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Forthcoming Events

The Moray Loons 30th Oct 2015

It is that time a year again that you call round all of your mates and get them to come along to the Moray Loons and have a great night out reminiscing about the good old days, having a wee drink or two and a plate of Stoves . This is open to all Seaforth Highlanders, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and Queen’s Own Highlanders and you DONT have to come from Morayshire.
This is held in the Seaforth Club in Elgin on the 30th Oct 2015.

Look forward to seeing you all.
Seoras McIntosh CFGB
Booking form Attached below.

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Latest News for October2015 


I was wondering if you could possibly put a note up on Cabar Feidh asking if anyone knows why the stag is called Hector? We have been wondering here in the Museum as we’ve just had a big wooden stag made up to advertise the shop and wanted to have a wee information panel about its history etc.
Alyson Henry
Shop  Manager
The Highlanders' Museum
Tel Office:   0131 310 8701
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Highland Branch September News Letter Update

Highland Branch News Letter update
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns

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       Moray Loons


The 2015 Moray Loons get together is fast approaching. At present I only have 21 expressions of interest in attending.
Should you wish to come along please get back to me by Wednesday 14th October.
It will be very disappointing but if there is no further interest I would have to seriously think about cancelling this years event.

                       THE GATHERING 2016


As at the 29th September 2015 there are 228 people signed up to the Gathering. If you go to you will see which of your muckers have already signed up (including John Bucknall coming from Munster and Giles Nevill from France)
If you have not already signed up, why not do so today?
George Givens

    Sandy Finnie


Ann and i visited Sandy Finnie in raigmore this afternoon,he was quite cheerfull we had a good hour chatting away.

He is in ward GC room 21 , the ward is on the grownd floor next to the childrens we left Archie Mackinnon was going into visit him



Latest News for September2015


My father, Sandy Finnie was admitted to Raigmore Hospital late last night.
Loraine Mccann.

      A DARK DAY 100 YEARS AGO WW1 -                    BATTLE OF LOOS

Nick Lloyd (Loos 1915) gives a figure of 6,350 deaths for 25th Sept 1915, calculated from

Soldiers Died: 2nd Div 734, 9th (Scottish) 1,171, 7th Div 1,565, 1st Div 872, 15th (Scottish) Div 1,595, 47th (London) Div 413.

Written by someone researching the Battle Casualty Figures:

"For the rest of the battle, it seems that just under thirty per cent of all casualties were fatal.

To illustrate : just over 50,000 casualties for the main battle, including nearly 16,000 deaths are included within those figures :

15,500 casualties for 25th September, including 6,350 deaths.

35,000 casualties for rest of September until mid October, of whom just under 10,000 were fatal.

This does beg the question as to the reasons for such a higher proportion of the casualties suffered on day one being fatal."

5 Seaforth Battalions & 5 Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Battalions were involved suffering heavy losses, a dark time for Scotland.



Bob Towns


Please find the latest news and forecast of events from the Edinburgh Branch.   Happy reading.
George Givens

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Please finde the newsletter attached

Bob Towns

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Still some spaces available for you to assist as a Stand Steward at the Tattoo which is taking place 10th – 13th September at Fort George.  All that is required is your Glengarry and your medals. Great fun doing it last year.  Volunteer for 1 or more nights or the Saturday afternoon Matinee.
Further details from Bob Towns:
Tel: 01667452156
Mob: 07511114196
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Yours aye,


What a great show put on by General Seymour and Bruce Hitchings over the past three days. I hope that many of our Association got to see it and if, for some reason, you could not go you missed a tremendous evening of military and musical entertainment.
What was also brilliant was to see so many Blue Hackles helping as stewards and in the museum so thank you all for your generous help this week and for Bob Towns' excellent management of the team.
I hope very much that association members will be able to give the same support to the Tattoo in the coming years.
Peter Grant Peterkin

 Latest News for August2015

The Battle of Waterloo

The attached poster from the Nairn Book and Arts Fair highlights a talk by award winning author Tim Clayton on the Battle of Waterloo; his book is entitled "Four Days That Changed Europe’s Destiny".

The talk  will take place next Thursday, the 3rd of September, from 7.30 pm at The Highlanders Museum, Fort George. The museum will be open from 7pm and drinks and nibbles will be provided prior to the talk.

If you are interested in attending please follow the link to the Festival site or alternatively contact Lynsey Easton on 0131 310 8702 or 0131 310 8703 at the Highlanders Museum, Fort George, Inverness.

I look forward to seeing you at what I am sure will be an interesting evening in the 200th anniversary year of Waterloo.

Peter Grant Peterkin
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The Gathering Committee met today and discussed, amongst other things: application forms, quotes for marquees, catering contractors, first aid cover, event insurance, entertainment options, printing of programmes, car parking, refuse disposal, and last but not least, the programme for the week-end.   All in all, a good meeting and things are progressing well for what looks like being an absolutely excellent Gathering of the Regimental Family.

All you need to do is go to the Association website ( and sign up to the Gathering (150 applications received as of today 26/08/2015)

The attached photograph shows the Committee (minus John Sutherland and Brenda Ross, Brenda is at the other side of the camera.) Who all happened to turn up today wearing regimental headdress!
George Givens

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An updated list of attendees for next year’s Gathering has been posted on the Gathering site. We plan to update this list every 4-6 weeks.

We now have 123 names signed up, including two from Canada (Rab Maley and Ken Taylor) and one from the Czech Republic (Matt Moistner). If you haven’t already signed up please find out more by going to

Brenda Ross at RHQ also tells me that two people have paid to attend but have not filled in the application form that was sent out to them by email and are therefore not on the list. If this is you, please fill in the application form ASP – thanks

Museum News Letter

The Museum News letter for August 2015 is attached


John Bailey MBE


On Wednesday 23rd September David Loftus (ex: Military Band and now Padre at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall) will attempt a 61 mile Sponsored Hand Cycle on the SciFit machine in the fitness suite at Kneller Hall.
As a bilateral, above knee amputee, a conventional cycle is definitely out of the question but the purpose of undertaking this event is to raise money for St John Ambulance as the nominated charity of The Chaplain General (The Rev’d David Coulter – a former Padre to 1 QOHldrs) for this year.
Why 61 miles? – a mile per year celebrated a few days following the event when David celebrates his next birthday.
If you would be willing to sponsor please use the following link:

Legion Scotland          

Legion Scotland has organised a service to mark the 70th anniversary commemorating the end of the war in the Pacific to be held at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on the 15th August 2015 starting at 2pm.  The service will pay tribute to the sacrifices made by all our Service personnel, former Prisoners of War, and civilian internees whilst engaged in the Far Eastern campaign during the Second World War.
This will be followed by a reception hosted by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh at the City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street Edinburgh, EH8 8BG - a venue fairly close to the Canongate Kirk.
Those wishing to attend this commemoration will need to contact Danny Carruthers ASP so tickets can be ordered from RBLS.  Dress - Regimental head dress and medals (kilts or trews if you have them).
George Givens


Nairn Branch RBLS will continue to pay respects at the graveside of servicemen who gave their lives during WW1 and are buried in local Commonwealth War Graves. Our next short ceremony will be on Saturday 22nd of August at 1100 at Auldearn Cemetery to remember the youngest. Pte FRASER W Aged 17 Died 22/08/1915 Cameron Highlanders AULDEARN. Attendance welcomed. We will remember them.
Yours aye,

Latest News for July2015


Dear All,
The Tattoo was great fun to be part of last year and with General Seymour, John Bailey, Bruce Hitchings and John Sutherland forming a large part of the organising team your support is encouraged.
You can volunteer for a single night or all four nights to suit your availability.
Timings: Required to be available at the Fort from approx 1730 – 2200 (tbc) each evening.
Dress: Kilt/Blazer/Trews (optional) Tie, Glengarry, Medals.
If interested please inform me soonest giving me your availability.
Yours aye,

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Warning Order

1.A Church Service is to be held to commemorate the Battle of Loos  which was fought in September 1915 in which all Scottish Infantry Regiments took Part. The Service will take place at St Mary’s Church, Dundee on Sunday the 27th of September 2015 at 1100 hrs.

2. Up to 10 members and a Standard Bearer of each antecedent regimental association of regiments which fought in the battle are invited to take part. Dress normal Association dress wearing medals.

3. I would be most grateful if RHQs North and West could forward this to antecedent Regimental Associations in their areas.

3.The Black Watch Association has been tasked to support Dundee City Council organise this event and I would be grateful if confirmation of numbers and attendance could be sent to:
The Black Watch Association, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth, PH1 5HR or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. our telephone number is 01738 623214 (Mon Wed Thur)by 24th August.

4.Further details will be promulgated when confirmed.
Maj (Retd)Ronnie Proctor MBE
The Black Watch Association


Jonathan Hunt alias Buddy Munro is the son of Col Robin Hunt.  CFGB

Yours aye,


The Royal Regiment of Scotland Highland Games 2015


The Royal Regiment of Scotland Highland Games 2015 will be held during the Inverness Highland Games at Bught Park, Inverness on 18th Jul 15 between 1030 and 1700.  The lead unit is The Black Watch (3 SCOTS) however other Battalions within the Regiment including The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)  who have recently returned to Catterick from Germany and 51st Highland (7 SCOTS) will be competing. All members of the Association are warmly invited to attend the Games and support the Regular soldiers and Reservists taking part in the track and field events. More details of the Games can be found at "
Kind regards
Major Alec Rose|OC,C Coy 7 SCOTS|Army Reserve Centre, Gordonville Road , Inverness , IV2 4SU| Tel: 01463 232926 |Mob: 07974 159840|


If you want to know how the Branch AFD Parade and Summer Dance went, or for the latest news about the Battle of Loos Commemorations in Dundee and France, or for our biggest ever Regimental Reunion to date, then please cast your eyes over our summer newsletter
George Givens

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My father on D-Day by Terry Bashford

My father on D-Day 06.06.44 - He was serving with No 6 Commando, part of 1 SS Brigade.

No 6 Commando was ordered to make the initial break through and lead the Brigade during the 6 mile dash for the bridges. Once ashore No 6 turned off inland along ordinary hedgerows which led towards the enemy defensive positions, with 200 yards to go across a flat salt marsh before they hit the first pill box. Suddenly to the left 6 thermite bombs from a nebelwefer exploded, there was no time for careful concealment or caution, a troop pulled off to attack a position of 3 pill boxes , the following troop pushed on to the next objective, the village of Colville-sur-Orne, as they advanced they came under sniper fire. Soon they came to the village of St Aubin d'Arquenay where they discovered a battery manned by Itialians who surrendered without much fuss, they then came to the canal and headed for the bridges, Brigadier Lovat ran on to keep his date with the Paras, once on the bridge they were only two and a half minutes behind schedule. The photo was taken in the village of St Aubin d'Arquenay, my father is 3 rd in line, the one of myself was taken on the 19.05.15
Terry Bashford

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The names being added are: Lt Alistair Wilson McKillop QO HLDRS (Air accident Belize 1976)

                                               Sgt Craig Thomas Hilliard Royal Air Force (Air accident Blair Atholl 1993)

The Ceremony starts at 11.00 hrs therefore be at the War Memorial by 1045.  The Provost will be in attendance, the format will be as the previous Ceremony and we hope to have a member of each family to assist the Provost with the unveiling.
We are expecting contingents from the Army and RAF Lossiemouth.  The Provost will also host refreshments after the Ceremony at the nearby Waterside Hotel.

Dress: Civilian, plus Regimental Tie, Glengarry & Medals.

If QO HLDRS wish to attend this ceremony please let me have your name as soon as possible. 

Yours aye,


Cruisers hit the Fort

On three nights over the past week Fort George has been invaded by hundreds of mainly American visitors who were passengers on the Windstar cruise ships docking at Invergordon. Each evening John Bailey and his team at the Highlanders Museum welcomed over 200 visitors and hosted them in a guided tour of the Queens Own Highlanders Collection prior to a walk on the ramparts, a champagne reception, and then the finale of a Beating Retreat.

As you can see from the attached photographs, a good time was had by all. However none of this would have been possible without the support that John and his team received from volunteers, many of them from our Association helping support our museum. You would all have enjoyed hearing Kenny "Chalky" White regaling our American friends with tales from our Highland heritage - I think that most of them were true!

Other room guides included Bob Towns, Dave Chapman, Roddy Wood, Jackie McCall, Ivan Warwick and Terry MacQueen. My thanks go to them all as well as the numerous volunteers who acted as stewards, helped in the shops, and not forgetting our own Pipe Major, John MacDonald who piped and toasted our guests.

I hope that we will see our cruise ship visitors return and whether it is for events such as these or whether it is just to help man our Museum I ask you all to consider whether you could give up a moment or two to help. We need you and judging by the last few nights it is a fun thing to do.

Peter Grant Peterkin
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Enquiries have produced a provisional plan as follows:

Thu 8th Oct Depart Inverness to Hull pick-ups on route.
Overnight ferry to Zeebrugge, Dinner, Breakfast and inside cabin
Fri 9th Oct Battlefield Tour with guide (location(s) to be decided).Hotel accommodation (IBIS) for 2 nights Bed & Breakfast (Lille)

Sat 10th Parade in Loos

Sun11th Battlefield Tour with guide (location(s) to be decided).
Overnight ferry to Hull, Dinner, Breakfast and inside cabin
Mon 12th Depart Hull to Inverness drop offs on route.

Cost: Approx £300pp

Single supplement add £120

A better hotel such as Mercure Metropol Lille with Dinner Bed & Breakfast will add a further £40 per person to the cost.

If you are interested please inform Bob Towns or George Givens soonest.

We have 28 names as things stand.

Hospital Visit

Just popped into Raigmore Hosp to see Tommy Wink after his operation, he's in good form and enjoyed the visits of other like minded visitors. He’s hoping to move nearer home Golspie or Galway it’s the effects of the pills that spoil his thinking.
regards to all,
Archie MacKinnon


The Mohmand Expedition 1908
Part Three Last Part

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

 Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association 55th
Anniversary Gathering 2016

The website for the gathering is now live. On the website you can book your tickets by downloading a booking form and pay by cheque or if you would rather you can pay by PayPal. 
There is also information on Hotels and B&B in Inverness.
There will be a permanent link to the website at the top of this page(just below the slide show), I would advise however that once you have visited the website you save it in your favourites
Link to
Seoras McIntosh

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