As one of the oldest military units in Canada, the Lorne Scots have served in major conflicts, peacekeeping missions, and humanitarian and disaster assistance programs for over 150 years.
On now at Benares Historic House in Mississauga, “Service and Remembrance: 150 years of the Lorne Scots Regiment”, is a travelling exhibition created by the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) and Halton Heritage Services. The display is in partnership with the Lorne Scots Regimental Museum, and the Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment).
The exhibition offers an opportunity to explore the Lorne Scots military and peacekeeping history. Through photographs, artefacts, and video, visitors will learn the personal stories of local men and women who have served. Also shared are engaging facts and insights about enlistment, training, service, and post-service experiences.
The Lorne Scots Regiment traces its history to 1866 when local county battalions from Peel, Dufferin, and Halton came together in response to fears of attacks from the United States. The battalions were reorganized and renamed numerous times throughout the following years and officially became The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin, and Halton Regiments) in December 1936. Today, the Regiment has companies in Brampton, Georgetown, and Oakville.
The Lorne Scots are a reserve unit meaning that soldiers are Reserve Force members who can choose to serve with the Regular Force. Reserve Force members (reservists) serve part-time in the Canadian Armed Forces. Their primary role is to support the Regular Force at home and abroad.
Reservists may be asked to serve full-time as part of a mission overseas; however, their participation is voluntary, and many reservists never deploy. Regular Force members, on the other hand, may be required at any time to deploy within Canada or overseas.
Though the Regiment trains regularly to prepare for major emergencies and conflicts, dedicated community service is an equally important aspect of the Regiment’s identity. A quote on display in the exhibit reflects this commitment: “We are the local Canadian Army Regiment. We are your soldiers. We live, work, and serve in the communities of Peel, Dufferin, and Halton. We are reservists. We have full-time jobs, careers, school, and most importantly families. We train part-time on weekends and Thursday nights to be ready to respond to the needs of Canada.”
As we come together in November to honour veterans and their service, you are invited to explore “Service and Remembrance: 150 Years of the Lorne Scots Regiment” at the Visitors’ Centre of Benares Historic House, 1507 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga until Nov. 19. Admission is free. For information: http://tinyurl.com/lornescots.
Image: A photo collage on display at “Service and Remembrance: 150 Years of the Lorne Scots Regiment”, Benares Historic House.