Throwback Thursday: Scottish Parade

Next Wednesday is Remembrance day, and in honour of that sombre reflection, this post is about the Toronto Scottish Regiment; in particular, their parade on May 3, 1925. The parade was a display of their heritage as Scotsmen, as well as a tribute to those who had fallen in service to the regiment.

According to an article in The Globe, “The event was, fortunately, attended by perfect spring weather; the brightness of the sun lending an added charm to the rhythmically swinging ranks of heather grey, and the budding green of lawns and trees providing a colorful background for the martial procession. Thousands of citizens lining the route of march admired the appearance of the regiment as it swung past in even ranks of kilted soldiers and thrilled to the pipes and the brass band.”

The parade began at the Armory on University Avenue, and marched up University, down College Street, up St. George, across Willcocks, then up Spadina to Knox Church.

Toronto Scottish Church Parade, entering Knox Church [general]. - May 3, 1925

At Knox they held a short service, where John Inkster, the minister of Knox, delivered the sermon based on Acts 2: 37 – 38. According to the newspaper article, he spoke about the power of the Holy Spirit to move in the world.

From Knox, they marched to Soldier’s Tower at the University of Toronto, which was just built the year previous to honour the 628 people from the university who had died during WWI, 18 of whom were part of the 75th Battalion (the former name of the Scottish Regiment).

Toronto Scottish Church Parade, Hart House, lined up. - May 3, 1925

According to The Globe, “”At the soldiers’ tower in the university grounds there was introduced a note of solemnity and of remembrance.” When they arrived at the tower, Col. Colin Harbottle placed a wreath at the tower, and W.L. Baynes-Reed, the chaplain of the regiment, spoke a prayer: “Almighty and ever-living God, enable us to keep in grateful remembrance those who responded to the call of the world’s need and laid down their lives that the nations of the world might live and so dedicate ourselves to the task which they have committed to us that their sacrifice may not have been in vain.”

The pipers of the regiment then played to honour those who had fallen.

The Lament (Flowers of the Forest):

And the Last Post:

Below is the route followed by the parade in 1925.

1924 Map

From the Armory at University and Queen, then up to Knox. From Knox, up to Bloor and down to Soldier’s Tower at U of T. From there they continued back down through Queen’s Park to University Avenue, returning to the Armory.

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