Queen's Own Highlanders

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Southern Branch Amalgamation Dinner 2017

Warning Order:.

Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association - Southern Branch are delighted to announce that their Amalgamation Dinner will be held on Saturday the 8th April 2017 at the Solway Lodge Gretna Green, please find attached the menu for the dinner, can you send your selection to Dave (Hendo) and your payment to myself as per the form,
Yours Aye,
Robbie Gow



The Moray Loons night out will be on Friday November the 3rd 2017

Latest News for December 2016

C/Sgt Charlie Liddle


Dear All,
I went yesterday to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea to give Charlie his Christmas bonus from the Association. He is still in the Infirmary.

He was looking much frailer than when I last visited him there some six months ago. 

Charlie is lonely down in London and is currently seeing whether there is any chance of his getting into a Veterans' home in Edinburgh after 17 years in the Royal Hospital.

Perhaps if anyone who knows Charlie could send him a Christmas card, I know that it would be greatly appreciated.

The address is:
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4SR

Peter Grant Peterkin

Elgin Transport for the Highland Branch Dinner/Dance

Mains transport will leave from the Town Hall Elgin at 19.00Hr on the 10th Dec 2016 returning at Midnight

 The New Calander

Calander is at the top of the home page

Please note that all Association Events and Meetings as well as going up on the home page will also go into the calendar.

If Branch chairmen or secretaries can notify me with the following information, Function, Date and venue address including post code that will be a great help.

Seoras McIntosh


Can You Help Tom?

Our pipe band, Gordon Pipes & Drums,

Copenhagen is busy getting to grips with the pipe tune Caber Feidh.

Over and over I have watched the small video on You Tube where Q.O.H. Regimental Association's Pipes & Drums delivers the tune in such a spot on way.

I wonder if any of you could help me to get in touch with a drummer from the pipe band, in the hope that we might be able to get the drum score used for Caber Feidh sent this way.

The drum score we have got hold of up till now, to me is far too complicated and as I see it, will not in any way provide the same swing of the kilt, as the beatings used by the drummers on the video which can be watched on You Tube. (Link Below)

Thank you for your time.

Tom Bruun

Drummer/ Gordon P&D   Copenhagen.
If you can help Tom please get in touch with me through the contact page whare you can also upload a file of the music.


Latest News for November 2016

Erskine Says Thanks

Erskine says thanks to the Moray Loons for there donation and so do I
Seoras McIntosh

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 Job Advert

The Highland Military Tattoo is seeking to employ a Marketing Manager to undertake marketing, sponsorship and sales responsibilities.
To read more go to one of the links below


The Highlanders Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection )
Newsletter November 2016

Dear All.

Please see attached the Nov 16 Highlanders Museum Newsletter.

Kind regards
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE



 Thurso Remembers

Hi Tosh,
Here is a picture of a couple of Thurso association members at 2016 remembrance service.
From left to right are Ross Hambleton, Steph Barrowman, William Smith and myself William "Tosh" McIntosh.

William "Tosh" McIntosh.

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Just a wee reminder to anyone around about Edinburgh this week - it would be good to see as many members of the Regimental Family as possible, turn out, to either, or both of these services:

Armistice Day Service - Garden of Remembrance, Princes Street Gardens, Friday 11th November 2016: 10.40 am start please, ready for the traditional two minutes silence at the eleventh hour.

Scottish National Remembrance Service – Sunday 13th November 2016 (form up on the Castle Esplanade by 10.15 am at the latest).  Branch Standard will be on parade and wreaths are being laid for the Seaforth Highlanders by Bobby Munro, the Cameron Highlanders by Jake Dunn, and the Queen’s Own Highlanders by George Givens.  If you have them, Regimental headdress, Regimental ties, and medals please.  Refreshments, banter, and music are being laid on afterwards at Leith Ex- Servicemen’s Club – Members of the Regimental Family and their families will be made most welcome

See you there

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

Moray Loons 2016


Another good night I feel was had by all. The night started with Ronnie Sinclair making the opening speech and leading us in to the two minutes silence which was broken by P/M Richard Anderson playing Sands of Kuwait.

The loons then got down to some serious drinking and reminiscing. Ronnie and Hamish McPherson sold raffles and Erskine will benefit to the sum of £310.

Special thank has to go to the P/M Pipers Richard Anderson and Jack McGowan for their excellent performance, to Irene and her staff for efficient service both at the bar and in the kitchen. Delicious stovies were produced by Irene and henceforth they will be named “Irene’s Stovies”.

But my most sincere thanks have to go to all who attended our 7th gathering and made the night the success it was.

Look forward to seeing you all next year.


Photos now up on the photo page.        



Many of you will know Ben Higgins.  Ben has recently been through the process of applying to the Royal British Legion’s Veteran’s Hearing Fund for help with getting new hearing aids. 

The government has entrusted the Royal British Legion to administer this fairly new fund - the aim of which is to support veterans who acquired their hearing loss whilst serving, and whose needs cannot be met through statutory services.  The allocated pot of money comes from LIBOR funds and it is completely separate from the application process for applying for a medical pension/one-off payment for hearing loss

Ben had an old pair of hearing aids that were not doing the job.  He applied through the Veterans Hearing Fund and now has brand new state-of-the-art hearing aids!  He tells me that the process was simple and only took about six weeks from flash to bang.  His hearing is much improved and only becomes impaired when it is his round at the bar!

Ben says: “Please do not be put off by attempting to get copies of medical records.  The process of asking for medical records from the Records Office in Glasgow is quite prompt and in most cases a reply is received within 1 month. More importantly, most of the large hearing specialists such as Boots and Spec Savers offer free hearing tests and will be quite happy to carry out a test, especially if you explain that you are applying for support from the RBL Hearing fund. The take up for the service has been quite slow and only 250 grants have been allocated so far by RBL London”.

Ben is happy to advise and can be contacted by email on:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you want to know more then just follow this link:

George Givens


Latest News for October 2016

A Call for a Piper

Would you be able to oblige the provision of a Piper:-

 Rec’d tel call this am from Capt David Dickson, {Mob ; 07786-434948} or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a piper to play at the funeral of:

 Capt John Robert (Flash) Findlay.  Deputy Lieutenant, and  ex Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.  Died 17 Oct 16, aged 89.

(Address: Carnell, AYR. KA1 5JS.   His son, Michael Findlay. Tel 01563-884236. Mob:  07974-369450 )

 The funeral service is to be held at St Ninian’s Church, Bentinck Drive, TROON. KA10 6HZ, at 1200hrs, on Monday 31 Oct 16.

 I am also informed that there will be a large attendance at the funeral.

 I would be very  grateful if you could contact and advise David Dickson, please.( See above email address & Mobile Tel no)

Edward Usborne




The attached newsletter gives, amongst other things, details about forthcoming Remembrance Parades in the Edinburgh area, our annual Christmas Dance, and the Minutes of our recent AGM. 
Happy reading.
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



The Garden of Remembrance in Edinburgh will open this coming Monday, 31st October 2016.  The Branch Standard will be on parade and poppy wreaths will be laid on behalf of the Seaforth Highlanders, the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and the Queen's Own Highlanders.  If you are able to attend, please be at the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens for 10.30 am.  If you have them, Regimental headdress, Association ties, and medals please. 
See you there.

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch


“The Regimental Association is working hard, in conjunction with Highland Council, to erect a Memorial in Inverness to commemorate the fallen Queen’s Own Highlanders. I need the details, name/address and/or telephone number, of the next of kin of our soldiers listed below so that we can seek their permission to have their relatives names inscribed on the Memorial.

Pte J Hesketh – N Ireland – 10 Dec 73
Pte Al MacMillan – N Ireland – 8 July 79
LCpl V MacLeod – N Ireland – 27 Aug 79

All answers to the email address below please

Thank you in anticipation.
Maj E Usborne
Association Secretary

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 The new Veterans First Point- Highland Project

Please go to the link below
Bob Towns

The Somme presented by The Western Front

The 1916 film, Battle of The Somme presented by The Western Front Association and Forres Films in FORRES TOWN HALL on Friday 4th November.
Doors open at 1800hrs.
The 1916 Film, Battle of the Somme has been improved.

Music also by the Kinloss Military Wives Choir with WW1 songs.

Entry by donation to service charities.
Grenville Johnston

 Highland Branch Christmas Dinner 2016

Details of the dinner in the links below
Yours Aye
Bob Towns




Dear All,

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 27 News, which details information about unclaimed Pensions, Online Job Fair, future service accommodation feedback, and free holidays, amongst other items of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community.
Your aye
Maurice Gibson




 Strong Together Moray Remembers

Dear All,
Many of you I am sure are aware that the Kinloss Military Wives Choir and Elgin City Brass Band are to perform at the Elgin Town Hall on Nov 10th from 7.30pm in aid of Poppy Scotland.
Maurice Gibson

Feel free to print off posters and use them if you wish


Any News after this is in the News Archives Page