The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
A Maltese Cross with a tablet above surmounted by the Crown; on the centre of the Cross a medallion edged by an annulus inscribed ROYAL WINNIPEG RIFLES; on the medallion a naked black devil running on a scroll bearing the regimental motto HOSTI ACIE NOMINATI; in the devil’s right hand a trident and offering a chalice with his left; encircling the Cross a wreath of maple leaves within a spiral riband scroll inscribed with the battle honours which are placed in pairs one over the other on each visible turning of the scroll; the battle honours are as follows: on the tablet below the Crown, FISH CREEK and BATOCHE; on the dexter side of the wreath from the top downward, YPRES, 1915, ‘l 7 and MOUNT SORREL; VIMY 1917 and PASSCHENDAELE; DROCOURT-QUEANT and NORMANDY LANDING; CARPIQUET and CALAIS, 1944; LEOPOLD CANAL and THE RHINE; on the sinister side FESTUBERT, 1915 and SOMME, 1916; HILL 70; and AMIENS; CANAL DU NORD and PUTOT-EN-BESSIN; FALAISE and THE SCHELDT; MOYLAND WOOD and N.W. EUROPE, 1944-45; on the portion of the battle honour scroll on the base of the wreath NORTH-WEST CANADA, 1885 and SOUTH AFRICA, 1899-1900.
As with other forms of heraldry, several elements that are incorporated into the Regimental Armorial Crest have symbolic relevance; the wreath of maple leaves represent service to Canada, and the crown, service to the Sovereign. The black devil carrying a trident, and offering a chalice, preserves the legend that during the North-West Rebellion, the soldiers of the Ninetieth were referred to by the opposing forces as “little black devils” because of their almost black (dark rifle green) uniforms, leading to our Regiments famous motto, HOSTI ACIE NOMINATI – named by the enemy.