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Funeral Service Wm Fraser Inverness 1200 Sat 5th August. 
Further details to follow.

Yours aye,
Bob Towns



Peter Keeley passed away suddenly following a heart attack on Sunday 16th July 2017.

Peter was born on Dunbarton and initially joined the Royal Pioneer Corp but transferred to the Queen’s Own Highlanders in 1970, and subsequently posted to A Company, where he was eventually promoted to Lance Corporal and became their storeman.  He had split service and served with the regiment in the UK, BAOR, Hong Kong, and the Falklands.  Peter’s brother, Tam Keely, also served with the regiment.

Peter was granted a medical discharge in 1989 after a few minor heart attacks and went on to settle in Livingston, where he had various jobs before retiring to take things a bit easier.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, daughters, Michelle, Brenda, Sylvia junior, and his four grandchildren 

Peter’s funeral will take place at 1.00 pm on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at:
West Lothian Crematorium
Cousland Wood
Starlaw Place
EH54 7FDe
Cards of condolence can be sent to:
Sylvia Keeley
65 Moncrief Way
EH54 8LW
RIP Peter

seaforthqueensownMajor Robin McLaren

It is with regret that I have to announce that Major Robin McLaren, Seaforth Highlanders and Queen’s Own Highlanders, was gathered at home on Thursday 13th July. There will be a private family funeral followed by a memorial service at a later date.
Anyone wishing to write should send it to Mrs A McLaren, Kinrara, Aviemore, Inverness-Shire PH22 1QA

JE Usborne
To Read more on the Secretary Celebration of Life Service click on one of the links below


 cameron badge smallPipe Major Alex (Eck) Peters

Dear All,
We have been informed of the passing of Pipe Major Alex (Eck) Peters, former Pipe Sgt Q O Cameron Hldr, who transferred to the Inniskillings on amalgamation (7/2/61). 
Alex was a Southern Branch Member.

His  Funeral will take place on Friday 21 July at 1300hrs at The Vale,  Butterfield Green Road,  Luton  LU2 8DD

Kind regards,
David E Loftus MBE



24101136 Cpl Brian Kennedy passed out of the Highland Brigade Depot on the 4th March 1967 as a member of Tripoli Squad and was soon posted to the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Highlanders in Berlin.  Brian had broken service but was to go on to complete 22 years, serving in Rifle Company’s, the MT Platoon, and for some time as a PTI.  When he was demobbed in 1991 he went back to his home city of Dundee and found work driving HGVs.  He did not however, give up his military connections, as he was soon to join the Black Watch in the City of Dundee as a TA Reservist – going on to become their MT Sergeant.  If life was not busy enough, he became a Special Constable in 1996, leaving that service in 2008.  He eventually retired in 2014.

Brian passed away on the 18th June 2017 at the age of 68 and was cremated on the 29th June 2017.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret, their three children, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.  His friends, family, and members of the Regimental Association were there to see him off

George Givens


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A.T. Lawrie Nisbet  

A.T. Lawrie Nisbet enlisted in late 1942, early 1943.  After OCTU he was posted to the Indian Military Academy where he was then seconded for a period of time to the Australian army.  He was posted with the Cameron Highlanders Regiment to occupied Japan, the Camerons being the first in to Nagasaki following the Japanese surrender.  The Regiment stayed as part of the occupied forces and Lawrie remained with them until returning to Fort William in 1949.

A funeral service will be held at Mortonhall Crematorium, Howden Hall Rd, Edinburgh at 11am on Friday June 30th.

Edward Usborne




Colonel DANC Miers

It is with regret that I have to announce that Colonel DANC Miers died on 15th June.
His funeral will take place on Friday 30th June at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Beauly at 12.30 pm.
To read Col DANC Miers Obituary go to one of the links below.


Edward Usborne


Steve Kiakowski

Steve Kiakowski, better known as “Kia” joined the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion (IJLB), Oswestry in September 1967 as an Argyll and Sutherland Highlander, but re-badged whilst he was there to the Queen’s Own Highlanders when the Argyll’s numbers starting to get cut. It was at Oswestry that he learned to excel at canoeing, later on passing his skills to so many others.

He subsequently passed out of Oswestry in late 1969 to join the 1st Battalion in Edinburgh as a member of the Rear Party whilst the Battalion went on post-Sharjah leave. He soon joined 6 Platoon, B Company and was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1971. On his initial tour in Northern Ireland he was based in the Short Strand district of East Belfast and made his first find whilst stopping a car on a routine patrol in Lisburn Street – a group of men acting suspiciously, one 5 lb bomb, and a loaded .38” revolver later!

Kia spent time with the Recce Platoon and other sub units within the Battalion, but always seemed to return to the “Bonny B”. He served in the UK, BAOR, Northern Ireland, Belize, and Hong Kong.

He was demobbed after Hong Kong and went on to marry his wife, Eleanor, and become father to his two sons, Kevin and Steven. In civvy street he started work in Fountain Park Brewery before taking on various jobs as a joiner. He unfortunately fell off some scaffolding whilst at work and became physically disabled in the 1990’s. In July 2016 he was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer and sadly passed away on the 11th June 2017

Kia always excelled on operations, or on exercise in the field, but was one of those characters who got bored whilst in barracks and whose stripes were best sewn on with Velcro – he would have wanted it no other way! He was a real character and good all round soldier. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.


Funeral Details: 2.00 pm, Monday 19th June 2017 at Kirknewton & East Calder Church, 8 Manse Court, East Calder, Livingston, EH53 0HF

Thereafter, the coffin will be interred at Almondell Cemetery, East Calder at 3.00 pm


Mrs Anne Nason

Dear All,
It is with deep regret that I inform you for the death of Mrs Anne Nason, (wife of Col IG Nason) from Cancer on 4th June 2017.
The Funeral is private but a memorial service will be arranged for the Autumn.
Condolence cards / letters to Colonel Ian at;
Colonel IG Nason
Mount Sorrel Farm
Broad Chalke

Maurice Gibson


seaforthqueensownDM Wattie Grant
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Dear All,
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Wattie (Drummie) Grant.
Drummie passed away on Sunday 20th May after a long illness fought with courage and bravery surrounded by his family

"Walter fought a long and very brave battle.
He decided several years ago that after he passed, he wanted to help others.
His decision to donate his body to medical science enables young doctors who are training to learn and understand medical procedures and become our next generation of doctors, who do a marvellous job.
There shall be a memorial service to celebrate Walters life, to which his friends and old comrades will be most welcome.
The details shall be announced once finalised."

Walter's memorial service shall be held on Tuesday 20th June at 1pm in The Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.

This shall be followed by a reception in the British Legion, Rodney Street branch.

All friends and family are invited to attend, and shall be made most welcome.
Elaine Salton


Wattie Grant was already a senior Drum Major when I joined the Battalion as a young Jock in 1968 so my thoughts on the man were gleaned from his family at today’s memorial service.  I hope they do him proud:

Wattie Grant was born on the 29th August 1932 in Elgin.  At the age of eighteen he joined up at Fort George and was accepted into the Highland Light Infantry, but soon transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders, and after amalgamation, the Queen’s Own Highlanders.  He became a drummer in the Seaforth’s Pipe Band, with high hopes of following in his father’s footsteps, who himself was a Drum Major.  Wattie’s first appearance in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo was as a Highland Dancer, followed by many other appearances in the tattoo over the years as drummer and subsequently Drum Major.  He was Drum Major of both the Seaforth Highlanders and Queen’s Own Highlanders.  One of his proudest achievements was leading the massed Pipes and Drums on Horse Guards Parade at “Big Blaw” in 1971 shortly before he was demobbed.  He served in BAOR, Aden, the UK, Northern Ireland, and with the Trucial Oman Scouts in the Gulf

He married his wife, Jessie in 1953 and they went on to have three children.  After leaving the army in 1972 he went to work for Scottish and Newcastle Brewery and managed several pubs around the Edinburgh area

Wattie passed away from complications caused by his cancer on Sunday 20th May 2017 and asked that his body be donated for medical research.  A memorial service was subsequently held for him in the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh on the 20th June 2017, which was attended by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his friends,

RIP Wattie, CFGB
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch





The Edinburgh Branch have been informed of the sad passing of one of our oldest members - Tommy McCann who died on the 27th April 2017

Tommy was born and brought up in Prestonpans, East Lothian and in 1959, at the age of 19 left the pit where he was working to join his brother, George, in the Seaforth Highlanders.  Initially stationed in Munster he was soon to move back to Edinburgh for the amalgamation of the Seaforths and Camerons to become a Queen’s Own Highlander.  He joined the Signals Platoon and was soon off to Singapore.  On return to the UK he married and went on to have four children.

After serving six years, he left to start work as a dry stane dyker in Wick.  Whilst there he took an active interest in the Sea Cadets as an adult instructor.  He eventually returned to Prestonpans with his wife, Bertha to start work in Cockenzie power station.  Tommy, together with his brother George were regular attenders at the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association and despite mobility problems in his later years, always made an attempt to turn up to watch the Branch march on Armed Forces Days.  He was a proud Seaforth Highlander and Queen’s Own Highlander.

Funeral Details:  Tommy will be interred at 10.30 am on the 9th May 2017 at the New Cemetery Prestonpans (go along Prestonpans High Street, just before the Lidl turn right up Robertson Avenue and on to Nethershot Road)

George Givens

 queensown23930802 Benny Little


It is with much regret that I have to advise you on the death of Benny Little.
Benny passed away last night Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Funeral Wednesday 10th May at Cattos Elgin 11,00hrs Then to Seaforth Club for Tea,

Yours Aye,
Ian Geddes
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Calum Gill has informed me that Paul King sadly passed away this afternoon (21/04/2017)  Paul was a lovely man and during his last days in the Hospice prepared for his own death and even helped me put together an obituary for his eventual passing.  The following will hopefully tell you a bit more about the man:

Paul King was raised and brought up in Penicuik, and after leaving school became an apprentice bookbinder.  He quickly realised however, that his future lay in becoming an army musician, and subsequently signed up as a Queen’s Own Highlander.  

In April 1982 he joined Salamanca Platoon at the Depot, Glencorse to carry out basic training, before moving to Bridge of Don for continuation/music training.  He then joined the Battalion in Tidworth, and went on to serve with the Military Band as a cornet player in the UK, Northern Ireland, BAOR, and the Gulf.  Apart from a short stint at the School of Music, Kneller Hall, where he converted from the Cornet to the French Horn, he served with, and travelled all over the world with the Military Band.  In 1989, together with the rest of the band, he was deployed to the Gulf with 1 Armoured Field Ambulance to carry out the band’s wartime role of medics and stretcher bearers.  Indeed, it was the band’s proud boast that they were in the field of operations during the First Gulf War before any other soldier from the Battalion had even set foot on the desert sands!

After he was demobbed in 1994 he joined the Scottish Ambulance Service as a driver supplying patient transport services.  In his latter years, he became a Security Administrator at Napier University. 

Paul was a very keen bowler and regular attender at his local club in Penicuik.  He was also President of Midlothian Young Bowlers, where he helped to coach many a youngster wishing to join the game.

He sadly passed away in the Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh on Friday 21st April 2017 at the age of 57

Rest in Peace  Paul, CFGB
George Givens

Funeral details to follow


24111367 LCpl Bill Donald was born in Keith on the 29th August 1942 and trained as a joiner when he left school.  He subsequently joined the Queen’s Own Highlanders after passing out of the Highland Brigade Depot in April 1967 with prizes for the Best Recruit and Best Shot of Marne Squad.

He went on to join the 1st Battalion in Berlin, and after some time in a duty Company, became one of the Battalion’s Domestic Pioneers. He went on to serve with the regiment in Edinburgh, Sharjah, Osnabruck, and Northern Ireland. After leaving the army in 1975 he worked as a joiner and site manager in the building trade.

Bill sadly passed away on the 11th April 2017.  His funeral service took place on the 20th April 2017 in Livingston, where he was surrounded by family, friends, and members of the Regimental Association

RIP Bill
George Givens


 cameronqoPiper Hugh (SHUG)Fraser

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that my brother Hugh was found dead yesterday the 4th April 2017 in his home. 
Sad to say that he will not be playing his beloved pipes any more.
No more  details as police have to do their thing.
I am also looking for a contact number or email for Bob McPhee
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George (Podge) Fraser

Funereal Details
At his own request,He is having a humanist service at W T FRASER, Culduthel Road Inverness IV2 6AB at1230 hours, Thursday 13 April 2017. We then move to Nairn cemetery where the committal will take place at 1400 hours. Family flowers only please but donations may be given after the service in support of the Queens Own highlanders association pipe band.


Charles G O'Loan

It is with much regreat that I have to advise you of the death of C G O’Loan
Charlie passed away peacefully at 0645 yesterday morning at the Highland Hospice in Inverness.

Funeral details to follow.

RIP Charlie
Yours aye,


Roderick (Eric) Boag


It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Roderick (Eric) Boag .Eric died on Tuesday 21st February at his home in East Kilbride, surrounded by his family.

Eric was born in 1938 In Crieff. He joined the Royal Marines in 1954 as a musician.

In 1960 he joined the Regimental Band of the Seaforth Highlanders at Fort George, and was a very welcome addition to the Band. An excellent Cornet player and a very competent musician. He served in Munster, Redford (where he became a Queens Own Highlander) Singapore, Fort George and Bridge of Don where he was an Instructor with the Junior Bandsmen. A talented footballer he represented the regiment and the Depot and played on the left wing, very speedy with a strong left foot.

He was discharged in 1965 and is survived by his sons Andy and David.

It was a great pleasure having served with him.

Funeral details
Thursday 2nd March 14.00 hours Linn Crematorium Glasgow

Willie Irving



John MacCallum Formerly a Cameron Highlander then Queen’s Own Highlander, died in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on Friday 17th February 2017after a short illness. His widow Mrs Claire MacCallum lives at 17 South Hamilton Road North Berwick East Lothian EH39 4NJ

Obituary by Angus Fairrie

John was Educated at George Watson’s College and the RMA Sandhurst, he was granted a Regular Commission in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders on 21 December 1956. He served with the 1st Camerons in Aden, Dover and Edinburgh. After the amalgamation of Seaforth and Camerons he served with11 KAR. He returned to1 QO HLDRS in Osnabruck in 1964-66 and was then the last Adjutant of 1st Bn Liverpool Scottish before the reorganisation of the TA in 1967. After staff appointments in Northumberland and Singapore he served with the 1st Gordons as a company commander. He was then seconded to the Sultan of Muscat’s Armed Forces as DAA&QMG, for which he was made MBE in 1974. In 1974-76 he commanded Churchill Company, Scottish Infantry Depot Bridge of Don, and then became DAAG at HQ Lowlands. From 1979-82 he served as GSO1 (local Lt Col) with the BMM Saudi Arabia. His final appointment was as Camp Commandant HQ Scotland, before he retired in 1990 to take up a RO’s appointment at Craigiehall. He is survived by his wife Claire and their family.
Angus Fairrie

Funeral details are:
Abbey Church,
High Street,
North Berwick
On Friday 3rd March at 1145hrs. Family flowers only. Donations to, The Edington Hospital, 54 St Baldred’s Road, N Berwick EH39 4PU





Dear All,

I have just been informed by daughter Carol that Rab passed away this afternoon 23/01/2017. A fine Queen's Own Highlander and as custodian of the "Cabarfeidh Hotel", Rab will be very much missed by many.

Funeral: 1200 Tuesday 31st January,
The Moorings Hotel,
Fort William, PH33 7LY

No flowers, donation to Help for Heroes.


I met with daughter Carol this morning and she requested our participation in Rab's farewell as follows:

Bearer party into the The Moorings Hotel, Seanivan, Banavie, Fort William OH33 7LY.
Bearer Party out after the service.
Remainder to line route for the bearer party in and out.
Piper to play on the way out.

The family will provide the Bearer Party at Glen Nevis Cemetery, PH33 6ST.
Piper to play at the Graveside.

All those who can assist are requested to be in the Hotel Car Park by 1130 at the latest. I will be there by 1115.

Glengarries and tartan where possible.

Grateful you confirm your assistance/attendance direct to me.

Yours aye,


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Major ARF MacLeod , Seaforth Highlanders.
Died : 13 December 2016.  Aged 95.


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It is with deep sadness that I wish to report the sudden death of my brother Lloyd Burt in the early hours of Sunday morning the 15th January at his home in Kyle of Lochalsh

Lloyd was brought up in Wick, Caithness and joined the Regiment in 1965 as a trumpet player with the Military Band. He served in Berlin, Osnabruck Sharjah and Edinburgh.

Lloyd and I served together and to distinguish us he was known by his last 2 numbers as Burt 75 and I as Burt 57.

Lloyd was well-liked by all who knew him and his family will miss him very much.

Lloyd's funeral will take place on Friday morning at 10.30Hr on the 20th January 2017. The cortege will leave from The Church of Scotland in Kyle of Lochalsh.

All are welcome to pay their last respects.
Roger Burt
To read Lloyd's Obituary click on one of the links below.



Lt Col David J S Murray

It is with regret that I have to announce the death of Lt Col David Murray who died peacefully at 1100 am on Sunday 8 January, in Petersfield.
David was listening to pipe music from the Edinburgh Tattoo as he slipped away. When he heard it he smiled and his eyes lit up - a lovely way to go.

funeral of Lt Col D Murray is taking place on 26th January 2017 in Guilford Crematorium at 0945 hrs. It is a private service but his daughter has intimated that old friends are welcome to attend.
To read Lt Col DJS Murray Obituary click on one of the links below




Kenny Urquhart sadly passed away today (9th January 2017)

Kenny came from Prestonfield in Edinburgh and joined the Seaforth Highlanders in the 1950’s.  After amalgamation, he was posted to A Company as a Lance Corporal, but was soon promoted to full Corporal.  Even at his young rank and age Kenny was good enough to captain the Battalion football team, leading them to league and cup wins in the Battalion’s very first season in the Singapore league. 

Kenny is therefore best remembered as one of our Battalion’s best ever footballers.  Indeed, as well as playing many games over the years for the Battalion, Kenny was a regular Army player, as well as turning out for Nairn County.

Kenny was demobbed in 1971 from the Depot, Glencorse, where he was posted as a Training Sergeant.  He soon settled down with his family into accommodation in Edinburgh’s High Street, before moving to Tranent.  He worked at various jobs before retirement

Kenny will be sadly missed
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

The family have informed me that Kenny has left his body to Edinburgh University and therefore there will be no funeral.
There will however, be a private celebration of Kenny's life to which the family will be inviting his friends to.


Fredie Maher

Dear All,
I received a letter on Saturday 7 January from Mrs Anthea Maher informing me of the passing of her husband Fred on the 30 Dec 2016,
George Fraser

Sadly my Father Fred Maher passed away on 30th November after a battle with Alzheimer's.
He served 27 years with the Queens Own Highlanders, and reached the rank of RSM.
His last posting was at the Army Careers Office in Manchester.

The funeral is on Tuesday 17th January at St Joseph's Church, Hope Road, Sale, Cheshire at 12 noon.

Chris Maher

Howard William Messina
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Howard William Messina

 My dad passed away on the 30th of December 2016 at the age of 88 years
he was married to Louie Messina (deceased) and leaves a son David and daughter Elaine.
Lived in Nairn late 1970s till 1990s

David Messina


Leo (Scouse) Riley


It came as a big shock to me today when I received a letter through the post from Julie Davies (nee Riley) that her Dad Leo Riley had passed away with Heart failure on Christmas day.
Leo was found at his house in his bed when they went to pick him up to take him for Christmas Lunch.
Julie said “it was very unexpected and we are deeply shocked and saddened”

I was a good friend of Leo (Scouse) Riley when I joined B coy in Osnabruck in 1965 we were both in the boxing team together under Dykes Duffus I also went to visit Leo when he lived at 43 South Avenue, Prestcot with his dog Kiser. We managed to sink a bottle of Bacardi together this was around the year 2000 when I was working down in Haywood Manchester.

Funeral Details.
10.30am on the 13th Jan 2017
At St Helens Crematorium,

at 10.30pm on the 13th Jan 2017

R. I. P. Leo
Seoras (Tosh) McIntosh

You can contact Leo's Doughter Julie
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Suddenly at home, on 9th November, 2016, Roderick Forsyth Findlay, 5 Glendruidh Road, Inverness, aged 66 years.
Former Queen's Own Highlander. Dearly loved son of Charles and Helen, loving brother of Charles, Rosemary, Tommy, Christopher and Carol, a dear brother-in-law and uncle.
Funeral Service Private.




Alan Kirkwood sadly passed away on the morning of the 17th November 2016 from complications arising from cancer of the lungs. He was sixty four years old.

Alan followed many Scousers from the Liverpool Scottish Cadets to go on to join the Queen's Own Highlanders. His first training unit in 1968 was the Junior Infantrymen's Battalion at Shorncliffe, where 24143061 J/Pte Kirkwood was reported to excel at .22 target rifle shooting - a skill he would later use as a valued member of the Battalion’s Bisley and NISHAN Teams.

He passed out of Juniors and joined the 1st Battalion in Edinburgh as they were returning from Sharjah. He was posted to Delta Company and eventually went on to the Recce Platoon.

He served in Northern Ireland three times - on the Battalion's very first tour in the Province, then on Op Motorman, and finally in West Belfast.

He was demobbed in 1974 and returned to the Shorncliffe area, where he found work on the new Channel Tunnel and the cross channel ferries. After many years working in civil engineering he returned to Scotland and settled in Aberdeenshire.

He is survived by his wife, Mandy, and three daughters

Alan was one of my Jocks when I was a section commander in Delta Company and I have very fond memories of him - a friendly wee man with a big personality.
Funeral details,

2.30 pm, Tuesday 29th November 2016 at the small chapel, Aberdeen Crematorium, Hazlehead, Aberdeen, AB15 8PT
RIP, Alan
George Givens


2829595 John Jackman (23/04/1928 - 28/10/ 2016) R.I.P

I am writing to inform you that my dear father, John Jackman (Regimental Assoc. Membership No: 3390) passed away peacefully last week in Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, Kent, after a short illness.

The funeral will take place next Monday, on Nov. 21st, at 3.00pm, at The Garden of England Crematorium, Sheppey Way, Bobbing, Kent ME9 8GZ.

Refreshments will follow, at the Hampstead House Hotel, Bapchild, Kent ME9 9PP and anyone who wishes to attend will be most welcome.

Any Flowers or donations, in John's memory, to the British Heart Foundation, may be made through R.High & Sons, Funeral Directors, 1 Bayford Rd, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3AD. Tel: 01795 472958

Although, due to failing health, my father was unable to attend the more recent annual Regimental dinners and events, those he had attended in past years, brought him much joy. He always kept his Regiment, The Seaforth Highlanders, very close to his heart and carried his association with it, from a mere boy of 14 years old till the grand old age of 88, with tremendous pride.

Yours Sincerely,
Yvonne Ayoub (Mrs)

Cpl Mick McGowan

Tam Balloch has just informed the Edinburgh Branch that Mick McGowan sadly passed away in his sleep on the 25th October 2016.

Mick came to the Queen’s Own Highlanders after the Cameronians were disbanded and went on to serve with the Regiment as a drummer in the Pipe Band in Berlin, Edinburgh, Sharjah, and Osnabruck.
He ended his service as a Corporal Leading tipper in the Pipe Band

A funeral service for Mick will take place at St Margaret’s RC Church, Clark Street, Loanhead at 2.00 pm on Thursday 3rd November 2016, followed by interment at Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh at 4.00 pm


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Bob Aitken’s family have informed the Branch that Bob sadly passed away last week-end (15/16th October 2016) at the age of 80
Bob was a son of the regiment.  His father was a lon- serving Major, Quartermaster with the Seaforth Highlanders, and Bob unsurprisingly went on to enlist in the Seaforths in 1954.  He was demobbed in 1958 and went on to join the Territorial Army – firstly with the Camerons, where he was commissioned, and subsequently with and Argyll’s, the Gordon Highlanders, the London Scottish, and latterly as a Staff Officer at Headquarters Scotland, where he retired from the Reserve in 1982.

Bob worked in the insurance and banking industries, but nevertheless found both the time to be a TA soldier, as well as a member of the Scotland and GB Target Rifle Teams, captaining the GB Team in New Zealand in 2003.  After retirement Bob went on to work as General Secretary for the Scottish Sports Association for 5 years.

Bob was a well-liked and regular attender at the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association.  He will be sadly missed.

RIP, Bob

Funeral Details have been confirmed as follows:
Warriston Crematorium, Lorimer Chapel,
Saturday 29th October 2016 at 11.00 am
Family flowers only.  Collection for Poppy Scotland
The family would like to assess numbers so please either let myself or Danny Carruthers know if you are definitely attending.

George Givens






Sad news but Bobby Hughes died this morning in the I C U at Whiston Hospital (0605 Hrs) After discussion Colin has given his permission for me to give out his mobile number. This is the way he wants it and would prefer text as it can be expected that voice calls can be very long and drawn out (07724 872598).  Such a sad occasion losing a friend I have known for more than 54 years.
R I P Bobby a wonderful, kind and caring man (A good drinker too)

Yours Aye,

Ronnie Baybut

Dear All,
Sad to say that my brother bobby died this morning. he was a Queens Own Highlander at heart even though he served with the 9 mile snipers and as a drummer with the Liverpool jocks He also played with The Q O HLDRS pipe band , attended the last two Gatherings and recently stewarded at The Highland Tattoo. I believe that he was also well kent in bars around sneckie
Colin Hughes

Bobby's funeral will take place at Springwood Crematorium, Allerton, Liverpool, on 03 10 16 at 1530hrs and afterwards you can join us for a wee dram or two at Huyton with Roby RBL.


Mrs PI Laughton

Mrs Joanna Laughton died on 21 August 2016. She was the wife of Major Peter Laughton who served as a Regular and TA officer in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Their son Lieutenant Hugh Laughton held a commission in the Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1980 to 1983.

Col Angus Fairrie


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23041515 Lance Corporal Colin Masson CUMMING. 

Colin Cumming, a native of Galcantray, Croy, Inverness-shire, joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in March 1955. He did basic training at Cameron Barracks, Inverness, then departed Glasgow on the troopship "Dunera" for Korea.  He was in Korea with the Camerons for approx. one year, serving with the Sigs Pln.  He flew home in July 1956 on account of the Suez Canal being closed. 

On leaving the Army Colin worked as a joiner and a buyer for a builders' merchant.  He is survived by Ann who he married in Sep 1962, and their son Colin Jr. 

Colin retired in Culduthel, Inverness, sadly he died in Raigmore Hospital on 16 Jul 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.     

Pro rege et patria


William (Wavell) Gunn

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of William (Wavell) Gunn, a long time member of the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association (Ross-shire Branch).

Wavell, who passed away on August 15th 2016, was a member of 11th (TA) Battalion Seaforth Highlanders and for some time it is understood that he was on the MOD Staff at Cameron Barracks.

Funeral service will take place at 10.30hrs on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 to which an invitation to all friends has been extended by the family.
Bob Shanks


Major RCH Collier MC

Major Robin Collier died in New Zealand on 7th August 2016, aged 93. The son of Major General AL Collier CBE, MC, he was born in 1923 and commissioned in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1942. Having joined the 2nd Camerons in Italy in 1943, he was wounded as a platoon commander at the battle of Monte Cassino. He was awarded the MC for gallantry at Grillo in 1944, and served with the 2nd Camerons in Italy, Greece and Austria until 1946. He then became ADC to the GOC-in-C Scottish Command, General Sir Philip Christison. After serving as Adjutant 4/5 Camerons TA 1949-51, he served with the 1st Camerons in Egypt, Austria, Luneberg, and Korea, where he was as OC Guard Company in Inchon. Having served as Adjutant of the Liverpool Scottish TA 1956-58, and then in Nigeria, he returned to the 1st Camerons as OC HQ Company in Dover and Edinburgh, being posted to the Queen’s Own Highlanders in 1961. After serving with 1 QO HLDRS in Singapore, he returned to the UK in 1962 and became PSO Highlands until he retired in 1966. In 1957 he married Gillian Fitzgerald, from New Zealand, who survives him. After retiring they ran a successful fruit farm near Nelson, New Zealand.
Angus Fairrie




It with great sadness that I have to report that George MacAlister passed away on Friday 5th August 2016 at a local care home near Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh.

George, better known as “The Bone”, because of his very thin frame, was born in Dundee and joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders at the end of the Second World War. He subsequently became a Queen’s Own Highlander on amalgamation with the Seaforth Highlanders, at which point he became Company Sergeant Major of B Company, successfully steering them through the early years of amalgamation - from Singapore through to the Battalions first of days in Osnabruck.

After his many years of regular service, George went on to become a Long Service List recruiter in the Army Careers and Information Office in Rutland Square, Edinburgh, from where he signed up many members of the regiment.

George eventually settled in Penicuik and along with Brigadier DR MacLennan and Ritchie Turner, became one of the founding members of the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association, spending many years as Branch Treasurer.

George was a much-respected and well-liked man, a staunch Cameron Highlander, and proud Queen’s Own Highlander. He will be sadly missed

RIP, George. CFGB
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

Funeral arrangements:-
11am Tuesday 16th August St Mungo's Church Penicuik.
Then on to Penicuik Cemetry. 11.45 am

Tribute to George MacAlister by George Givens


George MacAlister was interred today close to his family home in Penicuik. 

Willy Irving took the service, Andy Venters played March of the Cameron Men and Lochaber No More, And Tommy Graham sounded Last Post.  George was surrounded by his family, friends, and members of the Regimental Association as he was laid to rest.  He was 92 when he passed away.

The attached photograph shows George in his younger days with the TOS, of course, at the correct seventy ninth angle!

RIP George, CFGB

George Givens

Edinburgh Branch



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23491414 CPL Derek Millard

My uncle sadly died yesterday 24/07/2016, he served from 1955 to 1978 and was 78 years old when he passed away.
His name was 23491414 CPL Derek Millard.

Derek served in both Seaforth Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Highlanders

Funeral Arrangements:-
Derek will be buried on Monday the 1st of August, at 1100 in Preston Cemetery Walton Ave, North Shields NE29 9NJ.

He is survived by his wife Judith and his children Adrian, Bonnie and Tammy and grandchildren Chelsea, Connor, Lewis and Conrad.

Judith Millard
11 Bradford Avenue,
Battle Hill,
Tyne and Wear
NE28 9DF

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24008116 Rodger Whitelock

My Dad,Rodger joined the Queen’s Own Highlanders on the 13th April 1963
and served until the late 70s.

Rodger grew up in Dunfermline, Scotland before joining the Queens Own Highlanders.

He retired to Torrevieja in the Alicante province of Spain in 2012, with his wife Mary.

Rodger's passing was unexpected, after a very short illness and passed away in the early hours of 1st July 2016 - aged 69.

Rodger is survived by his dearly beloved wife Mary, his children Stephen and Paula, his grandchildren Ethan and Hannah and his brother Walter, and sisters Susan and Sandra and step sons Tony and Alan plus many extended family and friends.

Funeral details - Rodger's funeral will take place on Thursday 7th July in Spain.

He will be sorely missed by all.

Kind regards

Paula Whitelock



Michael Milne

Suddenly at his home on Tuesday June 14th 2016 Michael (Mike) in his 69th Year ,formally of The Queen’s Own Highlanders Beloved partner of the late Margaret Taylor much loved brother of Colin, Veronica and Wilma and a dear brother-in-law and uncle.

Funeral is at 1.30pm on Wed 29th June at Cattos, Linkwood Rd Elgin,then to Elgin cemetery



It is with a heavy heart that I have been asked by Ellen to inform you that Jimmy passed away at 1530 today Friday 27th May 2016. He has been seriously ill for some time however true to the way Jim always conducted himself he kept quiet. Messages of condolence can be sent to Ellen at 98 Smithton Park, Smithon, Inverness, IV2 7PF.
will take place at Inverness Crematorium at 1100 Friday 3rd June 2016 and thereafter at the Smithton Motel.

Yours Aye,


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Mr.Kenneth George Pirie

It is with very deep sorrow that we have to announce the sudden death of Mr.Kenneth George Pirie of 17 Fifehill Park Dyce Aberdeen.on Friday 20th.May 2016. Ken was a Regimental Signaller with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders in Korea and Aden.Ken was the organiser and ran the annual Korean -Aden Dinner in Aberdeen and he was a member of the Committee of the Cameron Highlanders Association.

Funeral will be held in Dyce Parish Church, Dyce on Wednesday 1st.June 2016 at 1100hrs followed by interment in Dyce Burial Ground.

The sincere sympathy of all members of the Cameron Highlanders Association is extended to Ken's Family.

 Hamish Sutherland Chairman.


Jackie "Jackie" Hogg

23677233 Lance Corporal Jackie Hogg joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1958 at the tender age of 18, and on amalgamation with the Seaforth Highlanders in 1961 went on to join the Queen’s Own Highlanders. He served in Singapore, Brunei, Borneo, BAOR and the UK and was with A Company of the Queen’s Own Highlanders during the famous Anduki landing in Brunei, when the Battalion were deployed to help quell the Communist Revolt. He subsequently went on to serve with the Recce Platoon and finished his service in 1977 as a member of the Quartermaster’s Department. He held the GSM Brunei, the GSM Borneo, GSM Clasp Northern Ireland, the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and the Pinjat Malaya Medal.

 When he was demobbed to civvy street in 1977 he worked for various security companies and the Post Office and lived for many years in veterans accommodation in Whyteford House in Edinburgh. After a very short illness Jackie was admitted to hospital and died suddenly on Thursday 19th May 2016

 Jackie was a quiet man who was very proud of his ties to the Cameron’s and Queen’s Own Highlanders and could always be relied on to turn out very smartly dressed- always in his Cameron tartan trews. Although he did not drink, he was a regular attender at all the Edinburgh Branch functions. He was a lovely wee man who will be sadly missed by all of his comrades

 RIP Jackie
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

Funeral will now take place at Seafield Crematorium, Edinburgh at 12.00 noon on 21st June 2016


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Donald Edward Woollerton

Donald Edward Woollerton (Ted) was born in Manchester England on the 7th January 1934.
He served in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in Korea,and was also based at Cameron Barracks Inverness. He was a drummer in the Pipe Band and also served as a RP
He left the army as a L/Cpl.

Donald died on 22nd September 2011 at Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.

We would like to see our Dads obituary put up on the Cabarfeidh website

James, Gary, Lee,Steven & Jacqueline  




Jim Moore originally came from Bowhill in the Kingdom of Fife and before joining the Seaforth Highlanders worked as a miner. He served from 1953 to 1958 and saw service in Aden and Gibraltar before being demobbed back to Fife to take up employment as a civil engineer helping to build the new Forth Road Bridge.
Jim was a staunch and proud Seaforth Highlander, and when he was fit enough to do so, attended various functions at the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association.

Jim died from complications arising from a diagnosis of cancer. He was 85 years old when he passed away and will be sadly missed at the Branch. He is survived by his daughters, Jan and Fiona.

Jim’s funeral will take place at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Monday 16th May 2016 at 9.30 am



James John MacLean

It is with much sadness that I inform you of the death yesterday (4 May 2016) in Wick, Caithness of Sgt James John Moose MacLean who for 27 years was a QOHldrs.

Funeral arrangements are being made and the earliest it could take place is Monday May 9th in Wick.

Contact number for Mrs MacLean is 01955 604860.

The funeral service for John will take place on Tuesday 10th May at 1.45 from his home at 44 Seaforth Avenue Wick. We will be looking for a bearer party on the day and would be grateful if those who will be attending can let me no. We will also be lining the route at the cemetery. The funeral procession will walk from the house to the cemetery approx 500m and members of the regiment will march behind the hearse. Glengarries required if possible.

Further info on parking etc will be given later

Robbie Mackintosh

Branch Members – Grateful for your support for this.  We are also looking for a Piper?   Names to Robbie Mackintosh Mob: 07749334283  or Bob Towns Mob: 07511114196 if you will be attending and can help us say farewell to Moose in style.

Thank you.

Yours aye,



Brigadier Nick Ridley

Mathew Hopkinson
I have just received this email announcing Brigadier Nick Ridley's death - RIP and CFGB Nick

It is with great sadness that I am emailing to let you know that our Father died peacefully in his sleep last night 20/04/2016 at the Margaret Kerr Unit. Rosemary, Charlie and I were with him during this time where he continued to show much resilience and fortitude as ever. However, the cancer finally got the better of him despite his valiant efforts. The funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 20 High Cross Avenue, Melrose, TD6 9SU.
1200 hrs, Wednesday 4th May

With love
Susie, Charlie and Rosemary

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Maurice Petrie

I regret to inform you of the death of Maurice Petrie (aged 98 years) in Peterborough on Wednesday March 30th.

Maurice Petrie’s Funeral will take place on Thursday 21st April at Peterborough Crematorium, Marholm Road at 10.30 am.

Maurice Petrie served throughout WW2 (1940-45)with The Cameron Highlanders having undertaken his basic training at

Cameron Barracks in 1940.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson


Ian Millar (Dusty)

It is with great regret I have to announce the death of my brother Ian Millar(Dusty) ex Q O Hldrs,ex ACC and ex 2/52 highland T a , Ian passed away after a long illness yesterday 3/4/2016.
Funeral Service at the High Church Elgin on Monday April 11th, at 11am thereafter to Elgin cemetary.
All friends respectfully invited.

Robert Millar (Dusty)

Elgin High Church. North Guildry Street. Elgin. Moray.  IV30 1JR


Billy (Woofels) Moir

My father in law passed away suddenly yesterday 28/03/2016 Cpl Billy (woofels) Moir.
Billy lived in Nairn after leaveing the army.He served in the Seaforth Highlanders and The Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1958 through to 1978.

Funeral will be on Thursday 7th of April at 1100 in the
The chapel of rest
IV12 5RY

Then to the burial side in Nairn cemetery.
Then to the Royal British legion
Cawdor road
IV12 4QD
For refreshments,  
One of Billy's  wishes was that Glengarrys and regimental ties are to be worn if you have them. He would prefer no black ties at all. 

Stephen Gillies
Son in Law


Neil Forteath

Dear All.

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death on 27th March 2016 of Neil Forteath, son of Lt Col G.M Forteath DSO and BAR, Seaforth Highlanders and brother of Joanna McGregor (Mill of Cantray, Cawdor, and Inverness-shire, IV12 5XT).

Letter of condolence can be sent to; R.G.Forteath, St Andrew’s Duns Road, Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4QW.

Neil and Rory Haugh were they Ensign’s receiving the 1st Stand of Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) colours on 21st May 1964.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson



Mrs Nellie Sherry

It is with very deep sorrow that we have to announce the death on Sunday 13th. March 2016 of Mrs Nellie Sherry the  wife of Mr James Sherry,51 Montgomery Street Kinross KY13 7EB. who served with the Cameron Highlanders 1958/1960.

The funeral Mass will be  celebrated in St.James,High Street ,Kinross on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 10am  followed by interment in North Burial Ground Broom Road Kinross.

The Chairman and all members of the Cameron Highlanders Association send our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Jimmy and all his family at this sad time .

Hamish Sutherland 





George Bremner has asked me to post the following:
Alex Durrand has sadly passed away due to complications from throat cancer.  Alex joined B Company in Osnabruck and then went to the MT in Berlin.  He was demobbed shortly after the Sharjah tour and settled in Wick.

There will be a service for Alex in the Clair-Harper Restrooms and thereafter at Wick Cemetery on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 (his sister thinks the service will be at 2.00 pm, but for those in the area - please keep an eye on the John O'Groats Journal for confirmation)

RIP Alex
George Givens

Vernon Nicol

It is with much regret and sadness that I inform you that Vernon Nicol died yesterday 02/03/2016 after a brave fight against cancer.
Further information will be released when details become available.

Kind regards, CFGB
Maurice Gibson

From Admin: We were aware of Vernon's sad passing but the family asked that we didn't publish anything until after the funeral. Obviously that can't apply as the word is now out. The funeral will be a private family affair but there will be a memorial service at a later date for us to come together and remember him.


Eckie Murray

Eckie Murray, who had reached the venerable age of 99, sadly passed away on Thursday 18th February 2016.

Eckie was born in Fload Bonar Sutherland in 1916. Along with his 2 brothers, he joined the 4 th Seaforths in 1939 and was taken prisoner at St Valery.

He was married to his life partner Mary Macleod until she passed away in 1994. They had two sons, 9 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren.

During his working life Eckie gained a great deal of experience working in a wide range of activities. Latterly he ran a number of businesses in Invergordon ranging from cafes to taxis.

He was a loyal supporter of the Ross-shire Branch and attended the annual dinners until ill health made his attendance impossible.

Eckie's funeral will take place at 12.00 noon, on Friday 26th February 2016, in the Invergordon Parish Church.
All are welcome.

Bob Shanks



Jimmy “Scouse” Ryan has informed me today (21/02/2016) that his brother-in-law, Wally Tyrer has sadly passed away.

24060458 Pte Wally Tyrer was a TA soldier in the Liverpool Scottish before deciding to sign as on as a regular soldier. He passed out on the 4th March 1967 from the Highland Brigade Depot, Bridge of Don Barracks, Aberdeen as a member of Tripoli Squad. He then went on to join the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Highlanders in Berlin.

Over the years Wally spent time in Rifle Platoons, as the Battalion Photographer, and as a driver in the MT Platoon. Many of the families will remember Wally, and his wife Maureen, running a very successful Scout Troop for the Battalion’s youngsters whilst in Osnabruck. When he left the army he settled in Poole with his young family and started work for an advertising company helping to build displays, however after a serious injury to his knee spent he most of his later years being unable to work. He did however continue as a staunch member of the local Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (The Buffs) in Poole, raising money for various charities over the years

Wally was one of the Battalion’s real characters and freely admitted his Lance Corporals tape should have been on Velcro!

RIP Wally

Wally will be cremated 09.30 am on Monday 7th March 2016 at:

Poole Crematorium
Gravel Hill
BH17 9 BQ

Followed by tea and sandwiches at:
Hamworthy Liberal Club
243 Blandford Road
BH15 4AZ


George Givens


Jimmy{bugs} Binnie

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Jimmy{bugs} Binnie who died aged 75 on 7th Feb,2016 at Raigmore Hospital.
Jimmy served in the Queen’s Own Cameron highlanders and also in the Queen’s Own Highlanders signal pltn in the early 1960.
Devoted husband of Dolina and much loved dad to Alexander.
All family and friends are invited to the funeral service on Friday 19th Feb 2016 a10am in Inverness Crematorium.
Donations, if desired for Help for Heroes
Archie Mackinnon



Grant Mitchel 28

Grant passed away peacefully at his home with his family 1939 - 2016.
Funeral is on Friday the 12th Feb at 2pm.
Catto Funeral Home,
Linkwood Road,Elgin
Family flowers only
Seoras McIntosh


Alexander (Inky) Mackenzie

It is will great sadness that the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association (Ross-shire Branch) have to confirm the passing of their Hon. President Mr Alexander (Inky) Mackenzie on Sunday 31st January 2016.

Alex, who was 96 years young, was a Territorial soldier with the 1/4th Seaforths prior to World War 2.

He was mobilized at the start of the war and went to France with the Battalion being wounded prior to the surrender at St Valary, therefore escaping the long years in captivity.

After recuperating he held a number of clerical posts including one at the Cammando Training Centre at Inverary.

A very loyal Seaforth, Alex served on the Ross-shire Committee for many years providing many wise and well thought contributions to the various discussions.

The funeral details are as follows:
Date - Friday 5th February 2016 at 11.45
Location - Inshes Church, Inshes. This is a fairly new Church which is opposite Mataland.
The interment will then be at Kilvean Cemetery and thereafter to the Craigmonie Hotel.

Bob Shanks



Colour Sergeant Colin George Graham MBE died, surrounded by his family, in Forth Valley Royal Hospital on the evening of Sunday 24 January 2016.  His death was as a result of a long illness.  He is survived by his wife Marie and daughter Allana.

I am sending this email out to a wide range of Senior Officers and 7 SCOTS supporters who might wish attend Colour Sergeant Graham’s funeral.  Colour Sergeant Graham MBE will be buried with full military honours.

The funeral details are as follows:

Date:  Tuesday 2 February 2016.

Service: 1230hrs in St Columba’s Church, Stirling FK8 2NA.

Internment:  Approx 1400hrs at St Thomas’ Cemetery, Douglas Terrace, Cambusbarron, Stirling. 

Wake:  1500hrs in the King Robert Hotel, Bannockburn, FK7 0LJ.

Dress:  No2 A Ceremonial, with medals, but no swords. 

Changing facilities will be available for military personnel at 7 SCOTS ARC, Forthside Road, Stirling, FK7 7RR, between 0930 & 1130hrs.  Please liaise with Adjutant 7 SCOTS if you want access to the ARC.

Please use the following address to send letters of condolence:

Mrs C G Graham

c/o Captain A McKenzie SCOTS

Permanent Staff Administrative Officer

D Company

7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Army Reserve Centre

Forthside Road

Stirling FK7 7RR

Colour Sergeant Graham MBE joined the Army as a Junior Leader in 1977 and served a full career as an Argyll and Sutherland Highlander.  He finished his Regular service as CSM HQ Company 1 A&SH.  Colour Sergeant Graham joined 51st Highland Regiment, later 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, as the Non-Regular Permanent Staff CQMS in Delta Company in 2003.  He died while still in Service.

Please approach my Adjutant, Captain Tommy Blair, for any more information.  The formal administrative instruction for the funeral will be issued shortly.  The Graham family and 7 SCOTS are very grateful for all of the support that we have from across the Regiment and wider Army in Scotland family.  The thoughts of the Battalion remain with Colour Sergeant Graham’s family at this difficult time.

Yours Aye,

Lieutenant Colonel P G B Strudwick | Commanding Officer, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) |Queen's Barracks, 131 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 5BT | Mil Tel: 94746 8540 |Fax Ext: 8561 | Civ Tel: 01313108540 | Mob: 07801019915 |Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



It is my very sad duty to inform you that my brother in law and dear friend Bill Gilmour passed away earlier today 23rd of Jan 2016. Bill was a proud Cameron Hldr and Q O Hldr, and he was a section commander with D coy in Singapore.
Funeral Details:-
Service at 15.00hrs on Thursday the 4th February 2016 at Livingston Crematorium.
Regimental ties and glengarry's would be much appreciated by Bills Family.
Rab Dall



Bill Gilmour was a miner in West Lothian before joining the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. On amalgamation he joined D Company of the Queen’s Own Highlanders as section commander.

After serving in Singapore, and before the Battalion went to Osnabruck, he was demobbed in the rank of Corporal. He eventually settled in Livingston and worked as a supervisor for a local pharmaceutical firm. Whilst in Livingston he became involved with the Army Cadet Force as an Adult Instructor and eventually retired after many years with the ACF in the rank of Major.

Bill passed away on the 23rd January 2016 after a long illness.
RIP Bill
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



24203775 James “Dougal” Logue passed out from Malaya Platoon on the 2nd October 1970, where he picked up the nickname of Dougal – indeed many people thought that was his real name!

 He subsequently joined B Company in Osnabruck and then went on to the Signals Platoon. Dougal came from Dunbarton and really should have joined the Argyll’s, but was assigned instead to the Queen’s Own Highlanders at a time when the Battalion was re-roling to become a Mechanised unit and had to increase its numbers accordingly.

 After leaving the army, Dougal unfortunately lost his sight, however this did not stop him getting about and regularly attending Edinburgh Branch functions with his partner, Trish (courtesy of transport kindly provided by Stevie and Frances Byers)

 Dougal passed away in the Vale of Leven Hospital in the early hours of Saturday 9th January 2016 arising from complications of a diagnosis of cancer.

Dougal was one of the Battalion’s real characters and many people will remember him with very fond memories.

 Funeral details

Service at 10.00 am on Saturday 16th January 2016:

St Michaels RC Church, 7 Cardross Road, DUNBARTON G82 4JE
then at: Dunbarton Cemetery, Stirling Road, DUNBARTON G82 3ES


Glengarry's and Regimental Ties please


Cards of condolence to either his partner:
Trish Whyte
20 A high Street
FK13 6AE
or sister:
Mary Teresa Ridge
2 Quarry Knowe
G82 5AE

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



It is with the deepest sadness that I inform you of the death of Major General John Hopkinson CB earlier today after an operation.

General John was a Seaforth and Queen’s Own Highlanders and delighted in being Colonel of The Regiment (QOHldrs) from 1983 to 1993 and also President of The Seaforth Association.
He will be sorely missed.

I am informed that the funeral (probably in Hereford) is likely to take place at the end of next week but more will follow in the coming days.

Card of condolence can be sent to;

Mrs Sarah Hopkinson
Bigsweir Cottage
St Briavels
GL15 6RR

Or (who is dealing with arrangements)
Colonel (Retd) JMR Hopkinson OBE
Keepers Cottage
Winforton Common

Yours sincerely
Maurice Gibson

Colonel James Hopkinson has informed me of the following arrangements for his father’s funeral;

We are looking at a funeral requiem mass for my father on Thursday 21st January starting at 2pm at Belmont Abbey, Hereford.
(Belmont Abbey is on the SW side of Hereford in the Belmont District. It is on Ruckhall Lane just off the A465 (Hereford to Abergavenny Road)
The notice should be out in the next few days.
Those that wish to come are more than welcome’.

James Hopkinson
DD: +44 (0) 207 042 5113
Mob: +44 (0) 7584 702 401
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Alex Thompson


It is with great regret that I have to announce the death of my brother Alex Thompson ex csm in the battalion, who suddenly passed away last night 03/01/2016
For those who wish to attend his funeral it will be at 1.30pm on Thursday the 7th of Jan 2016 at the High Church Stornaway.
The family has requested you to wear Reg Ties, Glengarrie's if possible.
Card of condolence can be sent to;
Dolina Thompson
19 MacDonald Road

Regards peem. CFGB