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Cathy McRae 28/12/2014


It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Cathy McRae better known to us all as Cath long-time partner
of Ian (Shumf )MacKenzie Cath passed away in Raigmore hospital on Saturday the 28th December.
Cath will be sadly missed by all.
Funeral details
1.15hr on Thursday the 8th of January 2015 at the East Church Academy Street Inverness then at Kilvean Cemetery
Thereafter teas at the Lochness Hotel Premier Inn on the A82 Fort William Road
Seoras McIntosh
May she rest in peace
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Col Sir Thomas Macpherson CBE, MC**

Memorial service for Col Sir Thomas Macpherson MC,CBE,TD .Former member of Queens Own Cameron Hldrs and London Scottish regt. Will take place on Wednesday 18th February 2015 in London at 1200 hrs. details from London Scottish Regt.
contact : 020 7630 1639
Bob Aitken
Rest in peace oor Soldier Laddie
Rest in peace yer battles oe’r
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Camerons and Queens own


It is with sadness that I must report that Joe Senior has passed away. Joe joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1958 and left the army as a Queen’s Own Highlander in 1964 and was a well-known face around the Edinburgh area.
Joe’s funeral will take place at Morton Hall Crematorium, Howden Hall Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6TX at 12.00 noon on Thursday 27th November 2014.
Joe’s friends and comrades are then invited back to the Masonic Lodge, 1 Shrub Lane Place, Leith Walk, EH7 4PA to have a bite to eat and share stories about his life. RIP Joe
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch
Rest in peace oor Soldier Laddie
Rest in peace yer battles oe’r
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John Hector George:-21/11/2014

It is great regret that we to inform you of the passing of John Hector George.
Hec as he was known to many passed away peacefully today 21 November 2014 at Abbeyvale Nursing Home, Elgin. Hec completed his National Service with the Seaforth Highlanders serving in Buxtehude and Tel El Kebir.
He then went on to complete over 35 years service with 2/51 Highland in its various guises becoming CSM HQ Company and MTWO. he would be known to the many Queens Own Highlander and Gordon Highlander permanent staff who were posted to 2/51 Highland during their careers.
Two of his sons Gintos and Steven served in the Queens Own Highlanders.
Now fell in with the 2nd Battallion.
Gintos George
The funeral service will take place in the Moray Crematorium, Buckie at 1430 on Wednesday 26th November. All welcome and afterwards at the Sunninghill Hotel Elgin.

Rest in peace oor Soldier Laddie
Rest in peace yer battles oe’r
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Shona Sutherland :- 14/11/2014

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of my wife Shona Sutherland. Shona sadly passed away on Friday 14th November 2014.
Funeral will be taking place on Wednesday 19th at 1pm in St. Andrews church Golspie.
All friends respectfully invited
Ian Sutherland ex Queen's Own Highlander,

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Edward Paterson

It is great regret that I am forced to inform you of the passing of Edward Paterson. Mr Paterson was born in Coatbridge on 4th Nov 1927 and joined the 1st Seaforth Highlanders in India after a training session at Cameron. It is understood he was enlisted a year early in 1944 at the age of 16 as the war office made a mistake. His army number was 14.485.110.
Mr Paterson died peacefully at the Totara Hospice in Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand and a service will be held at Davis Funeral Home, 2 Udys Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland at 10.30 on Tuesday 30th Sep 2014.
He is survived by his son(myself) and daughter Karen Paterson.
Regards Iain Paterson
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Queens own

Brian Graham :-18/09/2014

We are extremely sad to give notice of the sudden death of Brian Graham on Tuesday 16th September 2014 aged 51.
Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Carol, son Brian, daughter Naomi and brother Stevie.
Messages of condolence can be sent to:
Mrs C Graham
31 Mannering
East Kilbride
G74 3PA
The funeral will take place at the South Lanarkshire Crematorium on Saturday 27th September at 1145.
Sydes Brae, Blantyre,
G72 0TL
Afterwards you are invited to the Bonnie Prince Charlie,
High Common Road,
East Kilbride,
G74 2AU.
CFGB RIP Brian, a fine man.
Yours aye,
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Queens own


Bill Mullen A Coy during the early 70’s sadly passed away on the 5th Sep 2014. Funeral arranged for 1130 Tuesday 16th September 2014 East Chapel Aberdeen Crematorium.
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Seaforth and Queens own

Lieutenant Colonel Donald John Arthur Grant

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Lieutenant Colonel Donald John Arthur Grant aged 84. (Donny Grant of Inverbrough, Tomatin, IV13 7XY).
Donny died at home on Sunday September 7th 2014.
Donny was Born on 29th Dec 1930 and attended Wellington School and then RMA Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders on 9th February 1951. He fulfilled a number of different appoints with 1 Seaforth before becoming Adjutant of 11 Seaforth in Dingwall. He transferred to 1 QOHldrs on 7th Feb 1961 at amalgamation. He attended Staff College in 1965 before becoming a Coy Comd with 1 QOHldrs in Berlin. 1966-67. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel he commanded the newly formed 2/51st Highland Volunteers (TA) at Elgin 1971-73. He retired in Jan 1983 after completing a tour as Chief of Staff at HQ 51st Highland Bde at Perth. He was Hon Colonel of 2/51st Highland Volunteers (TA) from Mar 198 to Mar 1993.
The Funeral arrangements for Lt Col Donny Grant are as follows;
Date - Friday September 19th 2014. Time – 1.45 pm Location – Dalarossie Church, Tomatin, Inverness-shire. (Church of Scotland) Up the glen road toward Coignafearn, (4 miles approx) near Corrievorrie on left hand side. Family flowers only. No mention of donations. In today’s Telegraph and P&J. Yours sincerely,
Maurice Gibson


Alexander McKay

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the death of Alexander McKay 36 Mill Road Nairn on Tuesday 19th.August 2014.
Funeral is on Saturday 23rd.August at the United Reform Church in Nairn at 1030hrs followed by internment in Nairn Cemetary.
Mr Mckay was an ex C/Sgt in the 5th.Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders and served at El Alamein.
Next of Kin is his son who lives at 2 Lodgehill West, Nairn. IV12 4SF Tel 01667 452989 .
With deepest sympathy from the Cameron Highlanders.
Major Hamish Sutherland Chairman.
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Ernest H T Finch ;Service No 694227

Ernist was a Corporal in the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders .and was at the Battle at Anzio 1944
He was transferred to 2nd Battalion Scots Guards , 51st Div - Long range desert group He also fought in the Middle East & North Africa .
It is thought that Ernest was the last surviving veteran of The Eight Army - " The Desert Rats " , in Wakefield.
Ernest was chosen to be the sole-piper, to play, & lead the British troops into El Alamein after the defeat of Rommel's army.
Latterly, living with his daughter and family, in Wakefield.
He was very proud of his service , career & family.
Funeral details are as follows:-
Wakefield Crematorium
Standbridge Lane
Time: 1340hrs on Tuesday 26th August
Edward Usborne,
Association Secretary
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Queens own


It is with much regret that we had to announce the death of Peter Crawford Elder 24162970 who died last week in Glasgow.
His sister is looking for anyone who knew him well to say a few words at his Funeral.
Peter's service will be held at Daldowie Crematorium,
Broom House,
Hamilton Rd,
G71 7RU,
On Sat 23rd Aug at 10.45 hrs
Yours Aye,
John Barrett

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Ann Wimberley :- 10/07/2014

Ann Wimberley died at home on Friday 4th July 2014. Beloved wife of Neil for 60 years.
Private Cremation followed by a service of Thanksgiving at St Ann’s Episcopal Church, Coupar Angus on Tuesday 15th July at 2.30pm.
Family flowers only.
Maj (Retd)Edward Usborne
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Margaret Stewart Gow

Died peacefully at Dr Gray's Hospital Elgin on the 25th June 2014.
Margaret will be well remembered as she taught keep fit classes in Elgin well into her later life.
She was the wife of the late Capt Ian Gow who served in the 2nd Bn Cameron Highlanders in Italy 1944-45. He later became a teacher at Elgin Academy where he was head of Technical Studies. He died in 1991.
Margaret's funeral details:-
At 11.00 Hr on Monday the 7th July at W. G. Catto Funeral Directors,
Linkwood Road
IV30 6RE
Family flowers only
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Major Donald W Campbell TD

It is with much regret that I have to inform you of the death of Major Donald W Campbell TD on 22nd June 2014. Donnie had served in the TA for many years, with 4/5 CAMERONS and latterly as Regimental Paymaster with 2/51 HIGHLAND. A thanksgiving service for his life will be held with a Requiem Mass on Friday, 27th June 2014 at 11.00 am in St Mary’s, Beauly, thereafter to Glenconvinth Cemetery, Kiltarlity.
Douglas Young
Major Donald ‘Donny’ Campbell died at Inverness on 22 June 2014, aged 86. Born at Kiltarlity, he was educated at the Inverness Royal Academy and joined The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1945. He then held a commission in the Royal Artillery during 1947-48. In 1959 he returned to the Cameron Highlanders as Paymaster to the 4th/5th Camerons TA, and held a Territorial Commission in the RAPC. A most able accountant and administrator, he was held in high respect and affection in the battalion. After the TA was reorganised in 1967 he continued to serve with the 51st Highland Volunteers, being awarded the Territorial Decoration, and retiring eventually in 1979. He was Hon Secretary of the Cameron Highlanders Officers Dinner Club for many years.
His main career was with the National Health Service, and he was Director of Administration at Raigmore Hospital, retiring in 1992. As a young man he played shinty for Lovat, including the club’s very successful year 1953 when they won the Camanachd Cup. He remained a keen supporter of the side for the rest of his life. His first wife Kathleen died in 1993, and he is survived by their son Michael and daughter Gillian, and by his second wife Ruby. The funeral took place at Beauly on 27 June 2014.
Angus Fairrie
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Dr Walter (Watty) Yellowlees MC

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the death of Dr Walter (Watty) Yellowlees MC on 26th May 2014, at the age of 97. The funeral service is on Wednesday 4th June 2014 at midday in the Church of Scotland, Aberfeldy.
To read more on Dr Walter (Watty) Yellowlees MC please go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Douglas Young.

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Duncan Mackintosh

The funeral of Duncan Mackintosh of 75 Mackay Road Inverness took place on Friday 30th.May 2014.
Duncan was originally a member of the 1st.Battalion of the Liverpool Scottish but subsequently was a Cameron Highlander of which he was very proud of. He regularly attended our annual Gathering.
The deepest sympathy of the Cameron Highlanders Association is extended to his three sons Iain ,Duncan and Hugh.
Major Hamish Sutherland
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Donald McLaren

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the sudden death of Donald McLaren of 5 Keppoch Terrace, RoyBridge Inverness-shire on Sunday 1st.June 2014. Donald served with the 1st.Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders in Austria and Germany from July 1952 to July 1954.He subsequently served with the 4th./5th.Battalion of the Cameron Highlandersfor 12 years reaching the rank of Colour Sergeant.
Funeral arrangements are as follows.
The deepest sympathy of the Cameron Highlanders Association is extended to his widow Cressia-Ann.
Major Hamish Sutherland Chairman
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Robert George Shearer

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the death of Robert George Shearer of 3 Westerwards, Portsoy on Wednesday 28th.May 2014.
The funeral service is on Tuesday 3rd.June 2014 at 1100hrs in the Station Hotel Portsoy followed by interment in Portsoy Burial Grunds.
He served with the 1st.Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders in Korea and Aden.
The deepest sympathy of the Cameron Highlanders Association is extended to his widow Norah and Family.
Major Hamish Sutherland Chairmanl
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Mrs Gladys Solway:- 09/05/2014

It is with deep regret that I must inform you that Dunc Solways wife Gladys passed away.
Gladys passed away at 7am on the 9th May at Raigmore Hospital and Duncan was by her side right to the end, Gladys had a long battle with MS and was admitted to hospital with a blood infection.
Gladys funeral service will take place at Urquhart Burial Ground on the Black Isle at midday on Friday the 16th May 2014.
Bill Jackson

Accompanied by Bill Jackson, Peter Finlayson & Jimmy Mutch today we represented the Association at the funeral graveside service of Gladys Solway the wife of Dunc Solway.
A remarkable lady who in her lifetime fostered over 120 children. A remarkable feat.
Total respect, RIP Gladys CFGB.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
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Queens own

JOHN McNIVEN:-08/05/2014

John McNiven joined the Queen’s Own Highlanders as a Junior Soldier and after training at the Bridge of Don went to the Scottish Infantry Depot, Glencorse and joined Le Cateau Platoon, eventually passing out on the 3rd November 1972 as 24233696 Pte Mcime 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.
Kenny Reid
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Phone 07817256742

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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.


Yours aye,
Bob Towns


SeaforthMr 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.




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. 
Well remembered by the Regiment primarily for his role as Officers Mess Manager and by all for his helpful, friendly demeanour. 

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.
on Thursday 31st August at 1400hrs.

At this stage it is not possible to confirm if refreshments will be provided in the Club following the service.

 RIP Charlie
22 May 1934 – 02 August 2017

Yours aye,

Bob Towns

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Charlies obituary By George Givens Attached


 SingleRoseMary (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.
James Elliot



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
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 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,


seaforth-badgeMajor ARF MacLeod

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


queensownLloyd Burt75


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
14479143 Ex 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders 1942/45

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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