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Suddenly at home, on 9th November, 2016, Roderick Forsyth Findlay, 5 Glendruidh Road, Inverness, aged 66 years.
Former Queen's Own Highlander. Dearly loved son of Charles and Helen, loving brother of Charles, Rosemary, Tommy, Christopher and Carol, a dear brother-in-law and uncle.
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Alan Kirkwood sadly passed away on the morning of the 17th November 2016 from complications arising from cancer of the lungs. He was sixty four years old.

Alan followed many Scousers from the Liverpool Scottish Cadets to go on to join the Queen's Own Highlanders. His first training unit in 1968 was the Junior Infantrymen's Battalion at Shorncliffe, where 24143061 J/Pte Kirkwood was reported to excel at .22 target rifle shooting - a skill he would later use as a valued member of the Battalion’s Bisley and NISHAN Teams.

He passed out of Juniors and joined the 1st Battalion in Edinburgh as they were returning from Sharjah. He was posted to Delta Company and eventually went on to the Recce Platoon.

He served in Northern Ireland three times - on the Battalion's very first tour in the Province, then on Op Motorman, and finally in West Belfast.

He was demobbed in 1974 and returned to the Shorncliffe area, where he found work on the new Channel Tunnel and the cross channel ferries. After many years working in civil engineering he returned to Scotland and settled in Aberdeenshire.

He is survived by his wife, Mandy, and three daughters

Alan was one of my Jocks when I was a section commander in Delta Company and I have very fond memories of him - a friendly wee man with a big personality.
Funeral details,

2.30 pm, Tuesday 29th November 2016 at the small chapel, Aberdeen Crematorium, Hazlehead, Aberdeen, AB15 8PT
RIP, Alan
George Givens


2829595 John Jackman (23/04/1928 - 28/10/ 2016) R.I.P

I am writing to inform you that my dear father, John Jackman (Regimental Assoc. Membership No: 3390) passed away peacefully last week in Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, Kent, after a short illness.

The funeral will take place next Monday, on Nov. 21st, at 3.00pm, at The Garden of England Crematorium, Sheppey Way, Bobbing, Kent ME9 8GZ.

Refreshments will follow, at the Hampstead House Hotel, Bapchild, Kent ME9 9PP and anyone who wishes to attend will be most welcome.

Any Flowers or donations, in John's memory, to the British Heart Foundation, may be made through R.High & Sons, Funeral Directors, 1 Bayford Rd, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3AD. Tel: 01795 472958

Although, due to failing health, my father was unable to attend the more recent annual Regimental dinners and events, those he had attended in past years, brought him much joy. He always kept his Regiment, The Seaforth Highlanders, very close to his heart and carried his association with it, from a mere boy of 14 years old till the grand old age of 88, with tremendous pride.

Yours Sincerely,
Yvonne Ayoub (Mrs)

Cpl Mick McGowan

Tam Balloch has just informed the Edinburgh Branch that Mick McGowan sadly passed away in his sleep on the 25th October 2016.

Mick came to the Queen’s Own Highlanders after the Cameronians were disbanded and went on to serve with the Regiment as a drummer in the Pipe Band in Berlin, Edinburgh, Sharjah, and Osnabruck.
He ended his service as a Corporal Leading tipper in the Pipe Band

A funeral service for Mick will take place at St Margaret’s RC Church, Clark Street, Loanhead at 2.00 pm on Thursday 3rd November 2016, followed by interment at Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh at 4.00 pm


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Bob Aitken’s family have informed the Branch that Bob sadly passed away last week-end (15/16th October 2016) at the age of 80
Bob was a son of the regiment.  His father was a lon- serving Major, Quartermaster with the Seaforth Highlanders, and Bob unsurprisingly went on to enlist in the Seaforths in 1954.  He was demobbed in 1958 and went on to join the Territorial Army – firstly with the Camerons, where he was commissioned, and subsequently with and Argyll’s, the Gordon Highlanders, the London Scottish, and latterly as a Staff Officer at Headquarters Scotland, where he retired from the Reserve in 1982.

Bob worked in the insurance and banking industries, but nevertheless found both the time to be a TA soldier, as well as a member of the Scotland and GB Target Rifle Teams, captaining the GB Team in New Zealand in 2003.  After retirement Bob went on to work as General Secretary for the Scottish Sports Association for 5 years.

Bob was a well-liked and regular attender at the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association.  He will be sadly missed.

RIP, Bob

John worked in civvy street as a storeman taking many of the skills he learnt whilst in the army with him. He has a son by his first marriage and three sons to his second wife, Michelle. John died after a long battle with cancer on Thursday 8th May 2014.
George Givens
Funeral details are as follows:-
Service of Remembrance on Friday 16th May 2014 at 1.30 pm:
Dundee Congregational Church
6-8 Constitution Road
Burial at:
Birkhill Cemetary
Thereafter to The Black Watch Club 20 Arthurstone Terrace DUNDEE DD4 6RS
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LES CHALMERS :-08/03/2014

 It is with much regret that I have to inform you that Les Chalmers late Gordon Highlanders passed away on the 8th March 2014.
Les attended many QO HLDRS Highland Branch functions.
Thanks to Donnie McLean and Mike Gerrie.
Funeral details as follows:-
Friday 14th March.
Service at Marnoch Church Foggie at 1230hrs then 1430hrs at the Moray Crematorium.
Afterwards to the Bowling Club at Foggie.
Bob Towns
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Johnny “The Flug” Meechan:-05/03/2014

It is with much regret and sadness that I have to announce the death of Johnny Meechan, who passed awayon the 5th March 2014 after a long battle with Lung Cancer. As a young NCO in Osnabruck I always wondered who it was who was scribbling the words “The Fly was here” on every cludgie, in every barracks and training area that I went into, as well as most of the local beer bars!. I was soon to find out. Although he never admitted to it at the time, Johnny was the culprit. Many years later I got to know Johnny better as a member of the Edinburgh Branch, and eventually as one of the Branch Committee. He was a loyal Queen’s Own Highlander and great character.
He will be sadly missed.
George Givens.
Johns funeral details are as follows:-
At 11am on Friday the 14 March at the Seafield Crematorium,
Seafield Rd,
0131 554 3496
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Mrs Daphne Mackenzie:-03/03.2014

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Mrs Daphne Mackenzie from House of Rosskeen, Invergordon.
She was the wife of Colonel HAC Mackenzie and was always a dedicated supporter of the Regiment.
She died on 20th February. Funeral is at 11am Thursday 6th March, in St Anne's church, Strathpeffer.
Maurice Gibson
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Alex Irving :-22/01/2014

It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Alex Irving.
Alex died on Wed 22 January aged 66.He had a massive heart attack on Sunday 19th January and never recovered from it. His wife Rita, son David and daughter Anita were with him at the end. Alex served in the Military Band 1969-76. He was an excellent footballer and played regularly for the Bn team.
Funeral details is as follows,:-
Wednesday 5th February at 13.20 hours,
South West Middlesex Crematorium,
Hounslow Road,
Service of Thanksgiving
Followed by Interment at Hounslow Cemetery, Hanworth Road.
Willie Irving.
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