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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

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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

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 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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REMEMBRANCE PARADES 2016 - EDINBURGH
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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

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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.

Regards
Seoras

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HEARING LOSS

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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:  http://support.britishlegion.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/1633

CFGB
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)
Regards

Edward Usborne

                                  

 

EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER – OCT/NOV 2016

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
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OPENING OF GARDEN OF
REMEMBRANCE

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



CAN YOU PLEASE HELP

“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
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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.
Regards
Grenville Johnston

 Highland Branch Christmas Dinner 2016

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

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REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION BULLETIN 27

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

RHQ SCOTS - North

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 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.
Regards,
Maurice Gibson

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

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Latest News for September 2016

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP

“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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Welfare Bulletin 29

Dear All,

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 29 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs available in Scotland. Alongside a discounted ticket offer for the ‘Support Our Services Day’ at Musselburgh Racecourse this Sunday. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community.

Please note that Clockwork Removals are still looking for a Driver and are keen to recruit a former serviceman/woman from the Regiment.
Maurice Gibson
RHQ SCOTS – North
Inverness

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 Royal Regiment of Scotland Regimental Association

Dear All,
I am looking for your support on the issue below.

Would you please advertise to your antecedent community that WO1 (Command Sgt Major) Jason Dickson SCOTS is to hold a number of open evenings
in Edinburgh and Glasgow initially on the subject of creating a Royal Regiment of Scotland Regimental Association.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson

HIGHLANDERS AUTUMN GOLF MEETING - ABOYNE GOLF CLUB

Dear All,

Please find the timings and partners for the 23rd. If you see anyone I haven't mentioned and you are in touch with them, may I ask you to pass this on, thank you.
Aye
Crawford
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 BOBBY HUGHES (Brother of Colin)

Bobby was not a QO HLDR however as a former RA National Serviceman and Liverpool Jock he was a great supporter of all things QO HLDRS. As recently as last weekend accompanied by brother Colin he helped at the Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George.

Richard Grisdale informed me that Bobby suffered a brain haemorrhage in the early hours and after speaking to Colin he confirms that Bobby is in a coma in intensive care and things don't look good. Thoughts are with them. CFGB
Yours aye
Bob



Inverness Branch
The Royal British Legion
Breakfast Club Flyer

Hi All,
Can you please print out the attached and advertise this service to all people that you think might benefit from it.  
Thank you in advance for you assistance with this event.
Thanks
Regards
Roddy

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 A THANK YOU FROM ERSKIN

Dear All,
See attached certificate and letter from Erskine thanking us for our Gathering Drumhead Service donation.
Yours aye,
Bob
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Latest News for August 2016

Warning Order: Borneo/Aden 50th Anniversary Reunion

This could also be of interest to Queen’s Own Highlanders who served with the A and SH

The Chairman of The Regimental Association, Colonel Donald Ross asked me to organise a Borneo/Aden Veterans Reunion to celebrate Borneo/Aden 50th Anniversary in 2017. I have accepted the challenge and with the help of others will form a Committee to organise and oversee the event in conjunction with the Regimental Secretary and Treasurer, Major Jim Tilley.

To read more go to one of the links below

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EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER

Please find a copy of the Edinburgh Branch's September newsletter
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George Givens

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Job Opportunity

Dear All,

Guy Macpherson-Grant has contacted me about a job(s) opportunity for a couple at his beautiful family Castle and Estate, which is located in Speyside, Banffshire between Aberlour and Cromdale (A95) beside the River Spey and Avon.
The Job(s) description is attached and interested parties should contact Guy as per the details below;

Guy Macpherson-Grant

Ballindalloch Trust
Ballindalloch Castle
Ballindalloch
Banffshire
AB37 9AX
M: 07968 728 575
O: 01807 500 205

E: W: www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk
     www.ballindallochdistillery.com
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

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 Museum Newsletter August 2016

Please find attached the August 2016 edition of the Newsletter for your delectation.

Kind Regards
John Bailey MBE
Director
The Highlanders' Museum
(Queen's Own Highlanders Collection)

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The new Veterans First Point- Highland Project (“V1P Highland”)

It is with pleasure that we write to inform you about a new service for Veterans and their families living in the NHS Highland area.

Funded until April 2017 initially, the service has been operational from 1st July 2016 forming a partnership between NHS Highland, Veterans First Point (Scotland) and Poppyscotland Inverness.
To read more go to link below. 

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 Save Fort George

I have been asked by one or two of you what the Association is doing about saving Fort George and there answer is as follows:-
Rather that we signed the P&J one than start another one as we feel you would get more impact with one big one rather than several smaller ones

I have put the link below for you to go to the P&J to do this
Regards
Seoras McIntosh

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 Queen's Own Highlanders Cenotaph Contingent - Call to March!

This year, the Cenotaph Parade will take place on Sunday 13th November in central London. This will be the 3rd time that our Regiment has fielded a contingent.
 I am delighted to say that our request for 60 tickets for this year’s Cenotaph parade has been accepted by the Royal British Legion who have most graciously awarded us our full allocation.

To view more and see name list so far go to the link below and it will open in your brouser.

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 Association Pipes & Drums

The Association Pipes and Drums will play at the following events:

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August  - The Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy

Saturday 27th August  - The Cameron Highlanders lunch Gathering at Cameron Barracks.

Wednesday 31st August  - approx 7.30pm outside the Town House, Inverness prior to
Northern Meeting Piping Competition.

Sunday 13th November  - Remembrance Day, Inverness.

Regards,
Colin Gilmour

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Photo of cake at Funeral of Slash Millard.
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  Highland Military Tatoo Fort George 8th-11th September 2016-Volunteer Stewards

If you wish to read more or take part then go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns

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Latest News for July2016

Golfers Day Out at Aboyne 2016

Dear Golfers and potential sponsors

I invite you to support the ABF The Soldiers Charity, the British Army's National

Charity founded in 1944. Every Soldier who serves donates one day's pay to the

charity. 50% of funds raised are donated to serving soldiers and veterans in need.

The other 50% is offered in grants to other charities for example, Poppy Scotland,

Erskine a Scottish charity who have cared for our veterans for 100 years, other

charity's grants are donated to, Blesma, SSAFA, Scottish War Blinded, Gurkha

Welfare Trust and Combat Stress to name a few.

To read more go to the link below

Catherine Robertson Ross MBE

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General Sir Chandos Blair’s Medals.

As a number of people know the museum was informed about the sale of Gen Sir Chandos Blair’s medals at open auction. The museum was determined to bid on these medals to try to secure them to bring them home to where they belonged.

To read more go to one of the links below

John Bailey MBE

Director

The Highlanders' Museum

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Bruno

There is an update on Bruno in the Guestbook

Robbie Mackintosh

Can You Help?

I am writing seeking information about a former ship mate of myself - yes I am contacting you about- someone whom I served with on a ship...I am looking for 24824342 PTE PETER JOHNSTONE. ex 23 Ormlie Crescent Thurso, Peter and myself both served in the now long since disbanded Royal Naval Auxiliary Service, Peter until his leaving to join the Queens Own. Myself remaining until disbandment in the defence review of 1996 when the R.N.X.S was disbanded. I am Calum Mackenzie / Leading Naval Auxiliary Man 22798 of the Orkney R.N.X.S unit / Port Headquarters / Group Headquarters Northern Isles (Orkney/Thurso/Shetland) we both served on the *X.S.V Loyal Proctor *(X.S.V = Auxiliary Service Vessel -couldn't be R.N.A.S because of previous allocation to the fleet air arm = Royal Naval Air Station. The reason for my enquiry is as simple as seeking to get in contact with a fellow ship mate and once very good friend.
Yours Sincerely Mr Calum Mackenzie, Glencoe, Sunnybank, Road, St.Ola Orkney Islands KW15 1TP
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Lt Col David Murray

“ Contrary to the rumours that have been travelling around the country over recent days Lt Col David Murray,  late CO of 4th/5th Cameron’s and a renowned piper and judge, is still in hospital in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset and will be shortly moving to a Nursing Home. His daughter, Alison, is keeping the Association informed of developments.”

Edward Usborne,
Association Secretary

 In Hospital

For those not on Facebook Bruno is in Raigmore Hospital Inverness ward 5C having had the toes removed on his right foot.
Latest is that he is to have his foot removed tomorrow.
More info when I get it.
Robbie Mackintosh



DRUMHEAD SERVICE DONATION - ERSKINE

100 years after its inception, and having cared for over 85,000 veterans, Erskine is now known as Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses.

The Gathering Committee selected Erskine to benefit from the collection taken at the Drumhead Service. Grant's Tent Hire from Elgin, the firm that provided the Marquee's for the Gathering contributed a further £200. Bob Simpson the photographer also contributed and a private donation brought the total to £1965.40.

Michael Parkes the Erskine Area Representative is seen receiving the cheque from Gathering Committee Members on your behalf.

Thank you all.

Bob

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Regimental Association Bulletin

Dear All,

Please find attached Regimental Association Bulletin 20 Jobs, which details a selection of the latest jobs available. As this will be of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families and the Armed Forces Community, it is requested that this bulletin is given the widest distribution.

Kind regards

Maurice Gibson

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Piper Colin Hughes

Wearing Forbes Kilt and 1st Bn Liverpool Scottish Cap Badge  to remember the lads who fell on the Somme serving with 10th( Liverpool Scottish) Bn, The Kings Regiment, Liverpool.  01 07 16.

 Inverness Branch Parade/Highland Games 2016

The Inverness Branch RBLS is holding a Parade in conjunction with this year’s Highland Games at the Bught Parks on the 16th July.

To read more go to one of the links below.

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 Latest News for June2016

HEARING LOSS CLAIMS AGAINST THE MOD

Many members of the Regimental Family were asking Ben Higgins for advice at the Gathering regarding the possibility of making a claim for hearing loss against the MOD (sustained whilst in service after 1987). He has therefore asked that I pass on the following:

To read more go to one of the links below

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EDINBURGH BRANCH – FORECAST OF EVENTS

With the Gathering now a very fond memory, I thought I would remind people about a few things happening around the Edinburgh Branch over the next few months – namely:

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

To read more and print off go to one of the links below.

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 SOMME COMMEMORATION FRIDAY 1ST JULY 2016
CAVELL GARDENS INVERNESS

Dear All,

Can I please request your support for this event?
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns

To read more or print off go to one of the links below.

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GATHERING GENEROSITY

ERSKINE celebrating 100 years, will currently benefit to the tune of £1638.40 thanks to the generosity of those who attended the Drumhead Service and Headstone Dedication on the Sunday. If you missed the Service or missed the collection bags at the time you can still donate to RBS Account No 00237178 Sort Code 83 23 10 using ERSKINE as the reference.

Thank you one and all. CFGB

Yours aye,
Bob

 P&J ARTICLE

Monday's edition of the Press and Journal - says it all!
CFGB
George Givens


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Regimental Golf Autumn Meeting

Dear All,

Some of you may have had 26th Aug as the date for the Highlanders Regimental Golf Autumn Meeting at Aboyne Golf Club.
For a number of reasons it has had to change and will now take place on Friday 23rd September 2016 at the Aboyne Golf Club.
Please amend your diaries and I hope that as many ‘regimental golfers’ as possible will be able to attend.

If you have any question please contact Crawford McMaster on; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
RHQ SCOTS - North

Thank You

COMRADES ON BEHALF OF THE BRITISH LEGION CLUB INVERNESS, MAY I THANK YOU ALL MOST SINCERELY FOR YOUR GREAT SUPPORT LAST WEEK END I TRUST YOU ALL HAD A ENJOYABLE TIME AND HOPE YOU ALL GOT HOME SAFELY ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU AND MY THANKS TO YOU AS WELL BOB

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Tain & District Museum Trust

Tain & District Museum Trust is going to launch an initial exhibition based on information gathered on the people named on the Royal Burgh's war memorial. This will happen at the Collegiate Church, Tower Street, Tain, Ross-shire IV19 1DY on Friday 1st July 2016 at 14:00 hours. We would like to invite your members to attend & would be grateful if you would reply with contact details and circulate this information to your members.

E-Mail:-This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend.
Regards,
Derek Louden

 Roll Of Honour

The Roll of Honour was unveiled by Anne Blair  the widow of Lt Col David Blair, who lost his life at Warren Point.
The unveiing took place at the Gathering service on Sunday the 12th of June 2016. 
David Coulter, a former Battalion Padre and now Chaplain General, consecrated it, before it will be placed in the Queen's Own Highlander Room of the Regimental Museum as a permanent tribute.

The Oak Wood that makes up the plaque was gifted by Maj Gen Peter Grant Peterkin.

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EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER

I realise that everyone’s minds will be on the gathering this week-end but thought I’d remind Branch members that there is other stuff going on as well! I have deliberately kept this newsletter short, sharp and to the point!

Happy reading,

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

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 The Gathering Team hard at work

The gathering team are working hard to get Cameron Barracks ready for you to attend Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Gathering on Saturday and Sunday 2016.
The photos also include some of the team getting your name tags ready for you.
I can assure you, hard work was being done by all

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Missing out of photo1 is Brenda Ross and Seoras McIntosh
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GATHERING NEWS

Over 200 people have now indicated that they will be visiting the Museum on the Saturday morning. Coaches will therefore be leaving Cameron Barracks at 10.00 am on Saturday 11th June to take those who have requested transport out to the Fort.

To read more go to one of the links below

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 GATHERING-FRIDAY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

I have received an open invitation from Hugh Mackie, the Chairman of RBLS Inverness for those in Inverness on the Friday evening to attend either or both the renamed Cameron Highlanders Bar or the Seaforth Highlanders Function Suite. Newly refurbished and the official opening is at 8pm. All welcome music and buffet. Thank you Hugh, appreciated. CFGB

Yours aye,
Bob

Terry McQueen has asked me to let everyone know the the Legion Club in Inverness is fully aware of the impending Blue Hackle invasion of the town and are preparing for the onslaught.  Also that the Club has now been relocated to the back portion of the building and that access is now where the rear of the Club was, i.e. opposite the Tesco supermarket.  Please note that there is no longer access from Huntly Street.  Terry also asked me to pass on that food is available, but only up until 9.00 pm
See you all on Friday night
CFGB
George Givens

WELFARE BRIEF

Many of you will know that Ben Higgins works for the government’s Veterans Agency. Ben has produced a very handy guide to Pensions and Welfare, which is attached. Please take a look as some of it might well affect you.

For those of you going to the Gathering, Ben will be available for anyone seeking advice on Saturday 11th June  

George Givens
Gathering Committee

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 Open Invitation to Attend The Highlanders 4 SCOTS Highlands Games and All Ranks Party - 7th July 2016

Lt Col Leigh Drummond MBE (Commanding Officers) and All Ranks of The Highlanders 4 SCOTS, Bourlon Barracks,

Plumer Road, Catterick Garrison, N Yorks, DL9 3AW invite you to visit and enjoy the annual Battalion Highland Games and All Ranks Party on Thursday 7th July.

To read more go to one of the links below

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Latest News for May2016

GATHERING UPDATE

Well, we have now exceeded the 800 target for attendance and in fact have nearly hit the 1000 mark!

Brenda at RHQ came back from holiday last week to a mountain of application forms and has been busy ever since updating the spreadsheet!

I have attached the latest list of people who are now going to be in Inverness next month.

If anyone is intending on being in the area for longer than the week-end, please note that Jacobite Cruises are giving a 10% discount for any Queen's Own Highlanders and their families who fancy a guided trip around Loch Ness. When booking, just let them know you will be attending the Gathering

Names in Red on the list are those who have signed up since the last list was published

Happy reading
George Givens

 Job Opportunity at the
Highlanders Museum
(Queen's Own Highlanders Collection)

To read more go to one of the links below,
Lynsey

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CABARFEIDH GUEST BOOK

Dear All,

Just to inform you that the guestbook is now up and running again
Regards

Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com

 Museum Newsletter May 2016

Please find attached the May 2016 Newsletter, we hope you enjoy this edition?

Kind Regards

John Bailey MBE

Director

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A Date for your Diary - 30 June 2016 - the Centenary of the Somme

Dear All,

On the 1 July 1916 the Somme Offensive, the Franco-British contribution to the Allied offensives began. The opening day was the worst day in the history of the British Army with some 57,470 casualties. By the time the battle was over in December the losses from the fighting would amount to one million killed or wounded.
To read more and book your tickets go to one of the links below.

Peter Grant Peterkin

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 CAN YOU HELP GUIDO TONUTTI

Hi,

I am a collector of tobacco related items and recently came across a cigarette case with the hand inscribed Regimental Motto, stags head with a crown between the antlers and a capital L beneath the crown.

Inside the same hand appears to have manually recorded their service engagements. These all appear to be WW1 sites such as Vimy, Rheims, Verdun etc. There are 41 sites listed eight of which have crosses against them.

Can you help me with this item?

Kind regards Guido.
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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.

 PS
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
RHQ SCOTS -North

 

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)

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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.
Margaret Munro

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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
IV12 4QD

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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
cabarfeidh.com
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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:-

NOW CLOSED

 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.
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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
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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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       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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One To watch or Record on your TV

I have just heard from the BBC that Donald Smith will be interviewed by Sophie Raworth at approx 1130hrs on Whitehall, so after the Service of Remembrance and before the march past by the veterans.
CFGB
Giles

       

EDINBURGH REMEMBRANCE PARADE - SUNDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2015

This year's Remembrance Parade in Edinburgh is to take a slightly different format. Veterans are asked to be on parade by 10.15 am (at the very latest please) ready to step off at 10.32 am. The form up point this year will be the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. The veterans will lead the parade down the Royal Mile, followed five minutes later by the regular Service Detachments. The veterans will halt and take up position in the area beside the Mercat Cross on the south side of the High Street.
A tannoy system and large screen television are being made available by the Council for spectators to view the parade so everyone should be able to see what is going on. After the service ends the veterans will march off to a dismissal area in Parliament Square.
As usual, all Veterans and their families are invited back to Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club for a buffet and what is always a good afternoon of entertainment.
Dress: Regimental head dress and medals please

CFGB
George

      GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE - MONDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2015

The Garden of Remembrance in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens will be opened next Monday following a service organised by Legion Scotland and the laying of wreaths.  Anyone free to attend will be most welcome.  Attendees are requested to be there no later than 10.50 am please.  The Edinburgh Branch will be laying three Poppy Wreaths - one on behalf of the Queen's Own Highlanders, one on behalf of the Seaforth Highlanders, and one on behalf of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.  Regimental head dress and medals please.
CFGB
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



 

Moray Loons 2015

Numbers are now at a level which will allow The Moray Loons night out to take place as planned on the 30th of October.

If you wish to attend you are not too late just email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with you name and you can pay your £5 on the night.
It would be nice if you were to bring along something to put in the raffel.
Seoras McIntosh
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      Cabarfeidh.com Website News

In Cabarfeidh.com I have made it easier for you to upload your messages and photos by going to the contact page and doing it there.
You can also upload documents.
Once I have received your message, photos or documents I will put them up on the website.

Hope this will encourage more of you to use the website.


Seoras

Hector

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
Postal Address: Fort George, Ardersier, Near Inverness IV2 7TD
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       Q O Hldrs Association Trip to Loos Battlefields 2015

I just thought I would put up these photos while I am working on the other photos
Big Eddie is saying to the Mayor’s “No Tongues Please” And Bob “ I AM BIGGER than him” not sure where.
You can see George standing back in amassment'

You can also see the Mayor's wearing the brooch we presented her with pride.
More photos to come on the photo page soon
Seoras

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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

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As at the 29th September 2015 there are 228 people signed up to the Gathering. If you go to cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016 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?
CFGB
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 ward.as we left Archie Mackinnon was going into visit him

Hamish

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                                 HOSPITAL

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.

"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

CFGB

Bob Towns

EDINBURGH BRANCH SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

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

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HIGHLAND BRANCH SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

Please finde the newsletter attached
CFGB

Bob Towns

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HIGHLAND MILITARY TATTOO VOLUNTEERS

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,
Bob

THE HIGHLAND MILITARY TATTOO

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 2016

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 (cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016) 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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THE GATHERING

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 Cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016.

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
CFGB

Museum News Letter

The Museum News letter for August 2015 is attached

Regards

John Bailey MBE
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LEGLESS SPONSORED CYCLE

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:

www.justgiving.com/DAVID-LOFTUS2
David.

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

WW1 COMMEMORATION

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,
Bob

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HIGHLAND MILITARY TATTOO FORT GEORGE 10-13th SEPTEMBER 2015 - VOLUNTEER STEWARDS

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,
CFGB
Bob

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BATTLE 0F LOOS COMMEMORATION WEEKEND
CHURCH SERVICE

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.
Regards
Ronnie
Maj (Retd)Ronnie Proctor MBE
Secretary
The Black Watch Association



REGIMENTAL FAMILY ON TV

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14kD34ee9kU

Yours aye,

Bob

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 www.invernesshighlandgames.com "
Kind regards
Major Alec Rose|OC,C Coy 7 SCOTS|Army Reserve Centre, Gordonville Road , Inverness , IV2 4SU| Tel: 01463 232926 |Mob: 07974 159840|

EDINBURGH BRANCH JULY NEWSLETTER

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
CFGB
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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POST 1945 NAMES TO INVERNESS WAR MEMORIAL CEREMONY 1100 TUESDAY 4th of AUGUST 2015

 

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,

Bob

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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LOOS VISIT 8-12 OCT 2015 UPDATE

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 http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1099-mercure-lille-metropole-hotel/index.shtmlwith 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
cabarfeidh.com

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 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 website:-www.cabarfeidh.com/gathering2016
Regards
Seoras McIntosh
CFGB

Latest News for June 2015

EDINBURGH BRANCH ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE 2015

Armed Forces Day this year was held in Edinburgh on Saturday the 27th June on a warm and sunny day, with our contingent forming up in Johnstone Terrace under the watchful eye of Bobby Munro, our detachment commander for the day. 
The turnout this year was excellent, and in addition to our regular Branch members, we managed to attract a few fresh faces to enable us to achieve a marching contingent of 48 blue hackles on parade – a record turnout for the Branch. 
CFGB
George Givens
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FUNERAL OF A MEMBER OF THE REGIMENTAL FAMILY

When a member of the Regimental Family joins the 2nd Battalion it goes without saying that the next of kin can request the assistance of fellow Highlanders to assist with the funeral arrangements. 

What part we play is not for us to decide, that decision lies with the family. If the family request Regimental input It is then best if a close friend of the deceased acts as the link between the family and the Regimental Family.  This close friend becomes the most important link in the chain. Please do not leave it to others. I will always assist where necessary as will those at RHQ, Association Branches and www.cabarfeidh.com

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ERSKINE CHEQUE PRESENTATION BY HIGHLAND BRANCH & SERGEANTS MESS STAFF 3 SCOTS

At our Amalgamation Dinner in Fort George earlier this year,  the hat was passed to collect some money to allow us to show our appreciation for the excellent service received from the Chefs and Staff of the 3 SCOTS (Black Watch) Sergeants Mess at Fort George.  A total of £251 was collected and we were humbled when it was requested by the Mess Manager Kimberly Anderson that their Tip be passed to Erskine Hospital.  We voted at our AGM in favour of matching this sum.  The cheque for £502 was handed over to Michael Parkes of Erskine at the Highlanders Museum Fort George on Friday 26th of June 2015.   

Yours aye,

Bob

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C Company 7 SCOTS

C Company 7 SCOTS will be running an Open Day at the Army Reserve Centre Edgar Road Elgin on Saturday 11th July 2015 between 1100 and 1600.  This event will feature a Regimental Pace Stick competition as well as display stands and should appeal to all ages including veterans as well as the younger generation. The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland will be entering a team."
All members of The Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental family are most welcome to come along and enjoy the day.  For Further information please contact Capt Richard Henderson by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."
Kind regards
Alec
Major Alec Rose|OC,C Coy 7 SCOTS|Army Reserve Centre, Gordonville Road , Inverness , IV2 4SU| Tel: 01463 232926 |Mob: 07974 159840

 CHARITY DONATION TO PERSONNEl RECOVERY CENTRE

Since February this year, Margaret Munro (wife of Bobby, 49) has been busy selling tablet as a fund raiser for a cause very close to her heart ie helping to rehabilitate our wounded, sick, and injured soldiers.  Margaret initially started selling her home-made tablet to raise funds for her granddaughter’s trip of a lifetime to Borneo with a group of Army Cadets and Young Carers from Ayrshire Force, which was partly funded by The Winston Churchill Foundation.  The tablet was so successful that she continued to sell it and was able to hand over a cheque for £1000.00 to Captain Eck Stewart of the Army’s Personnel Recovery Centre at our annual Summer Dance in Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club last Saturday.
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EDINBURGH ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE (Saturday27th June 2015)

As a reminder to all those marching on Saturday:  Please form up in Johnstone Terrace at 11.15 am (at the very latest), ready to step off at 11.30 am.  The route will be from Johnstone Terrace, down the Lawnmarket to the traffic lights and turn right at George IV Bridge.  We will then go on to Greyfriars Bobby, where we will turn right down Candlemakers Row and eventually end up in the Grassmarket.  The route is either on fairly level ground or slight downhill gradient.  People with mobility problems might want to head straight for the Grassmarket and grab some seats at one of the local hostelries!!  If you have them – please wear your glengarries and medals.  See you all on Saturday
CFGB

Please get in Contact

I am trying to contact 5 individuals who served in 1 QO HLDRS as well as in 2/51 Highland with regard to presentational items they gifted following their service with the TA. 
Could you possibly post the following message in Cabarfeidh.com so I can make contact to establish their wishes with regard to the presentational items as follows;
"Alec Rose (currently OC Company 7 SCOTS)  is trying to get in touch with the following former Regular permanent staff instructors with regard to presentational items they made when they were serving with the Territorial Army in Caithness. Please could they (or  whoever is touch with them ask them if they could possibly ) contact Alec on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 07974 159840.
Hamish Macpherson
David Alexander 
G Stuart (former PSI in Wick)
Formerly Sgt Macpherson (son of Hamish who was PSI in Wick)
George Quinn (former PSI In Wick)"
Many thanks

Alec
Major Alec Rose|OC,C Coy 7 SCOTS|Army Reserve Centre, Gordonville Road , Inverness , IV2 4SU| Tel: 01463 232926 |Mob: 07974 159840|



Charlie Derbyshire

Charlie Derbyshire was recently in hospital and this photograph taken at the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion dinner at Oswestry last week end is proof that Charlie is on the mend.
From left to right:  George Givens, BobTowns, Charlie Derbyshire, and Jim Ryan
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 Davie Robertson (Wee Robby)

Myself, Jock Meikle, and Danny Carruthers went to visit Davie Robertson in Forth Valley Royal Hospital today (17th June 2015).  Davie will be in hospital for the next 5-6 weeks whilst he recovers from his heart attack and operation on his spleen.  He is recovering well, despite being bored out of his skull and would welcome visitors.  Danny Carruthers on the other hand had a hot flush when we told him it was his turn to buy the coffees!  (You can never find Cliff Purvis when we need someone to insert an enema!!)
CFGB
George Givens
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HIGHLAND BRANCH EVENTS

The Highland Branch Events for 2015 are now here for you to read, just go to one of the links below.
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Bob Towns

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 120mm Conbat

Good day at the office.
Had a challenging day 120mm CONBAT slightly weather beaten and breach stuck in the open position it needed help. Well the spotting rifle (.50 cal) is off and after several hours of gentle persuasion the breach is off and ready for a good clean down.
More on this story in the Guest Book Page
Photographs in the Photo Page
Glen Lawson





The Mohmand Expedition 1908
Part Two

By 2nd Lt James Forteath Russell
(Attached Seaforth Highlanders )
Part Three Next Month
You can if you wish print off and save
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com
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 ***Hectors***

The Queen's Own Highlanders tweed is now being posted out to everyone! If you have opted to collect your order from Hectors, it is ready to be picked up.
Please phone us on 0131-310-8701 and we can arrange your entry to the museum to collect your tweed.
Thank you for your custom, your support for the museum is very much appreciated.
Yours aye,
Bob

 

Latest News for May 2015

GOLF

Some Regimental faces from the Daisy Chain Charity Golf arranged by Anne Young at Archerfield Golf Club yesterday. We didn't win much except Albert who won a very upmarket belt in the raffle and we were certainly Best Dressed. CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob
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BATTLE OF LOOS COMMEMORATION IN FRANCE

The Regimental Association has been invited to attend a commemoration of the Battle of Loos at the Hohenzollern Redoubt by the people of Auchy les Mains on Saturday 10th October 2015.  This invitation has been carefully considered by Lt Col James Murray, our Association Chairman, and bearing in mind the large number of Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders involved in this battle (Five Seaforth battalions and five Cameron battalions) it was thought appropriate that we send a good representation of blue hackles.  It is therefore proposed that the Association fund the cost of providing a coach and also pay for the cost of the ferry to France.  People wishing to go on the trip would pay for their own accommodation and food (although some meals might be provided by the organisers in France).
To read more go to one of the links below.

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CFGB
Bob
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                   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,
Bob
                       

 Battle of Waterloo

With the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo falling on the 18th of June I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a interesting evening event coming up at Fort George next month. Brigadier Charles Grant is talking about this famous battle in our history.
Peter Grant Peterkin

To read more please go to one of the links below, to enlarge the poster click on it.

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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
cabarfeidh.com

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 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

Seoras,
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,
Willie,

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,
Seoras
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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!)
CFGB
George
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Looking for something to do on Saturday evening?

SATURDAY 16th MAY 2016 1900HRS

REGIMENTAL CHAPEL FORT GEORGE

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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,
Bob

               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.
CFGB
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,
Bob

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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
cabarfeidh.com

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Call From Craighill School Tain

Seoras,

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
Katherine
Link is

http://www.legionscotland.org.uk/schools/school-competition-vote

 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:
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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
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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.
Regards
Maurice Gibson.

Vacancy Letter and Notice-Caretaker

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Application Form- Caretaker

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         HOSPITAL- ERIC MACDONALD 46
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.
Joe.
Grateful if anyone in the Aberdeen area could visit and keep us updated.
Yours aye,
Bob

 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.
Regard
George Fraser
Hospital Visit has been updated in the Guestbook today by George

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION NAIRN BRANCH WW1 COMMEMORATION

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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 EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER

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
Regards
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.
Tosh23
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HIGHLAND BRANCH AGM – 1900 for 1930 THURSDAY 16 APRIL 2015

AGENDA

To read more go to one of the links below
Yours aye
Bob

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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 http://www.51hd.co.uk 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 http://www.librario.com 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,

Bob

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION NAIRN BRANCH WW1 COMMEMORATION

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
Bob

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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
Seoras

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Latest News for March 2015

QO HLDRS BENCH

The bench presented by the QO HLDRS in 1983 was looking a wee bit worse for wear. With the help of Garnet Main from the Nairn Legion we removed it to the Legion cellar where I cleaned up the inscription plate and applied a couple of coats of wood stain. Now back in position looking onto the War Memorial.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

No1:- Before Refurb
No2:-Faded Plate
No3:-Freshen up the plate

N04:-Couple of coats of woodstain in the Legion Cellar

No5:-Back in position looking onto the Nairn War Memorial

 

Anouther QO Hldrs Bench In Nairn

52 years old this one and still well looked after at the Starters Office at the 1st Tee of Nairn Golf Club. The article from the magazine at the time. CFGB

Yousr aye
Bob


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Thistle Lifestyle Management course for veterans

Please see below and attached leaflet for information about the forthcoming Thistle Lifestyle Management course for veterans to be held at

Poppyscotland Inverness in April and May this year.
If you are working with veterans of UK Armed Forces and know anyone who might benefit from a referral, or you would like to find out more about the course,

just give us a call here at Poppyscotland on 01463 710300.
Poppy Scotland, Inverness.
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 Faces From The Past 1963

I have just been browsing through my Queen’s Own Highlanders magazines and thought that it might be a good idea to put up these photos from the past of a passing out parade.
How many faces do You Remember? To help I have added the names but try and see if you can remember them before you check the names out .
Seoras McIntosh

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2015 Highland Cross Challenge

 Dear All,
Starting today I am in training for the 2015 Highland Cross Challenge and I am hoping you might support me and help raise some money for worthy charities.

Please see my attached one pager on the event and thank you for reading it. Please forward this to friends and colleagues for sponsorship consideration,
it would be appreciated.
Thank you.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

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 Has Alan Henry Been in touch with you or do you know where he is?

Dear All,

Please see attached. Has he been in touch with you?
DC 4344 Carolyn Hargreaves
INPT1 Ashton Under Lyne
0161 856 4090

Please note GMP operate a “hot Desk” policy and I am sometimes not sat near this telephone. Email is nearly always the best option.

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Erskine Personnel Recovery Centre thank you Letter

Dear Tosh,
We would be very grateful if you could put the attached letter on the website?  I feel it's only right to let everyone know that we have donated the money, from the sale of my tablet,  as promised to Erskine Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh.
To read the letter go to one of the links below.

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Lord Guthrie (Field Marshall the Lord Charles Guthrie)

Dear all,
Please see the attached flyer which outlines a Lecture to be given by Lord Guthrie (Field Marshall the Lord Charles Guthrie) at Dundee University on 28th April 2015.

If you wish to attend please book a place via the e-mail address near the bottom of the flyer.

Kind regards

Maurice Gibson.
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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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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

Click to read Percy Baird:-

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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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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
email =This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you require further information.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns
CFGB 

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