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 A Memorial Service is being held in the Old High Kirk, Church Street ,Inverness on Sunday 27th.September 2015
to commemorate the Battle of Loos in which 5 Battalions of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders and 5 battalions of the Seaforth Highlanders were involved.
The Colours of the 4th./5th. Battalion of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders will be laid up in the Old High Kirk, which
is the Church of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, during this Service.
Lunch has been arranged in the Crown Court Hotel after the Service. Cost will be notified when numbers wishing to attend are known.
Details from major Sutherland ,Cuchullin Lodge,43 Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4HQ Tel;01463231945

The Moray Loons 30th Oct 2015

It is that time a year again that you call round all of your mates and get them to come along to the Moray Loons and have a great night out reminiscing about the good old days, having a wee drink or two and a plate of Stoves . This is open to all Seaforth Highlanders, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and Queen’s Own Highlanders and you DONT have to come from Morayshire.
This is held in the Seaforth Club in Elgin on the 30th Oct 2015.

Look forward to seeing you all.
Seoras McIntosh CFGB
Booking form Attached below.

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Please find attached the Itinerary and costs for the Regimental Association Trip to Loos later this year.  Those interested in participating, including those whose names  I already have, are requested to contact me soonest and I will send out a Booking Form.  Those joining us in France may use the same Hotel at Group Rates, please contact me for details.   All queries to me please.

Yours aye,


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The Battle of Loos started one hundred years ago this coming September and culminated in one of the largest losses of life experienced during the First World War.  The allied fatalities alone were estimated at 50,000 dead and because of the large proportion of Scottish soldiers involved in the battle it was inevitable that many were from our two antecedent regiments, the Seaforth Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.
To read more go to one of the links below.
Email Danny on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

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Latest News for August2015

The Battle of Waterloo

The attached poster from the Nairn Book and Arts Fair highlights a talk by award winning author Tim Clayton on the Battle of Waterloo; his book is entitled "Four Days That Changed Europe’s Destiny".

The talk  will take place next Thursday, the 3rd of September, from 7.30 pm at The Highlanders Museum, Fort George. The museum will be open from 7pm and drinks and nibbles will be provided prior to the talk.

If you are interested in attending please follow the link to the Festival site or alternatively contact Lynsey Easton on 0131 310 8702 or 0131 310 8703 at the Highlanders Museum, Fort George, Inverness.

I look forward to seeing you at what I am sure will be an interesting evening in the 200th anniversary year of Waterloo.

Peter Grant Peterkin
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The Gathering Committee met today and discussed, amongst other things: application forms, quotes for marquees, catering contractors, first aid cover, event insurance, entertainment options, printing of programmes, car parking, refuse disposal, and last but not least, the programme for the week-end.   All in all, a good meeting and things are progressing well for what looks like being an absolutely excellent Gathering of the Regimental Family.

All you need to do is go to the Association website ( and sign up to the Gathering (150 applications received as of today 26/08/2015)

The attached photograph shows the Committee (minus John Sutherland and Brenda Ross, Brenda is at the other side of the camera.) Who all happened to turn up today wearing regimental headdress!
George Givens

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An updated list of attendees for next year’s Gathering has been posted on the Gathering site. We plan to update this list every 4-6 weeks.

We now have 123 names signed up, including two from Canada (Rab Maley and Ken Taylor) and one from the Czech Republic (Matt Moistner). If you haven’t already signed up please find out more by going to

Brenda Ross at RHQ also tells me that two people have paid to attend but have not filled in the application form that was sent out to them by email and are therefore not on the list. If this is you, please fill in the application form ASP – thanks

Museum News Letter

The Museum News letter for August 2015 is attached


John Bailey MBE


On Wednesday 23rd September David Loftus (ex: Military Band and now Padre at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall) will attempt a 61 mile Sponsored Hand Cycle on the SciFit machine in the fitness suite at Kneller Hall.
As a bilateral, above knee amputee, a conventional cycle is definitely out of the question but the purpose of undertaking this event is to raise money for St John Ambulance as the nominated charity of The Chaplain General (The Rev’d David Coulter – a former Padre to 1 QOHldrs) for this year.
Why 61 miles? – a mile per year celebrated a few days following the event when David celebrates his next birthday.
If you would be willing to sponsor please use the following link:

Legion Scotland          

Legion Scotland has organised a service to mark the 70th anniversary commemorating the end of the war in the Pacific to be held at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on the 15th August 2015 starting at 2pm.  The service will pay tribute to the sacrifices made by all our Service personnel, former Prisoners of War, and civilian internees whilst engaged in the Far Eastern campaign during the Second World War.
This will be followed by a reception hosted by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh at the City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street Edinburgh, EH8 8BG - a venue fairly close to the Canongate Kirk.
Those wishing to attend this commemoration will need to contact Danny Carruthers ASP so tickets can be ordered from RBLS.  Dress - Regimental head dress and medals (kilts or trews if you have them).
George Givens


Nairn Branch RBLS will continue to pay respects at the graveside of servicemen who gave their lives during WW1 and are buried in local Commonwealth War Graves. Our next short ceremony will be on Saturday 22nd of August at 1100 at Auldearn Cemetery to remember the youngest. Pte FRASER W Aged 17 Died 22/08/1915 Cameron Highlanders AULDEARN. Attendance welcomed. We will remember them.
Yours aye,

Latest News for July2015


Dear All,
The Tattoo was great fun to be part of last year and with General Seymour, John Bailey, Bruce Hitchings and John Sutherland forming a large part of the organising team your support is encouraged.
You can volunteer for a single night or all four nights to suit your availability.
Timings: Required to be available at the Fort from approx 1730 – 2200 (tbc) each evening.
Dress: Kilt/Blazer/Trews (optional) Tie, Glengarry, Medals.
If interested please inform me soonest giving me your availability.
Yours aye,

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Warning Order

1.A Church Service is to be held to commemorate the Battle of Loos  which was fought in September 1915 in which all Scottish Infantry Regiments took Part. The Service will take place at St Mary’s Church, Dundee on Sunday the 27th of September 2015 at 1100 hrs.

2. Up to 10 members and a Standard Bearer of each antecedent regimental association of regiments which fought in the battle are invited to take part. Dress normal Association dress wearing medals.

3. I would be most grateful if RHQs North and West could forward this to antecedent Regimental Associations in their areas.

3.The Black Watch Association has been tasked to support Dundee City Council organise this event and I would be grateful if confirmation of numbers and attendance could be sent to:
The Black Watch Association, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth, PH1 5HR or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. our telephone number is 01738 623214 (Mon Wed Thur)by 24th August.

4.Further details will be promulgated when confirmed.
Maj (Retd)Ronnie Proctor MBE
The Black Watch Association


Jonathan Hunt alias Buddy Munro is the son of Col Robin Hunt.  CFGB

Yours aye,


The Royal Regiment of Scotland Highland Games 2015


The Royal Regiment of Scotland Highland Games 2015 will be held during the Inverness Highland Games at Bught Park, Inverness on 18th Jul 15 between 1030 and 1700.  The lead unit is The Black Watch (3 SCOTS) however other Battalions within the Regiment including The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)  who have recently returned to Catterick from Germany and 51st Highland (7 SCOTS) will be competing. All members of the Association are warmly invited to attend the Games and support the Regular soldiers and Reservists taking part in the track and field events. More details of the Games can be found at "
Kind regards
Major Alec Rose|OC,C Coy 7 SCOTS|Army Reserve Centre, Gordonville Road , Inverness , IV2 4SU| Tel: 01463 232926 |Mob: 07974 159840|


If you want to know how the Branch AFD Parade and Summer Dance went, or for the latest news about the Battle of Loos Commemorations in Dundee and France, or for our biggest ever Regimental Reunion to date, then please cast your eyes over our summer newsletter
George Givens

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My father on D-Day by Terry Bashford

My father on D-Day 06.06.44 - He was serving with No 6 Commando, part of 1 SS Brigade.

No 6 Commando was ordered to make the initial break through and lead the Brigade during the 6 mile dash for the bridges. Once ashore No 6 turned off inland along ordinary hedgerows which led towards the enemy defensive positions, with 200 yards to go across a flat salt marsh before they hit the first pill box. Suddenly to the left 6 thermite bombs from a nebelwefer exploded, there was no time for careful concealment or caution, a troop pulled off to attack a position of 3 pill boxes , the following troop pushed on to the next objective, the village of Colville-sur-Orne, as they advanced they came under sniper fire. Soon they came to the village of St Aubin d'Arquenay where they discovered a battery manned by Itialians who surrendered without much fuss, they then came to the canal and headed for the bridges, Brigadier Lovat ran on to keep his date with the Paras, once on the bridge they were only two and a half minutes behind schedule. The photo was taken in the village of St Aubin d'Arquenay, my father is 3 rd in line, the one of myself was taken on the 19.05.15
Terry Bashford

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The names being added are: Lt Alistair Wilson McKillop QO HLDRS (Air accident Belize 1976)

                                               Sgt Craig Thomas Hilliard Royal Air Force (Air accident Blair Atholl 1993)

The Ceremony starts at 11.00 hrs therefore be at the War Memorial by 1045.  The Provost will be in attendance, the format will be as the previous Ceremony and we hope to have a member of each family to assist the Provost with the unveiling.
We are expecting contingents from the Army and RAF Lossiemouth.  The Provost will also host refreshments after the Ceremony at the nearby Waterside Hotel.

Dress: Civilian, plus Regimental Tie, Glengarry & Medals.

If QO HLDRS wish to attend this ceremony please let me have your name as soon as possible. 

Yours aye,


Cruisers hit the Fort

On three nights over the past week Fort George has been invaded by hundreds of mainly American visitors who were passengers on the Windstar cruise ships docking at Invergordon. Each evening John Bailey and his team at the Highlanders Museum welcomed over 200 visitors and hosted them in a guided tour of the Queens Own Highlanders Collection prior to a walk on the ramparts, a champagne reception, and then the finale of a Beating Retreat.

As you can see from the attached photographs, a good time was had by all. However none of this would have been possible without the support that John and his team received from volunteers, many of them from our Association helping support our museum. You would all have enjoyed hearing Kenny "Chalky" White regaling our American friends with tales from our Highland heritage - I think that most of them were true!

Other room guides included Bob Towns, Dave Chapman, Roddy Wood, Jackie McCall, Ivan Warwick and Terry MacQueen. My thanks go to them all as well as the numerous volunteers who acted as stewards, helped in the shops, and not forgetting our own Pipe Major, John MacDonald who piped and toasted our guests.

I hope that we will see our cruise ship visitors return and whether it is for events such as these or whether it is just to help man our Museum I ask you all to consider whether you could give up a moment or two to help. We need you and judging by the last few nights it is a fun thing to do.

Peter Grant Peterkin
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Enquiries have produced a provisional plan as follows:

Thu 8th Oct Depart Inverness to Hull pick-ups on route.
Overnight ferry to Zeebrugge, Dinner, Breakfast and inside cabin
Fri 9th Oct Battlefield Tour with guide (location(s) to be decided).Hotel accommodation (IBIS) for 2 nights Bed & Breakfast (Lille)

Sat 10th Parade in Loos

Sun11th Battlefield Tour with guide (location(s) to be decided).
Overnight ferry to Hull, Dinner, Breakfast and inside cabin
Mon 12th Depart Hull to Inverness drop offs on route.

Cost: Approx £300pp

Single supplement add £120

A better hotel such as Mercure Metropol Lille with Dinner Bed & Breakfast will add a further £40 per person to the cost.

If you are interested please inform Bob Towns or George Givens soonest.

We have 28 names as things stand.

Hospital Visit

Just popped into Raigmore Hosp to see Tommy Wink after his operation, he's in good form and enjoyed the visits of other like minded visitors. He’s hoping to move nearer home Golspie or Galway it’s the effects of the pills that spoil his thinking.
regards to all,
Archie MacKinnon


The Mohmand Expedition 1908
Part Three Last Part

By 2nd Lt James Forteath Russell
(Attached Seaforth Highlanders )
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Seoras McIntosh

 Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association 55th
Anniversary Gathering 2016

The website for the gathering is now live. On the website you can book your tickets by downloading a booking form and pay by cheque or if you would rather you can pay by PayPal. 
There is also information on Hotels and B&B in Inverness.
There will be a permanent link to the website at the top of this page(just below the slide show), I would advise however that once you have visited the website you save it in your favourites
Link to
Seoras McIntosh

Latest News for June 2015


Armed Forces Day this year was held in Edinburgh on Saturday the 27th June on a warm and sunny day, with our contingent forming up in Johnstone Terrace under the watchful eye of Bobby Munro, our detachment commander for the day. 
The turnout this year was excellent, and in addition to our regular Branch members, we managed to attract a few fresh faces to enable us to achieve a marching contingent of 48 blue hackles on parade – a record turnout for the Branch. 
George Givens
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To read more go to one of the links below

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When a member of the Regimental Family joins the 2nd Battalion it goes without saying that the next of kin can request the assistance of fellow Highlanders to assist with the funeral arrangements. 

What part we play is not for us to decide, that decision lies with the family. If the family request Regimental input It is then best if a close friend of the deceased acts as the link between the family and the Regimental Family.  This close friend becomes the most important link in the chain. Please do not leave it to others. I will always assist where necessary as will those at RHQ, Association Branches and

To read more click on one of the links below

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At our Amalgamation Dinner in Fort George earlier this year,  the hat was passed to collect some money to allow us to show our appreciation for the excellent service received from the Chefs and Staff of the 3 SCOTS (Black Watch) Sergeants Mess at Fort George.  A total of £251 was collected and we were humbled when it was requested by the Mess Manager Kimberly Anderson that their Tip be passed to Erskine Hospital.  We voted at our AGM in favour of matching this sum.  The cheque for £502 was handed over to Michael Parkes of Erskine at the Highlanders Museum Fort George on Friday 26th of June 2015.   

Yours aye,


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C Company 7 SCOTS

C Company 7 SCOTS will be running an Open Day at the Army Reserve Centre Edgar Road Elgin on Saturday 11th July 2015 between 1100 and 1600.  This event will feature a Regimental Pace Stick competition as well as display stands and should appeal to all ages including veterans as well as the younger generation. The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland will be entering a team."
All members of The Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental family are most welcome to come along and enjoy the day.  For Further information please contact Capt Richard Henderson by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."
Kind regards
Major Alec Rose|OC,C Coy 7 SCOTS|Army Reserve Centre, Gordonville Road , Inverness , IV2 4SU| Tel: 01463 232926 |Mob: 07974 159840


Since February this year, Margaret Munro (wife of Bobby, 49) has been busy selling tablet as a fund raiser for a cause very close to her heart ie helping to rehabilitate our wounded, sick, and injured soldiers.  Margaret initially started selling her home-made tablet to raise funds for her granddaughter’s trip of a lifetime to Borneo with a group of Army Cadets and Young Carers from Ayrshire Force, which was partly funded by The Winston Churchill Foundation.  The tablet was so successful that she continued to sell it and was able to hand over a cheque for £1000.00 to Captain Eck Stewart of the Army’s Personnel Recovery Centre at our annual Summer Dance in Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club last Saturday.
To read more go to one of the links below

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As a reminder to all those marching on Saturday:  Please form up in Johnstone Terrace at 11.15 am (at the very latest), ready to step off at 11.30 am.  The route will be from Johnstone Terrace, down the Lawnmarket to the traffic lights and turn right at George IV Bridge.  We will then go on to Greyfriars Bobby, where we will turn right down Candlemakers Row and eventually end up in the Grassmarket.  The route is either on fairly level ground or slight downhill gradient.  People with mobility problems might want to head straight for the Grassmarket and grab some seats at one of the local hostelries!!  If you have them – please wear your glengarries and medals.  See you all on Saturday

Please get in Contact

I am trying to contact 5 individuals who served in 1 QO HLDRS as well as in 2/51 Highland with regard to presentational items they gifted following their service with the TA. 
Could you possibly post the following message in so I can make contact to establish their wishes with regard to the presentational items as follows;
"Alec Rose (currently OC Company 7 SCOTS)  is trying to get in touch with the following former Regular permanent staff instructors with regard to presentational items they made when they were serving with the Territorial Army in Caithness. Please could they (or  whoever is touch with them ask them if they could possibly ) contact Alec on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 07974 159840.
Hamish Macpherson
David Alexander 
G Stuart (former PSI in Wick)
Formerly Sgt Macpherson (son of Hamish who was PSI in Wick)
George Quinn (former PSI In Wick)"
Many thanks

Major Alec Rose|OC,C Coy 7 SCOTS|Army Reserve Centre, Gordonville Road , Inverness , IV2 4SU| Tel: 01463 232926 |Mob: 07974 159840|

Charlie Derbyshire

Charlie Derbyshire was recently in hospital and this photograph taken at the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion dinner at Oswestry last week end is proof that Charlie is on the mend.
From left to right:  George Givens, BobTowns, Charlie Derbyshire, and Jim Ryan
George Givens
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 Davie Robertson (Wee Robby)

Myself, Jock Meikle, and Danny Carruthers went to visit Davie Robertson in Forth Valley Royal Hospital today (17th June 2015).  Davie will be in hospital for the next 5-6 weeks whilst he recovers from his heart attack and operation on his spleen.  He is recovering well, despite being bored out of his skull and would welcome visitors.  Danny Carruthers on the other hand had a hot flush when we told him it was his turn to buy the coffees!  (You can never find Cliff Purvis when we need someone to insert an enema!!)
George Givens
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The Highland Branch Events for 2015 are now here for you to read, just go to one of the links below.

Bob Towns

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 120mm Conbat

Good day at the office.
Had a challenging day 120mm CONBAT slightly weather beaten and breach stuck in the open position it needed help. Well the spotting rifle (.50 cal) is off and after several hours of gentle persuasion the breach is off and ready for a good clean down.
More on this story in the Guest Book Page
Photographs in the Photo Page
Glen Lawson

The Mohmand Expedition 1908
Part Two

By 2nd Lt James Forteath Russell
(Attached Seaforth Highlanders )
Part Three Next Month
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Seoras McIntosh


The Queen's Own Highlanders tweed is now being posted out to everyone! If you have opted to collect your order from Hectors, it is ready to be picked up.
Please phone us on 0131-310-8701 and we can arrange your entry to the museum to collect your tweed.
Thank you for your custom, your support for the museum is very much appreciated.
Yours aye,



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