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were truly Canadian, for they had made Canada their home and had long "neighboured with mountains and forests and streams" 'twixt the Atlantic and the Pacific,

The Princess Patricia's was a strangely mixed unit. Its Commanding Officer, as we have seen, was a Guards' officer, strongly Scottish in his sympathies, and from the Staff at Rideau Hall, as was also his Adjutant, Captain H. C. Buller, a nephew of that much-loved general, Sir Redvers Buller, whose name is a tradition in the British Army. The second-in-command, Major Andrew Hamilton Gault, the founder of the regiment, was a civilian soldier and a millionaire. The name of his wife is perpetuated in the regimental cap badge—a marguerite. Among the officers and men were soldiers, lawyers and physicians, merchants and brokers, ranchers and trappers, miners and lumbermen, with the usual spicing of failures and ne'er-do-wells, many of whom were to prove later their claim to recognition as men who could lay down their lives with the best. The regiment came into being without a band, but a happy chance brought Colonel Farquhar an offer from the Scots Pipe-Band of Edmonton, Alberta, and he was quick to seize the opportunity. Asked by telegram whether, if enrolled as pipers, they would qualify and serve as stretcher-bearers, the pipe-band agreed unanimously, and subsequently on the bloody fields of Flanders they nobly kept faith, serving their comrades loyally and devotedly even to the death. No record of the regiment can pass over Pipe-Major John Colville, of Campbeltown, Argyllshire, and his gallant band.

On Sunday, August 23rd, the regiment lined up on the Exhibition Grounds at Ottawa to receive from the hands of the Princess Patricia its Camp Colour—a square of blue and crimson edged with gold and bearing in its centre the monogram of Her Royal Highness worked in gold with her own hand. The Governor-General ad-dressed the regiment after the ceremony and closed his remarks with these inspiring words: "I feel confident


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