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 Queen's Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)
1961-1994

  

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Link to the gathering2016 website:- www.cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016

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

 Headline News
Reminder

Please remember you can upload images and documents in the contact page of this website if you so wish.
Seoras

Obituary Page last updated on  20/04/2016 Brigadier Nick Ridley, Funeral details are now up

Photo Page last updated on 06/03/2016 Margaret Munro Gulf War Memorial

 

Forthcoming Events

Regimental Golf Spring Meeting 6th May 2016

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Please see attached, and can you send returns ASAP thank you

Albert Duffus
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Latest News for April2016

NEWS FROM RHQ

Dear All,

It has been announced that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed the appointment of Major General RB Bruce CBE DSO as Colonel of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in succession to Major General JM Cowan CBE DSO with effect from 2nd July 2016.

Regards
Maurice Gibson

 

THE GATHERING - LET'S HIT THE 800 MARK!!

With 9 days to go before the official cut off date for applications, we have now reached a total of 758 names on the attendance list (as of 29th April 2016).  Let's get this figure moved to over the 800 mark by getting your forms sent in ASP (go to cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016).

For those of you that have already signed up, check out the attached list to see if your buddies are included, and if not, give them a call and find out why not!  (Names in Red are those that have been added since the last list was published)

UPDATE:  on the Saturday morning of the Gathering, Anne Blair, the widow of Lt Col David Blair, will be unveiling the commemorative headstone dedicated to all Queen's Own Highlanders who died on active service.  The solid oak headstone will then be placed in the Queen's Own Highlander Room of the Regimental Museum as a lasting tribute to their names

George Givens

For Gathering Committee

GATHERING UPDATE

Many of you will remember David Coulter as the Battalion's Padre in Munster?  David is now Chaplain General and the army's most senior clergyman.   Along with Padre Ivan Warwick, David will be taking the service on the Sunday of the Gathering.  

If you haven't already done so, please sign up to the Gathering on cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016 and come along to say hello to David

CFGB

George Givens
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 GATHERING UPDATE

 

Time is running out fast! There is now only 13 days until the official cut off date for applications for the Gathering!!

So far we have 729 people signed up for our grand reunion - let's try and get this to over the 800 mark by checking out the Gathering List on www.cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016

If you see any of your mates are missing, then give them a call and encourage them to sign up as soon as possible (forms are on cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016/index.or telephone Brenda at Cameron Barracks 01463 224380)

 Latest News - 16 members of the Pipes and Drums of 4 SCOTS (The Highlanders) are coming up from Catterick and will be playing alongside our own Association Pipe Band.

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If your name doses not appear on the list and you have paid by PayPal it could be that Seoras McIntosh has not received back the Gathering Information Sheet that he sent out to you. If you have NOT received the sheet then get in touch with Seoras on 01343 549550 ASAP.

CFGB
George Givens

Highland Cross 34 on 18th June 2016

Dear All,
Please see the attached letter asking for your support as I take on the challenge of Highland Cross 34 on 18th June 2016.

I do hope you will consider this request and may ultimately support me.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

I have set up a Just Giving page as follows if that is easier;

http://www.justgiving.com/Maurice-Gibson

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Legion Scotland

Seoras,
For info:  acknowledgement of the £40.00 donation to Legion Scotland from the raffle held on the bus coming back from Alrewas.
George Givens

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Royal regiment of Scotland

Dear All,

As many of you already know the Royal regiment of Scotland will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Friday 22nd April 2016 in Edinburgh. We would like to extend our invitation to you all to attend the events planned and support our efforts in making this a day that will reap maximum publicity for The Regt and our combined histories.

Outline of events. From early morning we will have a series of static stands on the Castle Esplanade with various types of dress, weapons and vehicles on display for the public to view and interact with. From 10 am we will have the SCOTS Band and 2 SCOTS Pipes and Drums performing on the Esplanade before the first public recital of our new anniversary composition “Decennial.” At 11 am a parade headed by the Band and our Regtl Mascot will march from the Castle gates down to the city chambers for an inspection by the Deputy Provost before continuing to the Regtl Canongate Kirk for a service beginning at noon.

We would be delighted to see you within the Kirk or lining the Royal Mile in support of our soldiers. Below I have included a small table listing events in order and to greater detail:

Ser Timing Location Action / Remarks
1 0900 Esplanade Static display setup complete
2 0930 RHQ Col of Regt and guests assemble for press conference
3 1000 Esplande SCOTS Band ready to commence performance on Esplanade, 2 SCOTS Ps & Ds primed for first recital of new Regtl composition
4 1040 Col of Regt, Regtl Sec and Comd Sgt Maj depart for City Chambers in staff car
5 1050 Esplanade Band forms up at entrance of drawbridge with Regtl Mascot
8 1100 Esplande Parade departs from Esplanade down the Royal Mile
9 1110 City Chambers Parade halts at dais for inspection and address by Deputy Provost
10 1130 City Chambers Parade departs for Regtl Kirk
11 1145 Cannongate Kirk Parade halts outside the Kirk, weapons are collected and troops file into Kirk for commencement of Service
12 1200 Cannongate Kirk All guests and VIPs have arrived and are seated. Service begins
13 1300 Cannongate Kirk Service ends, guests and VIPs depart. Parade reforms outside the Kirk
14 1310 Cannongate Kirk Parade departs for coaches at Broad Pavement/Abbey Strand

Please feel free to contact the Regtl Adjt, Capt Andy Kirk on 0131 310 5155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require more information.

Your aye

Maurice Gibson

 

 

Neil Forteath

Dear All,

Rory and Katie Forteath and Joanne McGregor would like to welcome you all to a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of Neil Forteath.

The Service will take place on Friday May 6th 2016 at the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh at 13.00 hrs.

A reception will be held after the Service at avenue near the Kirk.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

 John Martin

Not sure if the attached photo is of use to you, the only name known, is John Martin, 4, Drumfrochar Road, Greenock.

John, who was my uncle, is in front row, centre of the three to the right of the sign, he died in Birmingham, about 15 years ago.

Regards,
John Livingstone
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Neil Forteath

Neil Forteath’s funeral will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday April 5th and is a Private Family affair.

However there will be a Service of Remembrance at the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh at a date to be published after Tuesday’s funeral.

Some have asked who RG Forteath is. This is Rory, Neil’s son who lives and runs a business in Edinburgh.

Kind regards

Maurice Gibson
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Festival of Museums at the Highlanders Museum Friday 13th May at 7pm.

Tickets  £10, phone Lynsey on 0131 310 8765

Grab your cultural passport because we are heading on a trip around the world! Join us for this eye-opening look at some of the many diverse and colourful countries in which the Highland regiments have served over the centuries. Immerse yourself in world cultures starting in the Spain of 1807 when our troops fought Napoleon’s army in the Peninsular war, right through to our involvement in Argentina in 1982 during the Falklands War.

  • Museum Guided Tour
  • Live music by Accordion Too (James Ross: clarinets and Robert Wallace: button accordion)
  • Live poetry readings by Ken Cockburn
  • Handle original artefacts
  • Short talk by retired Queens Own Highlander.
  • Wine and nibbles
    Regards
    Linsey Easton

 

 Latest News for March2016

THE GATHERING UPDATE (as at the 11/03/2016)

 

CONBAT

 

RollofHonour

 

There are now over 530 people who have signed up to attend the Gathering – please see the attached list (if your best mate isn’t on the list, then why not give him a call and encourage him to sign up as soon as possible?).

We also have 124 people signed up so far to visit the museum at Fort George on the Saturday morning. Legion Scotland have very kindly provided some funding for refreshments at the Fort and we are hoping to have coffee/tea and perhaps a bacon roll or two laid on for all of our visitors. Once there you will be able to witness Glen Lawson officially unveiling the CONBAT anti-tank gun that he has so industriously been renovating – I have attached a photo of it (minus the spotting rifle, which is still being worked on).

You might also be wondering about the photo of the wooden headstone? Well, this is something else that will be unveiled during the visit. General G-P (Peter Grant-Peterkin) donated this piece of solid oak to the museum with the idea of turning it into a lasting tribute to all members of the regiment who died on active service. It has still to be engraved and polished, but it will eventually be on display in the Queen’s Own Highlander Room - with the names of all those on the Regimental Roll of Honour routered into its surface – thereby acting as a permanent mark of respect to the fallen of the regiment.

If you still haven’t signed up to the Gathering, then please go to www.cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016, cough up your tenner per head, and follow the instructions on the Information page.

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 Kilt In The Kermlin
By Lt Col H B H E Munro

A story that I extracted from the Queen’s Own Highlanders Magazine.
By kind permission of Brig H B H E Munro.
Thank you Sir
Seoras McIntosh
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Visit To Charlie Anderson

George Givens, Danny Carruthers and Bobby Munro visiting Charlie Anderson in the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh yesterday 9th of March.
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 WALTER RITCHIE VC

A stone laying ceremony will be taking place at 1.30 pm on Friday 1st July 2016 at the People’s Palace in Glasgow to commemorate Walter Ritchie VC

 Walter was a Drummer in the 2nd Battalion the Seaforth Highlanders. He won his VC on the 1st July 1916 at Beaumont Hamel during the Battle of the Somme, when he rallied the troops by standing on the parapet of an enemy trench and, under heavy machine gun fire, repeatedly sounded the “Charge” on his bugle.

Colonel Mike White will be giving a speech on behalf of the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association in honour of Walter, and it is hoped that as many Queen’s Own Highlanders as possible will be able to lend their support.

As the Council are laying on a Civic Reception after the stone laying, RHQ need to let the organisers know numbers. If you are able to attend, then please let us know as soon as possible. To avoid duplication, Strathclyde members should inform George Monaghan, and those from the Edinburgh Branch - please let Danny Carruthers know.

CFGB
George Givens

EDINBURGH BRANCH - MARCH NEWSLETTER

Please find the attached newsletter from the Edinburgh Branch.  Amongst other things, it contains an account of the recent Association trip down to the National Memorial Arboretum for the dedication of the 1990-91 Gulf War Memorial.  This report will tie in very nicely with the photographs that Seoras McIntosh is posting on the photograph page.
Happy reading.
CFGB

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

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 WALLY TYRER

Jimmy and Sue Ryan and members of Wally Tyrer's immediate family would like to thank all members of the Regimental Family for their kind messages of condolences and for Joe and Mary McDonald for attending Wally's funeral.  Wally had a good send off from family, friends, and members of the local branch of the Buffs
RIP Wally
CFGB
Jimmy Ryan

 

 

Latest News for February2016

HIGHLAND BRANCH AGM 2016

The AGM will be held on Thursday 14th April 2016 Lounge Bar RBLS Nairn Branch 1900 for 1930.
3 Cawdor Street Nairn
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Bob Towns

Agenda attached. 

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 Royal Regiment of Scotland
10 Years Young

 

Dear All,

The Royal Regiment of Scotland will be 10 years young on March 28th 2016 but as this falls over Easter The Regiment intends to hold its Birthday celebrations on Friday July 1st (Boxing Evening) and Saturday July 2nd
(Rugby 7’s Competition).

CFGB, BYDAND
Maurice Gibson.

To read more click on one of the links below

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THE GATHERING

The Gathering Committee met yesterday (17/02/2016) to check how the plans were progressing and to discuss a few points. Amongst a myriad of other things, it was decided to advertise in the local press for a show of interest of anyone capable of laying on the catering and bar over the week-end of the 11th/12th June:  The museum will be officially unveiling the Conbat anti-tank gun that Glen Lawson has so meticulously been restoring.
The attendance list now stands at 478 folk signed up to the Gathering with 112 wishing to visit the museum on the Saturday morning.
Please check out the list to see which of your muckers will be attending. If you haven’t already signed up then go to www.cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016 or telephone RHQ on 01463 224380 and Brenda will send you all the details

Over the last few weeks volunteers have been pinning posters up all over the north of Scotland in the hope that all those without access to social media will see the posters and sign up for the reunion.   As we were hoping for at least 1000 members of the regimental family we still have a bit of a way to go.   Please remember that the cut-off date is going to be the 9th May to give the committee time to finalise the arrangements and to get all the tickets, car passes, and programme posted out to individuals.
See you all in June
Regards
George Givens
Gathering Committee
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 Museum News Letter February 2016

Museum News letter is now attached for you to read

Seoras McIntosh
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EDINBURGH BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2016

The Edinburgh Branch 2016 Amalgamation Dinner on the 6th February was a great success. There was a good turnout of members and guests came from near and far (our furthest traveller was Maurice Stirling from Malta!).

George Givens welcomed everyone and asked for a moments silence to remember all fallen comrades who could not be with us on the night, especially the three young soldiers who tragically lost their lives twenty five years ago during the first Gulf War (John Lang, Neil Donald and Martin Ferguson). Eddie Maley said a very thoughtful Grace before the staff of Edinburgh Student’s Union kicked into action and proceeded to serve us a first class meal.

To read more go to one of the links below.
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  HIGHLAND BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2016

 

75 members & guests had a truly great night, best yet was mentioned. RSM Paddy Marshall & the Mess Staff (they deserved the collection of almost £350) of the BW, 3 SCOTS did us proud with CSM Ian Carlisle, PM Richard Grisdale and CSgt Ross Hunter also attending as guests.  Excellent pipes as always from Association PM John MacDonald, Andy Venters. Calum Mackenzie & Steve Spencer with "Sands of Kuwait" the highlight for me. We remembered absent friends read out by Robbie Mackintosh especially Neil, Martin & John.  Those currently in hospital or recovering were thought of and best wishes passed on.  RSM The Highlanders, 4 SCOTS, Ian Cordiner was chief guest and brought us up to speed with life in Catterick with a first class talk. The Bn is in good hands with this fine Moray Loon as RSM. Excellent raffle organised by Peter Finlayson.  Thank you for the prize donations raising £330.  Lapel badges, “free to members – donation to Erskine“ were distributed.     Seoras was on hand as usual to take the photographs, thank you. 
Thank you all.CFGB non finer.

Yours aye,
Bob

The 1st Battalion and the Wilkinson Sword of Peace.

 In 1983 the battalion was awarded with the Wilkinson Sword of Peace.
To read more go to the link below

Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com
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 GULF WAR MEMORIAL

Please find the attached letter drawing together some information from several sources regarding the Association's trip to the National Memorial Arboretum at the end of February.  I hope you find it useful.

Can individuals who are travelling independently (and not mentioned in the letter) please let me or Seoras know if you are attending, as we have to order sandwiches at the local British Legion following the ceremony

Regards
George Givens

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THE GATHERING UPDATE

 It is now four and a half months until the biggest Gathering yet of the Regimental Family of the Queen’s Own Highlanders (that is 131 sleeps!)

The latest list of attendees has now been posted on the Gathering website (go to cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016 and click on the Information tab for the list as at 29th January 2016). It shows that there are now 431 members of the family currently signed up – if you know of anyone not on the list, why not give them a call and find out if they know about the Gathering in June?

There appears however, to be about half a dozen folk who have paid by PayPal, but whose names do not appear on the list! Seoras has sent out proformas to this group but is still awaiting their return – if you are in this category please either send the info back to Seoras or give him a call on 07739746611.

Please note that the cut-off date for applications is the 9th May 2016 (the committee need this time to finalise catering, name badges, parking, security etc etc)

And finally – welcome on board our very latest overseas visitor – Hamish “Elvis” McConnachie, the Beach Bum from Alicante (his words, not mine!) Looking forward to seeing you at the Gathering, Hamish

CFGB
George Givens
Gathering Committee


 

 HOSPITAL- JOHN SUTHERLAND

Update from son Mark:
Hi Bob, just another wee update on John. His recovery is going well, he's really pushed the physio and is on track to get home tomorrow. He's out of HDU and in ward 216 at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and would probably appreciate a quick visit if anyone can manage it before he's home tomorrow. I showed him all of the messages of support from the Blue Mafia and he was delighted, I think that really spurred him on with the physio! Please pass on my thanks to all for their support.

Mark.

 

 

 Latest News for January2016

HOSPITAL - JOHN SUTHERLAND

From son Mark: Just thought I'd give you an update on John. The bypass surgery has gone well and he's recovering slowly. He's still in a fair bit of pain and has had a few wee issues (fluid on the lungs and high blood pressure), which are normal for this kind of surgery. All in all, he's exceeding the consultants expectations and is well on track for a full recovery. One other small request, can you possibly pass on that visiting is restricted to family only at the moment. He's still in HDU and early in his recovery, so rest is key. Will inform you when it is ok to visit.
Yours aye,
Bob

 

In Hospital

Bruno.
Graham Brown (Bruno) is in Ward 5c Raigmore Hospital. Has had surgery to legs but don't have much info at the moment

Robbie.

John Sutherland

I went to visit John Sutherland this afternoon in ward 217 in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, he had his operation yesterday morning and is sitting up and dictating to all who come close. His wife and daughter are with him to make sure he stays where he is, he thinks he will be for about 2 weeks but is looking forward to going home. I will update you all on suds if there are any changes regards
George Fraser

John Sutherland update
John is doing well and hopes to get out soon but the medics don't agree with him. He may be moved out of H D U soon but within the same ward . He can now sit on his chair and hopes to get mobile soon. Regards
George Fraser

 

 Kilt Across The Artic

A adventure taken by the then Major
Seymour Munro (now Major General)
Taken from The Queen's Own Highlander 1982 Magazine.
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CENOTAPH PARADE 2016

CENOTAPH PARADE 2016 - time to get the ball rolling. This year, Remembrance Sunday will be on Sunday 13th November. Another big year with it being the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Anyone who would like to march this year, please either PM me on Facebook or send me an e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information -
Name
Rank
E Mail adress
Mobile Phone Number
Where you stay

We should get a minimum of 48 tickets for this year’s parade, but I am going to apply for (and am hopeful of getting) 60 tickets from the RBL.

Please note, having marched or applied to march before does NOT mean that your name is on the list for this year, so please apply if you wish to march again or for the first time.

Please also note, last year 18 people who were selected to march had to pull out of our contingent for whatever reason, so it would be really good to have a strong reserve list of people wishing to march - if the last two years are anything to go by, there is a good chance that many people on this list will get the opportunity to march.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you shortly
CFGB
Giles Nevill

 

 UPDATE FROM THE MI ROOM

Visited this afternoon with Jimmy Mutch.

Sandy Finnie
He is at home and looking much better than the last time I saw him. They have seen fit to drastically cut the number of pills he was taking everyday and this appears to have done the trick. Cheerfull as ever and him and Mutch revisited old times.

Vernon Nicoll
Vernon is also at home and looking tired but not too bad. His immune system is poor and therefore he catches everything that is going. Otherwise he is in good form and looking forward to getting better results on his next visit.

In addition:

John Sutherland
John phoned to say that after suffering a couple of heart attacks at the end of last year he is going into Aberdeen on the 22nd Jan for a triple bypass. He is likely to be in hospital for a couple of weeks.
We wish him every success.
Thoughts are with you all.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

 

 

Highlanders Newsletter 2015

Dear All
Happy New Year.
I have now completed my annual job as ‘Editor’ of the Highlanders Newsletter 2015, please see below for link;
The Highlander is online at http://www.thehighlanderonline.co.uk in it’s various versions.
HMS Sutherland was on Operations and unable to communicate via normal means whilst the Newsletter was

being compiled so I attach their Winter Newsletter above by way of explaining what a busy year they have had.
I would ask you to pass the link to the Highlanders Newsletter 2015 on to anyone you think might be

interested in what the Regimental Family has been up to over the last 12 months.
Kind regards and happy reading, viewing.
Maurice Gibson

 Edinburgh Branch Newsletter- January 2016

A very happy New Year to one and all.
The latest edition of the Edinburgh Branch Newsletter gives details of our forthcoming Amalgamation Dinner on the 6th February 2016. Visitor from other Branches are more than welcome to attend but please remember to book your accommodation now as it is also the week-end when Scotland play England at Murrayfield.

Happy reading.
CFGB
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

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A Very Happy 2016 to You All

My message to you all for 2016 is if you are not already a member of any of our association branches then this may be the year to join and give them you support.
Seoras McIntosh  CFGB

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE REGIMENTAL FAMILY

Happy New Year to you all and I hope it brings all you wish for.  As we start 2016  and as we remember absent friends we can look forward to the Gathering in June as well as the other planned events.  To assist with planning can I ask you, if you have not done so to get your Gathering Application Form http://www.cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016/  completed and submitted soonest. 

Yours aye,
Bob

Latest News for December2015

LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT?

 

Look no further! What about booking a cheeky weekend in the Capital of the Highlands in June next year? -   Come along and experience the joys of having many assorted insults thrown at you from scallywags you haven’t seen in donkey’s years!
The latest list of those attending the Gathering has been posted on cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016.
Have a shufti and check out who has already signed up – that way you will be able to prepare some good quality counter-insults!

At the last count there are 346 members of the Regimental Family signed up to the Gathering.
Remember, this is a ticketed event so you need to book yourself in via
cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016
CFGB
George Givens
Gathering Committee

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 HOSPITAL VISIT

 

I was in visiting Charlie Anderson today in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (Ward 105).  Charlie unfortunately had to have one of his legs amputated but is in remarkably good spirits!  Mick (Dinger) Bell and Kenny Urquhart were there at the same time recounting former footballing glories!  Charlie will be in the RIE for at least the next two weeks and would appreciate visitors if anyone is in the area
CFGB
George Givens
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Charlie Liddle

I saw Charlie Liddle earlier in the week in the Infirmary at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. I gave him his generous annual Christmas present from the Association.
Charlie was in good form but he is very lame, he cannot now go out of the Infirmary on his own, and he has had his electric scooter taken off him. He reminded me that he was still the only Queens Own Highlander at the Royal Hospital. If anyone was interested in becoming an In Pensioner Charlie recommended the 4 day practice stay for which you get a return warrant to London.
He was very pleased that some of those that had gone to London for the Remembrance Sunday parade had found a moment to visit Charlie at the Royal Hospital.
However Charlie would welcome a Christmas card from any of his regimental friends and his address is:
In Pensioner Charlie Liddle
The Infirmary
Royal Hospital Chelsea
London SW3 4SR

So please when doing your cards this year drop Charlie Season's Greetings.

Peter Grant Peterkin

 Photo sent in by Mike McIntosh

 

Photo I came across of the Signal Platoon in Osnabruck 1966.

Mike

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Hospital Visit

Sandy Finnie has moved from Raigmore Hospital to Nairn Hospital.
Visitors welcome.

Address
Nairn Town & County Hospital
Cawdor Road
Nairn
IV12 5EE
Regards
Bob Towns

WELFARE

Sandy Finnie
Just been to visit.  Confined to bed but looking a lot better than the last time I saw him.  Still capable of telling it as it is!  Eddie Wallace visted yesterday.  Thistle Ward, Nairn Hospital, Visiting times 1400-1630 & 1800 - 2000.

 

Vernon Nicoll
Called in to see Vernon Nicoll at home.  Looking good despite his immune system being down.
Get well soon guys.  CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

The Gulf War Memorial 27th/29th Feb

 

Dear all.

I have extended the time untill tomorrow morning to give you a chance to put your name down for this trip.

More details on the trip below under the same heading.

If you wish to put your name down please email me on:-
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 FINANCING AND MEMORIAL FIGURES - THE PROPOSED QUEEN’S OWN HIGHLANDERS INVERNESS MEMORIAL

The Inverness memorial is first and foremost a memorial to the Regiment and was initially to be in the form of a life size bronze of three figures, a piper, a figure in NI uniform and a figure in the uniform worn for the First Gulf War in 1991. The sculpture will be done in Edinburgh by Alan Herriot who has completed figures of pipers or soldiers on the North Inch in Perth, at the House of Bruar and for the Black Watch in Belgium. The bronze will be cast by Farquhar Ogilvie-Laing from Black Isle Bronze in Nairn. Costs are estimated at:

To read more go to one of the links below.
Regards
Bob Towns

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Latest News for November2015

WARNING ORDER - HIGHLAND BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER

SERGEANTS MESS FORT GEORGE FRIDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2016 - 1900 for 1930

Dear All,

With the kind permission of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Black Watch, 3 SCOTS the Amalgamation Dinner, will again be held in the Sergeants’ Mess at Fort George.
The dress is Suit or Kilt/Trews.
To read more please go to one of the links below.
Regards
Bob Towns

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The Gulf War Memorial

Dear All,

The Gulf War Memorial is to be unveiled on 28th Feb 16.  Dave Chapman has kindly agreed to look after the families of the fallen. The Association will provide a coach starting at Inverness, via Edinburgh and Glasgow and Carlisle to Burton –on-Trent on 27th Feb returning on 29th Feb. The Association will make a block booking at a Premier Inn once numbers are known and individuals will then be asked to repay the Association.
Prices is around £117.00 per double room for two nights, Breakfast £12.00 each

Please can your members let Tosh and I know if they wish to attend by Monday 30th November 15.
Email:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or Phone 01343 549550 (Evening Only)

The short notice is regretted but we need to ensure a good price for the Association for the available beds.
Regards,
Edward
Association Secretary
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 Museum News

This Sunday 29th we are running a family activity day. Tickets are free if you download them from Historic Scotland’s website http://www.ticketgiveaway.co.uk/

Activities include:

Kids crafts – make your own shield and medal

Living History presentations

Access to the archives

The museum is open from 10am – 4pm and activities will be taking place all day.

NTS Culloden are also holding a free day for those with a local post code and they will have activities on too.
Lynsey Easton

GATHERING COMMITTEE MEETING - CAUTION, MEN AT WORK (PLUS ONE WOMAN)!!

Committee

 

The Gathering Committee met today and amongst other things discussed: entertainment for the ceilidh; selection of the contractors for the catering, the bar facilities, and the PA system; coach hire to take people to and from the museum; advertising posters; publicity; and troops needed for various tasks.

It was decided that the cut-off date for applications to attend the Gathering will be the 9th May 2016 – this is to give the committee time to feed in the final numbers to the catering contractors and bus company, as well as allowing time for the tickets to be posted out, name badges manufactured etc etc. So if you haven’t already done so, please go to cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016 and sign up to the Gathering as soon as possible (as of today there are 317 people on the attendance list).

There are plenty of B&Bs and hotels in Inverness but I thought I would check out the two nearest to Cameron Barracks – as of today there are still rooms available in the Premier Inn and Chieftain Hotel – both in Milburn Road, close to Cameron Barracks.
George Givens

Vote for Erskin Hospital Appeal

 

Dear all,
I was wondering if I could spare a few seconds of your time vote for Erskine.  We have been nominated for Davidson Chemist’s Charity of the Year 2016.  They have 30 pharmacies throughout Scotland and raised over £10,000 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance this year so it would be a fantastic partnership to secure.

 If you could click on the link below and vote for Erskine that would be a great help.  Please feel free to share with friends or colleagues by email or on social media.  Also, if you have more than one device with internet access, you can have multiple votes.

 http://www.wdavidson.co.uk/charity-of-the-year-vote-2016/

 Many thanks,

Michael Parks

Community Fundraiser-North of Scotland
Erskin
Bishopton, Refrewshire

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RONNIE (BEEP) CAMPBELL

 

Received this from Elaine earlier today.

 

Col. Bob, I wonder if you could pass on my thanks to everyone who attended Ronnie's funeral yesterday. I couldn't believe how many Queens Own Highlanders were there. I did try to speak to as many as I could but I don't think everyone went to the tea. Special thanks to the piper, Ronnie would have loved the music and to the Bearer party. I still can't believe that Woody and Linda came all that distance, and as for Chalkie, he was a true friend to Ronnie. Thanks also to Dave Chapman for the tribute, he did Ronnie proud.
Finally can I thank everyone for all the cards and messages I have received, They have made this difficult time a bit more bearable.
Kind regards
Elaine

 

Yours aye,
Bob

       Strathclyde Branch

 

Thanks to RSM Main 6 Scots we have secured the use of the Mess at Hotspur Street, Maryhill for two functions per annum. 1st will be a Dinner Dance (Amalgamation) on 6th February 2016. Meeting up in the Mess on Tuesday 8th December to hopefully put together a Social Committee or similar to help organise some events for the following year. You are all welcome to come along on Tuesday 8th Dec to get things organised. Please let me know if you wish to attend. Collar and tie required for these nights.
Regards,
George Monaghan

 

EDINBURGH BRANCH NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

Please find the attached newsletter which gives details of what was discussed at our recent Branch AGM and news about the forthcoming Christmas Dance. Happy reading.
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

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  The Cenotaph Parade London 2015   

After the success and publicity of our first presence at the Cenotaph Parade in London in 2014, there was a huge interest within the Regiment to capitalise on this and so when the call went out to march again this year, the response was magnificent.
To read more please go to the link below

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Photos up on the Photo Page

 

GATHERING UPDATE

Notwithstanding the real reason for folk getting together at various locations during the last week-end, I am sure many of you would have really enjoyed meeting up with old comrades to swap war stories and enjoy a wee swally?  Now imagine that with a thousand plus members of our Regimental Family at the Gathering next year?!

If you haven’t already done so, why not sign up now? All you have to do is log into www.cabarfeidh.com/gathering2106 where you will see the latest list of the 299 folk who have committed to the week-end so far (names in red are those who have joined the list since our last update). If you delve deeper you will also find the sign up forms – and if you know of anyone who is not on the list and may be a bit computer-phobic why not give them a ring – you can always print a copy of the sign-up form for them or have one sent to them by RHQ
CFGB
George Givens
Gathering Committee

       Remembrance Day in Elgin

Barry doing a great job laying the Queen’s Own Highlanders wreath for the Moray Loon’s with a little help from my Granddaughter 7 year old Naomi McIntosh

Seoras McIntosh

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Garden of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens

Some photos attached showing the Opening of the Garden of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens-Monday 2nd November 201.
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George Givens

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       Museum Newsletter November 2015

 

Please find attached the November 2015 Newsletter for your delectation.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it together.
Kind Regards
John Bailey MBE

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Moray Loons

I would just like to thank all who attended the Moray Loons' night oot on Friday. I felt the night was enjoyed by all who attended.
A special thanks goes out to our Pipers P/M Richard Anderson, Jack McGowan, and David Grant who did a great job. Richards rendering of Sands of Kuwait   was 2nd to none.

 Also I have to thank Irene and her staff of the Seaforth Club who looked after us all very well.
Photos now up

 

Next year there will be a couple of changes.

First everyone will pay at the door, this will save those of you who in the past paid by cheques, the bother of postage.
Of course I will still require you to contact me by email or by phone to let me know that you are attending to allow me to advise the Seaforth Club of numbers for the catering.
Secondly Irene's food on offer next year will be stovies and curry.
Regards
Seoras

Moray Loons Remembrance Sunday

08/11/2015 

We will be forming up at 10-30am beside Elgin Museum and marching to St Giles Church where we will lay the Queens Own Highlanders wreath.

All are welcome to attend.

After the parade The Seaforth club has issued an invitation to gather there for soup and sandwiches.

Seoras    

 

 

 

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