Queen's Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)




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 Obituary Page last updated on  05/05/2017 Benny Little Funeral details are now up. Tommy McCann Funeral details are also up.


Photo Page last updated on 14/04/2017 Southern Branch Dinner by Margaret Munro

Dates for your Diary 2017

Battlefield Tour September 2017

This is open to all Ex Queens Own Highlanders Connected Reservists Cadet Adults and Families plus museum staff and volunteers.

Dear All,
On Thursday, I held a meeting with John Marr to finalise the itinerary for the Battlefield Tour. I know that some of you expressed an interest to attend the Menin gate Ceremony on the Thursday evening. I’m afraid that time and distance (including the bus drivers hours) makes this unlikely. Please note that the only pickup points we will be making are on the itinerary and the exact places will be confirmed nearer the time. (Sandy Goodwin, If you still want to travel we can pick you up from Scotch Corner and not Newcastle I’m afraid).

Can I please remind you that payment requires to be made in full before the end of the month in order for us to be able to pay Battlefield Select Tours. Cheques made out to QOHldrs Association.
Dave Chapman

Name list updated

Information Sheet  & Booking Form Below

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Name List to date 09/05/2017 & Photo of Hotel

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The Moray Loons night out will be on Friday November the 3rd 2017

 Cenotaph Parade 2017

This year, the Cenotaph Parade will take place on Sunday 12th November in central London.  It will be the 4th time that our Regiment has fielded a contingent at Westminster.
I am delighted to say that Brigadier Charles Grant will be leading our contingent this year – a strong Regimental character to rally around !
Giles Nevill

To read more go to one of the links below



Latest News for May 2017


Have a shufti at the attached newsletter for details of our Summer Dance, as well as the amended arrangements for this year's Armed Forces Day parade in Edinburgh. 
All welcome to both events
Good reading
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch Committee


 The Highlanders Museum Newsletter 2017

It is our pleasure to attached our Newsletter for May 2017.  We hope you enjoy the read.

Kind Regards
John Bailey MBE


Waxy O'Connors, 44 West George Street, Glasgow

This may be a wee bit late for some but Iain Sargent and his Good Lady Janet have put together a wee get together of like minded Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons), which is advertised on facebook but not on here. Waxy O'Connors, 44 West George Street, Glasgow. G2 1DH, just sits outside Queen Street Station. There is an area booked in this quite nice pub that also serves food. Come along and join us from 1400hrs Saturday 13 May 2016, be there or be square!

Kenny Reid

 Thomas McIvor has a  Grandson

Thomas is a very happy Grandad indeed.
Murray Thomas Malcolm Ramsay is his name.
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 Thomas Grandson2

Regimental Association Bulletin 14 

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 14 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs in Scotland. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community, it is requested that this bulletin is given the widest distribution.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson


 Highland Branch AGM 2017

Minutes, Report, Financial statements and forecast of events for next year attached in Word .doc and .pdf format.
David Terron


Latest News for April 2017

 Army Cadet Force P&D's Concert at Ironworks 122B Academy Street Inverness on 15th April

Dear All,

The annual Army Cadet Force P&D’s concentration is happening in Cameron Bks this week, they are excellent.

If you are in Dingwall on Friday 14th April - afternoon (High Street) at approx. 13.30hrs you can see them their but they will also be doing a full concert

In the Ironworks at 122B, Academy Street on Saturday 15th April at 7pm.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on the night or by visiting; or by phoning 0871 789 4173.

They are very good and I am sure you would enjoy their performance.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson



All Queens Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Regimental Association members welcome.

1. 0930 Re-enactors assemble( Tom Greenshields and 39 Regt personnel)

2. 1015 Those marching and those setting up assemble.

3. 1035 Troops march on from the Cathedral area. Currently there are small detachments from 39 Engr Regt and RAF Lossie. There will be a Colour Party from 7 SCOTS and a Standard Party from RAF Lossie. PM Barry Ashby will lead the contingents onto parade. Association and RBLS contingents most welcome.

4. 1045 – 1050 Contingents on parade and Colours and Standards placed on drums by Padre 39 Engr Regt. Military Wives’ Choirs from Lossie and Kinloss in position.

5. 1100 RAF Typhoon fly over

6. 1100 Lord Lieutenant welcomes all.

7. 1105 -1115 Brief on the Battle of Arras and Moray’s involvement.

8. 1115-1130 Military Wives Choir sing a medley of WW1.

9. 1130 – 1150 Service conducted by Padre. Last Post, Reveille and Lament.

10. 1150 -1155 Schoolchildren place 250 crosses representing each Moray life lost.

11. 1200 End of Ceremony.

12. Light refreshments in the Library.

Glengarry's Medals. Let me know if you can support this important event and I will confirm meeting point.
They deserve our attendance in their memory.
Yours aye,

The South Atlantic Medal Association 1982
(Scotland Branch)



To read more on this go to the link below


 Battle of Arras, Commemorate Service, in Inverness

The Provost and Councillors in conjunction with the RBLS, Inverness Branch, are to hold a Battle of Arras Commemoration Service, at The Cenotaph, Cavell Gardens, Inverness on Monday10th April 2017 at 0730 hrs.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Roddy Wood


Latest News for March 2017


To read more go to one of the links below

Bob Town




2017 Highland Military Tattoo

Dear All.
Would you be so kind and help get the attached message out about the 2017 Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George, Inverness, 8th - 10th September.

Your assistance would be much appreciated.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson


 Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association AGM

The Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association AGM will be on Friday, 30 June 17 at 1100hrs.

Venue : Sgts Mess, Fort George.

Coffee will be available from 1015hrs. Lunch will be at 1215hrs.

If  attending:  Grateful if Members could email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (Letter: Cameron Bks, INVERNESS. IV2  3XE) to confirm their attendance by 12 June please.

If you wish to park inside the Fort; submit your car details (VRN, Model and Colour).

Your reply will greatly assist with the Sgts Mess reception/ planning”

Yours aye – David Grant

‘In the Footsteps of Allenby’

The Palestine Campaign 1916-1918

A talk by Colonel A K Miller on the campaign of the 52nd Lowland Division in Palestine during the 1st World War

This talk commemorates the feats of Scottish Soldiers, and particularly those of the 52nd Lowland Division, who fought in the Palestinian Campaign 100 years’ ago. Having faced the horrors of Gallipoli, the 52nd Division was reconstituted in Alexandria in February 1917 and then fought their way to Tel Arsuf, north of modern-day Tel Aviv, until withdrawn in early 1918 to be redeployed on the Western Front.

To read more go to the first link below

Regimental Association Bulletin

Dear All.

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 7 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs in Scotland. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community, it is requested that this bulletin is given the widest distribution.

Please note also my change of work E-mail as at 31st March below.

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Kind regards
Maurice Gibson


Latest News for February 2017


To live near Hay on Wye, Powys (20 mins Brecon) in a cottage rent free in return for some housework, driving & walking dogs for my elderly parents, house next door. Driving licence essential.  Salary negotiable

Vacancy immediate - for more apply - Emma Phillpotts 01497 831 704 : 0777 567 1868

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Combat Stress

Combat Stress  :  As you may or may not be aware Combat Stress provides its unique services free of charge to veterans and is reliant on the generosity of volunteer fundraisers.  Your gift can help us provide the following care:

125.00 GBP    One session with a Combat Stress Psychiatrist
545.00           One day of Outpatient Assessments fort Veterans leaving our centres
664.00           One day of funding for the 24 hour Helpline

Why don`t you help by purchasing a ticket for the Charity Night on the 7th of April at the Raigmore Motel Inverness. 
The night will begin at 1830hrs and finish at 0100 hrs   Not only will you be helping this very worthwhile Charity, but for your 10.00 you will get good food, good music and a Raffled (Main prize-43" TV).  It will also give you the opportunity to meet up with old friends that you haven`t seen for ages, and have a good natter. There will be free bus running from Elgin, stopping in Forres and Nairn.  The bus will take you home again after the event.  As you read this we have sold 51 tickets and reserved some.   If you wish to purchase ticket(s) you can do so by contacting Mary or myself on 01463 571 458 or 07925653933.  Come along and make this event a great night. 
Yours Aye  Eric & Mary   CFGB



For a full report on our recent Amalgamation Dinner and a list of upcoming events in the Edinburgh area, why not have a quick look at the following attachment

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner Report

Please click on one of the links below to read report.

Museum News Letter Feb 2017

Please find attached the February 2017 Newsletter.  We hope you enjoy the read?
Kind Regards
John Bailey MBE
The Highlanders' Museum



                Seaforth Highlanders Dinner
Just a note to let everyone know that the 68th Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association (Ross=shire Branch) Annual Re-union Dinner will be held in the Ross Hall, Legion Club Dingwall on Friday 10th March 2017.

Tickets, which cost £20 per person, can be reserved by contacting Bob Shanks on 01463-242915.

Transport from and to Inverness will be available for which there will be an addition charge.

Final costs for this service, which return participants to their home address, have still to be confirmed but going on previous years is likely to be in the region of £12.00 per person return.
Bob Shanks

 LT DONALD MACKINTOSH VC - Seaforth Highlanders

A paving stone to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the  action in which Lt Donald Mackintosh earned his VC is to be laid in the grounds of Glasgow Academy on Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 10.30 am (Great Western Road, Glasgow)

It is very much hoped that a good number of former members of the regiment will turn out to mark this civic ceremony (Regimental headdress, Association ties, and medals please)

Tam Balloch is liaising with the school and Council and needs to know numbers for the ceremony and civic reception taking place afterwards.

Can anyone who intends going please let either Danny Carruthers or George Monaghan know so we can feed names and numbers into Tam.  

The following is part of the citation for this VC:

"At the first Battle of the Scarpe, part of the 'Arras Offensive' of April 1917, Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh served with the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders.

On 11 April 1917 north of Fampoux, France, during the initial advance, Lieutenant Mackintosh was shot through the right leg, but although crippled, continued to lead his men, and captured the trench. He then collected men of another company who had lost their leader and drove back a counter-attack, when he was again wounded and although unable to stand, nevertheless continued to control the situation.

With only 15 men left he ordered them to be ready to advance to the final objective and with great difficulty got out of the trench, encouraging them to advance. He was wounded yet again and fell. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for his bravery"

His medal is now held by the Highlanders Museum at Fort George.
George Givens

 Regimental Association Bulletin 4

Dear All

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 4 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs in Scotland. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community.
Kind regards

Maurice Gibson


Can You Help

I am looking to find out if anybody knows the whereabouts of a Pte Ally Meakin/Meachin (Q O Hldrs)who was attached and embedded with C Coy, 3 RRF for the first Gulf War. His CSM at the time has in his possession a 30mm brass shell casing that this individual won in a top soldier competition. It was then removed from him for ‘safekeeping’. CSM Peter West would like to give it back.

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Latest News for January 2017

Transport for our amalgamation dinner at Ft George on 10th Feb

Hi, me old muckers, transport for our amalgamation dinner at Ft George on 10th Feb. for Elgin/Forres loons only.

Dep. Elgin 1800 hrs. Sharp!!

Dep Forres 1830 hrs. Sharp!!

Inverness have their own arrangements.

Look forward to seeing you all.

Ronnie Sinclair


Charlie O'Loan is currently in the Marie Curie Hospice in Frogston Road West, Edinburgh and unfortunately has not got that long to live (terminal cancer).  I visited him today (23/01/17) and although not very mobile, he chatted away OK

If anyone knows Charlie and is in the Edinburgh area and would like to visit him, he would be more than happy to see any of his old buddies.  

I have asked Charlie's son to keep me informed of the situation

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

 JIB Shorncliff Reunion

I have been asked by three veterans from the DWR, to see if there is an appetite for a reunion this September 2017. 50 years ago the camp opened its gates to 1000, 15 year olds. The gathering would be for anyone that started out in JIB. All three of the DWR lads started their army careers off as junior solders in Sir John Moore Barracks. I did myself.
Major (Retired ) Ralph MM
To read more go to one of the links below.

Battlefield Tour September 2017

This is open to all Ex Queens Own Highlanders Connected Reservists Cadet Adults and Families plus museum staff and volunteers.

As promised I now have the dates and basic Itinerary along with other have relevant details for the battlefield study in September:

The cost will be £390 PP (single person supplement is an additional £35 per night)
To read more go to one of the links below.
Dave Chapman


Booking Form Below
Name List to date 09/02/2017


 The SCOTS Regimental Association Branches

Dear All.

The SCOTS Regimental Association branches – Edinburgh (Branch 001) and Inverness (Branch 003) will be holding their next branch meetings at the following:

Edinburgh.  Redford Sgts Mess Thurs 26th Jan 17. 1900-2100.

Inverness.  C Coy 7 SCOTS, Gordonville Rd, Inverness Tues 31st Jan 17.  1900-2100.

Can I please ask that you advertise this around your antecedent community to garner as much support as possible? There will I am sure be SCOTS Veterans who are affiliated to your Branches or who read your websites who might like to consider supporting these fledgling branches.
As a reminder, the SCOTS Association will welcome all serving and former soldiers of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and all former soldiers from all our antecedent regiments. There is no set agenda other than the bar will be open for a drink and it’s a chance for us to foster our esprit de corps.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson

Leo is Remembered

3 members of the Liverpool Scottish Association, Lenny Osbourne, Jim and Doreen Smith and 6 Queen's Own Highlanders, Colin Hughes, Ronnie Baybut, Kenny Banks, John Gribbon, Jim Ryan and Andy [Robert] Capp, attended the cremation of Leo. Colin played Leo into the crematorium and played the lament at the end of the service to which he received a very warm round of applause. After the service, Leo's daughter, Julie thanked every one of us and told us she was thrilled that we had attended. Kenny and Ronnie gave her some photos of her dad which she had not seen before.
Jimmy Ryan.

Liverpool Lads,
I would like to thank you all for the support that you gave Leo’s daughter Julie.
A special thanks to Colin for playing the Bagpipes. I am only sorry that I could not have been there myself.

Regards to you all,

                             Tam Hunter Writes:
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I would just like to say thanks to all the liverpool boys,Leo deserved a good send off and we can always depend on our scouse friends to do the right thing.

Tam Balloch MBE Writes:-

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Tosh just to say you do a wonderful job on your web site and have done for years Its great getting all the info from you and others ref the Regiment keep up the great WORK.


                         We'll Say the Blessing

Chonie Monro is doing the official launch of her book, "We'll Say the Blessing" at Birnie Kirk Hall on Saturday 21st January between 11 am and 2 pm and she would be delighted to see as many of you as she can.

I can assure you that this book is well worth a read and some of it is very funny

Hugh will be there serving the teas and mulled wine and that in itself is well worth a visit

Sample Below click to enlarge

Guest Book

I can only apologise for having to take down the Guest Book but this is due to getting sent a lot of SPAM
Meanwhile I am working on getting a new guestbook and I will put up any message you send up on the homepage.
You can use the Contact page to send your messages and photos you may have
Seoras McIntosh

Ian Geddes Writes:-

Very sad to see the passing of King Kenny Urquart a great bn footballer saw him as a young lad playing for Nairn County along with Johnny Bateson, I only played a few times with him as he had come to the end of his career but he still had it.
Also sad to see the passing of Freddie Mair.

Regimental Association Bulletin 1

Dear All.

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 1 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs in Scotland. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community.

Maurice Gibson


 Highlanders News Letter

Dear All,

Happy New Year

Good news The Highlanders Newsletter 2016 is now complete and online at 

There are various ways to review / read it but the link explains that in a straight forward manner.

Please pass it to anyone who you may think will enjoy it.

Warmest Regards
Maurice Gibson

Happy 2017

I wish all my followers a very prosperous 2017 and hope you will continue to use this website to put up your photos and information and this will give me the encouragement to keep it going.

Seoras McIntosh

51st Highland Division at St.Valéry-en-Cau

We would like to invite you to attend an illustrated talk by Brigadier (Ret'd) C S Grant OBE on Wednesday 15th February 2017.
Meet at The Highlanders’ Museum, Fort George at 6.30pm for a drink and look round the museum ready for the lecture at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 which includes light refreshments. Telephone 0131 310 8701 or book online
The illustrated talk will give an overview of the one of the most poignant and painful events from the start of the Second World War – the surrender and capture of the 51st Highland Division at St.Valéry-en-Caux. It is a story of tremendous endeavour and outstanding bravery by Scottish soldiers in one of the key episodes in World War Two, told by one of the country’s leading experts on the subject. Please find a poster attached. If you would distribute amongst your contacts we would be very grateful.
I look forward to seeing you at the Museum.
Kind Regards
Gill Bird

Education and Outreach Officer
The Highlanders' Museum



Latest News for December 2016

Margaret and Bob Munro receive A Commendation.

Margaret and Bob received a Commendation for their charity fundraising. congratulate them both on their hard work throughout the year.
To read more on this please go to the links below.

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Proposed Battlefield Trip 2017

Dear All,

I had a meeting yesterday with the Regimental Association Chairman James Murray, Treasurer David Grant, Edward Osborne and Bob Towns to discuss the proposed Battlefield Study next year. It was agreed to engage John Marr and his company Battlefield Select Tours to administer this on our behalf. The tour will be a five day event with two nights travel on the ferry and two nights in the Holiday Inn at Arras.

Provisional dates 24 – 28 September.

Our main focus will be what actions the Seaforths, Camerons, Liverpool Scottish and Lovat Scouts carried out in France and Belgium in 1917 and will concentrate on the ground at  Arras, Cambria and 3rd Ypres but will also take in Passchendaele.

We will sail to and from Hull with pick up points on route. I am aiming for 35 to 40 attendees.

I would also be grateful for suggestions and feedback from you all.  

Dave Chapman MBE

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Regimental Association Bulletin

Dear All,
Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 35 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs in Scotland. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community, it is requested that this bulletin is given the widest distribution.
Happy Christmas.
Maurice Gibson


 Knockhill Offer

Dear all,
I work closely with Knockhill, Scotland’s motor racing circuit, near Dunfermline.  They have very generously offered MOD & veterans’ concessions & discounts for the 2017 Scottish Championship and other driving experiences.  Please do put this round your networks – this offers a really fun family day out, even for non-petrolheads!  Details are below. 

Keen to extend the offer of 10% off all Driving Experiences at Knockhill for all serving and veterans of all the Armed Forces. I have created the code FORCES10 which gives the discount –see for the full selection.

Scottish Championship car race meeting on Sunday April 9th as our Armed Forces Appreciation Day in 2017 where all serving and veterans will get in free, accompanying get in for the concessionary rate.

Kind regards and Happy Christmas and New Year
Maurice Gibson

C/Sgt Charlie Liddle


Dear All,
I went yesterday to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea to give Charlie his Christmas bonus from the Association. He is still in the Infirmary.

He was looking much frailer than when I last visited him there some six months ago. 

Charlie is lonely down in London and is currently seeing whether there is any chance of his getting into a Veterans' home in Edinburgh after 17 years in the Royal Hospital.

Perhaps if anyone who knows Charlie could send him a Christmas card, I know that it would be greatly appreciated.

The address is:
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4SR

Peter Grant Peterkin


Nairn Legion has been remembering the sacrifices of local servicemen who gave their lives in WW1 by attending local graves on the 100th Anniversary of their death. On Sunday the 18th of December at 0900 we will conduct a short service at Auldearn Cemetery at the grave of: Pte McBEAN W 36 years old Seaforth Died 18 December 1916.
Why not put on your Glengarry, Tie and Medals and help us Remember.
All welcome. CFGB - Service Not Self - At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning We Will Remember Them.

Bob Towns

Elgin Transport for the Highland Branch Dinner/Dance

Mains transport will leave from the Town Hall Elgin at 19.00Hr on the 10th Dec 2016 returning at Midnight

 The New Calander

Calander is at the top of the home page

Please note that all Association Events and Meetings as well as going up on the home page will also go into the calendar.

If Branch chairmen or secretaries can notify me with the following information, Function, Date and venue address including post code that will be a great help.

Seoras McIntosh


Can You Help Tom?

Our pipe band, Gordon Pipes & Drums,

Copenhagen is busy getting to grips with the pipe tune Caber Feidh.

Over and over I have watched the small video on You Tube where Q.O.H. Regimental Association's Pipes & Drums delivers the tune in such a spot on way.

I wonder if any of you could help me to get in touch with a drummer from the pipe band, in the hope that we might be able to get the drum score used for Caber Feidh sent this way.

The drum score we have got hold of up till now, to me is far too complicated and as I see it, will not in any way provide the same swing of the kilt, as the beatings used by the drummers on the video which can be watched on You Tube. (Link Below)

Thank you for your time.

Tom Bruun

Drummer/ Gordon P&D   Copenhagen.
If you can help Tom please get in touch with me through the contact page whare you can also upload a file of the music.





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