The regiment was established in 1910 in Vancouver, BC. They took the
number 72 from the old 72nd Regiment of Foot, the Seaforth Highlanders, in Scotland. The cap badge was always
the same for the officers I believe (solid silver, 3 dimensional, in 3 and 4
piece variations). In 1910, the Other Ranks had a round cap badge, but soon
changed to the style we see in WWI - stag's head, wreath and 72 between the
The World War I units that drew from
the members of this famous regiment include the:
16th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF)
72nd Bn. CEF
231st Bn CEF (Reserve Battalion, in Vancouver, BC)
In World War II the 1st Bn. went overseas in 1939 as part of 1 Canadian
Infantry Division and participated in the Defence of Britain. In 1943 they were part of operation Husky, the invasion on
Sicily, and then the invasion of Italy. In 1945 they were moved to Holland along with the
of the 1st Canadian Corps and reunited with the 2nd Canadian Corps as part of First Canadian Army for
the liberation of Holland.
In the 1950s the regiment sent a company to Germany to serve with NATO.
Many Seaforths have served on attachments with the Regular Force on United
Nations, SFOR and other duties. Some Seaforths were at the Battle of the Medak Pocket in
the former Yugoslavia. Some are likely serving in Afghanistan now in the War on
Canada's last surviving VICTORIA CROSS winner was Private E. A. Smith who won
this decoration while serving with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. For more
info see: http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=history/secondwar/citations/smith
Note that Veterans' Affairs is using the WRONG Seaforth cap badge! The one shown is
the issue one replacing the WWI 72nd CEF badge, BUT THE REGIMENT REFUSED TO WEAR
IT! In the 1970s I showed one to Brigadier Clark who commanded the 72nd Bn CEF
in World War I and was our Honorary Colonel and he said in
effect - "That damned thing! Ottawa sent those badges out and we refused to
wear them! Only the Officers and RSM wear the coronet and L." This is
the badge that is shown in most badge books - official issue but WRONG! Yes it
is rare, and yes they were worn sometimes when there was a shortage of badges
e.g. one of our officers wore one in the early 1970s because we did not have
enough of the 3 dimensional solid silver cap badges to go around.
I served in the regiment as an officer from 1970 to 1975, and then again in 1977.
No, it is NOT Vietnam, though that war was just winding down for the USA at
this time. 2/Lt Colin Stevens at CFB Gagetown (New Brunswick) in August 1972. I
was on course at the time. I am carrying a PRC 25 radio set and a 9mm SMG C1
with bayonet fixed (for the "gung ho" look). Note that there is
another soldier in the photo as well.