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John Swanson :-26/12/2013

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of John Swanson. I have no more details other than John had been fighting cancer for some time.
John's funeral arrangements are as follows:-
Service in Thurso -- Saturday 4th January 1200hrs at Dunnett's Funeral Home, Ormlie Road Thurso KW14 7DP
Service in Inverness -- Monday 6th, 11.30hrs at Inverness Crematorium Kilvean Road IV3 8JN.
ALL welcome, dress - personal preference although any dress related to QOH Regimental trews Blazers etc particularly welcome .
The preference is rather than flowers or wreaths is for those inclined, donations to the Macmillan Nurses would be appropriate (they spent a lot of time with John during the latter days).
Albert Duffus
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Piper Robert McDonald Ex Seaforth Highlander :-09/12/2013

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Robbie McDonald who died on Friday the 6th of December 2013 .
Robbie who came from Thurso was a piper in the Seaforth Highlanders and served from 3rd Jan 1956 through to 28th Nov 1958.
He was posted to Gibraltar and BAOR Munster during his service.
Robbie's funeral is on Wednesday the 11th December 2013 at 2pm AT St Andrews Funeral Parlier.
Olrig St Thurso and all are welcome to attend.
Regards,
Margaret Manson
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William Maclean 83 :-09/12/2013

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of another Queen's Own Highlander William (Billy) MacLean 83
Billy Died today after a brave fight , believe me nobody could have fought harder. Billy joined the Bn in Osnabruck in 1972 and left in 1984, when he came over to Jersey and Settled into civilian life, unfortunately shortly after he was diagnosed with MS, he had to give up work. And he moved into the local Leonard Cheshire home. He was famous here for never complaining always smiling.
And for knocking over the holidaymakers with his little motorised wheelchair when they never heard him coming.
Funeral Details are as follows:-
Jersey Crematorium on the 17th Dec at 12.00 hrs. He will have a union flag draping his coffin and Glengarry on top and the pipes will be played.
His ashes will be buried at home in Scotland with his family.
Regards
Peter Wason
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Billy (Paddy) Mills:-15/11/2013

It is with much sadness that I have to announce the death of Billy (Paddy) Mills.
Paddy died quite peacefully on the 15th November 2013 with all the family mustered round in traditional Q O HLDRS fashion and are supporting each other at this time.
Paddy was a great soldier and an even greater man that we all know must have suffered with all his troubles, but always had a smile on his face when you approached him and spoke to him.
Seoras McIntosh.
What Peter Finlayson has to say about Paddy,
"It was a great privilege to serve with Paddy Mills,
For those who did not know him Paddy was an Ex Seaforth and then Re-enlisted to the Queen's Own Highlanders after a spell in his home country Irland where he served with the B Special Police.
I have great memories of Paddy in the Queen's Own Highlanders"
God bless Paddy
Peter Finlayson
Our thoughts also go out to To Maureen and Family at this time.
Paddys Funeral service will be held at WT Fraser, Culduthel Road, Inverness on Monday 25 November at 13:15hrs.
Thereafter to Tomnahurich Cemetery for internment.
RIP Paddy
CFGB
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William James Robson

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Bill Robson late the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders who died on the 1st Nov 2013. Bill served in the Regiment from 1952 to 1955 and retired with the rank of Sergeant.
The funeral arrangements are .Cremation in West Road Crematorium Newcastle at 1215 hrs on Monday 11th.November 2013. A memorial service will be held at 1400hrs on the same day 11th.November 2013 in the Methodist Church in Morpeth. The deepest sympathy of all members of the Cameron Highlanders Association is extended to his widow and Family.
Address of Next of Kin is Mrs. Ann Robson,2 Millside, Morpeth, Northumberland,NE 61 1PN
Major Hamish Sutherland
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Ernie McIntosh

The Nairn Branch have lost another member with the death of a weel kent Forres loon - Ernie McIntosh. Perhaps you could put this in the magazine. It is with sadness that the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association, Nairn Branch, report the death on 14th October 2013 of Ernest (Ernie) McIntosh who was a long serving member of the Branch. After training at Fort George, Ernie served with the 1st Battalion in Gibraltar and Germany.

Our sympathy goes to his widow Alice and the family. Eric Munro
Branch Secretary
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EDDIE BLEVINS-23/10/2013

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Edward Blevins. I now have his funeral details through Facebook.
Seoras McIntosh,
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Edward Blevins funeral will be on weds the 30th October at 1:30pm. It will be held at Holytown crematorium.
Glengarries are encouraged.
A collection in aid of Help for Heroes will be taken during the service.
All are invited to the General Motors Social Club afterwards for refreshments. Kind regards
His doughter Maggie x
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24679963 Danny O'Reilly-23/10/2013

I regret to inform you of the death of Danny O'Reilly, the brother of Andy O’Reilly, who sadly passed away last Friday, 18th October 2013 of multiple organ failure at the age of 50. Danny passed out of Chindits Platoon at the Scottish Infantry Depot in September 1984 and was posted to A Company where he served in 2 Platoon in Aldergrove, Northern Ireland.
Funeral on Monday 28th October 2013 at 10.00 am
at: St Robert's Chapel
Peat Road
Pollock
GLASGOW
G53 6SA.
Any cards of sympathy can be sent to his mother and father at:
163 Househillwood Road
Priest Hill
Pollock
GLASGOW
G53 6BX
Yours Aye
Georges Givens
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 Maureen's Funeral service will be taking place at Inverness Crematorium on Friday October 18 at 14:15. Maureen's service will be an opportunity for all to come together and pay their final respects to Mo.
Following the service we shall be holding a gathering at The Beefeater, Inverness from 15:30 - 18:30, where drinks and a buffet will be available.
We hope for this to be a time when all of Mo's nearest and dearest can be together and reminisce about all the love, fun and laughter that Mo brought to all of our lives.
The family of Maureen Rattray
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2931719 Simon Victor Reid-08/10/2013

I regret to inform you of the death of Simon Victor Reid ex 4th Battalion of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders who died on 07/10/2013.
He enlisted on the 5th.May 1939 but was taken prisoner in France in June 1940 and was a POW until April 1945
He was born on 19th.April 1919 and died on 7th.October 2013
The funeral is on Thursday 10th.October 2013 in the United Reform Church, Nairn followed by internment in Nairn cemetery.
The deepest sympathy of all members of the Cameron Highlanders Association is extended to his widow Mrs.Elsa Reid, 10 Queenspark Gardens, Nairn and her family.
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Chairman Cameron Highlanders Association
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Meggie Campbell wife of Jim Campbell passed away on Thursday 3rd of October aged 67. Jim & Meggie were regular attenders at Highland Branch functions and many of the members are in possession of one of the Arran jumpers that she always knitted and donated as raffle prizes.
We extend our condolences to Jim daughter Aileen and family.
Funeral at Knockando Kirk Wednesday 9th October at 1100. Please attend and support Jim if you can. RIP CFGB.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns
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It is with much regret that I have to announce the deaths of Jimmy and Emma Walker.
Jimmy who died on the 30th of August 2013, and his beloved wife Emma who died exactly one week later on the 6th of September 2013.
Jimmy served with the Seaforth Highlanders, Queen's Own Highlanders and the Gordon Highlanders.
Whilst serving with the Queen's Own Highlanders he received the Brunei Star and A M.I.D.
He loved the army and was a good soldier, father, and grandfather.
They will have a joint funeral service on Friday the 13th September 2013 at Mortonhall Crematorium Edinburgh.
Regards,
Alex Walker.
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Captain Johnnie Maclean-17/08/2013

Johnnie Maclean died on August 22nd after a long illness.
His funeral will take place at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elgin, at 12 Noon on Monday 2nd September.
The family contact details are:
Mrs JR( Veronica) Maclean,
Westfield House,
Spynie,
Elgin,
Moray IV30 8XL.

Johnnie Maclean was commissioned from Mons in 1971 and joined the 1st QOHldrs in Osnabruck.
He served on two operational tours in East Belfast and in Lurgan on Op Motorman. He was an instructor at Glencorse from 1974 -1976.
He was then OC of the Jungle Warfare School at Sibun during the Bn's Belize Tour. After that he was posted to NITAT (UK) as an instructor-a measure of the regard in which he was held as a thoroughly competent soldier.
He left the Army in 1978. Johnnie was a much respected and loved officer. Thereafter he was based in Moray, running his family farm.
He was a Deputy Lieutenant for Moray and a Member of the Queen's Body Guard for Scotland.
He led Poppy Scotland in Moray for many years with great success and was much involved in other charity works.
Regards
Maurice Gibson
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Paul (PA) Christie.-17/08/2013

Suddenly at Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin, after a short illness. on Wednesday, 14th August, 2013, Paul (PA) aged 42 years, much loved and loving husband of Nicola, beloved dad to Dawn and Tyan, much loved son of Sheila and Tom, dear brother to Steven, Graham, Leanna and Lindsay, a dear uncle and friend to many,
Funereal service at St Columba's South Church, on Wednesday, 21st August at 11.00am, therafter to Elgin Cemetery.
All friends respectfully invited.
Family flowers only,but donations if desired, to Macmillan Nurses.
Seoras McIntosh
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24755490 Private A Meechan.-01/08/2013

It is with regret that I inform you of the death of Alastair Meechan. Queen’s Own Highlanders (1987 – 1992)
He died on July 31st 2013 aged 42 after a long illness.
He was severely injured in a Blue of Blue attack in the 1st Gulf War whilst travelling in an Armoured Vehicle and had to be medically discharged.
His wife Teresa and 12 year old daughter live at; 4a Caetyddyn, Llanrwst, Snowdonia, North Wales. (01492 643249).
His brother Steve Meechan QOHldrs (wife Helen 07557 952768) was also injured in the 1st Gulf War and he lives near Colwyn Bay. North Wales.
Alasters Funeral Service will be held on Friday 9th August at 11.00am at St Crwst's Church, Off Ancaster Square, LLanrwst, LL260LB followed by Interment and afterwards to celebrate his life at The Royal British Legion, Ancaster Square, LLanrwst.
Family flowers only please. Donations to SSAFA and Combat Stress welcome care of D G Griffiths, Golygfa'r Dyffryn Top Rd, Trefriw, Conwy, LL27 0JX, 01492 640722
Regards,
Maurice Gibson
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Scott (Scotty) Munro- 29/07/2013

Scotty Munro QO HLDRS tragically died at his home in Elgin on Sunday 21st July aged 42.
Funeral Service at 1230 Friday 2nd August 2013 in Graham J Rattray’s Funeral Home, Shore Street, Lossiemouth and thereafter at Moray Crematorium.
RIP Scotty, CFGB.
Please attend if you are available. Glengarry’s if you have them please.
Bob Towns
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Pat Kyle-08/07/2013

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Pat Kyle who died on Friday 5th July 2013
Pat's funeral will take place at 10.00 am on Monday 15th July 2013 at
Livingston Crematorium,
Cousland Wood,
Starlaw Place,
Off Starlaw Road,
Livingston
EH54 7FD
Regards,
George Givens
Chairman
Edinburgh Branch
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Mark Duffus-08/07/2013

Dear All,
The Funeral arrangements for Mark Duffus are as follows;
St Leonards Church, Forres at 1.00pm on Friday July 12th 2013.
Mark served in the QOHldrs Sep 6th 1988 to Sep 24th 1994 and with the Hldrs Sep 24th 1994 to Jan 11th 1999.
All welcome.
Regards – Cabar Feidh.
Maurice Gibson
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Cecil Muir

Regret to inform the death of Cecil Muir (AKA Jackie) 12/07/1933. Cecil was an ex Seaforth Highlander.
Funeral at 1130hrs Monday, 24th June at Dalnotter Crematorium in Clydebank.
All welcome should you wish to attend.
Regards,
George M. Monaghan
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George Scott Neill 12/06/2013

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of George Scott Neill who served both in Korea and Aden with 1st.Camerons.
Funeral is at West Lothian Crematorium on Mondy 17th.June 2013 at 1400hrs.
The condolences of the Cameron Highlanders Association is extended to his daughters Hazel and Lauran Neill.
Major Hamish Suthrland
Chairman.
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Eddie[Ted]Carruthers

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Eddie[Ted]Carruthers,sadly Ted passed away this morning,Ted was a Cameron Highlander from 1954-1961,and was till the end, still a Cameron,he was the brother of Queen's Own Highlander Ian and Danny,and uncle to Queen's Own Highlander Scott Carruthers,Ian Sharkey and Paul Sharkey.
Funeral to take place on Friday 14th June at Earlham Crematorium,Earlham,Norwich,NR2 3RG,at 1330hrs.
Danny Carruthers
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Capt (Retired) Bill Gardiner 28/05/2013

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Bill Gardiner who died on route between his home and Aberdeen Hospital.
Bill was chairman of the Aberdeen and North East branch of the Queen's Own Highlanders Association.
Funeral details are as follows: Service Tarland church 1400 hours 31 may. All friends welcome, Family flowers only.
Donations to help the hero if you wish.
Regards,
George Fraser
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Andrew “Speedy” Munro 22/05/2013

I have just been informed that Andrew “Speedy” Munro has sadly passed away at the age of 85 at the Dunfermline Care Home that he was residing in. “Speedy” was a character and a staunch Seaforth and Queen’s Own Highlander. When fit, he could always be guaranteed to turn up proudly, and very smartly dressed in his MacKenzie tartan trews and Prince Charlie jacket and dance with as many females that he could possibly persuade onto the dance floor!
Funeral details for "Speedy" Munro are:
Service at: Grants Bank Care Home, Pilmuir Street, Dunfermline, KY12 0NH AT 2.00 pm on Wednesday 29th May 2013 followed by a burial at Dunfermline Cemetary.
All who knew Speedy will be most welcome
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch
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Alistair MacGillivray (GillY) 22/05/2013

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death Allistair (Gilly) MacGillivray who died on the 20th May 2013.
Gilly was agreat soldier and drummer, first with the Seaforth Highlanders then re-enlisting into the Queen's Own Highlanders.
Gilly was a loyal husband to his wife Meg and his children and grandchildren, he was also loyal to the Association Pipe Band for many years.
One of Gilly's pleasures in life was teaching young drummers, many drummers out there have to thank him for setting them off on their drumming career.
My own fondest memories of Gilly was when I used to meet him on the High Street of Elgin with the blue hackel proudly worn on his hat, you would get greeted with "Hello I'm the Gilly Gilly Man" and when you ended your conversation with him he would always end it with CABARFEIDH.
He will be sadly missed by anyone who had the pleasure of being friends with him or worked with him.
May he now RIP,
Seoras McIntosh
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Familys wishes:
My dad's funeral is on Tuesday 28th at 1130am - Buckie Crematorium - and dress code is whatever you want to wear but everyone so far is wearing kilts which is just brilliant he would love that - and thanks again from all the family for all your warm and heartfelt wishes xx
Diane
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DAVIE SPENCE SIGNAL PLATOON QO HLDRS 08/05/2013

With great sadness I hereby inform you that Davie Spence passed away this morning.
Funeral at St Lawrence Church Forres then to Clovenside Cemetery.
Tuesday 14th May at 1200
Family Flowers Only
Donations to the Army Benevolent Fund
His Mums address is:
Mrs M Spence
27 Mannachie Terrace
Forres
IV36 2RS
Well remembered for his days on the football pitch as the Bn’s Centre Half for a lot of years. Of special mention is his display not at centre half but as stand in goalkeeper in the 4th Round of the Army Cup at Ballykinler against the RHF on Wed 19 December 1984. Our goalkeeper Cameron 73 broke his leg after 14 minutes and Spency went in goal. We won 5 – 4 after extra time. RIP CFGB.
Yours aye,
Bob
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Willy Andrew 24/04/2013

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Willie Andrew.
Willie died on the morning of Wednesday the 24th April 2013.
Funeral details: Currie Kirk, Kirkgate, Currie EH14 6AL,at 1400 Hours Friday 3rd May 2013.
Seoras McIntosh.
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John Joyce

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of my Father "John Joyce".
He died on Sunday the 31st of March 2013.
Dad had served in the Queen's Own Highlanders from 1966 through to 1988.
Funeral is at Creighton Crematorium in Cardonald, Glasgow at 15:30 on Wednesday the 10th April.
All more than welcome.
Thank you
John Joyce
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Dave (DAVIE) Anderson

It is with much regret and sorrow to say that Dave Anderson (ex A Coy/MT) Queen's Own Highlanders passed away early Tuesday morning this was due to a heart attack on Wednesday 6th March 2013.
Funeral arrangements:- service at Livingston crematorium on Thursday 21st Mar at 2pm.
Helen and the Family would like everyone to join them after the service at East Calder Bowling club.
Regards,
John Green
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Kenny MacLean

Dear All,
It is with much regret that I have to inform you that Kenny MacLean, Q.O.C.Hldrs, Q.O.Hldrs passed on yesterday.
Funeral will take place at 12:45pm on Wednesday 13th at Brodie`s Funeral Parlour, Fairbairn Road, Livingston,then Adambrae Cemetery,
Danny Carruthers
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Jean Givens

It is with the deepest regret that we have to inform you of the passing away in the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh tonight {Tuesday} of the First Lady of the Edinburgh Branch, Jean Givens.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to George and the Family .
Danny Carruthers
Funeral details as follows,1.15 pm on Friday 15th March 2013 at Dunfermline Crematorium Masterton Road DUNFERMLINE KY11 8QR
Major George Givens,
23 Forbes Road
Rosyth
Fife
KY11 2AN
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Lady Lang wife of the late Lt Gen Sir Derek Lang KCB DSO MC DL

It is will much sadness that I inform you that Lady Lang wife of the late Lt Gen Sir Derek Lang KCB DSO MC DL (who died in Apr 2001) died at 3.30am on Sunday March 3rd 2013, in St John’s Hospital, Livingston after a fall where she broke her hip.
Charles Lang (Elder son) is now at the family home; Templelands, Kirknewton, Midlothian, EH27 8DJ.
The remainder of the family are coming back to Scotland from various parts of the world.
I do not have any details about the Funeral (Private / Open) or where it might take place but if I do I will let you know.
Maurice Gibson
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Major Frank Blincow MBE

Dear All,
It is with much regret that I e-mail you this morning to let you know that Major Frank Blincow MBE died at 5.30pm at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness aged 86 years.
He had been unwell for a few months but eventually contracted pneumonia which ultimately killed him.
His daughter (Laura) and the Very Reverend Gerald Stranraer-Mull (The Priest from his local Church – St Michaels, Inverness) were at his bedside.
The Funeral will be Private but it is hoped that Laura will agree to allow the Regiment to conduct a Memorial Service in due course at either St Michael’s or The Chapel, Fort George, which meant so much to Frank.
It is the passing of an era. Frank has spent nearly 70 years working directly / indirectly for King, Queen and Country, not to mentioned his beloved Regimental Family especially after the death of his dear Grace some 20 years ago.
For those wishing to send a letter to Laura then the address is; St Olaf’s, 29 Drummond Circus, Inverness, IV2 4QP. God Bless Him.
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE
Regimental Secretary
RHQ SCOTS – North / RHQ The Highlanders
Cameron Barracks
Inverness
IV2 3XE

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