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 Queen's Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)
1961-1994

  

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3 unknown friends with Ray Tustin and George Murdoch
colour party selerang barracks singapore
Cpl Ray Tustin training border scouts with Jungle Carbine

“February 1961”The month that two great regiments amalgamated together, Seaforth Highlanders & The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders to become The Queen’s Own Highlanders. To celebrate that great amalgamation I have chosen the slideshow photos out of my 1961 folder

Application forms for joining a branch that is close to you can be downloaded by Clicking HERE

 

Obituary Page last updated on 27/02/2015


Photo Page last updated on 26/02/2015


 

 Forthcoming Events

 

Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons)
Regimental Association – Southern Branch

The Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association – Southern Branch
are to hold their Amalgamation Dinner on Saturday 28TH MARCH 2015with the kind permission of
Charlie and Gail Duncan at the Solway Lodge Hotel.
Annan Road Gretna Dumfriesshire DG165DN

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The Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association
(Ross-Shire Branch)

Annual Dinner is on Friday 6th March 2015 Time 19.30 Hrs for 20.00 Hrs held in the Royal British Legion, Dingwall
£20 Per Person. Tickets can be obtained from Dingwall Legion or Door on the night.

 

REGIMENTAL GOLF SOCIETY

Regimental Golf Society spring meeting at Kinloss Country Golf Club on the 8th of May 2015 to book your place go to one of the links below for the booking form.
Albert Duffus

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Latest News for February 2015

LEST WE FORGET

 

24815901 Pte John William Lang Killed in action, Gulf
24755716 Pte Martin Ferguson Killed in action, Gulf
24823921 Pte Neil Walker Duncan Donald Killed in action, Gulf
On the 26/02/1991 RIP never forgotten CFGB.
Yours aye,
Bob

Also:-
On this day 1ST BN Queen's Own Highlanders lost a SON of the Regiment.
Cpl R.D. Turner R.I.P.

 

Regimental Association 55th Anniversary Gathering

The first meeting to plan the 55th Anniversary Gathering was held on 18th February. It was agreed that it would be held in Cameron Barracks again with a programme very similar to the 2011 Gathering. One addition is that there would be transport arranged on Saturday morning for those who would like to visit the Museum.
As before the Gathering is for all Regimental Association Members and their families.
It is intended to hold the Gathering on a weekend in June 2016. Once the dates of other shows and games in the north in June 2016 have been confirmed, a weekend will be selected and posted on the website by June 2015.
James Murray
Chairman Regimental Association
19th February 2015

 Thomas McIvor

 

Thomas has sent me in some photos of the Anti-Tank Plt that will stir a few memories, they are up in the Photo page

AFGHANISTAN MEMORIAL SERVICE

You will be aware that there is to be National Memorial Service at St Paul's on 13th March to commemorate the end of our involvement in Afghanistan and to remember the dead. There has been much criticism in the press by families on the numbers of places allocated (2 per bereaved family) to attend the event.

To read more go to one of the links below

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 PROOF OF LIFE!!

Vernon Nicol is indeed alive and kicking and is becoming somewhat attached to wearing the nifty white stockings that were issued by the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh! – see attached photograph for proof.  He is now looking forward to moving back up to Raigmore Hospital on Wednesday (18th February 2015) and receiving visitors from the Highland Branch.   

CFGB

George Givens
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Vernon

 

The Museum Newsletter
February 2015

February Edition of the Newsletter is now here for you to read
Kind Regards,
John Bailey MBE
Director

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 South Atlantic Medal 1982
(Without rosette)

Recently a Government ordered review recommended that the qualifying date for the “Falklands Medal” be extended to allow for the fact that many personnel were still operating in hazardous conditions, subject to potential attacks by the Argentinians and in very real danger until the completion of the new airfield in October 1982. This recommendation has been accepted by HM Government and personnel who were with 1 QO HLDRS and attached personnel (A Coy 1 QLR/137 (Java Bty RA and others) in the Falklands until 21 October 1982 now qualify for the medal without the rosette.
To see how you apply for the medal go to one of the links below.

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Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner Report

A total of 78 members and guests attended the Annual Dinner at the Sgts Mess in Fort George Chaired by Lt Col Bob Towns on Friday 6th February 2015.  The Regimental Association President General Peter Grant Peterkin and Chairman Colonel James Murray were in attendance.
To read more please go to one of the links below

Yours aye,

Bob
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                 Vernon Nicoll
Vernon had a heart attack on Sunday night.  He was in Raigmore and is now, (today Wed 11th) on his way to hospital in Edinburgh for an operation. 
UPDATE
Dougie Shepherd visited Vernon today. He had a triple bypass yesterday however Dougie said he was in remarkably good form. Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Ward 102 Base C.
Get fit soon
Vernon
CFGB

Yours aye,
Bob

Scotland’s War

When I contacted Yvonne McEwen and asked for permission to use their logo and put a link up to their website this was her reply.
Seoras,
Thank you very much for doing that.

We would be delighted if you or any of your members feel like contributing any material to the website.

Best wishes

Yvonne McEwen

Project Director
You can go to their link in the Links Page

Edinburgh Branch Amalgamation Dinner Report

Last Saturday (7th February 2015), saw the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association celebrate the 54th anniversary of the amalgamation of Seaforth’s and Camerons to form the Queen’s Own Highlanders.  As usual the evening was a roaring success.

To read more please go to one of the links below.
George Givens

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HIGHLAND BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER

Due to recent bereavements (Our thoughts are with them) we now have five vacancies at the Dinner.  If you know of anyone who would now like to attend or you would like to take someone as a guest please get in touch soonest.  Reduced cost of £10 will apply.

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Yours aye,

Bob

 

Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner 2015

 

The photos of the dinner are now up on the website for you to view in the Photo Page.
Seoras McIntosh
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Latest News for January 2015

 

QUEEN'S OWN HIGHLANDERS MEMORIAL WINDOW

The memorial window from the St Martin’s in the Mournes Garrison Church, Abercorn Barracks, Ballykinler where it had been since 1996 has returned home. The Battalion never served in Abercorn Barracks however whilst attending a Warrenpoint Memorial Service at the Church, I took note that a plain glass window next to the Parachute Regiment Stained Glass Window could be put to better use. With assistance from others the window was made and fitted. The window was installed “In Memory” of all Queen’s Own Highlanders who lost their lives at Warrenpoint and on active service in Northern Ireland. Those who travelled to the Service which was held in the Church in 2009 will remember how fitting it looked.
Last year we were informed by Stewart Spud Thompson and others that Abercorn Barracks was to close and the window required moving. Arrangements were made to return the window to Fort George. With the help of Defence Estates NI and Paddy Bashford the window was removed, packaged up and transported to Fort George. Thanks to the timely assistance of John Bailey it now has a new home in the Queen’s Own Highlanders Room at the Museum.
A fitting memorial to all Queen's Own Highlanders no longer with us.
We will remember them.
CFGBFurther information at: : https://www.facebook.com/thehighlandersmuseum?fref=ts
Yours aye,
Bob
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Guest Book

The Guestbook is now fixed and all you have to do is add the two numbers in the Spam Check
if you wish to add your e-mail or Web address to your message then just click on the appropriate icon at the top of the message box.
Sorry but this has all to do with stopping spam comeing in as the last thing I want to do is spent most of my time removeing spam messages.

Seoras McIntosh

 

Major Percy Thomas Charles Baird

 

100 anniversary of his death Sunday, February 15th at HolyTrinity, Elgin at 11.00am at Moray Golf Club at 1.00pm followed by lunch
Four great nephews, Andre and Alasdair Hunter and Niall Baird's sons, Duncan and Roddy, are bringing up his sporran worn when he received the colours from Queen Victoria at Balmoral in 1898, his sword, medals and photos from his postings.
They are going to read extracts from his letters from the front, the sermon preached by the Rector of Holy Trinity 100 years ago and from the letter to his sister from Padre after his death. 
It should be a fitting and moving service. We are hoping for a rousing sing of "I vow to thee my country"
At Moray Golf Club the family will place a cross at the sundial in memory of Alexander Edwards VC and it will be an excellent carvery lunch.
Graham Broad

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Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association
Branch Membership

 

All QO HLDRS are I suspect members of the Regimental Association. 
Have you however taken the next step and joined one of the Branches?  Branches are very active with Dinners and Social Evenings taking place at various locations and dates throughout the year.  In addition, events such as Battlefield Tours and parades on Armed Forces Day and the National Memorial Arboretum have taken place in recent months arranged by the combined efforts of Branch Office Bearers.

 

To read more on this go to one of the links below

 

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Queen’s Own Highlanders Jumper

 

All future orders will be through the Museum Shop.
To visit the shop click HERE
Tel: 0131 310 8701

Get in touch with me if you have any queries.

Yours aye,

Bob

Gulf War (90-91) Memorial Appeal


The concept of building a Memorial dedicated to those who gave their lives and all those who fought in Operation Granby, the liberation of Kuwait, was brought about by the vision of two veterans, determined not to let the war be forgotten. From their hard work and determination the project is now well and truly becoming a reality, gaining support and momentum. Of course we need help to complete this vision, all funds raised go directly to the Memorial, no one is paid for their time, we give it voluntarily.

Yesterday, on your behalf, the Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association Trustees sent a cheque for £1500 to help the appeal with their plans. Individuals can also assist by making a donation.

If you wish to help with a personal donation in memory of all who participated but more importantly those who gave their lives including fellow QO HLDRS Neil Donald, Martin Ferguson and John Lang please go to the website:
http://www.gulfwarmemorial.co.uk
RIP CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

Highlanders   Newsletter 2014

 

The annual Highlanders Newsletter 2014 is now available to view, read   and print off online Click HERE

Maurice Gibson

             

PULLOVERS WILL TRAVEL

 

The attached photo is of Maurice Stirling who currently lives in sunny Malta,
modelling his new Association pullover (he denies he was sucking in his
stomach at the time the photo was taken!)  I sent the pullover to him by second class
parcel post eight days ago, so it’s good to see that Royal Mail still delivers the goods!
CFGB
George Givens
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MauriceStirling 
George has a request
What about setting up a separate section on the Photo page of the website to post photographs of people wearing their Association pullovers in unusual or far flung places of the globe?  I will personally donate a bottle of Malt to the best photo of the year.

This has now got it's own page under the Photo Menu
Good Luck

Regimental Association Bulletin 3

Dear All
Please finde attached Regimental Association Bulletin 3 Latest Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs in Scotland, and Bulletin 4 Shared Ownership which will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families.

Maurice Gibson

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 Terry Fudge UPDATE

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of 24054177 LCpl Terry Fudge aged 67 on Wednesday 14th January2015.
Funeral Details are now up on the Obituary Page
Bob Towns

 

SOTS Thanks Margaret and Bob Munro

Tosh,
I wonder if you would put the attached letter on the website to highlight the charity SOTS.
I've done a little fund raising for them by selling homemade tablet.
Many thanks,
Margaret Munro

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Queen’s Own Highlanders Tweed-The Next Step

Having arranged for the tweed to be produced by Knockando Woollen Mill it is purchase time.  I have agreed with John Bailey that the Museum Shop will handle the orders.  The Tweed will cost £33.50 per metre plus vat.  Postage will be additional for those who cannot collect by hand.  The bulk demand will not be placed until sufficient orders have been placed with payment up front.  Get your orders in soonest to allow this to move forward. 

Tailoring is up to the individual however should you require assistance John (Jap) Rattray and Gary Smyth (Scotkilt) are happy to advise you as required.

Please place your orders soonest using the following link: 

http://www.thehighlandersmuseum.com/store/queens-own-highlanders-tweed/

Yours aye
Bob

 

Greetings From The Edinburgh Branch

Please find the latest Newsletter from the Edinburgh Branch on the links below.  Amongst other things it contains details of our Amalgamation Dinner in February, to which we are hoping to achieve a bumper turnout this year.  Members of other Branches will of course be made most welcome, as will any former member of the regiment who want to renew old acquaintances.  So if you fancy starting the New Year off in style please get your returns in ASP. 
Finally, and on behalf of the Committee and all members of the Edinburgh Branch, may I wish all members of the Regimental Family a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.CFGB
George Givens
Booking Form

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Queen's Own Highlanders Tweed

Dear All,
See below a sample I have received from my supplier. Hopefully there will be sufficient demand to allow me to place an order in the near future. Once I have a price and a minimum order details I will confirm the next move. For your information payment will be required up front because of the outlay this entails. I have consulted Jap for his advice and will work closely with him.
To allow me to gauge your needs, using the table below (price per metre to be confirmed) please confirm your continued interest by adding your name and length of tweed you are willing to pay up front for below.
• 3m = £120 - Jacket
• 4m = £160 - Jacket and waistcoat
• 5m = £200 -
• 6m = £240 - 3 piece suit
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Yours aye,
Bob Towns
CFGB 

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