Queen's Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)



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                                                       Call From Craighill School Tain
Many many thanks for putting my requests for votes on your website.  it must have helped do the trick as they got through to the top three on the number of votes and were then runners up. However, their entry was so good that even though they didn't win they are still getting to go to the tattoo in Edinburgh all expenses paid.
So again thanks for your help'


Obituary Page last updated on 29/04/2015Major Gordon Graham MC & bar
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Forthcoming Events


Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh this year is on Saturday 27th June and to give those members of the Regimental Family who travel from farther-a-field the chance to make a real week-end of it we are also holding our Summer Dance on the same day.  So why not dust off your glengarry and march proudly with other veterans and comrades through the streets of the capital city down to the Grassmarket for a wee swally and entertainment - followed by a great night at Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club later on in the day?
More details will follow in our April Newsletter
George Givens


Latest News for May 2015

                   VERNON NICOLL
Visited Vernon this afternoon.  He is in Room 21 of the GC Ward at   Raigmore undergoing treatment.  Tired but fighting hard.  Keep at   it mate.  CFGB
Yours aye,


The Mohmand Expedition 1908
Part One

By 2nd Lt James Forteath Russell
(Attached Seaforth Highlanders )
Part Two Next Month
You can if you wish print off and save
Seoras McIntosh

 Peter Johnstone Memorial Garden

A good sized contingent from the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association attended the opening of the Memorial Garden that had been especially designed to celebrate the life of Peter Johnstone, a Fifer who lost his life at the Battle of Arras whilst serving with the 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. 

To read more on this story click on link below, to view photos go to Photo Page.

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Berlin Garrison Church

When we were stationed in Berlin this was the Garrison Church. During a visit last year I noticed Regimental Plaques from all of the Regts and units who had served in Berlin, with one notable absence, our own. On returning home I spoke with Colin Keil who then contacted David Grant at RHQ. Following contact with the Pastor it was arranged that on my next visit I would present a plaque on behalf of the Regtl family of The Queen's Own Highlanders in memory of the years we spent in Berlin. I had the pleasure of carrying out this duty on Sunday 17 May and was assured the plaque would take its rightful place in the Kirk alongside the many others on display. My wife Esther and I were made most welcome and it was a pleasure to be back in familiar surroundings.
Willie Irving,

I am sure on this occasion that the Association will not mind if I thank you for what you have done on their and indeed our behalf,
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Charlie Liddle

I visited Charlie Liddle at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea today (Monday 18th May) and despite being less than mobile he was in good form.  If anyone is ever down in London he would love to receive visitors – just grab the tube to Sloane Square and walk the five minutes it takes to get to the Royal Hospital.  I attach a photo of myself and Charlie watching the queue for the Chelsea Flower Show (Charlie is the one on the right – I have no idea who the guy is in the middle!)
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Looking for something to do on Saturday evening?

SATURDAY 16th MAY 2016 1900HRS



The Cranston Fiddle is a musical and multi-media performance which tells the tragic story of the musical Cranston Family during the First World War. The story is told through a narrator and slideshow of images and footage, and is interspersed with violin performances of traditional tunes which would have been played by Seaforth Highlander, Willie Cranston, around the time of the conflict. Tunes such as Bonnie Lass o Fyvie and Mairi’s Wedding will be played, as well as some new tunes that have been composed especially for the event.
Small eats and drinks are available in the Museum from 1845 prior to the performance. 
Special price of £10 for Regimental
Association Members

Pay on the night, names to me soonest.
Yours aye,

               South Atlantic Medal
From: John Bailey,
I talked with the head of historic medals on Friday about the backlog of Falkland’s medals for members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders.  I was informed that they have very nearly caught up with the approval stage of the South Atlantic Medal and I offered any help we could give, if needed.  The only delay now is the production of the medal which they are trying to speed up.  The backlog  should be cleared in around 4 weeks and if anyone who has applied and has not received their medal in 4 weeks please let us know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try to help.
Kind Regards
John Bailey MBE

SSAFA Looking for a part-time Treasurer

SSAFA is looking for a part-time Treasurer for the Inverness-Shire Branch. It is envisaged that this will take up a maximum of a morning a week plus attendance at Executive Meetings. Travel funding may well be available. For more details please contact Helen Jenkins on 01667 452668.

 Vernon Nicol

We have just been across to visit Vernon who is currently undergoing Chemo & Radiotherapy treatment for lung cancer.  Tired but coping well he is at Raigmore Hospital daily Mon-Fri but is free at the weekend.  Whilst there, he gave me the attached cutting from a 1966 edition of The Highland News.  Some well kent faces there, some no longer with us.
Thoughts are with you Vernon. 
Get well soon CFGB
Yours aye,


Lt Col Colin Keil MBE

Dear All,
The late Lt Col Colin Keil MBE had requested that all donations, at the funeral service, be made to the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association.

A truly remarkable sum of £582.14 was gifted by the congregation who attended his funeral and internment, at the Church of Scotland, Castle St, Dingwall. on Friday, 24 May 2015.
The Association would like to thank everyone for for their heartfelt generosity in memory of Colonel Colin. “ Cabar Feidh Gu Brath”
David Grant, Association Treasurer.

 1971 Photos in PDF

After scanning through my Queen’s Own Highlanders magazine 1971 I came across these photos and I thought they may be of some interest to some of you who was serving in the Battalion in that year.
Seoras McIntosh



Call From Craighill School Tain


Hi it's Katherine here from bus trip to the battlefields 2013. Trust you are well. Wondering if you could help out?
I've been working with children in Tain on WW1 and entered the Legion Scotland Primary Schools Competition.  they have managed to get into the top ten but need voted from the general public to get into the next stage. Wondering if you would be kind enough to vote for them they are up against some pretty big schools.  Also feel free to pass this on to your wide circle of friends and fellows.
Many Thanks
Link is

 VC Plaque for John Ripley of the Black Watch

Dear All
I have just received the following e-mail attached below from Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin and would ask that if we have any Seaforth or Queen’s Own Highlanders in the Keith area that they might like to attend on Saturday the 9th of May at 10.30. Anyone wishing to attend should let
Major E Usborne email:-

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or Major D Grant email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know so they can inform Moray Council.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson,
Regimental Secretary,
The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordon’s & Camerons)

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Latest News for April 2015

The Highlanders Museum

Dear All,
I am the volunteer coordinator here at
The Highlanders Museum we are looking
for more volunteers, especially for
front of house and tour guiding?
My contact details for anyone who
is interested are:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or 0131 310 8703.
Attached to the bottom of this notice
is a couple information poster about our
volunteer open day in June.
Kind Regards,
Katharine Neil
Research and Volunteer Coordinator
The Highlanders' Museum
Tel: 0131 310 8703
Postal Address: Fort George,
Ardersier, Near Inverness,
IV2 7TD.
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 Ex Army Couple Business Opportunity

Dear All,

I have had the following e-mail and attachment from Thomas Lowes (Ex Army) who is looking for an ex Army couple to take on and rent his family Farmhouse
And turn it into a B&B business.
Details below and attached are a great opportunity for a couple who love Loch Lomond and the National Park.

The Farmhouse is a great opportunity for a motivated couple, and I attach revised details of this. As mentioned below the rental payable to the estate might be around £8-10k pa with estimated B&B income of up to £30k.
If you are interested get in touch with:-
Thomas Lowes
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

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What’s On

Dear All,
Some of the events being planned at the Museum (See Attached) might be of interest to some of you.
Kind regards
Lynsey Easton
Education and Outreach Officer

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Job Vacancy

Dear All,
Find attached a job vacancy for employment with HRFCA as a caretaker for Cadet Training Center Boddam, an application form is also attached.
Maurice Gibson.


Vacancy Letter and Notice-Caretaker

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Application Form- Caretaker

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I received this from Joe:
Eric 46 is back in hospital, Aberdeen Infirmary, he collapsed yesterday, I spoke to him this AM and it appears that he has liquid in his lungs, quite serious he says. Anyway if there is anyone in the area who can nip in to see him he is in HD Ward 106 until tomorrow or Wednesday then he may be moved to a medical word. I would be grateful if you could put the word out.
Many thanks.
Grateful if anyone in the Aberdeen area could visit and keep us updated.
Yours aye,

 Hospital Visit

Whent to see Erick MacDonald 46 tonight and very little has changed.He is still having breathing problems and they believe he has had a minor heart attack. He will undergo further tests tomorrow but is delighted to see a friendly face.
George Fraser
Hospital Visit has been updated in the Guestbook today by George


It was agreed at a recent Committee Meeting that the Branch would pay its respects at the graveside of servicemen who gave their lives during WW1 and are buried in local Commonwealth War Graves.   This will take place on the 100th Anniversary of their death. The first of these visits to the graveside (see photo) will be on Friday 24th April 2015 to Auldearn Cemetery at 1100 hrs where respects will be paid:
To read more go to one of the links beloiw

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If you fancy parading for the Battle of Loos 100th Anniversary Commemoration in Dundee, marching with the Edinburgh Branch on Armed Forces Day, or having a knees up at our Summer Dance, then please read the attached newsletter for all the relevant details
George Givens

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Joe Mahady Visit

Ronnie Sinclair and I decided that we should give the Old RSM Joe Mahady a visit and take him out for lunch. We  invited a few others to come along namely Ian Mackenzie, Jimmy Mutch and Dougie Shepherd. Joe was accompanied by his grandson Gordon.

We all met up at the Pitbauchlie House Hotel, Dunfermline where we had an excellent lunch and a few drammies. As you can imagine the old stories started coming out fast and furious.

Joe was my CSM when he came and took command of the Pipes and Drums for my last Northern Ireland tour in 1974.

For those of you who don’t know Joe he was RSM of the Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1977-79

At 16.00 hr our day came to an end and we all went our separate ways,but a good afternoon was enjoyed by all.

Thanks Joe for your company from us all,

Seoras McIntosh

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 Barry's Stovies Day


What a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon, beats going shopping with the wife any time.
Thank you Barry for organising the stovie day in the Seaforth Club in Elgin.
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To read more go to one of the links below
Yours aye

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 Blue Hackle


Dear All,

Please see attached the latest edition of the Blue Hackle from Lt Col Leigh Drummond, CO 4 SCOTS.

Yours aye

Maurice Gibson

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Updated history of the 51ST Highland Division

Lt Col (Retd) Roddy Riddell is involved with the 51st Highland Division and Ross Bequest Trust (Office at Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth, PH1 5HR) and has asked that I make you aware of the following updated history of the 51ST Highland Division;
Field Marshal Montgomery said: "Of the many fine Divisions that served under me in the Second World War, none was finer than the Highland Division".
The spirit of the Division has been kept alive by a number of veterans over the years and you are encouraged to look at which is an online museum and research site funded by the 51st Highland Division and Ross Bequest Trust.
You should note that an new edition of JB Salmond's history of the Division has just been published by Librario and includes an update of the subsequent history from 1945 - 2013. It can be bought from for £22.50. This book will appeal to veterans as well as to those still serving.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson

 Syd Barker(Snr)

I received this short ago. "Dad passed away at 7 this morning. He put up a good fight, like George MacDonald said that's the Seaforth in him. Once I have more details I will be in touch with you regarding his funeral. Bev"

Yours aye,



It was agreed at a recent Committee Meeting that the Branch would pay its respects at the graveside of servicemen who gave their lives during WW1 and are buried in local Commonwealth War Graves.
To read more go to one of the links below
Yours aye

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                 New Items in the Shop

I have added a couple of new items to the shop, the Beanie Hat and Full Zip Fleece you can also check out my New Number Plate on my car below.
I will apologise for the model used, it was the best I could do at short notice

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