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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.
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.
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
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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,
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
G53 6SA.
Any cards of sympathy can be sent to his mother and father at:
163 Househillwood Road
Priest Hill
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.
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,
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.
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
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,
EH54 7FD
George Givens
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.
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
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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.
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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Warriston Crematorium, Lorimer Chapel,
Saturday 29th October 2016 at 11.00 am
Family flowers only.  Collection for Poppy Scotland
The family would like to assess numbers so please either let myself or Danny Carruthers know if you are definitely attending.

George Givens






Sad news but Bobby Hughes died this morning in the I C U at Whiston Hospital (0605 Hrs) After discussion Colin has given his permission for me to give out his mobile number. This is the way he wants it and would prefer text as it can be expected that voice calls can be very long and drawn out (07724 872598).  Such a sad occasion losing a friend I have known for more than 54 years.
R I P Bobby a wonderful, kind and caring man (A good drinker too)

Yours Aye,

Ronnie Baybut

Dear All,
Sad to say that my brother bobby died this morning. he was a Queens Own Highlander at heart even though he served with the 9 mile snipers and as a drummer with the Liverpool jocks He also played with The Q O HLDRS pipe band , attended the last two Gatherings and recently stewarded at The Highland Tattoo. I believe that he was also well kent in bars around sneckie
Colin Hughes

Bobby's funeral will take place at Springwood Crematorium, Allerton, Liverpool, on 03 10 16 at 1530hrs and afterwards you can join us for a wee dram or two at Huyton with Roby RBL.


Mrs PI Laughton

Mrs Joanna Laughton died on 21 August 2016. She was the wife of Major Peter Laughton who served as a Regular and TA officer in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Their son Lieutenant Hugh Laughton held a commission in the Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1980 to 1983.

Col Angus Fairrie


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23041515 Lance Corporal Colin Masson CUMMING. 

Colin Cumming, a native of Galcantray, Croy, Inverness-shire, joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in March 1955. He did basic training at Cameron Barracks, Inverness, then departed Glasgow on the troopship "Dunera" for Korea.  He was in Korea with the Camerons for approx. one year, serving with the Sigs Pln.  He flew home in July 1956 on account of the Suez Canal being closed. 

On leaving the Army Colin worked as a joiner and a buyer for a builders' merchant.  He is survived by Ann who he married in Sep 1962, and their son Colin Jr. 

Colin retired in Culduthel, Inverness, sadly he died in Raigmore Hospital on 16 Jul 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.     

Pro rege et patria


William (Wavell) Gunn

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of William (Wavell) Gunn, a long time member of the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association (Ross-shire Branch).

Wavell, who passed away on August 15th 2016, was a member of 11th (TA) Battalion Seaforth Highlanders and for some time it is understood that he was on the MOD Staff at Cameron Barracks.

Funeral service will take place at 10.30hrs on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 to which an invitation to all friends has been extended by the family.
Bob Shanks


Major RCH Collier MC

Major Robin Collier died in New Zealand on 7th August 2016, aged 93. The son of Major General AL Collier CBE, MC, he was born in 1923 and commissioned in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1942. Having joined the 2nd Camerons in Italy in 1943, he was wounded as a platoon commander at the battle of Monte Cassino. He was awarded the MC for gallantry at Grillo in 1944, and served with the 2nd Camerons in Italy, Greece and Austria until 1946. He then became ADC to the GOC-in-C Scottish Command, General Sir Philip Christison. After serving as Adjutant 4/5 Camerons TA 1949-51, he served with the 1st Camerons in Egypt, Austria, Luneberg, and Korea, where he was as OC Guard Company in Inchon. Having served as Adjutant of the Liverpool Scottish TA 1956-58, and then in Nigeria, he returned to the 1st Camerons as OC HQ Company in Dover and Edinburgh, being posted to the Queen’s Own Highlanders in 1961. After serving with 1 QO HLDRS in Singapore, he returned to the UK in 1962 and became PSO Highlands until he retired in 1966. In 1957 he married Gillian Fitzgerald, from New Zealand, who survives him. After retiring they ran a successful fruit farm near Nelson, New Zealand.
Angus Fairrie




It with great sadness that I have to report that George MacAlister passed away on Friday 5th August 2016 at a local care home near Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh.

George, better known as “The Bone”, because of his very thin frame, was born in Dundee and joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders at the end of the Second World War. He subsequently became a Queen’s Own Highlander on amalgamation with the Seaforth Highlanders, at which point he became Company Sergeant Major of B Company, successfully steering them through the early years of amalgamation - from Singapore through to the Battalions first of days in Osnabruck.

After his many years of regular service, George went on to become a Long Service List recruiter in the Army Careers and Information Office in Rutland Square, Edinburgh, from where he signed up many members of the regiment.

George eventually settled in Penicuik and along with Brigadier DR MacLennan and Ritchie Turner, became one of the founding members of the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association, spending many years as Branch Treasurer.

George was a much-respected and well-liked man, a staunch Cameron Highlander, and proud Queen’s Own Highlander. He will be sadly missed

RIP, George. CFGB
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

Funeral arrangements:-
11am Tuesday 16th August St Mungo's Church Penicuik.
Then on to Penicuik Cemetry. 11.45 am

Tribute to George MacAlister by George Givens


George MacAlister was interred today close to his family home in Penicuik. 

Willy Irving took the service, Andy Venters played March of the Cameron Men and Lochaber No More, And Tommy Graham sounded Last Post.  George was surrounded by his family, friends, and members of the Regimental Association as he was laid to rest.  He was 92 when he passed away.

The attached photograph shows George in his younger days with the TOS, of course, at the correct seventy ninth angle!

RIP George, CFGB

George Givens

Edinburgh Branch



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23491414 CPL Derek Millard

My uncle sadly died yesterday 24/07/2016, he served from 1955 to 1978 and was 78 years old when he passed away.
His name was 23491414 CPL Derek Millard.

Derek served in both Seaforth Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Highlanders

Funeral Arrangements:-
Derek will be buried on Monday the 1st of August, at 1100 in Preston Cemetery Walton Ave, North Shields NE29 9NJ.

He is survived by his wife Judith and his children Adrian, Bonnie and Tammy and grandchildren Chelsea, Connor, Lewis and Conrad.

Judith Millard
11 Bradford Avenue,
Battle Hill,
Tyne and Wear
NE28 9DF

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24008116 Rodger Whitelock

My Dad,Rodger joined the Queen’s Own Highlanders on the 13th April 1963
and served until the late 70s.

Rodger grew up in Dunfermline, Scotland before joining the Queens Own Highlanders.

He retired to Torrevieja in the Alicante province of Spain in 2012, with his wife Mary.

Rodger's passing was unexpected, after a very short illness and passed away in the early hours of 1st July 2016 - aged 69.

Rodger is survived by his dearly beloved wife Mary, his children Stephen and Paula, his grandchildren Ethan and Hannah and his brother Walter, and sisters Susan and Sandra and step sons Tony and Alan plus many extended family and friends.

Funeral details - Rodger's funeral will take place on Thursday 7th July in Spain.

He will be sorely missed by all.

Kind regards

Paula Whitelock



Michael Milne

Suddenly at his home on Tuesday June 14th 2016 Michael (Mike) in his 69th Year ,formally of The Queen’s Own Highlanders Beloved partner of the late Margaret Taylor much loved brother of Colin, Veronica and Wilma and a dear brother-in-law and uncle.

Funeral is at 1.30pm on Wed 29th June at Cattos, Linkwood Rd Elgin,then to Elgin cemetery



It is with a heavy heart that I have been asked by Ellen to inform you that Jimmy passed away at 1530 today Friday 27th May 2016. He has been seriously ill for some time however true to the way Jim always conducted himself he kept quiet. Messages of condolence can be sent to Ellen at 98 Smithton Park, Smithon, Inverness, IV2 7PF.
will take place at Inverness Crematorium at 1100 Friday 3rd June 2016 and thereafter at the Smithton Motel.

Yours Aye,


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Mr.Kenneth George Pirie

It is with very deep sorrow that we have to announce the sudden death of Mr.Kenneth George Pirie of 17 Fifehill Park Dyce Aberdeen.on Friday 20th.May 2016. Ken was a Regimental Signaller with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders in Korea and Aden.Ken was the organiser and ran the annual Korean -Aden Dinner in Aberdeen and he was a member of the Committee of the Cameron Highlanders Association.

Funeral will be held in Dyce Parish Church, Dyce on Wednesday 1st.June 2016 at 1100hrs followed by interment in Dyce Burial Ground.

The sincere sympathy of all members of the Cameron Highlanders Association is extended to Ken's Family.

 Hamish Sutherland Chairman.


Jackie "Jackie" Hogg

23677233 Lance Corporal Jackie Hogg joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1958 at the tender age of 18, and on amalgamation with the Seaforth Highlanders in 1961 went on to join the Queen’s Own Highlanders. He served in Singapore, Brunei, Borneo, BAOR and the UK and was with A Company of the Queen’s Own Highlanders during the famous Anduki landing in Brunei, when the Battalion were deployed to help quell the Communist Revolt. He subsequently went on to serve with the Recce Platoon and finished his service in 1977 as a member of the Quartermaster’s Department. He held the GSM Brunei, the GSM Borneo, GSM Clasp Northern Ireland, the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and the Pinjat Malaya Medal.

 When he was demobbed to civvy street in 1977 he worked for various security companies and the Post Office and lived for many years in veterans accommodation in Whyteford House in Edinburgh. After a very short illness Jackie was admitted to hospital and died suddenly on Thursday 19th May 2016

 Jackie was a quiet man who was very proud of his ties to the Cameron’s and Queen’s Own Highlanders and could always be relied on to turn out very smartly dressed- always in his Cameron tartan trews. Although he did not drink, he was a regular attender at all the Edinburgh Branch functions. He was a lovely wee man who will be sadly missed by all of his comrades

 RIP Jackie
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

Funeral will now take place at Seafield Crematorium, Edinburgh at 12.00 noon on 21st June 2016


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Donald Edward Woollerton

Donald Edward Woollerton (Ted) was born in Manchester England on the 7th January 1934.
He served in The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in Korea,and was also based at Cameron Barracks Inverness. He was a drummer in the Pipe Band and also served as a RP
He left the army as a L/Cpl.

Donald died on 22nd September 2011 at Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.

We would like to see our Dads obituary put up on the Cabarfeidh website

James, Gary, Lee,Steven & Jacqueline  




Jim Moore originally came from Bowhill in the Kingdom of Fife and before joining the Seaforth Highlanders worked as a miner. He served from 1953 to 1958 and saw service in Aden and Gibraltar before being demobbed back to Fife to take up employment as a civil engineer helping to build the new Forth Road Bridge.
Jim was a staunch and proud Seaforth Highlander, and when he was fit enough to do so, attended various functions at the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association.

Jim died from complications arising from a diagnosis of cancer. He was 85 years old when he passed away and will be sadly missed at the Branch. He is survived by his daughters, Jan and Fiona.

Jim’s funeral will take place at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Monday 16th May 2016 at 9.30 am



James John MacLean

It is with much sadness that I inform you of the death yesterday (4 May 2016) in Wick, Caithness of Sgt James John Moose MacLean who for 27 years was a QOHldrs.

Funeral arrangements are being made and the earliest it could take place is Monday May 9th in Wick.

Contact number for Mrs MacLean is 01955 604860.

The funeral service for John will take place on Tuesday 10th May at 1.45 from his home at 44 Seaforth Avenue Wick. We will be looking for a bearer party on the day and would be grateful if those who will be attending can let me no. We will also be lining the route at the cemetery. The funeral procession will walk from the house to the cemetery approx 500m and members of the regiment will march behind the hearse. Glengarries required if possible.

Further info on parking etc will be given later

Robbie Mackintosh

Branch Members – Grateful for your support for this.  We are also looking for a Piper?   Names to Robbie Mackintosh Mob: 07749334283  or Bob Towns Mob: 07511114196 if you will be attending and can help us say farewell to Moose in style.

Thank you.

Yours aye,



Brigadier Nick Ridley

Mathew Hopkinson
I have just received this email announcing Brigadier Nick Ridley's death - RIP and CFGB Nick

It is with great sadness that I am emailing to let you know that our Father died peacefully in his sleep last night 20/04/2016 at the Margaret Kerr Unit. Rosemary, Charlie and I were with him during this time where he continued to show much resilience and fortitude as ever. However, the cancer finally got the better of him despite his valiant efforts. The funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 20 High Cross Avenue, Melrose, TD6 9SU.
1200 hrs, Wednesday 4th May

With love
Susie, Charlie and Rosemary

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Maurice Petrie

I regret to inform you of the death of Maurice Petrie (aged 98 years) in Peterborough on Wednesday March 30th.

Maurice Petrie’s Funeral will take place on Thursday 21st April at Peterborough Crematorium, Marholm Road at 10.30 am.

Maurice Petrie served throughout WW2 (1940-45)with The Cameron Highlanders having undertaken his basic training at

Cameron Barracks in 1940.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson


Ian Millar (Dusty)

It is with great regret I have to announce the death of my brother Ian Millar(Dusty) ex Q O Hldrs,ex ACC and ex 2/52 highland T a , Ian passed away after a long illness yesterday 3/4/2016.
Funeral Service at the High Church Elgin on Monday April 11th, at 11am thereafter to Elgin cemetary.
All friends respectfully invited.

Robert Millar (Dusty)

Elgin High Church. North Guildry Street. Elgin. Moray.  IV30 1JR


Billy (Woofels) Moir

My father in law passed away suddenly yesterday 28/03/2016 Cpl Billy (woofels) Moir.
Billy lived in Nairn after leaveing the army.He served in the Seaforth Highlanders and The Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1958 through to 1978.

Funeral will be on Thursday 7th of April at 1100 in the
The chapel of rest
IV12 5RY

Then to the burial side in Nairn cemetery.
Then to the Royal British legion
Cawdor road
IV12 4QD
For refreshments,  
One of Billy's  wishes was that Glengarrys and regimental ties are to be worn if you have them. He would prefer no black ties at all. 

Stephen Gillies
Son in Law


Neil Forteath

Dear All.

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death on 27th March 2016 of Neil Forteath, son of Lt Col G.M Forteath DSO and BAR, Seaforth Highlanders and brother of Joanna McGregor (Mill of Cantray, Cawdor, and Inverness-shire, IV12 5XT).

Letter of condolence can be sent to; R.G.Forteath, St Andrew’s Duns Road, Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4QW.

Neil and Rory Haugh were they Ensign’s receiving the 1st Stand of Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) colours on 21st May 1964.

Kind regards
Maurice Gibson



Mrs Nellie Sherry

It is with very deep sorrow that we have to announce the death on Sunday 13th. March 2016 of Mrs Nellie Sherry the  wife of Mr James Sherry,51 Montgomery Street Kinross KY13 7EB. who served with the Cameron Highlanders 1958/1960.

The funeral Mass will be  celebrated in St.James,High Street ,Kinross on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 10am  followed by interment in North Burial Ground Broom Road Kinross.

The Chairman and all members of the Cameron Highlanders Association send our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Jimmy and all his family at this sad time .

Hamish Sutherland 





George Bremner has asked me to post the following:
Alex Durrand has sadly passed away due to complications from throat cancer.  Alex joined B Company in Osnabruck and then went to the MT in Berlin.  He was demobbed shortly after the Sharjah tour and settled in Wick.

There will be a service for Alex in the Clair-Harper Restrooms and thereafter at Wick Cemetery on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 (his sister thinks the service will be at 2.00 pm, but for those in the area - please keep an eye on the John O'Groats Journal for confirmation)

RIP Alex
George Givens

Vernon Nicol

It is with much regret and sadness that I inform you that Vernon Nicol died yesterday 02/03/2016 after a brave fight against cancer.
Further information will be released when details become available.

Kind regards, CFGB
Maurice Gibson

From Admin: We were aware of Vernon's sad passing but the family asked that we didn't publish anything until after the funeral. Obviously that can't apply as the word is now out. The funeral will be a private family affair but there will be a memorial service at a later date for us to come together and remember him.


Eckie Murray

Eckie Murray, who had reached the venerable age of 99, sadly passed away on Thursday 18th February 2016.

Eckie was born in Fload Bonar Sutherland in 1916. Along with his 2 brothers, he joined the 4 th Seaforths in 1939 and was taken prisoner at St Valery.

He was married to his life partner Mary Macleod until she passed away in 1994. They had two sons, 9 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren.

During his working life Eckie gained a great deal of experience working in a wide range of activities. Latterly he ran a number of businesses in Invergordon ranging from cafes to taxis.

He was a loyal supporter of the Ross-shire Branch and attended the annual dinners until ill health made his attendance impossible.

Eckie's funeral will take place at 12.00 noon, on Friday 26th February 2016, in the Invergordon Parish Church.
All are welcome.

Bob Shanks



Jimmy “Scouse” Ryan has informed me today (21/02/2016) that his brother-in-law, Wally Tyrer has sadly passed away.

24060458 Pte Wally Tyrer was a TA soldier in the Liverpool Scottish before deciding to sign as on as a regular soldier. He passed out on the 4th March 1967 from the Highland Brigade Depot, Bridge of Don Barracks, Aberdeen as a member of Tripoli Squad. He then went on to join the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Highlanders in Berlin.

Over the years Wally spent time in Rifle Platoons, as the Battalion Photographer, and as a driver in the MT Platoon. Many of the families will remember Wally, and his wife Maureen, running a very successful Scout Troop for the Battalion’s youngsters whilst in Osnabruck. When he left the army he settled in Poole with his young family and started work for an advertising company helping to build displays, however after a serious injury to his knee spent he most of his later years being unable to work. He did however continue as a staunch member of the local Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (The Buffs) in Poole, raising money for various charities over the years

Wally was one of the Battalion’s real characters and freely admitted his Lance Corporals tape should have been on Velcro!

RIP Wally

Wally will be cremated 09.30 am on Monday 7th March 2016 at:

Poole Crematorium
Gravel Hill
BH17 9 BQ

Followed by tea and sandwiches at:
Hamworthy Liberal Club
243 Blandford Road
BH15 4AZ


George Givens


Jimmy{bugs} Binnie

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Jimmy{bugs} Binnie who died aged 75 on 7th Feb,2016 at Raigmore Hospital.
Jimmy served in the Queen’s Own Cameron highlanders and also in the Queen’s Own Highlanders signal pltn in the early 1960.
Devoted husband of Dolina and much loved dad to Alexander.
All family and friends are invited to the funeral service on Friday 19th Feb 2016 a10am in Inverness Crematorium.
Donations, if desired for Help for Heroes
Archie Mackinnon



Grant Mitchel 28

Grant passed away peacefully at his home with his family 1939 - 2016.
Funeral is on Friday the 12th Feb at 2pm.
Catto Funeral Home,
Linkwood Road,Elgin
Family flowers only
Seoras McIntosh


Alexander (Inky) Mackenzie

It is will great sadness that the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association (Ross-shire Branch) have to confirm the passing of their Hon. President Mr Alexander (Inky) Mackenzie on Sunday 31st January 2016.

Alex, who was 96 years young, was a Territorial soldier with the 1/4th Seaforths prior to World War 2.

He was mobilized at the start of the war and went to France with the Battalion being wounded prior to the surrender at St Valary, therefore escaping the long years in captivity.

After recuperating he held a number of clerical posts including one at the Cammando Training Centre at Inverary.

A very loyal Seaforth, Alex served on the Ross-shire Committee for many years providing many wise and well thought contributions to the various discussions.

The funeral details are as follows:
Date - Friday 5th February 2016 at 11.45
Location - Inshes Church, Inshes. This is a fairly new Church which is opposite Mataland.
The interment will then be at Kilvean Cemetery and thereafter to the Craigmonie Hotel.

Bob Shanks



Colour Sergeant Colin George Graham MBE died, surrounded by his family, in Forth Valley Royal Hospital on the evening of Sunday 24 January 2016.  His death was as a result of a long illness.  He is survived by his wife Marie and daughter Allana.

I am sending this email out to a wide range of Senior Officers and 7 SCOTS supporters who might wish attend Colour Sergeant Graham’s funeral.  Colour Sergeant Graham MBE will be buried with full military honours.

The funeral details are as follows:

Date:  Tuesday 2 February 2016.

Service: 1230hrs in St Columba’s Church, Stirling FK8 2NA.

Internment:  Approx 1400hrs at St Thomas’ Cemetery, Douglas Terrace, Cambusbarron, Stirling. 

Wake:  1500hrs in the King Robert Hotel, Bannockburn, FK7 0LJ.

Dress:  No2 A Ceremonial, with medals, but no swords. 

Changing facilities will be available for military personnel at 7 SCOTS ARC, Forthside Road, Stirling, FK7 7RR, between 0930 & 1130hrs.  Please liaise with Adjutant 7 SCOTS if you want access to the ARC.

Please use the following address to send letters of condolence:

Mrs C G Graham

c/o Captain A McKenzie SCOTS

Permanent Staff Administrative Officer

D Company

7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Army Reserve Centre

Forthside Road

Stirling FK7 7RR

Colour Sergeant Graham MBE joined the Army as a Junior Leader in 1977 and served a full career as an Argyll and Sutherland Highlander.  He finished his Regular service as CSM HQ Company 1 A&SH.  Colour Sergeant Graham joined 51st Highland Regiment, later 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, as the Non-Regular Permanent Staff CQMS in Delta Company in 2003.  He died while still in Service.

Please approach my Adjutant, Captain Tommy Blair, for any more information.  The formal administrative instruction for the funeral will be issued shortly.  The Graham family and 7 SCOTS are very grateful for all of the support that we have from across the Regiment and wider Army in Scotland family.  The thoughts of the Battalion remain with Colour Sergeant Graham’s family at this difficult time.

Yours Aye,

Lieutenant Colonel P G B Strudwick | Commanding Officer, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) |Queen's Barracks, 131 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 5BT | Mil Tel: 94746 8540 |Fax Ext: 8561 | Civ Tel: 01313108540 | Mob: 07801019915 |Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



It is my very sad duty to inform you that my brother in law and dear friend Bill Gilmour passed away earlier today 23rd of Jan 2016. Bill was a proud Cameron Hldr and Q O Hldr, and he was a section commander with D coy in Singapore.
Funeral Details:-
Service at 15.00hrs on Thursday the 4th February 2016 at Livingston Crematorium.
Regimental ties and glengarry's would be much appreciated by Bills Family.
Rab Dall



Bill Gilmour was a miner in West Lothian before joining the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. On amalgamation he joined D Company of the Queen’s Own Highlanders as section commander.

After serving in Singapore, and before the Battalion went to Osnabruck, he was demobbed in the rank of Corporal. He eventually settled in Livingston and worked as a supervisor for a local pharmaceutical firm. Whilst in Livingston he became involved with the Army Cadet Force as an Adult Instructor and eventually retired after many years with the ACF in the rank of Major.

Bill passed away on the 23rd January 2016 after a long illness.
RIP Bill
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



24203775 James “Dougal” Logue passed out from Malaya Platoon on the 2nd October 1970, where he picked up the nickname of Dougal – indeed many people thought that was his real name!

 He subsequently joined B Company in Osnabruck and then went on to the Signals Platoon. Dougal came from Dunbarton and really should have joined the Argyll’s, but was assigned instead to the Queen’s Own Highlanders at a time when the Battalion was re-roling to become a Mechanised unit and had to increase its numbers accordingly.

 After leaving the army, Dougal unfortunately lost his sight, however this did not stop him getting about and regularly attending Edinburgh Branch functions with his partner, Trish (courtesy of transport kindly provided by Stevie and Frances Byers)

 Dougal passed away in the Vale of Leven Hospital in the early hours of Saturday 9th January 2016 arising from complications of a diagnosis of cancer.

Dougal was one of the Battalion’s real characters and many people will remember him with very fond memories.

 Funeral details

Service at 10.00 am on Saturday 16th January 2016:

St Michaels RC Church, 7 Cardross Road, DUNBARTON G82 4JE
then at: Dunbarton Cemetery, Stirling Road, DUNBARTON G82 3ES


Glengarry's and Regimental Ties please


Cards of condolence to either his partner:
Trish Whyte
20 A high Street
FK13 6AE
or sister:
Mary Teresa Ridge
2 Quarry Knowe
G82 5AE

George Givens
Edinburgh Branch



It is with the deepest sadness that I inform you of the death of Major General John Hopkinson CB earlier today after an operation.

General John was a Seaforth and Queen’s Own Highlanders and delighted in being Colonel of The Regiment (QOHldrs) from 1983 to 1993 and also President of The Seaforth Association.
He will be sorely missed.

I am informed that the funeral (probably in Hereford) is likely to take place at the end of next week but more will follow in the coming days.

Card of condolence can be sent to;

Mrs Sarah Hopkinson
Bigsweir Cottage
St Briavels
GL15 6RR

Or (who is dealing with arrangements)
Colonel (Retd) JMR Hopkinson OBE
Keepers Cottage
Winforton Common

Yours sincerely
Maurice Gibson

Colonel James Hopkinson has informed me of the following arrangements for his father’s funeral;

We are looking at a funeral requiem mass for my father on Thursday 21st January starting at 2pm at Belmont Abbey, Hereford.
(Belmont Abbey is on the SW side of Hereford in the Belmont District. It is on Ruckhall Lane just off the A465 (Hereford to Abergavenny Road)
The notice should be out in the next few days.
Those that wish to come are more than welcome’.

James Hopkinson
DD: +44 (0) 207 042 5113
Mob: +44 (0) 7584 702 401
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.14 Buckingham Gate




Alex Thompson


It is with great regret that I have to announce the death of my brother Alex Thompson ex csm in the battalion, who suddenly passed away last night 03/01/2016
For those who wish to attend his funeral it will be at 1.30pm on Thursday the 7th of Jan 2016 at the High Church Stornaway.
The family has requested you to wear Reg Ties, Glengarrie's if possible.
Card of condolence can be sent to;
Dolina Thompson
19 MacDonald Road

Regards peem. CFGB