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LCpl Craig Allen Pillan's
It is with much sadness that I report the death of Craig Allen Pillan’s on Sunday Dec 31st 2017 aged 34 years.
He was from Huntly and lived latterly in Aberdeen.
Craig was the cherished son of Lynne and the late Gavin also stepson to Gordon,
Craig was in The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordon’s & Camerons) and served from 15th Dec 1999 to 16th Nov 2005 in the UK, Kenya, Bosnia and Germany.
His Funeral Service will be in Stewarts Hall, Huntly on Friday January 12th at 11am ther eafter to Huntly Cemetery.
All friends are respectively invited. Family flowers only please but donations in lieu,
If desired maybe given at the Hall Door in aid of JDRF.
Those wishing to write should do so to;
Mrs Lynne Pillan’s
Lt Col RD Strachan MBE (Bob Strachan)
Following on from my / Grenville Irvine Fortescue’s emails of yesterday, the funeral details for
Lt Col Bob Strachan have been amended slightly but are now confirmed as:
Date: Friday 12th January 2018.
Time: 13.00 hrs.
Location: Banchory Ternan East Church, East Manse, Station Rd, Banchory AB31 5YP. (Opposite the Strutt & Parker offices coming east out of Banchory).
The interment will take place at St Ternan's Churchyard below the Church near the River Dee.
Refreshments will now be served in the Royal British Legion Scotland building at 25 Ramsey Road, Banchory, AB31 5TS and all are welcome.
“The family of Lt Col Bob and Mollie Strachan would like to thank everyone for their very kind cards, letters and attendance at their respective funerals. The kind words of condolence and support that the family has received is most appreciated and has truly reinforced the phrase, “a family regiment”. The family wish to pass on their sincere thanks to all. BYDAND CFGB”
James Malet Barber
Major Jamie Barber died in St Andrews on 28th Dec 2017 aged 85 years.
Jamie was the son of Lt Gen Sir Colin Barber KBE CB DSO (Camerons), and he followed his father into the QO Cameron Hldrs on commissioning in 1953.
He served with the Camerons in Europe, Scotland and most notably Korea (Mortar Officer). He was an Instructor at RMA Sandhurst before attending Staff College in India.
He was B Coy Commanders in 1 QOHldrs and undertook 2 x GSO2 jobs in Scotland before retiring in Nov 1970 to enter into the world of Horse Racing mainly in Hong Kong.
(Parking is very restricted so park 1/2mile away and walk in so allow extra time).
Mrs Margaret Duffus
I have been asked to let you know that Margaret Duffus funeral will take place on Friday 29 December 2017 at 1200 in Nairn United Reformed Church, King Street, Nairn followed by the interment at Nairn Cemetery.
It is with great sadness I have to announce the passing of Bernie Munro after a long illness. He died peacefully in Dr Gray’s Hospital Elgin yesterday 6th December 2017. Bernie will be best remembered for singing and playing his guitar, while serving in the Battalion in the 60’s and 70’s. Bernie also had a brother Bobby who served in the Q M’S.
Funeral will be held at William Watson’s Funeral Home,
Major Peter Laughton
Major Peter Laughton died on 5 December 2017, aged 94. The elder son of Col Francis Laughton MC, TD who commanded the 4th Bn The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders TA, he was educated at Ampleforth College and was commissioned in the Cameron Highlanders on 2 April 1943. Having joined the 2nd Camerons in Egypt, he took part in the Italian campaign, being wounded at Monte Cassino in March 1944. He served with the battalion for the final stages of the Italian campaign and then in Greece and Salonika. After the war he served with the 1st Camerons, of which he was Adjutant in Tripoli in 1950-51. He then became Adjutant of the 4th/5th Camerons TA in Inverness in 1951-53. He was later Brigade Major of 152 Highland Brigade and having commanded a company at the HBTC, Fort George he retired in 1957. Having been granted a TA Commission in the 4th/5th Camerons, he commanded HQ Company in 1957-60 and then D (Nairn) Company. He retired from the TA in 1966 and worked for many years for Schweppes Ltd, making his home at Petworth, Sussex. He and his wife Joanna, who died in 2016, celebrated their Diamond wedding in 2012. Their son Hugh Laughton served as an officer in the Queen’s Own Highlanders in 1980-83.
CHRIS “UGGY” McGAIR
Chris McGair’s older brother, Jim served in the Battalion before Chris and was known as “Big Uggy”. Chris went on to inherit this nickname and it was a fact that very few people in the regiment knew Uggy by his real name.
Chris was born in 1947 and once he became old enough, joined the Queen’s Own Highlanders, going on to complete fourteen years’ service with the regiment. He served in BAOR, Edinburgh, Belize, and Northern Ireland, spending most of this time as a driver in the MT Platoon. Uggy was a real character and a “well kent face” within the Battalion.
When he was demobbed he went to live in Fife, finding jobs as a security guard, miner, and taxi driver. He sadly passed away on the 10th November 2017 and was cremated on the 16th November 2017 surrounded by his family, friends, and members of the Regimental Association. He is survived by his wife, two children, and three grandchildren.
Drummer Jackie MacRae
I have just been informed by Ian MacKenzie that Jackie passed away yesterday 07/11/2017 in the Hospice, Inverness after a long illness
Jackie was in the TA and also a drummer in the Queen’s Own Highlanders Association Pipe Band for many years.
Funereal details to follow
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Danny Morgan (Frugal)
It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of Danny Morgan (Frugal) who passed away on the 24th September.
Funeral Service at Funeral-care Co-op, 15 Maxwell Street, East Kilbride G74 4HG at 1415hrs with the Burial at Phillipshill Cemetary, East Kilbride at 1500hrs (approx.) on Thursday 12 October 2017. All Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) are invited to attend in optional Regimental Dress if they have it, and Glengarry if owned.
When Danny left the Army he worked with Virgin Records for many years and anything he did not know about music was not worth knowing. He was a Celtic Man through and through and followed his team throughout. Never one to hold a grudge he had much banter with those of other persuasions throughout his time in the Regiment and beyond.
He leaves behind a son Anthony, daughter Maria and 4 Grandchildren Erin, Nico, Stephanie and Matteo.
He lost his second wife Mary about 4 years ago and leaves behind a stepdaughter; April.
2332015 Pte Paterson JA
It is with sadness that I have to informed you that former Seaforth Jimmy passed away last Saturday the 30th Sept 2017 at the age of 82. A loyal attender of Highland Branch functions Jimmy will be very sadly missed.
Funeral at Inverness Crematorium on Saturday 7th of October 2017 at 1030 and thereafter at the Inverness Legion.
I would appreciate it if we could give Jimmy a well supported send off.
CFGB RIP Jimmy
Mr Jimmy Fraser
Mr Jimmy Fraser Secretary of The London Branch of the Seaforth Highlanders was gathered on the 25th September after a short Illness.
His funeral is at Purley Roman Catholic Church on Monday 16th October at 1000 hours.
23234743 CSGT CM LIDDLE
Charlie passed away in the Royal Hospital Chelsea at 1830 last night. Born on the 22nd of May 1934 Charlie served in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Highlanders Starting in February 1955 and finishing his service in July 1982 in Tidworthas shown in the attached photograph below.
His funeral will be held in:
All Saints Chapel – Located in the Infirmary (through the London Gate, turn left through the passageway towards the café). Please note parking is not available within the RHC.
At this stage it is not possible to confirm if refreshments will be provided in the Club following the service.
Charlies obituary By George Givens Attached
Mary (Margaret) Sinclair
It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I must announce the passing of a very special lady.
Mary (Margaret) Sinclair, mother of Alex Sinclair and Jo Sinclair Collins passed away peacefully in her sleep this morning.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family at this very sad time.
Margaret's funeral will be held on the 4th August 2017 at 13.00hrs in St. Andrews Church Cemetery, Peebles, EH45 8NN.
The service will be held at the grave side and Alex has told me that all who would like to celebrate his Mum's life will be made more than welcome.
NEIL (TITCH) CAMERON
Funeral Service Wm Fraser Inverness 1200 Sat 5th August.
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:
Major 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.
| Pipe Major Alex (Eck) Peters
His Funeral will take place on Friday 21 July at 1300hrs at The Vale, Butterfield Green Road, Luton LU2 8DD
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
RIP Brian, CFGB
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.
Colonel DANC Miers
It is with regret that I have to announce that Colonel DANC Miers died on 15th June.
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.
RIP, Kia, CFGB
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
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.
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
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)
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
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
Piper 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.
Charles G O'Loan
It is with much regreat that I have to advise you of the death of C G O’Loan
Funeral details to follow.
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.
MAJOR JOHN ALEXANDER MACCALLUM MBE
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.
Funeral details are:
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,
No flowers, donation to Help for Heroes.
UPDATE on RAB DENHOLME FUNERAL
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.
The family will provide the Bearer Party at Glen Nevis Cemetery, PH33 6ST.
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.
Major ARF MacLeod
Major ARF MacLeod , Seaforth Highlanders.
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.
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.
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.
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
The family have informed me that Kenny has left his body to Edinburgh University and therefore there will be no funeral.
Sadly my Father Fred Maher passed away on 30th November after a battle with Alzheimer's.
The funeral is on Tuesday 17th January at St Joseph's Church, Hope Road, Sale, Cheshire at 12 noon.
My dad passed away on the 30th of December 2016 at the age of 88 years
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.
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.
R. I. P. Leo
You can contact Leo's Doughter Julie