Princess Louise and foal Regimental Mascot

Princess Louise and foal Regimental Mascot for the 8th New Brunswick Hussars.

Canadian Forces Base Gagetown Military Museum

© Canadian Forces Base Gagetown Military Museum


While serving in Italy, mechanics from the 8th (New Brunswick) Hussars (Princess Louise’s) found a starving and terrified foal wandering in circles around the dead body of her mother. The foal itself was wounded in the legs and stomach, so the mechanics brought it to the regimental medical officer, who patched her up. Legend has it he also gave her a shot of rum, and that the foal took an instant liking to it. Before long the filly had become the darling of the regiment, and was named Princess Louise, after their Royal patron.
While serving in Italy, mechanics from the 8th (New Brunswick) Hussars (Princess Louise’s) found a starving and terrified foal wandering in circles around the dead body of her mother. The foal itself was wounded in the legs and stomach, so the mechanics brought it to the regimental medical officer, who patched her up. Legend has it he also gave her a shot of rum, and that the foal took an instant liking to it. Before long the filly had become the darling of the regiment, and was named Princess Louise, after their Royal patron.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Develop an understanding of the participation and role of Canada’s Army in the World War II
  • Examine the contributions, sacrifices and experiences of individuals who participated in military events during World War II
  • Identify key locations in which Canada’s military operated during World War II
  • Evaluate the weapons and technology used by Canadian soldiers

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