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Forthcoming Events



The gathering will be held at Cameron Barracks on Saturday 8th August 2015 commencing at 11.30Hrs and NOT at Fort George as previously intimated
Members and families of the Queens Own Highlanders Regimental Association are most welcome.
Tickets for the Gathering and a self service buffet, cost £21.00 are available from the Chairman Major H H M Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge,43 Culduthel Road ,Inverness IV2 4HQ Tel;01463 231945
Please send a stamped addressed envelope for your tickets.


 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 July2015


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,

Latest News for May 2015


Some Regimental faces from the Daisy Chain Charity Golf arranged by Anne Young at Archerfield Golf Club yesterday. We didn't win much except Albert who won a very upmarket belt in the raffle and we were certainly Best Dressed. CFGB
Yours aye,
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The Regimental Association has been invited to attend a commemoration of the Battle of Loos at the Hohenzollern Redoubt by the people of Auchy les Mains on Saturday 10th October 2015.  This invitation has been carefully considered by Lt Col James Murray, our Association Chairman, and bearing in mind the large number of Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders involved in this battle (Five Seaforth battalions and five Cameron battalions) it was thought appropriate that we send a good representation of blue hackles.  It is therefore proposed that the Association fund the cost of providing a coach and also pay for the cost of the ferry to France.  People wishing to go on the trip would pay for their own accommodation and food (although some meals might be provided by the organisers in France).
To read more go to one of the links below.

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                   VERNON NICOLL
Visited Vernon this afternoon.  He is in Room 21 of the GC Ward at   Raigmore undergoing treatment.  Tired but fighting hard.  Keep at   it mate.  CFGB
Yours aye,

 Battle of Waterloo

With the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo falling on the 18th of June I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a interesting evening event coming up at Fort George next month. Brigadier Charles Grant is talking about this famous battle in our history.
Peter Grant Peterkin

To read more please go to one of the links below, to enlarge the poster click on it.

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The Mohmand Expedition 1908
Part One

By 2nd Lt James Forteath Russell
(Attached Seaforth Highlanders )
Part Two Next Month
You can if you wish print off and save
Seoras McIntosh

 Peter Johnstone Memorial Garden

A good sized contingent from the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association attended the opening of the Memorial Garden that had been especially designed to celebrate the life of Peter Johnstone, a Fifer who lost his life at the Battle of Arras whilst serving with the 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. 

To read more on this story click on link below, to view photos go to Photo Page.

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Berlin Garrison Church

When we were stationed in Berlin this was the Garrison Church. During a visit last year I noticed Regimental Plaques from all of the Regts and units who had served in Berlin, with one notable absence, our own. On returning home I spoke with Colin Keil who then contacted David Grant at RHQ. Following contact with the Pastor it was arranged that on my next visit I would present a plaque on behalf of the Regtl family of The Queen's Own Highlanders in memory of the years we spent in Berlin. I had the pleasure of carrying out this duty on Sunday 17 May and was assured the plaque would take its rightful place in the Kirk alongside the many others on display. My wife Esther and I were made most welcome and it was a pleasure to be back in familiar surroundings.
Willie Irving,

I am sure on this occasion that the Association will not mind if I thank you for what you have done on their and indeed our behalf,
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Charlie Liddle

I visited Charlie Liddle at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea today (Monday 18th May) and despite being less than mobile he was in good form.  If anyone is ever down in London he would love to receive visitors – just grab the tube to Sloane Square and walk the five minutes it takes to get to the Royal Hospital.  I attach a photo of myself and Charlie watching the queue for the Chelsea Flower Show (Charlie is the one on the right – I have no idea who the guy is in the middle!)
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Looking for something to do on Saturday evening?

SATURDAY 16th MAY 2016 1900HRS



The Cranston Fiddle is a musical and multi-media performance which tells the tragic story of the musical Cranston Family during the First World War. The story is told through a narrator and slideshow of images and footage, and is interspersed with violin performances of traditional tunes which would have been played by Seaforth Highlander, Willie Cranston, around the time of the conflict. Tunes such as Bonnie Lass o Fyvie and Mairi’s Wedding will be played, as well as some new tunes that have been composed especially for the event.
Small eats and drinks are available in the Museum from 1845 prior to the performance. 
Special price of £10 for Regimental
Association Members

Pay on the night, names to me soonest.
Yours aye,

               South Atlantic Medal
From: John Bailey,
I talked with the head of historic medals on Friday about the backlog of Falkland’s medals for members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders.  I was informed that they have very nearly caught up with the approval stage of the South Atlantic Medal and I offered any help we could give, if needed.  The only delay now is the production of the medal which they are trying to speed up.  The backlog  should be cleared in around 4 weeks and if anyone who has applied and has not received their medal in 4 weeks please let us know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try to help.
Kind Regards
John Bailey MBE

SSAFA Looking for a part-time Treasurer

SSAFA is looking for a part-time Treasurer for the Inverness-Shire Branch. It is envisaged that this will take up a maximum of a morning a week plus attendance at Executive Meetings. Travel funding may well be available. For more details please contact Helen Jenkins on 01667 452668.

 Vernon Nicol

We have just been across to visit Vernon who is currently undergoing Chemo & Radiotherapy treatment for lung cancer.  Tired but coping well he is at Raigmore Hospital daily Mon-Fri but is free at the weekend.  Whilst there, he gave me the attached cutting from a 1966 edition of The Highland News.  Some well kent faces there, some no longer with us.
Thoughts are with you Vernon. 
Get well soon CFGB
Yours aye,


Lt Col Colin Keil MBE

Dear All,
The late Lt Col Colin Keil MBE had requested that all donations, at the funeral service, be made to the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association.

A truly remarkable sum of £582.14 was gifted by the congregation who attended his funeral and internment, at the Church of Scotland, Castle St, Dingwall. on Friday, 24 May 2015.
The Association would like to thank everyone for for their heartfelt generosity in memory of Colonel Colin. “ Cabar Feidh Gu Brath”
David Grant, Association Treasurer.

 1971 Photos in PDF

After scanning through my Queen’s Own Highlanders magazine 1971 I came across these photos and I thought they may be of some interest to some of you who was serving in the Battalion in that year.
Seoras McIntosh



Call From Craighill School Tain


Hi it's Katherine here from bus trip to the battlefields 2013. Trust you are well. Wondering if you could help out?
I've been working with children in Tain on WW1 and entered the Legion Scotland Primary Schools Competition.  they have managed to get into the top ten but need voted from the general public to get into the next stage. Wondering if you would be kind enough to vote for them they are up against some pretty big schools.  Also feel free to pass this on to your wide circle of friends and fellows.
Many Thanks
Link is

 VC Plaque for John Ripley of the Black Watch

Dear All
I have just received the following e-mail attached below from Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin and would ask that if we have any Seaforth or Queen’s Own Highlanders in the Keith area that they might like to attend on Saturday the 9th of May at 10.30. Anyone wishing to attend should let
Major E Usborne email:-

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
or Major D Grant email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know so they can inform Moray Council.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson,
Regimental Secretary,
The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordon’s & Camerons)

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