that purpose.

See also a Summary of these last post entries created by the SSR webmaster, in which only SSR entries have been included and put in alphabetical order, as of 11Apr2013.


These entries have been suggested by readers of the SSR web site:

Coote, Marvin Regina Leader Post Obituary - 2013 SSR saved copy of Regina Leader Post Obituary

Thompson, Pte. Leslie. L13176 SSR WWII. Sept 4, no year (in Legion Mag Sept/Oct 2012), age 96. Calgary.

Heth, Clarence Edward. L28324 Rfn. d. 12 Feb 2012. Regina Leader Post

Panter, James B. L3012. SSR WWII. June 16, 2011, age 89. Big River Branch, SK.

SMITH James Neil December 17, 1918 - January 3, 2008

Neil was the fifth of eleven children born to Winifred and Peter Smith of Cloverdale, B.C.

He served overseas in the South Saskatchewan Regiment during WWII and was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field.

He worked as a house-building contractor in North Vancouver and then became an insurance salesman, ending his working days as manager of Sovereign Insurance Co., Vancouver.

Neil is predeceased by his wife, Patricia (1988) and three siblings, Douglas, Doris and Mavis. He is survived by his daughters Melynda (Andrew) Okulitch and Ardis Bloch as well as his cherished grandchildren Susanne, Daniel, David, Matthew and Colin. He is also survived by seven of his siblings. All will miss his kindness, generosity and unique sense of humour. Summers spent at Pt. Roberts with family and friends were a special part of his life for 35 years. The family will hold a private celebration of his life in the spring. Donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated. Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 1/11/2008 - 1/13/2008.


GCS/gs 25Jun2023

SSR Veterans - 2012 reunion, Weyburn