Queen's Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)



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Change to Lt Col Colin Keil's funerail Day in Obituary Page

Obituary Page last updated on 17/04/2015 (Robert (tex) Kirwin
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Forthcoming Events


Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh this year is on Saturday 27th June and to give those members of the Regimental Family who travel from farther-a-field the chance to make a real week-end of it we are also holding our Summer Dance on the same day.  So why not dust off your glengarry and march proudly with other veterans and comrades through the streets of the capital city down to the Grassmarket for a wee swally and entertainment - followed by a great night at Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club later on in the day?
More details will follow in our April Newsletter
George Givens


Regimental Golf Society spring meeting at Kinloss Country Golf Club on the 8th of May 2015 to book your place go to one of the links below for the booking form.
Albert Duffus





Latest News for April 2015

What’s On

Dear All,
Some of the events being planned at the Museum (See Attached) might be of interest to some of you.
Kind regards
Lynsey Easton
Education and Outreach Officer

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Job Vacancy

Dear All,
Find attached a job vacancy for employment with HRFCA as a caretaker for Cadet Training Center Boddam, an application form is also attached.
Maurice Gibson.


Vacancy Letter and Notice-Caretaker

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Application Form- Caretaker

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I received this from Joe:
Eric 46 is back in hospital, Aberdeen Infirmary, he collapsed yesterday, I spoke to him this AM and it appears that he has liquid in his lungs, quite serious he says. Anyway if there is anyone in the area who can nip in to see him he is in HD Ward 106 until tomorrow or Wednesday then he may be moved to a medical word. I would be grateful if you could put the word out.
Many thanks.
Grateful if anyone in the Aberdeen area could visit and keep us updated.
Yours aye,

 Hospital Visit

Whent to see Erick MacDonald 46 tonight and very little has changed.He is still having breathing problems and they believe he has had a minor heart attack. He will undergo further tests tomorrow but is delighted to see a friendly face.
George Fraser
Hospital Visit has been updated in the Guestbook today by George


It was agreed at a recent Committee Meeting that the Branch would pay its respects at the graveside of servicemen who gave their lives during WW1 and are buried in local Commonwealth War Graves.   This will take place on the 100th Anniversary of their death. The first of these visits to the graveside (see photo) will be on Friday 24th April 2015 to Auldearn Cemetery at 1100 hrs where respects will be paid:
To read more go to one of the links beloiw

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If you fancy parading for the Battle of Loos 100th Anniversary Commemoration in Dundee, marching with the Edinburgh Branch on Armed Forces Day, or having a knees up at our Summer Dance, then please read the attached newsletter for all the relevant details
George Givens

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Joe Mahady Visit

Ronnie Sinclair and I decided that we should give the Old RSM Joe Mahady a visit and take him out for lunch. We  invited a few others to come along namely Ian Mackenzie, Jimmy Mutch and Dougie Shepherd. Joe was accompanied by his grandson Gordon.

We all met up at the Pitbauchlie House Hotel, Dunfermline where we had an excellent lunch and a few drammies. As you can imagine the old stories started coming out fast and furious.

Joe was my CSM when he came and took command of the Pipes and Drums for my last Northern Ireland tour in 1974.

For those of you who don’t know Joe he was RSM of the Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1977-79

At 16.00 hr our day came to an end and we all went our separate ways,but a good afternoon was enjoyed by all.

Thanks Joe for your company from us all,

Seoras McIntosh

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 Barry's Stovies Day


What a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon, beats going shopping with the wife any time.
Thank you Barry for organising the stovie day in the Seaforth Club in Elgin.
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To read more go to one of the links below
Yours aye

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 Blue Hackle


Dear All,

Please see attached the latest edition of the Blue Hackle from Lt Col Leigh Drummond, CO 4 SCOTS.

Yours aye

Maurice Gibson

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Updated history of the 51ST Highland Division

Lt Col (Retd) Roddy Riddell is involved with the 51st Highland Division and Ross Bequest Trust (Office at Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth, PH1 5HR) and has asked that I make you aware of the following updated history of the 51ST Highland Division;
Field Marshal Montgomery said: "Of the many fine Divisions that served under me in the Second World War, none was finer than the Highland Division".
The spirit of the Division has been kept alive by a number of veterans over the years and you are encouraged to look at which is an online museum and research site funded by the 51st Highland Division and Ross Bequest Trust.
You should note that an new edition of JB Salmond's history of the Division has just been published by Librario and includes an update of the subsequent history from 1945 - 2013. It can be bought from for £22.50. This book will appeal to veterans as well as to those still serving.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson

 Syd Barker(Snr)

I received this short ago. "Dad passed away at 7 this morning. He put up a good fight, like George MacDonald said that's the Seaforth in him. Once I have more details I will be in touch with you regarding his funeral. Bev"

Yours aye,



It was agreed at a recent Committee Meeting that the Branch would pay its respects at the graveside of servicemen who gave their lives during WW1 and are buried in local Commonwealth War Graves.
To read more go to one of the links below
Yours aye

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                 New Items in the Shop

I have added a couple of new items to the shop, the Beanie Hat and Full Zip Fleece you can also check out my New Number Plate on my car below.
I will apologise for the model used, it was the best I could do at short notice

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Latest News for March 2015


The bench presented by the QO HLDRS in 1983 was looking a wee bit worse for wear. With the help of Garnet Main from the Nairn Legion we removed it to the Legion cellar where I cleaned up the inscription plate and applied a couple of coats of wood stain. Now back in position looking onto the War Memorial.
Yours aye,

No1:- Before Refurb
No2:-Faded Plate
No3:-Freshen up the plate

N04:-Couple of coats of woodstain in the Legion Cellar

No5:-Back in position looking onto the Nairn War Memorial


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Anouther QO Hldrs Bench In Nairn

52 years old this one and still well looked after at the Starters Office at the 1st Tee of Nairn Golf Club. The article from the magazine at the time. CFGB

Yousr aye

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Thistle Lifestyle Management course for veterans

Please see below and attached leaflet for information about the forthcoming Thistle Lifestyle Management course for veterans to be held at

Poppyscotland Inverness in April and May this year.
If you are working with veterans of UK Armed Forces and know anyone who might benefit from a referral, or you would like to find out more about the course,

just give us a call here at Poppyscotland on 01463 710300.
Poppy Scotland, Inverness.

 Faces From The Past 1963

I have just been browsing through my Queen’s Own Highlanders magazines and thought that it might be a good idea to put up these photos from the past of a passing out parade.
How many faces do You Remember? To help I have added the names but try and see if you can remember them before you check the names out .
Seoras McIntosh

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2015 Highland Cross Challenge

 Dear All,
Starting today I am in training for the 2015 Highland Cross Challenge and I am hoping you might support me and help raise some money for worthy charities.

Please see my attached one pager on the event and thank you for reading it. Please forward this to friends and colleagues for sponsorship consideration,
it would be appreciated.
Thank you.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

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 Has Alan Henry Been in touch with you or do you know where he is?


Dear All,

Please see attached. Has he been in touch with you?
DC 4344 Carolyn Hargreaves
INPT1 Ashton Under Lyne
0161 856 4090

Please note GMP operate a “hot Desk” policy and I am sometimes not sat near this telephone. Email is nearly always the best option.

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Erskine Personnel Recovery Centre thank you Letter

Dear Tosh,
We would be very grateful if you could put the attached letter on the website?  I feel it's only right to let everyone know that we have donated the money, from the sale of my tablet,  as promised to Erskine Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh.
To read the letter go to one of the links below.

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Lord Guthrie (Field Marshall the Lord Charles Guthrie)

Dear all,
Please see the attached flyer which outlines a Lecture to be given by Lord Guthrie (Field Marshall the Lord Charles Guthrie) at Dundee University on 28th April 2015.

If you wish to attend please book a place via the e-mail address near the bottom of the flyer.

Kind regards

Maurice Gibson.


Latest News for February 2015



24815901 Pte John William Lang Killed in action, Gulf
24755716 Pte Martin Ferguson Killed in action, Gulf
24823921 Pte Neil Walker Duncan Donald Killed in action, Gulf
On the 26/02/1991 RIP never forgotten CFGB.
Yours aye,

On this day 1ST BN Queen's Own Highlanders lost a SON of the Regiment.
Cpl R.D. Turner R.I.P.




Regimental Association 55th Anniversary Gathering

The first meeting to plan the 55th Anniversary Gathering was held on 18th February. It was agreed that it would be held in Cameron Barracks again with a programme very similar to the 2011 Gathering. One addition is that there would be transport arranged on Saturday morning for those who would like to visit the Museum.
As before the Gathering is for all Regimental Association Members and their families.
It is intended to hold the Gathering on a weekend in June 2016. Once the dates of other shows and games in the north in June 2016 have been confirmed, a weekend will be selected and posted on the website by June 2015.
James Murray
Chairman Regimental Association
19th February 2015

 Thomas McIvor


Thomas has sent me in some photos of the Anti-Tank Plt that will stir a few memories, they are up in the Photo page


You will be aware that there is to be National Memorial Service at St Paul's on 13th March to commemorate the end of our involvement in Afghanistan and to remember the dead. There has been much criticism in the press by families on the numbers of places allocated (2 per bereaved family) to attend the event.

To read more go to one of the links below

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Vernon Nicol is indeed alive and kicking and is becoming somewhat attached to wearing the nifty white stockings that were issued by the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh! – see attached photograph for proof.  He is now looking forward to moving back up to Raigmore Hospital on Wednesday (18th February 2015) and receiving visitors from the Highland Branch.   


George Givens
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The Museum Newsletter
February 2015

February Edition of the Newsletter is now here for you to read
Kind Regards,
John Bailey MBE

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 South Atlantic Medal 1982
(Without rosette)

Recently a Government ordered review recommended that the qualifying date for the “Falklands Medal” be extended to allow for the fact that many personnel were still operating in hazardous conditions, subject to potential attacks by the Argentinians and in very real danger until the completion of the new airfield in October 1982. This recommendation has been accepted by HM Government and personnel who were with 1 QO HLDRS and attached personnel (A Coy 1 QLR/137 (Java Bty RA and others) in the Falklands until 21 October 1982 now qualify for the medal without the rosette.
To see how you apply for the medal go to one of the links below.

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Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner Report

A total of 78 members and guests attended the Annual Dinner at the Sgts Mess in Fort George Chaired by Lt Col Bob Towns on Friday 6th February 2015.  The Regimental Association President General Peter Grant Peterkin and Chairman Colonel James Murray were in attendance.
To read more please go to one of the links below

Yours aye,

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                 Vernon Nicoll
Vernon had a heart attack on Sunday night.  He was in Raigmore and is now, (today Wed 11th) on his way to hospital in Edinburgh for an operation. 
Dougie Shepherd visited Vernon today. He had a triple bypass yesterday however Dougie said he was in remarkably good form. Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Ward 102 Base C.
Get fit soon

Yours aye,

Scotland’s War

When I contacted Yvonne McEwen and asked for permission to use their logo and put a link up to their website this was her reply.
Thank you very much for doing that.

We would be delighted if you or any of your members feel like contributing any material to the website.

Best wishes

Yvonne McEwen

Project Director
You can go to their link in the Links Page

Edinburgh Branch Amalgamation Dinner Report

Last Saturday (7th February 2015), saw the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association celebrate the 54th anniversary of the amalgamation of Seaforth’s and Camerons to form the Queen’s Own Highlanders.  As usual the evening was a roaring success.

To read more please go to one of the links below.
George Givens

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Due to recent bereavements (Our thoughts are with them) we now have five vacancies at the Dinner.  If you know of anyone who would now like to attend or you would like to take someone as a guest please get in touch soonest.  Reduced cost of £10 will apply.

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Yours aye,



Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner 2015


The photos of the dinner are now up on the website for you to view in the Photo Page.
Seoras McIntosh