Obituaries 2020-2021

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2020

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John H, Harrold

QO Hldr
John passed away on 6 January 2020.

Alexander B, Finnie

Cameron & QO Hldr

Alexander (Sandy) was born on 17 April 1941 and died on 18 June 2019.

 Sandy from Nairn joined the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders at Cameron Barracks just after his 18th birthday in April 1959.  After amalgamation he served in the Far East before returning to Fort George as a Cpl Instructor.  On return to the 1st Battalion he served in D Company before moving to B Company on promotion as Pl Sgt of 5 Pl in Berlin.  He served with the Battalion in BAOR, Northern Ireland and Belize.  He served as a recruiter in Glasgow and also with 2/51 HIGHLAND on two occasions, firstly, as Permanent Staff Instructor (PSI) in Stornoway and then as WO2 (CSM) Senior PSI with C Company in Inverness where he completed his service in April 1981.  A fine soldier and sportsman, he was an inspiration to all and was always available when advice was needed.  His brothers Jimmy and Charlie served in the QO HLDRS also.

 On return to civilian life Sandy worked as the Estate Manager or Ugland Brothers Shipping Company before returning to Nairn where he worked for the North of Scotland Milk Marketing Board.   

 In his home town, Sandy was a highly supportive playing member of Nairn Dunbar Golf Club.  A regular player with the group, the Five Bobbers he donated the Sandy Finnie Trophy which is awarded to the Five Bobber with the 4 best nett scores throughout the summer golf season and is still competed for.

 A large contingent from the Regimental family joined friends and family at a service in the crowded United Reformed Church in Nairn on Saturday 22nd of June 2019 to bid farewell.  He was predeceased by wife Gina and is survived by daughters Dawn and Lorraine. 

Steph Darling

Steph Darling

 QO Hldr

Steph passed away on 23 January 2020. 

Donnie MacDougal

Cameron

Mr Donald ‘Donnie’ MacDougall died in Oban on 24 January 2020.  He joined The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders at Fort William as a National Service recruit in 1952 (No 22710553), and after training at the Depot Camerons served with the 1st Camerons in Austria and Germany.  He then served with the 4th/5th Camerons TA as a member of B (Lochaber) Company.  He served in the 4th/5th Camerons until the TA was reorganised in 1967 and left as a Colour Sergeant.

He ran a successful timber business in Dalmally and was a prominent figure in the shinty world where he was a Match Assessor for the Camanachd Association.  He played for Lochaber, Beauly, and Oban Celtic, and re-formed the Glenorchy shinty club in 1965.  

Ian Archibald

Seaforth & QO Hldr

Ian passed away on 26 January 2020.  He joined the Seaforth Highlanders in 1961 and on amalgamation served with the Queen’s Own Highlanders in Singapore, Brunei and Borneo.

Alexander J. Souter

QO Hldr

Alexander (Jock) was born on 27 December 1942 and passed away in Forres on 4 February 2020 aged 77.

He served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders from May 1961 until May 1967 and was in the ATk Pl.

Allan Henderson

QO Hldr

Allan was born on 9 October 1950 and died on 12 February 2020 aged 69 years.  He served with the Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1971 – 1993.

George Cobban

Seaforth

George passed away on 8 February 2020 aged 86.  He did his National Service in the Seaforth Highlanders.

Alexander Souter

Alexander J, Souter

QO Hldr
Alexander (Jock) was born on 27 December 1942 and died in Forres on 4 February 2020 aged 77.

He served in the QO HLDRS from May 1961 until May 1967 and was in the Anti Tank Platoon seeing service in Edinburgh, Borneo, Brunei, Osnabruck and Berlin. Jock attended Burgie School and Forres Academy. On leaving school he worked initially at the Burgie Estate Sawmill prior to joining the QO HLDRS. On completion of his service he worked as a lorry driver for Scottish Agricultural Industries. He also worked for Tullochs, McDermott’s and Historic Scotland. His funeral in Forres on Wednesday 12 February 2020 was well attended by family and friends with a large number of Blue Hackles on parade. Jock is survived by wife Val and sons Kevin, Christopher and Ian.

Ian Fraser

Cameron

Mr Ian Fraser, known as ‘The Sherriff’, died in Grantown-on-Spey on 29 February 2020 aged 90. 

An accomplished piper, he enlisted for National Service in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders on 21 January 1954 (No 22988562) but signed-on to become a Regular soldier.  He served as a piper at the Depot Camerons and with the 1st Camerons in Dover on their return to the UK.  In 1959 he attended the Pipe Major’s course under PM Willie Ross at Edinburgh Castle and was awarded his Pipe Major’s Certificate.  After the amalgamation he joined the TA.  He was Pipe Corporal of the 4th/5th Camerons and served as a member of A (Badenoch) Company. 

 

James E B MacKenzie

Cameron, QO Hldr
Mr James ‘Jim’ MacKenzie was born on 19 October 1934 and died in Edinburgh on 15 February 2020 aged 85.

He enlisted in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders on 23 November 1951 (No 22531273) and was posted to the 1st Camerons in Austria. He served with the battalion in the UK and Aden, and at ERE in Cyprus before re-joining the 1st Camerons in the UK. On the amalgamation in February 1961 he was posted to the Queen’s Own Highlanders and served with 1 QO HLDRS in Singapore, Brunei and Borneo. He returned to the UK with the battalion and continued to serve in Berlin, Osnabrück and Northern Ireland, until he took his discharge in 1976 after 25 years’ service.

George, A Ballard

Cameron
Mr George Ballard died in Edinburgh in March 2020 aged 82. Born in 1938 in Cairo, where his father was serving as a Sergeant (later CSM) with the 2nd Camerons, he enlisted as a Regular soldier in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in1956. After training at the Depot Camerons he was posted to the 1st Camerons in Aden. He took his discharge from Dover in 1959 and settled in Livingston. He was a good supporter of the Cameron Highlanders Association.

Graham Squair
Sergeant Graham Squair

Graham was born in Elgin on the 17th January 1951 and died on the 1st April 2020 aged 69 years.

Graham carried out his basic training at Gordon Barracks Aberdeen from July 1968 passing out on the 16th November 1968 as a member of Paarderberg Squad. He joined the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Highlanders in Edinburgh as a member of B Company. Squairy, as he was affectionately known was a B Company man throughout his time, seeing service in UK, Sharjah, N Ireland, BAOR, Canada, Belize, Hong Kong, Falklands, and the Gulf for the first Gulf War. He was the recipient of the NI, Falklands, Gulf and Accumulated Service Medals. He was promoted taking the Company Storeman route reaching the Rank of Sergeant as Company MT Sergeant. Graham ended his service 22nd of April 1993 being chaired out in fine Queen’s Own Highlanders tradition.

He married Jenny Duffus, daughter of the then Company Sergeant Major, Sandy Duffus. When they returned to civilian life Graham supported Jenny’s dream of running her own business. From a café in Nairn they moved to running a pub in Aberchirder. After Jenny passed away in 2008 Graham moved to Riverview Park Mundole near Forres where he was living at the time of death.

William, James (Ben) Gunn

QO Hldr
Ben who served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders in ‘B’ Coy passed away on 11 March 2020.

Brian, Grant

QO Hldr
Brian passed away on 23 March 2020. He served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders as part of the Domestic Pioneers section and the Quartermaster’s Department.

George, R Elliot

Cameron, QO Hldr
Mr George Elliot died on 4 May 2020 at Glenrothes, Fife. Born in 1942, he joined The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders as a Regular soldier in 1957 (No 23510087) and served with the 1st Camerons in Dover and Edinburgh. After the Amalgamation he served with the 1st Queen’s Own Highlanders in the Far East, including the Brunei and Borneo campaigns, and in Great Britain and Germany until taking his discharge in 1971. He re-enlisted as a TA soldier in 1974, and served with 1/51 Highland Volunteers until 1990, earning the TA Efficiency medal.

Ian, MacLennan

Seaforth
Ian who served in the Seaforth Highlanders passed away on 21 June 2020 aged 96 years.

He served with the 7th Seaforth Highlanders from Normandy through to Belgium and Holland to Germany.

He was awarded the Legion D’Honneur by the French Consul General at a ceremony in Inverness Town House in August 2018.

James, Milne

Cameron
Mr James ‘Jimmy’ Milne died at Nairn on 3 May 2020. Born in 1933 he enlisted in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders for his National Service on 28 April 1955 (No 23134774) and served with the 1st Camerons in Korea and Aden as a member of the MT Platoon. He was discharged as a Corporal in 1957.

Philip, J Cummins

Cameron
Philip was born in 1922 and died on 10 March 2020 aged 98 years.

He enlisted into the Liverpool Scottish in April joining the newly formed 2nd Battalion. Philip remained with 2 LS until as a Sergeant in 1941 he was posted to a “Primary Training Centre” (PTC). During his time at the PTC he applied for a commission and after attending OCTU was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Before joining 1 Cameron in India and Burma he spent time training with 11th Argyll’s and 9th Seaforth’s. He was demobbed in 1946 in the rank of Captain.

Stephen, Graham

QO Hldr
Stephen (Stevie) passed away on 24 April 2020. He served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders in ‘D’ Coy.

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Alexander Sinclair

Seaforth
Alexander (Alex) died on 6 December 2019 aged 84 years in Tain.

He served with the Seaforth Highlanders.

Colin, K Murray

Seaforth
Colin died on 3 May 2020 at home in Hampshire after a long illness.

Colin came from a distinguished “Caithness – Seaforth Highlanders family – his father Brigadier George Murray DSO MC commanded 2 Seaforth and 152 Brigade in North Africa in WW2.

Colin himself was a National Serviceman, serving with 11th Battalion (TA) Seaforth Highlanders. He was also very supportive of the Cuidich ‘n Righ Club and highly regarded in the City of London.

Ernest, MacDonald

Seaforth
Ernest (Ernie) died on 1 February 2020 aged 94 years.

Born in Bonar Bridge, Sutherland he went on to list in the Seaforth Highlanders in 1944. Ernie was a staunch supporter of the RBL Scotland and served with a number of Branches in and around Dundee where he set up home in the 1950’s.

Adam Urquhart

QO Hldr

Adam passed away on 22 August 2019 aged 79 years.

He served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1960 – 1976.

Andrew I, Macleod

Seaforth
World War II veteran Andrew Macleod of Dornoch died on 30 March 2020 at the age of 98.

A Seaforth Highlander, Mr Macleod fought against Rommel in North Africa and was part of the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, going on to fight in Italy.

He received the Legion d’honneur in 2018 – France’s highest honour.

After the war, Mr Macleod worked as a painter and decorator and was heavily involved in the community, serving as president of Dornoch Highland Games for many years.

A keen golfer, he was still caddying at the age of 90 and in high demand because of his knowledge of the game.

Norman K, Bremner

Cameron, QO Hldr

Norrie, as he was known throughout his career died on 26 September 2020 aged 79 years. 

He joined the Camerons in March 1960 serving with them for a short time before the amalgamation in 1961.  In the QO HLDRS where his brother Sid also served, he was known mainly for his service in the Motor Transport Platoon where he filled several appointments.  He reached the rank of WO2 and completed his service in March 1982 at the Scottish Infantry Depot Bridge of Don where he held the dual appointments of CSM HQ Company and MTO.

On leaving the Army he lived in Kildary Ross and Cromarty and worked for Highland Council.  Despite Covid restrictions, the Regiment was well represented at his funeral on a beautiful morning at the very well maintained Rosskeen Cemetery.  He is survived by wife Joan. 

John Wood
QO Hldr
John was born in Glasgow on 15 April 1957 and died on 26 September 2020 aged 63 years.
John carried out his basic training at Glencorse in Edinburgh, he enlisted on 16 February passing out on 25 June 1976 as a member of Dargi Platoon. He joined the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Highlanders in Edinburgh as a member of 5 Platoon B Company. John was affectionately known as Woody. He moved from B Company to S Company and was a member of the Anti-Tank Platoon for many years before moving to HQ Company as Ration Storeman seeing service in the UK, N Ireland, Hong Kong and Belize.
He was a recipient of the NI and Falklands Medals. John ended his service in 1988 after 12 years and moved to Glasgow with his wife and their family. In 2004 John and Linda moved to London where John was Head Porter at Park Side Hospital for 16 years. John was an active member of the Southern Branch and attended many reunions and marched on several occasions at the Cenotaph.
Hamish H M, Sutherland
Hamish H M, Sutherland

Cameron

Major Hamish Sutherland died on 28 October 2020 aged 87. He held a National Service commission in The Queens’s Own Cameron Highlanders from 1954 serving with the 1st Camerons in Korea before transferring to the Army Catering Corps in 1957. He followed Major George Burns as Chairman and Treasurer of the Cameron Highlanders Branch of the Queen’s Own Highlanders Association and ran the Annual Gathering and other events with great success until 2018. His family owned the Cuchullin Lodge Hotel in Inverness.

Bernard, Crimmins
Cameron

Bernard was born on 7 May 1927 and died on 3 November 2020 aged 93 years.

He served in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders from 31 January 1944 – 7 November 1952.

He also served with The Liverpool Scottish.

John V Ritchie

Seaforth

 

John Vivian Ritchie was born in Aldershot on 30 Oct 1928 into a military family.  His father, Maj Stewart ‘Jack’ Ritchie, Seaforth Highlanders won the Military Cross in 1918, but was killed at St. Valery in 1940.  At nine-years-old John was sent to live with his maternal grandmother and was enrolled at Brightlands Preparatory School, where his grandfather had been headmaster.  He later went on to Clifton College and left school in 1946.  He entered Sandhurst destined for the Seaforth Highlanders and was joined there by fellow Seaforth and life-long friend, James Grant.  They passed out together on 22 Dec 48.  At the time 1 Seaforth was in Malaya and in Jan 49 the two young officers sailed out to join their battalion.  On arrival John took command of 2 Platoon, A Company.  His platoon spent many months arduously patrolling the jungle in search of and ambushing communist infiltrators.  When 1 Seaforth moved home to Redford Barracks, Edinburgh in 1952 John was appointed Mortar Platoon Commander.  He won regimental colours for rugby, captained his company’s boxing team winning the inter-company boxing and continued this success driving the cross-company team to victory, by virtue of chasing them around the course in his car.  In Apr 52, the Battalion moved out to Buxtehude in Germany and in Feb 53 John was posted to the Seaforth Depot, Fort George, where he took on the role of training National Service intakes.  He remained at the Fort until he retired from the Army in 1955.  Five years later John joined a new advertising firm, Collett Dickenson Pearce (CDP).  For thirty years the agency set the gold standard in British Advertising, winning more creative awards than any other and being a nursery for several creatives who later became household names: Charles Saatchi, Sir Alan Parker, Sir Ridley Scott and Lord Puttnam.  Stories of his determined loyalty to his clients are still legend and their trust in him led to commercials like ‘Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet’ and the ground-breaking B&H Gold images, which changed advertising for ever.  John retired from CDP as Deputy Chairman before Dentsu purchased the company in 2000.  John retained many regimental friendships and was a huge supporter of the Cuidich’n Righ Dinner Club.  He loved his fishing, shooting and dancing too.  He was an excellent cook, loved wine, sunshine and people.  He is survived by his first wife Amber whom he married in 1964.  They had two children, Tabitha and Guy.  Having divorced in 1973, John married Shireen, Baroness Ritchie of Brompton in 1982.  She pre-deceased him in 2012.

Iain HP Laughland

Seaforth

In August Rugby Union mourned the loss of one of its great players, Iain Hugh Page Laughland.  Iain was born in Bombay in 1935, where his father was a banker.  He moved to Scotland at the age of 9 to attend Croftinloan Preparatory School near Pitlochry after which he went on to Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh.  Iain excelled at all manner of sports and besides playing rugby, he captained Scottish Schools at cricket in 1953.

After leaving school he was called up in 1954 for national service and joined the Seaforth Highlanders as a private.  He travelled to Fort George for his 10 weeks’ basic training catching a bus from Grantown-on-Spey and hitched a lift in a farm tractor for the last two miles.  While based at Fort George Ian played both rugby for the Depot and football for Nairn County FC.  After basic training he was sent to Eaton Hall but failed his W.O.S.B. for a commission first time round.  He was therefore posted in 1955 to the 1st Battalion as a private in 6 Platoon, B Company and served in Egypt, Aden and Gibraltar where he was promoted to Lance Corporal.  He was later to tell amusing stories about his time in Aden: particularly one about a Glaswegian who tossed a grenade into a pond to stop the frogs croaking at night and nearly started a war.  He passed W.O.S.B. at the second attempt and was commissioned in September 1956 just before being transferred to the Reserve for the remainder of his five and half years’ service commitment.

During a successful in business he headed up Benn Brothers Publications, an international trade journal publisher.  Other sporting interests included golf and he held a 3 handicap.  But it was in rugby that he excelled.  Iain was a stalwart of London Scottish, which he was able to join for the 1956/57 season on his return to civilian life as a reservist.  He was club captain for the 1959-60 season and, unusually, for a second stint in 1963-64.  In his time, London Scottish excelled at the short form of the game and Iain was known to be supremely agile and fast, a creative genius who revitalised Rugby Sevens.  When the club won the Middlesex Sevens tournament five years out of six, added the Melrose Sevens in two of those years, and on two more occasions collected runners-up trophies, he was ever present and more often than not also captain.

 Selected to play for Scotland, Iain (known as “Logie”) was capped 31 times between 1959-1967 playing fly half and centre.  He captained Scotland in two matches for his country in 1966, most notably winning the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield, having played in the side that also beat England two years before.  His last international was in 1967 again against England.  The commentator, Bill McLaren later paid him the accolade of selecting him as his fly half and captain for the all-time greatest Scottish side from those who played between 1950 and 2003.  He was also elected President of the Scottish Rugby Union for 2000-01.

Iain loved his time based at Fort George and being a Seaforth.  Fellow London Scot, Scotland International and British Lion, Stewart Wilson recalled1: “Asked once about how he acquired his phenomenal speed off the mark, he attributed it to the day he had been sitting on the latrine in Aden with the Army, when an Arab sniper put a bullet between his legs!”  [1 Reproduced with kind permission of Paul McFarland from the obituary published for London Scottish.)

WM Watson

Seaforth

 Mr Watson who served with the Seaforth Highlanders died in 2020.

Norman NC, Lockhart

Seaforth

 Norman Neil Campbell Lockhart, son of General Sir Rob Lockhart KCB CIE MC, was born in Edinburgh on 1st June 1925 and died in Gillingham, Dorset on 1st May 2020.  He was educated at Cargilfield School, Edinburgh and Marlborough College, where he represented the school at rugby and cricket.  On leaving school in 1943, Neil enlisted at Fort George and went on to pass his War Office Selection Board.  Shortly after he sailed out to India to complete officer training and commissioning.  He joined 1 Seaforth in Oct 44, then part of 23 Indian Division in Burma.  Appointed OC 4 Platoon, B Company, Neil returned to India with the battalion before VJ Day for assault landing training and were then despatched on Operation Zipper to recapture Malaya and Singapore.  After a few months, the Battalion were embarked at Port Dickson for Batavia to secure the Dutch East Indies.  After about 10 days there, Neil was blown up accidentally by a brother officer’s booby-trap and wounded.  He recovered and re-joined his platoon before, in early 1946, attending the Far East Regular Commissions Board in Singapore.  He returned in time to suppress fighting which broke out between the Indonesians and Japanese Forces in West Java.  Neil then left the Battalion for 9 months to be ADC to his father, now GOC Southern Command India.  He returned to 1 Seaforth in Dec 46 as 2i/c A Company and was promoted acting Captain.  In 1947, Neil returned to Scotland stopping off first in Bombay to be married to Audrey.  He then had a succession of training posts at Pinefield Camp in Elgin, Holywood near Belfast, Fort George with 1 HLI and the Highland Brigade Training Centre there before it moved to Cameron Barracks.  In 1951, Neil was posted to East Africa Command and joined the Northern Rhodesia Regiment in Lusaka as a training officer.  Having been away from the Seaforths for 6 years, Neil opted to transfer to the Royal Army Pay Corps, although in his heart he remained a Seaforth.  He served on as a paymaster successfully for 24 years and retired from the Army in 1979 in the rank of Lt Col.  Neil married Audrey at Malabar Hill, near Bombay in 1947 and had three daughters.  On Neil’s retirement they settled down in Kington Magna, Dorset where they were involved with the church and he taught Scottish Country Dancing.  Woe betide anyone who was out of step!

Colin K, Murray TD

Seaforth

Colin, son of a distinguished Seaforth officer, Brig George Murray CBE DSO MC, who came of a very old Caithness family, was born in Edinburgh on Waterloo Day, 18th June 1932 and died at home after a long illness on 3rd May 2020.  Educated first at Belhaven Hill, the school was evacuated to Dinnet House during the Second World War, he went on to Wellington College.  In 1950 he enlisted for National Service in the Seaforth Highlanders at Fort George, then commanded by a family friend, Maj (Later Major-General) Ian Robertson.  Colin passed selection for a National Service Commission and trained at Eaton Hall Officer Cadet School. On passing out he was seconded to 1st Bn King’s African Rifles based in Lusaka and Blantyre, then in Nyasaland.  His battalion was posted, on active service, to Malaya and aged 19, following jungle training, commanded the defence platoon operating against Chinese Communists in the Bentong district of Malaya.  Following National Service, Colin joined 11th Bn Seaforth Highlanders (TA) to which  Battalion he, with a select number of other “Piccadilly Highlanders”, gave loyal service, frequently travelling (First Class of course as long as the Adjutant signed the Voucher) on the old Night Sleeper from Euston for Training Weekends (more popularly attended if coinciding with the Shooting Season or the Northern Meeting Balls). 

In 1953 joined C T Bowring, a large firm of insurance brokers at Lloyd’s of London.  After ten years, he moved to R J Kiln, a newly formed underwriting syndicate and in 1985 became its chairman.  During this time Colin was appointed Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s of London, supported Lloyd’s Volunteer Forces Fund and maintained his interest in music by supporting the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  In 1992 he was honoured by being appointed a member of the Society of Lieutenants for the City of London and retired in 1995 but continued to work part-time for Equitas.  In 2002 he was appointed High Sherriff of Hampshire and remained active as a school governor and President of Hampshire Youth Clubs.  Colin was a member of the Cuidich’n Righ Dinner Club for many years and is survived by Precelly, whom he married in 1964, their three children and seven grandchildren.

Colin was far from being just a “City Boy”; he was a Countryman at heart, loved his beautiful garden and his visits back to Scotland. He cast a straight line and was a good shot.  A most generous host, he remained, having as a child in the late 1930 when Ian Robertson was his Father’s Adjutant, played on The Fort’s Ramparts, a loyal Seaforth to the end.

John Duff

Seaforth

 John who served in the Seaforth Highlanders died on 24 November 2020 aged 80 years.

Cedric T, Foster

Seaforth

Cedric who served in the Seaforth Highlanders died on 19 November 2020 aged 92 years.

Iain M, Morrison
Iain M, Morrison
QO Hldr
Iain Morrison died on 17 December at his beloved Home on the Isle of Lewis after a long illness. Iain was a renowned Piper and joined The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Pipe Band.

In 1968 he attended the Army School of Bagpiping and Drumming on the Pipe Majors Course, under the instruction of John A MacLellan (Seaforth Highlanders) and Pipe Major Donald MacLeod another Seaforth stalwart. Iain went on to be Pipe Major of 1st Battalion the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) from 1975 to 1980.

Iain Morrison was a Gold Medal winner in 1969 in the Strathspeys and Reels division of the Northern Meeting Piping Competition whilst a Corporal at the Army School of Bagpiping and Drumming. That year he took 14 First prizes, 6 seconds, 5 thirds, 7 fourths and 1 fifth prize
at Piping and Highland Games around Scotland.

In 1980 he was appointed as Pipe Major to the Scottish Divisional School of Music in Aberdeen and went on to win the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban, the Inverness Clasp, the Mod Gold Medal and the Glenfiddich Championship.

Pipe Major Iain Morrison was a master of Ceol Mor and a brilliant exponent of Ceol Beag with a highly musical style of his own. In his memories, the Canadian Piper Bill Livingstone recalled him playing in mesmeric fashion at an Eagle Pipers recital “I idolised Iain’s playing and to this day regard him as one of the most beautiful light music players I have ever heard”. The Queen’s Own Highlanders Cabar Feidh music collection describes him as ‘one of the outstanding pipers of his generation’.

On retiring from the Army, Pipe Major Morrison returned to his native Back on the Isle of Lewis. Over the years he taught many pipers including Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies (late Queen’s Own Highlanders and a Gold Medal winner) and is a noted composer.

Cabar Feidh Gu Brath.

Hugh D, McNally

QO Hldr

Hugh was born in 1959 and raised in the Highlands in a family renowned for stalking and Highland lore.  He was educated at the Abbey School, Fort Augustus school where he was a prefect and CSM of the School CCF.  He was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Highlanders in 1981 joining B Company in Hong Kong for the last 6 months of the 1st Battalion’s posting to the Far East.  In command of 6 Platoon he moved with the Battalion to Tidworth and deployed to the South Atlantic on Operation Corporate in 1982.  Hugh was fortunate to be deployed to South Georgia at the beginning of the operation and then some months later transferred over to the Falkland Islands, where he is remembered for being tough enough to survive being hit by lightning twice far out in the hills of West Falkland while on the Battalion exercise on one particularly stormy night.  The story has it that climbing a hill to an orders group;  he was knocked to his knees by the first strike; staggered on and was brought down by the second bolt hitting into the aerial of the clansman radio that he was carrying.  Battalion medics kept him stable throughout a rough night before he was evacuated by helicopter to hospital in Stanley the following morning and much to his annoyance subsequently sent back to the UK.  After moving with the battalion to Aldergrove in Northern Ireland Hugh was posted to command 21 Cadet Training Team in Inverness in 1984 and returned to the battalion in late 1987 as 2IC A Company at Fort George and then in Munster.  In 1990 he was posted to an SO3 staff appointment at HQ 1BR Corps in Germany before returning to command D Company on the Battalion’s 1992 Belfast tour.

Hugh left the Army in 1994 and moved back to the Highlands developing a career in estate management and forestry.  He also briefly served with the Cadets before joining the landmine clearance charity, The HALO Trust in the late 1990s.  Hugh was deployed to programmes in the South Caucasus and Somaliland before being appointed as a desk officer based in Dumfries overseeing programmes in Africa.  After HALO, Hugh returned to the Highlands to work on various business endeavours in the Regimental Area and gained a Masters degree in Middle East Security.

Hugh married Seonaid Hope in 1987 and was a private man intensely proud of his Highland heritage, the Regiment and his family.  He died aged 61 on 13 December 2020 and is survived by his four children.

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Kim Torp-Petersen

QO Hldr

Major Kim Torp-Petersen died in tragic circumstances on 5 January 2021 in Edinburgh.  Born on 15 November 1953, his father Knud had left Denmark during the Nazi occupation and met his wife Joy in London.  He was educated at Hinchley Wood School near Hampton Court and by virtue of his family connection to the Seaforth Highlanders, his childhood ambition to be a Queen’s Own Highlander was realised when he was commissioned in March 1974, and he joined the 1st Battalion in Osnabruck.

He was a platoon commander with D Company and in 1979 was part of the South Armagh tour based in Crossmaglen.  Kim was mentioned in dispatches for his distinguished service there, as he had maintained his platoon in an ambush position for an extended period after the Narrow Water bombings.  Later as mortar platoon commander and then 2IC of B Company in Hong Kong, Kim was integral to the resurrection of rugby in the Battalion and captained the team.  With characteristic courage, he managed to limit the loss in a match against a New Zealand Army team with capped All Blacks!

After being an instructor on the NCO’s Tactical Wing at the School of Infantry, Kim’s love of the Regiment and being with Jocks was rewarded with a number of returns to the Battalion.  He commanded S Company (1986- 1989) at Fort George, Kenya and Belize before returning in 1991 from 52 Lowland Brigade as OC HQ Company and then Battalion 2IC until 1993.  Through these postings he maintained contact with soldiers and with the Lowland Volunteers (1996-2000) and as a company commander at the Scottish Infantry Depot, Glencorse.

Kim retired from the Army in March 2005 and then worked as a Staff Officer with HQ 2 Division at Craigiehall before undertaking the role in 2008 of Regional Deputy Commander for Scotland and Northern Ireland for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation with responsibility for the Defence Training Estate (Scotland and Northern Ireland).  This was the most geographically diverse and largest area of any region in the UK and this challenging role was handled with his usual excellence and good humour.

Kim’s love of his work with soldiers was only eclipsed by his love of family.  He married Jennifer (Jen) in 1982 and was dedicated to their daughters Charlotte and Anna, his sons-in-law Tom and Mike, and his grandchildren Amelia and Lewis with the expected imminent arrival of a third grandchild.

George Landsborough

QO Hldr

George was born on 7 June 1956 and died on the 6 January 2021 aged 64 years.  George joined the QO HLDRS in 1972 as a Junior Soldier at Bridge of Don before moving to the Battalion in Osnabruck in the summer of 73 joining 7 Pl B Company serving in Osnabruck, N Ireland, and Canada.   A lively individual and a good soldier George moved to the Recce Platoon and Command Company in early 1975.   He stayed with the Recce on return to UK and Kirknewton followed by a successful 6 months in Belize.  George left the Army in 1977.

 

He worked at the Pulp Mill at Corpach for a period before taking a job as Storeman at the Underwater Centre Fort William.  He married Karen in 1992 and was stepdad to Robert and Tina and Dad to Tricia and William.  George and Karen separated in 2006

Donald Thomson

QO Hldr

Donald was born 9 December 1963 and died on 8 January 2021.  He served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders. 

John C, Jack

RAF, Cameron & QO Hldr
John Jack served with the RAF Regiment before joining the Cameron Highlanders and then on to the Queen’s Own Highlanders on amalgamation of the Seaforth Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.

Originally from Avoch on the Black Isle John spent a large part of his adult life serving his country with pride.

During John’s service he worked his way through the ranks in the Cameron Highlanders and
reached the rank of WO2 with the Queen’s Own Highlanders. He was known as an excellent sportsman and a crack shot on the ranges as well as being a shooting coach.

John’s last job in uniform was at Edinburgh University OTC on the Long Service List. He then moved on to the Lorretto School in Musselburgh. At both these establishments he was the Rifle Team Coach. They both won the UK Championships under his guidance.

John was awarded the BEM for his long service as a Military Instructor.

On retirement John moved to Seton Sands Caravan Park in Port Seton before finally moving to the Wirral to be with his daughter Jennifer and Granddaughter Susan.

John was taken into hospital with a chest infection and unfortunately contracted COVID-19 whilst in hospital and sadly passed away on Sunday 24 January 2021 aged 98.

George Mackenzie

QO Hldr

George died on 20 January 2021.  From Forres, George passed out of the Training Depot, Fort George with other members of Kandahar Platoon on Saturday 9 June 1962.  He joined the Battalion and his elder brother Gordon, in Singapore, as a member of 7 Pl B Company.  George was promoted to Sgt in 1973 serving with 21 Cadet Training Team, the Recce Platoon and as Recruiting Sgt at Batchen Street, Elgin from 1977-79. 

After leaving the Army he worked for Scottish Hydro and he became a member of 2622 Highland Sqn RAF reaching the rank of Warrant Officer.  Under Covid restrictions his funeral took place in Elgin 28 January 2021.  George is survived by wife Moreen daughters Sylvia and Donna and son George

James P, Mackenzie-Mair

Seaforth

James Piers (always known in the UK as Piers) Mackenzie-Mair was born on 21 September 1938 and died on 9 March 2021 at his home in Canada aged 82. 

He did his National Service straight from school in the Seaforth Highlanders (the regiment in which his father served during the war). 

Donald Smith

Seaforth

Donald Smith was born on 3 October 1920 in Glasgow and shortly afterwards, moved with his family to Leeds.  He died on 14 March 2021.

Having served 2 years in the Royal Artillery TA from 1937-39, he enlisted into the Seaforth Highlanders on 30 January 1939.  He completed his training at Fort George before being posted to 2nd Seaforth who were stationed in Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow.

When war broke out in 1939, the 2nd Seaforth mobilised and moved to France with the British Expeditionary Force.  In March 1940, 2nd Seaforth became part of the now strengthened 51st Highland Division.  On 12 June 1940 2nd Seaforth, after a determined resistance, were forced to surrender. 

Donald was eventually captured by German troops and would spend the remainder of the war in a Prisoner of War camp.  He also took part in the “Death March” when his captors fled the advancing allied armies.

Eventually returned home and was discharged on 2 April 1946.

On 27 July 1957 Donald married his fiancé Helen and would go on to have three children, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  They would eventually reside in Forres.

Donald worked as an Engineer and later worked for the car dealership of Macrae and Dick as a handyman before retiring in 1985.

James Wolfe Murray

Seaforth, QO Hldr

 James was born on 22 July 1931 and died on 25 March 2021 aged 89 years.

He was commissioned on 6 March 1951 initially as a National Service Officer with the 1st Seaforth Highlanders and served at Fort George (Highland Bde Training Depot), Edinburgh, and then Buxtehude in BAOR until May 1954.  James was part of the Regimental Coronation Contingent in London in May 1953.

1 Seaforth moved from BAOR to Elgin (Moray) and were then tasked on an emergency tour to Port Said, Egypt from July to December 1954 as part of MELF.  On return James served as a Training Subaltern at the Seaforth Depot, Fort George.

In October 1956 he was posted back to 1 Seaforth and would serve in Gibraltar until August 1957 and then Munster (BAOR) until March 1959.  He was then posted to 1 A&SH for 8 months to serve in Cyprus as part of MELF before returning to the Battalion in Munster until February 1961.

He was seconded to 3rd Battalion Kings African Rifles in Kenya for 2 years returning to the newly formed Queen’s Own Highlanders stationed in Singapore.  In 1964 he moved with the Queen’s Own Highlanders to Osnabruck (BAOR) where he served as a Captain until 1967 and a posting back to Singapore until 1969 as part of the Far East Training Centre FARELF, before retiring on 15 June 1969.

Edward B, Cullen

QO Hldr

Eddie as he was more commonly known was born on 15 January 1956 and died on 6 November 2020 aged 64 years.

Eddie joined the Junior Infantrymen’s Battalion at Shorncliffe in April 1971.  He moved to the Bn in 1973.  Initially, he was underage for service in Northern Ireland with the Bn.  On reaching the age of 18 he joined 3 Platoon Alpha Company in Belfast.  Eddie did not stay long in A Company, moving to the Assault Pioneer Platoon and Support Company 1974.  Next stop was the MT Platoon where he filled several important roles until his discharge in 1993.  He joined 51st HIGHLAND for a short period before moving with his family to the Philippines.  He is survived by wife Rosita.

Alexander P, Hume

Seaforth

 Alexander was born on 15 July 1928 and died on 17 April 2021 aged 92 years. 

He served in the Seaforth Highlanders as Band Sgt from 1944 – 1958.  He was a member of the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association.

Graham A, Marland

Cameron, QO Hldr

Graham was born in Eton on the 15 August 1941 and passed away on the 24 April 2021 aged 79 years.

His family moved to Lesmahagow in Scotland and Graham joined the Cameron Highlanders in 1959.  He was a trained draughtsman and is remembered for his time in the Intelligence Section where he reached the rank of Sergeant. His draughtsman skills being responsible for many recruiting posters and the displays in the recruiting caravan.  His service saw tours Brunei, Singapore, Germany, Norway and in Northern Ireland on multiple occasions.  He married Caroline in 1965 and daughter Dawn and son Graeme joined the family. 

Graham left the Army in 1976 and settled in Peebles working as a self-employed joiner.  Graham and Caroline went their separate ways and he subsequently met Mary and moved to Skye.  They married in 2011.  Sadly, Mary passed away in early 2013 and Graham moved back to Kinghorn in Fife.  Graham was laid to rest beside Mary at Broadford Cemetery in Skye on the Wednesday the 5 May 2021.  The Highland Branch Standard was carried, an Association Piper played, and Regimental colleagues joined family members to bid farewell. 

Iain MacKay

QO Hldr

Iain was born on 26 July 1966 in Stornoway Isle of Lewis and died on 1 May 2021. 

As a youngster his family moved to Edinburgh before returning north to Caol.  He joined the army and passed out of the Scottish Infantry Depot Glencorse as a member of Mysore Platoon on 20 July 1984, 6 days short of his 18th birthday.  After a time in a Delta Company Iain joined the Mortar Platoon.  Iain Married Ann Marie in Fort George in 1987.  Daughter Donna was born in Munster and sadly complications meant that Iain had to leave the Army on compassionate grounds to ensure she received the required specialist care.  A highly respected and well-liked soldier, Iain was an exemplary colleague to all he served with.  Initially living in the Edinburgh area where son Mathew and daughter Rachel joined the family.  The family settled back in Fort William and Iain secured a job on the Corran ferry.  

At his funeral in Inverness, on Wednesday 12 May 2021 members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders lined the entrance to the Crematorium

Peter McMurdo

Cameron, QO Hldr

Peter was born in Port Seaton in 1941, and after leaving school he spent some time working on the fishing boats sailing out from Port Seaton.  When he was old enough, he joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1958, subsequently becoming a Queen’s Own Highlander on amalgamation.

He served in Singapore and Borneo before returning with the Battalion to Edinburgh from where he was demobbed after his six-year stint.

In later life Peter suffered from COPD and Diabetes, the latter causing him problems with his circulation and eventually leading to him having to have a leg amputated.

 Peter passed away peacefully on 30 May 2021 with his wife by his side and was laid to rest on 16 June 2021.  Members of the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association lined the route to his final resting place.

Andrew S, Duncan

Cameron, QO Hldr

 Andrew was born on 29 December 1929 and died on 22 June 2021 aged 91 years.

 Andrew was commissioned from RMA Sandhurst Intake IV on 16 December 1949 and went on to join C Company 1 Camerons as a Platoon Commander in Tripoli in April 1950.  He was Int Officer 1 Camerons in the Canal Zone and Austria from September 1951 to September 1953 before becoming ADC to GOC, Commonwealth Division in Korea until December 1954.

As MTO he served with 1 Camerons in Korea and the Aden Protectorate until August 1957 and then as Adjutant in Dover until August 1959.

Having completed Staff College, Andrew was Brigade Major at HQ 152 Highland Brigade in Inverness from January 1962 to January 1964 and then a 6-month spell as Training Major 1 Liverpool Scottish in Liverpool.

Andrew re-joined the recently formed 1 Queen’s Own Highlanders in July 1964 as D Company Commander in Osnabruck.  He then completed a 2-year tour as a Company Commander at the RMA Sandhurst August 1965 – August 1967. 

Andrew was then posted to HQ 99 Infantry Brigade in Singapore as Brigade Major until April 1969 before returning to 1 Queen’s Own Highlanders as Commanding Officer in Sharjah, Edinburgh, Osnabruck and Belfast until February 1972.

Two Staff appointments as GSO 1, (Int) HQ BAOR, (Rheindahlen) and GSO 1, MOD (DAT) in London followed until June 1977 when he was promoted to Colonel.

Andrew was posted to Tel Aviv as Defence Attaché until July 1980 and then to the MOD in London as AD of DP(C), ACDS (Pol) before retiring on 29 June 1982 after a 35-year career.

John A, Westhead

Seaforth, QO Hldrs

John died in Inverness on the 4 July 2021 aged 80 years.  He was born on the 24 November 1940.  John joined the Seaforth Highlanders in August 1959.  Initial service saw him in the Pipes and Drums where his reputation as a first-class Highland Dancer saw a beginning.  This continued throughout his Army career and he was regularly called upon to perform for high ranking visitors and at special events.  After ten years in the Pipes and Drums John re-joined a rifle company and then progressed through the ranks whilst serving in the Mortar Platoon, as a Permanent Staff Instructor with the Liverpool Scottish and as an instructor with the Northern Ireland Training Advisory Team in Hythe.  He finished his service in 1984 as the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant of the 1st Battalion in Aldergrove.

A very large contingent of Queen’s Own Highlanders lined the route at the Inverness Crematorium on the 14 July 2021 to say their final farewells.  A man always smartly turned out and very highly regarded by all who served with him.  John was predeceased by his wife Betty and is survived by daughter Lucinda and son Iain.  A rightly proud QO HLDRS Family.

 

William G, MacDonald

QO Hldr
Bill, (21 or Badger- his Army names) MacDonald passed away at Roxburghe House Aberdeen on 16 July 2021 aged 72 years.
Bill was born in Melvich in Sutherland on 19 July 1948. He joined the Army and the Queen’s Own Highlanders as a Junior Leader at the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion, Oswestry, Shropshire in May 1964 before joining the QO HLDRS in Berlin in June 1966. Although remembered for his days in the Signal Platoon Bill was multi-talented and equally at home in a Rifle Company or as an instructor with other establishments. He served in Berlin, Sharjah, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Belize, Hong Kong, and Brunei. In addition, Bill completed seven tours in Northern Ireland. Bill left the Regular Army in January 1989 reaching the rank of WO2. His service continued with 2/51 HIGHLAND (V) where he was commissioned and ended his fine career as Officer Commanding HQ Company. Former colleagues representing the QO HLDRS and 2/51 HIGHLAND (V) gathered at Ellon Parish Church on 29 July 2021 with family and friends to say a final farewell. He is survived by second wife Maureen.

Graham T, Dunnett

Graham T, Dunnett

Seaforth

Graham was born on 8 March 1929 and died on 23 August 2021 aged 92 years.

He was educated at Wick High School and Archbishops Holgate’s Grammar School in York.

Graham was commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders on 18 March 1950 and as a National Service Commission was posted to 1 Seaforth serving with them as a Platoon Commander during the 1948-51 Malaya Emergency. On competition of his National Service he immediately joined 11 Seaforth (1952) where he rose through the ranks to command B Company and on the reorganisation of the TA, 51 Highland Volunteers. He was one of the longest serving Company Commander and his Company always found success at Bisley at the annual TA National Shooting Competition. Graham attended 19 out of 20 Annual Camps between 1952 and 1971 when he went onto the TA Retired Officers List.

Graham was a man of and for the people of Caithness and became a DL in 1975, a Vice Lieutenant in 1986 and then Lord Lieutenant in 1995. He was also to become a JP for Caithness in 1996 where his wisdom and experience was much sought after.

 He was a Member and former President of the Cabar Feidh Dinner Club and attended every Dinner without fail. CFGB.

Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks

 Cameron, QO Hldr

 Thomas (Tam) who served in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and Queen’s Own Highlanders passed away in 2021.

James, McLachlan

James, McLachlan

Seaforth

James was born on 21 July 1927 and died in August 2021 in a rest home in New Zealand aged 94 years. 

 He served in the Seaforth Highlanders in the late 1940’s and 1950’s including in Malaya during the conflict, before leaving the British Army in the mid 1950’s as a Sergeant.

Stuart M, Gill

QO Hldr

Stuart was born on 24 October 1959 and died on 3 August 2021 aged 61 years.

 He served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders from 5 May 1977 until 14 August 1990.

Alastair JC, Campbell

Alastair JC, Campbell

QO Hldr

Alastair was born in London on 6 January 1952 and died on 24 August aged 69 years at Home in Wiltshire.

He was educated at Eton and Wadham College Oxford before attending the Commissioning Course at RMA Sandhurst in September 1973.

Alastair was Commissioned into the Queen’s Own Highlanders and joined 6 Platoon B Company as a Platoon Commander in Osnabruck (West Germany).  As part of B Company, he undertook a 4-month emergency tour in the Falls Road area of Belfast, January – April 1974 and then as part of the BHQ and B Company Combat Team Exercise to the Suffield Training Area, Canada (August to October 1974).  He was then attached to the Royal Marines Training Centre, Lympstone from June to December 1995 before returning to the Battalion as Intelligence Office, again in Osnabruck in January 1976. For the next 2 years Alastair would soldier in BAOR, Belize and Kirknewton, Edinburgh, where he was Royal Guard Captain, before a 2-year secondment to The Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces in January 1978.

He returned to the Battalion in March 1980 as Operations Officer in Hong Kong, but was soon whisked off to be a Platoon Commander at RMA Sandhurst in December 1981 for a 2-year stint. Whilst at RMA Sandhurst he represented the Army at Squash.

As a Major, Alastair returned to 1 Queen’s Own Highlanders as Officer Commanding D Company in January 1985 serving in Fort George and Belize.

A posting to the MOD in London as the desk officer – SO2 Warfare ACDS (Prog) role followed until January 1989.

He was then posted to 1 Royal Tank Regiment in Hildesheim as a Squadron Commander (Tankie) followed by a 6-month tour in Qatar as a Military Liaison Officer.

In February 1991 he moved to Abu Dhabi as an acting Lieutenant Colonel to undertake the SO1 Project Officer LSP Abu Dhabi role for 4 months before undertaking the 1-year Army Command & General Staff Course as a Student at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. On successfully completing that course he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was posted to Brussels as SO1 UK Milrep, HQ NATO where he remained until June 1995. A 6-month tour in Zagreb followed as the SO1 HQ Rapid Reaction Force for the UN.

Alastair then took command of 3 Highlanders based out of their HQ in Elgin, January 1996 – March 1998 and on competition was promoted to Colonel.

He then undertook a number of Defence Attaché roles in Kuwait, December 1998 – January 2002 and then Cairo, Egypt and finally Baghdad, Iraq until his retirement in December 2007.

Ian S, Cameron

Cameron

Ian was born on 20 December 1932 and died peacefully on 6 September 2021 aged 88.  The son of Lt Col SS Cameron TD of the Cameron Highlanders, he was educated at Marlborough and commissioned in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1952.  He served with the 1st Camerons in Egypt, Austria Edinburgh and Germany.  During 1955-56 was ADC in Kure, Japan to the GOC British Commonwealth Forces, Korea.  He returned to the 1st Camerons as OC Mortar Platoon in Aden and Dover.  From 1960-62 he was Adjutant of the Liverpool Scottish TA, and in 1961 was posted to the Queen’s Own Highlanders.  From 1962 to 1968 he served with 11 KAR and remained with the Kenya Army until retiring in 1968.  He became a company director in Zimbabwe until retiring to Cyprus and latterly France.  He is survived by his wife and children.

David Little

QO Hldr

David known as Davy was born on 2 May 1954 and died on 13 September 2021 aged 67 years. 

He enlisted in the Army on 4 December 1969 as a junior soldier and was posted to Bridge of Don Barracks as a Queen’s Own Highlander.

When he joined the 1st Battalion in Osnabruck, he was initially posted to A Company, but eventually moved on to become a Battalion Medic.  Davy completed four tours in Northern Ireland and one in Belize with the Battalion before being posted to the Golden Lions Freefall Team.

When he was demobbed, he found work in the building industry, then as a Medic, then as a Custody Officer and latterly with G4 Security as a Prisoner Escort.

Davy joined the Edinburgh Branch of the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association on 9 May 2013 and was a firm and loyal supporter of the Branch.

Alistair Fyfe

QO Hldr

Alistair passed away on 27 September 2021.  He served in the Battalion as a PTI. 

Ronald Mackenzie

QO Hldr & 2/51 Highland

 Ronnie known as Dodo died on 17 October 2021 aged 75 years. 

William L Gordon

Cameron

William was born on 5 January 1932 in Aberdeen and died on 19 September 2021 in Portlethen, Aberdeenshire aged 89 years.

William was called up for National Service, aged 18 with The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, 1950-1952 and served in Cameron Barracks, Inverness and Monchengladbach, West Germany.

William Cargill

QO Hldr

 William known as Billy who served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders died on 14 September 2021. 

Tommy Murphy

QO Hldr

 Tommy Murphy, better known as “Spud” in the Battalion, passed away on 6 October 2021.

He was born in Liverpool on 1May 1942 and upon leaving school became a merchant seaman, travelling on the Blue Funnel Line out of Liverpool to the Far East and Australia.  He subsequently became a Clerk, and during this time he joined the Liverpool Scottish TA. 

Finding a Clerks life not to his liking, he enlisted, at the age of twenty-one, into the Queen’s Own Highlanders.  After basic training at Fort George he passed out in late 1962 and was drafted to the 1st Battalion in Singapore.

When the Battalion returned to the UK, he was stationed for a brief time in Milton Bridge Camp, where he met his future wife, Anne, who was from the local town of Penicuik.

After service in Osnabruck and Berlin, Tommy left the army and took up various jobs, but soon settled down as a driver for the Scottish Infantry Depot in Glencorse, followed by a job driving buses around the local Edinburgh and Lothian areas.  Tommy however, never actually the army life behind because he went on to join the local TA unit for the next twenty-three years, eventually becoming a WO2 (CSM) in 2/52 Lowland Volunteers.  Even after retirement from the TA he took up a post as an Adult Instructor with the local Army Cadet Force in Penicuik.

In his later years Tommy succumbed to Dementia and was well looked after during this time by the staff of the Erskine Care Home in Edinburgh.  He was buried on 25 October 2021 surrounded by family, friends, members of the Regimental Association, and the TA and Army Cadet Force, with whom he had served.

Andrew GE, McKenzie (01)

Cameron, QO Hldr

 Known as Eddie, he passed away on 28 October 2021 aged 81 years.

Joining in 1957 Eddie served in the Camerons and the Queen’s Own Highlanders with most of his time spent in the Signal Platoon.  He finished his service in the Recruiting Office in Inverness. 

Civilian life saw him employed at McDermott’s and the Post Office.

Keith Lang

QO Hldr

Keith who served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders for 25 years died on 24 November 2021.

John McIntosh

Seaforth

John (known as Ian) passed away on Friday 19 November 2021 at the age of 87 years.

Ian was called up for his National Service and after training at Fort George was posted to the 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders serving in Aden and Gibraltar.  On returning to Forres after his two years in the Army, Ian worked for British Telecom until his retirement.  Ian was a member of the Nairn Branch, Seaforth Highlanders Association for many years. A keen golfer he was a member of the Forres Golf Club and until recently played with the Wednesday Seniors every week.