Queen's Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)


1966 20
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1967 21 2
1976 12
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1977 02
1977 10
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 Obituary Page last updated on  15/01/2016  Lloyd Burt &  Lt Col David Murray's Funeral details are now up      

Photo Page last updated on 12/12/2017 Glens has added to his South Armagh photos

Dates for your Diary 2017

FRIDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2017 1900 for 1930

With the kind permission of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Black Watch, 3 SCOTS the Amalgamation Dinner, will again be held in the Sergeants’ Mess at Fort George. Our main guests for the evening will be the President of Sales Europe for CommScope (a US Multinational) along with the Managing Director Future Communications Scotland Limited (both QO HLDRS). The RSM and other members of the Black Watch will also be invited as our Official Guests. The dress is Kilt/Trews or suit.
Your's Aye,
Bob Towns  
To book go to one of the links below.




SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2017 (7.00 pm for 7.30 pm)

The 2017 Edinburgh Branch Amalgamation Dinner is to be held once again this year in the Debating Hall of Edinburgh University Student’s Union in Bristo Square.   

Our Guest of Honour for the night will be Dougie Shepherd – a Seaforth Highlander at the time of the Amalgamation, a well kent face, and a man with many stories to tell! 

As usual the menu will consist of a three course meal, wine on the table, port for the toasts, and freshly brewed tea or coffee.  Combined with entertainment from a Mini-Pipe Band from Edinburgh Academy and dancing to “The Malting Boys”, this is the bargain of the year at £25.00 per head

This event is always very well attended and everyone will be made most welcome - especially those who have not been to one of our functions before.  So please book your tickets as soon as possible for this once-a-year favourite - and why not bring along friends and family? 

Returns ASP, but no later than the 1st February 2017 please.

To book go to one of the links below

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



 Southern Branch Amalgamation Dinner 2017

Warning Order:.

Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association - Southern Branch are delighted to announce that their Amalgamation Dinner will be held on Saturday the 8th April 2017 at the Solway Lodge Gretna Green, please find attached the menu for the dinner, can you send your selection to Dave (Hendo) and your payment to myself as per the form,
Yours Aye,
Robbie Gow



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


Latest News for January 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.

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


 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.


Latest News for November 2016

Erskine Says Thanks

Erskine says thanks to the Moray Loons for there donation and so do I
Seoras McIntosh

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 Job Advert

The Highland Military Tattoo is seeking to employ a Marketing Manager to undertake marketing, sponsorship and sales responsibilities.
To read more go to one of the links below


The Highlanders Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection )
Newsletter November 2016

Dear All.

Please see attached the Nov 16 Highlanders Museum Newsletter.

Kind regards
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE



 Thurso Remembers

Hi Tosh,
Here is a picture of a couple of Thurso association members at 2016 remembrance service.
From left to right are Ross Hambleton, Steph Barrowman, William Smith and myself William "Tosh" McIntosh.

William "Tosh" McIntosh.

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Just a wee reminder to anyone around about Edinburgh this week - it would be good to see as many members of the Regimental Family as possible, turn out, to either, or both of these services:

Armistice Day Service - Garden of Remembrance, Princes Street Gardens, Friday 11th November 2016: 10.40 am start please, ready for the traditional two minutes silence at the eleventh hour.

Scottish National Remembrance Service – Sunday 13th November 2016 (form up on the Castle Esplanade by 10.15 am at the latest).  Branch Standard will be on parade and wreaths are being laid for the Seaforth Highlanders by Bobby Munro, the Cameron Highlanders by Jake Dunn, and the Queen’s Own Highlanders by George Givens.  If you have them, Regimental headdress, Regimental ties, and medals please.  Refreshments, banter, and music are being laid on afterwards at Leith Ex- Servicemen’s Club – Members of the Regimental Family and their families will be made most welcome

See you there

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

Moray Loons 2016


Another good night I feel was had by all. The night started with Ronnie Sinclair making the opening speech and leading us in to the two minutes silence which was broken by P/M Richard Anderson playing Sands of Kuwait.

The loons then got down to some serious drinking and reminiscing. Ronnie and Hamish McPherson sold raffles and Erskine will benefit to the sum of £310.

Special thank has to go to the P/M Pipers Richard Anderson and Jack McGowan for their excellent performance, to Irene and her staff for efficient service both at the bar and in the kitchen. Delicious stovies were produced by Irene and henceforth they will be named “Irene’s Stovies”.

But my most sincere thanks have to go to all who attended our 7th gathering and made the night the success it was.

Look forward to seeing you all next year.


Photos now up on the photo page.        



Many of you will know Ben Higgins.  Ben has recently been through the process of applying to the Royal British Legion’s Veteran’s Hearing Fund for help with getting new hearing aids. 

The government has entrusted the Royal British Legion to administer this fairly new fund - the aim of which is to support veterans who acquired their hearing loss whilst serving, and whose needs cannot be met through statutory services.  The allocated pot of money comes from LIBOR funds and it is completely separate from the application process for applying for a medical pension/one-off payment for hearing loss

Ben had an old pair of hearing aids that were not doing the job.  He applied through the Veterans Hearing Fund and now has brand new state-of-the-art hearing aids!  He tells me that the process was simple and only took about six weeks from flash to bang.  His hearing is much improved and only becomes impaired when it is his round at the bar!

Ben says: “Please do not be put off by attempting to get copies of medical records.  The process of asking for medical records from the Records Office in Glasgow is quite prompt and in most cases a reply is received within 1 month. More importantly, most of the large hearing specialists such as Boots and Spec Savers offer free hearing tests and will be quite happy to carry out a test, especially if you explain that you are applying for support from the RBL Hearing fund. The take up for the service has been quite slow and only 250 grants have been allocated so far by RBL London”.

Ben is happy to advise and can be contacted by email on:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you want to know more then just follow this link:

George Givens


Latest News for October 2016

A Call for a Piper

Would you be able to oblige the provision of a Piper:-

 Rec’d tel call this am from Capt David Dickson, {Mob ; 07786-434948} or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a piper to play at the funeral of:

 Capt John Robert (Flash) Findlay.  Deputy Lieutenant, and  ex Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.  Died 17 Oct 16, aged 89.

(Address: Carnell, AYR. KA1 5JS.   His son, Michael Findlay. Tel 01563-884236. Mob:  07974-369450 )

 The funeral service is to be held at St Ninian’s Church, Bentinck Drive, TROON. KA10 6HZ, at 1200hrs, on Monday 31 Oct 16.

 I am also informed that there will be a large attendance at the funeral.

 I would be very  grateful if you could contact and advise David Dickson, please.( See above email address & Mobile Tel no)

Edward Usborne




The attached newsletter gives, amongst other things, details about forthcoming Remembrance Parades in the Edinburgh area, our annual Christmas Dance, and the Minutes of our recent AGM. 
Happy reading.
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



The Garden of Remembrance in Edinburgh will open this coming Monday, 31st October 2016.  The Branch Standard will be on parade and poppy wreaths will be laid on behalf of the Seaforth Highlanders, the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and the Queen's Own Highlanders.  If you are able to attend, please be at the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens for 10.30 am.  If you have them, Regimental headdress, Association ties, and medals please. 
See you there.

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch


“The Regimental Association is working hard, in conjunction with Highland Council, to erect a Memorial in Inverness to commemorate the fallen Queen’s Own Highlanders. I need the details, name/address and/or telephone number, of the next of kin of our soldiers listed below so that we can seek their permission to have their relatives names inscribed on the Memorial.

Pte J Hesketh – N Ireland – 10 Dec 73
Pte Al MacMillan – N Ireland – 8 July 79
LCpl V MacLeod – N Ireland – 27 Aug 79

All answers to the email address below please

Thank you in anticipation.
Maj E Usborne
Association Secretary

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 The new Veterans First Point- Highland Project

Please go to the link below
Bob Towns

The Somme presented by The Western Front

The 1916 film, Battle of The Somme presented by The Western Front Association and Forres Films in FORRES TOWN HALL on Friday 4th November.
Doors open at 1800hrs.
The 1916 Film, Battle of the Somme has been improved.

Music also by the Kinloss Military Wives Choir with WW1 songs.

Entry by donation to service charities.
Grenville Johnston

 Highland Branch Christmas Dinner 2016

Details of the dinner in the links below
Yours Aye
Bob Towns




Dear All,

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 27 News, which details information about unclaimed Pensions, Online Job Fair, future service accommodation feedback, and free holidays, amongst other items of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community.
Your aye
Maurice Gibson




 Strong Together Moray Remembers

Dear All,
Many of you I am sure are aware that the Kinloss Military Wives Choir and Elgin City Brass Band are to perform at the Elgin Town Hall on Nov 10th from 7.30pm in aid of Poppy Scotland.
Maurice Gibson

Feel free to print off posters and use them if you wish


Any News after this is in the News Archives Page