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  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 13Jan2015 + 21Dec2014 + 5Apr2013

SSR Veterans - 2012 reunion, Weyburn