The Regimental Guidon

Regimental colours/Guidons can be traced in English history as far back as 1585.  Other then the Governor General's Horse Guards, all Canadian cavalry and armour regiments carry a Guidon. On the battle field the Guidon was the central rallying point for the regiment and thus was cherished above all other symbols in battle. Ill be the Regiment who had its Guidon captured by the enemy as this was considered to be the ultimate shame. Units would rally to save the Guildon as it symbolizes the pride, history and fighting spirit of a unit.

The South Alberta Light Horse Guidon was presented in 1967 by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra.

The Guidon is made of crimson silk damask cloth, measuring 27 x 41 inches, curving to a swallow-tail fly. The fringe is made of gilted thread and the cord and tassels are woven with gold and crimson.

At the centre of the Guidon is found the head of a pronghorn antelope. The stag represents the Regiment’s western heritage and origins. The pronghorn is encircled by the Regiment’s name SOUTH ALBERTA LIGHT HORSE, and ensigned by the Royal Crown, all within a wreath of maple leaves. Beneath this is found a scroll inscribed SEMPER ALACER which is the Regimental motto – “Always Brisk.” 

In hoist chief and fly base is found a horse courant in silver within a golden scroll which clearly identifies the unit’s origin as a cavalry regiment. In fly chief on a bezant within a wreath of maple leaves proper is the numeral XXIX which represents the Regiments designation as the 29TH Canadian Armoured Regiment. Lastly, in hoist base on a bezant within a wreath of maple leaves proper there is the inscription SALH – the approved abbreviation for the Regiment.

The current Guidon is emblazoned with 21 of the battle honours awarded to the regiment. Upon replacement, the honour AFGHANISTAN will also be emblazoned.

It is interesting to note that on the Guidon of the armoured regiments which have no cavalry background, the white "Hanoverian horse" is replace by a white Ram. This tradition dates back to 1715 when regiments which fought actively against the revolutionaries, and in support of King George were authorised to carry the Hanoverian Horse on their colours as symbolic of “true” cavalry regiments.

Following the cavalry tradition in which complete trust is vested in the non-commissioned officers, the Guidon is carried by a Senior NCO on parade flanked by two additional armed Senior NCO’s.


The Battle Honours of the South Alberta Light Horse


A full list of our battle honours - 35 in total.  An asterisk indicates that the particular honour is authorized to be emblazoned on the Regimental Guidon

1) Northwest Canada 1885*

2) Mount Sorrel*

3) Somme 1916-1918*

4) Flers-Courcelette

5) Thiepval

6) Ancre Heights

7) Arras 1917-1918*

8) Vimy 1917*

9) Arleux

10) Scarpe 1917-1918

11) Hill 70*

12) Ypres 1917*

13) Passchendaele*

14) Amiens*

15) Drocout-Queant

16) Hindenburg Line

17) Canal du Nord

18) Cambrai 1918*

19) Pursuit to Mons

20) France and Flanders*

21) Falaise*

22) Falaise Road*

23) The Laison

24) St.Lambert-sur-Dives*

25) Moerbrugge*

26) The Scheldt*

27) Woensdracht

28) The Lower Mass*

29) Kapelsche Veer

30) The Rhineland*

31) The Hochwald*

32) Veen*

33) Twente Canal

34) Bad Zwischenahn

35) North West Europe 1944-1945*