Obituaries 2021

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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


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


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


 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


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


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.


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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


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


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


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.

Tam McKee

QO Hldr

Tam who served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders died on 6 December 2021.

Andrew Rennie

QO Hldr

Andrew who served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders died on 24 November 2021.

Frederick T, Foster


Frederick who served in the Seaforth Highlanders died on 19 November 2021.

Kevin Cole

QO Hldr

Kevin who served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders died on 14 November 2021.

Philip D’Annunzio

QO Hldr

Philip died in Liverpool on 8 April 2021 aged 79 years.  He joined the 1st Bn Liverpool Scottish (TA) in 1959 and enlisted in the Queen’s Own Highlanders at Fort George in 1962 passing out as a member of Keren Squad on the 1st of December that year.  In the 1st Battalion, he served in the MT.

Charles Strachan

QO Hldr

Charlie (Elvis) Strachan passed away on 15 March 2021 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee aged 73.  Born in Dundee on 1 December 1948.  On leaving St John’s High School and after initial employment as a Bus Conductor, he enlisted into the QO HLDRS at the Scottish Infantry Depot Glencorse in October 1971 aged 24 and passed out as a member of Nagpore Platoon on 10 March 1972.  He joined the Battalion in Osnabruck as a member of 15 platoon Delta company before moving to the Mortar Platoon where he was promoted to LCpl.  He served in NI, Canada, USA, Belize, Gibraltar and Kirknewton.  He was discharged on 20 October 1980.

In civilian street, he worked as a stereo setter at Robert L Fleminings Printers and then for Dundee City Council as a recycling Plant Operative.  

His funeral took place at Dundee Crematorium on 30 March 2021.  Regimental attendance was limited due to the Covid restrictions in place at the time, however, a few of his Regimental friends managed to attend.  He is survived by his wife Catherine and son’s Lee, Keith (who also served in the QO HLDRS and Highlanders) and Scott.

Alexander Anderson

QO Hldr

Andy died in Inverness 28 February 2021.  He was born in Edinburgh in 1947 but most of his childhood years were spent in the Avoch area on the Black Isle.  He joined the QO HLDRS in 1962 as a Junior Drummer at Bridge o’ Don Barracks in Aberdeen.  He passed out as a member of Mareth Squad in late 1964.  He joined the 1st Battalion in Osnabruck and served in Berlin, UK and Northern Ireland leaving in 1974. 

His wife Jackie predeceased him, he is survived by their four children, Alisha, Diane, Angela, and Sammy. 

Hector Robert Kerr Smiley

Cameron, QO Hldr

Hector Kerr-Smiley was born in 1937 and died in Suffolk on 29 December 2021 aged 84.  His elder brother Lt Col Simon Kerr-Smiley was a Regular officer in the Cameron Highlanders and Queen’s Own Highlanders, and they were grandsons of Lt Col GCM Sorel-Cameron CBE and nephews of Brig J Sorel Cameron CBE, DSO of the Cameron Highlanders.

Hector was educated at Ampleforth College and carried out his recruit training at Cameron Barracks, and then attended Eaton Hall OCS before being granted a National Service commission in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders on 8 September 1956.  He would serve in Aden where he was initially a Platoon Commander in C Company, 2 i/c of the Mortar Platoon and in the second year No 4 Platoon Commander in B Company where he trained Fire Team groups on 2 week cadres at Dhala in the use and deployment of the 106mm Anti-Tank rifle.  After his release in 1958 he became a Lloyds underwriter and held a TA commission with The Gordon Highlanders serving with the London Scottish. 

His home was in Suffolk, but he retained links with Stratherrick, and was a regular attender at Cameron Highlander events and the 79th Reunion Club.  He was also a generous benefactor to the Regimental Museum at Fort George where he, assisted with the purchase of his Uncle’s medals – Brigadier J Sorel-Cameron CBE DSO and also with donations the QO Hldrs Regimental Association.

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