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December 2014

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HIGHLAND BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2015
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 Commanding Officer, Quartermaster, Regimental Sergeant Major and some others from the Black Watch will be invited as our Official Guests.
We have also invited the Chairman and three Committee Members of Edinburgh Branch to come along as our guests.
To read more and to book please go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

The Queens Own Highlanders' Pipe Band's Final Competition

I just stole this of off Facebook and I thank Sam Mac for putting it up there.
The Queens Own Highlanders' Pipe Band competes in their final pipe band competition at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships which was held at Alness
In my view the Queen's Own Highlanders had one of the best if not the best pipe bands in the British Army but I could be biased so you listen and you decide.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5XM6AVDSnI&feature=player_embedded

Financial incentives

Dear All,
The attachment below might well interest some of your younger members who may have recently left the Regular Army.
Regards
Maurice Gibson
Area Secretary – North
Royal Regiment of Scotland
The following information can be found via the Army Jobs Page
Army.mod.uk/rejoiners
Financial incentives

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EDINBURGH BRANCH CHRISTMAS DANCE 2014

What a great night at the Edinburgh Branch Christmas Dance last Saturday (13th December 2014). There were about one hundred members, their partners, and guests in attendance and despite it being a chilly night outside, the club was absolutely bouncing to the music of a great band called “Timeless”.
It was also fantastic to see a few new faces turn up to one of our Branch functions – namely John Rattray and Geordie Ross, who both travelled down from the north, and Jim Cockburn, one of our ACC attached chefs from the late eighties, who came across from sunny Fife.
The food was well prepared and plentiful and Little and Large (Bobby Munro and Eddie Maley) managed to get through the raffle without mixing up the colour of the tickets! A big thank you must go to Margaret Munro and Sharon Barker for selling the tickets, and of course to everyone who very generously donated the prizes for the evening.
Lots of photos of the festivities were taken on the night by Glen Lawson but until Glen's are ready for publication you can see some of my amateur attempts here
A Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to All Members of our Regimental Family
CFGB
George Givens
PS
To view Glen's photos click here

C/Sgt Charlie Liddle 09/12/2014

Dear All,
Peter Grant Peterkin went up to see Charlie Liddle in The Infirmary at the Royal Hospital and reports that Charlie health is not very good and he is more or less room bound as he can no longer use his scooter to get around as he may fall out of it.
Peter has requested that as many off as possible get in touch with Charlie and maybe put him on your Christmas card list just to cheer Charlie up a little, address below.
Photo of Charlie attached.
C/Sgt Charlie Liddle
The Infirmary
Royal Hospital
Royal Hospital Road
London
SW3 4SR
Thank you General for keeping us informed.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh

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HIGHLAND BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER 2014

This was held at the Chieftain Hotel Inverness on Saturday 6th of December 2014.
Just over 60 members and their ladies attended including the Association Chairman Lt Col James Murray and Christina.
John (Mav) Yarrick was the man who did all the necessary ground work which resulted in a first class evening.
The evening started with a welcome from John and the Chairman Bob Towns. A period of silence was held prior to the start of meal as we remembered absent friends.
To read more on the report please go to one of the links below.
Also to view the photos click HERE

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CENOTAPH 2015

CENOTAPH 2015 - Sunday 8th November 2015. Building on the success of this year, it is time to put together a list of those QOHLDRS, Seaforths or Camerons who are interested in parading next year.
So please can you PM me on Facebook or e-mail me on gilesnev@yahoo.com and include - 1. your name, 2. your rank, 3 your e-mail address and 4. where you live.
Please do not apply on behalf of someone else - this happened a couple of times this year as a result of which names got lost - everyone should apply for himself.
Please also note, those who marched this year need to apply again.
Thanks and I really look forward to hearing from a great many of you - I am certainly expecting a big response!!
CFGB
Giles

EDINBURGH BRANCH CHRISTMAS DANCE

The Edinburgh Branch will be holdings its annual Christmas Dance in two weeks’ time (Saturday 13th December 2014) at Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club. We have a fantastic band lined up by the name of “Timeless” and we will be holding our usual Grand Christmas Raffle. At the moment we have sold 100 tickets but still have a few left, so if any member of the Regimental Family would like to come along for a great night out please contact Danny Carruthers for further details (telephone: 01506 829766 or email: eanddcarruthers@hotmail.com
CFGB

George Givens

The Second Cabarfeidh.com tribute to World War 1.:- 01/12/2014

We have picked the following two soldiers, James Bliss of the Seaforth Highlanders and Alexander P. Yeadon of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, to represent all those who gave their lives or were wounded or suffered in any way while serving their country.
About 60 per cent of records of five million soldiers were burnt when the War office was hit during a German raid in 1940. Medal cards and pension records survived. The surviving records are now at Kew in London and on line at ancestry.co.uk.
The research is as accurate as it can be from often contradictory records.
We also have a letter from the Trenches which was published in the Forre Gazette

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November 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
This is the last list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders.
The batch of PDF Files will cover from June 92 to March 94, it also includes the final Regimental Role.
Not sure yet what I will put up next month in its place, Officers list maybe.
I do hope you have saved and enjoyed them all.
Seoras McIntosh
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Seoras McIntosh
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EDINBURGH BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
The Branch Christmas Dance will take place this year at Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Saturday 13th December 2014. To book please go to one of the links below.
Regards,
George Givens
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HIGHLAND BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
HIGHLAND BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE CHIEFTAIN HOTEL INVERNESS SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER 2014
Early notification is given of this event to allow you to make your plans.
Numbers are limited to 70 plus therefore get your bids in early.
We look forward to seeing you all.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob
To read more information on this and download your booking form please go to one of the links below.


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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

News From The Association Secretary

I have just received the brochure dealing with the Royal British Legion Journeys of Remembrance for 2015. Most are accompanied by a medic and RBL Standard Bearer.
The Journeys go all over the world and if anyone is interested they should contact Maj Edward Usborne in Cameron Barracks in the first instance.
Phone 01313108139 (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Regards,
Edward

JOE SENIOR

It is with sadness that I must report that Joe Senior has passed away.
Joe joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1958 and left the army as a Queen’s Own Highlander in 1964 and was a well-known face around the Edinburgh area.
To read more on Joe's Obituary please go to the Obituary page
RIP Joe
George Givens
Chairman
Edinburgh Branch

DANNY MCWILLIAMS UPDATE

I have just been to visit wee Danny in the Hospice. He's got an OP setup near the window in his room keeping an eye on the passing populace. He's lost a bit of weight since Rab and I were in a couple of weeks ago, and he's now not able to speak too well due to the Trachy, but he's still very much with us.
Take the opportunity and nip in if you've got a minute or 10. He'd appreciate it. Eddie Mundy
Visited Danny today I found it Very hard to talk to Danny as he can't really talk back but he does try too. So I probably bored him talking about myself. He was up watching TV when I left him. He is up to visitors! John (Mav) Yarrick
Rab Lucas has also been a regular visitor.
Keep the visits up please fellow QO HLDRS.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

Cenotaph Parade in London 2014

Watching the Cenotaph Parade on TV in 2013, it was very noticeable that were no Blue Hackles on parade and no mention of the Queen’s own Highlanders on the BBC commentary. Indeed, it turns out that there has never been a Queen’s Own Highlanders contingent for this parade in London – time to put this anomaly right so that we were there to honour and remember the 15 Queen’s Own Highlanders who died on operations, as well as the thousands of Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders who died in the Great Wars. The 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of WWI was an appropriate time to start.
To read more on the parade go to one of the links below.
To view my photos click HERE
Best wishes,
CFGB Giles Nevill

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DANNY MCWILLIAMS

Rab Lucas wrote: Guys a heads up on Danny Alistair Macleod (66) was just in to see him & he's getting moved to a Hospice. I received the same message from young Daniel. He will confirm when he has moved and I will publish. I also had a message from his step-daughter Kerry part of which I copy for you all to see. "My mum is at the hospital at the moment for results of the latest scan and the consultant did tell us that the confusion Danny is experiencing is just a progression of the cancer. I'd like to thank all of you that have gone in to see my wee stepdad it's meant so much to us all. As soon as we are told when Danny is going to the hospice I'll let you know.
Thanks again."
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

Hospital Visit Ian (Dusty)Miller17/11/14

Just to inform you all that I went up to see Dusty last night up in ward 8 of Dr Grays Hospital Elgin and he has informed me that he took a Heart Attack and thinks he will be being moved to Aberdeen R I on Thursday of this week.
Keep coming back to this entry for further updates
Regards
Ronnie Sinclair
If you have any messages for Dusty please put them up in the new guest book by clicking HERE and I will make sure he gets them.
Seoras McIntosh

HIGHLAND BRANCH DINNER DANCE AND COMMITTEE MEETING

Spaces are still available for the Christmas Dance. See attached details of the function above, a list of those currently attending are also available above,
On the links below you can go to additional points from the recent Branch Committee Meeting .
Yours aye,
Bob

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Dusty Miller 15/11/14

Just to inform you that Dusty Miller is out of the hospital and is back home
Seoras McIntosh

QUEEN’S OWN HIGHLANDERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION JUMPER

As modelled in the attached photographs by Ian Forsyth, Bobby Costello and Vernon Nicoll. Ian is wearing Large Size Crewneck, Bobby, Medium V Neck and Vernon Large V Neck. Sizes available are Small – XXXL. The colour looks different in the photographs due to the light however they are all navy.
To read more on how to purchase the above items and to view the jumpers please go to the appropriate links below
Bob
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DANNY MCWILLIAMS

Brian Ross went to the hospital to visit Danny the other day and found that he was at home. I have been in contact with his son Daniel and it is ok to visit.
If any of you can spare the time for a short visit please get in touch and I will give you his address. Your messages will also get passed on.
Thoughts are with you Danny.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

BICKERTON JEWELLERY

We are Bickerton Jewellery, and we have been making high quality jewellery for over 80 regiments of the British Army since 1963, which we sell in PRI shops and Regimental Museums as well as through our retail shop. In particular, we make seal style signet rings, lady’s brooches, cufflinks, tie stickpins, lapel studs and kilt pins.
To read more abought us please go to the link below.
Caroline Bickerton,
www.bickertonjewellery.com

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Lt Col F.R.G. Chew

I am looking for further information about the wartime service with the Seaforth Highlanders of Lt Col F.R.G. Chew the allied expeditionary forces representative in Bergen in 1945 who succeeded Kurt Hahn as Headmaster at Gordonstoun:
Please read attached
Bill Forster

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EDINBURGH REMEMBRANCE PARADE 2014

The Edinburgh Service of Remembrance took place on Sunday the 9th November 2014 to an excellent turnout of Branch members. The Veterans contingent led the parade and marched from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle down to the City Chambers behind the Military Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Bobby Munro gave the words of command for the veteran’s and made sure the old and bold from the Senior Service and the Brylcream Boys kept in step with the army contingent!
Following the laying of wreaths from members of the Scottish Government and the three Service Chiefs, many members of Regimental Associations and civic groups laid their own tributes to the fallen. George Givens laid a wreath for the Queen’s Own Highlanders, Bobby Munro for the Seaforth’s, and Jake Dunn for the Camerons. The parade then marched back up the hill and fell out on the Esplanade (for the benefit of Rab Cunningham, the esplanade is the flat bit in front of the Castle!).
Many veterans of all three services and their families then went back to Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club for a tasty buffet, some decent piping, and a good old sing-along and entertainment.
Photos of the day can be found HERE Note:a photo of Archie Gibson, his wife Muriel, and their son, Rory, a newly commissioned officer with Balaklva Company. Also the guy sitting next to Rab Cunningham is Tony Matuszyck (brother of Brian "Matchsticks")
The photos of the parade can be viewed HERE.
George Givens

Hospital Visit 08/11/14

Ronnie Sinclair and myself have just returned from visiting Dusty (The Cook) Miller in Doctor Grays Hospital Elgin, Dusty is in with respiration problems and in the ward 7.
He is in good form and would welcome visitors.
If you have any messages for Dusty please put them up in the new guest book by clicking HERE and I will make sure he gets them.
Seoras McIntosh

NAIRN WAR MEMORIAL

Since making Nairn my home I have slowly worked away at getting the correct designation of QO HLDRS inserted for David and John Lang on the plaques of the Nairn War Memorial.
The job was completed yesterday in time for the service and parade this Sunday.
Before and after photographs are attached.
Thank you to all who assisted.
To view the photos click HERE
CFGB RIP
Yours aye,
Bob

Moray Loons Remembrance Day Parade

Marching contingents. The marching contingents will form up in the car park to the rear of Elgin Museum at 1020 on the 8th Nov 2014.
The Parade led by the Elgin and District Pipe Band marches off at 1040, wheels right into High Street, marches past the St Giles' Centre and halts in front of the Clydesdale Bank. The Parade advances (turns left) and is stood at ease.
The wreath this year for the Moray Loons will be laid by Chalky White who will pick up the wreath from me at the Elgin Museum then proceed to St Giles Church.
Seoras McIntosh

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE DEDICATION SERVICE

A Service of Dedication took place at the Garden of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens yesterday (Monday 3rd November 2014) at which members of the Edinburgh Branch where in attendance. VIP’s, serving personnel, and many members of Regimental Associations were present and went on to lay wreaths. Johnny Simpson, a Legion Scotland piper and former Queen’s Own Highlander, played the lament whilst scores of Legion and Association standard bearers where lined up at the side of the Scott Monument. John Meikle carried the Branch Standard, Bobby Munro the MBBVA standard, and wreaths were laid by George Givens for the Queen’s Own Highlanders, Bob Aitken for the Seaforth’s, and Jake Dunn for the Camerons. A Field of Remembrance was laid out on the opposite side of the Scott Monument in which thousands of small crosses of remembrance were positioned, many with personal messages from families and loved ones.
Photos taken by Margaret Munro, during and after the Service, can be found HERE.
Regards,
George Givens

FOOTBALL ON PARADE

A New Exhibition at the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park looking at Army Football. I was invited to the opening courtesy of the Highlanders Museum along with Tam Balloch. Currently open and entry is free to all Servicemen and Veterans. Half price for Family members. It is well worth a visit. Great fun and as you will see it is still "Ma Ba" and he found "Ma Trophy" won by some club he supports!

Yours aye,
Bob
To view the photos click HERE

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE IN EDINBURGH – SUNDAY 9th NOVEMBER 2014

The Edinburgh Branch look forward to a great turnout of members of the Regimental Family to a Service of Remembrance this Sunday in the fair city of Edinburgh. The Veterans contingent will be leading the parade and will march from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle down to the City Chambers. Bobby Munro will be giving the words of command for the veteran’s and making sure the old and bold from the Senior Service and the Brylcream Boys keep in step with us!

Following the laying of wreaths from members of the Scottish Government and the three Service Chiefs, the parade will march back up the hill and fall out in Johnston Terrace. All veterans and their families are then warmly invited to make their way to Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club for a tasty buffet, some decent piping, and a good old sing-along and entertainment.

Please parade on the Castle Esplanade at 10.15 am ready to step off at 10.30 am behind a Military Band. Dress will be Regimental Headdress, medals, and Regimental ties (if you haven’t got these, don’t worry – just turn up ready to march proudly behind our Association Branch Standard). For those who feel not able to march – please make your way directly to the quadrangle of the City Chambers to meet up with the marching contingent
See you on Sunday
George Givens
Chairman
Edinburgh Branch

Moray Loons 2014

I would just like to thank everyone who showed their support for the Moray Loons night oot, from Generals to Jocks from Wick to Edinburgh .
A special thanks has to go to Hugh Young who came along and gave a talk on the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders involvement in the Battle of Kohima and also about the Kohima Educational Trust which Hugh is involved with.
Also thanks to Irene and her staff at the Seaforth club for looking after us so well both behind the bar and serving us a good portion of stoves.
A very big thank you also goes to all who brought along raffle prizes and bought tickets which amounted to £303, which we donated to the Kohima Educational Trust this year. It never ceases to amaze me the generosity you all show.
At the end of the evening many people came up and thanked me for a good night. Please thank yourselves as you are the ones that make the night the success that it is.
The photos are now up in the Photo/Poem Page.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh,Ronnie Sinclair, Hamish MacPherson & Steven McIntosh
To read Hugh Youngs thank you to the Moray Loons on behalf of the Kohima Educational Trust go to one of the liks below

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EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER 01/11/2014

The latest Edinburgh Branch Newsletter contains the minutes of our AGM, news about the annual Remembrance Service in Edinburgh, and a booking form for our Christmas Dance.
Happy reading,
George Givens

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Cabarfeidh.com tribute to World War 1. 01/11/2014

We have picked the following two soldiers, David L Rogers of the Seaforth Highlanders and Albert Donaldson of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, to represent all those who gave their lives or were wounded or suffered in any way while serving their country.
About 60 per cent of records of five million soldiers were burnt when the War office was hit during a German raid in 1940. Medal cards and pension records survived. The surviving records are now at Kew in London and on line at ancestry.co.uk. In the case of the two soldiers we are looking at it seems their records were destroyed.
The research is as accurate as it can be from often contradictory records.
I have to thank my wife Ruth, for her hard work in researching these soldiers.
(The Czar conferred the Medal of St George 1st Class (Russian Gold Medal). We are not sure how this medal was presented to some soldiers indeed some Regiments, It seems it was a token of good will between Countries. If you know more please let us know.
If you would like us to do more research please get in touch through the contacts page.
CFGB
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com

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October 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
This is the last list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders.
The batch of PDF Files will cover from June 92 to March 94, it also includes the final Regimental Role.
Not sure yet what I will put up next month in its place, Officers list maybe.
I do hope you have saved and enjoyed them all.
Seoras McIntosh
To Download just go to One for the Records and choose PDF then Go

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Seoras McIntosh
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Moray Loon's 2014 Night Oot Booking Form

Well lads, it's that time o year again where you have to dig oot yir cheque book and pay for the Moray Loon's Night Oot this year held on Friday the 31st of October in the Seaforth Club Elgin.
Our Speaker this year is Major (Retired) Hugh Young who will give us a talk on Kohima.
You can read the full details and download a booking form from one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh, Hamish MacPherson, Ronnie Sinclair & Steven McIntosh
If you need to get in touch with me call me on:- 01343 549550 or email:- seoras23@cabarfeidh.com


THREE DAYS LEFT TO GET YOUR NAME IN

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HIGHLAND BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
HIGHLAND BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE CHIEFTAIN HOTEL INVERNESS SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER 2014
Early notification is given of this event to allow you to make your plans.
Numbers are limited to 70 plus therefore get your bids in early.
We look forward to seeing you all.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob
To read more information on this and download your booking form please go to one of the links below.


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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

Remembrance Parade Inverness 2014 Notice

Dear All,
Your members in Inverness (RS, RHF, BW, QOHldrs, Gordons and Highlanders) and the surrounding areas will want to know the arrangements for the Parade through Inverness on Sunday Nov 9th.
Because of the continued Flood alleviation works on Huntly Street the Parade will now form up and step off from outside the Columba Hotel at 7 Ness Walk.
Please see attached for details.
Regards,
Maurice Gibson

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GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE – PRINCES STREET GARDENS

The officially opening ceremony of the Garden of Remembrance in Edinburgh will take place next Monday (3rd November 2014).
Legion Scotland is hoping for a large turnout of veterans and therefore, in this anniversary year of the start of the First World War, members of our Regimental Family able to be there on the day are strongly encouraged to attend.
The Edinburgh Branch Standard will be on parade and amongst the many tributes paid to the fallen will be wreaths laid on behalf of the Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, and the Queen’s Own Highlanders.
Associations are asked to form up by 10.40 am at the latest in Princes Street Gardens, close to the Scott Monument and under the direction of Legion Scotland.
The service starts at 11.00 am. Regimental Head Dress and Regimental Ties would be appreciated please.
George Givens

LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH ANNUAL REUNION 2014

The Liverpool Jocks held their annual Reunion last Friday Night at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool (24th October 2014).
Present were several former Queen’s Own Highlanders and pictures of their ugly mugs can be found on the photos page of this website. The theme of the night was a commemoration of the Liverpool Jocks embarkation to France one hundred years ago, hence the picture of 81 year old Johnny Fairfield in Seaforth Highlander gear getting into the spirit of the evening (and is definitely not his walking out dress from Singapore days!)
CFGB
George Givens

Edinburgh Gardens of Remembrance

Dear ladies and gentlemen,
Please find attached the instruction covering the Edinburgh Gardens of remembrance on the 3rd Nov and the Remembrance parade on the 9th Nov. You will note that the plan to complete a march from the City Chambers to Waverley station has now been cancelled. Instead we have increased the parade at the start by setting off from Edinburgh Castle. Any veteran who would like to take part in the service but is unable to complete the march may wait in the quadrangle of the City Chambers where they will be able to meet up with their organisations on completion of the march. I thank you all for your support to Legion Scotland in this very special year when we all commemorate the start of the First World War and we remember all those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in all conflicts.
Please do not hesitate to come back to me with any questions that you may have.
Kind regards,
Kevin Gray,
Chief Executive Officer
Legion Scotland
New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HQ
Direct Dial: 0131 550 1563
Mobile: 07801 998477
Switchboard: 0131 550 1583
Email: k.gray@legionscotland.org.uk
Website: www.legionscotland.org.uk
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/LegionScotland
Twitter: @LegionScotland

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Festival of Remembrance Albert Hall

I have had a request from a neighbour as follows:
She has advised me that there is a vacancy for the next of kin of a Gulf War casualty to attend and participate in this years event. Further details will be passed to anyone or any couple who may wish take up this offer.
I request at this stage that anyone reading this who is himself or herself a next of kin or any other member in a position to pass this information to a relative or next of kin of our fine Queen's Own Highlanders namely Pte's Neil Donald, Martin Ferguson or John Lang does so.
RIP CFGB
Please contact me for further information as required.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

George (Plum) Logan:-13/10/2014

Plum released from hospital today. He is waiting for his tablets then he is going home.his brother is waiting for him.
let's hope he has a good recovery.
Regards,
George Fraser

FORMER PADRE (MUNSTER DAYS) - CONGRATULATIONS:-2014

The Reverend David George Coulter, QHC is a Church of Scotland minister and military chaplain serving with the British Army. From September 2014, he will be Chaplain General and head of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

Danny McWilliams

I went to visit Danny at home today. He was out of Raigmore for the day and was returning to Ward 3B later this afternoon. He gets out again on Friday for an overnight stay to see if he can manage at home. I will let you know the outcome as he would appreciate some visits from his mates.
Stay strong Danny
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

Photos sent in by Colin Hughes

Q1 On Photo 1? This patriotic little girl will be nearly 50 now. Is she a Queens Own Highlander Child.

Q2 On Photo 2? The visit to Berlin, Wavell Barracks by the Duke of Edinburgh 1966 -1968. Col. D.R. MacLennan, Officer Commanding but who is that behind him.
I think it was the Adjutant but cannot remember his name.

On Photo 3 The Berlin Brigade Shoulder Flash


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EDINBURGH BRANCH AGM AND CURRY LUNCH 2014

The Edinburgh Branch is holdings its Annual General Meeting this Sunday (1.00 pm, 12th October 2014) at Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Smith’s Place, not far from the bottom end of Leith Walk. The meeting lasts about half an hour but is followed by a Curry Lunch, paid for by the Branch, at which time members will have the opportunity to have a drink and a blether with old friends. All members of the Regimental Family are warmly invited to the lunch – and why not bring along your better halves and kids/grandchildren for a good afternoon out? The only stipulation please is that if you haven’t already informed us of your attendance then let Danny Carruthers know so the committee can ensure we have enough food to go around.
Danny can be reached on 01506 829766 or email him on eanddcarruthers@hotmail.com
Regards,
George Givens

Regtl Assoc Bulletin No. 53

Dear All,
Please find attached Regtl Assoc Bulletin No. 53 ‘Trust Funds for Individual Support’, recently updated. Your attention is drawn to the Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme. It is requested that this bulletins is given the widest distribution to servicemen, Scottish veterans and their families.
Maurice Gibson

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September 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
This is the last list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders.
The batch of PDF Files will cover from June 92 to March 94, it also includes the final Regimental Role.
Not sure yet what I will put up next month in its place, Officers list maybe.
I do hope you have saved and enjoyed them all.
Seoras McIntosh
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The Liverpool Scottish Annual Dinner and Reunion
The Liverpool Scottish Annual Dinner and Reunion will take place at the Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Place, Liverpool on 24 October 2014, at 1030 for 2000h. this will be my last occasion as Hon Sec after 13 years at the keyboard.
Tickets are £25.00 per head ( no partners)and are available from myself at 134 Stamford Road, Southport, PR8 4EX.
Don't forget the SAE as it costs me plenty in stamps for those who forget.
Regards
Colin Hughes

Moray Loon's 2014 Night Oot Booking Form

Well lads, it's that time o year again where you have to dig oot yir cheque book and pay for the Moray Loon's Night Oot this year held on Friday the 31st of October in the Seaforth Club Elgin.
You can read the full details and download a booking form from one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh, Hamish MacPherson, Ronnie Sinclair & Steven McIntosh
If you need to get in touch with me call me on:- 01343 549550 or email:- seoras23@cabarfeidh.com



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HIGHLAND BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
HIGHLAND BRANCH CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE CHIEFTAIN HOTEL INVERNESS SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER 2014
Early notification is given of this event to allow you to make your plans.
Numbers are limited to 70 plus therefore get your bids in early.
We look forward to seeing you all.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob
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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

Autumn Blue Hackle Newsletter

Dear All,
The Highlanders 4 SCOTS have recently produced their Autumn Blue Hackle Newsletter, which I attach for your information.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
To read more go to one of the links below.


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Edinburgh Veterans Meeting 5th Oct and Remembrance Parade 9th Nov

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Just a reminder that the next meeting of Edinburgh Veterans will take place at 1400 hrs at Leith Ex services Club on the 5th Oct 14. I would like to see more representation from Regimental associations as well as other veteran organisations so please spread the word as wide as possible. Many thanks.
This meeting has proved effective in discussing veterans issues that can then be addressed to ensure that we get the very best we can for veterans so please come along and join us.
To read more go to one of the links below.
Kevin
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REPORT - NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE

The trip to the National Memorial Arboretum over the week-end of the 19th – 21st September 2014 has been a huge success. A fuller account of our road trip and the Service of Remembrance at the Arboretum can be found on the attached documents.
Relevant evidence of the proceedings can also be viewed on the photos page of this website.
Regards,
George Givens

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Brian Graham:-18/09/1014

We are extremely sad to give notice of the sudden death of Brian Graham on Tuesday 16th September 2014 aged 51.
Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Carol, son Brian, daughter Naomi and brother Stevie.
Messages of condolence can be sent to:
Mrs C Graham
31 Mannering
Calderwood
East Kilbride
G74 3PA
Funeral details are now up on the obituary page.
CFGB RIP Brian, a fine man.
Yours aye,
Bob

SOUTH ATLANTIC MEDAL APPLICATIONS

I asked David Terron, Secretary Highland Branch to put together a short instruction to assist you with your applications. He has done this and it is attached. It is important that this message also reaches the next of kin of those no longer with us to enable them to submit the application. Therefore I request that you pass this information on if you know of anyone. Hard copies of the form will be sent out on request.
Let me know if you require one. CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

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Margaret MacDonald Sings

Margaret sings another two songs "Beauty of home and Before I'm over you" from her latest album
You can listen to her songs in Hectors Radio
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER

Please find the attached Edinburgh Branch Newsletter with reports about recent events over the summer months, notice of our Branch AGM, and a forecast of events.
Happy reading
CFGB
George Givens

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UPDATE on DANNY MCWILLIAMS

Hi bob. Just out from seeing dad and passed him on everyone's best wishes. He said that he'd be okay with some guys going up to visit. Even if it's just for 10 minutes it would be enough. Thanks Daniel (Ward 3B Raigmore).

I have just received a message from young Daniel to say "Hi Bob, just wanted to let you know that my Dad has been told that his cancer is back and there's not much that can be done for him. He was back in hospital today for a biopsy to confirm what the doctors have said and we'll get the results in about 7 to 10 days and hopefully an estimated time we have left with him. Our family would appreciate it if you could pop something on the Queen’s Own Highlanders page just to let some of Dad's old pals know and in the meantime I'll keep you updated. Thanks a lot, Daniel McWilliams"
Daniel will let us know if his Dad is up to visits.
Thoughts are with you Danny and Family. Stick in there mate.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

LCPL WILLIAM (BILL) MULLEN

It is with much regrets that we have to announce the death of Lcpl William (Bill) Mullen
Funeral details or in the Obituaries page.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns

Lieutenant Colonel Donald John Arthur Grant

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Lieutenant Colonel Donald John Arthur Grant aged 84. (Donny Grant of Inverbrough, Tomatin, IV13 7XY).
Donny died at home on Sunday September 7th 2014.
Details of the funeral (likely to be next week) will be issued when known.
You can read his obituary on the Obituary page.
Yours sincerely,
Maurice Gibson

HIGHLAND MILITARY TATTOO – VOLUNTEER STEWARDS

I am sure that the other Stewards agree that it was good fun being involved at the Tattoo assisting those attending find their seats, answering their varied questions and solving their individual issues. We will have the same requirement next time. This year we had in the main QO HLDRS - East Stand, RHF - North Stand and Royal British Legion Scotland - South Stand along with a GORDON, RE and 1 HLDRS ACF helping out. Ideally volunteers should be available for all four nights. 16 in total required and if you would like to be considered please let me know.
I will confirm dates when known.
Many thanks to all who assisted this year.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

Highland Military Tattoo 2014

Photos I took at the Tattoo are now up for you to view in the Photo/Poem Page.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh

NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE – 19th/21st SEPTEMBER 2014

The trip to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to attend the service of remembrance being organised by the Northern Ireland Veterans Associationis fast approaching. The purpose of the trip is to remember all those servicemen and servicewomen who gave their lives whilst serving in Northern Ireland, and as an Association, we will of course be particularly remembering the eight soldiers of our own regiment who lost their lives on Op Banner tours.
At the moment we plan to have 38people on parade (29 of whom are travelling by coach and 9travelling independently). If there are any Association members living in England who would like to join us and can get there under their own steam,they will of course be made more than welcome. Please, however let me know if you are coming by dropping me an email at: george.givens298@gmail.com
The service starts at 11.30 am at the National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Regards,
George Givens

Autumn Meeting at Aboyne

Dear All,
Please find the draw for the Autumn Meeting at Aboyne.
There will no doubt be a few tweaks yet but it will not change substantially.
Please pass the word to those playing you have contact with and who are not on this mailing list.
See you there – here’s hoping the weather holds.
Crawford.
0131 310 8124 / 94749 8124 / 07748 703608

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Let's Be Caring

Look lads let's face it we are not getting any younger.
After my visit up to see Bruno on Saturday in Dr Grays Hospital Elgin it sent it home to me that it is really time to care for our old army friends and acquaintances, if you know any old army pal that lives near you or in the hospital then why not go and visit them, I can assure you that you will feel good after it and so will they.
I know that a good many of you already do this but those of you who don't give it a bash after all as our song says.
We are "A" cabarfeidh
CBGB
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com

August 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
This is the last list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders.
The batch of PDF Files will cover from June 92 to March 94, it also includes the final Regimental Role.
Not sure yet what I will put up next month in its place, Officers list maybe.
I do hope you have saved and enjoyed them all.
Seoras McIntosh
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PROGRAMME - HIGHLAND MILITARY TATTOO FORT GEORGE 4-7 SEP 2014
Dear All,
The above program is now available for you to read by going to one of the links below.
I have also added a link that will allow you to book your tickets by clicking Here
Regards,
Maurice Gibson & Seoras McIntosh

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NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE 20th SEPTEMBER 2014
We have received notice and an invitation from the Northern Ireland Veterans Association about their annual Service of Remembrance at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire - to commemorate all those members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives whilst serving on Op Banner Tours.
It has therefore been suggested that members of our Association might like to take part in this service and indeed take the opportunity to march behind our Association Standards as a mark of respect for our own fallen comrades.
See attached for further information and booking details.
Bookings will be taken on a first come first serve bases
Our thanks go to George Givens, Chairman Edinburgh Branch for doing all the groundwork for this and your early confirmed support would be appreciated.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

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Moray Loon's 2014 Night Oot Booking Form
Well lads, it's that time o year again where you have to dig oot yir cheque book and pay for the Moray Loon's Night Oot this year held on Friday the 31st of October in the Seaforth Club Elgin.
You can read the full details and download a booking form from one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh, Hamish MacPherson, Ronnie Sinclair & Steven McIntosh
If you need to get in touch with me call me on:- 01343 549550 or email:- seoras23@cabarfeidh.com



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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

Alistair Reese :-27/08/2014

Sings One for the Jacobites "The News From Moidart" on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtaq6UpNaYM
You will also find the song on Hectors Radio
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com

Hospital Visits :-27/08/2014

Both Bruno and Plum are back in Dr Grays Hospital Elgin
For more information on them both and in the future will be put up on the New Guestbook
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal

I received this email from Mairianna MacKenzie from BBC Radio nan Gaidheal and I am passing it on to my readers as the program may be of interest to some of you.
Mairianna and her photographer accompanied us on the Battle Field Trip that was arranged by Bob Towns last year.

"Hello Seoras (Mac an Tòisich!) and I hope this finds you well.
The programmes for which I was gathering material during last year’s battlefields tour are finally being broadcast! (They wanted to shelve them until the anniversary of the outbreak of the war)
Here’s a link to the webpage on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04flf3f
The link takes you to Programme 1 (Sìnt sa Bhlàr) and has a few pics in the Gallery section. Programme 2 gets broadcast on Tuesday September 2nd, so they’ll have these pics up very soon. They include the service at the Menin Gate and your own presentation to Didier and Juliette. I included a snippet of that in the second programme, as it was such a lovely story.
They’re being broadcast within a six-programme series on WW1 and mark the commencement of anniversary programming on BBC RnG. Sìnt sa Bhlàr translates (roughly) as At Rest on/in the Battlefield/Sleeping In Peace.
The programmes are of course, in Gaelic but I thought you might like to let folk know that they’re being broadcast. How is everyone? Hope all keeping well. I saw Donald recently and himself and Sandra are going over again.
Very best wishes to you,
Mairianna"

Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh or as Mairianna pronounces it (Mac an Tòisich) and I rather like that.

News from the Museum:-22/08/2014

During the Highland Military Tattoo weekend the Highlanders' Museum are hosting VIP drinks receptions from 6.30pm - 7.30pm on the 5th and 7th September.
These receptions cost £10 per person. Once guests have had a look around the Museum we welcome them to relax in the splendour of the Blue Hackle Rooms and take in the magnificent views of the Moray Firth before heading down to the stands to enjoy the Tattoo!
During these receptions guests will also have the opportunity to sample 3 whiskies; Cuidich 'n Righ single malt, MV Loch Seaforth single malt and The Highland Military Tattoo single malt. All of these whiskies are exclusive to the Highlanders' Museum and can be purchased on the night!
If you'd like to join us please call 0131 310 8702 or email kirstin@thehighlandersmuseum.com
Kinde Regards,
Kirstin Mackay
Business Manager

Alexander McKay

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Alexander McKay 36 Mill Road Nairn a C/Sgt in the 5th.Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders'
Funeral is on Saturday 23rd.August
I have put his full obituary up on the obituaries page.
Major Hamish Sutherland

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE QUEEN’S OWN HIGHLANDERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION 2014

Dear All,
The AGM was held in the WO & Sgt Mess Fort George on the 4th July 2014.
The minutes of the of the Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association AGM 2014 are now available for you to read.

Also attached is a photograph taken of Silver Medal,Gold Medal & Gold Bar holders, the medal is given out by the Association for those giving 5 years of service to the Association Branches.

Regards to you all,
James Murray
Chairman Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association

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PETE ELDER UPDATE

Regret to announce the death of Peter Crawford Elder 24162970 last week in Glasgow. His sister is looking for anyone who knew him well to perhaps say a few words at his Funeral.
Please PM me if you would be prepared to do this.
Funeral arrangements are now up on the Obituaries Page
Thank you.
George Monaghan

Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle

I want to thank Eddy Maley and his friend Bobby for their help on Sunday 10th August at the Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle. I'd also like to thank George Givens for his assistance in making sure we had suitable seating. Apart from the weather, my Dad thoroughly enjoyed the service (not that you can tell by the photo,( ha-ha)
Jan Moore
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TATTOO RECEPTION

The Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association has very kindly offered to lay on a free reception offering drinks and small eats in the Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) for members and their partners prior to the evening performance of the Tattoo on 6 September which begins at 1930. The reception will start at 1830 in the Museum. Tickets for the Tattoo costs £15 a head and can be bought at the Museum or by ringing Hector's shop on 0131 310 8701/8702. We need to firm up on numbers soonest so when you call you must inform Alyson that you are an Association member which will then be marked on your ticket and gain you access to the reception. The Tattoo will be a fantastic night and what better to start it off with a drink with some old friends.
Kind Regards.
John Bailey

Inverness Book Festival 20 August 2014

Dear All,
Patrick Watt, author of the recent publication Steel And Tartan, the story of the 4th Battalion, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in the Great War will give a talk on Wednesday 20 August 2014, at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court , at 1630 hours. Cost, £7-00p per person. Further info can be obtained from Eden Court's Here.
Regards,
Maurice Gibson

SCOTLAND REMEMBERS – SUNDAY 10th AUGUST 2014

Fifteen members of the Edinburgh Branch today actively supported the commemoration of the start of the First World War by acting as either Marshals, marching in the Veterans 100 contingent, or spectating. A big thank you to everyone who took part in what started with a very poignant Drumhead Service on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and ended in torrential rain at a simulated War Graves Commission graveyard in Holyrood Park. We got soaking wet but one just has to remember that the soldiers of World War 1 suffered far worse conditions than we did and they didn’t get to go home at the end of day to dry out!
Hopefully people would have seen the televised coverage on the BBC and picked out a few blue hackles in the crowds, however I manage to take a few photographs of the proceedings which you can find on the photos page.
CFGB
George Givens
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HIGHLAND MILITARY TATTOO FORT GEORGE 4-7th SEPTEMBER 2014

Dear All,
I am looking for volunteers to act as Stewards at the Tattoo.
You can volunteer for a single night or all four nights to suit your availability.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Yours aye,
Bob

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WW1 War Surgery

WW1 War Surgery – A talk by Tom Scotland.
Thursday 4th September at 7 – 9pm
Tickets £8 each and includes a glass of wine and Museum tour. There will also be some live WW1 poetry and song.
This event is being run in partnership with the Nairn Book and Arts Festival.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://nairnfestival.co.uk/events/writers-speakers/tom-scotland-fort-george (online booking fee of £1)
Tickets can also be Purchased in the Community Centre and Book shop in Nairn.
For information please contact Museum education and outreach Officer, Lynsey Easton on 0131 310 8703
Many thanks,
Lynsey Easton
Education and Outreach Officer

EX QUEENS OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDER 293789 DUNCAN DAWSON

Mr Henry Wilson,
We spoke.
I was contacted this morning by a Journalist from the Daily Record, David Taylor (0141 – 309 – 3655) who was put onto me by Bill Jamieson.
Mr Dawson died recently apparently 3 weeks short of his 100th birthday. He was a wartime soldier and spent 3 years in captivity and was apparently held in Italy. The newspaper has picked up on the story and his family have approached them to ask for military representation at his funeral. It would appear that there will be media interest in the story and we have the possibility of favourable coverage. (There is a danger that we could set a precedent and attract numerous such requests).
You indicated that a 4 SCOTS Piper might be asked to attend the funeral. This would certainly meet the family’s aspiration and attract media coverage. Can you please see whether you can obtain such support? Can you please keep David Taylor informed?
Bobby. What about warning RBL to see if anyone there might be interested in attending?
Maurice. Is there any chance of any CAMERONS Association local representation?
The funeral is at the Co-op Shettleston on Wed 13 Aug at 1045 and committal is at Riddrie Cemetery afterwards.
Thank you,
Col Alastair Campbell

It’s a Dog’s Life in Oxford

I am down in Oxford for a few days holidays and I just had to take this picture, I always had an idea that the people down in Oxford are well read but I think this dog takes the biscuit. I think he is reading human behaviour
Seoras McIntosh
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Regtl Assoc Bulletin No. 35

Dear All,
Please find attached Regtl Assoc Bulletin No. 35 which provides information on a selection of the latest jobs of interest to Scottish servicemen, veterans and their families.
Maurice Gibson

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Update on Bob (49) Munro:- 04/07/2014

Update on Bob
Happy to report that 5 days after his triple Bypass operation Bob is back home.
Many thanks from us both for all your phone call, emails, cards, good wishes and hospital visits.
Regards,
Margaret & Bob

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WORLD WAR 1 COMMEMORATION – DRUMHEAD SERVICE AND PROCESSION EDINBURGH CASTLE – 10th AUGUST 2014

It is hoped that over 8000 people will take part in a grand Drumhead Service on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and the subsequent Procession down the Royal Mile to a living memorial in Holyrood Park on Sunday 10th August 2014.

This will mark the start of Scotland’s remembrance of the centenary of the Great War and all 32 of Scotland’s local authority regions will be represented, as well as members of the regular forces and veteran’s community. Ten members of the Edinburgh Branch of the Regimental Association will be acting as Marshals and four will be marching with the block of 100 veterans behind the regular forces.
This is a ticketed event but the good news is that the tickets are free. Anyone wishing to apply for tickets should go to the website www.ww100scotland.org for more information.
The event is also being televised by the BBC on the day so watch out for the blue hackles!
CFGB
George Givens

July 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
This is the last list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders.
The batch of PDF Files will cover from June 92 to March 94, it also includes the final Regimental Role.
Not sure yet what I will put up next month in its place, Officers list maybe.
I do hope you have saved and enjoyed them all.
Seoras McIntosh
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QUEENS OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH
THE ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE CAMERON HIGHLANDERS WILL BE HELD AT CAMERON
BARRACKS INVERNESS ON SATURDAY 9TH.AUGUST 2014 FROM 1130HRS TO 1730HRS.
TICKETS FOR THE GATHERING WHICH INCLUDES AN EXCELLENT COLD BUFFET COST £21.00
APPLICATION FOR TICKETS TO THE BRANCH CHAIRMAN, MAJOR HAMISH SUTHERLAND,CUCHULLIN LODGE, 43 CULDUTHEL ROAD, INVERNESS IV2 4HQ. EMAIL culduthel@aol.com.
CHEQUES TO BE MADE PAYABLE TO CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH .A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE TO BE INCLUDED FOR RECEIPT OF TICKETS
Regards
Major Hamish Sutherland


NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE 20th SEPTEMBER 2014
We have received notice and an invitation from the Northern Ireland Veterans Association about their annual Service of Remembrance at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire - to commemorate all those members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives whilst serving on Op Banner Tours.
It has therefore been suggested that members of our Association might like to take part in this service and indeed take the opportunity to march behind our Association Standards as a mark of respect for our own fallen comrades.
See attached for further information and booking details.
Bookings will be taken on a first come first serve bases
Our thanks go to George Givens, Chairman Edinburgh Branch for doing all the groundwork for this and your early confirmed support would be appreciated.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

SOUTH ATLANTIC MEDAL

The Prime Minister appointed Sir John Holmes in April 2012 to conduct an independent review of the policy governing the award of military medals. He issued his report in July 2012, which concluded that the existing guiding principles were reasonably based but that there should be greater readiness to review past decisions. Sir John was therefore commissioned to review independently a number of cases which had been brought to his attention as possible candidates for changed medallic recognition. In short Sir John Holmes recommended 4 new awards or changes to criteria for existing awards and the one that affects us is:

South Atlantic
The qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic Medal without the Rosette will be extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982

The Queen’s Own Highlanders were on route in early July 1982 and served in the Falklands until December 1982.

Further details will be published as they become known.
Yours aye,
Bob

Bobby Munro Hospital Visit 30/07/2014

Hi everyone,
Just to let you know Bob went in to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary this afternoon, and his Bypass is scheduled for 8am tomorrow.
I've not to phone till after 2pm, and It's most unlikely he'll be up to having visitors, but they say I may be able to speak to him on the phone in the evening. Visiting is 2:30 - 4:30 & 6 - 8, but as they have a rule of only "2 visitors per bed" it may be helpful if anyone planning to go and see him phones me on my mobile first as there's no point in too many being there at the same time.
You can leave messages for Bob in the New Guestbook and I will take them up to him.
Many thanks for all your phone calls & emails prior to Bob going in to hospital.
Margaret

News form the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association ( Ross-shire) branch

Dear All,
On Saturday, 2nd August The Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association ( Ross-shire) branch will be launching a re-print of the "Ross-shire Roll of Honour".
This was originally published in 1915 and is crammed full of information about individuals, from Ross-shire and further afield, who answered their country's call early on in WW1.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Bob Shanks,
Chairman,
Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association (Ross-shire Branch)

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Regimental Autumn Golf Meeting at Aboyne 2014

Dear All,
Please see attached Calling Letter for all Golfers wishing to take part in the Regimental Autumn Golf Meeting at Aboyne on Sep 5th.
Please inform others who may not view Cadar Feidh or the Stags Heed Websites.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.

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D-DAY 70 – AWARD OF THE LEGION D’HONNEUR

In conjunction with events to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy landings, the Government of France has advised the Ministry of Defence that it wishes to award the Legion d’Honneur to all surviving veterans; not only of the landings, but also the wider Battle for Normandy; the Invasion of Provence (Operation Dragoon); the Liberation of Paris and the Liberation of France.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.

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Wick Pipe Band

Wick Pipe Band, part of the massed Pipes and Drums at the Bad Waldsea International Tattoo last Saturday. Pick out Robbie Mackintosh, the Drum Major and his grandson (15) is second last drummer near file.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_2gB_bbU9I
Yours aye,
Bob

Pipes & Drums Reunion

Hi Seorasr,
Information about the forthcoming Queen's Own Highlanders Association Pipes & Drums reunion after the Cameron Gathering on 9th August.
Hopefully a few more people who have not heard about the event will pick up the information on cabarfeidh.com and get in touch with me.
Venue: Blacksmith's, Culloden, Inverness IV2 7LL
Ticket: £15 (includes welcome drink, buffet & entertainment)
To book contact PM John MacDonald by email:- ahighlandpiper@btinternet.com
John MacDonald
PM Assoc Ps & Ds

THE HIGHLAND MILITARY TATTOO ASSOCIATION RECEPTION -TICKETS FOR THE DRESS REHEARSAL - REQUEST FOR STEWARDS

The Highland Military Tattoo will take place as advertised at Fort George from the Friday 5th – Sunday 7th September 2014. The event has a very close relationship with the Queen’s Own Highlanders because of its location and because it is being masterminded by Major General Seymour Monro and directed by Major Bruce Hitchings.
TICKETS – MAIN EVENT
Tickets for the main performance are to be purchased as required by all those wishing to attend and some of you may already have purchased tickets which are available through this link: http://www.highlandmilitarytattoo.com/tickets/ or by telephoning 0844 499 9990.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.

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NI SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE – SEPTEMBER 2014

The attendance list for the NI Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in September is starting to build up a head of steam. We have 27 names for the bus so far and another 7 travelling under their own arrangements. Remember we lost 8 of our own during Op Banner Tours and it would be great if we could fill the bus so we can attend this very poignant service with maximum numbers.

I have placed a short attachment to this piece reminding you of the names on our Northern Ireland Roll of Honour, a list of members attending the trip so far, and a copy of the original proposal and proforma. We have a good mix of people going on the trip, and whilst not forgetting the real reason for the trip, hopefully we will be able to have some good craic during both the evenings we are down there. If you would like to go on this trip please fill in the proforma and get it back to me as soon as possible as I need to confirm numbers with the Premier Inn in mid-August. CFGB
George Givens
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MIKE CROWE

Visited Mike Crowe yesterday to show him the photographs taken at the Footballers Reunion. He was in good form and without adding names he was free with comments such as, "put on a bit", "he had more hair", "his hair was a different colour". "he never played for me" etc. He asked me to pass on his sincere regards to all and at 83 he had been in at the Army FA Office in the morning (to do the Sudoku). He is a bit lonely and if anyone is in the Farnham area I can give you his address to give him a visit. This is him viewing the photographs on Shirley's IPad.
Regards to all.
CFGB Bob
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS FROM THE REGIMENTAL FAMILY

Along with youngest daughter Alison I completed the British 10K in London on Sunday 13th July 2014 in memory of her daughter Florence who died last year aged 18 months. We ran to raise money for the charity The Compassionate Friends (TCF) along with 4 other female TCF team members. Carolyn Brice, 54.31, Jo Hindley 54.41, Sara Buckle 57.58, Hita Jones 61.31 and Alison Moore 61. 43 set times that this old man 62.28 could not match. They were a fantastic bunch of ladies all with their own grief to bear or share.

A memorable experience and the many donations from the Regimental Family to both of us helped us reach the current total of £2821.50 for TCF. Sincere thanks from both of us especially to the £300 donor. CFGB
Our pages are still open and donations can be made to: My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BobTowns1
Alison’s Page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlisonMoore6
Yours aye,
Bob
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Getting The Right Help

At cabarfeidh.com we feel that it is important that all ex servicemen know where to go if they ever fall on hard times - and in the present financial climate many do through no fault of their own.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen's Families Association, better known as SSAFA, will be the first point of contact for many who seek assistance. SSAFA is a confidential service and acts as a focal point for advice and the submission of applications for assistance to various service benevolence funds (including our own Regimental Welfare Funds).

Although the regular forces have their own SSAFA Committees, the veterans community is generally served by local SSAFA volunteers, many of whom are ex-servicemen/women themselves. There are SSAFA offices all over the regions of the UK and if you want to know where your nearest office is either telephone 0845 1300 975 or go to the website on:http://www.ssafa.org.uk
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

The ViNE Programme (07/07/2014)

Seoras,
The ViNE Programme is being run by Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce – Veterans in New Enterprises to help ex- servicemen and women to set up their own businesses.
A veteran from anywhere in Scotland can apply.
There weblink is www.forthvalleychamber.co.uk
Maj (Retd) Edward Usborne

QUEEN’S OWN HIGHLANDERS MEMORIAL.

Dear All,
At the recent Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Regimental Association AGM it was agreed that: “A sub-committee be formed to look into the design, cost and siting of a Queen’s Own Highlanders Memorial somewhere in the Regimental Area and to report back to the AGM on the 18th of June 2015” I was asked to Chair this sub-committee and I am very happy to take this on.
Bob Towns
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A true story of courage and perseverance with a happy ending.

In June 1940 51st Highland Division was forced to surrender at St Valery en Caux. The division had been left to defend the evacuation at Dunkirk and no ammunition or food remained. 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders were part of this division and the Acting Commanding Officer, Major Murray Grant, agreed that those who wished could make a break for it. Lt Richard Broad and six soldiers in his platoon decided to make a move to escape along the north coast of France towards Le Havre and hoped to find a boat to get across the Channel. They set off at night in uniform and with rifles. Out of the darkness another figure suddenly appeared who was identified as Private George Dodd from another company in the Battalion and he was allowed to join them.

To read more on this story please go to one of the links below. You can also view the photos put together by Seoras McIntosh that accompanies this story in the Photo/Poem Page.

James Murray,
Chairman,
Queen’s Own Highlanders Association incorporating the Seaforth Highlanders and Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders Associations.

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EDINBURGH BRANCH SUMMER DANCE (05/07/2014)

Another good night in Auld Reekie! Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club was comfortably full of Branch members and their better halves attempting (and succeeding) to enjoy themselves. The comedian/singer for the night, Robbie Carran, suitably took the mickey, and succeeded in getting everyone onto the dance floor at one stage or another. The buffet provided by the club was excellent and plentiful (it must have been – Stevie Byers was full!).
It was also good to see a few new faces, including Charlie Derbyshire who came up from the south and Ian & Elsie Whyte from the north.
Evidence of the proceedings can be found on the Photo Page
CFGB
George Givens

Hospital News- 04/07/2014

UPDATE on Plum on the 17/07/2014
Plum will be discharged from hospital yesterday the 16th July. His legs were drained and a scan was taken of his stomach. He is still very unsteady on his feet and will require a lot of assistance. He is being picked by his brother who will take him home to his house. We wish him a good recovery.
Regards,
George Fraser CFGB.

If you wish to email me or leave a message for Plum on the New Guestbook I will get them to his Sister-In-Law to take through to him.
Seoras McIntosh
email:- seoras23@cabarfeidh.com

ARMED FORCES DAY INVERNESS SUNDAY 29th JUNE 2014

Thanks to all who paraded in Inverness. It was good to march with you all again. Thanks to Robbie for making it from Wick and Eddie who is still not great but managed to parade and complete the march. Thanks to Turtle for carrying the Branch Standard.
See attached photograph of those who marched.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob
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EDINBURGH BRANCH SUMMER DANCE

There are still tickets available for the Edinburgh Branch Summer Dance being held in Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club this coming Saturday, 5th July 2014. We have live music and an excellent buffet on offer and all for the princely sum of £15.00 per head. If any of the Regimental Family are in the Edinburgh area and fancy a great night out please contact Danny Carruthers on 01506 829766 or email eanddcarruthers@hotmail.com
George Givens,
Chairman,
Edinburgh Branch

The Moray Loons 2014

Later on this month I will be putting up the booking form for the Moray Loons held in the Seaforth Club Elgin on Friday the 31st of October 2014,let your friend know about it.
Regards,
Hamish MacPherson, Ronnie Sinclair, Steven McIntosh, Seoras McIntosh.
Moray Loons

June 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
This is the last list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders.
The batch of PDF Files will cover from June 92 to March 94, it also includes the final Regimental Role.
Not sure yet what I will put up next month in its place, Officers list maybe.
I do hope you have saved and enjoyed them all.
Seoras McIntosh
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Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Forthcoming Events




QUEENS OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH
THE ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE CAMERON HIGHLANDERS WILL BE HELD AT CAMERON
BARRACKS INVERNESS ON SATURDAY 9TH.AUGUST 2014 FROM 1130HRS TO 1730HRS.
TICKETS FOR THE GATHERING WHICH INCLUDES AN EXCELLENT COLD BUFFET COST £21.00
APPLICATION FOR TICKETS TO THE BRANCH CHAIRMAN, MAJOR HAMISH SUTHERLAND,CUCHULLIN LODGE, 43 CULDUTHEL ROAD, INVERNESS IV2 4HQ. EMAIL culduthel@aol.com.
CHEQUES TO BE MADE PAYABLE TO CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH .A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE TO BE INCLUDED FOR RECEIPT OF TICKETS
Regards
Major Hamish Sutherland


Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association AGM 2014
Attached is the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association AGM Minutes 2013.
The next Association AGM is at 1100hrs, Friday 4 July 14. Location : Ground floor ante room, Sgts Mess, Fort George.
Members are encouraged to come along to the Meeting.
Regards,
David Grant
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NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE 20th SEPTEMBER 2014
We have received notice and an invitation from the Northern Ireland Veterans Association about their annual Service of Remembrance at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire - to commemorate all those members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives whilst serving on Op Banner Tours.
It has therefore been suggested that members of our Association might like to take part in this service and indeed take the opportunity to march behind our Association Standards as a mark of respect for our own fallen comrades.
See attached for further information and booking details.
Bookings will be taken on a first come first serve bases
Our thanks go to George Givens, Chairman Edinburgh Branch for doing all the groundwork for this and your early confirmed support would be appreciated.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE – SATURDAY 28th JUNE 2014

Members of the Edinburgh Branch, plus a few new faces, turned out to provide a great turnout to celebrate Armed Forces Day at the National event in Stirling yesterday. It was awe inspiring to see the many service and regimental associations coming together to march past and give an eyes right to Princess Anne (as well as her Klingons – David Cameron and his mates Alex Salmond and Ed Miliband!). A few old faces also turned up in the crowd ie Angus Steele from 4 SCOTS and Donny Munro, who was manning the SSAFA tent. Brigadier Paul Harkness (ex Battalion Adjutant and now Brigade Commander, 51 Brigade) was also on parade resplendant in his No 1 dress. I am sure many of you would have seen snapshots of the parade on the evening news shows.
The day was very well organised with military hardware galore and flying demonstrations from Apache helicopters, Tornado Jets, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Squadron – and oh yes, a very large beer tent where many of our members congregated to discuss military matters!
Bobby Munro’s photographs of the day’s events can be found on the Photos page - and if I can figure out how to get the shots out of my new camera I will also eventually post them there.

Hey I've made it, my photos are now up on the website.
There are also photos sent in by Norman Robertson
CFGB
George Givens

CAMERONS CAVE DISASTER 1914 – CENTENARY COMMEMORATION SEP 2014

Descendants of those involved in a tragic incident in 1914 are planning to commemorate the anniversary in France over the weekend 27-28 September.
In September 1914 with the battalion already much depleted by casualties in the main Aisne battles, Battalion HQ of 1st CAMERONS, located in a cave in a chalk quarry, was hit by enemy shelling resulting in the deaths of 29 All Ranks.
The dead included the Acting CO, Capt Douglas Miers, whose grandsons are involved in this year’s commemoration.
They would like to hear from anyone with connections with those involved who would like to attend the commemorations.
By kind arrangement you can make initial contact by emailing Amanda the Museum Curator at :- amanda@thehighlandersmuseum.com
There is a full centre-spread about this in today’s Inverness Courier (27/06/2014).
Douglas Young
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VETERANS COTTAGE NAIRN

Currently one of the two veterans’ cottages in Nairn is vacant.
Procedures for selecting the next occupant are ongoing. Feel free to get in touch if you know of any member of the Regimental Family who may be interested.
Yours aye,
Bob

EDINBURGH AFD

Yet again there was another good turnout for the Edinburgh Armed Forces Day Parade last Sunday (22nd June 2014). The weather was very kind to us and the new route from Cockburn Street, up the High Street, and down into the Grassmarket seemed to please most people.
We can be proud that our Branch was the second largest on parade with blue hackles very much to the forefront.
Photos, courtesy of Margaret Munro, can be found on the Photos Page of the website.
George Givens
CFGB

ARMED FORCES DAY INVERNESS SUNDAY 29th JUNE 2014

Members of all branches of the QO HLDRS Regimental Association have been given permission to march directly after 4 SCOTS on Sunday. Thus far confirmation of attendance by members has been limited. It would be a great pity if, having been given this privilege we did not fill our slot with sufficient numbers. As stated previously, in addition to QO HLDRS, this invitation is open to Seaforth, Camerons, Highlanders, 2/51 HIGHLAND, 3 Highlanders Lovat Scouts and our Cadet Officers and Adult Instructors. Form up Falcon Square 1330, Glengarry & Medals. A volunteer has come forward to carry the Branch Standard. I would be very grateful if those who have not already done so could confirm their attendance.
Thank you. CFGB
See attached.
Yours aye, Bob
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NAIRN ARMED FORCES FLAG RAISING & ERSKINE CHEQUE

Earlier today Monday the 23rd of June a few of us from Highland Branch participated in the Armed Forces Flag Raising at Nairn Legion. The following attended; Peter Finlayson, Jock Schneider, Sandy Finnie, Garry Smith and Bob Towns. Jockie MacDonald was the Piper and the main guests were six members of 3 SCOTS.
The photograph shows the Lord Lieutenant of Nairn addressing those on parade.
We took this opportunity to handover the ERSKINE Cheque which if not already known to you came about as follows: At the Amalgamation Dinner in the Sergeants Mess at Fort George earlier this year a collection in way of thanks for the excellent service received by Highland Branch raised £310.09 and this was handed to the Mess Manager to share amongst the Military Chefs and Civilian Staff. Rather than accept the money the staff requested that we donate it to ERSKINE. In appreciation of this splendid gesture Highland Branch voted to match the amount. The Mess Manager Kimberley Anderson accompanied by Susan Matheson joined us earlier today to hand the cheque to Jen. Ladies, you are stars, please convey our thanks to all. CFGB
The photograph shows the cheque for £610:18 being handed over to Jen Abbott BEM the local ERSKINE rep by Kimberley and Susan and members of Highland Branch.

Yours aye,
Bob
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NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE – STIRLING

The following is additional information about the UK National Armed Forces Day Parade taking place in Stirling this coming Saturday (28th June 2014):
. Marchers register at the Albert Halls in Stirling between 10.00 – 11.00 am and are given a filled roll and bottle of water prior to the march
• Marchers form up in detachments at 11.00 am
• Step Off at approximately 11.30 am
There are quite a few of our members either travelling by car or rail, however the following have indicated that they wish to travel on the free coach leaving from Edinburgh:
To read more click on one of the links below.
George Givens
01383 412686
george.givens298@gmail.com

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This is Maurice Gibson answerer to Glen Lawson question in the New Guest Book

Alas this is a ticketed event and is not controlled by us but by the SNWM and because it has been arranged (at their request) to coincide with the annual Commemorative Service.
HM The Queen and DofE are attending. The laying Up of The Old Highlanders Colours will only play a tiny part in the event and numbers have been heavily restricted to former CO’s, RSM ‘s and Brig Hughie Monro as Col of Regt.
The Highlanders 4 SCOTS including the CO, RSM, Padre, Colour Party and Guard of Honour will do their bit outside before the old colours are taken into the Memorial, touch by DofE and place in their final resting place.
Maurice Gibson

Alan Angus Harry MacDonald

Some of you may not have seen in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List the following award of an OBE.
Alan Angus Harry MacDonald, Director United Nations Mine Action Co-ordination Centre of Afghanistan. For services to the clearance of land mines in Afghanistan.

Is this the same Captain Alan MacDonald from Skye that was perhaps most famous when as OC Recce in Munster he managed to get himself shot in the arm during a fields firing exercise at Sennelager?
If it is he is clearly better at getting out of the way of mines than he was of GPMG fire!
He is currently working in Mogadishu.

Slightly Disappointed In The 4SCOTS

I am noticing through Bob Towns and Angus Steele the QM (T) last entry that the 4SCOTS no longer visit the Towns in their own recruiting area like Elgin, Nairn, Keith, Fort William, Wick, to name but a few, but can go to Towns like Stirling, Dundee and West Dumbarton. What is the reason for this?
Maurice at RHQ SCOTS-North, any answer?
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com

DETAILS OF 4 SCOTS PARADES

For your information I received this from Angus Steele the QM (T) of 4 SCOTS
You will be aware that we are “coming home” for some parades in the next week or so the dates are as follows:
Stirling – 28 Jun (1 Coy).
Inverness – 29 Jun (2 x Coy).
Aberdeen – 1 Jul (2 x Coy).
Laying of The Highlanders Regimental Colours 3 Jul in Edinburgh castle.
Dundee – 5 Jul (1 Coy).
West Dumbarton – 6 Jul (1 Coy).
All accompanied by the Pipe Band.
Hopefully I will catch up with you on one of the parades.
Yours aye,
Steelie
Bob Towns
Chairman Highland Branch

ARMED FORCES WEEK IN THE NORTH

Sat 21st June - Moray Armed Forces Day Forres. Form up Castlehill 1130
Mon 23rd June - Nairn Armed Forces Flag Raising. RBL Nairn 1015. Followed by handover of cheque to ERSKINE.

Sun 29th June - Inverness Armed Forces Day (4 SCOTS Homecoming Parade). March behind 4 SCOTS. Meet in Falcon Square area 1330.
Please get the Glengarry's on and show proper Blue Mafia support.
Yours aye,
Bob

Moray Veterans Parade

The Forres Armed Forces and Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday21st June.
The Parade will start off at Castile Hill Junction with the High Street at 12.00Hr at 12.10 there will be a Salute and Fly Past at the Sunken Gardens at 12.25 Lord Lieutenants Speech followed by a presentation of Military Medial's then the Parade steps of to Dispersal.
13.00hr to 17.00 hr Armed Forces Day 2014 opens at Grant Park.
Let's see as many Blue Hackles as possible at the Parade.
Yours Aye
Peter Finlayson

UPDATE on Eddie Wallace -21/06/2014

Eddie has just phoned, he is out of hospital and at home awaiting further treatment.
Wishing you well Eddie.
CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob

EDINBURGH ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE

As a reminder to all those who have already confirmed their attendance and to anyone else who would like to parade with us - the Edinburgh Armed Forces Day Parade takes place this weekend on Sunday 22nd June 2014.
Marchers are asked to parade in the Cockburn Street/North Bridge area by 10.30 am to be positioned by the parade marshals.
Usual dress please - regimental headress and tie, but don't worry if you haven't got them - just turn up.
The route will be along the High Street (eyes right at the City Chambers) and down Victoria Street to the Grass Market.
We have been told that various hostelries in the Grass Market are offering discounts to veterans so please either wear your medals or a veterans badge.
See you there CFGB
George Givens

Message from RHQ

Yesterday those of you who read this article would have noticed that RHQ's internet was down due to a broken router .
Just to inform you that I went up to RHQ yesterday and put in a router that allowed them to get up and running again until the receive a new router from BT.

Seoras McIntosh

WARNING ORDER – HIGHLAND BRANCH DINNER DANCE SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER 2014

See attached.
A Diary Date for you. Numbers limited to 70 and further details will be sent out along with a booking form in September.
Thank you to John Yarrick for doing all the work involved arranging this. Bob Towns Highland Branch Chairman.

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HIGHLAND BRANCH ACTIVITIES REQUIRING BLUE HACKLE SUPPORT

The following events require the support of as many former Queen’s Own Highlanders as possible. Seaforth, Camerons and Highlanders are of course most welcome to join us.
Saturday 21st June - Moray Armed Forces Day - Forres Time 1130 Form up. Step off Castlehill 1200. Glengarry, Regimental Tie and Medals all welcome. Can someone take this on as I cannot attend?
Monday 23 June - Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Time 1015 at the RBLS Nairn. Glengarry, Regimental Tie and Medals, all welcome. The presentation of the cheque to Erskine will also take place at the RBL Nairn after the Flag Raising ceremony. Sunday 29th June - Armed Forces Day Inverness Time Form Up at 1330 in the area of Falcon Square.
4 SCOTS will be on parade as part of their Homecoming Parades. We (Regimental Association Members) have been afforded the honour of marching behind 4 SCOTS. Maximum attendance required Glengarry, Tie and Medals. They deserve our support.
Friday 4th July – Association AGM Fort George Time 1100. If attending car details are required to allow you access to the Fort.
Grateful you confirm your attendance direct to me or to the Secretary David Terron.
CFGB
Bob Towns
Chairman Highland Branch

The National Armed Forces Day Parade

Dear All,
Please pass on to all interested parties:
Full details of the National Armed Forces Day Parade can be found at:-http://www.stirlingarmedforcesday.co.uk
It looks like being a very full programme for the day.
Anyone going through by car might also be interested in knowing that there is a 50% reduction in car parking prices if booked in advance (£5.00 for the day instead of £10.00) and that the first 250 places are FREE. The link to booking a car parking space is contained within the above mentioned website and if people are interested.
Danny Carruthers

Latest Jobs Bulletin No 23

Latest Jobs Bulletin No 23 is attached and may well be of interest to some of your members.
Kind regards,Latest Jobs Bulletin No 23 is attached and may well be of interest to some of your members. Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson

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May 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
NEW NEW NEW This is the second list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders .
This batch of PDF Files will cover from April 89 to Nov 91 and you will have to download and save them all to have the full list.
Have to say that this took Mrs Mc and me rather a long time to compile the names out of the Queen's Own Highlanders magazines so enjoy.
To Download just go to One for the Records and choose PDF then Go
If you don't have a pdf reader go to this link to download Adobe Reader http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Forthcoming Events




Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association AGM 2014
Attached is the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association AGM Minutes 2013.
The next Association AGM is at 1100hrs, Friday 4 July 14. Location : Ground floor ante room, Sgts Mess, Fort George.
Members are encouraged to come along to the Meeting.
Regards,
David Grant
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NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE 20th SEPTEMBER 2014
We have received notice and an invitation from the Northern Ireland Veterans Association about their annual Service of Remembrance at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire - to commemorate all those members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives whilst serving on Op Banner Tours.
It has therefore been suggested that members of our Association might like to take part in this service and indeed take the opportunity to march behind our Association Standards as a mark of respect for our own fallen comrades.
See attached for further information and booking details.
Bookings will be taken on a first come first serve bases
Our thanks go to George Givens, Chairman Edinburgh Branch for doing all the groundwork for this and your early confirmed support would be appreciated.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

VOLUNTEERS – WORLD WAR 1 COMMEMORATION

Many of you would have read in the last Edinburgh Branch newsletter about a planned grand commemoration in Edinburgh to mark the anniversary of the start of the First World War.
The attached letter from the organiser of the event gives more details about what will happen on the day and it looks like it will be a very fitting and poignant start to the commemorations that will take place over the next four years. I realise that the date unfortunately clashes with the Cameron Highlanders week-end in August and wouldn't want anyone to be put off going to Inverness to attend this bash, but if any member of the Regimental Family is otherwise available and would like to become involved, please fill in the return at the back of our May newsletter and return it to Danny Carruthers ASP as we need to let the RBLS know our numbers (so far we have about 8 names but the more regimental badges on parade the better!)
CFGB
George Givens

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4 SCOTS HOMECOMING PARADE

When you read the latest newsletter from 4 SCOTS (The Highlanders) you will notice that on the 28th June 2014 they will be marching on Armed Forces Day in Stirling as one of their three homecoming parades, following a very successful tour in Afghanistan, Apart from anything else, this is another good reason for the veterans to dust off their regimental headdress and welcome our regular Battalion home in good style.
Anyone wanting to march in Stirling should please fill in the return at the back of the last Edinburgh Branch Newsletter and get it back to Danny Carruthers as soon as possible so we can give the organisers accurate information.
CFGB
George Givens

10th edition of the 4 SCOTS Blue Hackle Newsletter - MAY 2014

Dear All,
Please see attached Final Sitrep from Lt Col James Roddis MBE Commanding The Highlanders 4 SCOTS and the Manoeuvre Battlegroup in Helmand on Herrick 19.
Regards
Maurice Gibson

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Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Plaque:-21/05/2014

Plaque is 8" high x 7" wide. Is there a demand for this plaque? Depending on quantity ordered I can obtain them for around about £30 or less plus postage.
Grateful you call or email me if you would buy one.
bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
Tel: 01667 451156
Yours aye,
Bob Towns
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Margaret MacDonald Sings for You:-18/05/2014

I received the following message from Margaret today:-
My husband is an ex-Queen's Own Highlander (1972-1984) His name is Neil MacDonald. and was Corporal MacDonald 65 (known as the "Glaik"). and we saw your details on the QOH website. We listened to a few songs by various people and I wondered if it would be possible to have one of my own songs played on the website. It is a song I wrote myself and I would appreciate if you would get back to me and let me know if I might send you the song with a view to it being given an "airing".
Look forward to hearing from you.
Regards,
Margaret MacDonald

Well Margaret after listening to your voice and song, I would be a fool not to put it up on the website, please for the sake of our listeners and I am sure that I speak for all of them keep them coming, what do you think listeners?.
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com
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EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER - MAY 2014

The latest newsletter from the Edinburgh Branch contains information about a number of noteworthy events taking place over the next few months that will be of interest to not only the Edinburgh Branch, but also to other members of the Regimental Family who might want to attend. Amongst other things, these events include two Armed Forces Parades, a Grand Drumhead Service & Pageant to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum. Please take time to read through the newsletter, but most importantly, please complete the return if you wish to attend any of our events as we need to inform the organisers of numbers as soon as possible. The newsletter can be found here
CFGB
George Givens
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The Arthur Dey Tapestry:-11/05/2014

In March this year I asked if anyone could help to fined the tapestry below of Arthur Dey a good home,
I am glad to say that it has been bought by Garnet Main and can now be seen in the Royal British Legion Nairn Branch Club.
I have received a email from Amanda Galleitch who took the tapestry first to my attention and she is very happy about the outcome.
Thank you Garmet for taken it home.
Seoras McIntosh
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JOHN McNIVEN:-08/05/2014

It is with regret that I have to inform you that John McNiven passed away today after a long battle with cancer.
More details can be found on the Obituary page.
Funeral details are up in the Obituaries .
George Givens

Highlanders Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) ADVERT

A children’s event to be held at the Museum next Saturday 17th May.
It is drop in story-telling with a WW1 theme and a craft activity.
The storytelling will be from 11am – 12.30pm and 1 – 2.30pm and the craft activity 3-4.30pm.
The craft session will be from 3 – 4.30pm.
There will also be the opportunity to dress up as a soldier, handle some real artefacts and complete the Museum trail.
Suitable for families with children of all ages.
This event is free but Historic Scotland entry charges to the Museum apply. For further info contact Lynsey@thehighlandersmuseum.com or phone 0131 310 8703.
Regards,
Lynsey Easton
Education and Outreach Officer
The Highlanders' Museum
Tel Office: 0131 3108703
Postal Address: Fort George, Ardersier, Near Inverness IV2 7TD

The Museum needs more volunteers:-07/05/2014

Dear All,
“The Museum needs more volunteers!
See the attached document which explains how you can make a difference.”
Mick Low,
Museum Director
To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         

4 SCOTS Blue Hackle Newsletter :-06/05/2014

Dear All,
Attached is the 9th and penultimate edition of the 4 SCOTS Blue Hackle Newsletter for your information.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE
Area Secretary / Officer Mentor
RHQ SCOTS - North
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
Office; 01463 224380
Direct Military; 0131 310 8179
Mailto:maurice.gibson777@mod.uk
To download in PDF only click on the PDF image

   

Highland Branch Minutes of the AGM:-06/05/2014

Dear All,
The minutes of the AGM 2014 of the Highland Branch of the Queen's Own Highlanders Association are now up for you to read.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Chairman
To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         

Seaforth flagpole/memorial at Neuve Chapelle in France:-05/05/2014

Hello there.
I have been looking into the possibility of creating a Seaforth flagpole/memorial at Neuve Chapelle in France. I am trying to put together some kind of action plan, and wanted to know if you guys would be interested in the theory. Let me know if the idea sounds of interest. Its only a basic idea at the moment, but the contacts I've made abroad haven't said no yet!
Thanks.
Brian MacAngus /Tain.
Email:- brian.macangus@yahoo.co.uk

The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Kohima Weekend

Dear All,
I have just spent a wonderful weekend photographing events at the Kohima weekend held by the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Regimental Association.
The weekend started on Friday with a dinner at the Crown Court Hotel, in Inverness followed on the Saturday evening at Eden Court Theatre with a viewing of the film KOHIMA: An Exploration of War, Memory and Gratitude. This was one of the highlights of the weekend for myself, I found it very moving. The film was put on for us by the Kohima Educational Trust and presented by our very own Maj Hugh Young.
To visit the Kohima Educational Trust website click Here
On Sunday we were off to the laying up of the colours, dedication of Kohima Memorial Plaque and book at the Old High St Stephens Church Inverness.
The photos of the three events are now up on the photos/poems page for you to view.
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com

BATTALION FOOTBALLERS REUNION - SATURDAY 3rd MAY 2014

What a great time in Nairn.
A sincere thank you to Steed Wilson for getting this off the ground, his detailed preparation, execution and the excellent enlarged photos.
Thanks to all who attended, with special mention of the legends of the 60's.
RIP those Bn Footballers no longer with us. Queen's Own Highlanders - non better.
Photos are up on the Photo/Poem Page for you to view.
Bob Towns

REGIMENTAL GOLF SOCIETY SPRING MEETING 2014

The regimental Spring golf meeting was held today the 2nd May 2014 at Kinloss Country Golf Club.
The photos taken of the event is now up for you to view in the Photo/Poem link.
Results attached.
Regards,
Albert Duffus

To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         

POST 45 ROLL OF HONOUR

A number of QO HLDRS attended a ceremony at Cavell Gardens War Memorial Inverness on Saturday 26th April 2014 to unveil the names of Inverness born servicemen who have lost their lives since 1945. This included adding the name of Pte Martin Ferguson QO HLDRS who was killed in 1991 during the Gulf War. A number of QO HLDRS attended the ceremony and some of those present are shown in the attached photograph.
RIP CFGB
Bob Towns
Chairman Highland Branch
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Association Bulletin No.18 :-01/05/2014

Dear All,
Please find attached Association Bulletin No.18 which lists civilian jobs being recruiting which might be of interest to some of your members.
Yours aye,
Maurice Gibson
RHQ SCOTS – North
To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         

New Director at the Highlanders Museum:-01/05/2014

The Museum Board of the Highlanders Museum at Fort George (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) are delighted to announce that Major John Bailey has been selected to take over from Mick Low as the next Director of the museum.
To read more go to one of the links below.
To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image

          
 

April 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
NEW NEW NEW This is the second list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders .
This batch of PDF Files will cover from June86 to Nov88 and you will have to download and save them all to have the full list.
Have to say that this took Mrs Mc and me rather a long time to compile the names out of the Queen's Own Highlanders magazines so enjoy.
To Download just go to One for the Records and choose PDF then Go
If you don't have a pdf reader go to this link to download Adobe Reader http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Forthcoming Events




The Cameron Highlanders At Kohima Weekend 2nd to the 4th May
The annual dinner of the Cameron Highlanders Branch of the Queen's Own Highlanders Association will be held on Friday 2nd.May 2014 in the Crown Court Hotel, Southside Road, Inverness. Timings 1900hrs for 1930hrs. Cost of the meal, table wines and port for the toasts is £25.00.Ladies are most welcome.
To read more about the weekend and how to book your tickets please go to one of the links below.
Regards,
Hamish Sutherland
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


BATTALION FOOTBALLERS REUNION 3rd May 2014
The date for the Queen’s Own Highlanders & Highlanders Football Reunion is confirmed as Saturday 3rd May 2014. The outline of events for the reunion is as follows:
To read more go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


REGIMENTAL GOLF SOCIETY SPRING MEETING 2014
Gents,
The regimental Spring golf meeting will be held on the 2nd May 2014 to read more on this and to book your place go to the link below.
Encase I have missed anyone please pass the word.
Albert Duffus
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE 20th SEPTEMBER 2014
We have received notice and an invitation from the Northern Ireland Veterans Association about their annual Service of Remembrance at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire - to commemorate all those members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives whilst serving on Op Banner Tours.
It has therefore been suggested that members of our Association might like to take part in this service and indeed take the opportunity to march behind our Association Standards as a mark of respect for our own fallen comrades.
See attached for further information and booking details.
Bookings will be taken on a first come first serve bases
Our thanks go to George Givens, Chairman Edinburgh Branch for doing all the groundwork for this and your early confirmed support would be appreciated.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

Laggan Remembers by Graham Grant:-23/04/2014

Dear All,
My new book "Laggan Remembers" which tells the stories of the victims of the two world wars, their families and friends and the impact on a Highland community.
Laggan Remembers is based on the soldiers on our local Laggan War Memorial who fell in the 2 World Wars from the parish of Laggan - their lives, families, work, genealogy, war service etc. It also attempts to describe life in Laggan -a Highland parish - throughout the 1st half of the 20th century.
The book is available from Newtonmore Post Office and local book shops or through Graham Grant, Banchor Mains House, Newtonmore PH20 IBP, or by getting in touch with me on by
email:- lagrem31@btinternet.com ,or Phone:-07792076009
The book is £10 plus postage.
You can also purchase the book from The Highlanders Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection)
Regards,
Graham Grant
Author
To get a preview of the book cover and a insight to the book go to one of the links below
To download in PDF only click on the appropriate image
  

News From The Southern Branch

On Saturday 11th April 2014 members of the Queens Own Highlanders Regimental Association and their partners, some fifty three of us, sat down to a splendid meal at the Solway Lodge Hotel.
Our hosts were Charlie & Gail Duncan and the event was organised by; Dave "Hendo" Henderson & Robbie Gow. David Loftus, who was in good form, chaired the event.
As usual later at the bar many stories were told, again, and some verified there and then, others maybe need a wee bit more investigation, but there you go.
Some had come a fair old distance to be there and it was worth every mile.
The sense of enjoyment was palpable.
CABAR FEIDH GU BRATH!
Photos now up on the Photo/Poem Page
Joe MacDonald

POST 1945 ROLL OF HONOUR DEDICATION CAVELL GARDENS INVERNESS

We have arranged this Dedication Ceremony for Saturday 26th April at 11.30 hrs at Cavell Gardens. Three new names have been added to the Roll of Honour Plaque, Sgt P Davidson RM Borneo 1965, Guardsman C Johnstone Canada 1990 and Pte M Ferguson QO HLDRS Persian Gulf 1991.
We extend an invitation to you to attend.
Light refreshments will be available after the Ceremony.
Dress:-Uniform for Serving, Formal for non-serving and Medals to be worn.
Regards
Joe Davidson
RBLS Inverness
07774 248798
Highland Branch Members: Grateful you confirm attendance with me.
bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk or Tel: 01667 452156
Yours aye,
Bob

SPONSORSHIP FOR ALISON & STEWART - A TRIBUTE TO FLORENCE

Dear All,
Alison and Stewart crossed the finish line together in five and a half hours.
The have thus far raised well over £7000 for their chosen charity CRY - Cardiac Risk in the Young and will likely make the £8000 mark.
Many thanks to the Moray Loons and all the individuals from the Regimental Family who sponsored them for your generosity.
Very much appreciated by all of us.
Find attached photos of Alison and husband Stewart when they stopped to speak to their daughters Amelie and Hollie at the 25 mile plus stage and at the end of the race with their medals.
Thanks again.
The sponsorship link is still open:-Click Here
Yours aye
Bob
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Click image to enlarge photo number2.

Regimental Spring Golf Meeting

Dear All,
This is just a reminder of the Regimental Spring Golf Meeting on the 2nd of May, anyone who has not yet put their name down then let me inform you it is not to late to do so.
Just go up to the Forthcoming Events at the top of this page and download an entry form and send it to me.
Yours Aye,
Albert Duffus

HIGHLAND BRANCH AGM

Dear All,
Highland Branch AGM
Nairn RBLS Thursday the 1st May 2014
All members are invited to attend.
See attached. Yours aye,
Bob
Chairman Highland Branch
To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         

Sitrep No 4 :-02/04/2014

Dear All,
Please see the attached Sitrep No 4 from Lt Col James Roddis Commanding 4 SCOTS in Helmand.
Please remember the usual caveats and that these are the CO’s own views. The Battlegroup in its various guises has done a tremendous amount and are to be congratulated on their professionalism.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson RHQ SCOTS - North
To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         

As from today, the 1st of April 2014,
The Liverpool Scottish Cease to Exist

It is with much regret that cabarfeidh.com has to report that as from today the 1st of April 2014 The Liverpool Scottish, as a fighting unit of the British Army, will cease to exist.
I felt it was important that cabarfeidh.com should report on this matter so therefore I have asked Maj (Retired) Ian Riley,Ex Liverpool Scottish and Maj (Retired) George Givens,Ex Queen's Own Highlanders for their comments.
George has gone one step further for us and sent us some good photos of lads who was either attached to the Liverpool Scottish as PSI's, was in the Liverpool Scottish TA, or just lads from Liverpool who joined the Queen's Own Highlanders, I am sure you will all remember some if not all of them.
I thank Ian and George for the work that they have done.
I also take this opportunity to thank Colin Hughes for if it had not been for his article in the New Guestbook I may never have known about this .
Ian and George's letters and photos are attached at the bottom of this article,
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com

To download Ian Riley comments in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         





To download George Givens comments in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         





To view the photos sent in by George Givens click here.

Or you can view the photos on YouTube click Here

March 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
NEW NEW NEW This is the second list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders .
This batch of PDF Files will cover from June83 to Sept85 and you will have to download and save them all to have the full list.
Have to say that this took Mrs Mc and me rather a long time to compile the names out of the Queen's Own Highlanders magazines so enjoy.
To Download just go to One for the Records and choose PDF then Go
If you don't have a pdf reader go to this link to download Adobe Reader http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Forthcoming Events




The Cameron Highlanders At Kohima Weekend 2nd to the 4th May
The annual dinner of the Cameron Highlanders Branch of the Queen's Own Highlanders Association will be held on Friday 2nd.May 2014 in the Crown Court Hotel, Southside Road, Inverness. Timings 1900hrs for 1930hrs. Cost of the meal, table wines and port for the toasts is £25.00.Ladies are most welcome.
To read more about the weekend and how to book your tickets please go to one of the links below.
Regards,
Hamish Sutherland
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


BATTALION FOOTBALLERS REUNION 3rd May 2014
The date for the Queen’s Own Highlanders & Highlanders Football Reunion is confirmed as Saturday 3rd May 2014. The outline of events for the reunion is as follows:
To read more go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


REGIMENTAL GOLF SOCIETY SPRING MEETING 2014
Gents,
The regimental Spring golf meeting will be held on the 2nd May 2014 to read more on this and to book your place go to the link below.
Encase I have missed anyone please pass the word.
Albert Duffus
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE 20th SEPTEMBER 2014
We have received notice and an invitation from the Northern Ireland Veterans Association about their annual Service of Remembrance at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire - to commemorate all those members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives whilst serving on Op Banner Tours.
It has therefore been suggested that members of our Association might like to take part in this service and indeed take the opportunity to march behind our Association Standards as a mark of respect for our own fallen comrades.
See attached for further information and booking details.
Bookings will be taken on a first come first serve bases
Our thanks go to George Givens, Chairman Edinburgh Branch for doing all the groundwork for this and your early confirmed support would be appreciated.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

Jobs Bulletin No 14:-31/03/2014

Dear all,
Jobs Bulletin No 14 is now up for you to read
Regards,
Maurice Gibson
RHQ SCOTS - North
To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image
         

Defence and Security in the UK Discussion with Veterans Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Dear All,
See attached.
This is a good opportunity to have your say.
Please notify Dougie Smith direct if you plan to attend.
Bob Towns
Chairman Highland Branch

To download in PDF or Word doc click on the appropriate image.
         

Scottish Division Veterans Football Tournament:-24/03/2014

My name is Mr Ronnie Kane and I work as a civil servant at the Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming (as you can see below), I am also a retired member of The 1st Bn The Royal Highland Fusiliers. My previous service was from 1970 to 1994 with 1 RHF and retired as a WO2. I then joined the AGC (Military Provost Guard Service in 1997 and retired from them in 2009 again as a Warrant Officer after setting up various MPGS units in DISC Chicksands, ATR Bassingbourne, Edinburgh (initially Glencorse Bks, then Craigiehall), and finally moved to ITC Catterick in 1994 to set up MPGS in Catterick Garrison and retired there in 1999, I then joined the civil service as a storekeeper at the ASBM & HD the same year.
To read more go to one of the links below.
Comments/suggestions on the above please to me Bob Towns.
Yous Aye,
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

BBC World War One

A programme called “The Machine Gun and Skye’s Band of Brothers” will be shown on BBC2 at 9pm on Monday 24th March.
The production is narrated by Neil Oliver with the well known Historian and Author Trevor Royle.
It tells the story of the introduction of the machine gun in modern warfare and of the fate of men of D Company (Portree) 4th Cameron Highlanders at the Battle of Festubert in 1915.

I saw the programme at a Preview Sreening in Portree on Wednesday evening and recommend it to anyone with an interest in WW1 and the history of the 4th Camerons.
Regards
M. C. Low

QUEEN’S OWN HIGHLANDERS – REMEMBRANCE PARADE LONDON:-17/03/2014

For those who use Facebook you will be aware that Giles Nevill has been busy with a plan have a QO HLDRS Contingent marching at the Cenotaph Parade in London on the 9th of November 2014. Permission has to be requested to participate and a bid has to be submitted soonest to this effect. With WW1 Commemorations starting this will be a busy year and what we don’t want is to bid for a number of places and then if successful find ourselves unable to fill them.
If you are interested in supporting this and have yet to confirm your interest with Giles can you forward your name to him soonest at gilesnev@yahoo.com For your information Giles lives in France.
Current plans are for individuals to be responsible for their own transport and accommodation.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

Bikers Tribute to Johnny (The Flug) Meechan:-15/03/2014

Tosh,
Could I request that this pico goes up on the web site, Bikes / Trikes WTTR, farewell to Johnny Meechan.
Regards,
GG
From the Editor.
I am Sure GG wont mined if I add the following.
It Was a good turnout of Blue Mafia at Les Chalmers funeral.
This included Gordon McKenzie and his wife Gina and George (Plum) Logan who both don't keep very well.
Well done you both
Seoras
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The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) – Report 14/03/2014

Dear All,
Further to Peter Grant Peterkin’s note of 26/02/2014, the meeting between three representatives of the Museum Board and Queen’s Own Highlanders Trustees and three representatives of the Petitioners took place at Cameron Barracks on Wednesday 12/03/2014.
Both sides attended with note-takers.
The Museum’s Minutes of the meeting are now available. Regards,
Douglas Young
Museum Board Member and Regimental Trustee

This is now the final version of the Museum’s Minute incorporating one change and a short added note.
To download Minute of petitioners meeting 120314 in PDF click here.

To download Agenda 12 Mar with Encl A in PDF click here.

To download Encl B CSA Agreement 2000 in PDF click here.

To download Encl C Background note - NAME in PDF click here.

I Was There, The Great War Interviews:-14/03/2014

Tonight at 21.00hr BBC2 are putting out a program on Interviews taken in the sixties with WW1 Soldiers.
I feel that if you have a interest in WW1 History that this program may be well worth watching.
Seoras

Job Opportunity:-13/03.2014

Dear All,
Lt Col Jim Blyth, Regimental Secretary, Royal Scots, Edinburgh Castle (0131 310 5014) is looking for someone who would be prepared to work as a Communications Coordinator for the Royal Scots.
Please see attached advert about the post. Regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Lt. Col. A M Cumming OBE opens the museum for the summer season on the 1st April 2014

Lt. Col. A M Cumming OBE last task will be to open the museum for the summer season on the 1st April at 10am. We take this opportunity in thanking him for all his work and wish him and his wife Hilary well as they prepare to move south to Wiltshire.
To read more on Lt. Col. A M Cumming please go to one of the links below.
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Can Anyone Help:-10/03/2014

Dear Mr McIntosh,
Amanda Galleitch gave me your name and suggested i contact you with regard to this matter.
A couple of days ago I came across this attached picture in a local (Broughty Ferry, Dundee) antique shop.
The shop owner said he'd bought it at an auction, but because it's so personal and memorable, I wondered if you could help me find out if there are any relatives still alive that would perhaps be unaware of its existence. Is there any way of putting this on your website, in the hope that someone might know relatives/friends of this man, and can reunite it with its family?
I feel quite strongly that this piece of heritage should not go to just any 'joe bloggs' who walks in off the street and thinks it's a pretty picture!
From what I've managed to find out so far, the gentleman's name was Arthur Stables Dey. Service No 2819096, 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders. DOD 1.9.1943, interred at Catania Cem, Sicily. DOB Sept-Dec 1914 Aultmore, Keith. Fathers name Arthur Dey. He was not KIA, he apparently died of Malaria.
I'd be grateful for any help/ advice you can give me with this matter.
A price of £75.00 is being asked for the painting
Many thanks,
Mrs Carol Johnstone.
If anyone is interested please get in touch with Mrs Carol Johnstone by email, Link
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LES CHALMERS :-08/03/2014

Dear All.
It is with much regret that I have to inform you that Les Chalmers late Gordon Highlanders passed away this morning. Les attended many QO HLDRS Highland Branch functions. Thanks to Donnie McLean and Mike Gerrie.
UPDATE: Service likely to be Foggie Church then Buckie Crematorium. Details to follow.
Yours aye,
Bob
Les funeral details are now up on the Obituarise page

NEWS From RHQ SCOTS – North :-07/03/2014

Dear All.
With effect from Monday March 10th 2014, RHQ SCOTS – North will be joined by a new member of staff.
Mrs Brenda Ross (wife of Lt Col Brain Ross MBE and daughter of Lt Col Bob Strachan MBE) will start as the E1 Assistant Area Secretary / Office Manager.
Brenda has worked for several years for the MOD, in England, Germany and most recently in APC Glasgow.
Regards
Maurice Gibson

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 away today 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 now up on the Obituarise page

Edinburgh Branch Newsletter March 2014:-04/03/2014

Please find the latest Edinburgh Branch Newsletter. This edition includes details about the Northern Ireland Service of Remembrance in September and the National Armed Forces Day Parade in June.
Please note that both of these events may also be of interest to non-Edinburgh Branch members.
Happy reading.
To read more please go to one of the links below
Regards
George Givens
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Churchill’s Secret Army

This is an event not to be missed! Gilly Halcrow gives a fascinating insight into the Special Operations Executive who served their country during World War 2.
The Museum will host a reception from 18.30hrs with Gilly’s talk beginning in the Chapel at 19.30hrs. The cost of the evening will be a donation of £10 per person.
To read more on this and to book your place please click on Link to Book below.
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com
Link to Book

Lt Gen Andrew Graham:-03/03/2014

Dear All,
You will I am sure be aware that Lt Gen Andrew Graham has stood down as Colonel of The Regiment and has been replaced by Maj Gen James Cowan.
Please see attached Farewell letter from Gen Andrew.
Yours aye
Maurice Gibson
To download in PDF Only click here.

A Photo from George Geddes:-03/03/2014

Dear All,
George has asked me to put this photo up on the website.
He has also left a message on the New Guestbook reference to the photo.
cabarfeidh.com
Click image to enlarge.

February 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
NEW NEW NEW This is the second list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders .
This batch of PDF Files will cover from June80 to Dec82 and you will have to download and save them all to have the full list.
Have to say that this took Mrs Mc and me rather a long time to compile the names out of the Queen's Own Highlanders magazines so enjoy.
To Download just go to One for the Records and choose PDF then Go
If you don't have a pdf reader go to this link to download Adobe Reader http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Forthcoming Events




Cabarfeidh.com has two NEW Links:-13-02-2014
Cabarfeidh.com has put up two new links down the left hand side of the page.
The New Guestbook Link
The New Guestbook link was put up as I am spending so much time removing SPAM from the old Guestbook, I also think that you will find the new Guestbook easier to use and you can also put up your hometown which allows people that read your entry to know where you live.
The old guestbook link will come down at the end of the month but you will still be able to read the old messages through
Archive Guestbook Messages
The New Contact Link
The new contact page allows you to send me information, send me a photograph or Word Doc or PDF. You can do this if you wish to send me information of a bereavement and the like.
In no way does this take over from sending me an email if you are going to be sending multiple photos or docs
I hope you use both links in the future.

I also recommend you listen to my NEW Hector's Radio.
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com

Seaforth Highlanders Ross-Shire Branch Dinner
Our Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 7th March 2014 in the Legion Clubrooms Dingwall at 7.30 for 8pm.
Admission £20.00 which you pay at the door.
Enquiries to security Willie Gillies. 01463731254.
Regards,
Willie Gillies

The Cameron Highlanders At Kohima Weekend 2nd to the 4th May
The annual dinner of the Cameron Highlanders Branch of the Queen's Own Highlanders Association will be held on Friday 2nd.May 2014 in the Crown Court Hotel, Southside Road, Inverness. Timings 1900hrs for 1930hrs. Cost of the meal, table wines and port for the toasts is £25.00.Ladies are most welcome.
To read more about the weekend and how to book your tickets please go to one of the links below.
Regards,
Hamish Sutherland
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


BATTALION FOOTBALLERS REUNION 3rd May 2014
The date for the Queen’s Own Highlanders & Highlanders Football Reunion is confirmed as Saturday 3rd May 2014. The outline of events for the reunion is as follows:
To read more go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


REGIMENTAL GOLF SOCIETY SPRING MEETING 2014
Gents,
The regimental Spring golf meeting will be held on the 2nd May 2014 to read more on this and to book your place go to the link below.
Encase I have missed anyone please pass the word.
Albert Duffus
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

The Queens Own Highlanders' Trustees Meeting:-26/02/2014

The Queens Own Highlanders' Trustees met today in Cameron Barracks (on a poignant anniversary for the regiment) for their twice yearly meeting to discuss matters relating to the regimental finances, the maintenance of the Queens Own Highlanders Collection held at Fort George, and the workings of the Museum Board in its first year of operation since the Highlanders Museum refurbishment.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Peter Grant Peterkin
Chairman
To download in Office Word click here.
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John (Jap) Rattray Badges for sale:-22/02/2014

Ladies, Gents,
Please see below the cap badges and lapel broaches i have had made after being approached to source a good quality badge at a reasonable price.
Large badges are 15.00 sterling plus PPI
Small lapel badges 15.00 sterling plus PPI
If you wish any of these badges please contact myself through email at :
jrattray9841@yahoo.co.uk.
Regards,
Jap
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7th Edition of the Blue Hackle:-18/02/2014

Dear All,
Please find the latest Edition of The Blue Hackle from 4 SCOTS on one of the links below.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Kelvin Hunter's answer to the Board Of Trustees:-16/02/2014

Kelvin and the committee for the petitioners have sent me in there answer to the Highlanders (Queens Own Highlanders Collection)Board of Trustees.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com
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To download in PDF click here.

The Highlanders Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) :-14/02/2014

Dear All,
A number of ex-Queen’s Own Highlanders handed in a petition at the Museum in Fort George on the 7th of February over its name and style of display. As a result, I need to again remind everyone of the real facts surrounding the museum and to do so in a direct and positive manner. The protesters were invited in to the museum after they had handed over their petition so that they could discuss their grievances but they declined the offer.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below,there is also a link to the Customer/Supplier Agreement.
Regards,
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE
Area Secretary / Officer Mentor
RHQ SCOTS - North
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
Office; 01463 224380
Direct Military; 0131 310 8179
Mailto:maurice.gibson777@mod.uk
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To download in PDF click here.

To download a copy of the Customer/Supplier Agreement in PDF click here.

NORTHERN IRELAND SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE WEEK-END

You may have seen an entry last month from the Northern Ireland Veterans Association giving a Warning Order about their annual service of remembrance for all those servicemen and women who gave their lives whilst serving on Op Banner Tours – remember over the years we lost seven of our own during this campaign. I have therefore been doing some research into the feasibility of laying on a coach to take those members from the Highland and Edinburgh Branches who might wish attend this parade to the National Memorial Arboretum in the Midlands. Until the admin and costings are confirmed, anyone interested would be advised to put these dates into their diaries: Travel on Friday 19th September, attend the service on Saturday 20th September, and return on Sunday 21st September.
More details will follow.
George Givens,
Edinburgh Branch

Highland Branch Newsletter Feb 2014:-06/02/2014

Dear All,
The Highland branch newsletter is now here for you to read.
Please go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Cabarfeidh.com has a New Guest Book:-09/02/2014

Due to the amount of SPAM that I have been receiving on my old Guest Book Page I have decided to put up a new Guest Book on which you will find the link (New Guest Book ) down the left hand side of this page.
However the old Guest Bookwill not be taken down until the end of the Month to give you time to get used to the new one.
After that you will be able to view the old Guest Book but not be able to post to it.
Please try the new one and see how you get on.
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com

AMALGAMATION DINNER7th FEBRUARY 2014 - REPORT:-06/02/2014

Dear All,
The Dinner this year was once again held in the Sergeants’ Mess at Fort George. We are extremely fortunate to benefit from the use of this excellent location thanks to the Regimental Sergeant Major and Mess Member of 3 SCOTS.
To read more please go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

EDINBURGH BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2014:-09/02/2014

The Edinburgh Branch held their annual Amalgamation Dinner last night (Saturday 8th February 2014) in the Debating Hall of Edinburgh University Student’s Union and our guest of honour was Lieutenant Colonel Bob Towns (former CSM Delta Company, Regimental Sergeant Major, and Quartermaster of the 1st Battalion)
Bob took us through a whistle stop tour of his career and the many appointments he held whilst serving with the Queen’s Own Highlanders, the Highlanders, and on various outside postings. His talk also mentioned many regimental characters and the great connection that still exists with the North of Scotland, and in particular with Nairn, where he and Shirley now live.

The dinner also doubled up as a commemoration of the coming one hundredth anniversary of the First World War and a remembrance of all the Seaforth Highlanders and Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders who sacrificed their lives in that conflict.
The menu was first class - a three course meal, half a bottle of wine per person, port for the toasts, and freshly brewed coffee. There was a great turnout of over 100 members and their partners, the atmosphere was fantastic, and it was fair to say that and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

It was also nice to see a few old faces at the dinner – in particular Brigadier Nick Ridley (past Chairman of the Regimental Association), Anne Blair (widow of the Lt Col David Blair), and Terry Pearson (on leave from his job in Jordan).

As usual, Edinburgh Academy provided an excellent Mini Pipe Band and a good selection of regimental tunes. Zander, a local singer, entertained us after the dinner and was successful in getting everyone onto the dance floor very quickly.

Finally, a big thank you as always must go to everyone who generously donated the prizes for the raffle.
CFGB
George Givens,
Chairman,
Edinburgh Branch

David Loftus at the Army School of Music :-07/02/2014

Seoras,
I went to see David Loftus at the Army School of Music at Kneller Hall this morning to have a chat with him at NAAFI break about all that was going on in the Association at the moment.
He was in excellent spirits, getting used to now being without both his legs, and greatly enjoying his new specially converted van which he can enter on his own, and get his mobility chair into the driving position, and then head off - and all this without assistance from anyone else.
David is a example to us all of how the Queens Own Highlanders spirit can help overcome adversity.
Peter Grant Peterkin
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24313136 John Alexander Blackhall:-05/02/2014

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of John Alexander Blackhall.
We do not have much information on his death other than he is lying in the Elgin Mortuary and it is in the hands of SSAFA.
When I receive funeral details I will put his death up on the Obituaries Page.
Seoras McIntosh

Presentation on The SOE:-06/02/2014

Dear All,
Marylyn and Grenville Johnston have asked Gilly Halcrow (Marylyn’s Counsin) to give a presentation on The SOE – Special Operations Executive on Tuesday 1st April 2014 at Fort George.
Please see the attached 2 pager which sets the scene and the format for the evening. Please spread the word and I do hope we will see some of you attending what will be an enthralling and fascinating evening on the SOE.
Maurice Gibson
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To download in PDF click here.

Jimmy Chungs Chinese New Year:-05/02/2014

I was lucky enough that last Monday night to be invited to Jimmy Chungs in Inverness to help them celebrate their Chinese New Year (The year of the Horse) It was there that Andy Chung got up to sing and when he did I was in for a surprise.
Go to the link below to see why.
http://youtu.be/KbKqAa32IDY
Seoras McIntosh

David Burns Question:-04/02/2014

As I can't get back to David Burns by email, here is the answer to his question:-
Q .Seoras,
Can you tell me the significance of the Cameronian shield in the Sgts's Mess photo on the main page of this month's edition? Was it for Cameronian Day? I could recognize only one former Caeroinian, Tam Balloch. I served with the Cameronians fir 6 years before transferring Q.O.H upon disbandment.

Answer from Bob Towns
Our ex- Cameronians held a dinner night on the 14th of May to celebrate Cameronian Day . Invitations were sent to all ex­ Cameronian Sgts' Mess Members serving with 1 KOSB and 1 GORDONS. Due to the unexpected illness of Sgt Ian Morrell and the absence of W02 Jim Dalglish on duty, numbers were rather low. W02 Peter McHarg and CSgt Jimmy Spence came from 1 KOSB. With W02 Tam Balloch and W02 Dune MacLeod being our remaining ex Cameronians fit to attend, the RSM and living in members were invited to make up the numbers. Many "war stories" were discussed, corrected, and in most cases made even more unbelieveable. All those attending were also press-ganged into wearing Cameronian TA recruiting stickers for the benefit of the camera .
Don't say we dont try at cabarfeidh.com
Thank you David and Bob.
Seoras McIntosh

WW1 COMMEMORATION - A SUGGESTION:-04/02/2014

Re: Facebook Post: Deryck Mackay Hi Paul, very humbling experience!
“Although we went to visit the grave of one family member I couldn't help but place a QOHLDR hand on the gravestone of all the Cameron and Seaforth Highlander's I found, of which there were many in Pernes and Cabaret Rouge.”
Following on from the excellent post by Deryck and a suggestion by RBLS, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 why don't we QO HLDRS, over the next 4 years pay our respects at the UK graves of all Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders who lost their lives in WW1. There are a large number of Commonwealth War Graves in our local cemeteries and it would be good to acknowledge the sacrifices of our predecessors by placing a Poppy Cross at each grave. We QO HLDRS must cover a large part of the country and if you visit http://www.cwgc.org you will find all the graves listedby area. At the same time we could pay our respects at the graves of those who have given their lives since. Poppy Crosses are available from the Royal British Legion for a donation. Just a suggestion and the more visits a grave gets the better.CFGB
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns

"NEW" Contact Page:-01/02/2014

Please look down the menu on the left hand side of the website and you will now see a link that will take you into my new Contact Page. From there you can send me a message upload a photo, word ,or pdf doc.
I do hope you find this helpful. My thanks to David Terron for helping me to set this up.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh

January 2014

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
NEW NEW NEW This is the second list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders .
This batch of PDF Files will cover from May77 to Dec79 and you will have to download and save them all to have the full list.
Have to say that this took Mrs Mc and me rather a long time to compile the names out of the Queen's Own Highlanders magazines so enjoy.
To Download just go to One for the Records and choose PDF then Go
If you don't have a pdf reader go to this link to download Adobe Reader http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Forthcoming Events




EDINBURGH BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2014
Amalgamation Dinner, which is to be held on Saturday 8th February 2014 at Edinburgh University Student’s Union.
All members of the Regimental Family interested in attending should fill in the return and get it back to Danny Carruthers ASP – if last year’s dinner was anything to go by it will be a cracking evening and tickets will go fast.
Regards,
George Givens
To download booking form in Office Word click
here.
To download booking form in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2014
With the kind permission of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Black Watch, 3 SCOTS the Amalgamation Dinner this year taking place fifty three years to the day, will again be held in the Sergeants Mess at Fort George. The Commanding Officer, Quartermaster, Regimental Sergeant Major and some others from the Black Watch will be invited as our Official Guests. The dress is Suit or Kilt/Trews.
All donations towards our raffle would be highly appreciated
To book go to one of the links below
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download booking form in Office Word click
here.
To download booking form in PDF click here.


Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

REGIMENTAL BOXING NIGHT :-21/01/2014

Dear All Major Bob Reid (details below) is coordinating the night and he explains what’s proposed on the links below.
Maurice Gibson
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To download in PDF click here.

Hospital Visit :-25/01/2014

Was informed last night by Ronnie Sinclair that George (Plum) Logan had been admitted to Ward 8 of Dr Grays Hospital Elgin after suffering a heart attack.
I spoke to Ward 8 this morning and Plum was sitting up waiting for the doctors to come to see him to decide what to do.
Any message on the Guest Book I will print off and take up to him this afternoon if I am allowed in to see him if not I will leave them with the nurses.
I will keep you informed of any further developments on the Guest Book.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh

Alex Irving :-23/01/2014

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.
Alex funeral details are now up on the obituaries page .
Willie Irving.

The Highlanders Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) New Web Site:-22/01/2014

The Highlanders Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) web site has now been officially launched. The new site will be managed by our staff at the Museum and will be updated regularly to include news items, items of interest from our antecedent regiments enquires for research and ancestral enquiries from our extensive libraries and our education and outreach page which promotes our history to schools. The on-line shop will be continually updated as new products become available and orders are now being taken for immediate delivery.
The site includes a virtual tour of all the rooms showing the new layout utilising the most modern casemates that allow better viewing and preservation of the collection. Why not give it a visit at www.thehighlandersmuseum.com and also like us on Facebook on any page of the site to follow us on Facebook.”
Kind Regards,
John Bailey.
PS You can visit the Museum Facebook page Here

Welfare Bulletin No 3 :-21/01/2014

Please see latest Job opportunities, list attached Maurice Gibson
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HIGHLAND BRANCH DONATIONS TO SSAFA :-17/01/2014

The Branch Welfare fund had in excess of £1000 in it and as agreed at the AGM we have donated this to local Branches of SSAFA. £500 was therefore sent to Inverness & Western Isles and also to Moray Nairn & Banffshire Branches. See attached Photo received from the respective branches.
Yours aye,
Bob
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6th Edition of the Blue Hackle:-15/01/2014

Dear All,
The 6th Edition of the Blue Hackle is now up for you to read.
Regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

2013 Highlanders Newsletter:- 13/01/2014

From RHQ (North)
“ The 2013 Highlanders Newsletter is now on live on line as a flip book, please go to;
http://www.thehighlanderonline.co.uk
I do trust you will enjoy it and will let your friendsand familoy intothe link so they can enjoy it too.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson”

Open Letter to The Regimental Family From Dougie Shepherd:-13/01/2014

Dear All,
Before embarking on this article on the subject of the museum, I thought I should first of all establish my credentials for doing so. I joined The Seaforth as a young National Serviceman on 07 July 1956 and served on apart from a very brief spell after demob in 1958. I soon realised the error of my ways. The Civil Service was not for me and I re-enlisted in plenty of time for amalgamation. I then served on in the ranks until I was commissioned in 1981. I finally retired from active service at age 55 in 1993. On then to the appointment of Camp Comdt. At HQ Scotland for a further 10 years before final retirement at age 65.
To read more please go to one of the links below

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Commanding Officers Sitrep No 3 :-08/01/2014

Dear All,
Please pass around the Battalion.
I would ask you to respect the views expressed in the Commanding Officers Sitrep No 3 (which are his views) and not necessarily MOD’s.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE
Area Secretary / Officer Mentor
RHQ SCOTS - North
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
Office; 01463 224380
Direct Military; 0131 310 8179
Mailto:maurice.gibson777@mod.uk
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Northern Ireland Veterans' Association:-08/01/2014

Dear All,
Event to mark in your diary. To read more on the event please go to one of the links below.
Regards,
David Langston.
email David:-davidlangston594@sky.com
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To download in PDF click here.

Brian (Mo) Morrison

Brian (Mo) Morrison, Davie Pirie asked me to publish this for those who knew Mo.
Could you please pass on to the Queens Own that Brian (Mo) Morrison from the Mortars has passed away.
He was Gordon's. He was in the Med centre after amalgamation then. the mortar Pl and finally the Sgts and officers mess, he was living in Aberdeen. looking after his mother as she has dementia. He had fallen over and hit his head and was found by her . It was just so the lads who knew him could know rather than Chinese whispers . Thanks for your help. He was an immensely popular guy.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns

Photos sent in by Khiari Yakob:- 07/01/2014

Major (Retired) David Grant at RHQ received this three photos from Khiari Yakob and I thought it would be nice if anyone of you who recognised anyone in the photos was to get in touch with us at cabarfeidh.com through the Guestbook or get in touch with Khiri Yakob by email :- khiari.yakob@gmail.com
This is what Khiari had to say a bought the three photos

"Hi,
I'm looking to see whether anyone associated with your website recognize those who marched in this 1962 photo, during the Brunei revolt. My grandfather took this photo when he was young. He told us that these were the Queen's own highlanders. Appreciate if you could circulate this photo.
Regards,
Khiari Yakob"
To view the photos click here.

Edinburgh Branch News Letter:-07/01/2014

Happy New Year to all members of the Regimental Family and welcome to the first Newsletter of 2014 from the Edinburgh Branch.
Amongst other things, the newsletter contains details about our Amalgamation Dinner, which is to be held on Saturday 8th February 2014 at Edinburgh University Student’s Union.
All members of the Regimental Family interested in attending should fill in the return and get it back to Danny Carruthers ASP – if last year’s dinner was anything to go by it will be a cracking evening and tickets will go fast. Details can be found here
Regards
George Givens
Chairman Edinburgh Branch
To read The News Letter go to one of the links below
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014

I do wish all of you who visit this website a very happy and prosperous 2014.
I know for some of us that 2013 was not a good year, but I do think that when sad times fall on any of us,we as a Regimental Family rally round each other and in that we gather our strength to carry on,and let us hope that that may continue .
I will finish by requesting that you send in your photos and messages to me as without them this website is nothing.
Regards to you all,
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com
CFGB

December 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Sgt Mess Members
NEW NEW NEW This is the second list of WO & Sgt who served in the Queen's Own Highlanders .
This batch of PDF Files will cover from Jan74 to Nov76 and you will have to download and save them all to have the full list.
Have to say that this took Mrs Mc and me rather a long time to compile the names out of the Queen's Own Highlanders magazines so enjoy.
To Download just go to One for the Records and choose PDF then Go
If you don't have a pdf reader go to this link to download Adobe Reader http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Forthcoming Events




EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2013
The branch newsletter in now up for you to read and it also contains booking forms and branch fee payments .Just go to one of the links below to download.
Regards,
Danny Carruthers
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH BUFFET DINNER DANCE
BUFFET DINNER DANCE SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER 2013, This will be held in Highland Hall of the Royal British Legion Nairn from 1930 hrs. I have decided to remain in Nairn using the same Caterer we used at the recent Sunday Lunch.
Come along on your own, as a couple or make up your table of 8 or 10 and enjoy a fine meal with drinks at Legion prices.
To read more and to book go to one of the links below
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


Christmas Message 2013/2014
This year's Christmas Message comes from Maj Gen Peter Grant Peterkin, CB. OBE
To read the message please go to one of the links below
To download the message in Office Word click
here.
To download the message in PDF click here.
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Seoras McIntosh  & Dave Watson

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.
Our thoughts are with all his family at this time.
Funeral details to follow later.
Regards
Seoras McIntosh

Cabarfeidh.com Xmas Message :-21/12/2013

Dear All,
Well you would have thought at the age of 66 I would have had more sense, but no not me, so yesterday off I went and got a Tattoo on my arm "Made in Scotland" that my wife paid for as a birthday present.
I have been talking about getting this tattoo done for the last ten years and it all started when I was selling Highland Dress on the Internet all over the world. I insisted that all my Scottish suppliers put Made In Scotland in their goods either with a Rubber Stamp or a cloth label. You have no idea how this helps sales when you are selling abroad.
Not sure what it will do for me though.
With that bit of useless information I would now like to go on and thank you all for being in touch this year on cabarfeidh.com and wish you all a
Very Merry Xmas and a Happy 2014

CFGB

Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com
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Hugh (cushie) Cuthbert :-19/12/2013

Dear All,
Most of you will remember Hugh (cushie) Cuthbert ex B Coy from the 1960s, he was awarded this at this years AGM Safeway/Morrisons pensioners association.
Cushie got into this after his involvement with Ronnie Hardie, after Ronnie died cushie and his wife, Marie continued with the hospice where Ronnie had his last few days, from that Cushie volunteered with the NHS and he travels mainly to Glasgow but also goes further afield to Edinburgh , Newcastle and Manchester with mainly cancer patients who need expert treatment, he usually does 4 or 5 days a week at this and sometimes he will not get home until late in the evening.
Regards to you all,
Hugh Hagan
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4 SCOTS The Blue Hackle Newsletter:-16/12/2013

Dear All,
Please find attached the 5th edition of The Blue Hackle Newsletter that covers 4 SCOTS’ activities for the month of November.
Regards to all,
Maurice Gibson
To read The Blue Hackle go to one of the links below
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

HIGHLAND BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2014

With the kind permission of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Black Watch, 3 SCOTS the Amalgamation Dinner this year taking place fifty three years to the day, will again be held in the Sergeants Mess at Fort George. The Commanding Officer, Quartermaster, Regimental Sergeant Major and some others from the Black Watch will be invited as our Official Guests.
The dress is Suit or Kilt/Trews.
To read more please go to one of the links below
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Edinburgh Branch Christmas Dance :-15/12/2013

The Edinburgh Branch held their Christmas Dance last night (14th December) and had a terrific turnout of over 100 members and their wives and partners. It was good to see a few old faces coming from near and far, particularly Spud Thompson from Northern Ireland, John McNiven from Dundee, Stevie Kavanagh(son of Jimmy Kavanagh) from Australia, Bill Russell from Inverness, Chris Cameron from Bathgate, and our oldest guest, Gil Taylor (ex-Seaforth Highlander) from Blackpool.
The music was provided by a talented local singer, Zander and it was good to see everyone getting up onto the dance floor so quickly to take advantage of the music and to get into the Christmas spirit.
As always our sincere thanks go to everyone who so generously donated the prizes for the Raffle. Wishing all members of the Regimental Family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year CFGB
George Givens
Chairman
Edinburgh Branch

From Cabarfeidh.com, Ref Museum Report :-14/12/2013

As we have allowed both the Museum Board and Kelvin to put up their reports on Cabarfeidh.com we feel we have given both sides equal opportunity to have their say, so from today we will draw a line under the matter as far as the website is concerned
We will not publish any more comments on the issue either on the website or Guestbook unless there are dramatic developments which we fell our readers should know about.
We thank you for your understanding on this matter.
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com

Kelvin's Response to the Museum Board :-14/12/2013

As cabarfeidh.com allowed the Museum board to publish their report on Kelvin's petition we feel it is only fair that we allow Kelvin to put up his reply to the report.
Go to one of the links to download the response.
To download Kelvins responce to the Museum Board in Office Word click here.
To download Kelvins responce to the Museum Boardin PDF click here.

Response to Kelvin's Petition :-13/12/2013

The Museum Board met yesterday and have requested that cabarfeidh.com put up there response to Kelvin's petition.
To read the response please go to one of the links below
To download the Response to the Petition in Office Word click here.
To download the Response to the Petitionin PDF click here.

HOSPITAL :-12/12/2013

Sid Barker Snr went back into Raigmore today for a further operation.
Ward details to follow.
Yours aye,
Bob

Sitrep from Helmand Dec 2013

Dear Sirs,
My second report and this one will be lighter on military jargon. We passed our first Tour milestones in the last month with A Company returning home after a very successful time running in-theatre training for all the forces as they arrived. They departed for Fallingbostel and a well earned rest over Christmas but return in January to a packed programme of Adventure Training, low level military skills and an Exercise to Jordan. One of the events they will be doing is a trip to the World War One battlefields to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war beginning. We will keep you updated on their progress.
To read more please go to one of the links below.
Maurice Gibson
To download the newsletter in Office Word click here.
To download newsletter in PDF click here.

CSgt Charlie Liddle:-20/11/2013

Dear All,
I delivered the annual Association Christmas present to Charlie this morning.
Charlie is in good heart but still in the Royal Hospital Infirmary because his knees continue to trouble him and he finds walking difficult. However he does still get about on his electric scooter.
He enjoys getting regular updates on the regiment from Gordon Mackenzie, Charlie Millar and a few others but he would love to hear from any old colleagues.
Although Charlie will not be sending cards this year he would welcome Christmas cards and his address is:
In Pensioner CSgt Charlie Liddle
Jones Ward
Royal Hospital Chelsea
London SW3 4SR
Regards to you all,
Peter Grant Peterkin
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William Maclean 83 :-04/12/2013

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 now up on the Obituary Page
Another character for the 2nd Battalion.
Peter Wason

Appointment of association Secretary :-04/12/2013

Major (Ret’d) Edward Usborne, has been appointed as the Association Regimental Secretary. He will work from our office, Cameron Bks, on the mornings of Wednesdays and Fridays.
His email address is association-sec@cabarfeidh.com
Tel: 0131-310-8139 (same number as Treasurer, Maj David Grant).

Highland Branch Buffet Dinner Dance Saturday the 7th December 2013 :-02/12/2013

Spaces are still available at this event. Please contact Bob Towns or Steven McIntosh if you want to attend.
This will be held in Highland Hall of the Royal British Legion Nairn from 1930 hrs. I have decided to remain in Nairn using the same Caterer we used at the recent Sunday Lunch. Come along on your own, as a couple or make up your table of 8 or 10 and enjoy a fine meal with drinks at Legion prices.
The following menu choices will be available.
Hot
Classic fish pie topped with creamed potato, served with buttered winter greens. Breast of chicken, roast shallots, smoked bacon, mushroom flavoured with red wine and tarragon jus, served with egg fried rice.
Cold
Decorated whole salmon with cucumber and asparagus salad. Honey gazed gammon with a pineapple and raisin chutney. Coronation chicken topped with toasted coconut. Served with Creamy coleslaw, beef tomato mozzarella, and dressed continental salad leaves.
Desserts
Dark chocolate truffle mousse, presented in a brandy snap basket, with an orange sorbet and Grand Marnier syrup. Banana, caramel and meringue flan, with sauce anglaise.
Coffee/tea and homemade tablet.
Parking is available on the streets surrounding the Legion.
Yours aye,
Bob

CALL TO ALL QUEEN’S OWN HIGHLANDERS – BATTALION FOOTBALLERS

Some ex QO HLDRS Football Players may recall a previous thread on Facebook (FB) QOHLDRS Group Page with regards to a Football Player and Management Re-union. Taking the re-union to the next stage, this message is a call to all ex QO HLDRS football players who represented the Battalion between Feb 1961 and Sep 1994. We would like to establish how many players, together with wives or partners, would be interested in attending the re-union.
To read more please go to one of the links below
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

November 2011

From Cabarfeidh.com

Forthcoming Events




EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2013
The branch newsletter in now up for you to read and it also contains booking forms and branch fee payments .Just go to one of the links below to download.
Regards,
Danny Carruthers
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH BUFFET DINNER DANCE
BUFFET DINNER DANCE SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER 2013, This will be held in Highland Hall of the Royal British Legion Nairn from 1930 hrs. I have decided to remain in Nairn using the same Caterer we used at the recent Sunday Lunch.
Come along on your own, as a couple or make up your table of 8 or 10 and enjoy a fine meal with drinks at Legion prices.
To read more and to book go to one of the links below
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Kelvin's Museum Facebook Page :-22/11/2013

As Kelvin quite rightly said on cabarfeidh.com guestbook" I know a lot at cabarfeidh do not agree with my petition" but he is right in what he says that I should at least give other's the chance to have their say and to go and view his Facebook page and make up their own mined in what they want to do.
I think I am right in saying that you have to join the group to view the comments and to sign the petition.
So here is the link through cabarfeidh.com
Click Here

Christmas Card For 2013:-20/11/2013

Dear All,
I am sorry to say but the cards are now SOLD OUT
Col Angus Fairrie is offering a Christmas Card for 2013; to our members.
Any member wishing to order (minimum quantity is 10 cards) will cost £5.oo, which includes the postage.
Cheques made out to "Queen's Own Highlanders Regtl Assn" and post their order to:-
Maj D Grant
Treasurer
QOHLDRS Association
Cameron Bks
INVERNESS
IV2 3XE
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PADDY’S FUNERAL-19/11/2013

Dear All,
Time Change.
If you are available please get your Glengarry's out and meet at WT Frasers Funeral Home at 12.45.
Funeral service to be held at WT Fraser, Culduthel Road, Inverness on Monday 25 November at 13.15hrs.
Thereafter to Tomnahurich Cemetery for internment.
Yours aye,
Bob

Syd and Paddy-15/11/2013

I went to Inverness yesterday and visited Syd barker his son Dick and one of his grandsons were there to.
Syd was in good form, the hospital authorities were trying to get him back to Caithness were he will be closer to his family, he may be on his way today.
Also visited Lilian Duffus and she informed me that Billy Mills was in hospital, Ann and I went over to the Royal Infirmary and paid him a visit. Although he can't speak he recognised us and understood what we were saying.
Now having just read on this web sight we learn of his death.
To Maureen and Family we send our deepest sympathy.
Regards.
Hamish MacPherson

Billy (Paddy) Mills-15/11/2013

All,
Sad news today of the passing of Billy Mills, affectionately known as "Paddy".
Family were with him and he passed quite peacefully.
All the family mustered round in traditional Q O HLDRS fashion and are supporting each other at this time.
Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page..
Regards,
Bob Towns

OBITUARIES

A Special Request. Can you all visit Obituaries to the left of this page Or click on OBITURIE and have a look at the names listed. The names of these fine men & women will rightly, be recorded in the Obituaries Section of the next Regimental Magazine. Important details such as the date they joined the 2nd Bn, age and what they did whilst serving with us are missing. If you can add some information to allow me to insert a fitting obituary I would be most obliged. Please send me your input by any means. Duplication preferred to staying silent.
To all those closely affected I hope you understand my reason for posting.
Lest we forget, RIP CFGB
(I need this information soonest)
Email:- bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

Edwin (Sid) Barker-12/11/2013

Edwin (Sid) Barker Accompanied by Jimmy Mutch I visited Edwin (Sid Snr) this afternoon.
Sid is now in Ward 7A Room 7. He is looking pretty good and we had a nice chat.
Sid informed us that Andy (Duncan) MacRae (D Coy/Recce) Berlin/Sharjah/Edinburgh had been in the same ward in hospital in Caithness. Get Well soon Sid. CFGB
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

IN HOSPITAL Dick Barker Snr:- 11/11/2013

Inverness Area QO HLDRS Please Note: I just received this from Sharon Barker.
Hi Bob, just a quick note to advise. Dick's Dad is in Raigmore. HDU he has had gallstones removed and will be in for another few days. Wondered if any gentlemen from the Regiment in that area that would pop in for a wee visit. Make an old man happy.
Kind Regards
Sharon
Please visit if you can. I plan to go in tomorrow afternoon.
He is in Ward 4B for now and may to 4A in a fee days.
Thank you,
Yours aye,
Bob

Paul Keith Lang-10/11/2013

Paul Keith Lang I stole this off of Facebook but I am sure Paul wont mined as I find it a very fitting message for today.
" I just wanted to take a moment to write a message to all the ex serving Queen Own Highlanders. This is a regiment that I'm so very proud of and love. My father, my uncles and my brother served proudly as part of this regiment with many of you and my uncle David and brother John lost their lives while on active service. While I never served with this regiment I was born into it and for most of my youth I never knew any other kind of life. It was normal for me to travel around the barracks or fort every week and watch my dad talk to many different people in uniform, wearing that proud blue Hackle. Every one of the men I saw in barracks were heroes to me and over 20 years later they still are. I loved my time, surrounded by proud Highlanders like the Duffus family, Pete Fyfe, General Hopkinson and so many more to mention. My dad and brother John will forever be my greatest regiment heroes but every man that has served in the Queens Own Highlanders is a hero of mine. On this day of remembrance I want to say Thank you to each of you. I'm proud of your service and look up to each and every one of you!"

MORAY LOONS Photos 2013-09/11/2013

The Moray Loons night oot photos are now up for you to view in the Photo/Poems Page.
Seoras McIntosh

MORAY LOONS- THANK YOU-09/11/2013

On behalf of my daughter Alison and her husband Stewart I offer my heartfelt thanks for the generosity shown last night. The presentation of the proceeds of the Moray Loons Night in support of their fund raising efforts (both running the London Marathon) in aid of the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Youngwww.c-r-y.org.ukwas most generous. I received in total, the sum of £270 from the proceeds and also from notes pushed into my palm by individuals. With your permission I will use the funds to support Stewart because due to the previous generosity of the Regimental Family Alison passed the required £1800 target very quickly.
Every week at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. The money raised will allow the charity to further investigate and maybe, just maybe ensure that families in the future do not have to suffer the loss of a youngster in this way.
In memory of Florence Moore (18 months) RIP.
To the very fine Moray Loons from a Spey Bay Loon please accept my very sincere thanks.
Yours aye,
Bob
CFGB

From; RHQ SCOTS - North-08/11/2013

"I was aware of Kelvin Hunters feelings over the issue of the Museum Name and requirement to upgrade it as a former employee and that he has now elected his democratic right to protest about it and has today produced a Petition of 500+ names. The Name change came about 13 years ago today (8th Nov 2000) when all Military Museums were required to enter into Customer Service Agreements with the MOD, which would help insure continued financial support for Heritage from the Government.
I accept the Petition on behalf of the QOHldrs Trustees and Museum Board of Directors and will ensure it is forwarded to the Chairman for consideration on his return from Business in the Far East. I wouldn’t expect a formal response before mid December once all trustees / directors have had time to consider the issue collectively and fully as it could have a significance impact on the Business and our continuing partnerships with Historic Scotland and Destination Loch Ness / City of Inverness in the Tourism BID. “
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE
Area Secretary / Officer Mentor
RHQ SCOTS - North
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
Office; 01463 224380
Direct Military; 0131 310 8179
Mailto:maurice.gibson777@mod.uk

For our Readers Information-06/11/2013

Our branch contact details have been updated today.
Just click on Association Contacts at the top of this page.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com

Lunch with Mike:-05/11/2013

Had lunch with Mike Crowe yesterday. Still going well at 83 and does the occasional stint at the Army FA Office. He sends his regards to you all.
Yours aye,
Bob
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Remembrance Day Parade Elgin_05/11/2013

The Moray loons will be forming up around 1020 in the car park at the back of the Elgin Museum and all soldiers who have no regiment to march with are more than welcome to march along with us, this also includes Families of serving soldiers.
The wreath this year from the Moray Loons will be laid by Ex RSM Ronnie Sinclair better known to us all as that nice lad with the loud voice.
The Seaforth club has invited us to their littlie get together after the parade where Soup and Sandwiches will be laid on. I think they might have a bit of live music also.
It would be nice to see you all there to remember not just the Lads that died fighting for their country but lads that we know that served in the forces that has passed away to the 2nd Bn.
Your Aye
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Opening of the Garden of Remembrance in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

The garden of remembrance was opened today the 4th November 2013, Margaret Munro has been kind enough to send in some photos of the event.
Please go to the photo/poem page to view the rest of the photos
Thank you Margaret
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What the Guest Books on Cabarfeidh.com is About:- 03/11/2013

I want to remind you what the Guest book on cabarfeidh.com is all about.
It's about Finding friends, Leaving messages to friends, Arranging get together and or advising others of any Obituaries or any other useful information.
Telling your stories on some of the things your friends may have got up to while serving in the Regiment.
What it is not about is, slagging any of our fellow soldiers off for whatever reason, Getting into political discussion or the like.
Please use it and enjoy it.

To those of you who have put up a message about the Museum, or commented on what someone else said on the museum matter and has not had their comments put up on the Guest Book I apologise but it had to come to an end.
Regards
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

October 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is Fort George in the early 20th Century
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events




Moray Loons Night Oot
The Moray loons night oot will be held in the Seaforth Club Elgin on the 8th of November 2013.
The committee would like to see you supporting us as you have done over the last 5 Years .
I will be handing in the names for the Moray Loons to the Seaforth Club on Friday so if you have not already done so and you want to come along get your name into me now.
To download a booking form go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh
To download Booking Form in Office Word click
here.
To download Booking Form in PDF click here.
To download Names List in Office Word click here.
To download Names List in PDF click here.


EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2013
The branch newsletter in now up for you to read and it also contains booking forms and branch fee payments .Just go to one of the links below to download.
Regards,
Danny Carruthers
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH BUFFET DINNER DANCE
BUFFET DINNER DANCE SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER 2013, This will be held in Highland Hall of the Royal British Legion Nairn from 1930 hrs. I have decided to remain in Nairn using the same Caterer we used at the recent Sunday Lunch.
Come along on your own, as a couple or make up your table of 8 or 10 and enjoy a fine meal with drinks at Legion prices.
To read more and to book go to one of the links below
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

The Cabar Feidh-30/10/2013

Dear All,
Regimental Family and Friends,
Regimental Family and Friends, We are pleased to send you the rebirth of a newsletter, The Cabar Feidh. The history of this newsletter and magazine was that it was originally the Imperial Seaforth’s in Scotland. As we are the last of the Seaforth’s it seemed appropriate to resurrect the original newsletter and possibly in the future a magazine.
The first edition is mainly an introduction and background of the members that are unfamiliar to many of the Family. Included also are articles regarding the Battalion, Patrons, Cadets, Association, and other areas of the Regimental family.
We hope you will find the first edition interesting and informative.
We would also like to receive any articles, comments, or suggestions for improvement in the future.
Finally it is also hoped that you will continually go to the web address of www.seaforthhighlanders.ca for the current happenings of the Regiment.
Cabar Feidh Gu Brath
Allen McLeod, CD
Captain (retd)
Regt. Secretary, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
Email amcleod1636@gmail.com Mobile 604 836-1946

To read the newsletter please go the link below.
Allen McLeod, CD

http://seaforthhighlanders.ca/cabar-feidh/

Museum Plaque-29/10/2013

This is just a thought, if they were to put up a plaque on the Museum wall, on the right hand side of the museum door would this satisfy them that are looking for the Queen's Own Highlanders name to be represented at the Museum.
The word on the plaque could also be incorporated on the top of the Museum webpage.
The other thing that I would like to see in my lifetime is the road leading from the playing field into Fort George be called Queen's Own Highlanders Way
Seoras McIntosh
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REGIMENTAL CONDOLENCE CARD-25/10/2013

At this sad time I hereby remind you that there is a Regimental Condolence Card. This is sent to the next of kin of all QO HLDRS who join the 2nd Battalion.
However it only works if I or one of the Branch Chairmen receive the necessary information. Ideally we require:
A. The full name of the deceased.
B. The name, address and relationship of the next of kin.
C. Dates of time served in the QO HLDRS
D. Rank on leaving.
E. Date of Death and Age.
Don't allow the lack of dates to be a show stopper. Better that a card is sent quickly rather than not at all.
Anyone can arrange this be it a fellow QO HLDR or a family member.
The card is sent "With Deepest Sympathy of the Chairman, Trustees and Members of the Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association" and is signed by the Chairman
Yours Aye
Bob Towns

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Obituaries-24/10/2013

It is very sad to think that we at cabarfeidh.com have to get our information from facebook on one of our Queen's Own Highlanders that have passed away .
I would just like to remind you out there that when a obituary goes up on the cabarfeidh.com website it is up there forever along with the badge that they served under.
So please in the future inform me of any obituaries.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com, Working for you

The Blue Hackle Edition3-24/10/2013

Dear All,
The latest newsletter from 4 SCOTS is attached.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download The Blue Hackle in Office Word click here.
To download The Blue Hackle in PDF click here.

EDDIE BLEVINS-23/10/2013

Just had a phone call to inform me that another QO HLDR has joined the 2nd Battalion, will post details of funeral when I get them CFGB. Gutted, under statement RIP Blev one of the best xx
Peter Crielly Senior

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 details are now up on the Obituaries page.
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

One for GG an all other Bikers 16/10/2013

This guy’s name is Houst and he spends most of his day sitting outside a cafe in Szentendre Hungary charging Japanese tourists to have their photo taken on his bike. He is 72 years old. He allowed me to take the photo (free of charge) if I sent him a copy which I have done. Please note I have left him and his bike in B@W and the River Danube in the background in colour
Seoras McIntosh
Photo taken from Facebook
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Davey, Maurice & Me-15/10/2013

Hello George,
While in Malta for their Military Tattoo met up with Maurice Stirling,I spent the afternoon with him and David Baird.
This photo was taken at the Tattoo interval.
Regards,
Joe MacDonald
Photo taken from Facebook
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Willie Andrew-11/10/2013

Sad day today (Thursday 10th Nov 2013)for all my family got my dad's headstone put up today but it's beautiful and I know he will love it we all love and miss him so much xxxxx.
Lorraine Innes
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Death of Pte. Berry-08/10/2013

The Death of Pte Berry,
I wonder if you could find out some info for me reference the above. According to the DWP and the Secretary of State this accident never happened. I need the date if possible. I am totally disgusted and angered that people seem to be brushing this under the carpet which to me is being totally disrespectful to his family.
This accident happened and should be acknowledged in some way.
I would be grateful for any help you can give me.
email me on:- brian.barrie@live.co.uk
Yours aye,
Brian Barrie

Meggie Campbell wife of Jim Campbell

More sad news I am afraid. 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. Condolences to Jim and daughter Aileen.
Obituary is up on the Obituaries page.
Please attend and support Jim if you can. RIP CFGB.
Regards
Bob Towns

MAUREEN RATTRAY WIFE OF JOHN (JAP) RATTRAY) -07/10/2013

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Maureen Rattray wife of Jap who sadly passed away peacefully in her sleep after a short illness at 1607 hrs on Sunday 6 October at Highland Hospice.
Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page.
Thank you Tony Curran for informing me.
Seoras McIntosh

JOB OPPORTUNITY -05/10/2013

From David Fraser,
A friend of mine who lives near Fettercairn is looking for assistance.
His message is as follows:
My caretaker/handyman and his wife are retiring in December and I need to replace them. Full time job with house provided for handyman. Part time cleaning and cooking for wife. Does anyone know of anyone suitable they would recommend? Actually it need not be a couple, I am looking mainly for the handyman. His wife could work elsewhere, and I could get someone else for cleaning and cooking.
If this is of interest please ask them to contact me:
jamesgraycheape@gmail.com
CFGB
James G-C

Riding for the Disabled Coffee Morning -04/10/2013

Our Riding for the Disabled Autumn Coffee Morning is on Saturday 26th October in St Leonard's Hall in Forres from 10 - 12 noon.
Lots of good stalls and good things to eat and drink!
Regards
Chonie Monro

John Peddie (Son of Ian Peddie) -01/10/2013

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of John Peddie (Son of Ian Peddie)
John died very suddenly aged 50 on Tuesday 24th September 2013.
Funeral at Ormlie Lodge Service rooms Thurso Tuesday 1st October at 1100.
Our thoughts are with Ian.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

September 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is Fort George in the early 20th Century
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events




Hectors Radio-18/09/2013

We now have our first report from the Battlefield Tour by Lt Col Bob Towns for you to listen too.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh
Photos up on the Photo/Poem Page
If you wish to make a recording for the site please get in touch with me on 07739 746611 or seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Comments welcome. Seoras McIntosh
The sound recording will work on Internet Explorer 9 or above, Firefox, Google Chrome ,and most other browsers.



Hectors Radio-22/09/2013

We now have our last report from the Battlefield Tour by Maj George Givens for you to listen too.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh
If YOU wish to make a recording for the site please get in touch with me on 07739 746611 or seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Comments welcome. Seoras McIntosh
The sound recording will work on Internet Explorer 9 or above, Firefox, Google Chrome ,and most other browsers.



Moray Loons Night Oot- 13/09/20133
The Moray loons night oot will be held in the Seaforth Club Elgin on the 8th of November 2013.
The committee would like to see you supporting us as you have done over the last 5 Years .
To download a booking form go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.



C H A R I T Y N I G H T-01/09/20133
A Charity night in aid of Help for Heroes on the 11th October 2013 at the Gilmerton Miners Club in Edinburgh. Time 7.00pm for 7.30pm Tickets will cost £10.00 per person.
To read more on this scroll down the page




Edinburgh Branch AGM 2013
. The AGM will take place on Sunday 13th October in Leith Ex Servicemen's Club at 1300hrs,all Annual Subscriptions are now due, all Members families are welcome to come along, there will be a Curry/Salad on offer after the AGM, please inform Danny Carruthers if you do plan on attending, as it will assist the Caterers ,it would be really good if we could have a good attendance,
email Danny:- d.carruthers3921@hotmail.co.uk ,thank you.
Yours Aye,
Danny Carruthers



Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

HIGHLAND BRANCH LUNCH SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2013-30/09/2013

In excess of 60 members and guests attended the annual September Lunch held for the second year at the Royal British Legion Nairn. Members started arriving from 1200 and after a welcoming drink moved outside to watch a display by the Association Pipes and Drums.
To read more on this go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download  in Office Word click here.
To download  in PDF click here.

To view the photos click here

HOSPITAL CARDS-27/09/2013

Do you know of a Queen’s Own Highlander in hospital? Let me have the details, Name, Ward No, Hospital Address and the Association will send one of the cards produced for us by Kelvin.
Be reasonable, not for ingrowing toe nails!
Yours aye,
Bob Towns
Secretary
Regimental Association
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BATTLEFIELD TOUR REPORT-24/09/2013-22/09/2013

Our recently completed Battlefield Tour was enjoyed by all who participated, namely; Queen’s Own Highlanders(Seaforth & Camerons) Regimental Association, Royal British Legion Scotland Nairn Branch and Attached Personnel.
I have completed this report in an effort to allow you to share the experience. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to what was a fantastic experience.
“We will remember them”
Yours aye,
Bob Towns
To download the report in Office Word click here.
To download the report in PDF click here.

Welfare Bulletin Number 2121-24/09/2013-22/09/2013

Dear All,
The welfare bulletin from:-
FR Morton
Major Retired
SO2 Welfare
Is now up for you to read.
Seoras McIntosh
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

What You Can Do With A Photo-23/09/2013

I took the photo on the left just before I left Ieper and was not sure what to do with it.
The photo on the right is the outcome.
Seoras McIntosh
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Honfleur-22/09/2013

Dear All,
In 1940 one subaltern and seven Jocks from 2 Seaforth escaped from St Valery –en-Caux thus avoiding capture by the German army. They made their way to a small village called Honfleur near Le Havre in France where they were hidden for 6 months. They eventually escaped to Spain via Paris and were repatriated to the UK.
We are looking for families of these seven soldiers.
Their name are:-
Lt Richard Broad (Snow White) Sgt Chalmers, Pte Robert Osborne, Pte James McDonagh, Pte Sam Thompson, Pte Turner, Pte Drayton and Pte George Dodd (The Dwarfs)
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Regards,
Lt Col James Murray
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER-11/09/2013

Dear All,
Please find the latest Edinburgh Branch Newsletter
Regards
George Givens
Chairman
Edinburgh Branch
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

VACANCY ON BATTLEFIELD TOUR 16 – 21 SEPTEMBER 2013 -05/09/2013

Due to a problem with his back Cliff Thorpe has had to take himself off the list. Unfortunately the Tour Company cannot offer him a refund. His insurance will not help either. In an effort to help Cliff recoup at least some of his money we now have a vacancy for sale. Cliff paid £580 for the trip. Anyone wishing to take his place should contact me soonest Mob: 07511114196
Time is short.
Yours aye,
Bob

HIGHLAND GAMES – START TIME AND TRANSPORT (UPDATE) -04/09/2013

1. The first event of the Highland Games will take place at 1130 hrs.
2. Transport (55 Seater Coach) will leave from the Community Centre, Wimberley Way at 1000 hrs and again at 1100 hrs. A return journey will take place at the conclusion of the games. This transport is for use by families and others travelling to the Fort.
3.  I will be available in the Car Park area from 1000 to issue Tickets (Wrist Bands). The Museum will of course be open at its normal time of 0930.
Yours aye,
Bob

Jimmy Walker-02/09/2013

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death's of of Jimmy Walker.
Jimmy who died on the 30th August 2013 and Emma on the 6th September 2013
There funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page
Jimmy served in the Seaforth Highlanders, Queen's Own Highlanders and the Gordon Highlanders.

Funeral arrangements will be posted when I receive them
Seoras McIntosh

HIGHLAND GAMES FORT GEORGE TICKETS AND TRANSPORT-02/09/2013

Tickets (Wristbands) will be available for collection by those who have ordered them at the Car Park at Fort George from 0945 – 1130 on the day of the Games. I will be there in person with other Highland Branch Committee members to issue them. If this does not suit you can collect the tickets from me at 40 Riverpark Nairn IV12 5SR in advance. If you plan to collect in advance, please give me ring to make sure we are in. Mob: 07511114196. This is for the tickets ordered through Steven or direct through me personally.
At present Transport will be available from Inverness only. 3 SCOTS are laying on a bus from the Community Centre, Wimberley Way at 1000 and 1100 which we are welcome to use. 3 SCOTS are currently checking numbers to see if an additional minibus will be required.
Watch this space for details.
Any questions to me please.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

C H A R I T Y N I G H T-01/09/2013

Charity night in aid of Help for Heroes on the 11th October 2013 at the Gilmerton Miners Club in Edinburgh. Time 7.00pm for 7.30pm Tickets will cost £10.00 per person
There will be be a Raffle with prizes galore including 3 x 4 ball at Craigmillar Park, Prestonfield and Swanston Golf Clubs, a Halogen Oven. High Street Store Vouchers worth 20.00 or more. Too numerous to mention!
We have 2 x Chelsea Pensioners and hopefully 2 x Wounded Soldiers at the event.
Why not give Mary Macdonald (23´s wife) a ring on 0131 237 8833 or 07925653933 and find out more about this very worthwhile event Regards,
Eric MacDonald
The followin photo is of  of the items going up for auction, Clock by Kelvin Hunter,Nativity Margaret and Bobby Munro, necklace & bracelet George (ex QOH) & Billy (ex Black Watch)the set is in H4H's tartan the tartan was designed by the two lads.
Click image to enlarge.

August 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is Fort George in the early 20th Century
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events




HIGHLAND BRANCH CURRY LUNCH – SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2013
This will be held in Highland Hall of the Royal British Legion Nairn from 1230 hrs on Sunday 29th September. It is hoped the Association Mini Pipe Band will support us.
To read more on this go to one of the links below
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


Royal Regiment of Scotland Highland Games (Gathering) at Fort George
The BW 3 SCOTS will host the first Royal Regiment of Scotland Highland Games (Gathering) at Fort George  on Saturday 7th September 2013 with events starting at 10 am and concluding with Prize Giving at 5 pm. The 5 x Regular battalions, 2 x Territorial (Reserve) battalions, 39 Engineer Regiment and RAF Lossiemouth have all been asked to participate by sending teams to compete in;
To read more on this go to one of the links below
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Captain Johnnie Maclean-27/08/2013

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Captain Johnnie Maclean.
Funeral and obituarie are now up on the Obituaries page.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

Mrs Erika Hutton-27/08/2013

Erika, wife of Jim Hutton (Ex Gordon Highlander) 2 Cradlehall Park Westhill Inverness IV2 5BZ, died suddenly at Raigmore Hospital Inverness on Saturday 24th August 2013.
Funeral details are as follows:
Inverness Crematorium on Tuesday 3rd September at 1430 hrs. All friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only.
Seoras, a lot of Cabar Feidh will know Jim and Erika well so can you please put it up on the cabarfeidh.com website
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

Regimental Association Welfare Bulletin-21/08/2013

Dear All,
4 SCOTS Regimental Association Welfare Bulletin Number 13 in now up for you to read.
Go to one of the links below.
Regards,
Maurice Gibson.
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Paul (PA) Christie-17/08/2013

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Paul (PA) Christie.
Paul's funereal details are up on the Obituaries page.
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Golf 2013-13/08/2013

The photos of the above outing is now up for you to view in the Photo/Poem page of this website
Seoras McIntosh

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING-14/08/2013

Dear All,
The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association are now here for you to read
Regards
Major (Retired) David Grant

To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

We were Just Soldiers-13/08/2013

I have just put up a song written by P/M Alistair Reese in the Audio Recordings page called "We were Just Soldiers".
Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Thank's Ali,
Seoras McIntosh

Job Opportunity-06/08/2013

Dear All,
Leaving the services / looking for a new challenge?
An opportunity has arisen at the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, which is a private hall with lots of history attached to it.
Please see the attached Terms and Conditions.
If Angela McKinnon is unable to attract a suitable Events Manager then a she would consider a Caretaker + Wife team to run the Building.
This post would probably suit a Non Commissioned Officer with experience of running either the Officers or Sergeants Messes.
Please advertise this opportunity widely (which has regularly been filled by service personnel) and send CV’s or further question to;
Angela McKinnon
angela@towerbakery.co.uk
Yours sincerely
Maurice Gibson
Area Secretary
RHQ SCOTS – North
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
(01463 224380)
To read job description go to one of the links below
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Fund Raising Ball at the Royal Scots Club-02/08/2013

Dear All,
The Soldiers Charity intends to hold a Fund Raising Ball at the Royal Scots Club on 19th September.
This Charity does a tremendous amount and spends lots of money on welfare & benevolence.
All ranks, serving or retired are encouraged to attend.
Maurice Gibson.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

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.
Funeral details are up on the obituaries page)
Seoras McIntosh

Highland Poppy Run 2013 – Saturday 7th September-01/08/2013

It’s that time of year again when the Highland Community get together to support our Heroes by taking part in the Highland Poppy Run.
This great family event is now in its sixth year and going strong; since its conception in 2008 the Highland Poppy Run has attracted over 800 participants and over £24,000 of vital funds to aid Poppyscotland in their work with veterans living in Scotland.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Maurice Gibson
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Golf Autumn Meeting at Aboyne-01/08/2013

Dear All,
Golf,
Please find attached the calling letter for the Autumn Meeting at Aboyne on the 20 September 2013.
Regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

July 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is D Coy 1974
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

NEW Sound Recordings:- Drummer MacGillivray 24/05/2013
With the kind permission of Meg MacGillivray I have put up the tune Drummer MacGillivray. The Tune was composed and played by Pipe Major Richard Anderson.
My thanks go to Meg and Family and Richard for allowing me to record him at his home at such short notice.
Seoras McIntosh cabarfeidh.com
If YOU wish to make a recording for the site please get in touch with me on 07739 746611 or seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Comments are welcome. Seoras McIntosh
The sound recording will work on Internet Explorer 9 or above, Firefox, Google Chrome ,and most other browsers.


Forthcoming Events


Queen's Own Highlanders Association AGM 04/05/2013
The AGM will be held at 1100 hrs in Fort George on FRIDAY 5th JULY (Trustees 0930 hrs)

Following discussions with Frank Blincow’s family and others involved it has been agreed to move the date of his Memorial Service to Friday afternoon of 5th July.
Timings for the Memorial Service to be finalised.
Kind regards,
David E Loftus MBE


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
The annual gathering will be held at Cameron Barracks Inverness on Saturday 17th August 2013 commencing at 1100HRS.
This is the 220th Anniversary to the day of the raising of the 79th Regiment or Cameron Volunteers by Major Allan Cameron of Erracht.
There will be a Drum Head Service and displays by the Pipes and Drums of the Q. O. Hldrs Regimental Association.
Admission is by ticket only priced at £20 which will include an excellent buffet luncheon.
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs.(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association the Gathering is open to all members of the new Association.
For further information and tickets contact the Chairman,
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge,
Culduthel Road,
Inverness.
IV2 4HQ email:-
culduthel@aol.com
Tel: 01463 231945

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

The Jock-30/07/2013

Dear All,
Please find attached a copy of the July 13 Jock e-newsletter from RHQ SCOTS.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download in PDF click here.

Scott (Scotty) Munro-29/07/2013

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Scott (Scotty) Munro from Elgin, a young lad just 42 years old.
Scott's funeral details are on the obituaries page.
Bob

Royal Regiment of Scotland Highland Games (Gathering) at Fort George-21/07/2013

The BW 3 SCOTS will host the first Royal Regiment of Scotland Highland Games (Gathering) at Fort George  on Saturday 7th September 2013 with events starting at 10 am and concluding with Prize Giving at 5 pm. The 5 x Regular battalions, 2 x Territorial (Reserve) battalions, 39 Engineer Regiment and RAF Lossiemouth have all been asked to participate by sending teams to compete in;
To read more on this go to one of the links below
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

SIDS BENCH-20/07/2013

On the first anniversary of his death a small group of us (see photographs) met at Clovenside Cemetery, Forres on Friday the 19th of July 2013 to officially dedicate a bench in memory of 24248178 Colour Sergeant C (Sid) Kelman.
The funding for the bench came from the monies collected at his funeral and from donations from family and fellow colleagues regular and TA.
I read out brief details of his time in the QO HLDRS and this was followed by the Regimental Toast. The bench was officially dedicated when all present jointly said the Regimental Collect of the QO HLDRS.
Why did we do this? Sid is buried in an unmarked grave very close to where the bench now sits. We felt that we had to mark in some way the presence of a fine member of the QO HLDRS.
After the short ceremony we retired to Forres Golf Club for Tea/Coffee and sandwiches courtesy of the Captain, Albert Duffus. This was very much appreciated by all.
RIP Sid, CFGB.
Bob Towns
To view the photos click here.

A Thank You from Albert Duffus-19/07/2013

We would like to thank all who left donations at Mark's funeral. £2 550. 04 was collected and will be donated to Erskine Hospital. Once again thank you for your generosity.
Albert

From D/M Joe MacDonald-16/07/2013

This was a two thirds of a composite band which played in several locations in London in aid of the RBL Poppy Appeal 2012.
The same thing is planned for this year on 7th November (Thurs) any pipers & drummers in the area can register by entering; Big Bang & Blow 2013.
Regards,
Joe MacDonald
To watch the bands playing on YouTube go to the link below
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLJWgBNDLiI

Message from Albert Duffus-15/07/2013

The Duffus Clan would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the overwhelming support given by the regimental family at this very sad time.
The numerous cards and letters are a great comfort and showed the high regard that Mark was held in.
The family also appreciate that people came from far and wide to show their respect.
The Clan take strength in the knowledge that so many were thinking of them at this time.
CFGB.
Yours
Albert

The Moray Loon's Night Oot 2013-14/07/2013

The Moray Loons night out will be held in the Seaforth Club Elgin on the 8Th Nov 2013.
As usual we will have our Pipers and I hope to have a guest speaker,stovies will be served.
If you wish to attend please fill in the Form attached and send it to me with your £5.00 for your Stovies.
The committee, Hamish MacPherson, Ron Sinclair, Seoras McIntosh and Steven McIntosh all hope to see you there.
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

DEDICATION OF SID KELMANS BENCH-14/07/2013

A simple ceremony will take place at 1100 Friday 19th July 2013 at Clovenside Cemetery Forres to dedicate the bench in Sid’s memory.
This bench was made and delivered thanks to donations received from family, friends and from the collection taken at his funeral. In addition Moray Council installed it free of charge.
Park in the car park and walk up to the bench.
No formal instructions on dress.
Seoras will be there with his camera.
I look forward to seeing you.
Bob

Pat Kyle-07/07/2013

It is with deep regret that I have to report that Pat Kyle sadly passed away on Friday night after a long illness.
Pat was one of the Regiment’s great characters – everyone in the Regiment knew who APWK was.
He was a founding member and stalwart of the Edinburgh Branch and for many years was instrumental in guiding us as our Branch Secretary.
Pat had a great sense of humour, didn’t have a bad bone in his body, and was well liked by everyone who came into contact with him. He will be sadly missed.
Pat's Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page
RIP Pat
George Givens
Chairman
Edinburgh Branch

Branch Reports AGM 2013- 06/0/2013

Due to David Loftus not being able to attend the Association AGM held at Fort George due to ill health the Branch reports was not available for us to read, you can now read them by going to one of the links below.
A report of the meeting should be available on this website shortly.
I have also put up photos on the photos page of the event
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Fellow Liverpool Jocks 04/07/2013

By now you will all have heard of the reorganisation of the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, as announced yesterday. The consequence to us is that ‘A’ Company will be disbanded, by December 2016, and therefore there will no longer be a serving Liverpool Scottish Platoon. How these changes are to be implemented are not yet known.
To read more on this go to one of the links below.
Colin Hughes
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To download in PDF click here.

Mark Duffus 02/07/2013

It is with the deepest regret that I inform you all that Mark Duffus, younger son of;
Albert and Sheena Duffus
43 Forbeshill
Forres
Moray
IV36 0JJ
(01309 674244)
was killed in Afghanistan early this morning whilst protecting his clients. An IED was detonated at the front gate of the Compound where Mark worked which was followed by a sustained period of small arms fire. Mark returned fire to help extricate his clients but was killed by a single shot.
Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page
Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE
Area Secretary

Edinburgh Branch - Summer Dance 2012 - Saturday 29th June 2013

The Edinburgh Branch Summer Dance took place at Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club and “Timeless”, a very talented trio produced a broad range of songs and tunes to suit everyone’s tastes from the 60’s right up to the present era. Our members were very quick to get the dancing started and the place was soon buzzing to a great party atmosphere.
As a special treat the band enlisted the assistance of Michelle Rennie (Pat Ferguson’s better half) to help in a rendition of “Put your Head on My Shoulders”!! and then by Jane Robertson, who was persuaded to dance Gangnam Style (don’t ask – we had to find out what the heck it was ourselves on Wikipedia!). We hope Jane’s grandchildren don’t get a shock when she next gets up to dance at a family party!
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and, as usual the club laid on an excellent buffet and looked after us extremely well.
Thanks must go to Margaret Munro, Liz Balloch, and Annemarie Cumming for selling the raffle tickets, Bobby Munro and Tam Balloch for running the raffle, and of course to the many Branch Members who kindly donated the prizes. We also have to welcome “Blankets” Sneddon (Ex military Band) back into the fold after a few years away
Photographs of the proceeding can be found on the Photos Page of this website
Regards,
George Givens

Edinburgh Branch - Armed Forces Day Parade – Saturday 29th June 2013

An excellent turnout of over thirty members of the Regimental Family formed up in the Grass Market in Edinburgh ready to march behind the Branch Standard, ably carried by Eddy Maley.
Apart from our usual members it was good to see some faces not usually on parade ie Gus Davidson (son of Tam Davidson) and Pat Gillespie to name just two (a photograph of Pat can be found on the Photos page carrying his handbag!)
The parade stepped off at the sound of the One O’clock Gun and proceeded to march the length of Kings Stables Road and West Princes Street Gardens to tunes played by the Pipe Band of the Royal Scots Regimental Association. Bobby Munro (again the only one of us who still has a pace stick!) kept us all in step and gave the words of command. Once the parade fell out our members posed for a group photograph before departing for various watering holes and the group photograph can be found on the Photos Page of this website
Regards,
George Givens

Reminder of our Association AGM 30/06/2013

Dear All,
Thanks to those who have sent the Branch Reports.
The Meeting is at 1100hrs on Friday 5th (as previously circulated) and will be held on the Ground Floor of the Sergeants’ Mess in Fort George.
NB: details for anyone attending you MUST have been submitted to Bob Towns.email:- bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
Agenda to following – awaiting clearance from the Chairman.
Minutes of the 2012 AGM attached.
Kind regards,
David E Loftus MBE
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

June 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is ISt Bn Queen's Own Highlanders 1964/65
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

NEW Sound Recordings:- Drummer MacGillivray 24/05/2013
With the kind permission of Meg MacGillivray I have put up the tune Drummer MacGillivray. The Tune was composed and played by Pipe Major Richard Anderson.
My thanks go to Meg and Family and Richard for allowing me to record him at his home at such short notice.
Seoras McIntosh cabarfeidh.com
If YOU wish to make a recording for the site please get in touch with me on 07739 746611 or seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Comments are welcome. Seoras McIntosh
The sound recording will work on Internet Explorer 9 or above, Firefox, Google Chrome ,and most other browsers.


Forthcoming Events


Queens Own Highlander Golf Outing 26/05/2013
Queens Own Highlander Golf Outing at Forres Golf Course on the 16 August 2013.
Please see attached proforma .
Cheers
Albert Duffus
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.



Queen's Own Highlanders Association AGM 04/05/2013
The AGM will be held at 1100 hrs in Fort George on FRIDAY 5th JULY (Trustees 0930 hrs)

Following discussions with Frank Blincow’s family and others involved it has been agreed to move the date of his Memorial Service to Friday afternoon of 5th July.
Timings for the Memorial Service to be finalised.
Kind regards,
David E Loftus MBE


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
The annual gathering will be held at Cameron Barracks Inverness on Saturday 17th August 2013 commencing at 1100HRS.
This is the 220th Anniversary to the day of the raising of the 79th Regiment or Cameron Volunteers by Major Allan Cameron of Erracht.
There will be a Drum Head Service and displays by the Pipes and Drums of the Q. O. Hldrs Regimental Association.
Admission is by ticket only priced at £20 which will include an excellent buffet luncheon.
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs.(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association the Gathering is open to all members of the new Association.
For further information and tickets contact the Chairman,
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge,
Culduthel Road,
Inverness.
IV2 4HQ email:-
culduthel@aol.com
Tel: 01463 231945

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Hopeman Golf Club Hosting Help for Heroes Day 27/06/2013

Hopeman Golf Club are hosting Help for Heroes day on Wednesday 11th September 2013 from 1200 hrs. The club are granting courtesy of the course for the event. Entry will be £15 per person of which £10 goes straight to H4H and £5 is for a buffet or similar. The competition will be a 4 person team Texas Scramble and we would like to get at least 18 teams. 18 teams or less and it will be a shotgun start, more and it will be a two tee start for the first hour.
The club itself are anticipating teams from the Ladies section, Seniors, and adults, as well as teams from RAF Lossiemouth and 39 Engineer Regiment at Kinloss. It will be published on the website but I would like to think that our Regiment and that across this side of the Spey would support such an event on such a lovely course. Contact number for entry is Hopeman Golf Club on 01343 830578.
Yours Aye,
Dusty Millar.

Armed Forces Day Parade Aberdeen 26/06/2013

Dear All,
Armed Forces day Parade Aberdeen will be held on Sat 29 Jun 2013.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Welfare Bulletin Number10 20/06/2013

Dear All,
It is intended to field a contingent from the Royal Regiment of Scotland Association on the Remembrance Parade Sunday 10th November 2013 and hopefully each year after. With this in mind can you please fwd, advertise or distribute this to all associations and or individuals in your area that served in the Regiment and who might well be attached to one of your branches.
Please see the attached flyer - Bulletin No 10 from Major Frank Morton at RHQ SCOTS.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Calling all ex and serving QO HLDRS/HIGHLANDERS 20/06/2013

 Dear All,
The armed forces day for Moray this year will take place this Sunday 23 June 2013 in Lossiemouth.
The parade will march off at 1430 hrs.
Calling all ex and serving QO HLDRS/HIGHLANDERS residing in the Moray area to come along and support the march.
We will form up in the area of the Seatown car park at 1400hrs ,those in possession of Glengarry/cap badge/hackle and or regimental tie please wear them so we are distinguished as a unit.
Regards,
Hamish MacPherson

Armed Forces Day Moray 17/06/2013

Dear All,
I have been informed that the biggest ever Armed Forces Day to be held in Moray will take place in Lossiemouth from 1230 hrs until 1800 hrs on Sunday Jun 23rd.
The actual parade is at 1430hrs and Veterans are invited to march. Lt Col Grenville Johnston (Lord Lt Moray) is presenting awards.
There will be displays by the RAF and 39th Engineers along with many other stalls and activities.
All are welcome,
Regards,
Maurice Gibson
Area Secretary
RHQ SCOTS – North
Inverness

AFD Parade Edinburgh/Summer Dance 02/06/2013

AFD Parade in Edinburgh on Saturday 29th June and also that the Edinburgh Branch Summer Dance is to take place in the evening of the same day[Saturday June 29th] in Leith ex Servicemen's Club at 1930hrs,if anyone wishes to purchase tickets for this Dance they can do so by contacting me on 01506 829766 or by email at d.carruthers3921@hotmail.co.uk.
Yours Aye Danny

May 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is ISt Bn Queen's Own Highlanders 1964/65
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

NEW Sound Recordings:- Drummer MacGillivray 24/05/2013
With the kind permission of Meg MacGillivray I have put up the tune Drummer MacGillivray. The Tune was composed and played by Pipe Major Richard Anderson.
My thanks go to Meg and Family and Richard for allowing me to record him at his home at such short notice.
Seoras McIntosh cabarfeidh.com
If YOU wish to make a recording for the site please get in touch with me on 07739 746611 or seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Comments are welcome. Seoras McIntosh
The sound recording will work on Internet Explorer 9 or above, Firefox, Google Chrome ,and most other browsers.


Forthcoming Events


Queens Own Highlander Golf Outing 26/05/2013
Queens Own Highlander Golf Outing at Forres Golf Course on the 16 August 2013.
Please see attached proforma .
Cheers
Albert Duffus
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.



Queen's Own Highlanders Association AGM 04/05/2013
The AGM will be held at 1100 hrs in Fort George on FRIDAY 5th JULY (Trustees 0930 hrs)

Following discussions with Frank Blincow’s family and others involved it has been agreed to move the date of his Memorial Service to Friday afternoon of 5th July.
Timings for the Memorial Service to be finalised.
Kind regards,
David E Loftus MBE


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
The annual gathering will be held at Cameron Barracks Inverness on Saturday 17th August 2013 commencing at 1100HRS.
This is the 220th Anniversary to the day of the raising of the 79th Regiment or Cameron Volunteers by Major Allan Cameron of Erracht.
There will be a Drum Head Service and displays by the Pipes and Drums of the Q. O. Hldrs Regimental Association.
Admission is by ticket only priced at £20 which will include an excellent buffet luncheon.
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs.(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association the Gathering is open to all members of the new Association.
For further information and tickets contact the Chairman,
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge,
Culduthel Road,
Inverness.
IV2 4HQ email:-
culduthel@aol.com
Tel: 01463 231945

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Eddie[Ted]Carruthers 28/05/2013

 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 Q.O.Hldrs Ian and Danny, and uncle to Q.O.Hldrs Scott Carruthers, Ian Sharkey and Paul Sharkey .
Funeral arrangements now up on the Obituaries page
Danny Carruthers

FUNERAL - GILLY 27/05/2013

It was a great turnout for Gilly's Funeral.
Thank you all for attending, I can assure you it made Meg and the family very proud to see you all standing there with the Banners flying and the Piper and Drummer playing.
A photo of his Guard of Honour is below see how many faces you know
Yours Aye
Seoras McIntosh
Click image to enlarge.

Andrew “Speedy” Munro 22/05/2013

Andrew “Speedy” Munro 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 now up on the Obituaries Page
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

Gilly 21/05/2013

It is with the saddest heart that I must tell you all my dad lost his final battle last night at 8pm and is sadly no longer with us - I will post details of the service but we are sure it will be Friday - he wouldn't want you buying him flowers so if you can make it you are all very welcome but it will be family flowers only I will find out times later on today - he loved everyone of you his life was being a soldier and we are all so grateful for the support and visits he has had over the past few month xx.
Diane xx
Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page

Edinburgh Branch News letter - May 2013 -21/05/2013

Dear All,
The Edinburgh Branch of the Queen's Own Highlanders Association news letter is now here for you to read, just click on one of the links below.
Danny Carruthers,
Branch Secretary
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

The Annual General Meeting of The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) 20/05/2013

Dear All,
The Annual General Meeting of The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Regimental Association will take place on FRIDAY 5TH JULY in:
The Regimental Restaurant at 1100hrs
Following the AGM lunch will be available from 1300hrs in the same location.
The Memorial Service for Frank Blincow will be held in the Regimental Kirk at 1430hrs.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not asking for returns at this point but ALL those attending either the AGM or the Memorial Service will need to submit their names by FRIDAY 28TH JUNE along with vehicle details. A profroma will be issued for completion. A form of photographic identity should be carried on the day by those attending.
BRANCH SECRETARIES: would you please prepare and send me your Branch Report as soon as possible please.
Any queries on detail relating to the basic details please ask.
Kind regards,
David E Loftus MBE – Association Secretary

Major A.F. Blincow MBE 20/05/2013

Laura and the family wish to thank everyone for all the wonderful letters, support, kindness and *love* shown in our recent loss of a truly wonderful gentleman.
It was over whelming.
*All God Blessings to each and everyone.
Laura Blincow
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Andrew “Speedy” Munro 20/05/2013

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!
Details of his funeral will be published on the Obituary page once known.
George Givens
Edinburgh Branch

Moray Loons & Highland Branch BBQ 20/05/2013

Due to the poor response that we have had for the BBQ at Elgin TA Hall it is with regret that it has to be cancelled.

The Jock 15/05/2013

Dear All,
Please find attached the latest edition of The Jock which your members may wish to read.
The Royal Regiment of Scotland is very grateful for the support of the Antecedent Associations and hopes that your members may attend some of the events / activities listed.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd) MRM Gibson MBE
Area Secretary
RHQ SCOTS – North
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Kelvin's Cartoon Book Sales Reaches £1000 for Charities 11/05/2013

Cabarfeidh.com has to congratulate Kelvin Hunter on the sale of his first cartoon book reaching the £1000 pounds mark.
Two charities will now receive £500 each from the sales of the book, £500 will go to the Scottish War Blind at the Linburn centre Wilkieston, and £500 to the Erskin Home at Bishopton.
Well done Kelvin.
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Photo taken from Facebook
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Moray Loons & Highland Branch BBQ 10/05/2013

To date I have only 22 people that have shown any interest on the BBQ/Disco at the TA Hall in Elgin on the 31st of August 2013 .
I have to give the TA Hall notification by next Friday the 17th of May if we want to keep our booking so please inform me at the soonest if you wish to attend.
We require at least 90 people to attend, this includes partners to make the day/evening a success.
We may run a bus from Inverness with the Help of the Highland Branch if we get enough people interested from that area.
You can read more on the event below
You can get in touch with me by calling or email info below.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh
seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Tel 01343 549550

DAVIE SPENCE SIGNAL PLATOON QO HLDRS 08/05/2013

With great sadness I hereby inform you that Davie Spence passed away this morning.
Davids Funeral details are on the Obituaries page
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns

Mike Crowe 08/05/2013

A snap from my lunch with Mike Crowe in Farnham today. Despite his stroke way back in 1999 Mike is enjoying his 80s and is still helping at the Army FA in Aldershot when required. He is off to the Army Cup Final tomorrow and is still recovering from Nottingham Forest not making it into the Premier League this season.
He wished all his friends in the Association well.
Peter Grant Peterkin
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HIGHLAND BRANCH AGM REMINDER 06/05/2013

Gentlemen,
A reminder that the Branch AGM will be held next Thursday, maximum attendance would be greatly appreciated.
HIGHLAND BRANCH AGM THURSDAY 9th MAY 2013 at 1930
Lounge Bar RBL Nairn
Come along and have your say.
Bob Towns
Chairman

Brunei Operation Temporary Exhibition 01/05/2013

The Highlanders' Museum will hold a Temporary Exhibition on the Brunei Operations carried out by the Ist Battalion Queen's Own Highlanders in 1962.
The Exhibition will run from June until late October when it will be succeeded by a First World War Exhibition from Remembrance Sunday onwards.
The Brunei Exhibition will be opened on Friday 7th June by Dato Peter Everett who was a petroleum engineer at Seria and Anduki in 1962 and later became the Managing Director of Brunei Shell. The Sultan of Brunei, or his son, may visit the Exhibition later in the summer.
The Programme for the Opening Day is :
1100 Arrive and have coffee or tea.
1130 Opening. 1135- 1230 Brief presentations and discussions on the Operations.
1245-1400 Buffet Lunch.
1400 Museum tours.
The Museum welcomes guests to the Opening Day, especially those who took part in the Operation. The Museum would like to hear from anyone prepared to give a short presentation or to loan items for the display.
Would those who wish to attend the Opening Day please contact Kirstin MacKay at The Museum: Kirstin@thehighlandersmusuem.com, or on 0131 310 8702, or at The Highlanders Museum, Fort Geroge,Ardersier,Inverness, IV2 7TE.
Guests will be asked to make a small donation towards lunch.
We look forward to welcoming guests for this important commemoration in the history of the Queen's Own Highlanders."
Many thanks,
Seymour Monro
Peter Grant Peterkin

Museum Matters 01/05/2013

On the 1st of May Maj Gen Seymour Monro hands back the reins of the Museum to Maj Gen Peter Grant Peterkin, the Museum Chairman. Maj Gen Peter Grant Peterkin has updated his opening letter in Museum Matters and I can assure you it is worth a read.
All you have to do is click on the link below to take you to the page.


April 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is ISt Bn Queen's Own Highlanders 1966
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Sound Recordings 19/04/2013
At cabarfeidh.com I have decided to come into the 21st century by adding sound recordings.
This is only a sample recording so please be patient with me.
If YOU wish to make a recording for the site please get in touch with me on 07739 746611 or seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Comments welcome. Seoras McIntosh
The sound recording will work on Internet Explorer 9 or above, Firefox, Google Chrome ,and most other browsers.


Forthcoming Events


REGIMENTAL GOLF SOCIETY SPRING MEETING 2013
Information and booking form for the Regimental Golf Society Meeting to be held at Kinloss Country Golf Club on May the 3rd 2013 are now here for you to download
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Annual dinner will be held in the Crown Court Hotel Southside Road Inverness on Friday 3rd May 2013 at 1915Hrs for 1945Hrs.
Tickets £25 Per Person to include meal. wines with dinner and port for the toasts.
Tickets from Major Hamish Sutherland, Chairman , Cuchullin Lodge,43 Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4HQ email:
culduthel@aol.com or Telephone 01463 231945
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association this function is open to all members of the new Association

THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
The annual gathering will be held at Cameron Barracks Inverness on Saturday 17th August 2013 commencing at 1100HRS.
This is the 220th Anniversary to the day of the raising of the 79th Regiment or Cameron Volunteers by Major Allan Cameron of Erracht.
There will be a Drum Head Service and displays by the Pipes and Drums of the Q. O. Hldrs Regimental Association.
Admission is by ticket only priced at £20 which will include an excellent buffet luncheon.
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs.(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association the Gathering is open to all members of the new Association.
For further information and tickets contact the Chairman,
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge,
Culduthel Road,
Inverness.
IV2 4HQ email:-
culduthel@aol.com
Tel: 01463 231945

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Moray Loons & Highland Branch BBQ 25/04/2013

The Moray Loons and the Highland Branch of the Queen's Own Highlanders Association have joined forces to see if it is worthwhile holding BBQ & Disco in the TA Hall in Edger Road Elgin.

We have the TA Hall at our disposal on the 31st of August and they can accommodate for 150 persons so it would be a case of first come first served on this when it comes to the actual booking.
The function would start at around 15.30 Hr and carry on until about midnight
There would be Bar run by the TA Staff, a Burger van also doing a Hog Roast, Hopefully the Queen's Own Highlanders Association Pipes and Drums and in the evening a disco.
Prices and payment details to be given out at a later date.
What We need to know is ARE YOU INTERESTED?
Answers to Seoras McIntosh by phone on 01343 549550, or email:seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Yours Aye,
The Moray Loons/Highland Branch

Willy Andrew 24/04/2013

Willy’s son, Billy has informed me that his father passed away peacefully this morning after a long battle with Prostate Cancer.
Funeral details are now up on the Obituary Page
Rest in Peace, Willy
George Givens

HIGHLAND BRANCH QO HLDRS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION AGM 22/04/2013

Dear All,
Our AGM is on THURSDAY 9th MAY 2013at 1930 in the LOUNGE BAR RBL NAIRN
See attached Agenda.
All welcome, come along and have your say.
Bob Towns
Chairman
Highland Branch
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Kelvin Hunters Cartoon Book 16/04/2013

Dear All,
Just to let you all know I now have the proof copy of my cartoon book, which I’m very pleased with, and have gone ahead with an order of 300 copies.
To read more and to order please go to the link below.
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

David E Loftus MBE 13/ 04/2013

Dear All,
I don’t know how up to speed you are so apologies for any duplication of information.
Well it has been a bit of a saga.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Regards,
David E Loftus MBE
72 Nelson Road
Whitton
TWICKENHAM
TW2 7AU
Tel: 020 8898 5509
Fax: 020 8408 9786
Mobile: 07778 401942
E Mail: david.e.loftus@blueyonder.co.uk
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Cabarfeidh.Com Recordings 08/04/2013

I have now moved the sound recording to the top of the page, it will eventually have a link of its own at the side of the page called Audio Recordings.
The sound recording will work on Internet Explorer 9 or above, Firefox, Google Chrome ,and most other browsers .
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com

Benefit Changes April 2013. 08/04/2013

A new benefit, the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP), introduced by the MOD and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is hoped to streamline welfare assistance for the UK armed forces.
The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) will decide who is entitled and the DWP will administer payment. AFIP is to provide financial support to service personnel and veterans who are seriously injured as a result of service, to cover the extra costs they may have as a result of their injury.
Service personnel and veterans who are entitled to a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP) of 50% or higher through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) will be eligible.
To read more go to the link below
To download in PDF click here.

Update on David Loftus MBE 08/04/2013

Hello Everybody, just a quick update on David Loftus who is in Hospital down London, his operation to have his leg amputated went without any complications and was returned straight to the ward and not ITC as first thought, he is in good form and getting looked after really well.
Unfortunately today they have found a bit of infection around the wound and now he is on some antibiotics to sort it, apart from that all is well and if anybody requires his number please get in touch with Hendo and will pass it on. yours aye Hendo.
Regards,
Robbie Gow
39 Colenzo Drive
Andover
Hants
SP10 1JN
Tel: 01264 362918
Mob: 07711033794
Alba Gu Bràth

John Joyce 02/04/2013

Hi, I'm John Joyce Jnr I would just like to notify former ex Queens Own Highlanders of my dad's passing, he passed away on Sunday the 31st March.
Dad served in the 1st Bn Queen's Own Highlanders from 1966 to 1988.
Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page.
Thank you,
John

Riding For the Disabled 01/04/2013

We have our Rda Coffee Morning in St Leonards Church Hall in two weeks' time - 13th April - 10-12 am. Please could you put it around the Regiment - and, if they are a draw, Hughie's scones will be on offer too + the great chef himself!
Hope to see you all there!
All the best,
Chonie Monro

March 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is Allied Weapons Meeting 1967
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events


REGIMENTAL GOLF SOCIETY SPRING MEETING 2013
Information and booking form for the Regimental Golf Society Meeting to be held at Kinloss Country Golf Club on May the 3rd 2013 are now here for you to download
To download details in Office Word click
here.
To download details in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click here.
To download details in PDF click here.


THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Annual dinner will be held in the Crown Court Hotel Southside Road Inverness on Friday 3rd May 2013 at 1915Hrs for 1945Hrs.
Tickets £25 Per Person to include meal. wines with dinner and port for the toasts.
Tickets from Major Hamish Sutherland, Chairman , Cuchullin Lodge,43 Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4HQ email: culduthel@aol.com or Telephone 01463 231945
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association this function is open to all members of the new Association

THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
The annual gathering will be held at Cameron Barracks Inverness on Saturday 17th August 2013 commencing at 1100HRS.
This is the 220th Anniversary to the day of the raising of the 79th Regiment or Cameron Volunteers by Major Allan Cameron of Erracht.
There will be a Drum Head Service and displays by the Pipes and Drums of the Q. O. Hldrs Regimental Association.
Admission is by ticket only priced at £20 which will include an excellent buffet luncheon.
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs.(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association the Gathering is open to all members of the new Association.
For further information and tickets contact the Chairman,
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge,
Culduthel Road,
Inverness.
IV2 4HQ email:- culduthel@aol.com
Tel: 01463 231945

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

ASSOCIATION MEMBERS VISIT TO THE MUSEUM THURSDAY 28/ 03/2013

Forty plus members and partners visited our museum prior to it being opened to the public the next day. We congregated on the snow covered Historic Scotland Car Park before closing ranks for a photograph taken by our official photographer Seoras McIntosh.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Re Opening of the Highlanders Museum 26/03/2013

Photos of the Re Opening of the Highlanders Museum By HRH The Duke of Edinburgh are now here for you to view in the Photos/Poems page.

You can view the photos taken by photographer John Paul there also on his own webpage link.
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE 25/03/2013

Yesterday I attended a talk given by Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE on his work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The talk was held in the Elgin Library and was arranged by the Moray Burial Ground Research Group and may I say what an interesting talk it was, for instance did you know that after France, Britain had the most war graves and after the fall of Saddam Hussein it is harder for the CWGC to get in to Iraq to tend to the war graves there , now does that say something.
If you ever get the chance to attend one of the Generals talks then I recommend you do so,for me it was an hour well worth the time.
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com
A link to the CWGC
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David E Loftus MBE 22/03/2013

Dear All,
I have just received a telephone call from my Vascular Consultant’s secretary. Next Monday I will be admitted to St Mary’s Hospital Paddington.
The amputation will be on Thursday 28th (not 4th as I was told on Monday) above the knee so it should match the left. I will not be fitted with prosthetic limbs.
We hope that after this I will enjoy a better quality of life but we will need to wait and see.
They say that post operation recovery should be about 5 days so all being well I will be discharged in Easter Week.
The leg has been causing me more pain in the past few weeks and has been discharging with greater effect.
Prayers and thoughts gratefully received!
David E Loftus MBE
72 Nelson Road
Whitton
TWICKENHAM
TW2 7AU
Tel: 020 8898 5509
Mobile: 07778 401942
E Mail: david.e.loftus@blueyonder.co.uk
Regards
David

JEAN GIVENS 16/03/2013

Jean’s funeral was yesterday. She would have been delighted at the many former members of the regiment, and particularly their wives and families, who turned up to pay their last respects.
Our family were especially touched by the number of condolence cards sent to us and the tributes that appeared on the Association website and Facebook.
It is at times like these that the words “Regimental Family” strikes a real chord.
Thank you all,
Cabar Feidh Gu Brath
George Givens

DAVE (DAVIE) ANDERSON QO HLDRS 14/03/2013

It is with much regret and sorrow to say that Dave Anderson (ex A Coy/MT) passed away early Tuesday morning this was due to a heart attack on Wednesday last week.
Funeral details now up on the Obituaries page
Regards
John Green

Volunteer-Bullet 13/03/2013

Dear All,
To read more please go to the link below
Maurice Gibson.
To download in PDF click here.

Heroes Return 07/03/2013

Dear All,
This may be of interest to any of your Branch Members who are WWII veterans.
Heroes Return 2 provides Lottery funding to help World War II veterans that saw active service and are resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland to take part in commemorative visits (within the UK and overseas) to mark the anniversary of events that led to the end of WWII.
WWII veterans resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland who saw active service overseas with or alongside the British and Allied Armed Forces in the Second World War. WWII veterans may be accompanied by a spouse and/or carer. Widows and widowers of WWII veterans are also eligible, in most cases.
See the attached link to find out how to apply. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/heroesreturn
To read more go to one of the links below.
Maurice
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Virgin London Marathon 06/03/2013

cabarfeidh.com,
I am running the Virgin London Marathon on April 21st to raise funds for the Highlanders’ Museum. If you would like to make a donation please click on the link below. All donations no matter how small or large will be gratefully received!
http://www.justgiving.com/Kirstin-Mackay-Highlander
Best wishes,
Kirstin Mackay

Kenny MacLean 05/03/2013

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 05/03/2013.
Funeral arrangements now up on the Obituaries page.
Danny Carruthers

Update on Gillie

Dad went for surgery this morning they decided not to remove the tumours just to try and remove something to do with his gland so he gets more pain relief - its nae good news nothing they can do except chemo and radiotherapy but really it is just a matter of time - we are seeing the surgeon tomorrow who will give us a better idea of time but he is such a lot of pain I just hope for his sake they can stop it being so bad. Just devastated ☹ can you post the picture of him with his cake he asked if I would and he says regarding his drumming the caption for the picture should be if he canna beat it he will eat it 😊 never loses his sense of humour I will email his picture he gave me later.
Kind regards
Diane
Gillies daughter
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Regular Army Basing Plan - 5 Mar 13

Seoras, A bit of of interesting reading for the website.
Yours aye, Bob,
To download in PDF click here.

Jean Givens

Dear All,
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.
Funeral details to follow.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to George and the Family .
Danny Carruthers.
Funeral details are now up on the obituary page.
Major George Givens,
23 Forbes Road
Rosyth
Fife
KY11 2AN

February 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month isn ISt Bn Queen's Own Highlanders 1966
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click here.
To download details in PDF click here.


QUEEN’S OWN HIGHLANDERS (Seaforth & Camerons) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION MUSEUM VISIT 1000 HRS THURSDAY 28th MARCH 2013
General Seymour and all the staff at the Highlanders Museum have kindly given Association Members and their partners an invitation to have an early look at the refurbished Museum.
To read more on the visit go to one of the links below
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns.
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Annual dinner will be held in the Crown Court Hotel Southside Road Inverness on Friday 3rd May 2013 at 1915Hrs for 1945Hrs.
Tickets £25 Per Person to include meal. wines with dinner and port for the toasts.
Tickets from Major Hamish Sutherland, Chairman , Cuchullin Lodge,43 Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4HQ email: culduthel@aol.com or Telephone 01463 231945
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association this function is open to all members of the new Association

THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS BRANCH of THE Q.O.HLDRS (SEAFORTH & CAMERON) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
The annual gathering will be held at Cameron Barracks Inverness on Saturday 17th August 2013 commencing at 1100HRS.
This is the 220th Anniversary to the day of the raising of the 79th Regiment or Cameron Volunteers by Major Allan Cameron of Erracht.
There will be a Drum Head Service and displays by the Pipes and Drums of the Q. O. Hldrs Regimental Association.
Admission is by ticket only priced at £20 which will include an excellent buffet luncheon.
As a branch of the Q.O.Hldrs.(Seaforth & Cameron) Regimental Association the Gathering is open to all members of the new Association.
For further information and tickets contact the Chairman,
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge,
Culduthel Road,
Inverness.
IV2 4HQ email:- culduthel@aol.com
Tel: 01463 231945

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

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

SIDS BENCH

Now in position in Clovenside Cemetery in Forres. Many thanks to all who contributed.
Thanks also to Moray Council for the professional installation. It rightly does him proud.
There will be a short dedication ceremony in the near future. Watch cabarfeidh.com for details.
Yours aye,
Bob
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VETERANS COTTAGE IN NAIRN.

Dear All,
There are two Veteran’s Houses in Nairn. One of the houses is currently vacant.
To read more on this go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Ross-Shire Branch Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner of the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association (Ross-Shire Branch) will be held in the Royal British Legion High Street Dingwall on Friday 15th March 2013 at 7.30 pm for 8pm
Tickets £20
All welcome Further information from : wgillies@live.co.uk
Tel. 01463731254
Regards
Willie Gillies

A Tribute to the 51st Highland Division

I came across this monument at the House of Braur and felt it was worth a viewing on the website.
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com
Click image to enlarge.

Brothers 1962

This photo was given to me at the Edinburgh Branch Amalgamation dinner. It is of all the brothers who were serving in the regiment in Singapore 1962.
I am sorry but I do not have the gentleman's name that gave me the photo so if he would be kind enough to get in touch I will add his name to this article.
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com
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Lt Col Adrian Reilly

Lt Col Adrian Reilly, CO of 3SCOTS toasts the Queen's Own Highlanders Association (Highland Branch) at their annual Amalgamation Dinner held in the Sgt Mess in Fort George.
More photos of the evening can be seen in the Photo's/Poem Page.
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh
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To read Branch Chairman's Dinner Report in Office Word click here.
To read Branch Chairman's Dinner Report in PDF click here.

Apologies and Thanks

Hi all website visitors,
Some of you may have noticed over the last few days when you go on to Cabarfeidh.com website, and click to open a page a foreign clothing website may have opened in the background. This was due to me putting up a free counter to track the number of hits the site was getting, however in this life nothing is free and the counter must have been the link to this unwanted website.
This should have done no harm as it was not a virus but an advertisement.I will be more carfull in the future with freebies.
I have now taken the counter off.
The counter did show that we were getting approx 340 hits per day, this I have to thank all my visitors for.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused through this.
Regards
Seoras
cabarfeidh.com

Museum Newsletter.

Dear All,
The Museum newsletter in now available for you download.
Kind regards
Kirstin Mackay
Development Officer
The Highlanders' Museum
To download the News Letter in PDF click here.
To download the Friend of the Museum Form in PDF click here.

Band of Bikers.

Dear All,
Can you advertise this fund raising effort on behalf of the Band of Bikers.
Many thanks,
Maurice Gibson
Area Secretary
RHQ SCOTS-North
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
To download a poster in PDF click here.

January 2013

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is The MT and the Recce Plt in Berlin
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click here.
To download details in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2013
With the kind permission of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Black Watch, 3 SCOTS the Dinner will be held in the Sergeants Mess at Fort George. The Commanding Officer, Quartermaster, Regimental Sergeant Major and some others from the Black Watch will be invited as our Official Guests.
To read more and download a booking form please go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns.
To download details and booking form in Office Word click here.
To download details and booking form in PDF click here.


Edinburgh Branch
Edinburgh Branch Amalgamation Dinner Saturday 16th February 2013

To download booking form in Office Word click here.
To download booking form in PDF click here.

Southern Branch Amalgamation Dinner 2013
The dinner will be held on Saturday the 20th April 2013
To read more go to the PDF link below.

To download booking form in PDF only click here.

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

New Book on the Brunei Revolt

Hi All,
The link below is to a new book on the Brunei Revolt. Many old Queens Own Highlanders get an honourable mention, including Dougie Shepherd.
http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Brunei-Revolt-1962-1963/p/3592/
Noel(Paddy) Nash
E-mail: antrimabf@yahoo.co.uk

Old Pathe Video

I came across this old Pathe video this afternoon. It should bring back some memories for those that were on parade:
Click on link.
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/highlanders-freedom/query/queens+own+highlanders
Regards to all,
David Burns

WW1 BATTLEFIELD TOUR 16 – 21 SEPTEMBER 2013

The provisional dates selected for this tour are as follows. Departing Inverness am Monday 16th September returning to Inverness pm Saturday 21st September 2013.
Pick ups and drop offs will be possible on route to and from Hull. There will be a meeting in the RBL Nairn at 1900 Tue 29th January 2013 to discuss itinerary and to allow those who have submitted their names to put any questions they may have to the tour operators. All interested are encouraged to attend and are requested to confirm attendance with me in advance – bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
Those unable to attend are requested to let me have any questions they may have. Any queries please get in touch.
All,
A provisional list of those attending is attached. I would be grateful if you could notify them of the meeting by any means possible.
Yours aye,
Bob
To download the attenders in Office Word click here.
To download the attenders in PDF click here.

THE HIGHLANDER

“Dear All,
The New Year starts with a Highlander!
The latest 2012 edition of The Highlander is now available online at http://www.thehighlanderonline.co.uk
I hope you enjoy this wide ranging 84 page historical document which might even make you smile.
Kind regards and all the very best for 2013.
Yours aye,
Maurice Gibson

Museum Volunteers

“We will be manning volunteer information stands in Inverness and Nairn for prospective Museum volunteers. There are many different volunteer roles available. Should you be interested in becoming a volunteer please pop along and talk to us at the following locations;
Eastgate Centre (opposite Waterstones), Inverness, 11th January 09.00hrs – 16.00hrs Sainsburys Supermarket, Nairn, 18th January 10.00hrs – 16.00hrs
We look forward to seeing you!
Kind regards
Kirstin Mackay”

EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2013

The newsletter is now up for you to read, just go to one of the links below to download the newsletter.
Yours Aye,
Danny Carruthers
To download the newsletter in Office Word click here.
To download newsletter in PDF click here.

HOSPITAL VISITS

Lt/Col Charlie Milller,
Lt/Col(Retired) Charlie Miller has been taken in to St Johns Hospital Livingston (Ward 9)
Here's wishing him a speedy recovery.
Yours aye,
Danny Carruthers

NOW OUT OF HOSPITAL AND AT HOME

HOSPITAL VISITS

Reference Robbie Mackintosh,
Received this from Margaret Mackintosh: Bob just to let you know Robbie has had a bad fall off a roof and has shattered his shoulder and broken his femur right up the top of his right leg. He's on his way to Raigmore today for two operations and will be in Raigmore for a while could you let everyone know and I'm sure he'd like some visitors Apart from all that he's been very lucky.
Will let you know Ward details once I have them.
Robbie here's wishing you a speedy recovery.
Yours aye,
Bob

NOW OUT OF HOSPITAL AND AT HOME

HOSPITAL VISITS

Sandy Finnie is currently in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Ward 4A Room 6.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns,

NOW OUT OF HOSPITAL AND AT HOME

A Happy New Year

cabarfeidh.com wishes you and yours a very happy 2013.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting the website throughout the year.
Please keep sending in your news, photos and poems,and again I would stress to you all please support your local Queen's Own Highlanders Association branch.
Yours Aye,
Seoras McIntosh
And one for Cabarfeidh

To download The Sands of Kuwait click here.

December 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this month is EXERCISE BAR ONE, EXERCISE BAR FROST 1965
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
Update: The plan is to fill a 40 Seat Coach. There are currently 28 names on the list. (22 Regimental Association Members including partners, 4 Nairn RBL and 2 guests) If you are thinking about attending please let me know soonest.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click here.
To download details in PDF click here.


HIGHLAND BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2013
With the kind permission of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Black Watch, 3 SCOTS the Dinner will be held in the Sergeants Mess at Fort George. The Commanding Officer, Quartermaster, Regimental Sergeant Major and some others from the Black Watch will be invited as our Official Guests.
To read more and download a booking form please go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns.
To download details and booking form in Office Word click here.
To download details and booking form in PDF click here.


Edinburgh Branch
Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

To download booking form in Office Word click here.
To download booking form in PDF click here.

Southern Branch Amalgamation Dinner 2013
The dinner will be held on Saturday the 20th April 2013
To read more go to the PDF link below.

To download booking form in PDF only click here.

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Willie Andrew

Willie is going through tough times. He is wheelchair bound and is currently in Ward 8, St John’s Hospital Livingston. Visiting hours 1500 - 1600 and 1900 - 2000 hrs.
I have just spoken to his wife Janet and she is in the process of getting the house modified to allow him home.
In the meantime she informs me that he would welcome some visitors.
A true Blue Mafia character and a close friend from schooldays.
If you can visit please do.
A good Moray Loon.
Yours aye,
Bob

Stanley MacDonald (Nairn)

It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Stanley MacDonald better known by all as Stan.
Stan served with myself as a piper in the Queen's Own Highlanders Pipe Band.
Full details of Stan's Funeral arrangements are now up on the Obituaries page.
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

David E Loftus MBE

I received information today from Peter Grant Peterkin about David. He is at present in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and has been there for 3 weeks. He has numerous health concerns and is unsure if he will be at home over the Xmas period. If he does get home he will go back into hospital on 3rd January.
You can get in touch with David by writing to the address below or emailing
david.e.loftus@blueyonder.co.uk
David E Loftus MBE
72 Nelson Road
Whitton
TWICKENHAM
TW2 7AU
Yours Aye,
cabarfeidh.com

EDINBURGH BRANCH CHRISTMAS DANCE 2012

The Edinburgh branch Christmas dance letter is now up for you to read.
Just click on one of the links below.
Yours Aye,
Danny Carruthers.
To download letter in Office Word click here.
To download letter in PDF click here.

REMEMBERING THE QO HLDRS

Recognition of the QO HLDRS. As stated some months ago I would get in touch with local authorities in an attempt to have the QO HLDRS remembered in some way. I suggested memorials, street names (Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Street) is a bit long but QO HLDRS St might work, building names or something else. I wrote to the Convenors of Moray, Highland, W Isles & Orkney Islands Councils and have received replies from Moray & Highland stating that they have taken note of our request and will look into it.
Yours aye,
Bob

Seoras Sends you a Xmas Card

This year you may call me Mr Scrooge If you wish but I am sure I am not giving the post office 0.50p postage for a Xmas card so you can download your card if you wish and print it off ( I am an old age pensioner now).
I recommend that you print it on to thin glossy paper then all you have to do is fold it over and then the picture will be the right way up, now just cut it out.
Remember to set your printer to print on glossy paper.
If you wish you can print off as many as you like and send them to your friends but I would be right peed off if you sent one to me.
A very Merry Xmas to you all, and many thanks for all your support throughout the year.
Seoras & Ruth
To download details in Office Word click here.
To download details in PDF click here.

From Tina Macdonald

cabarfeidh.com,
Please pass on our family’s thanks, to everyone who were able to come to Dad’s service. thank you.
Tina Macdonald (Nee Murdoch)

MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS

Dear All,
When our Museum re-opens at Easter 2013 there will be a requirement for Volunteers to assist the small day to day permanent staff with the running of the Museum. More details are included in the attachments. We can do more to promote the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) by getting involved. It will also give you the opportunity to learn more about the Museum and all that it represents. I would be grateful if you could therefore register your interest in assisting at the Museum with me soonest. You will also find attached, details of information days at Inverness and Nairn which you are also most welcome to attend to find out a bit more about Volunteering.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns
Tel: 01667 452156
Mob: 07511114196
E Mail: bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
To download details in Office Word click here.
To download details in PDF click here.

Sgt Davy Johnston [ACC]

Sgt Davy Johnston [ACC] served with the Battalion in Hong Kong,
Funeral is on Friday 14th December at Livingston Crematorium at 2pm.
Danny Carruthers.
We at cabarfeidh.com send our condolences to his family.

Capt Geordie Murdoch

P/M Andy Venters regrets that he has to inform me on the death of Capt Geordie Murdoch.
The only information I have at the moment is that Geordies Funeral will be at 1pm the 13th Dec, at William T. Fraser and Son - Funeral Directors,
Culduthel Road, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 6AB
The Obituaries page has now been updated
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com

Old Comrades

After putting up on the website the request made by Gen Peter Grant Peterkin for you to get in touch with Charlie Liddle I thought that it might be a good idea to compile a list of name and address of old Queen's Own Highlanders that YOU think would like a card from old comrades this Xmas.
All you have to do is send me the Name, Address, and telephone number and I will do the rest.
The address of the person WILL NOT APPEAR ON THE LIST Just their names, (this is for security reasons).

For anyone who wishes to get in touch with any of the names on the list all you have to do is get in touch with me by emailing seoras23@cabarfeidh.com and I will give you the details.
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com
To download Name list in Office Word click here.
To download Name list in PDF click here.

November 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this mounth is Pipes and Drums Tour of Tokyo and Teheran 1969
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events


HIGHLAND BRANCH BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2013
At the AGM we discussed the possibility of the Branch filling a coach for a tour of the Great War Battlefields.
I have started investigating the details and cost of this with various firms.
If any of you are interested please download and read the attachment from below .
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
Highland branch Chairman
To download details in Office Word click here.
To download details in PDF click here.


Highland Branch Buffet Dinner and Dance 8th Dec 2012
This will be held in Highland Hall of the Royal British Legion Nairn from 1930 hrs. I have decided to remain in Nairn using the same Caterers following the good attendance at the Sunday Lunch.
The meal will consist of a Hot/Cold Buffet followed by a disco.
To download booking form in Office Word click
here.
To download booking form in PDF Format click here.
Click image to view Google Map.


Yours aye,
Bob Towns

Edinburgh Branch
Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

To download booking form in Office Word click here.
To download booking form in PDF click here.

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Shooting Team with P&D's.

This is a photo given to me by David Grant who received it from LT Col (Retired)Geoff Smith.
I don't know much about the photo so any information please to Guest Book.
Your Aye,
Seoras McIntosh
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Commerative 50th Medal Update.

Dear All,
As you are no doubt aware there have been some requests with regards the THE on the Medal,I have had this removed and today received a picture of the proof, Could you please update the website with the new pic and as i have explained on FB the colours is as close as the can get to the colours requested. Secondly to stop any confusion i have set up an additional email for the whole purchase process.
If anybody wishes to purchase if they have not already sent me a request either through facebook or email can they please send a request to the following email address: .
anniversarymedal50th@yahoo.co.uk.

Yours Aye, .
Jap
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JOHNNY'S FUNERAL

The excellent turnout of friends and colleagues from the QO HLDRS, 2/51 HIGHLAND, HIGHLANDERS and SCOTS resulted in a fitting tribute to Johnny. The Bearer Party consisted of Mav (John) Yarrick, Gintos George, Cindy Downs, Rab Denholme, Jocky Forrest, Barney MacAskill and commanded by Robbie Mackintosh. Rab Lucas prepared and delivered an excellent and heart felt tribute.
Those not in the Bearer Party formed a Guard of Honour as the coffin left the Church.
Respects were paid at the graveside in Killmallie Cemetery with its excellent views of the Ben. We also took time to pay our respects at the nearby grave of Martin Ferguson. RIP, CFGB.
Yours aye,
Bob

FUNERAL - JOHNNY CAMERON

All QO HLDRS attending the funeral. If we could meet at the front of the Church at 1130 there will be a quick brief on the procedures. Glengarry's where possible.
A Reminder:
Duncansburgh - MacIntosh Parish Church
Fort William
PH33 6BA
1200 - Saturday 24th November 2012
Followed by internment at Kilmallie Cemetery
Nearest Car Parks: Opposite Belford Hospital & Morrison's Supermarket
Yours aye,
Bob

CSgt Charlie Liddle

I went today to look in on Charlie in the Royal Hospital Infirmary. He was in good form (and very pleased with Hibs' current success) but his 78th year has not been kind to him as he has had a couple of minor strokes and he needs new knee caps to give him greater mobility.
He is concerned at the prospect of the total anaesthetic that goes with such an operation. So he is hoping for better luck and and improved health in his 79th year.
I got the impression that Charlie is missing his regimental friends and being in London he gets few visitors from the Regiment.
So please, if you know Charlie give him a call on 07584 351931 or, if you are down in London why not go and see him? He is full of stories as ever and I know would love to hear from anyone who served with him.
CSgt Charlie Liddle
Jones Ward
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4SR
Peter Grant Peterkin

FUNERAL OF THE LATE CAPTAIN WALTER BARRIE

The funeral of the late Captain Walter Barrie will be held at Glencorse Kirk at 1030 hrs on Thursday 29th November 2012. Internment will be in the Kirk graveyard nearby afterwards. Please disseminate this information as widely as possible.
Further detailed instructions will follow. ‘Red Tab officers’ wishing to attend are requested to let me know beforehand.
Units are asked to fly Regimental Flags at half mast during the day, as appropriate.
Alastair Campbell
Col C A Campbell | Regtl Sec | RHQ SCOTS | The Castle | Edinburgh EH1 2YT | 94740-5060 or 0131-310-5060 | RHQSCOTS-RegtSec-SO1@mod.uk

Johnny Cameron

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a former well known member of the QO HLDRS Johnny Cameron from Fort William who passed away on Tuesday 13th November 2012.
RIP, CFGB.
Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries Page.

To assist with arrangements it will help if those attending Johnny's Funeral confirm attendance on the guest book or with me direct.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2012

The branches latest newsletter is now up for you to view just click on one of the options below.
Gents[and Ladies]the Edinburgh Branch Xmas Dance is on Saturday the 15th December and we are now open for bids from those of you who would like to attend.as this is a extremely popular Function I would advise you to get in early,the band this year is "China Blue"probably the best outfit on the entertaiment circuit,tickets are £15 and that includes a brilliant cold buffet a glass of wine and also a curry if so wished,at this moment in time there are already 50+tickets gone and that has been since last night
You can download a booking form from above.
Regards,
Danny Carruthers.
To download newsletter in Office Word click here.
To download newsletter in PDF click here.

FREDDIE FLOYD PHOTO.

A photo of Freddie as requested by Andy Anderson .
I tried to email it to him but it keeps getting knocked back to me.
I used to baby sit for Freddie and his wife Phyllis when we were stationed in Berlin and they looked after me very well(Stakes for supper) A real Gentleman.
Seoras McIntosh.
cabarfeidh.com
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Remembrance Sunday Elgin 2012

This year Ronnie Sinclair, Hamish MacPherson and Seoras McIntosh have bought a Queen's Own Highlander wreath and wish to lay it at the War Memorial in Elgin's Plainstones on Remembrance Sunday.
If you are interested in supporting this cause then be on parade at 10.40am at the Elgin Museum to form up and march up the High Street to the Elgin Plainstones where Hamish will lay the Wreath.
We have to give numbers to the Parade Commander so please let me know if you are going to attend ASAP.
Email: seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh
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October 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this mounth is well worth a read it is called "KNOW YOUR ALLIES" (OR GET ANOUTHER ADC)
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events


Moray Loons Night Oot
The Moray loons night oot this year will be on Friday the 2nd Nov 2012.
Please get your booking form in now
To download booking form in Office Word click here.
To download booking form in PDF Format only click here.
Google Map
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh.

Edinburgh Branch

Sunday 14th October 2012 Branch AGM

Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Regimental Xmas Card 2012

This years christmas card from HHQ
To read about the card or download a order form go to one of the links below.
Yours aye,
David Grant
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Click image to enlarge Piper of the 79th Cameron Highlanders C.1853.

Commerative 50th Medal.

Seoras,
Please find attached the artwork that i am having made for a commerative 50th medal. The costing will be as follows dependant on how many get made.The price is inc of Vat with a bill of around £2.00 for registered mail and packaging. At present on facebook there is 103 pers wishing to purchase.The proof is being made and should be in my hands in or around 20 day,s from there it will be 5-7 weeks to strike and make 500 to 1000 and get them to the Uk.
I have inquired about getting them made in bulk and i have been quoted as follows
QTY 500 = £41.00 Inc Vat
QTY 1000 = £35.75 Inc Vat
Your aye
Jap
Maureen & John Rattray
If you are interested in the medal email Jap on jrattray9841@yahoo.co.uk
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Highland Branch Newsletter Oct 2012


The branch newsletter is now available for you to read, just go to one of the links below.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns.
Branch Chairman
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

1971 Army Cup Final Team

Photo of the battalion 1971 army cup final team, can you name them ALL Fae Eck Muir (47)?
Answers to guest book please.
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Fundraiser of the Year 2012


To read more on this story go to one of the links below
Seoras McIntosh
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.


Click image to enlarge Mrs Angela Monro, Maj Gen Seymour Monro .


Click image to enlarge Mrs Angela Monro, Mr Bruce Tait (of Bruce Tait Associates, the sponsors of the award), and Maj Gen Seymour Monro .

Royal Regiment of Scotland Diary

Dear All,
The Royal Regiment of Scotland do a diary every year and are awaiting delivery of the 2013 pocket and desk diary at the end of Oct. Members of the Regiment who pay into the Days Pay Scheme get one automatically but we extended family members can purchase them from RHQ SCOTS at £2.50 for pocket diaries and £5.00 for desk ones. If you would like to purchase one please contact;
Frank Morton
FR Morton
Major Retired
Asst Reg Sec 1
Tel: Military 94740 5090 Civilian 0131 310 5090
E-mail: RHQSCOTS-SO2Welfare@mod.uk
www.Justgiving.com/rhqscots
The Royal Regiment of Scotland Association OSCR number SCO37561.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
RHQ SCOTS – North Area Secretary
Cameron Bks
Inverness IV2 3XE
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Calum MacLeod 69

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Calum MacLeod 69, Calum served in the Pipes and Drums and also in the Morters of the 1st Bn Queen's Own Highlanders.
He died of a heart attack on Saturday 13th Oct 2012.
Funeral details is up in the Obituaries page.
Regards,
Danny Carruthers

Donald Darling


It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Donald Darling.
Funeral arrangements are now up on the obituaries page.
Seoras McIntosh

Moray Loons Night Oot


The Moray loons night oot this year will be on Friday the 2nd Nov 2012 at the Seaforth Club Elgin
I would appreciate if you could get your booking form along with your cheque into me as soon as possible.
Our guest speaker this year is Brig Hugh Monro CBE who will be giving a talk on his current role of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in Scotland.
Let's have a good turnout for the night.
The list of names attending will go up shortly
Seoras McIntosh
To download in Office Word click here.
To download in PDF click here.

Names to date in Office Word click here.
Names to date in PDF click here.

The Edinburgh Branch A.G.M.

The Edinburgh Branch A.G.M. and curry lunch takes place at 1pm on Sunday the 14th of October in Leith Exservicemens Club, there is no charge for the lunch as this is paid for from the Branch funds, there is also a cold buffet for those of you who are not over keen on curry, but please inform me as soon as possible if you intend coming along, as I have to inform the caterers as to the numbers attending.
The Annual Subs are now due, we depend on the subs to keep the Branch alive which in turn keeps the Regimental Association alive which keeps the name of the Queens Own Highlanders alive, even if you live abroad you can still be a Member of the Regimental Association, we in Edinburgh have quite a few members who live overseas, if you are not at this time a member of the Association then please join a Branch now and keep the Q.O.Hldrs alive and kicking, assist us by paying your Subs.
email d.carruthers3921@hotmail.co.uk
Danny Carruthers

P/M Andy Venters Presentation


Dear All,
I had the pleasure of attending Andy’s Presentation function on Fri 28th of Sept 2012 held in the Chieftain Hotel Inverness.
A good night had by all and Lt/Col Colin Gilmour did a great job presenting the statuette to Andy and the bouquet of flowers to Sheila.
People attended from far and wide to celebrate along with Andy. Piper Colin and Drummer Bobby Hughes (Liverpool), D/M Joe Macdonald (Eastleigh) to name but three, this just goes to show the respect Andy had within the band.
To read more go to one of the links below.
caberfeidh.com
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

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More photos in the Photos/Poems Page.

RDA Coffee Morning

Dear All,
Our next Riding for the Disabled Coffee Morning is Sat 27th Oct at the Forres Town Hall 10-12 am. And I'm sure Hughie will be making some scones for it!!
Please do come along and support us and try one of Hughie’s scones.
Chonie Monro

HIGHLAND BRANCH CURRY LUNCH – SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2012 - REPORT


A good response from members and guests saw 70 plus attend this event. With Hector flying proudly from the Legion Flagpole the afternoon started with a quick welcome drink followed by a display by a Mini Pipe Band from the Regimental Association Pipe Band led by Pipe Major John MacDonald. This took place on the recently refurbished external patio area at the Legion. This allowed Sandy Finnie to sit regally at the window looking down proudly on his subjects below. Paddy Mills made it outside to watch the display.
To read more go to one of the links below.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.
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September 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

One From The Records
One from the records this mounth is well worth a read it is called "ESCAPERS ALL"
Sorry but “One From The Records” can only be downloaded in PDF format at the moment.

Forthcoming Events


Moray Loons Night Oot
The Moray loons night oot this year will be on Friday the 2nd Nov 2012.
Please get your booking form in now
To download booking form in Office Word click here.
To download booking form in PDF Format only click here.
Google Map
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh.

Edinburgh Branch

Sunday 14th October 2012 Branch AGM

Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Steamy Reid Funeral Info

From Bob Towns,
Anyone wanting a lift, I plan to leave Nairn about 1000 and happy to pick up in Inverness or on route. I have to be back in Inverness for the Pipe Band Function in the evening therefore it will be a quick turnaround.
Yours aye,
Bob

From Robbie Mackintosh,
I will open the Wick Pipe Band Hall which is just across the road from the church at 1pm where we can all meet up and have some soup and sandwiches then go across to the church together.
Entrance will be by the side entrance to the hall.
Regards
Robbie Mackintosh

Andrew (Steamy) Reid

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Andrew (Steamy) Reid
Steamy died on the 25th Sept 2012
Steamy was a piper and dancer in the Seaforth Highlanders and also in the Queen’s Own Highlanders, he also worked in the QM’s Department of the Bn.
After leaving the Army Steamy joined the Queen’s Own Highlanders Association Pipe Band.
He was very well liked by everyone that knew him, a great man and a great loss to us all.
My thoughts go out to Cathy and his family.
Funeral details are up on the Obituaries page
Regards,
Kelvin Hunter

From Jimmy Ramsay.

Bobby,
Good evening just to inform you the father in law passed away this evening, 24th Sept.
I would be obliged if you could post in the regiments web page.
Another Legend, RIP, Cabarfeidh gu Brath.
Funeral details are now on the Obituaries page
Regards,

Jimmy Ramsay.

C/Sgt Sammy Ord

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Sammy Ord.
C/Sgt Sammy Ord, known to some as “the Slink” had been suffering from cancer, sadly passed away this evening (24th Sept) in a Hospice in Dover.
He served 22 years as a Queen's Own Cameron Highlander and Queen's Own Highlander.
Very much a regimental family, Sammy's son Steven was also a C/Sgt and one of his daughters, Donna, is married to ex RSM Jimmy Ramsay.
Our condolences and thoughts are with Dot, Steven, Donna, Debbie & Kristine and their families.
Funeral details are now on the Obituaries page
Regards,
Margaret Munro

From D/M Joe MacDonald

From D/M Joe MacDonald There is to be a, hopefully, Massed Ps& Ds in London on the 1st of November with a rehearsal on the 28th October 2012.
Do you know of any pipers and/or drummers who are within a shortish distance from London who might like to attend. Anyone interested can contact; www.facebook.com/events/299884640119827/
Myself & David Baird are looking to be there to represent the Regtl Assn.
The parade is in aid of the Poppy Appeal.
Regrds,
Joe MacDonald

Annual Ceilidh of the Highland Branch of the Cameron Highlanders Association

The Ceilidh will be held at the Crown Court Hotel Southside Road Inverness on Friday 19th.October 2012 at 1900hrs for 1945hrs.
Three course dinner ( choice of starters,main courses and sweets)with coffee and wines costs £25.00 per person.
Application for tickets to the chairman
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge, 43 Culduthel Road,
Inverness.
IV2 4HQ.
Telephone 01463 231945
Email culduthel@aol.com

Highland Branch Curry Lunch Numbers Letter 2012


Bob has requested i put the following letter up on the website.
To read the letter go to one of the links below.
caberfeidh.com
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

Attending Names List in Office Word click here.
Attending Names List in PDF click here.

Autumn Meeting at Aboyne


Medal and Greensomes Draw times for those opting to play in the Hldrs Autumn Meeting at Aboyne this coming Friday.
For details go to one of the links below.
‘Four’
Maurice Gibson
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

Alex (Sandy) Duguid

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of Alex (Sandy) Duguid
Please go to the Obituaries page to read the funeral details.
Major (Retired) Frank Blincow

EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER


You will find the latest newsletter from the Edinburgh Branch here.
Any member of the Regimental Family in Edinburgh on Sunday 14th October 2012 will be most welcome to the Curry Lunch following our AGM, however please let Danny Carruthers know beforehand. Regards
George Givens
To read the news letter in Office Word click here.
To read the news letter PDF click here.

A Cutting from the Northern Scott


Dear All,
Below is a cutting out of the Northern Scott.
Professor Edward Hughes - then Corporal Hughes - remembers a young National Serviceman from the Elgin area who was with the Seaforth Highlanders, 6th Infantry Brigade, at Gremmendorf in 1961 or 1962
To read more on this story go to one of the links below
Yours aye,
Seoras McIntosh.
To read in Office Word click here.
To view poster PDF click here.

Liverpool Scottish Annual Dinner and Reunion

Dear All,
Our Reunion ( And Queens Own Highlanders) this year will take place on 12th Oct at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool at 1930/2000. Tickets are £23 and rooms are available at preferential rates.
Applications for tickets through me encl. SAE and rooms can be booked through Hotel but you need to mention The Liverpool Scottish.
This event is usually well attended by `Le Gillean Cabar Feidh`. Please note that this event is stag except for ladies who have served.
Email me at Modachaidh24@aol.com
Regards,
Colin Hughes

A Photo sent in by Ramie Duncan

The photo was taken at Airport Camp in Belize January 1977.
We took part in a J/Ncos Cadre.
How many faces can you put an name too?
Ramie tells me he knows them all let's see if he is right.
Click image to enlarge.

Moray Loons Night Oot

Dear All,
Moray Loons Night Oot is now open for you to download your booking form go to the link at the top of this page .
We look forward to seeing you all for another great night, dont forget to bring along your old photos as that always goes down well.
Yours Aye,
The Moray Loons Team

Loch Ness Marathon

“Dear Ladies and Gentleman,
On the on 30th September I am running the Loch Ness Marathon to raise money for Erskine, a charity that provides care and rehabilitation to veterans young and old. Erskine require £140,000 each week just to keep their facilities running.
Any donation large or small will be gratefully received and will go towards a great cause.
To make a donation please click on the link.
http://www.justgiving.com/Kirstin-Mackay-Erskine
Thank you!
Kirstin Mackay
Development Officer, The Highlanders’ Museum”

Memorial Service: 70th Anniversary EL ALEMEIN

Dear All.
The 70th Anniversary Service of EL Alemein is being held at Westminster Abbey, on Sunday, 28 October 2012, at 1830 hrs.
The Association has been allocated 10 vacancies and is open to Veterans of El Alamein and close relatives.
If you wish to attend and have some family connection, then please contact Maj David Grant, Association Treasurer{01463-224380 or email : association@cabarfeidh}, who will forward your details.
Unfortunately, this event is self funding.
Many thanks
David Grant

August 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over My Coffee Break has came to an End
Sad to say Over My Coffee Break is now finished.
I would like to thank everyone who took part.
To replace this, each month I will give a blast from the past out of the Regimental magazines.
It will now be called, “One From The Records.”And in PDF format only.

Forthcoming Events


HIGHLAND BRANCH CURRY LUNCH – SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2012.
Dear All,
The Lunch will be held in Highland Hall of the Royal British Legion Nairn from 1230 hrs on Sunday 30th September.
To read more on this and to download your booking form please go to one of the links below.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns.
Branch Chairman.
To download details in Office Word click here.
To To download details in PDF Format only click here.
Google Map

Loch Ness Marathon Sunday 30 September 2012.
Erskine has 30 spaces for anyone interested in running and raising money for our veterans.
For more information get in touch with:
Catherine Cowie
Area Co-ordinator North-Inverbervie
Erskine
Bishopton, Renfrewshire
PA7 5PU
Tel/Fax: 01561 361313
Regards.
Mick Low
Museum Manager

Musselburgh Racecourse Regimental Day
Sunday September 30th 2012
For more details on this please go to one of the links below
Regards,
Maurice Gibson.
To download details in Office Word click here.
To To download details in PDF Format only click here.
Google Map to course

Moray Loons Night Oot
The Moray loons night oot this year will be on Friday the 2nd Nov 2012.
Put this date in your diary and lets have the best turnout ever.
The booking form will be up shortly.
Google Map
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh.

Edinburgh Branch

Sunday 14th October 2012 Branch AGM

Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Letter from Lt Col James Roddis, Commanding The Highlanders 4 SCOTS

Dear All,
Please go to the 4 SCOTs webpage to read the letter from Lt Col James Roddis, Commanding The Highlanders 4 SCOTS.
The attachment takes a few moments to open but it’s worth the wait.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson

Thomas (Bing) Crosby

Dear All.
It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Tommy (Bing) Crosby.
Thomas died on Tuesday the 21st August.
Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page.
Please lets rally round for a great man and an even greater soldier and also show our respect to his family.
Seoras McIntosh,
cabarfeidh.com

John Macdonald Takes over from Andy Venters as Pipe Major

On 19th January this year John A MacDonald took over from PM Andy Venters as Pipe Major of the Queen’s Own Highlanders Association Pipe Band.
John joined the battalion in 1973 during the battalion’s tour of Osnabruck. He subsequently served with the battalion in Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Tidworth and as an instructor at the Scottish Division School of Music in Bridge of Don barracks, Aberdeen. He returned to the battalion as Pipe Sergeant in 1987 and was posted with them to Munster.
In 1990 John left the army and joined Grampian Police where he became involved with Grampian Police Pipes & Drums and, as a member of the band, competed in Grade 2 and Grade 1 competitions.
On retirement John returned to settle in Inverness where he presently lives.
John comments,
I am very pleased that Andy continues to support myself and the band and will turn out with the band when he can
John MacDonald
Click image to enlarge.

ABOYNE GOLF

Dear All.
Crawford McMaster has had a disappointing return for Aboyne (14th Sept) with only three weeks to go – 21 players. He will have to make contact with the club next week to arrange tee times, catering et al.
Unless players get to him by the end of next week there is the distinct possibility that Aboyne will release tee times to their members – understandably, and late bookers may therefore not be accommodated.
Maurice Gibson

THE FUNERAL OF COLOUR SERGEANT CYRIL (SID) KELMAN

Dear All,
Excellent turnout, thank you all for your attendance & contribution to a day which did Sid proud and showed the Regimental Association at its very best. Special thanks to Rev Donald Prentice for both services, the organist who gave her services free, Billy Kintrea for reading the lesson, Bobby Dunbar our Piper, Andy Anderson for the Tea and coffee prior, Ann & Eric Duguid for laying on the Tea Coffee and sandwiches at the RBL Forres for free after, the bearer party and all those who helped prior and during in small but important ways. The sum of £211.11 was collected and this will be used as a start point for some sort of memorial to Sid. Further details to follow.
Cabarfeidh gu Brath. Proud of Sid and and of what we stand for.
Some photographs were taken to allow those unable to attend to feel part of the occasion.
Yours aye,
Bob
To view photos click here.

How many of the lads do you remember?


A photo taken of Support Company in Belfast in 1972.
How many faces do you remember?
Photo with their names will go up next week.
I have done this as a PDF file to allow you to enlarge the photo.
Seoras
To view the photo in PDF click here.

Veterans With Hearing Loss


Dear All,
Please find attached the fliers and website information for those recent veterans with hearing loss.
Each veteran can have a consultation with a top audiologist and free state of the art hearing devises, should they prefer these to those given through the NHS. I would be most grateful if you would take the opportunity to advertise this as widely as possible to the Veterans community.
Yours aye,
Maurice Gibson
To view poster PDF click here.

ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE HIGHLAND BRANCH OF THE CAMERON HIGHLANDERS.

Just a reminder of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders gathering that is being held at Cameron Barracks on the 18th of August 2012 from 11.30 Hrs.
As well as all Ex Cameron Highlander I would like to make it clear to ALL members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders Association, that you are welcome to join us.
Tickets are £20 per person which includes an excellent buffet and can be purchased by getting in touch with:-
Major Hamish Sutherland,
Cuchullin Lodge,
43 Culduthel Road,
Inverness,
IV2 4HQ.
You can call me on 01463231945
Or email at culduthel@aol.com
Regards,
Major Hamish Sutherland

SID KELMAN – FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS UPDATE


Please note the following changes:
1145 - All available to meet at the Cadet Centre (Old Drill Hall) High Street Forres for a quick briefing. The Cadet Centre is situated on the left of the High Street as you head towards Elgin. It shows as “Bungalow Tormhor” on Google. Just opposite the start of Grant Park. With careful parking we will get a good few cars in.
1215 - Service of Thanksgiving, St Leonards Church, Forres (Just along the High St from the Cadet Centre). Quick move required from Church to the Cemetery.
1300 - Interment at Clovenside Cemetery Forres
1330 - All invited back to the RBL Forres (Courtesy of Eric Duguid)
Yours aye,
Bob

Highlanders Museum Appeals for Modern Artefacts


Dear All,
The Highlanders Museum in Fort George is appealing for artefacts to help them explain the history between 1994 to the present day.
To read more on this go to the PDF link below
Regards,
Peter Guthrie To read in PDF only click here.

SID KELMAN – FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS


The funeral will take place in Forres at Clovenside at 1300 Monday 13th August 2012. On current information no family members are involved. The Service will take place at the graveside. Sid was a popular man and we, his fellow QO HLDRS may be in a position to assist by providing the Pallbearers, providing the Rev Prentice with a suitable tribute (or one of you close to him might offer to take this on), taking a cord and providing A Piper (Bobby Dunbar has volunteered his service) and Bugler.
Can you therefore make an effort to support Sid’s Farewell by assisting me with any of the above points? In addition, I would like all those who are available to attend the funeral, to meet at the Cadet Centre, High St, Forres at 1200 to allow a short briefing to take place prior to moving to the cemetery at Clovenside.
Any information on details of his service dates, locations where he served, appointments held and of course any stories to me and I will attempt to put something together.
Funeral Directors are Graham J Rattray, Allanfern, Stotfield Road, Lossiemouth, IV31 6QR.
The Minister is: Rev Donald Prentice.
Let us provide Cyril (Sid) Kelman with a fitting farewell, your support is therefore requested with Glengarry, Badge, Hackle and Tartan to the fore.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

Richard (Budgie) Burt


From Kenny Read
I have been requested by the eldest Daughter Dana (Next of Kin) of Richard( Budgie) Burt to put up the following on the cabarfeidh website.
Richard (Budgie) Burt Who died at home on the 31st July 2012, Richard served in the Queen’s Own Highlanders from 1968-1983 in the Military Band & Domestic Pioneers - he served with Yonk Hunter and Big Hank Espin in Hong Kong.
Funeral arrangements are now up in the Obituaries page
Kenny Reid

Autumn Regimental Golf Meeting


Dear All,
Would you please publicise the Autumn Regimental Golf Meeting (attached) which is to take place at Aboyne on Friday September 14th 2012. Please pass it on to anyone who enjoys golf and ‘good banter’.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

July 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over My Coffee Break has came to an End
Sad to say Over My Coffee Break is now finished.
I would like to thank everyone who took part.
To replace this, each month I will give a blast from the past out of the Regimental magazines.
It will now be called, “One From The Records.”And in PDF format only.

Forthcoming Events


ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE HIGHLAND BRANCH OF THE CAMERON HIGHLANDERS.
THE GATHERING WILL BE HELD AT CAMERON BARRACKS INVERNESS ON SATURDAY 18TH. AUGUST 2012 FROM 1130HRS TO 1800HRS.
AN INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL EX CAMERON HIGHLANDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO ATTEND.
THIS INVITATION IS ALSO EXTENDED TO MEMBERS OF THE QUEEN'S OWN HIGHLANDERS ASSOCIATION
ADMISSION IS BY TICKET ONLY PRICED £20.00 WHICH INCLUDES AN EXCELLENT BUFFET
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM MAJOR HAMISH SUTHERLAND,CUCHULLIN LODGE, 43 CULDUTHEL ROAD, INVERNESS IV2 4HQ
TEL:01463231945 EMAIL
culduthel@aol.com


Loch Ness Marathon Sunday 30 September 2012.
Erskine has 30 spaces for anyone interested in running and raising money for our veterans.
For more information get in touch with:
Catherine Cowie
Area Co-ordinator North-Inverbervie
Erskine
Bishopton, Renfrewshire
PA7 5PU
Tel/Fax: 01561 361313
Regards.
Mick Low
Museum Manager

Musselburgh Racecourse Regimental Day
Sunday September 30th 2012
For more details on this please go to one of the links below
Regards,
Maurice Gibson.
To download details in Office Word click here.
To To download details in PDF Format only click here.
Google Map to course

Moray Loons Night Oot
The Moray loons night oot this year will be on Friday the 2nd Nov 2012.
Put this date in your diary and lets have the best turnout ever.
The booking form will be up shortly.
Google Map
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh.

Edinburgh Branch

Sunday 14th October 2012 Branch AGM

Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

GRANGE HALL RECEPTION


Highland Branch Members and private guests enjoyed the generous hospitality of General Peter and Jo Grant Peterkin at Grange Hall on Saturday evening.
Arriving a 1830 we were all well supplied with drinks before watching a fine display by the Association Pipe Band with Douglas Miers taking the salute.
This was followed by a first class curry supper and more beverages. Jo, General Peter and son Jamie thank you, very much appreciated by all.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns Chairman.

Tommy [Bing] Crosby

Tommy [Bing] Crosby at Raigmore Hospital.
He is doing fine and sends his regards to all.
Jock Schneider
Click image to enlarge.

Sid Kelman


Dear All,
It is with much regret that I have to announce the following.
Sid's niece who works in Forres has confirmed that he was found at his house on Thursday morning.
No funereal details as yet.

Museum Stall at Armed Forces Day Inverness


Dear All,
Good day and trust all is well in the world. We had a museum stall at Armed Forces Day/Highland Games in Inverness on Saturday 21st July. The sum of £760 was raised from a number of ventures.
a. Lucky Dip.
b. Guess the Jelly Beans in the Jar (Won by the Council Convenor – Jimmy Gray).
c. Guess the Bears birthday (Donated back for another day).
d. Prize Draw. (Fergus Ewing won a prize as did Jimmy Gray).
e. Shop Sales.£326.
f. Book Stall (Donation £50 went to Erskine).
This has added another £384 towards Collection Care. A long day in the field for the four of us, but it keeps our name alive in the local community.
The next venture is a small shop stall at Moy Fair on 3rd/4th August, then Historic Scotland Events Weekend on 11th/12th August at Fort George (usually about 5-6000 over the two days).
Kind regards.
Mick Low
Museum Manager

A Photo from the Past

Vol-1 No-1 Page-61
Major (Retired) Frank Blincow in his younger days as R.Q.M.S
Seoras Collection
Click image to enlarge.

The Museum Summers Newsletter


Dear All,
The museum newsletter is now up for you to read.
Regards,
Kirstin Mackay
Development Officer
The Highlanders' Museum
Tel Office: 01667 460 466
Tel Direct: 0131 310 8156
Postal Address: Fort George, Ardersier, Near Inverness IV2 7TD
e-Mail: appeal@thehighlandersmuseum.com
Registered as a Scottish Charity SC042160
To read in PDF format only click here.

‘The Highlanders’ Museum’


Dear all,
I have asked this website to put up an attachment note explaining why the Museum should be justly called
‘The Highlanders ‘Museum.’
Please go to one of the links below to read my note
Regards Seymour Monro
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

ARMED FORCES DAY INVERNESS SATURDAY 21st JULY 2012


Form up Eastgate Centre 1200
Dress: Your choice but Glengarry, Badge and Hackle where possible.
Ian Mackenzie will carry the Association Standard.
Concession (Half Price) Entry Tickets to Highland Games at the Northern Meeting Park available for Family of those on Parade from Royal British Legion Inverness.
Tel : 01463 233710 email : britishlegionclub@unicombox.com
The British Legion Club(Inverness)Limited, 10 Huntly Street, Inverness, IV3 5PR
Unfortunately I am unavailable but your support is requested.
Yours aye,
Bob
Chairman
Message from Roddy Wood
Ref your email to all Assn members re next Saturday's AFD parade in Inverness, I noted that you requested members to gather at Eastgate Centre beside Marks & Spencers at 1200 hrs - I was speaking to Joe Davidson, Chairman of the AFD Committee and RBL Inverness Club President today, and he said that 1200 hrs is making things rather tight as the Parade Commander would wish all marching participants to be formed up and ready for the Colours to be marched on at 1205 hrs. It would be preferred if everyone could be present by 1145 hrs.

Musselburgh Races Friday 7th September 2012


Dear All,
INTRODUCTION
1. I would be most grateful if you would promulgate the attached letter and ticket ordering proforma widely throughout your HHQs, Battalions and Associations.
GENERAL OUTLINE
2. The day at Musselburgh Races is an opportunity for the Regimental Family to enjoy an important sporting and social event in the Regimental calendar. It is hoped that the invitation will be picked up far and wide and that guests, family and friends will come along for a great day out. There will be Regimentally sponsored races along with opportunity to support Service charities and to enjoy the music of military and pipe bands. In addition to the catering stands in the main picnic area, The Royal Scots Club will be established on the Racecourse for the day to provide a focal point.
TICKET PRICE 3. The general public pay £20 just to enter the turnstiles. Musselburgh Racecourse allows us a generous all-inclusive package at £16 per adult and £5 for children 16 years and under, including:
• Free parking.
• Entrance to the Grandstand and the Paddock.
• A food and drink voucher.
4. Completed proformas should be returned no later than Friday 7th September 2012 enclosing payment of £16 per adult and £5 per child. Returns should be submitted to:
Home Headquarters
The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
The Castle
Edinburgh EH1 2YT

To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

Highland Field Sports Fair (Moy) Fri 3rd and Sat 4 Aug


Venue:- Moy Estate
Visit our Association Tent/Meeting Point as part of your day out "you may meet some old friends over a beer"
Assn Pipe Band will be performing as well. Museum will also have information on display.
If nothing else come along and support Seoras and the Schimf.
Very best
David Grant

From Rab Maley


Hello Folks,
Just thought I would pass this on, just received the Queens Jubilee medal, what a surprise when I got the call from the PM's office from government House in Otta, I have attached a news clipping, I hope many of you receive the Queens Jubilee also for all of the good work you have done in keeping the Regiments name alive, take care and Cabar Feidh. Bob hope to see you in August when you visit Vancouver, please send me you arrival dates,
cheers,
Yours Aye
Rab Maley

Congratulations Rab from all at cabarfeidh.com
To read news clipping in PDF click here.

A letter from Lt Gen Andrew Graham


Dear All,
Please see the attached letter from Lt Gen Andrew Graham, Colonel of the Regiment – The Royal Regiment of Scotland about the 1 battalion loose that has just been announced to Parliament by The Sec State for Defence.
Yours aye,
Maurice Gibson
Major MRM Gibson MBE
RHQ SCOTS (North)
Cameron Bks
Inverness
IV2 3XE
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

Edinburgh Branch Armed Forces Day Parade – Saturday 30th June 2012


An excellent turnout of over thirty members of the Regimental Family formed up in Kings Stables Road ready to march behind the Branch Standard, ably carried by Eddy Maley. The parade stepped off at the sound of the One O’Clock Gun and proceeded to march the length of West Princes Street Gardens to tunes played by the Pipe Band of the Royal Scots Regimental Association. Bobby Munro (the only one of us who still has a pace stick!) kept us all in step and gave the words of commend.
It was good to see, yet again, that our detachment of Seaforth’s, Cameron’s, and Queen’s Own Highlanders were the second largest Regimental Association on parade (The Royal Scots were the largest, but after all Edinburgh is their home territory!)
Photos can be found here
Cabarfeidh,
George Givens
Chairman

June 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Harold Richard Gillanders
Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Forthcoming Events

Loch Ness Marathon Sunday 30 September 2012.
Erskine has 30 spaces for anyone interested in running and raising money for our veterans.
For more information get in touch with:
Catherine Cowie
Area Co-ordinator North-Inverbervie
Erskine
Bishopton, Renfrewshire
PA7 5PU
Tel/Fax: 01561 361313
Regards.
Mick Low
Museum Manager

Musselburgh Racecourse Regimental Day
Sunday September 30th 2012
For more details on this please go to one of the links below
Regards,
Maurice Gibson.
To download details in Office Word click here.
To To download details in PDF Format only click here.
Google Map to course

Moray Loons Night Oot
The Moray loons night oot this year will be on Friday the 2nd Nov 2012.
Put this date in your diary and lets have the best turnout ever.
The booking form will be up shortly.
Google Map
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh.

Edinburgh Branch
Saturday 30th June 2012 Armed Forces Day (parade down the Royal Mile)

Sunday 14th October 2012 Branch AGM

Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

QOHldrs Regimental Association Agenda


Dear All,
I’m pleased to be able to finally send out the Agenda and one supporting document (attached)for the AGM in The Seaforth Club, Upstairs Bar Area, at 11.00 am next Friday 6th July.
Lunch will be available after the AGM so please advise myself (NOT RHQ) of people attending from the Branches.
Apologies should also be notified to myself – noted for Aberdeen Branch and Nottingham Branch.
Coffee will be available on arrival in the upstairs function room – not the Bar area. (The Trustees meeting will be held prior to the AGM so please do not go into the Bar area if you arrive before 11.00 am)
Would Branches please send me their Branch Reports by Tuesday 3rd July. These will not be read out at the AGM but noted and included in the Minutes.
Minutes of last year’s AGM were sent out in June of last year. If anyone requires a new copy please advise me.
Kind regards,
David E Loftus MBE – Honorary Secretary
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

Aberdeen Armed Forces Day Parade


Dear All,
To read information on the AFD parade in Aberdeen please click on one of the links below.
Maurice Gibson
The Highlanders
Cameron Bks
Inverness
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF click here.

HIGHLAND BRANCH AGM MINUTES May 12th


Dear All,
Please find attached the minutes from the AGM.
Steven McIntosh,
Branch Secretary
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF Formatclick here.

Tea at the G’s


Highland Branch has very generously received an invitation from General Peter and Mrs Jo Grant Peterkin to attend a reception and display by the Association Pipes and Drums at Grange Hall on Saturday 28th July 2012.
Details as follows:
Arrive from 1830
Drinks
Pipe Band Display 1930
Curry Supper
Clear by 2100
Bob Towns will reply on behalf of the Branch and request that you complete the attached and return it to Steven the Secretary by Friday 13th July. Please note that the invitation is extended to Members and Partners.
If you have not received an email from Steven on the above please send him your email address to allow him to update his contacts list.
Stevens email address is:- stevmcin@msn.com
Google Map
Invitation form in Office Word click here.
Invitation form in PDF click here.

Edinburgh Branch Summer Dance 2012


The Edinburgh Branch Summer dance took place at Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Saturday 23rd June 2012. “Limited Edition”, a talented duo all the way from the Kingdom of Fife, produced a broad range of songs and tunes to suit everyone’s tastes from the 60’s right up to the Take That era.

Numbers attending our Summer Dance were, as usual modest for this time of the year, due to quite a few our regulars being on, or about to depart on their summer holidays. However the sixty odd members and their guests who were present thoroughly enjoyed themselves and as usual, the club laid on an excellent buffet.

Thanks to Emma Givens and Margaret Munro for selling the raffle tickets, Bobby Munro and Tam Balloch for running the raffle, Anne Marie Cumming for drawing the tickets, and of course to the many Branch Members who kindly donated the prizes.

Photos of the night can be found on the Photos Page of the website (and if you look carefully, you will see ex-Corporal Mike Kelly, our newest member and his wife, enjoying their first function at the Branch)

George Givens
Chairman
Edinburgh Branch

PS: If any member of the Regimental Family would like to march on Armed Forces Day with the Edinburgh Branch please turn up in Kings Stables Road at 12.20 pm next Saturday, 30th June 2012

Picture Detective

Tosh,
A scan of today’s “picture detective” from the Inverness Courier.
Even I can name two of the men in the photos, so I wondered if one of your readers might be able to name the rest?
Answers to Guest Book
Pete Guthrie
Click image to enlarge.

50th Anniversary of the Resolution of the Brunei Emergency


To; All Members of The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Association.
Subject; Seminar – 50th Anniversary of the Resolution of the Brunei Emergency
December 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the resolution of the Brunei Emergency. It was precipitated by the rebel insurgency that erupted in the Sultanate of Brunei, launched in the early hours of the 8th December 1962. This sudden and unexpected revolt in a strategically important British Protectorate demanded swift and coordinated reaction by UK Armed Forces based in Singapore, involving all three services. There was an immediate and sustained air and sealift and the subsequent mounting of a series of coup de main operations to regain vital areas, to rescue hostages whose lives were threatened and to restore order throughout the Protectorate.br/To read more on this please go to one of tht links beloe.
Mourice Gibson.
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF Formatclick here.

Armed Forces Day Activities


Dear All,
Please be aware of Armed Forces Day activities happening throughout Scotland which you might wish to support from Jun 23rd 2012.
Please find attached the final instruction for Armed Forces Day 2012.
The Scottish media launch will be at HMS Caledonia on Wed 20 June 12. This will be followed by the Stirling Military Show on Sat 23 Jun 12.
Over 200 Flag raising ceremonies have been planned and they will be concentrated on Mon 25 Jun 12. AFD 12 will be on Sat 30 Jun.
There are 18 parades taking place in Scotland with the main events being held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.
Full details of each activity can be found on the 51 Bde CE MOSS site,
http://cui1uk.diif.r.mil.uk/r/124/ce/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspx?CalendarDate=19%2F06%2F2012
Maurice Gibson
To read my report in Office Word click here.
To read my report in PDF Formatclick here.

David E Loftus MBE


Congratulations must go out to David E Loftus on being awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honers. This is for his excellent work at Kneller Hall.
cabarfeidh.com

Tribute to 7 Seaforth Highlander Soldiers


This is a Tribute to 7 Seaforth Highlander Soldiers who died for King and Country in the Great War
To read more on this story please go to one of the links below.
To go to the War Graves Website on this cemetery http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/6801/CAESTRE MILITARY CEMETERY

Photos to accompany this story is on the Photos and Poems page
Seoras McIntosh
To read my report in Office Word click here.
To read my report En français in PDF Formatclick here.

To read my report En français in Office Word click here.
To read my report in PDF Formatclick here.

Job Advert


Dear All,
An opportunity has arisen for someone / a couple to ‘lease’ the Delnashaugh Hotel, Ballindalloch, Bridge of Avon, Banffshire, next to the A95 trunk road. The Hotel is a going concern and is part of The Ballindalloch Estate. Ballindalloch is situated between Aberlour and Cromdale in Speyside a beautiful location overlooked by Ben Rinnes. The Hotel caters for ‘fishers’ on both the Rivers Spey and Avon (Arn) and golfers who can take full advantage of the Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course and another 6 courses within a 30 minute drive.
Interested parties should contact Mr Tim Atkinson on; Telephone 01807 500205 or by e-mail on - factor@ballindallochcastle.co.uk for further information.
Yours sincerely
Maurice Gibson
Assistant Regimental Secretary
RHQ SCOTS (North)
Cameron Bks
Inverness
IV2 3XE

Dedication of New Colours

The Dedication of the New Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association (Ross-shire Branch) Colours took place in Dingwall yesterday Sunday the 03/06/2012.at St Clements Parish Church Dingwall .
The Banner was marched (under cover) from The British Legion in Dingwall down to the Church. A service was then carried out marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee followed by the Blessing of the New Colours by the Rev R Smith.
After the blessing the Colours was then marched back up in their full glory to the British Legion by the Standard Bearer Mr Ally Lamont,
A small reception was then held in The Royal British Legion -Dingwall Branch for the guests attending the ceremony
Photos by Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com
To view the photos click here.

Work Begins at Museum


Work has now began at our Museum.
To find out more on this story read what the paper has to say at one of the links below.
Regards,
Peter Guthrie
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF Formatclick here.

May 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Harold Richard Gillanders
Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Job Advert


Hello Folk's, The following is an offer of work in the Aberdeen area sent by Louis (fordie) Fordham.
I wonder if you can help, i work for http://www.sitexorbis.co.uk (Rab Mullen was my old boss),
We are looking to open a small depot in the Aberdeen area, and we are looking for two employees on a temp contract for a minimum of six months, to see if we can make it work.
I need a reliable team leader and operative, who doesn't mind getting dirty, as we will be mainly working in void properties for the local councils and Housing associations.
The main job role will include:
Fitting steel shutters to doors and windows
Clearing out houses and gardens
Power washing
Picking up litter/fly tipping
Pest Control
Any other semi skilled service that keeps staff in work.
All training will be provided, via our in house training service.
I very much believe we should look after our ex forces, and will not be looking any where else until i hear back from you.
Any assistance would be appreciate.
Regards,
Louis Fordham.
General Manager.
07799880072.

Highland Branch AGM 2012


Dear All,
On Thursday the 31st of May is our Highland Branch AGM in the British Legion Club Nairn 19.00Hr for 19.30Hr
This to me is a very important meeting to all Highland Branch Members as it gives you as a member a chance to air your views on how the branch is run.
It also gives you the chance if you wish to help out in future events the branch may run.
We are always in the lookout for young members with new ideas so please lads come along.
People on the website say that the Queen's Own Highlanders are the forgotten regiment well this is YOUR chance to make sure we are not FORGOTTEN
Seoras McIntosh
www.cabarfeidh.com

Accumulated Campaign Service Medals


Dear All,
The following information on eligibility for Accumulated Campaign Service Medals has been brought to my attention, which may well be interest to your members, some of whom may qualify.
Regards
Maurice Gibson
Home HQ The Highlanders
Inverenss
The medal and the requirements:
http://www.mod.uk
The application form link:
http://www.mod.uk

Review Board Update


The sale of items from the Museum Collection that were surplus to requirements went off well on 10 April thanks to the hard work of Mick Low and the museum team of Amanda and Alyson.
To read more on this please go to one of the links below.
Peter Grant Peterkin.
To read update in Office Word click here.
To read update in PDF Formatclick here.

Edinburgh Branch Newsletter - May 2012


You will find the Edinburgh Branch Newsletter for May 2012 here.
As well as other items, this newsletter gives details of our Summer Dance and the Armed Forces Day Parade.
If any of the Regimental Family fancy attending either the Dance or wish to march with us, please give Danny Carruthers a call
Regards to All
George Givens.
To open News letter in Office Word click here.
To open News letter in PDF Formatclick here.

The Jock


The Jock,
The 1/4ly Newsletter of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Maurice Gibson,
Home HQ The Highlanders,
Inverness
To read The Jock in PDF Format only click here.

The Highlanders Museum Report 08/05/12


This short report covers the period May 2011 to May 2012.
To read the report please goes to one of the links below
Regards,
M.C. Low MBE
Museum Manager
To read in Office Word click here.
To read in PDF Format only click here.

NATION /LIVE UNION : WORKSHOP at FORT GEORGE

(Below and attached photographs are details of the National Portrait Galleries Scotland project.) A workshop is being planned, commencing in June, at Ft George. It includes a visit to Culloden and Inverness Museum. Single day activities would be spread out during June, totalling 5 days. The aim to recreate the atmosphere relating to Culloden. and cast a metal emblem/badge of their own design that would represent their contemporary identities, working from "the smithy's workshop." Your activities would also be filmed as part of the outreach project. A range of local people including BW soldiers would also make up the team, led by artist Kevin Reid.
It would be greatly appreciated if ex servicemen could take part in this worthwhile venture.
Anyone (3 or 4 volunteers), interested in taking part, please contact me (01463- 224380) at Cameron Bks. I can immediately link them to the project.
David Grant.
To view the workshop photos click here.

Ceremony In Memory of 7 Soldiers of the 7th Seaforth highlanders


HELLO SEORAS,
Thank you at first for your message and interest for the ceremony.
I've enclosed the planning and the plaque picture.
Please go to one of the links below to view.
All the best,
Yves Holbecq,
P/M of the Somme Battlefield Pipe Band
To view planning in Office Word click here.
To view planning in PDF Format only click here.

Click plaque image to enlarge.

Convener bows out with boost for Highlanders Museum (01/05/12)


To read more on the above item go to one of the links below.
Regards,
Peter Guthrie
To view more in Office Word click here.
To view more in PDF Format only click here.

Click image to enlarge.

Email from Ken Ross

Attached is an email that I received from Ken Ross.
It is very nice to receive such an email and it is also good to know that cabarfeidh.com and others can help people in their hour of need.
I have no idea who delivered the card.
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com
To view the email in Office Word click here.
To view the emailin PDF Format only click here.

April 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Gus Davidson
Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

RGS 2012 Prize Winners


Please see attach, results from Friday.
Also the photos are up in the photo/poem page of this website
Albert
To download results in Office Word click here.
To download resultsin PDF Format only click here.

HIGHLAND BRANCH of the QO HLDRS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION - AGM

Thursday 31st May 2012 Lounge Bar Royal British Legion Nairn
Meeting will start 1930 hrs
Free Drink from 1900 - 1930 (One!)
Come along and get involved
Yours aye,
Bob Towns
Chairman

VACANCY NOTICE – CARETAKER AT CTC BODDAM (2 HLDRS BN ACF)


A vacancy has arisen with the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (HRFCA) for a Caretaker at the Cadet Training Centre at Boddam, Aberdeenshire. The position is full time, 37 hours per week, including some weekend work, with time off in lieu (TOIL) granted for additional hours worked.
Previous military service would be an advantage but is not essential. Applicants should reside within easy commuting distance of Boddam. Job Specification and salary are available on application to the Cadet Executive Officer (CEO), contact details below.
Applicants should submit the Application Form and a CV of not more than 2 pages with a covering letter demonstrating appropriate qualities to:
CEO
CTC Rocksley Drive
Boddam
AB42 3BA
Applications must be received by Friday, 11 May 2012 and it is anticipated that Interviews will be held at Boddam in the week commencing Monday, 21 May 2012.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
To download Job Vacancy Form in Office Word click here.
To download Job Vacancy Form in PDF Format only click here.

Pte A Winfield, Seaforth Hldrs


Hi Seoras,
Attached is a letter we rec'd today from Mr Nash of Leamington Spa;
tel no; 01926-422335.
His friend's regimental no was 14187273 Pte A Winfield, Seaforth Hldrs. very old Seaforth Records show an address; "c/o Cricklewood Rd, Mackworth Estate, DERBY" and was a member of Seaforth "Midlands Branch"
Charlie - would you be able to help in any way in tracing this old soldier. if he is still alive, he must be in his 80's!
Yours aye,
David Grant
To download the letter in PDF Format only click here.

The Inverness Half Marathon

To everyone who sponsored me in the Inverness Half Marathon, in aid of the Archie Foundation, the children’s ward, Raigmore Hospital.
A grand total of £500, and I thank you all.
JJ Johnston

Roddy Martin (Goggs)

It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Roddy Martin (Stornoway),who died on Tuesday 10th April.
For further details please go to the obituaries page.
Yours Aye
George Geddes.

From HHQ


Dear All,
As Regimental Secretary to The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordon’s and Camerons) I am directly involved in Welfare and Benevolence and know first hand how important a wee grant can be to needy individuals.
I am also very conscious of the massive support Regiments like ours get from the Army Benevolent Fund – The Soldiers Charity (ABF-TSC).
To read more on this please go to one of the links below. Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
To download Job Vacancy in Office Word click here.
To download Job Vacancy in PDF Format click here.

Davie Nicoll

Informed by Vernon that his brother Davie (former Assault Pioneer and Bn Boxer in the QO HLDRS) died in Edinburgh on Wednesday 4th of April 2012 aged 65 after a long illness.
Funeral details are now up on the Obituarise page
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

Anne Bashford

Anne Bashford, aged 65, wife of Terry (Paddy Bashford) passed away at 1025 this morning in Bangor N Ireland after a short illness.
Our sincere condolences go to Terry (a great friend and supporter of the QO HLDRS) and his family.
Funeral details are now up on the obituaries page.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

March 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Gus Davidson
Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Forthcoming Events

MALAY,BRUNE,BORNEO,VETERANS ASSOCIATION SCOTLAND Saturday 24th March
AGM/Stag Dinner 7 for 7.30pm at Urquhart,s 3 Young Street Inverness..
Tickets can be bought at the door at £20 each.
Google Map Here

REGIMENTAL GOLF OUTING 27 APRIL 2012
This will be held at the Kinloss Golf Club.
Please be at the club for 0800.
Go to one of the links below to download entry form.
To download entry form in Office Word click here.
To To download entry form in PDF Format only click here.
Regards,
Albert Duffus.
Google Map Here

Musselburgh Race Course Regimental Day
For more details on this please go to one of the links below
Regards,
Maurice Gibson.
To download details in Office Word click here.
To To download details in PDF Format only click here.


Edinburgh Branch
Saturday 23rd June 2012 Branch Summer Dance

Saturday 30th June 2012 Armed Forces Day (parade down the Royal Mile)

Sunday 14th October 2012 Branch AGM

Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

James (Jim) Robertson

I have just been informed Jim died in his sleep on 30 March 2012 .
I have no further details at present . Jim served with the Seaforths in Gibraltar and Munster BAOR between 1956 -1959 .
He was with the 3' Mortars.
He has been residing in Nottingham for a number of years.
You may receive more information from other sources. I am just making sure the regiment is informed.
Yours Aye,
Ally MacPherson.
alistair399@bigpond.com.au

MUSEUM ONLINE SHOP SALE

Many items have now been reduced on the online Museum shop. These offers are not to be missed so why not grab yourself a bargain or pick up a gift for a loved one! Have a browse and see what we have on offer!
Please click on the link below which will take you directly to the online shop. http://www.thehighlandersmuseum.com/museum-shop.html

Price List
Glengarry 6.5 or 52cm £6.50 Save £13.50
Queen’s Own Highlanders: A concise History by Trevor Royle £7.50 Save £4.50
Museum/The Highlanders Blank Greetings Cards ½ prices at £0.25
Ice Buckets £25.00 Save £15.00
Spyscope £1.00 Save £1.50
Jotter and Pen £1.50 Save £0.75
Prints
Kilt at War £0.75 save £1.75
Bicentenary £0.20 Save £0.80
Erracht Cairn £0.75 Save £1.75
Lochaber £0.75 Save £0.25
Neuve Chapelle £0.75 Save £0.25
Queen’s Own Highlander £0.20 Save £0.80
Simkin Seaforth £0.20 Save £0.80
Simkin Cameron £0.20 Save £0.80
Kind regards,
Kirstin Mackay”

Bill Munnoch's Medals


Bill Munnoch is putting his medals up for oction to help our museum.
To read more on this story go to the link below.
To download in PDF Format only click here.

Museum Matters


A letter sent to the P&J by Maj Gen Seymour Monro in answer to Kelvin Hunters article in the P&J last Monday 19th March reference the sale of Museum Silverware is attached.
To read the letter please go to one of the links below
To download the letter in Office Word click here.
To To download the letter in PDF Format only click here.

RSM Tommy Hamilton

It is with regret that I have to announce the death of RSM Tommy Hamilton who died yesterday the 13th March 2012 in Raigmore Hospital.
Tommy served in both the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and was RSM in the Queen’s Own Highlanders.
Funeral details are now up on the obituaries page.

Message from Our Museum

Dear All,
The Highlanders Museum – Fort George is undergoing a full refurbishment and is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2013.
Andrew Ferguson (Learning Officer) at The Highlanders Museum, has asked for assistance from any Highlanders out there (Sep 17th 94 – Mar 28th 2006) who have any military related objects / stories / experiences that they would be willing to share. Items, stories etc would be used as part of the Highlanders Display in the refurbished Museum, so if your happy to assist please contact Andrew as follows;
Andrew Ferguson
Learning Officer
The Highlanders' Museum
Tel Office: 01463 838014
Postal Address: Fort George, Ardersier, Near Inverness IV2 7TD
e-Mail: andrew@thehighlandersmuseum.com
Registered as a Scottish Charity SC042160

SALE OF REGIMENTAL PROPERTY


Dear All,
The attached eight pdf files are self explanatory and should be viewed / read in the order 1 to 8.
They explain the reasoning behind and the process that starts now in relation to the sale of some items of Regimental Property on April 10th 2012 at The Highlanders Museum, Fort George.
Please make everyone aware of this unique opportunity.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd)
Regimental Secretary
The Highlanders
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
01463 224380
To download 1PDF Format only click here.
To download 2PDF Format only click here.
To download 3PDF Format only click here.
To download 4PDF Format only click here.
To download 5PDF Format only click here.
To download 6PDF Format only click here.
To download 7PDF Format only click here.
To download 8PDF Format only click here.

Job Opportunity


Dear All,
PERMANENT ROLE-LOCATION-SCOTTISH BORDERS
CARETAKER/CHAUFFEUR/HANDYMAN
This is a live-in role for someone who would like to live and work on a private Shooting Estate in the Scottish Borders, some 20 miles from Edinburgh.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
To download Job Vacancy in Office Word click here.
To download Job Vacancy in PDF Format only click here.

February 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Barry Craib
Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Forthcoming Events

Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association Ross-Shire Branch Friday 9th March 2012
Annual Reunion Dinner in the British Legion Dingwall 7-30 for 8pm.
Tickets can be bought at the door at £20 each.


MALAY,BRUNEI,BORNEO,VETERANS ASSOCIATION SCOTLAND Saturday 24th March
AGM/Stag Dinner 7 for 7.30pm at Urquhart,s 3 Young Street Inverness..
Tickets can be bought at the door at £20 each.
Google Map Here

REGIMENTAL GOLF OUTING 27 APRIL 2012
This will be held at the Kinloss Golf Club.
Please be at the club for 0800.
Go to one of the links below to download entry form.
To download entry form in Office Word click here.
To To download entry form in PDF Format only click here.
Regards,
Albert Duffus.
Google Map Here

Edinburgh Branch
Saturday 23rd June 2012 Branch Summer Dance

Saturday 30th June 2012 Armed Forces Day (parade down the Royal Mile)

Sunday 14th October 2012 Branch AGM

Saturday 15th December 2012 Branch Christmas Dance

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

FACEBOOK WHISKY COMPETITON

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to win a bottle of Cuidich ‘n Righ whisky! Visit the Highlanders’ Museum Facebook page and share the Cuidich ‘n Righ picture for a chance to win. Everyone who shares this picture will be out into a draw to win a bottle of Cuidich ‘n Righ whisky. The winner will be drawn on the 15th March. Please click on the link below which will take you to our Facebook page for further details.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Highlanders-Museum-Fort-George/107340905997520
Kirstin Mackay
Development Officer
The Highlanders' Museum
Tel Office: 01667 460 466
Postal Address: Fort George, Ardersier, Near Inverness IV2 7TD
e-Mail: appeal@thehighlandersmuseum.com
Registered as a Scottish Charity SC042160

Raffle Prize Looking for Owner

To the owner of the raffle prize left on the Fort George to Elgin transport after the Amalgamation dinner, if you could get in touch with me as it has been handed in to me by Hamish MacPherson.
If it is not claimed within two weeks I will give it back to Hamish to do with what he wants.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh

EDINBURGH BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2012


The Edinburgh Branch had a very enjoyable time at our annual Amalgamation Dinner last Saturday night with General Seymour Monro as our Guest of Honour.
A full report and forecast of events can be found here. Regards to all the Regimental Family
George Givens
To download Report in Office Word click here.
To To download Report in PDF Format only click here.

Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner 2012


Dear All,
Please go to one of the attached docs below to view my report on the above dinner.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns
To download the report in office Word click here.
To download the report in PDF Format click here.

Highland Branch Dinner Info

Further details for the dinner on Friday, please pass this message on to anyone you know who doesn't have access to e-mail.
There will be 75 personnel attending the dinner
Pre and Post Dinner drinks will be in the Sgts Mess upstairs bar
Silk QO Hldrs Regimental Ties will be on sale £15 approx
Please remember all donations for the raffle will be greatly appreciated
Transport from Elgin is as follows for those that have booked
1800 hrs Depart Elgin Town Hall
1830 hrs Depart Forres Victoria Hotel
1850 Approx Nairn Coop Tradespark and Grants Garage
Transport from Inverness as organised by David Grant who has been in touch with those who requested transport
Regards,
Steven McIntosh.
Branch Secretary

January 2012

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Pete Wason
Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Forthcoming Events

Highland Amalgamation Dinner Friday 3rd Feb 2011
To download Booking Form in office word here.
To download Booking Form in pdf format here.

Edinburgh Amalgamation Dinner
Saturday 11th Feb 2012
Gents,due to the high volume of requests, the Dinner is completely sold out,we would like to apologize to all those who have applied but were unsuccessful, D C

Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association Ross-Shire Branch Friday 9th March 2012
Annual Reunion Dinner in the British Legion Dingwall 7-30 for 8pm.
Tickets can be bought at the door at £20 each.

Seoras McIntosh  Dave Watson

Brian Christie

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Brian passed away this morning Monday 30 Jan 12 at his home his wife fran was with him. The Funeral will take place on Monday 6th Feb at Catto Funeral Directors Linkwood Road Elgin.
Full details now in the Obituaries page.
Yours Aye,
Bill Gardner

THANK YOU

Dear Regimental Family,.
The Trustees, Board and all Museum staff would like to thank the Regimental Family for their great response to our Appeal highlighted in the latest edition of the Highland Gathering Newsletter. The total amount raised was £15,433.50! Thank you so much for your generosity.
If there is anyone out there that would still like to donate, it’s not too late! Please contact Peter Guthrie or Kirstin Mackay on 01667 460466 or email appeal@thehighlandersmuseum.com for more information on making a donation. Best Regards
Kirstin Mackay

Job Opportunity


Dear All,
Please see the attached Job Vacancy as advertised by Finnian Munro of Foulis Farm in Easter Ross, North of Inverness.
It is a wide ranging position with accommodation, which he is hopeful of filling by Mid March 12.
Kind regards
Maurice Gibson
To download Job Vacancy in Office Word click here.
To To download Job Vacancy in PDF Format only click here.

In the Highest Tradition

Dear All.
I thought the video from the link below would be of interest to some former Queen's Own Highlanders. Certainly many familiar faces. Good to see this being shown on the BBC IPlayer!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00jsgw2/
All the best,
Pete Guthrie

Tribute to Alasdair Gills


The poster on the links below was posted on Face book by John McDonald the producer for the Tribute to Alasdair.
Please go to one of the links below to view.
Yours Aye,
Finlay MacGhee.
To download Poster in Office Word click here.
To To download Poster in PDF Format only click here.

Ownership Options in Scotland


The above is looking for a Housing Options Broker (HOB).
Please go to one of the links below to read more.
Regards,
David Grant HHQ.
To download Letter in Office Word click here.
To To download Letter in PDF Format only click here.

Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies

Dear All.
I have been asked with urgency to collect any pictures of Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies throughout his life. The montage will play on a screen at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on January 28 as the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band plays Cabar Feidh Gu Brath. If anyone has a good picture of Alasdair at any stage in his life could you please email it to me ASAP. ( This has to be sorted out this week) My Email is finlay.macghee@tesco.net If you know the date that the picture was taken this would also help. Regards,
Finlay MacGhee

Jimmy Fraser


An email sent to Highland Branch Chairman Bob Towns from Jimmy Fraser Secretary of the London Branch, Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association.
Well worth a read.
To download email in Office Word click here.
To To download email in PDF Format only click here.

The Highlander Newsletter

Dear All,
Annual production of The Highlander Newsletter is complete and it is now On Line.
You can view it in;
1. Flipbook style. (Pages are turned for you). To do this you will need to download Adobe Flash Player onto your computer. This is a simple process if it is not already installed just follow the instructions that appear on screen.
2. Single page. Ideal for those who wish to print off a Hard Copy but there are 92 pages.
3. Double page. A great way to read and save a version to your computer. You can increase / decrease the font size (%) for ease of reading as eye sight requires.
All you need to do now is go to; www.thehighlanderonline.co.uk
For those of you who wish to read the annual Journal of The Royal Regiment of Scotland you can visit;
www.theroyalregimentofscotlandjournal.co.uk
I trust you will enjoy what has been put together and I would ask you to make anyone who has an interest in the Highlanders Regimental Family and the Royal Regiment of Scotland aware of the On Line Sites.
Happy reading / viewing. Kind regards.
Maurice Gibson

EDINBURGH BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER 2012


A very Happy New Year to all members of the Regimental Family
Please see the attached January newsletter for the Edinburgh Branch giving details of this year's Amalgamation Dinner and a short report about our Christmas Dance. Returns to Danny Carruthers for those wishing to attend the dinner as soon as possible please.
Regards,
George Givens
Chairman
Edinburgh Branch
To download Newsletter in Office Word click here.
To To download Newsletter in PDF Format only click here.

December 2011

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Tam Hunter
Next month will be the last month of Over My Coffee break if no one else takes part, this would be a shame as many people enjoy reading your experiences while serving with the regiment . Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Christmas Message
Major General John Hopkinson has been kind enough to send in this years Xmas Message to you all.
If you know of anyone who does not have a computer please be kind enough to print off a copy of the message for them.
To view the message please go to one of the link below.
To download message in office word please click here.
To download message in pdf format please click here.

Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

Andy Anderson 66

Dear All.
It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of Andy Anderson 66. Who died on the 25th Dec 2011 in Leanchoil Hospital Forres after suffering a long illness.
Andy served in the Recce Platoon
Funeral arrangements are now up on the obituaries page.
Regards,
Peter Finlayson

Highland Amalgamation Dinner 2012

Dear All,
Please go to the links below to view the information and download a booking form for the Highland Amalgamation Dinner 2012
Regards,
Bob Towns
To download information and booking form in Office Word click here.
To download information and booking form in PDF Format only click here.

Museum Matters - December 2011 Issue

Dear Ladies and Gentleman,
Please click on the links below to view our latest newsletter and cover letter.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at the Highlanders’ Museum!
Kind Regards,
Kirstin Mackay
Development Officer
Kirstin Mackay

Development Officer The Highlanders' Museum
Tel Office: 01667 460 466
Tel Direct: 05603 425 571
Postal Address: Fort George, Ardersier, Near Inverness IV2 7TD
e-Mail: appeal@thehighlandersmuseum.com
Registered as a Scottish Charity SC042160
To download The Newsletter in PDF Format only click here.
To download the Cover Letter in PDF Format only click here.

The Ross-Shire Branch Regimental Association

Seoras hands over the new standard to Ian McLeod who receives it on behalf of the The Ross-Shire Branch Regimental Association.
Ian's comments was that it will first go on display at our annual dinner held in Dingwall next year,
I recommend you all go along to see it in person and have a good night with these great old soldiers.
Dates will be up on the website soon.
Seoras McIntosh
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Friday Lunch Club

There is nothing more satisfying as far as I am concerned than meeting up with a few of your old friends and having a chat about old times and having a bite to eat.
Today was no exception when six of us met up in Jimmy Chungs in Inverness to do just that.
I would recommend that you all try it.
What made it a little more special today -- it was my birthday.
Seoras McIntosh.
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Charlie Liddle

To all at cabarfeidh.com,
I went to see Charlie Liddle today in the Royal Hospital Chelsea and took him an early Christmas present. (Photo attached) Unfortunately, Charlie has been in the Infirmary for the last 5 weeks and it is likely that he will be there for the foreseeable future. Charlie remains well in himself but his legs have rather given up on him and he finds it impossible to go up steps and to walk without a zimmer.
He would welcome visitors from the Association if anyone is in London and Christmas cards would be most welcome at.
In Pensioner Charlie Liddle.
Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Royal Hospital Road .
London SW3.
Regards,
Peter Grant Peterkin
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Col Al Campbell’s Regtl Sitrep below

Dear All,
Last Saturday, 3 Dec 11, saw the Presentation of Colours to 4 SCOTS at RAF Kinloss, by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

It was a very successful day with all the arrangements, put together by Maj Jes Giles, the staff at RAF Kinloss, and at RHQ, working like clockwork. The parade, held in an aircraft hangar, was simple and extremely effective. It followed exactly the same format as the one in the summer, and the HIGHLANDERS Colours with the Association were paraded past HRH at the end of the parade. The comparative lack of size of parade was more than made up for by the close and intimate feel of everyone being enclosed and feeling part of the proceedings. The parade was excellent, as were the two preceding Homecoming Parades held in Aberdeen and Inverness, and the soldiers of 4 SCOTS were outstanding in every way.

The Parade had a wider regimental inclusivity about it in that the Military Band was made up of members of 6 and 7 SCOTS, as well as a few members of the SCOTS Band whose main body is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

There were 1000 guests, family, friends and Association members present as well as members of the families of the late Sgt Mathews, Cpl Pike and Hldr McLaren. This also included 8 retired Generals, 2 serving ones as well as the Col of the Regt.
Now that all battalions have their own Colours this marks the last part of the formative stage of the Regiment.

Alastair Campbell
C A CAMPBELL
Regtl Sec

The Highlanders 4 SCOTS Presentation

Dear All.
Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Aitken, Commanding, The Highlanders 4 SCOTS will give a Presentation tonight (Dec 1st) at The Royal British Legion (Scotland), Huntly Street, Inverness starting at 7pm.
The Presentation will cover the Battalions recent operational deployment to Lashkar Gah Region of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
It will touch on Pre-deployment Training, Deployment, Working with the Afghan Police and Army, Handover of Regional control to the Afghan authorities, Mentoring, the high’s (successes) and low’s (death’s) of soldiers on daily operations and where the Region is now and might be by Dec 2014.
All welcome. If you are unable to attend please pass this message on to others who might be able too.
The Highlanders 4 SCOTS will March through Inverness on Dec 2nd starting at 11.15hrs.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson

November 2011

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Tam Hunter
Next month will be the last month of Over My Coffee break if no one else takes part, this would be a shame as many people enjoy reading your experiences while serving with the regiment . Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

A Letter sent to the Edinburgh Branch from Ann Marie Cumming

I read this letter out from Ann Marie Cumming at the Edinburgh Branch Christmas Dance and thought I would share it with everyone.
George Givens,
To The Regimental Family,
Ann Marie, Joanna and Carrie Ann would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support in the difficult time of the loss of Jim.
We were moved beyond belief to see the guard of honour when we arrived at the church. Jim would have been so proud and I thank you from my heart.
As you are aware Jim requested not to have flowers, and any money raised should go to charity. A staggering amount of money was raised thanks to all.
A total £1200 was distributed between
Friends of the Beatson £630
McMillan £480
Red Cross £50
Barnardos £40
I hope you all enjoy your evening and I look forward to seeing you all next year at the Summer Dance.
Once again words cannot express my thanks to you all who helped me through the most difficult time in my life.
Love
Ann Marie, Joanna and Carrie Ann
P.S. In Jim's Words
"Come on the Gers"

Highlanders March Through Inverness

Dear All,
I suggest that we show our appreciation to our successors in the Highlanders when they march through Inverness on Friday 2nd of December. They set off from Glebe Street at 1115 into and along Chapel and Academy Streets turning right onto the High Street, along to the Town House where the salute will be taken, left along the river on Castle Road and sharp left up to the Castle.
We are not marching however get your Glengarry's on and meet at the Town House at 1100 where we will attempt to get a spot to show our support.
Standard Bearer required for the Branch Standard.
Remember also the Presentation by the CO in the British Legion Inverness at 1900 on Thursday 1st December. Again I believe it important to show our support.
See you there.
Thank you.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns

EDINBURGH BRANCH CHRISTMAS DANCE 2011

The Edinburgh Branch held its annual Christmas Dance on Saturday 26th November 2011 with an excellent turnout of over 90 members of the Regimental Family present. The entertainment was provided by a local band by the name of China Blue and they certainly got everyone into the right spirit for the start of the festive season - the dance floor was full for most of the night!
Leith Ex-Servicemen’s Club provided their usual first-rate buffet and tell me that their bar takings were extremely healthy at the end of the evening – another good sign that everyone was enjoying themselves!
Thanks must go to Jean Givens and Margaret Munro for selling the raffle tickets and for Bobby Munro and Tam Balloch for shouting out the winning numbers. A particular thank you must go to all those members who generously donated prizes for the raffle and to the committee who helped to organise the night.
Photographs of the function can be found here in Photos/Poems page.
George Givens
Chairman, Edinburgh Branch

4 SCOTS Colours Pde Last Min Tickets

Dear All,
If you wish to attend the Colours Parade for the 4Scotts and show your support for your local regiment please download the form from below and get it in the post ASAP.
It will be a grand occasion and also a chance to meet up with old and new friends.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
To download form in Office Word click here.
To To download form in PDF Format only click here.

Photo sent in by Tony Ronaldson

cabarfeidh.com,
Whilst on my recce for the Remembrance Parade out here in Nairobi, I came across this column (See attached picture) where I identified the names of 3 Seaforth Highlanders.
I then got the attached photo taken on the day of the parade. Yours Aye, RQ. Tony Ronaldson
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Willie Watson

Willie Watson of Overton Avenue, Inverness died on Nov 9th aged 71. His funeral will take place on Nov 16th at 1pm at D Chisholm Funeral Home, Huntly Street, Inverness. Willie was a Landscape Gardener but some of you might well remember him as a TA Soldier of 25 years with 2/51 Highland.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson

Sir Alistair Irwin KCB OBE

Sir Alistair Irwin KCB OBE stood down as President of Veterans Scotland at 31 Oct 2011 after 4 years of excellent service to Veterans Scotland, its members and to the greater Veterans Community in Scotland. We are honoured to have as Sir Alistair’s replacement Lieutenant General Robert Baxter CBE.
I attach a résumé of General Baxter’s career.
Bob McFarlane
General Secretary
Veterans Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Edinburgh
EH7 4HR
To view attachment in Office Word click here.
To view attachment in PDF Format only click here.

Lt Col BG Grime MBE TD

Lt Col BG Grime MBE TD died suddenly early yesterday morning (Nov 8th) at Home after suffering pneumonia and renal failure.
Peter is on his way back from Canada and will be in Scotland on Thursday on route to the Family Home at; Dallas Dhu, Forres, Moray, IV36 2RR.
Once home he and his brother will go about arranging the Funeral so details on that will follow when available.
David / Frank. Peter Grime is seeking a Piper to play as the casket is removed from the Church can we help?
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson

War Memorial Desecrations

Dear All,
You may have seen the sorry news story of thieves having stolen the Tidworth, and other, war memorial statue last week.
Sadly, war memorial desecrations and thefts are running at 2 per week, fuelled by the high price of scrap metal. The petition at the following link hopes to legislate scrap metal dealers to be compelled to pay by personal cheque or direct in to named bank accounts (rather than by cash) in order to provide evidence of seller's identity.
Please sign this common sense e petition, which will take just 1 minute of your time, and to forward it to as many of your contacts as possible
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/406
Kind regards,
David E Loftus

The “Highlanders” (4SCOTS) Presentation Evening Thursday 1st December 2011

Dear All,
Please see attached, this is something that requires the support of Highland Branch.
The Battalion will also March through Inverness on Friday the 2nd of December and again it is something we should go along to where possible.
Yours aye,
Bob Towns.
To view attached in Office Word click here.
To view attached in PDF Format click here.

4 SCOTS Homecoming Parade and Tour Talk

Dear All,
The following sites are showing 4 SCOTS Homecoming Parade and Tour Talk publicity which your members may be interested in. The attached Poster may also be of use.

http://www.aberdeenswinterfestival.com/2011/09/4-scots-highlanders-homecoming-parade.html

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/xev_EventDetail.asp?id=3805

http://www.invernessfestivals.com/winter08/blog/index.php?entry=entry110925-101240

http://www.spanglefish.com/invernessdirectory/calendar.asp?intent=details&eventID=108407

Please advertise as best you can.
Many thanks
Maurice Gibson
Regimental Secretary
The Highlanders
Inverness.

Support Our Heroes

Catherine Ross, a well seasoned fund raiser, has organised a fund raising fashion show at Hobb’s in the Bon Accord shopping centre, George Street, Aberdeen from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm on Tuesday 8th November. All the proceeds will go to the Regimental Association Operational welfare fund. We currently have 4 SCOTS returning from Afghanistan and 3 SCOTS recently deployed there.
Your assistance is respectfully required in bringing this event to the attention of as many people as possible, particularly in the Aberdeen area. If possible the attached poster should be reproduced and posted in places available. Can you please fwd this e-mail to your address list where you see fit. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
FR Morton,
Major Retired,
Asst Reg Sec 1
Tel: Military 94740 5090 Civilian 0131 310 5090.
E-mail: RHQSCOTS-SO2Welfare@mod.uk
www.Justgiving.com/rhqscots
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October 2011

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Dane Miller
Next month will be the last month of Over My Coffee break if no one else takes part, this would be a shame as many people enjoy reading your experiences while serving with the regiment . Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Highland Branch Buffet and Disco Dance
Dear All,
The Highland Branch Buffet and Disco Dance will be held in the Masonic Club, High Street Forres on Saturday 19th November 2011
Please go to the link below download an attendance form.
Regards,
Steven McIntosh.
To download attendance Form in Office Word click here.
To download attendance Form in PDF Format click here.

Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

Queens Own Highlanders Brunei/Borneo & Singapore Trip

Greetings from Santha,
I am enclosing here with the tour program for the 2013 trip by the Queens Own Highlanders to Brunei/Borneo & Singapore.
If any one wishes to go on this trip please get in touch with me through one of the links below.
Regards,
Santha Simmons,
Worldwide Travel Consultant.
Telephone : +44 0208 5390 448
Mobile : +44 07727174415
E-Mail : santha@travelservuk.co.uk
Website : www.tpillay.com
To view the trip itinerary in PDF Format only click here.

Moray Loons Stovie Night

On behalf of Hamish MacPherson, Ronnie Sinclair, Steven McIntosh, and myself Seoras McIntosh, we would like to thank everyone who attended the Moray Loons Night Out and help make it the success that it was.
It was great to see so many new young faces there; I hope that they will fill in the Association membership forms that Steven gave them and that they become members of the Association.
A special thanks has to go to the Staff of the Seaforth Club for looking after us so well,(Irene, your Stovie’s went down a treat)and also to David Fraser for his support through cabarfeidh in Face Book
The Raffle this year made £214 plus a donation of £100 from a retired Gordon Highlander Officer of ninety-three years old Capt John Murray, giving us a grand total of £314 of which £85 will go to the running of cabarfeidh.com, the remainder this year goes to the Riding for the Disabled.
Again Thank You All,
Seoras McIntosh
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The colonel, the golf club and a very politically incorrect email

Dear All,
Please go to the website link below and see article which was published in the Evening Standard dated 26/10/2011
Replies to the guest book www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24002478-the-colonel-the-golf-club-and-a-very-politically-incorrect-email.do

Liverpool Scottish Annual Reunion

Last Friday the Liverpool Scottish had their annual reunion and were gracious enough to dedicate part of their night to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Queen's Own Highlanders and to comemorate the strong links between our two Regiments. I was asked to give the reply from the guests and I hopefully gave a good account of why scousers fitted in so well into the Battalion and why so many PSIs enjoyed their time in Liverpool. I ended with three cheers for both regiments and yes, one for Cabar Feidh!
I attach some photographs courtesy of Jimmy Ryan. See if you can recognise the faces (here's a clue to who was there: George Givens, Colin Hughes, Jimmy Ryan, Chris Cameron, "Andy" Capp, Ronny Baybut, John Payne, Charlie Derbyshire, Alan Kirkwood, John Gribben, Kenny Banks, Derek Peers, Phil D'Annunzio, Ritche Hindley, Wally Tyrer, Tony Moore, Andy Kerry, Bob Towns, Sheddy Carr, John Dodds, John Dunion, and Barry Barber (MO at Warren Point). Regards,
George Givens
To view the photos from Jimmy Ryan click here.

Job Opportunities

The attached explains the 2 x Job opportunities that are shortly to be available with 2nd Bn The Highlanders ACF at Peterhead and Keith.
Major (Retd) Maurice Gibson MBE
Regimental Secretary

To view Vacancy Notice in Office Word click here.
To view Vacancy Notice in PDF Format only click here.


To view ADVERT in Office Word click here.
To view ADVERT in PDF Format only click here.

Edinburgh Branch Newsletter - October 2011

For the latest newsletter and a copy of the Minutes from our recent Branch Annual General Meeting please click on the links below.
Regards,
George Givens
To view in Office Word click here.
To view in PDF Format only click here.

Ian (Errol) Flynn

Ian (Erol)Flynn was visited in Hospital today Tuesday by Lt/Col(QM) Charlie Miller who has informed me that Errol is due to be sent home tomorrow 19th.October. His home address is 1/4 St.Clair Street,Edinburgh EN6 8JX.Telephone 0131 555 0477.He would appreciate visits or telephone calls from old comrades.
Regards,
Hamish Sutherland
Chairman of the Highland Branch of the QOCH Regimental Association.

Willie Wilkie

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Willie died this morning from his long cancer illness.
Yet another jock joins the 2nd Btln.
Andy Konczak
Funeral details are now up on the Obituaries page.

Mrs Elaine Bennett

Dear All,
Mrs Elaine Bennett joined RHQ The Queen’s Own Highlanders on the 8th July 1987 as the E1 Grade Admin Officer working to Lt Col Angus Fairrie (Regimental Secretary). She has remained as the Admin Officer (Chief Clerk in old money) and has worked for Lt Col Alaistair Cumming as Regimental Secretary The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordon’s and Camerons) and most recently for me at Home HQ The Highlanders 4 SCOTS. She has completed 24 ½ years in Cameron Bks on behalf of the Regiment but has decided to retire and ultimately move South to Halifax where her family originated.
It is my intention to present her with a Retirement Present at the Staff Christmas Lunch in mid December when her work here is done. If any of you would like to contribute a small sum towards her Retirement then would you please send a cheque, made out to The Highlanders Trust to me at the address below. I will record all your names on her Card. Please mark the envelope as ‘Personal For’
Kind regards
Major (Retd) Maurice Gibson MBE
Regimental Secretary
Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
Cameron Barracks
Inverness IV2 3XE
Mil Network: 94749 8136
Civil: 01463 224380

Presentation of New Colours on Dec 3rd

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS
Dear All,
The deadlines for submissions to attend the Presentation of New Colours on Dec 3rd at RAF Kinloss is fast approaching - Oct 17th. To date take up from the antecedents has been slow, indeed we have only filled 85 of the 255 places allocated so all those of you who have applied and paid £10 will, in the next 4 weeks be in receipt of Tickets and a Letter confirming their place.
If you would like to attend please complete the Proforma at the back of the attached letter and get it back to me ASP.
Quite a few of you will have been invited by RHQ so you can ignore this communication.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd) Maurice Gibson MBE
Regimental Secretary
To download in Office Word click here.
To Download in PDF Format only click here.

Highlanders look forward to their homecoming .

The attached is an article by SARAH ROLLO, that was in this week’s local paper THE NORTHERN SCOT.
THE NORTHERN SCOT kindly granted cabarfeidh.com permission to publish the article.
Note that all photos in the article are copyright of the MOD .
Just go to the links below to read the article.
Seoras McIntosh,
Cabarfeidh.com
The article in Office Word click here.
The article in PDF Format only click here.

Presentation of New Colours

Dear All,
A reminder that the list for those wishing to attend the Presentation of New Colours is expected to close on October 17th 2011.
This will give RHQ time to get official invites out and tie up security with RAF Kinloss prior to us descending on the Air Base on Dec 3rd from 09.30 hrs to attend the Presentation of New Colours to The Highlanders 4 SCOTS.
Please pass this message out to everyone who might be interested as time is moving quickly.
Kind regards,
Maurice Gibson
Major (Retd) Maurice Gibson MBE

September 2011

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Eck Muir
Next month will be the last month of Over My Coffee break if no one else takes part, this would be a shame as many people enjoy reading your experiences while serving with the regiment . Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Moray Loons Stovie Night
Dear All, The night out this year again will be held in the Seaforth Club Elgin on the 28th October 2011. We had a great response for this last year, over 70 people turned up for the night. Let’s see if we can up that number this year and can I ask you to get your booking forms in to me as soon as possible.
Please go to the links below to download a booking form.
Regards,
Seoras McIntosh.
To download booking form in Office Word click here.
To download booking form in PDF Format click here.

To View who has put down their names so far in Office Word click here.
To View who has put down their names so far in PDF Format click here.

Highland Branch Buffet and Disco Dance
Dear All,
The Highland Branch Buffet and Disco Dance will be held in the Masonic Club, High Street Forres on Saturday 19th November 2011
Please go to the link below download an attendance form.
Regards,
Steven McIntosh.
To download attendance Form in Office Word click here.
To download attendance Form in PDF Format click here.

Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

The Highlanders Museum Closing for Refurbishment.

Please go to the links below to read more on this subject
Mick Low MBE
Museum Manager
To read more in Office Word click here.
To read more in PDF Format only click here.

A Massive Undertaking and Achievement.

Please go to the link below to read more on this massive achievment
Regards
Maurice Gibson.
To read more in Office Word click here.
To read more in PDF Format only click here.

Highland Branch Newsletter Update

For the latest Newsletter from the Highland Branch please go to the links below.
Regards,
Bob Towns.
To download the newsletter in Office Word click here.
To download the newsletter in PDF Format only click here.

What Maj Gen Hopkinson has to say in the Northern Scot

I have to agree with Maj Gen Hokinson that the local papers, The Northern Scot and the P&J do not give the local Regiment 4SCOTS enough coverage in their papers. As the Regiment is now serving in Afghanistan and they are our local Regiment the local papers should be doing all they can to support them. We hear enough about what the RAF is doing in the area in the papers so why not the 4SCOTS.
Please go to the link below to read what the General sent into the Northern Scot If you also feel strongly about this please write into the local papers and let them know your feelings.
Yours Aye
Seoras McIntosh
To download paper clipping PDF in Format only click here.

PM Alasdair Gillies

There was an excellent obituary of PM Gillies in Saturdays Times; I have thanked the author.
Peter Grant Peterkin
To view the obituary in the Times in PDF Format click here.

Edinburgh Branch Newsletter - September 2011

For the latest Newsletter from the Edinburgh Branch please go to the links below.
Regards,
George Givens.
To download the newsletter in Office Word click here.
To download the newsletter in PDF Format only click here.

Jimmy (Porky) Clark

It is with greatest sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Jimmy Clark.
Funeral details now up in the obituaries page.
Yours Sincerely
Nobby Clark

Edinburgh Branch Functions

For the benefit of anyone attending the Edinburgh branch functions.
Edinburgh Central Hostel
9 Haddington place off Leith walk
EH7 4AL
Booking phone number= 0131-524-2090
Attach is the 2011 price list.
YOURS AYE
SANDY DEWAR 24
To view price list in PDF Format only click here.

August 2011

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Eck Muir
Next month will be the last month of Over My Coffee break if no one else takes part, this would be a shame as many people enjoy reading your experiences while serving with the regiment . Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

From HQ Q.O. Hldrs (Seaforth and Camerons) Association

We wish to express our thanks to the Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Association, for their large donations towards funding three quarters of the weekend's expenditure.
The Gathering had been an outstanding success, with 1,400 attending the event.
David Grant, Treasurer.
To view the Gathering Costs in Office Word click here.
To view Gathering Costs in PDF Format click here.

Frank Morrison

It is with greatest sadness that I have to inform you all that my dad passed away this morning, Sunday 28th August 2011.
Yours Sincerely
Joanne Morrison.
Funeral details now up in the obituaries page.

Jimmy Cumming

It is with deep regret that I must inform you that Jimmy Cumming passed away this morning (Sunday 28th August 2011).
Please see the Obituaries page for more details.
George Givens.
Funeral details now up in the obituaries page.

P/M Alasdair Gillies

Dear All,
It is with sadness that I have to pass on the sad news that P/M Alasdair Gillies passed away at 6.00 am this morning Saturday 27th August 2011.
Funeral details now up in the obituaries page.
Kind regards,
David,
David E Loftus – Association Secretary

HIGHLAND BRANCH QUEENS OWN HIGHLANDERS (Seaforth & Camerons) REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Dear All,
To view the branch forthcoming events please click on one of the attachments below,
Regards,
SG MCINTOSH.
Branch Secretary
To view the events in Office Word click here.
To view the events in PDF Format click here.

Inverness Book Festival

Dr Tom Renouf will be giving a talk on his new book “The Black Watch”(The story of the Highland Division in World War2) at Eden Court Theatre, this Friday the 12th August 2011 from 6-30pm to 7-30pm.
All Welcome

Warwick Robert Hoddinott(Bob)

I regret to announce the death of Warwick Robert Hoddinott.known as Bob to many in the Battalion
Bob enlisted into the Queen's Own Highlanders on 2 Jan 1964 and was discharged 6 Nov 1988.
He died on Sunday 7th August 2011
Funeral to be advised.

The British Legion Club (Inverness) Ltd Thank You Letter

Dear All,
This is a letter I received from The Club President of the British Legion Club (Inverness) Ltd.
Please go to the attachments below to read the Letter.
Yours Aye,
Bob Towns.
To view the letter in Office Word click here.
To view the letter in PDF Format click here.

Crawford McMasters calling letter

Dear All,
Some of you (5 - I think) have already responded to Crawford McMasters calling letter for the Regtl Golf at Aboyne on Sep 16th.
Many may have missed it or filed it in a place never to be seen again..... well its back.
Can you please read attached and let Crawford know (either way) if you wish to play this year.
Many thanks
Maurice Gibson
To view calling letter in Office Word click here.
To view in calling letter PDF Format click here.

Lorraine Whyte

I have just been informed the Lorraine Whyte (Wife of Chalky) Passed away 3am this morning in Aberdeen hospital.
Funeral details is now up in the obituaries page.
Seoras McIntosh

Moray Loons Night Out

Dear All,
The night out this year again will be held in the Seaforth Club Elgin on the 28th October 2011.
We had a great response for this last year, over 70 people turned up for the night.
Let’s see if we can up that number this year and can I ask you to get your booking forms in to me as soon as possible.
I have put up a photo of the committee for you to view.
Names from left to Right:- Steven McIntosh, Ronnie Sinclair, Seoras McIntosh,Hamish McPherson.
Click image to enlarge Photo.


Please go to the links below to download a booking form. Regards,
Seoras McIntosh.
To download booking form in Office Word click here.
To download booking form in PDF Format click here.

Highland Branch AGM 2011

The Highland Branch annual general meeting held on Thursday 14th July 2011 minutes are now up for you to read.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns
Chairman
To view in Office Word click here.
To view in PDF Format click here.

Association Tent - Moy Games: Friday/Saturday; 5 and 6 August.

Again we put out a cry for help at the above venue. This is a chance for you to help out our Queens’s Own Highlanders Association (Seaforth and Camerons).
David and Maurice will be there from RHQ to man the tent and will require your assistance to run it with the normal regimental zeal that only us old soldiers can put into the running it for a day or two.
All you would have to do is meet and greet people that come along to the tent and give them advice or answer any questions they may have. You will also have plenty of time to enjoy yourself along with your family and watch our Association Pipes and Drums Perform at their normal high standard.

Come on now lads don’t let me down, I will be there camera in hand, so come along and join me.
Rumour has it that Maj Gen Peter Grant Peterkin is also coming along to do his stint
Contact David Grant or Maurice Gibson on 01463 224380
Or email David at association@cabarfeidh.com   ASAP
Regards
Seoras McIntosh
cabarfeidh.com

July 2011

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from Eddie Maley
Next month will be the last month of Over My Coffee break if no one else takes part, this would be a shame as many people enjoy reading your experiences while serving with the regiment . Please keep taken part and let’s see if we can keep it going.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

Found One Glengarry

1 Queens Own Highlander Glengarry with Badge and Hackle was handed in to the museum stall late on Saturday afternoon. It had been left in another tent.
Owner can collect from the museum.
Many thanks
Mick Low


Springer Spaniel Pup's for sale

Dear All,
You have an opportunity to secure a top class Liver and White Springer Spaniel pup if you are up for it.
Pups will be ready on July 31st as they will be 8 weeks old. They come from Pet / Working dog backgrounds
and if they are as good as their parents will be top dogs. (Pets, Shooting, Mountain Rescue, Sniffers etc)
The litter is 8 strong and there are 2 x bitches at £250 each and 2 x dogs at £225 each available. They have 3/4 doc tails and dew claws removed. They are not Kennel Club Registered so have no papers.
Kevin Crosbie (Clochan, Nr Buckie) has bred them from his bitch (Dot) and my dog (Golly) both working / pet dogs.
The pups are big fit and healthy and look more like their father than mum in colouring / markings as the photos show.
If you are interested then you should contact me by e-mail or phone (07767 230719) and I will pass your details on to Kevin If you know of anyone one else who is looking for a Springer (Game Keeper for example) then please pass the info on to them asp. I am taking 1 of the dogs to try and impress some of my shooting colleagues. Can I work 2 dogs.... time will tell.
Cheers
Maurice Gibson
email Maurice
To view Springer Spaniel pups Photos click here.

Inverness Tattoo 2011

The Inverness Tattoo held at the Northern Meeting Park from Mon 8th-Sat13th August 2011,
Ronnie Wood is requesting volunteers to assist with Stewarding at the Tattoo.
If you are interested in helping out please get in touch with Ronnie by the email link below before Monday 1st August crwood@tesco.net
The website address is Tattoo Website

Acknowledgements,
The Tattoo committee is most grateful for the assistance provided by members of the Cadet Units, the Regular and Reserve Forces, The Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, the Royal Highland Fusiliers Veterans Association, the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association and The Royal British Legion Colour Party by whose wholehearted support this Tattoo is Made Possible.
The committee is also indebted to Mr MacDonald Scaffolding of Invergordon, Norbord, Inverness Tourist Information Centre, Inverness College, The Booth ticket agency, Northern Constabulary and Inverness Radio Volunteers for their continued support.
The generous financial assistance provided by the City of Inverness-The Highland Council,Inverness Common Good Fund and New Century Publishing Group is also very much appreciated.
Finally, a heartfelt thanks you to the small team of volunteers who work hard behind the scenes and contribute so great th the success of our annual event

Roderick G Wood
Colonel R G Wood Chairman, Inverness Tattoo
To view the Program of events in PDF Format click here.

British Military Train

Gentlemen,
Those of you who served with the Bn in 1966-68 will no doubt recall `The Berliner`which was operated by The RCT between and Braunchweig and Berlin Charlottenburg.
Next year is the 21st Anniversary of its demise and plans are in hand to do a re run with stops at the erswhile Soviet Checkpoints, and visits to the Border Museum etc. There appears to be a few ways of going, Budget Airlines to Hannover by you own arrangement, Package Tour by aircraft, Package Tour by Train via St Pancras and Koln/Hannover, and Ledger.
I have attached a poster of the event.
Colin Hughes
To view Poster in PDF Format click here.

Farquhar (Frank) Morrison

Hi Seoras,
Mum asked me to email and let you know my dad Farquhar (Frank) Morrison has been taken into Raigmore hospital Ward 2c and asked if anybody is visiting would they mind popping in to see him for a five minute chat.
Unfortunately we have been unable to get up to visit as often as we would of liked as both my sister and myself have a young family and mum doesn't drive.
He has been told he will be in until at least Monday, Tuesday next week.
Many Thanks,
Joanne Morrison

Highlander Scott McLaren

As you know Highlander Scott McLaren of 4 SCOTS (The Highlanders), tragically lost his life in Afghanistan.
Scott's funeral will take place at Mortonhall Crematorium next Tuesday, 26th July 2011 at 12.00 noon. Mourners are asked to be seated by 11.45 am.
You can read more on Scott in the 4SCOTS page of this website.
Your's,
George Givens

ARMED FORCES DAY INVERNESS SATURDAY 23rd JULY 2011

Support the Association and Inverness.
Please form up outside the Eastgate Centre from 1230 hours.
March to the Northern Meeting Park with free entry to the Highhland Games.
Yours Aye
Bob Towns

Association Tent - Moy Games: Friday/Saturday; 5 and 6 August.

If you are going to the the Fair on one of these 2 days - the Association is asking for assistance with volunteers to help out in manning our tent at Moy.
It would be much appreciated, if perhaps you could help David Grant and Maurice Gibson in the manning, for an hour or so during the day.
The idea is to meet and blether over a beer or a dram; with other association visitors to the Fair, at the Association tent. Our regimental museum will also have a display and sale of goods.
If you can spare some time on either the Friday or Saturday; please email David Grant at association@cabarfeidh.com or 'phone our office in Cameron Bks; 01463-224380.
The association Pipes and Drums will also be playing on both days.
Many thanks - David Grant

Ian Clark

To inform you all, that WO2 Ian Clark (Late Q O Hldrs / Hldrs) and more recently FTRS with 21 Cdt Trg Team
died on Saturday Jul 2nd after a long battle with Lung Cancer.
Funeral1600 hrs at Perth Crematorium, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2PE.
Afterwards at McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone FC, PH1 2SJ.
More details are now in the Obituaries page.
Maurice Gibson.

Brian Matuszczyk


Very sad news, Wilma phone to let me know that Brian passed away yesterday 2nd July 2011, funeral details are now in the Obituaries page.Yours,
Albert Duffus

From Paul Matuszczyk,
Gentlemen,
thanks ever so much for your warm thoughts. Whilst dad has been ill for a long time, it's still quite the shock that he's passed away. Me and my two brothers (Kevin and Brian) are through in Stirling with mum at this difficult time. Whilst mum isn't too internet savvy, we'll make sure all of your messages get to her.
We really don't want any flowers or anything but if you really want to make a gesture, please offer a donation to the British Heart Foundation at http://www.justgiving.com/Brian-Matuszczyk. Thanks again from all of us
Wilma, Kevin, Brian, Paul

Cabarfeidh.com thanks Major B

A photograph of Maj (Retd) Frank Blincow receiving two framed photographs of himself taken at the Queens Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) Regimental Association 50th Anniversary Gathering.
Also given to Frank was a DVD of the photos taken at the gathering.
The framed photos and DVD were given by cabarfeidh.com as a way of saying thanks for all the help and information that Frank has given to my predecessor David Terron and myself Seoras McIntosh over the years.
Seoras McIntosh
Cabarfeidh.com
Click image to enlarge.

The Regimental Museum, Fort George

Urgently requires volunteers to man the reception area.
Days/Times: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 10am until 5pm (or whatever time one can give).
Duties:
Meet and greet the visitors. Brief on viewing the collection.
Have some knowledge of the collection.
Shop sales.
Training will be given.
Contact: Mick or Amanda on 0131 310 8701

HIGHLAND BRANCH AGM 1900 THURSDAY 14th JULY 2011 RBL NAIRN

All Members are welcome to attend. Support your Branch. Plan future events.
Grateful you confirm attendance through the Chairman the Secretary, or one of the Committee Members.
Yours aye,
Bob
Chairman Highland Branch

June 2011

From Cabarfeidh.com

Over my Coffee Break this month is from David J Strachan
Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)50th Anniversary Gathering
Please note that although the Gathering is over there is still information going up on The Gathering website so please still go and visit.
When my DVD of the Gathering photos for example goes up for sale it will go on the Gathering website as all the profits from the sale of that will go to our Association Funds
Seoras McIntosh
Website Administrator

View who is attending the gathering to date 22/05/2011 form in PDF Format Here

View who is attending the gathering to date 22/05/2011 form in Office Word Format Here


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  • Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    Gathering Photos on the Web

    It is with much regret that I have to announce that I have to take down the Gathering Photos that I took, but I am away over my allotted space on the World Wide Web with the amount of photos I put up of the Gathering. I will have to negotiate a new deal with 1 and 1(Website Host) that will allow me more web space in the future.
    However the DVD of the photos will be up for sale soon, please keep an eye on the gathering website for more information on this.
    Seoras McIntosh

    Minutes of AGM in Inverness on 11th June.

    Dear All,
    Here are the minutes for you to read
    Regards,
    David Loftus Maurice.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Highlanders' Museum celebrates £750,000 Lotto boost

    Please go to the link below to read more on this
    http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Highlanders-Museum-celebrates-750000-Lotto-boost-24062011.htm

    HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Message

    The President, Major General Peter Grant Peterkin received the following from Buckingham Palace:
    15th June 2011
    From Dame Anne Griffiths DCVO
    I have been asked by the Duke of Edinburgh to thank you very much for sending him the very handsome framed message of greetings on the occasion of his 90th Birthday.
    The Colonel-in-Chief greatly appreciates your kind gesture and sends his best wishes to you and all members of the Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association.

    Note for your diary

    Inverness AFD Parade is on the 23rd July 2011. More details to follow.
    Seoras McIntosh

    Moray Loons Night Out

    Dear All,
    The night out this year again will be held in the Seaforth Club Elgin on the 28th October 2011.
    We had a great response for this last year, over 70 people turned up for the night out.
    Let’s see if we can up that number this year.
    Please go to the links below to download a booking form
    Regards,
    Seoras McIntosh
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    A Letter From Ron Bulcock

    Ron saw our notice about the Gathering in the Soldier Magazine. He saw it too late to send a donation prior to the event however he gave me a call on the telephone and forwarded a cheque for £20 with his letter. A remarkable "Old Soldier"
    Yours aye,
    Bob.

    I am sorry but we can only put it up in PDF format.
    To view Ron's Letter in PDF Format click here.

    THE HIGHLANDER’S GOLFING SOCIETY AUTUMN MEETING – 16 SEPTEMBER 2011.

    Dear All,
    Crawford McMaster is conscious how quickly our diaries fill up theses days so he has asked me to fire out the Autumn Golf Meeting - Calling Letter now. Please see attached and respond accordingly.
    Please pass this Letter to anyone you know (who is not on my e-mail list) who might wish to be part of the 48.
    Kind regards,
    Maurice Gibson.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    ARMED FORCES DAY NAIRN SATURDAY 25th JUNE

    All welcome to attend. 1230 onwards-Meet in Legion
    1320-Parade Forms Up A Volunteer to Carry our Standard?
    1330-Short Parade Begins - start and finish at the RBL
    1400-Formal Lunch (If you would like an invite please let me know).
    1700-Sunset Ceremony, Flag lowered and presented to one of the RBL more senior members.
    1900-Armed Forces Ceilidh -£5 Per Head (Again, if you would like to atted please let me know).
    Highland Branch Members who are attending parades elsewhere are requested to let me know and take photographs if you can.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns

    FOUND AFTER GATHERING

    The following items are in my possession: Ladies light Raincoat - must be ladies as it is too small for JJ! Pair of Spectacles.
    Regimental Tie
    Phone, email or laeve a message in the Gustbook.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns

    FUNDRAISING

    The amounts raised at the various fund raising activities were as follows:
    Association Pipes and Drums Buckets £1248
    Drumhead Service Collection (Association Welfare) £1181
    Gathering Donation Bucket £373
    RRS Wristbands £341
    Museum Shop Sales £1412
    Museum Donations £80
    Museum Silent Auction £1242
                                  Total £5877
    You can still contribute to Association Funds by sending a cheque made payable to “QO HLDRS Gathering”. Association coffers took quite a hit laying on the weekend. Regards,
    Bob Towns

    Armed Forces Day in Lossiemouth 25th June

    Dear All,
    Can you please put the word out that Lossiemouth is the focal point for Moray AFD.
    The format (timings) for the day is shown below. Also attached is a map of the route. Kind regards,
    Maurice Gibson.
    To view timings in Office Word click here.
    To view timings in PDF Format click here.
    To view Map in PDF Format click here.

    ARMED FORCES DAY – EDINBURGH – 25th JUNE 2011

    Dear All,
    Whilst people are still buzzing from a really excellent week-end I would like to encourage anyone from the blue mafia family to come along to the National Armed Forces Day Parade in two weeks time.
    Regards
    George Givens
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Gathering Sign

    I thought I would put up a photo of our new sign taken along with some of the committee
    Bob Towns.
    INVERNESS ON LEGION DRESS Message from the Vice Chairman :
    Lounge bars, No jeans or tee shirts, no football tops/colours/badges. Just be tidy as all your folks will be.
    Main Bar area no football colours etc. and just be tidy.
    I will make a point of being there myself to welcome any visitors and show them around. I wear two hats, I am Branch Vice Chairman but I am also the Legion Club President.
    Trying to get Branch Chairman (Geo Davidson) to put up a free dram for everyone so hope we get a few in.
    Yours aye, Joe Davidson

    Click image to enlarge.

    Marquees Going Up

    Just thought I would get this photo  up on the website to get your juices flowing!
    Bob Towns
    Click image to enlarge.

    Association AGM 2010

    Dear All,
    The Minutes from last year’s Queen's Own Highlanders and Seaforth Highlanders AGM are attached.
    This years meeting will be held at Cameron Barracks on the 11th June 2011.
    Kind regards,
    David E Loftus
    To view the minutes in Office Word click here.
    To view the minutes in PDF Format click here.

    Names to Faces

    As I have taken over as manager of the museum team, Seoras thought that it might be a good idea if we put up a photo of us all so you can recognise us , me I’m not so sure.
    The team work to support the Trustees (care of the collection) and Museum Board (daily running of the visitor attraction), thereby achieving the standard for Museums under the terms of our Accreditation.
    The preparatory work has commenced towards the future plan for the museum, with a scheduled closure at the end of the current summer season.
    The on line shop and research facilities will continue throughout the period of closure and further bulletins on progress will be promulgated on: www.thehighlandersmuseum.com as well as www.cabarfeidh.com.
    Please also note that we will be having a Tent at the 50th Anniversary Gathering for our shop sales also a silent auction, so please come and visit us.
    Kind regards
    Mick Low
    Museum Manager
    Click image to enlarge.

    INVITATION TO USE THEIR PREMISES WHILST IN INVERNESS

    I was approached today by representatives of the Royal British Legion in Inverness and Nairn inviting all those attending the Gathering to make use of their premises on the Friday Evening and Sunday late Afternoon and Evening.
    Inverness Branch has put the upstairs Bar at your disposal (nice location overlooking the river) on the Friday evening and in addition you can purchase a meal in the premises.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns.

    May 2011

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from John (Jock) Barrett
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)50th Anniversary Gathering
    We now have a Website designed specifically for the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) 50th Anniversary Gathering.
    The website will allow you to book your tickets on line through PayPal or if you prefer download a booking form in PDF or as a Word Doc.
    It will keep you up to date with all the latest news on the gathering and also allow you to leave messages to your friends.

    I have updated the front page on the gathering website so please go and visit.

    If you have not already bought your tickets either by downloading a form or by PayPal on the gathering website please do so now as we have to be fair to the caterers and give the numbers to them as soon as possible, catering for that amount of people is no easy task so let’s help them all we can.
    Seoras McIntosh
    Website Administrator
    Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    To view update in Office Word click here.
    To view update in PDF Format click here.

    View who is attending the gathering to date 22/05/2011 form in PDF Format Here

    View who is attending the gathering to date 22/05/2011 form in Office Word Format Here

    Raffle Prizes for the 50th Anniversary Gathering
    The Raffle prizes for the 50th Anniversary Gathering are now up on the Gathering Website for you to view .
    Seoras McIntosh
    Website Administrator


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  • Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    Text To Donate

    It’s New, It’s easy, so why don’t you give it a go.
    The latest way to donate money to the Highland Heritage Appeal
    Please go to the link below to read on how you go about sending that all important text.
    Regards,
    Kirstin Mackay
    Development Officer
    The Highlanders Museum.
    To view how to text in Office Word click here.
    To view how to text in PDF Format click here.

    Help With Photos

    Lads, at the 50th Anniversary Gathering I have been asked to run a slideshow with all the army photos that I have collected throw the years. Can you help me make this even better by sending in just one of your old photos?
    If I get one photo from everyone that bought a ticket for the gathering I would be highly delighted.
    The only information you have to give me when you send in the photo is the year that it was taken.
    Officers take note this request also includes you .

    Please ARMY DAYS photo’s only.
    Seoras McIntosh

    WATERING HOLE FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2011

    All those attending the Gathering who will be in Inverness on Friday 10th of June 2011. Where can we meet up?
    The Fluke, The Moray, The Legion, Raigmore, elsewhere?
    Suggestions required please?
    Signed: Various Attenders
    Answers, suggestions and discussions to this website please.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns

    Stewart Anderson/newspaper article

    Dear all,
    Thought some of you might like to see the attached article about Stewart Anderson which was in yesterdays Edinburgh Evening News.
    Have a good weekend, and hope to see most of you at The Gathering.... if I can find you!
    Margaret Munro.
    To view in PDF Format only click here.

    Offer of a lift

    Alan Stewart (Zero) is attending the Gathering and will be travelling from Newcastle Via Edinburgh to Inverness.
    As Alan will be in the car alone he is offering anyone a lift on this route.
    Anyone interested should contact Alan on 07763312747.

    ADVERT-SPRINGER SPANIEL PUPS FOR SALE

    Please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested in buying Liver and White Springer Spaniel Pups.
    The Sire and Mum are both sporting / working / family dogs and have produced 9 cracking pups as you can see from the attached selection of photos.
    They are 6 weeks old and onto solid food and will be ready to go to new homes in 2 / 3 weeks time. They would cost interested parties £250 each. There are 5 boys and 2 bitches available. They are located at Clochan near Fochabers.
    Interested parties should contact me initially and I will then forward you details to the 'keepers of the pack'.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    To view the Spaniel Pups photos click here.

    DRESS AT THE GATHERING

    A number of questions have been received reference the code of Dress for the Gathering.
    As stated on the Flyer that went out with the Tickets there is no set Dress Code however as much tartan as possible will of course be most welcome.
    For the Drumhead Service on the Sunday by all means wear your medals.
    As stated previously wearing the correct dress is far less important than your actual presence – NO XTRAS HONEST!
    Yours Aye,
    Bob Towns

    CEILIDH DANCE PRACTICE – TAKE THE FLOOR

    FRIDAY 03 JUNE 2011 1900 hrs
    HIGHLAND HALL – ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Cawdor Street NAIRN
    A short refresher session of some of the more common Ceilidh Set & Couple Dances to allow us to lead the way at the Gathering Ceilidh the following week and therefore encourage more to take the floor.
    No previous experience necessary as tuition will be available and the bar will be open.
    Please confirm attendance to:
    Email: bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
    Text: 07771956475
    By return please.
    Yours Aye,
    Bob Towns

    Stewart Anderson’s MBE Funeral Service

    George Givens has sent in this short report on Stewart’s Funeral service.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Museum Shop

    Now that the Highlanders Museum has their own shop up and running on their website, there is no longer a need for Oor Wee Shop on the cabarfeidh.com as this was only put up to support our Museum.
    I would just like to thank all of you who supported the shop through cabarfeidh.com, please continue to give the Museum Shop the same support.
    Seoras McIntosh
    cabarfeidh.com

    Click on Link to Museum Website

    Stewart (Geordie) Anderson MBE

    It is with deep regret that I must inform you of the sad death of Stewart Anderson.
    More details can be found on the Obituaries page.
    George Givens.

    Room to Rent

    Due to illness Kenny Urquhart’s wife can no longer attend the 50th Anniversary Gathering because of this he has a single room that he has booked going for grabs at the Redcliff.
    If you are interested please call Kenny on 01315 573958
    Regards,
    Seoras McIntosh.

    April 2011

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Matthew Moistner
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)50th Anniversary Gathering
    We now have a Website designed specifically for the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) 50th Anniversary Gathering.
    The website will allow you to book your tickets on line through PayPal or if you prefer download a booking form in PDF or as a Word Doc.
    It will keep you up to date with all the latest news on the gathering and also allow you to leave messages to your friends.

    We will continue to put up any updates on the gathering on this website.
    Yours Aye
    Seoras McIntosh
    Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    To view update in Office Word click here.
    To view update in PDF Format click here.

    View who is attending the gathering to date 24/04/2011 form in PDF Format Here

    View who is attending the gathering to date 24/04/2011 form in Office Word Format Here


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  • Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    RGS 2011 Prize Winners

    Dear All,
    The results of the Regimental Golf Society 2011 Prize Winners are attached at the bottom of this page.
    We had great day weather wise and we also had a good turnout. The Kinloss Country Golf Club did us proud, both by the good condition of their course for this time of year, and the food provided.
    Thanks must go to Maj Gen Seymour Monro who presented the prizes with his usual good banter.
    Photos of the event will be on the photo/poem page of this website.
    Regards,
    Albert Duffus.

    To view the winners in Office Word click here.
    To view the winners in PDF Format click here.

    4 SCOTS Webpage

    You may have noticed that we have set up a page on the website for the 4 SCOTS (Comments to guest book)
    Any information that I receive on or from the Regiment will be vetted first by Maurice Gibson for security reasons prior to it going up on the web page.
    The first article is now up for you to read.
    Regards,
    Seoras McIntosh.

    Armed Forces Day Parade Edinburgh

    Dear All,
    A reminder of the Armed Forces Day Parade Edinburgh
    Please click on the links below to read details
    Regards,
    George Givens

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    And One For Cabarfeidh

    The Gathering Team
    Photo taken by Seoras,much too good looking to stand beside these guys, so opted for the other side of the camera !!
    Click image to enlarge.

    THE LATE BRUCE BOTTO

    Dear All,
    Bruce was a great supporter of the Nairn Branch of the Royal British Legion.
    There will be a short Memorial event on Friday 15th April 2011 at 1700 when his ashes will be scattered in the grounds of his second home.
    All welcome.
    Yours aye,
    Bob

    4 SCOTS Rear Welfare Team

    Seoras, Mike,
    Can you put a wee piece up on Caber Feidh / Stags Heed Websites to let the Regimental Family know that Sgt Steve Hall and his small team from 4 SCOTS Rear Welfare, stationed in Redford Cavalry Bks, Edinburgh for the duration of the Battalions Summer Tour of Helmand will be flying the Regimental Flag in the Inverness, Eastgate Centre this Saturday April 9th from 9.30am.
    They fulfill an important Welfare role and will support families of KIA / injured Highlanders and support the injured throughout the Tour. Fingers crossed they are not busy.
    Part of their remit is to promote the Regiment and raise Welfare funds. They will be paired up with 2 x Highlanders from 7 SCOTS who are there to promote C Coy (Inverness) 7 SCOTS and highlight the fact that the TA support the Regular Army, indeed C Coy has several soldiers on Tour with 4 SCOTS this Summer.
    Sgt Hall and his Team would appreciate any support the extended Regimental family can give, hope to see you there. Diary Note; They will do the same in the Bon Accord Centre, Aberdeen on May 14th.
    Kind regards,
    Maurice Gibson

    8 Colour Prints

    Dear All,
    Captain Mick Low has recently acquired a set of 8 Colour Prints which Home HQ is now advertising for Sale.
    7 are Gordon Highlanders and 1 is Seaforth P&D's.
    They are not framed as framing is more about personal preference and what fits in the intended hanging space.
    The Prints are valued at £7.50 each or the lot for £50.
    Anyone wishing to buy should contact Mick Low at Home HQ, Inverness as per the address / phone number below. Cheques (once agreed) should be made out the The Highlanders Trust.
    Kind regards
    Mick Low
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    Phone: 01463 224380
    To view the prints click here.

    Urgent - New BFPO Address

    Dear All,
    Urgent - New BFPO Address for The Highlanders 4 SCOTS in Helmand. Please amend your address list to reflect attached.
    Regards,
    Maurice Gibson
    Highlanders
    Inverness

    To view BFPO Address in Office Word click here.
    To view BFPO Address in PDF Format click here.

    Reminder for your Gathering Tickets

    Lads, if you have not already done so please get your booking form for the 50th Anniversary Gathering into us soon. The closing date for this is the end of this month.
    You can book your gathering tickets by downloading a form from the gathering website, or you have the option to pay through PayPal which has proved to be rather a successful and popular way of booking.
    Link to the gathering website above.
    I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who visit and use the gathering website especially the PayPal option. This has made Davie and myself’s work all worthwhile.
    Seoras McIntosh (Tosh23)
    cabarfeidh.com
    PS
    Could do with some more of you getting involved with over my coffee break.

    March 2011

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Matthew Moistner
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)50th Anniversary Gathering
    We now have a Website designed specifically for the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) 50th Anniversary Gathering.
    The website will allow you to book your tickets on line through PayPal or if you prefer download a booking form in PDF or as a Word Doc.
    It will keep you up to date with all the latest news on the gathering and also allow you to leave messages to your friends.

    We will continue to put up any updates on the gathering on this website.
    Yours Aye
    Seoras McIntoish.
    Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    To view update in Office Word click here.
    To view update in PDF Format click here.

    View who is attending the gathering to date 30/03/2011 form in PDF Format Here

    View who is attending the gathering to date 30/03/2011 form in Office Word Format Here


    Click on the flag to take you to the Gathering Website :-
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    Pre Tour Letter

    Dear Regimental Family
    Please find attached a Pre Tour Letter written by Lt Col Alastair Aitken, Commanding The Highlanders 4 SCOTS, who have started to deploy to Helmand, Afghanistan for their 6 month Summer Tour.
    I thought you might like a copy.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson.
    To view the letter in Office Word click here.
    To read view the letter in PDF Format click here.

    LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER AND REUNION.. 21 OCTOBER 2011

    Gentlemen,
    In recognition of the long association that The Liverpool Scottish have with The Seaforth Highlanders, The Cameron Highlanders, and The Queens Own Highlanders; this year we have decided to commemorate this association on the 50th Anniversary of the formation of The Queens Own Highlanders.
    The Dinner will be held at The Adelphi Hotel at 2000hrs; tickets will be available at £23 per head and this includes wine, a commemorative, ticket, menu and programme.
    These items are highly collectable and professionally produced.
    We already have a table reserved for our indigenous population of Highlanders and this year we would like to encourage Queens Own Highlanders from further afield.
    Our comrades from Edinburgh and Southern Branches are particularly welcome given their closer proximity to Liverpool. Colin Hughes.
    Hon Sec LSRA and ex Queens Own Highlander

    EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2011

    The latest issue of the Edinburgh Branch Newsletter gives a report of our last function (50th Anniversary Amalgamation Dinner), as well as news of the National Armed Forces Day week-end and the Presentation of New Colours to the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
    If anyone would like to march with the Edinburgh Branch on Armed Forces Day please fill in the proforma and get it back to Danny Carruthers ASP as we need to let the organisers know our numbers.
    You can find the Newsletter and the programme for the Armed Forces week-end at the links below.
    Regards to All,
    George Givens.
    To view Ediburgh Branch_Newsletter in Office Word click here.
    To view Ediburgh Branch_Newsletter in PDF Format click here.

    To view Details of Armed Forces Weekend Activities in Office Word click here.
    To view Details of Armed Forces Weekend Activities in PDF Format click here.

    Royal Regiment of Scotland New Colours Presentation

    Dear All,
    HM The Queen (with Duke of Edinburgh) is to present New Colours to 6 of the 7 Battalions (Reg / TA) of the Royal Regiment of Scotland on Saturday July 2nd 2011 in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
    The Highlanders 4 SCOTS (our Battalion) are on Op Herrick 14 (Helmand) and will not be on Parade. we are in Negotiation with The Palace to establish whether HRH The Duke of Edinburgh would present our New Colours on 2nd / 3rd Dec 11 in Inverness or in April 12 in Fallingbostel.
    More to follow in due course.

    Back to Edinburgh. We The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordon's & Camerons) do not have an official part to play in the historic day but we are able to attend as spectators at a cost of £10 a head.
    Pays for Invite, Curry and a drink.
    Details of who to pay are yet TBC but anyone interested in attending are to get their names and addresses to me soonest. It will be on a first come first granted a place basis, and numbers may be capped.
    Successful 'spectators' will be issued with an official Invitation which must be presented (along with 2 forms of ID,
    Passport, Driving License ie with photograph and a Utility Bill showing your address).

    Please go to the link below to view the outline of the day.
    Kind regards,
    Maj (Retd)Maurice Gibson MBE
    Regimental Secretary,
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS),
    Cameron Barracks,
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Regimental Golf Society 2011

    Well it’s just about that time again for the Regimental Golf Outing.
    Albert puts a lot of work into this event and is looking for a good response, please don’t let him down.
    Click on the links below to download details of the event and also your entry form and get it in as soon as possible.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    February 2011

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Hugh Hagan
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)50th Anniversary Gathering
    We now have a Website designed specifically for the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) 50th Anniversary Gathering.
    The website will allow you to book your tickets on line through PayPal or if you prefer download a booking form in PDF or as a Word Doc.
    It will keep you up to date with all the latest news on the gathering and also allow you to leave messages to your friends.

    We will continue to put up any updates on the gathering on this website.
    Yours Aye
    Seoras McIntoish.
    Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    To view update in Office Word click here.
    To view update in PDF Format click here.
    Click on the flag to take you to the Gathering Website :-

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    From Pipe Major Andrew Venters

    A call to all ex Queen’s Own Highlanders Pipers
    If you wish to play with the band for the first set at the Queen’s Own Highlanders 50th Anniversary Gathering you are very welcome to do so.
    Please go to the Association Pipes and Drums page on this website and in there, you will find a link to Pipe Music in PDF Format click on this then open the Gathering 1st Set File for the tunes and also the drum scores we are to play at the gathering.
    The second set is for the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association band only.
    Please note that you will have had to have paid to come to the gathering as you will not get in as a band member, also it would help me if you make sure your bagpipe is in good order.
    Andy

    Hughie Monro Riding for Disabled

    Chaps,
    You will not believe that it is the Riding for Disabled Coffee Morning time again! It is Saturday 26 February (ie Tomorrow!) in Forres Town Hall between 1000hrs and 1200 hrs. It would be great to see you if you are in the area; if you are not, my apologies for troubling you.
    Riding for the Disabled does great work for disabled children and is completely self-funded.
    Chonie Monro is the Chairman of the Forres, Nairn and District Branch and would love to see as many of the Regimental family there is possible.
    Loads of scones, cakes and other goodies and a chance for a good chinwag!
    Please come and support the RDA; it will be great to see you there.
    Best wishes,
    Hughie Monro
    (Sorry for the short notice!)

    Job Opportunity

    Please go to the link below to view the Job Opportunity .
    Yours aye
    Maurice Gibson.
    To view the Job Opportunity in Office Word click here.
    To view the Job Opportunity in PDF Format click here.

    Frances Warden

    Cabarfeidh.com
    Could you let your members know that Frances Warden (wife of Sammy), known to many of your members in the Inverness area, died last night at approx 3am after a 6 month fight against Motor Neuron disease.
    Funeral arrangements are as follows;
    Service on Thursday 24th February 2011 at Inverness Crematorium commencing at 1430hrs.
    Sam Warden's address is:
    53 Cradlehall Park,
    Westhill,
    Inverness. IV2 5DA.
    Thank you
    Maurice Gibson.

    Your Old Favourites Are Back

    At long last all is back, If you click on “Queens Own Highlanders” at the top of this page you will be able to view the following, Regimental Collect and Toast, Regimental Songs, Regimental Pipe Tunes, and you’re old favourite Regimental Nicknames.
    Sorry for the delay.
    Seoras McIntosh.

    Highland Branch 50th Anniversary Amalgamation Dinner

    For the Highland Branch 50th Anniversary Amalgamation Dinner Report, Seating Plan and Program please go to the links below.
    Photos by Seoras McIntosh of the event can be viewed in the Photo/Poems page on this website.
    Yours Aye,
    Bob Towns.
    To view Report in Office Word click here.
    To view Report in PDF Format click here.


    To view Program in Office Word click here.
    To view Program in PDF Format click here.


    To view Seating Plan in Office Word click here.
    To view Seating Plan in PDF Format click here.

    EDINBURGH BRANCH AMALGAMATION DINNER

    The Edinburgh Branch had a tremendous night last Saturday (12th February 2011) to commemorate the formation of the Regiment some fifty years ago.
    You will find a full report on the evening and also the Grace delivered by Dougie Shepherd, written by the Rev Ivan Warwick as attachment's at the bottom of this page
    The photographs of the evening taken by Seoras are in the Photos/Poems page on this website.
    Regards
    George Givens
    To view report in Office Word click here.
    To view report in PDF Format click here.

    To view the Grace Office Word click here.
    To view the Grace in PDF Format click here.

    Cataran Yomp

    Would you please have a look at the undermentioned web site which is looking for sponsors on behalf the Army Benefit Fund (ABF) which supports soldiers Charity.org.
    This 55 mile yomp is to take place in Perth and Angus on the 25th/26th June 2011 starting and finishing at Blairgowrie.
    Perhaps your associations would consider entering a team in order to raise funds for this very worthy cause.
    http://www.soldierscharity.org/yomp
    Your aye
    Bill Jackson
    If you wish to sponcer Bill please go to the following link http://www.justgiving.com/Bill-Jackson

    If you wish to do the Yomp please get in touch with Bill
    Email him
    here

    A Call For Your Help

    It has been requested of me to provide a slide show of old army photos at the 50th Anniversary Gathering
    For this I require your help.
    You can help me by sending your old army photos from 1961 through to 1994 in jpeg format, you can do this by emailing them to seoras23@cabarfeidh.com or sending them to me on a disk.
    If you wish to send a disk please get in touch with me on the email address above and I will give you instructions.
    It would be a great help to me also if you were to put the year of when the photo was taken, names are not so important.
    Officers are not excluded from this.
    This is what I have so far on three DVD’s.
    1961-1969=345 Photos
    1970-1979=159 Photos
    1980-1994=272 Photos
    Seoras McIntosh

    Amalgamation Day

    Just to remind you all, and I am sure you don’t need reminding that it is 50years today on the 7th Feb 1961 that the Queen’s Own Highlanders was amalgamated at Redford Barracks Edinburgh.
    Two of the greatest Regiments ever to come out of the Highlands of Scotland, Seaforth Highlanders and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders amalgamated together to make one great Highland Regiment The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)
    We are all going to meet up at Cameron Barracks on the 11/12th June 2011 to celebrate this great event so make sure you are there.
    Happy Birthday The Queen's Own Highlanders.
    Cabarfeidh

    Hugh Grant at Fort George

    The Highlanders Museum - Hugh Grant Appeal from Breaking News North on Vimeo.

    Signal Platoon Website

    Signal Plt Website is now back up and running
    Go to the link below to view
    http://www.signalplatoon.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

    Ian James Whyte

    The funeral of Ian James Whyte is to be held in the Spynie Chapel (next to Spynie Hospital)on Thursday 3rd February 2011
    Funeral time is 11.00hr
    The funeral is private except for any ex Queen’s Own Highlanders who wish to attend.
    Chalkie his partner Elsie and Ian's Mother Loraine and family thank everyone who sent their condolences through this website.

    January 2011

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Pat Ferguson
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)50th Anniversary Gathering
    We now have a Website designed specifically for the Quee's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) 50th Anniversary Gathering.
    The website will allow you to book your tickets on line through PayPal or if you prefer download a booking form in PDF or as a Word Doc.
    It will keep you up to date with all the latest news on the gathering and also allow you to leave messages to your friends.

    We will continue to put up any updates on the gathering on this website.
    Yours Aye
    Seoras McIntoish.
    Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    To view update in Office Word click here.
    To view update in PDF Format click here.
    Click on the flag to take you to the Gathering Website :-

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    It’s New, It Feels Good, it Looks Good, and all for £16.50

    In stock now at The Highlanders Museum!
    Queen's Own Highlanders Silk Regimental Ties
    Very good quality silk tie for only £14.00 each plus £2.50 P&P (postage costs will rise on 1st April 2011)
    Order yours now
    Please send your order and money to
    The Highlanders' Museum
    Fort George,
    Ardersier,
    Inverness
    IV2 7TD
    Cheques made payable to The Highlanders Museum.
    Click image to enlarge image.

    Lt. Gen. Sir Chandos Blair KCVO OBE MC and Bar

    It is with regret that the death of Lt. Gen. Sir Chandos Blair KCVO OBE MC, late Seaforth Highlanders and Queens Own Highlanders is announced.
    He died on 22 January 2011.
    He was GOC Scotland 1972 to 1976 and Colonel of The Queens Own Highlanders 1975 to 1983.
    Funeral details are now up on the obituaries page.
    M.C. Low

    Museum Is Now In The 21st Century

    Well well never in my wildest dream did I think that our museum would come into the 21st century and go on Facebook, whatever next Maj Gen Seymour Munro in twitter maybe.
    All joking aside, well done the Museum Staff.
    Please go to Museum Matters and read what else they have been up to and what funds they have received so far.
    The link to their Facebook page :- http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Highlanders-Museum-Fort-George/107340905997520
    Regards,
    Seoras McIntosh
    Cabarfeidh.com

    Ian James Whyte

    As a representative of the Queen’s Own Highlanders Association and as a friend,I went to-day to visit Ian Whyte better known to us all as Chalkie ex Q M,s.The reason for the visit was to relay our condolences for the loss of his son Ian James Whyte

    Ian (Chalkie) is absolutely devastated by the death of his son Ian James Whyte.
    Ian Jnr was found lying dead by one of his own family members on his couch in his own home.

    Chalkie has asked me to inform you all that he is getting a lot of support from his partner Elsie and Ian's Mother Loraine also from all his family who have gathered around him at this time.

    It is in times like this that we have all to rally round and support one of our Regimental family.
    I must say that before I left him he was trying to put a brave face on it all and was reminiscing back to old times.

    As Ian is not on the internet any messages sent to the Cabarfeidh website I will print off and deliver to him.
    If you wish to email me with a message for Chalkie please do so at:- seoras23@cabarfeidh.com and I will print it off and pass it on to him.
    I will keep you up to date with any further developments
    Seoras McIntosh
    cabarfeidh.com

    Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner

    A reminder to all that returns for the Amalgamation Dinner are to be back with me by Fri 21 Jan 2011 to book your place at the dinner.
    If you require a copy of the booking form you can get it from either myself by Emailing me here or from this website by clicking on the link below.
    I hope to hear from you all soon.
    Steven McIntosh.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Job / Accommodation opportunity for a Couple.

    The Ballindalloch Estate, Speyside (Between Grantown on Spey and Aberlour) has a Cottage (Gardens Cottage) and Seasonal work available. The Renovated Cottage is available all year round and the Seasonal work is primarily during the months, mid March to mid Oct. The work involves House cleaning duties, Tourism and Golf Clubhouse attendant. Please see Advert attached and contact Tim Atkinson the Factor for further details.
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Charlie Liddle

    I looked in on the Royal Hospital Chelsea this afternoon to deliver to Charlie my belated Christmas present. He seemed very appreciative to receive a bottle of the finest Speyside Malt in the form of the new Museum dram.
    Charlie is planning to come up to Inverness for the regimental event in June.
    Regards,
    Peter Grant Peterkin.
    Click image to enlarge.


    The Highlander Newsletter 2010

    Dear All The Highlander Newsletter 2010 is now online for viewing at http://www.thehighlanderonline.co.uk
    As you will see the 2010 is in the main body of the page and older ones will be archived down the right hand side.
    The Newsletter is not Restricted and I would encourage you to pass on its details to anyone (on your e-mail address list) who might like to know whats going on in the 'Highlanders World'.
    The Online version is Hosted by Cohorts by Design (the highlander online) who have once again worked hard with me to produce the Document, I do hope you will all enjoy it or aspects of it.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson.

    Musselburgh Race Day

    If you are interested and wish to read more on the Musselburgh Race Day please go to one of the links below.
    Yours aye
    Maurice Gibson.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    PRESENTATION REMINDER

    Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CBE (Colonel of The Regiment) is holding a number of Presentations around Scotland during the period Jan 17th - 21st. This is to Update interested parties on what the Royal Regiment of Scotland has been upto and might be upto in the future.
    I sent out a calling letter in early Dec 2010 but uptake has to date been slow. Now that the Festive Season has passed you might like to attend a Presentation in the North / NE - they are being held as follows;
    Jan 20th Aberdeen - The Gordon Highlanders Museum, St Luke's, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen on Thursday Jan 20th starting at 15.30hrs. Jan 21st Inverness - C Coy 7SCOTS, Gordonville Road, Inverness on Friday Jan 21st starting at 11.00hrs.
    Please let me know if you wish to attend by either e-mail or phone by NLT Jan 17th. Please pass info on to anyone else you feel might be interested.
    Thank you
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    Mil Network: 94749 8136
    Civil: 01463 224380
    Email Maurice here

    December 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Kenny Reid
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Q O HLDRS ANNIVERSARY GATHERING :-Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    When I receive further information I will post it in the attached forms
    Please go to the attached and read my update at 19/12/10
    Yours Aye
    Bob Towns.
    To view update in Office Word click here.
    To view update in PDF Format click here.

    Christmas Message :-
    A Christmas Message from our Association Chairman Nick Ridley
    To view the Christmas Message in Office Word click here.
    To view the Christmas Message in PDF Format click here.

    Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    I Request Your Support

    At 14.00 Hr on Christmas day my family and I are going to be upstanding for a toast to absent friends and also for the men and women in our armed services who cannot be home to spend Xmas with their families.
    We will also be observing a 1min silence for those who have died over the last year be it friends, Sailors, Soldiers, or Airmen.
    I do hope we get your support and you take the time to join us on this.
    I would like to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a good New Year.
    Before I go I would just like to thank my wife Ruth for being my unpaid secretary and also all you out there that have supported cabarfeidh.com throughout the year.
    Seoras McIntosh
    cabarfeidh.com

    HIGHLAND BRANCH 50th ANIVERSARY AMAGAMATION DINNER

    Information and booking form for the HIGHLAND BRANCH 50th ANIVERSARY AMAGAMATION DINNER are now available for you to download now.
    Yours Aye,
    Bob Towns.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Bruce Botto

    It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that former member of the Queen’s Own Highlanders, Bruce Botto passed away in Raigmore Hospital on the evening of Sunday 19th of December 2010 after bravely fighting illness over a long period.He was 51 years old.
    Funeral details on the obituaries page.
    Rest in Peace
    Bob Towns
    Cabarfeidh gu Brath

    Petition - Protect Forces Pension

    Dear Sir,
    I contacted recently about the ' Petition ' and asked if you would be so kind as to pass on the information to your members. I do hope you were able to assist and are willing to further help by distributing the attached news letter. Many of you have been extremely helpful by either posting information on their website or forum and many have emailed their members. The Petition is moving on but many more signatures are required to ensure it has some impact.
    Please find attached the first Newsletter of the ' Petition - Protect Forces Pension'
    I hope you find it interesting and we would be very keen to hear your point of view regarding the Armed Forces Pension Scheme, Fairness to the Armed Forces and the Military Covenant.
    If you do have any questions, suggestions or are willing to help or assist with publicising the petition please do contact me.
    Very best regards Tony Clatworthy
    (ex 16/5 The Queens Royal Lancers 1960 to 1998)

    To view in PDF Format only click here.

    Death of Major MM Stewart

    It is with deep sadness and regret that I inform you of the Death of Major MM Stewart, (Mike) QO Cameron Hldrs and QO Hldrs at 3am on Dec 16th in Hospital in Edinburgh.
    I have no further details.
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson

    Can anyone give me more details on this please?
    Seoras

    EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER

    The December edition of the Edinburgh Branch Newsletter can be found here.It contains reports of our recent Remembrance Day activities and the Branch Christmas Dance.More importantly it contains news of our next major function - The Amalgamation Dinner 2011.
    On behalf of the Committee of the Edinburgh Branch may I wish all members of the Regimental Family best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
    Cabar Feidh
    George Givens

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    More Nicknames from Dougie

    I think we have finally drawn a line under the "personal" nickname saga but what about those other nicknames which some of us have used for 50 years and more.
    Some refer to army units, their origin lost in time:
    Royal Artillery -Long Range Snipers,
    Small Arms School Corps-South African Snake Charmers,
    Army Catering Corps-A Canny Cook (Certainly does not apply nowadays!),
    Andy Clyde's Commandoes.

    The acknowledged official list of unit nicknames can of course be gleaned via Google, but I dont think it includes the above. Then there are those nicknames of battalion personalities which we have all used at some time or other.
    RSM - The Tara. Now where did that come from? I've used the name since I joined in 1956 and never gave it a second thought.
    SQMS ACC- The Duff
    ORQMS-Chief Pencil
    And finally are the following nicknames still in use:
    A Coy - Grenadier Company
    B Coy - The Bonnie Bee (Yessa!)
    C Coy - Shiny Cee
    D Coy - Clan MacDelta
    Aye
    Dougie Shepherd

    Cateran Yomp

    Dear All,
    Lt Col (Retd) Douglas Connon is Director of Corporate Business at the Alliance Trust (Dundee Based) and has send me the following information about a new event they are to sponsor.
    If you like a walk on the wild side this is the challenge for you in 2011. Please pass it on to anyone who might fancy doing something for the Soldiers Charity.
    Doug says: We have just announced our sponsorship of a 54 mile trek called the Cateran Yomp next Jun25. In Aid of ABF. I am going to do it.
    http://www.soldierscharity.org/yomp
    We at Alliance Trust hope this event will be big success.
    We are sponsoring for next 3 years.
    Great route.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson

    Regimental Comms from RHQ Edinburgh Castle

    Please see attached on Regimental Comms from RHQ Edinburgh Castle.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson,
    Regimental Secretary.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Xmas Message Request

    Why not get your Xmas Messages up in the guest book page now
    Seoras McIntosh

    Sergeant Matthew Telford

    Dear Fellow Highlanders. Please see below. I would encourage you to read and sign upto the Petition.
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson

    Dear All,
    Sergeant Matthew Telford of the Grenadier Guards was promoted to that rank in June 2009. In November of that same year, Sergeant Telford was one of 5 British soldiers killed when a rogue Afghan policeman opened fire on them. His wife and family will only receive a Corporal's pension since he only held his rank of Sergeant for less than a year. However, he was killed on operations by the enemy whilst wearing three stripes of a Sergeant on active service. Please sign the petition below to support a change in the rules that deny a heros widow the pension she deserves.
    http://soldiers-pensions.co.uk/?q=petition
    Please forward onto any sympathetic contacts that you may have in your address book.

    Hugh Grant Is A Guest At Our Museum

    To read Kirstin Mackay's report on his visit please goes to the Museum Matters page.
    Click image to enlarge.


    November 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Eddie Mundy
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Q O HLDRS ANNIVERSARY GATHERING :-Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    When I receive further information I will post it in the attached forms
    Your Aye
    Bob Towns.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    Worthy of a smile

    Sent in by Dougie Shepherd.
    I have no wish to raise again the subject of regimental nicknames. However you will excuse me if I recount a Royal Scot nickname related to me by one of the First and Worst!:
    The Royal Scots football team had a centre forward who was apparently seriously injured in a car crash at one time, as a result of which a metal plate was inserted in his head. He was known thereafter as Iron Bru!
    I hope you will agree that this one is worthy of a smile.
    Dougie

    The Dream Team

    Dougie Shepherd has put forward what he calls his Dream Football Team.
    Do you agree with him?
    All answers to the Guest Book please

    To view the dream team in Office Word click here.
    To view the dream team in PDF Format click here.

    Lt/Gen Andrew Graham CBE Visit

    Association Members,
    Please find attached a short letter and annex about the visit of Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CBE (Colonel of the Regiment) The Royal Regiment of Scotland who is visiting Scotland during the period Jan 17th - 21st 2011.
    The letter and annex are self explanatory and I do hope you, your Deputies and members of your staff might be able to attend and hear what General Andrew has to say by way off keeping the 'Community' informed about what the Army (Royal Regiment of Scotland specifically) are involved with.
    Please do pass this onto anyone who you think might be interested in such a Presentation, which will be informative.
    Maurice Gibson

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    News Paper Cutting on Mac49

    A news paper cutting sent to me by George Geddes that is well worth a read.
    Seoras
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Weekly Update

    Dear All,
    Most recent Weekly Update for your info.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders 4SCOTS
    Inverness

    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Help the Heroes

    I would just like to say thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought raffles at the Moray Loons night out.
    We brought in £215 on the raffle sales and this is where the money went to. £85.00 to the hosting of cabarfeidh.com, £30.00 for one off expenses, and £100.00 to Help the Heroes.
    Please click on the link below to see the receipt from Help the Heroes

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Ian Laidlaw

    Hi All,
    It is with regret that I have to inform you that Ian Laidlaw passed away yesterday, Sunday 21 Nov, after a long illness at his home in North East Aberdeenshire.
    His wife Maureen phoned this morning and funeral details will be communicated shortly,and will post them on the Caberfeidh website as soon as I get them.
    Please inform those that are not on email who might have known him.
    Ian joined the Queen’s Own Highlanders due to the disbandment of the Cameronians and served with them until 1974. Funeral details now in the Obituaries page
    Yours Aye,
    Pat Gillespie.

    SWB - invitation to apply for Grant Nov 10

    Scottish War Blinded is now inviting applications for grant aid. Please find attached our invitation to apply, which gives details of the programme and application procedure, and the criteria we will use in deciding which applications to support. We also attach an application form.
    Please note that the closing date for all applications is 4 February 2011.

    To view Letter and Form in Office Word click here.
    To view letter and form in PDF Format click here.

    Highland Heritage Appeal Fundraising Campaign Public/Press launch

    To read more please go to the Museum Matters Page
    Yours Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Moray Loons Night Out

    I would just like to thank everyone that came along to the Seaforth Club in Elgin to our Moray Loons Night Out.
    It was an event that was attended by Generals to Jocks and that can’t be bad.
    A special thanks goes out to PM Richard Anderson and his pipers for their excellent performance, Ken Grant, photographer, and our special guest RSM Michael Duffus.
    During the evening many people came up and thanked me, but please thank yourselves because without you attending, the evening would be nothing and you are the ones that made it the success that it was.
    Photos are up in the photos/poems page.
    Yours Aye
    Seoras McIntosh
    And I hope to see you all if not more next year.

    Colonel (Retd) Stuart Tootal Illustrated Talk

    Dear All,
    Colonel (Retd) Stuart Tootal DSO OBE was a Highlander before he drank Red Bull and grew wings to transfer into the PARAS where he excelled commanding 3 PARA in Afghanistan in 2006.
    The attached information is self explanatory and copied to you now incase you would like to attend his fascinating illustrated talk. Please feel free to pass this info on to anyone else who might wish to attend and learn more about Soldiers Welfare etc.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders
    Inverness

    To view in PDF Format only click here.

    Save The RAF Base Lossiemouth March

    PM Andrew Venters has just informed me that the Association Pipe Band are taking part in the march to save the RAF Base at Lossiemouth on Sunday the 7th Nov 2010.
    The march will start at 14.00.hours from the main gate at the camp and will end at the Lossie football field.
    Andy is looking for as much support as we can muster to either take part in the march itself or by supporting them along the route.
    Be there or be square,you never know I might even take your photo.
    Seoras.

    EDINBURGH BRANCH NEWSLETTER Nov2010

    Please go to the downloads below to read Edinburgh Baranch news letter.
    Regards,
    Danny Carruthers

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Berlin Infantry Brigade

    Berlin Infantry Brigade Website which will bring back memories to those who served there.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns.
    You can view the website from link below
    http://www.berlin-brigade.de/british/infantry.html

    October 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Albert Duffus
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Q O HLDRS ANNIVERSARY GATHERING :-Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    When I receive further information I will post it in the attached forms
    Your Aye
    Bob Towns.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Payment for the Moray Loons Night Out
    Please download the form below and send it off to me with your cheque before the 28th Oct 2010.
    Names last updated on 29/10/2010
    Many Thanks
    Seoras McIntosh.
    To view names in Office Word click here.
    To view names in PDF Format click here.
    To download payment form in Office Word click here.
    To download payment form in PDF Format click here.

    Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    Dave McIntosh Funaral

    Andy Venters requested the following up on the website.
    Just received news of an ex Camerons death and funeral arrangements.
    Dave McIntosh served in the Camerons and also the 4/5th Camerons TA. I did know him and always remember him as being the mechanic for the TA.
    The Funeral is on Saturday 30th October in the Methodist Church Inverness, which is down past the British Legion.

    Job Opportunity

    The undermentioned job opportunity, which is self explanatory has just been sent to me and it may appeal to some of your website readers / viewers.
    Kind regards,
    Maurice Gibson.

    I am after two Ex Signalers who can work over in Afghanistan 6 weeks on 6 weeks off, they do not need to be CP trained but must be able to run a ops room.
    Pay will be between 18-20,000 but because of the time back in the UK will be taxed but will be working only 6 months in Afghanistan so would be able to get a 2nd job in UK on 6 weeks off.
    If anyone interested can they send CV to me www.logman@af.g4s.com

    Highland Branch Buffet Dance

    Due the poor response it is with regret that the Buffet Dance proposed for the 11th December is hereby cancelled.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns

    Riding for the Disabled Coffee Morning

    The Forres, Nairn and District Riding for the Disabled Coffee Morning which will be of great cheer to all those Regimental Association members and their families in the Moray and Nairn area:
    When: Saturday 23 October.
    Where: Forres Town Hall
    Time: 1000 hrs

    Riding for the Disabled does great work for disabled children and is completely self-funded. Chonie Monro is the Chairman of the Forres, Nairn and District Branch and would love to see as many of the Regimental family there is possible. Loads of scones, cakes and other goodies and a chance for a good chinwag! (And I may well bake some scones!).
    There will also be calendars on sale there produced by the Forres Camera Club, in conjunction with Benromach, to raise money for the bid to bring the International Pipe Band Championships to Forres in 2013.
    Please come and support the RDA; it will be great to see you there,
    Best wishes
    Hughie Monro

    Pinjat Medal,

    This is a photo taken by myself today at Perth of some of the guys getting their Pinjat medal, if you could put it on the web site for them.
    Your Aye
    Sandy Dewar
    Click image to enlarge.


    Edinburgh Branch AGM 2010

    The Edinburgh Branch held it's Annual General Meeting on Sunday 10th October 2010, the Minutes of which can be found on this page.
    George Givens

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    REMEMBRANCE PARADE 2010 - EDINBURGH

    The Royal British Legion Scotland are changing the format of the Remembrance Parade in Edinburgh to include a much bigger representation from Regimental Associations. Attached is a brief outline. Anyone from the Regimental Family who finds themselves in the Edinburgh area on Sunday the 14th November 2010 will be more than welcome to march with the Edinburgh Branch (but please let Danny Carruthers know so we can cater for you!)
    Regards
    George Givens

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Highland Branch Proposal

    HIGHLAND BRANCH BUFFET DANCE/DISCO
    SATURDAY 11th DECEMBER 2010 RAIGMORE MOTEL
    Light Buffet £6:25 per person.
    Or
    Good Buffet £12:50 per person.
    Transport from/to Elgin with stops on the way.
    Minimum Numbers required 80.
    Is there sufficient demand?
    If you wish to support this function please let us know by one of the following means including your preferred menu choice:
    Reply to the email/letter.
    Telephone/text Bob 07771956475
    Add a comment to the Cabarfeidh Guest Book.
    Action quickly please.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns

    Reminder from the Edinburgh Branch

    Just reminding everyone that the Edinburgh Branch AGM is on Sunday the 10th October in the Leith Ex Servicemen’s Club at 1pm and all are welcome thank you.
    Yours Aye.
    Danny Carruthers

    CALL FOR HELP

    A further award of Malayan Medals is due to take place in the Salutation Hotel in Perth on Thursday 14th of October 2010.
    Cliff Thorpe is due the presentation of a medal however he cannot attend as he is out of the country that day.
    He has been informed that the only way he can get the medal that day is if someone collects it on his behalf. He would like someone to do this.
    Is there anyone attending or who can attend to help Cliff out?
    Give me a call.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns
    Update
    “Sorted – thanks to all for advice and assistance”
    Bob.

    Names and Payment for the Moray Loon Night Out

    It is now getting close to the date I have to give the numbers of attendees to The Seaforth Club fot the Moray Loons Nigh Out, if your name is not on the list and you wish to come along please let me know soon.
    You can email me on seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
    Or call me on 01343 549550
    Remember this is not restricted to Moray Loons only,all are welcome.
    If your name is on the list then please download the payment slip and get it away to me as soon possible.
    The price this year is £6.00 This gets you Soup,(Lental)Curry and Rice and a sweet.
    Names last updated on 29/10/2010

    To view names in Office Word click here.
    To view names in PDF Format click here.

    To Download payment form in Office Word click here.
    To Download payment form in PDF Format click here.

    September 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Garry Smith
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Q O HLDRS ANNIVERSARY GATHERING :-Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    When I receive further information I will post it in the attached forms
    Your Aye
    Bob Towns.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    Paddy Mills Takes The Salute

    Photo of D/M Jack McColl requesting permission from Paddy Mills to march the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association Pipes and Drums off  parade at the Highland Branch Lunch Cameron Barracks 26/09/2010
    Afterwards Paddy’s wife comments was, Paddy is very pleased that Bob Towns asked him to take the salute, and that he would talk about this forever.
    Well done Paddy, you deserve it.
    Cabarfeidh.com
    Photos of the day in the photos/poems page.
    Click image to enlarge.


    Autumn Golf Letter

    Please go to the downloads below to read the Autumn Golf Letter.
    Regards,
    Maurice Gibson

    To view the letter in Office Word click here.
    To view the letter in PDF Format click here.

    CAMERON BKS LUNCH

    SUNDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2010
    Last few places available, pay on the day. Names soonest to Bob on his mobile: 07771956475.
    Yours aye,
    Bob.

    From Pat Gillespie

    Thought you might like this, sent in to us by Pat Gillespie, called a wee song from General Seymour.
    General!!!!!! Please shout at him and not at cabarfeidh.com.
    Comments to Guest Book Please.
    Click image to enlarge.


    The New “Cuidich’n Righ” Whisky

    Another first for Cabarfeidh.com to present  the New “Cuidich’n Righ” Whisky.
    Cuidich’n Righ was first introduced at Fort George by Maj Gen Seymour Munro on the 11/09/2010.
    It is a 10 year old single malt whisky produced by Gordon MacPhail, Elgin.
    The whisky is on sale at £25.00 per bottle.
    If you wish to order a bottle please go to Museum Matters and download the order form.
    You can also order through the following website
    http://www.cuidichnrigh.com/cuidichnrigh.html/
    Yours Aye,
    Seoras McIntosh.
    Click image to enlarge.


    Edinburgh Branch Newsletter - September 2010

    Please click on the link below to read latest Branch News Letter.
    Regards,
    Danny Carruthers

    To view branch newsletter in Office Word click here.
    To view branch newsletter in PDF Format click here.

    Eddie Jenkins

    It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the sudden death of Eddie Jenkins who died last Saturday. More details can be found on the Obituary page.
    George Givens

    Feedback Required

    We are asking you for your feedback on the following items, Glen Garry’s, Hackles, and Cap Badges. We wish to find out from you if you would be interested in purchasing a full head dress package of the above items, at a slightly cheaper price than on purchasing them individually.
    If I can get enough interest, I will go ahead and order them up.
    If you are interested please email or call me on 01343549550
    Regards
    Seoras McIntosh.

    GOLFERS - ASSOCIATION GOLF FRIDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2010 ABOYNE GOLF CLUB

    There appears to be a lack of Blue Mafia names on the list of participants(5).
    Those from Gordon Country deserve our support at their Meeting.
    They always support the Kinloss event in good numbers.
    Grateful you attend if you can.
    You will find details on this site in the August section.
    Regards,
    Bob Towns.

    HIGHLAND BRANCH – DINING HALL LUNCH AND PIPES AND DRUMS DISPLAY

    Please click on the link's below to read and download a form of the event

    To view the form in Office Word click here.
    To view the form in PDF Format click here.

    Names for the Moray Loon Night Out

    Please click on the links below to view the names I have so far for the Moray Loons night out on the 5th November2010
    Please get your name in to me if you wish to come along.
    You can email me on seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
    Or call me on 01343 549550
    Remember this is not restricted to Moray Loons only,all are welcome.
    Names last updated on 25/09/2010

    To view names in Office Word click here.
    To view names in PDF Format click here.

    August 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Dougie Shepherd
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Cabarfeidh.com likes to look at adding something new to the website
    We have came up with this idea for you to send us in a picture with a funny caption, the pictures can be old or new.
    Do not worry if you can’t add the caption to the photo yourself as all you have to do is just send them both to us and we will put them together for you.
    Seoras McIntosh.
    I have put up this one as a sample for you I will call Ian and Bob

    To view the photo click here.
    To email your photo click here

    Functions coming off this Month:-

    Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    Wille Reid

    It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of Wille Reid (Wombat) from Wick.
    Please see the Obituary Page for more details.

    News from Helmand

    Dear All Task Force Helmand (TFH) unclassified weekly report for your information.
    Regards
    Maurice
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Article sent in by Terry C. Macqueen and Arthur Anderson

    On a recent visit this month to Shropshire, Arthur Anderson his wife Heather and I met up with Orcadian Bob Miller, ex 2 platoon A Coy, and his wife Jan, who now reside in Telford. We spent several hours, and enjoyed several drams whilst chewing the fat, remembering the good times, and laughing off the bad times.
    To read the full report and view the photos please go to the Photos/Poems Page.

    The Highlanders' Museum comes to town

    "The Highlanders' Museum comes to town! A three day promotional event at the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th August. Discover who we are, what we do and how you can help. Museum Volunteers will be on hand to talk about the work that they do, including family history research. Visit our stall and open the door to a whole new world..."
    The stall aims to raise the profile of the Museum and it is primarily aimed at people who don't know us that well and have perhaps never visited the Museum. However, we would be delighted to see any of the Regimental Family and encourage them to pop by for a chat. All support welcome!
    Alix Powers-Jones
    E-mail: director@thehighlandersmuseum.com

    Pipe Major Willie Gun

    It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of Pipe Major Willie Gun from Thurso.
    Please see the Obituary Page for more details.

    Frank Scott

    It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that Frank Scott passed away on Saturday night.
    Please see the Obituary Page for more details.
    George Givens

    Names for the Moray Loon Night Out

    Please click on the links below to view the names I have so far for the Moray Loons night out on the 5th November2010
    Please get your name in to me if you wish to come along.
    You can email me on seoras23@cabarfeidh.com
    Or call me on 01343 549550
    Remember this is not restricted to Moray Loons only,all are welcome.

    To view names in Office Word click here.
    To view names in PDF Format click here.

    The Average British Soldier

    Sent in by Bob Towns.
    Please click on link below to view.
    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.causes.com%2F839137%3Fp_id%3D64088072%26s%3Dfb_feed&h=e8123 /
    Yours aye,
    Bob.

    Mark Anderson

    Dear All
    Tim Anderson has just confirmed that the Memorial Service for his brother Mark will take place as shown below.
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders
    Inverness

    Friday 1st October 1430hrs
    The Chapel
    Haileybury and ISC
    Hertford Heath
    Herts
    SG13 7NU

    Thomas Hector Munro

    It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of Thomas Hector Munro
    For Funeral details please go to our Obituaries page

    Alec Mackie

    It is with sadness that I have to inform you that Alec Mackie passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night.
    Please go to the Obituaries page for more details.
    George Givens.
    E-mail: george.givens@tiscali.co.uk

    The Highlanders Autumn Golf Meeting

    Dear All
    Crawford McMaster has asked me to forward you the Highlanders Autumn Golf Meeting details. I would ask you to read them soonest and comply with Crawfords instructions if you wish to play. Please pass them on to anyone who has played before and who might wish to again, who is not on my distribution and who perhaps doesn't read Cabar Feidh or Stag's Heed material.
    Kind regards and watch the birdie, well its better than a 'rabbit'!
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    (01463 224380)

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Job Opportunity

    Exciting Job Opportunity for a Couple based between Aboyne and Kincardine O'Neil - Deeside Aberdeenshire.
    The Job Description / Specification is attached and would probably best suit a couple with grown up children.
    You will see that it is spilt into 3 parts. Inside (The Houses), Outside (Grounds and Policies) and General, the overall attributes required for the post.
    The position commands a joint Salary of £20,000 per annum and comes with a furnished (new) 2 Bedroom Cottage, where the Council Tax and all Heating bills are paid by the Proprietors - a tidy package for the right couple.
    Interested parties are to submit their CV's with a Hand Written covering letter and 2 Referees to me (Maurice Gibson details below) by the closing date of 23 August 2010. Please include your e-mail address on the CV so I can acknowledge receipt of your application.
    I will forward all applications to the Proprietors after that date and you should expect to hear from me / the Proprietors by Sept 2nd to indicate whether or not you have been call forward for interview or were on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.
    I would ask you to make this information and Job Specification known to as wide an audience as possible as this is exactly the sort of position a service couple would excel at.
    Kind regards.
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    (01463 224380)

    To view job opportunity in Office Word click here.
    To view job opportunity in PDF Format click here.

    Thank you Pipers

    I would just like to thank all of you who got in touch with me and offered your pipeing services for my daughter’s wedding.
    I now have a piper for her special day.
    Thank you also cabarfeidh.com.
    It is good to see The Power of the QO HLDRS still alive and kicking!
    I was quite honestly stunned by the response as was my Wife and Family!
    Kenneth Mackay Reid
    Hope you have a good wedding and lets have some photos of the day Kenneth
    Seoras
    Email k.reid@rcpe.ac.uk

    QO HLDRS ANNIVERSARY GATHERING

    Please click on the attached to read more information on the Queen's Own Highlanders Anniversary Gathering.
    Your Aye
    Bob Towns.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    July 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Dave Henderson.
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Classified Add Page - Regimental Items Only.
    After seeing how quickly you helped Glen Aitchison get a Blazer and Badge I thought it might be a good idea if I put up a page on the website allowing you to add Regimental Items that you have for sale or you wish to get rid of.
    All you have to do is email us the item with a description and we will put it up in the Classified Add page, a photograph of the item would help. Email cabarfeidh.com with item information here

    Functions coming off this Month:-ARMED FORCES DAY INVERNESS.
    This will take place on Saturday 24th July 2010.
    Muster at Inverness Eastgate centre / high St-1240 hrs
    Please lets have a good turn out.

    Seoras McIntosh Dave Watson

    A Piper required urgently

    Can a Piper from the Edinburgh Area please help out Kenny Reid who is looking for someone to play at his daughter’s wedding on Saturday 07 August 2010, Kenny has been let down badly.
    If you can help please get in touch with Kenny by any of the following means below.
    Kenneth Mackay Reid
    Buildings Officer
    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
    9 Queen Street
    Edinburgh
    EH2 1JQ
    0131 225 7324
    0131 220 3939 (Fax)
    0131 247 3651 (Direct Dial)
    07817256742 (Mobile)
    Email k.reid@rcpe.ac.uk

    Highland Gathering

    Issue No 5 of the Highland Gathering is now here for you to read. To view Highland Gathering in PDF Format click here.

    Armed Forces Day 24th July 2010 on youtube

    Inverness Sea Cadets has put up the march through Inverness on youtube.
    To read more details on how to view please go to the links below.


    To view details in Office Word click here.
    To view details in PDF Format click here.

    INVERNESS TATTOO2010

    It would be a great shame if you were to be in or around Inverness on the dates below and not go and see the Inverness Tattoo.
    Col Roddy Wood and his team put a lot of work into give you a great evening‘s entertainment.
    It is held in the Northern Meeting Park Inverness
    From Mon26th-Sat 31st July
    Every evening at 8.00pm
    (Gates open at 7.00pm
    £8.00 Outside Seat
    £10.00 Inside Seat
    Program Price £1.00
    Visit our website at:- www.tattooinverness.org.uk

    On opening the PDF file go to view and choose to rotate counterclockwise.
    To view Inverness Tattoo program in PDF Format click here.

    ARMED FORCES DAY – INVERNESS

    Tosh described it pretty well in the Photo/Poems Page, from General’s to Jocks. He did make a slight error however with his statement “one” of the best. A good day, a good turnout followed by good “craic” in the beer tent. With the Parade being formed up by RSM David Yarrick, commanded by Capt Alex Rose and with Gen Seymour the Guest of Honour the day had a Blue Mafia flavour to it. It was especially good to see some well travelled members such as, Eddie Chorley and Dingus making that special effort to travel a long way to get on parade. Next year it would be good to see some more from the local area boosting numbers even further. None further travelled however than a couple of spectators namely, Ian and Tina Wragg from Australia. Ian served in the Regimental Band and they were both loyal supporters of all things associated with the QO HLDRS. It was great to see them in Inverness before moving south to meet up with Charlie G. A special mention is required of Robbie Macintosh our Standard Bearer, the Association Pipe Band and Tosh for his excellent photographs. And one for Cabarfeidh!
    Yours Aye
    Bob Towns.

    ARMED FORCES DAY INVERNESS

    The Photos are now up for you to view in the Photos/Poems page.
    Seoras McIntosh

    From RHQ

    Dear Seoras,
    Would you please post the attached 'Walking Flyer' on your websites. There may be lots of walkers out there who fancy doing something different and an opportunity to take to the hills / remote parts of Scotland with a qualified guide may appeal.
    Please ask your readers to pass it on as they think appropriate.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    To view the Walking Flyer in PDF Format click here.

    ASSISTANCE AT THE TATTOO

    Col Roddy Wood requested as much assistance as possible at the Inverness Tattoo on the evenings of Monday 26th July through to Saturday 31st July 2010.
    Please go to the attachment to read more on this.
    Yours aye
    Bob Towns

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Queen’s Own Highlanders Association AGM Agenda

    Dear Seoras,
    I attach the Agenda finalised by the Chairman and also the Seaforth Minutes from their AGM last year.
    The Branch Report (Annex D) is outstanding as I am still awaiting a number of Branch Reports.
    Obituaries, Medallion Lists (as advised by the Branches to the Association Treasurer) and Queen’s Own Highlanders Minutes have already been sent. If any are missing please let me know.
    Kind regards,
    David E Loftus

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    To view Seaforth Minutes 2009 in Office Word click here.
    To view Seaforth Minutes 2009 in PDF Format click here.

    To view Regimental Gathering in NI 2009in Office Word click here.
    To view Regimental Gathering in NI 2009 in PDF Format click here.

    From RHQ Inverness

    Dear All,
    For those of you who like to know what the Army is up to; you should note that Project Hyperion - the move of LAND FORCES to Andover - will be complete at end of July.
    Regards,
    Maurice Gibson,
    Regimental Secretary.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Queen’s Own Highlanders Association AGM 2010

    Dear All,
    Queen's Own Highlanders Association AGM The Meeting will be in the Seaforth club Nairn in the Upstairs Bar with coffee being available from 1030 hrs in the Upstairs Function Hall. on Friday the 16th July
    Attached are the Minutes, (as previously circulated); Obituaries and Medallions list for next Friday’s AGM. If you know of any other Obituaries please advise me.
    I am still waiting to finalise the Agenda with the Chairman. If there is anything you would like included on the Agenda please let me know ASAP.
    The proposed Start Time is 1100 hrs with coffee being available beforehand. Lunch will be available and depending on the length of the Agenda or complexity of the items it may be necessary to go into the afternoon. It is hoped that this will not be necessary but is mentioned so people are aware.
    Please advise me if you, or members of your Branch, will be attending or not for the catering.
    Kind regards,
    David E Loftus
    72 Nelson Road
    Whitton
    TWICKENHAM
    TW2 7AU
    Tel: 020 8898 5509
    Fax: 020 8408 9786
    Mobile: 07778 401942
    E Mail: david.e.loftus@blueyonder.co.uk

    To view Minutes in Office Word click here.
    To view Medallions in Office Word click here.
    To view Obituaries in Office Word click here.

    ARMED FORCES DAY INVERNESS

    This will take place on Saturday 24th July 2010. Meet up in the High Street at 1230. All those marching get free entry to the Highland Games being held at the Northern Meeting Park that afternoon. There will be concessions for families of those marching. Further details will follow. Come on, let us have a good Association contingent on parade and I would be grateful if you could confirm your participation with me in advance. Open to all Branches of the Association.
    Email: bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
    Tel Home:01667 452156
    Tel Work:01463 732343
    Mob:07771956475
    Yours aye,
    Bob.

    To view Parade details in Office Word click here.
    To view Parade details in PDF Format click here.

    Moray loon night oot

    It is that time of year again that I have to  start getting the names together for our Moray loon night oot.
    The date this year will be Friday the 5th Nov as I don’t want it to clash with the school holidays.
    It will be held in the Seaforth Club Elgin and the price of your meal this year will be £6.00.
    The meal will be a choice of two curries and a choice of sweet.If you do not wish a curry please let me know and I will see what they can do for you.
    I would ask you again if you would be kind enough to bring along something to put into the raffle as it all makes for a better night.
    Also bring along your old photos, Bobby Munro did it last year and that went down very well.
    And remember you do not have to come from Moray to attend,it is open for all.
    If you are interested please email or call me on 01343549550 Yours Aye.
    Seoras McIntosh.
    Cabarfeidh.com

    War veterans - 21-6-2010

    Dear All,
    The attached, which was forwarded to me by COBSEO, may be of interest.
    Kind regards,
    David E Loftus
    72 Nelson Road
    Whitton
    TWICKENHAM
    TW2 7AU
    Tel: 020 8898 5509
    Mobile: 07778 401942
    E Mail: david.e.loftus@blueyonder.co.uk

    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Silk Ties

    Dear All, .
    Please see attached on silk ties.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Highlanders Autumn Golf Meeting

    Dear All,
    Crawford McMaster has asked me to forward you the Highlanders Autumn Golf Meeting details. I would ask you to read them soonest and comply with Crawfords instructions if you wish to play. Please pass them on to anyone who has played before and who might wish to again, who is not on my distribution and who perhaps doesn't read Cabar Feidh or Stag's Heed material.
    Kind regards and watch the birdie, well its better than a 'rabbit'!
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders
    Inverness.
    Asst Reg Sec 1.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    June 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from David Burns.
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    Sad to say that I have only one other person taking part and this will cover June.
    Please don’t let us down as we don’t want to have to take this down off the website as it is a bit of fun and people do enjoy reading it.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Classified Add Page - Regimental Items Only.
    After seeing how quickly you helped Glen Aitchison get a Blazer and Badge I thought it might be a good idea if I put up a page on the website allowing you to add Regimental Items that you have for sale or you wish to get rid of.
    All you have to do is email us the item with a description and we will put it up in the Classified Add page, a photograph of the item would help. Email cabarfeidh.com with item information here

    Functions coming off this Month:

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    Edinburgh Branch AFD & Summer Dance

    The Edinburgh Branch has just experienced a very busy and enjoyable week-end, consisting of supplying a marching contingent for the Armed Forces Day Parade and holding our annual Summer Dance.
    A brief report on both events can be found here with pictures of both events on the photos page.
    George Givens
    Chairman
    Edinburgh Branch

    To view  report in Office Word click here.
    To view  report in PDF Format click here.

    The Edinburgh branch AFD Parade and Summer Dance 2010

    The Edinburgh branch AFD Parade and Summer Dance 2010 photos are now here for you all to view.
    The photos was sent in by Sandy Dewar, and there are a lot o weel kent faces for you all to ponder over.
    Thank you Sandy.
    Please go to the Photo’s/Poems page to view the photos.

    AFD Nairn

    AFD Nairn
    A small Regimental marching contingent supported, participated and celebrated AFD in Nairn earlier today. Our Cadets were also on parade proudly wearing the blue hackle. To all who attended thank you for your support.
    Ian Mackenzie was the Standard bearer on its first outing.
    The Laird of Nairn, Jock Schneide,controlled access to the RBL!
    Yours aye,
    Bob.
    To view the photos sent in by Bob please go to the Photo's/Poems page

    Brigadier David's Outgoing Message

    Dear All.
    Brigadier David Allfrey MBE handed over command of 51st (Scottish) Bde on Jun 24th to Brigadier George Lowder MBE. Brigadier David's outgoing message is attached for your information.
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders
    Cameron Bks
    Inverness

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Proposed 24 Hour Sponsor Fly Fish

    I am looking for people who would be interested in doing a 24 hour sponsor Fly Fish in aid of the Highland Heritage Appeal.
    This would consist of individual teams of three people, each team fishing over the 24hour period so no one individual is fishing for the whole 24 Hours.
    It would take place at the Glen of Rothes Fishery near Elgin on the 18th-19th September 2010 and start at 12 Midday on the Saturday through to 12 Midday on the Sunday
    If you are interested and for more information please go to the link below If you are interested please email or call me on 01343549550
    Seoras McIntosh
    Cabarfeidh.com

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Robert McBeath

    Sent in by Danny Carruthers
    June 16th, 2010
    A dedication ceremony was held on Monday for Robert McBeath, a native of Kinlochbervie, Scotland, who joined the Vancouver Police Department in the 1920s and subsequently died in the line of duty. The tribute and cairn unveiling was held at new Vancouver Police Tactical Training Centre.
    The memorial was attended by a VPD honour guard, The Vancouver Police Pipe band, a contingency of Kinlochbervie High school students and escorts, distinguished members of VPD, Freemasons, and the press.
    To read the full story please go to the links below
    Danny.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    ARMED FORCES DAY IN SCOTLAND 2010

    Dear All,
    The attached might be of interest to you, it details what Armed Forces Day Parades are happening around Scotland. Regards,
    Maurice Gibson.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Highland Branch New Banner

    I was chuffed when I was approached by Bob Towns to see if I could have a new banner made for the Highland Branch, when George Givens at the Edinburgh Branch heard about it he asked if I could have one made up for them aswell.
    No probs said I, so putting on my Abdul Hat I set to work to get a supplier that could make such a fine piece of work. This is what I have come up with.
    Please note that the flags are double sided.
    Note to the standard bearer, the flags are a little heavier than the old one, so more porridge boys and power to your elbow.

    I took the opportunity when I metup with Bob at Loch End to hand over the new Highland Branch Banner to him. Click image to enlarge.


    Seoras McIntosh

    RAISING MONEY FOR THE MUSEUM

    Dear All,
    See attached. After an extremely hard morning, northerly winds, freezing temperatures, a bit better in the afternoon, they made it and on time arriving at 1730 hrs . They deserve a great big round of applause. Great effort all of you.
    If you haven't supported them with a few quid I hope their efforts make you think again and put your hands in your pockets.Please go to the link below to pay.

    http://www.thehighlandersmuseum.com/highland-heritage-appeal.html/
    Yours aye,
    Bob.
    To view the photos sent in by Bob and Seoras please go to the Photo's/Poems Page

    Highlanders take on the Caledonian Canal Update

    Dear All,
    The lads set off this morning at 08:47 from Gairlochy. If things go to plan they will be in Fort Augustus overnight and at Loch End at approx 1730 tomorrow. I saw them off this morning and must admit as I drove back to Inverness I appreciated the enormity of the task they have taken on. They deserve your support. It would be especially good to see a welcome party at Loch End tomorrow at approx 1730 head wind permitting.
    View some photos in the Photo's/Poems page.
    Yours aye,
    Bob.

    Palace Barracks Memorial Gardens

    Dear All,
    I received the following attachment from Noel “Paddy” Nash (Served with the QO HLDRS and still a very strong supporter). Those of you who have visited the Memorial Garden will have been impressed by the amount of work Albert puts into it. In addition we have some of our own remembered there. The grass won’t stop growing and he requires our assistance now. Those of you wishing to help please send your donations direct to Albert made payable as shown in the attachment.
    Question:- Should the Branch/Association be making a donation?
    Yours aye, ,
    Bob Towns,

    To read the attachment in Office Word click here.
    To read the attachment in PDF Format click here.

    ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE - EDINBURGH

    The Armed Forces Day Parade in Edinburgh will take place on Saturday the 26th June 2010. As per last year, the Edinburgh Branch will be providing a marching contingent. The Form Up is at 12.15 pm on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, where the Parade RSM will organise the various marching contingents. The Parade will step off shortly after the one o’clock gun fires.
    We are hoping for as good, if not better turnout as last year so all Queen’s Own Highlanders, Seaforth Highlanders, and Cameron Highlanders from the local area can march as a formed body. Anyone from the Regimental Family visiting the Edinburgh area at this time will be made most welcome. More details can be found in the last Edinburgh Branch Newsletter (which can be found on this page in the May 2010 notes).
    George Givens
    Chairman
    Edinburgh Branch.

    National Memorial Arboretum

    Please click on the link below to read about the National Memorial Arboretum
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    ARMED FORCES DAY- BRANCH PARTICIPATION NAIRN AND INVERNESS

    Please click on the link below to read about the Armed Forces Day Highland branch participation.
    Your Aye,
    Bob Towns.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Highlanders take on the Caledonian Canal.

    Please click on the link below to read the attached Press Release.

    To view in PDF Format click here.
    Click image to enlarge.

    Museum Matters

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
    On behalf of Dr Alix Powers-Jones, the June edition of Museum Matters is attached for your information.
    Yours sincerely,
    Peter Guthrie, on behlaf of Mary Grant
    Secretary of the Highland Heritage Appeal
    The Highlanders' Museum
    Tel Office: 01667 460 466
    Tel Direct: 05603 425 571
    Postal Address: Fort George,
    Ardersier,
    Near Inverness
    IV2 7TD
    e-Mail: appeal@thehighlandersmuseum.com
    Registered as a Scottish Charity SC018068

    To view in PDF Format click here.

    A message from Robbie

    From Danny,
    Wee Robbie asked if I would put a thank you message on the Website for him, he is not yet at the recovery stage where he is able to use his keyboard to type a message, here is the message:-
    Robbie and Janie would like to thank all those who visited him in Hospital, those who sent him all the cards and those who phoned, it is a truly wonderful feeling knowing that there are so many people from the Regiment out there who think of you and take the time to phone ,visit or send a card, thank you, I am now at home recuperating and hopefully will be fully fit to join the Edinburgh Branch`s Armed Forces Day March through Edinburgh and attend their Summer Dance that evening, again thank you all very much,
    Robbie and Jane.

    May 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Colin Hughes.
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    Sad to say that I have only one other person taking part and this will cover June.
    Please don’t let us down as we don’t want to have to take this down off the website as it is a bit of fun and people do enjoy reading it.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Classified Add Page - Regimental Items Only.
    After seeing how quickly you helped Glen Aitchison get a Blazer and Badge I thought it might be a good idea if I put up a page on the website allowing you to add Regimental Items that you have for sale or you wish to get rid of.
    All you have to do is email us the item with a description and we will put it up in the Classified Add page, a photograph of the item would help. Email cabarfeidh.com with item information here

    Functions coming off this Month:

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    The Highlanders (4 Scots) On Parade in Elgin

    It was with great pride that I set off today, Sat 29th May, with my camera in hand to take photos of our local regiment The Highlanders (4 SCOTS) Marching through my home town of Elgin.
    The parade was led by their Pipes and Drums under Pipe Major Martin MacDonald and Drum Major Kevin Ogg, with two companies of the Bn their bayonets fixed and their Colours on parade.
    OC Guard was Major Barry McMasters and CSM Gary Main.
    If anyone out there can give me names of the Colour Party I would be only too happy to put them up on the website.
    The Lord Lieutenant of Moray Grenville Johnston Esq OBE TD CA and Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Lady Claire Russell of Ballindalloch Castle and also a local Councillor who at this time will have to remain nameless (Apologies on this as I did not get his name) presented the Bn with A Pipe Banner which they tied round the bass drone of Pipe Major Martin MacDonald’s Bagpipes. This was on behalf the people of Moray and Banff to show their appreciation of what our local battalion do for us and their country.
    Well done lads you put on a great display for the Town and Good Luck be with you all in the future.
    Cabar Feidh Gu Brath.
    Seoras McIntosh,
    Cabarfeidh.com
    To view the photos click here.

    The Highlanders March through Elgin and Inverness

    I am just a little bit miffed that the Regimental Secretary of The Highlanders (4 SCOTS) (EDINBURGH) did not take the time to inform Cabarfeidh.com that a contingent of The Highlanders (4 SCOTS) including the Pipes and Drums are going to be marching through some of our Towns in the North Tomorrow Saturday the 29th May.
    I had to depend on my local paper to inform me that they are going to be marching through Elgin at 11.00hr and at Inverness sometime in the Afternoon.

    Bad show RHQ EDinburgh, this is what our readers like to hear about.
    Please dont get this mixed up with RHQ Inverness
    Seoras McIntosh,
    cabarfeidh.com

    Armed Forces Day Parade

    Dear All,
    Those of you in the Central Belt may well wish to attend an Armed Forces Day Parade / Gathering. Details of the Edinburgh event are attached.
    I am aware that other cities throughout Scotland (Aberdeen, Inverness for example) are doing their own events but if your in the Edinburgh area you might wish to support their event.
    Cheers
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Norman[Wee Robbie]Robertson

    Dear all,
    Just want to inform you that Norman[Wee Robbie]Robertson had a slight Stroke yesterday [Sunday],it looks as though he should be OK,but he will be in Hospital for a few days,he is in Ward 6A in the Raigmore if anyone wants to give him a visit, Regards,
    Danny Carruthers.

    I am sure I can say this in behalf of all our cabarfeidh.com readers, that we wish Robbie a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with him and his family.
    Seoras

    Blue and Pink List

    Dear All,
    Announced this morning:
    Blue List (Promotion to Colonel) : Alistair Aitken MBE - CO 4SCOTS , Nick Borton and Charlie Herbert.
    Pink List (Promotion to Lieutenant Colonel) : Neil Den-Mackay, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Robin Lindsay, Neil Wright, Brian Ross (LE) Highlanders.
    (+Gavin Lenthall ex KOSB now R SIGNALS. Also Will Lynch, COS 51X)
    I do not know when the promotions will take place but normally on assuming next appointment.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary

    Silk Highlander Ties

    Dear All / fellow Highlanders
    If like me you wear a Highlander tie on a regular basis, you may fined it is time to replace your old, faded and frayed one. Well Home HQ, Inverness can help.
    We have just taken delivery of Silk Highlander Ties and are selling them of at £14.00 per tie plus postage.
    Please contact Mick Low or I if you want to order one.
    Please note this is a Highlanders Tie and not a Queen's Own Highlanders tie
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    (01463 224380)
    Click image to enlarge.

    Edinburgh Branch News Letter 2010

    Please go to the links below to read the Edinburgh Branch News letter.
    And thank you the Edinburgh Branch with keeping us up to date with the years events.
    Seoras

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Highland Heritage Appeal

    Dear All,
    I have been asked by Major General Seymour Monro to send out the attached reminder on behalf of the Highland Heritage Appeal (details below) about a presentation that will take place on the evening of Wednesday May 26th at Fort George.
    Many of you might have already seen the information but if you were free and interested could you reply accordingly to Mary Grant.
    Kind regards,
    Maurice Gibson,
    Regimental Secretary.

    Mary Grant,
    Secretary of the Highland Heritage Appeal,
    The Highlanders' Museum,
    Tel Office: 01667 460 466
    Tel Direct: 05603 425 571
    Postal Address: Fort George, Ardersier, Near Inverness IV2 7TD
    e-Mail: appeal@thehighlandersmuseum.com
    To view the booking form in PDF Format click here.

    SSAFA Concert

    Gentlemen,
    Some of your Branch Members in the Central Belt may be interested in this forthcoming SSAFA Concert.
    Details attached.
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Fromelles Military Cemetery

    Dear All,
    For information the announcement of the dedication of the Fromelles Military Cemetery on 19 Jul 10 and how to apply for tickets.
    If you know of anyone who would be interested they should apply direct.
    Kind regards,
    David E Loftus
    72 Nelson Road
    Whitton
    TWICKENHAM
    TW2 7AU
    Tel: 020 8898 5509
    Fax: 020 8408 9786
    Mobile: 07778 401942
    E Mail: david.e.loftus@blueyonder.co.uk

    To view the form in Office Word click here.
    To view the form in PDF Format click here.

    From Fontenoy to Helmand

    Scots and the Military & the Military in Scotland 1745-2009
    A joint conference by the Highlander’s Museum and UHI Millennium Institute’s Centre for History
    Yours Aye
    Bob Towns

    To view the form in Office Word click here.
    To view the form in PDF Format click here.

    Advert Trike Bike Club

    I’m looking to start a Veterans Trike Bike Club, this is for all ex soldiers who think they have nothing else to offer, ( age is but a number)
    George Geddes
    To view the photos click here.

    Ian (Flip) Kerr

    Hi all, I just thought I would let you know that Ian’s Gold Badge has at last been awarded. The Ceremony was held last night in the Royal British Legion, Berlin Branch. Margaret was present and received the award from our Branch chairman. This Award was supposed to be presented to Ian some time ago, but unfortunately he passed away the day before it was to be presented, so the gold badge was returned to the headquarters in the UK by District, we were informed about a week after it was sent back. Since then the branch has fought to have it reinstated and said that this award should have been passed on to Ian's Widow. This was put to the UK committee and I am glad to say was passed, after a long hard fight. Cheers,
    Jim Robertson.

    British Legion Gold Badge is the Legion's Highest Award.
    The Legion recognises any outstanding contribution by members to the organisation through a series of awards. The Royal British Legion Badge in Gold was originally an award for someone who had given outstanding service to their branch, a practice that had been attributed to the 1930s. In 1952 it was decided to regulate the award which had to be approved by the National Chairman or Vice Chairman and a minimum of 10 years service was required before they could be even considered. Since a National Consultation in 2007 it has become The Legion's Highest Award that can be bestowed upon a member. It may be awarded to a member who has given at least eight years meritorious and conspicuous service to the objectives of the Legion as defined by the Royal Charter. (Copied from British Legion Website.)
    All the best Pat G.
    Click image to enlarge.

    Rep Col Handover Letter

    Dear All,
    Please find attached a 'Handover / Farewell Letter' from Brigadier Mark Dodson, who hands over as Representative Colonel of The Highlanders, 4th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland on May 8th to Colonel James Hopkinson.
    Maurice Gibson
    Major (Retd)
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordon's & Camerons)
    Cameron Bks
    Inverness.
    IV2 3XE.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Robert[Rab]Scott

    Sadly we have to inform you of the death of Robert Scott who died on Thursday the 29th April.
    Roberts Funeral will take place on Thursday 6th April at 1:30
    in the Mortenhall Crematorium.
    Sorry we have no more information at this time.
    Regards.
    Danny Carruthers.

    Moray Loon Night Out

    It is getting to that time a year again when I have to be thinking on arranging another Moray Loon Night Out.
    Last year’s one was such a success that I would like to hold another one this year and try and get even more people to attend.
    More details to follow but let me know what you think. Again it will not be restricted to just Moray Loons, all are welcome. Tosh23

    April 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from George Geddes.
    Come-on all you ex Queen’s Own Highlanders out there, we are desperately in need of people to take part in Over My Coffee Break.
    Please don’t let us down as we don’t want to have to take this down off the website as it is a bit of fun and people do enjoy reading it.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    Classified Add Page - Regimental Items Only.
    After seeing how quickly you helped Glen Aitchison get a Blazer and Badge I thought it might be a good idea if I put up a page on the website allowing you to add Regimental Items that you have for sale or you wish to get rid of.
    All you have to do is email us the item with a description and we will put it up in the Classified Add page, a photograph of the item would help. Email cabarfeidh.com with item information here

    Functions coming off this Month:
    Highland Branch AGM on
    Thursday the 15th April in the Lounge Bar, Royal British Legion, Nairn.

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE COLONEL 4 SCOTS

    For your information.
    Regards,
    Maurice Gibson,
    Regimental Secretary,
    The Highlanders.
    Subject: APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE COLONEL 4 SCOTS.
    Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Colonel J M R Hopkinson OBE as Deputy Colonel The Royal Regiment of Scotland in succession to Brigadier M P Dodson MBE . This appointment will take effect on 8 May 2010.

    Lands End to John O Groats

    Dear Seoras,
    Would you please put the attached Lands End to John O Groats (Run / Cycle) info on your websites. Various individuals (as a group) plan to run (a marathon) and cycle daily for 12 days to raise money for the ABF 'The Soldiers Charity'.
    E-mail addresses and a 'just giving' website are listed on the poster for anyone who might wish to contribute.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    To view the route in PDF Format click here.

    Tee Off Times

    Attached is the Tee Off Times for the Regimental Golf Society Meeting on the 30 April,
    Yours Aye
    Albert Duffus

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Acknowledgement

    Davie and myself would just like to thank the Highland Branch for their vote of thanks at the AGM , also we would like to thank the Edinburgh branch for the same.
    Let me tell you lads we enjoy it, but we need your support to keep up the standard so let us know any news you may have and get involved with the website e.g Over my Coffee Break . Seoras and David
    Cabarfeidh.com.

    Regimental Golf Society Spring Meeting

    Just a reminder that entries for the golf have got to be in by the 25 April.
    Yours Aye
    Albert Duffus

    Highland Branch AGM Report

    The report of the Highland Branch AGM Held in Nairn on the 15th April is now available for you to download.
    Yours Aye
    Bob Towns.
    Branch Chairman.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Commando Mark Leader

    Commando Mark Leader has been sacked for throwing a wellington boot at a taliban terrorist, after 18 years of top quality military service, he has lost his job and pension...this is disgusting... lets get justice for this fine Royal Marine and not for the... Taliban.... here is the link to the petition - now come on guys please sign it.....
    http://www.petitiononline.com/RMCSML/petition.html/

    Gerry McCrum

    Sadly I have to inform you of the death of Gerry McCrum – ex: Military Band.,
    Gerry Sadly passed away on the 15th April 2010
    Please go to the obituaries page for the funeral arrangements.
    Regards
    David E Loftus.

    From RHQ

    Gentlemen,
    BBC Radio Scotland has made a radio programme entitled' Black Watch, 3 SCOTS: A War in Their Own Words'. The first transmission is on Monday 26th April at 1130hrs with a repeat the following Saturday morning at 0604hrs. It uses some interview material and also a selection of journal and diary entries voiced by actors. It apparently shows the Bn, Regt and Army in a good light.
    Please disseminate round your areas.
    For those out with Scotland you can of course listen through satellite (Sky etc) or on your computers through the BBC Scotland website.
    Best wishes
    Al
    C A CAMPBELL
    Regtl Sec
    Tel: 94740-5060
    Civil: 0131-310-5060.

    From Danny Carruthers

    Dear Mr Carruthers,
    I’m writing from the BBC history series ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. In the series we follow well-known British people as they trace their family history. The subjects discover various pieces of information for the first time on camera, and are able to fill gaps in their knowledge about their family’s past.
    One of the relatives we are researching served in the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders during the BEF. I am trying to contact anyone who might have known him during this time, or who would have served with him. We’re particularly eager to speak to anyone who served in the 1st Cams at the Battle of La Bassee-St Omer. Could you tell me if you have heard from, or know of, any veterans from this period?
    Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. We’re eager to give as vivid a picture of this battle as we can.
    Many thanks for your help,
    Yours Sincerely
    Lisa Martinson.

    Contact Lisa on
    Researcher - Who Do You Think You Are - BBC1
    Phone 020 7241 922
    Email Lisa:- lisa.martinson@walltowall.co.uk

    Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

    Seoras,
    The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada are shortly to hold their centenary celebrations.
    Col John Appleby has sent a link us a to their website.

    http://seaforth100.com/
    Thank you for your support.
    Maurice Gibson.

    Conference on Scottish Military History

    To read all about it please click on the links below.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Info From RHQ

    Cabarfeidh.com,
    I would be grateful if the Scottish Housing Guide for Veterans letter could be put onto your website for your members to read and follow up as they wished.
    Thank you.

    Maurice Gibson,
    Regimental Secretary,
    The Highlanders.
    To view the letter in PDF Format click here.

    From Alix Powers-Jones

    Dear all,
    The Museum is having an exhibition on the Forces Family to coincide with National Family Week at the end of May.
    We are asking people who served, or had family members who served, to jot down something about the Forces Family.
    It could be a funny story, a serious memory.
    People can write a single sentence or a whole paragraph. All contributions are welcome.
    Regards,
    Alix Power-Jones,
    Museum Director.

    To download the form in Office Word click here.
    To download the form in PDF Format click here.

    News From the Museum

    Brig Grant's Lecture,to read all about it please download the pdf file.
    Regards
    Peter Guthrie.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    News From RHQ

    Gentlemen
    The attached note advised us all of a Credit Card SCAM that is currently doing the rounds.
    Regards,
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    March 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Alister MacGillvray
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    Oor Wee Shop Is Now Open for Business
    As you can now see we have added a shop to the website.
    The reason for this is first and foremost to support the Museum while they get their own shop up and running on their website,please note all the items you order I will be getting through the Museum and will be posted from them directly.
    Secondly is so that you Loons and Quines oot there can shop online for the Queen’s Own Highlanders most popular items and also help support the Museum.
    Your,s Aye
    Seoras McIntosh

    This Month’s Topic
    It is coming up to that time again when Bob Towns is deciding on the date for the AGM for the Highland Branch.
    The question I have for this month’s discussion for Highland Branch Members is, should we make the AGM a social affair including wives in the future, as they do in the Edinburgh Branch?
    My second question is should wives get more involved with the running of the association?
    If you wish to remain anonymous with your answers in the guest book just type in blank for the name and blank@blank.com for the email address this will mean you will not receive conformation of your entry.
    Of course I have to say that the best way to give your opinion on these matters and be fair to Bob is to attend the AGM
    Seoras McIntosh.

    Classified Add Page - Regimental Items Only.
    After seeing how quickly you helped Glen Aitchison get a Blazer and Badge I thought it might be a good idea if I put up a page on the website allowing you to add Regimental Items that you have for sale or you wish to get rid of.
    All you have to do is email us the item with a description and we will put it up in the Classified Add page, a photograph of the item would help. Email cabarfeidh.com with item information here

    Functions coming off this Month:
    Nill so far

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    One Year Old

    It has now been one year since Davie and I took over the running of Cabarfeidh.com website, my how time flies.
    Throughout the year we have tried new bits and bobs to improve the website, some worked and some didn’t, have met a lot of old friend and some new ones.
    We also like to think that we are supporting our Museum on their new project (Highland Heritage)by working closely with Peter Guthrie .
    One sad bit of news is that we have been in touch with 4 Scots The Highlanders to see if they would be interested in us putting up an information page on the website, but so far had no response on that one. Someone out there might be able to have a word in their shell like ear.
    We would ask you now that if you have any comments on how the website is run please don’t hesitate to send us your comments.

    This is YOUR Website so please use it to your best advantage.
    Thank You all very much for your support through the year.

    CABAR FEIDH GU BRATH
    Davie & Seoras

    Tickets For The Troops

    Tosh.
    Your members may be interested in this opportunity to attend (at discounted prices) many events across the country.
    Regards.
    Maurice Gibson,
    Regimental Secretary.
    To download more information on how to obtain tickets for the troops in PDF Format click here.

    Museum News Update

    Tosh,
    I thought I would send you over the attached press release in case you felt it would be of interest to the readers of cabarfeidh.com
    Regards,
    Pete.

    Peter
    Any news we get from the museum is of great interest to our readers
    Tosh.
    To view the Press Release in PDF Format click here.
    To read what the P&J has to say in PDF Format click here.
    To read what the Courier has to say in PDF Format click here.
    To view the photo of the Museum team click here.

    HIGHLAND BRANCH AGM 2010

    Dear all,
    Informing you all that the Highland Branch AGM will be held at 1900Hr on Thursday the 15th April in the Lounge Bar, Royal British Legion, Nairn.
    Please read attached file for more details on the meeting
    Yours aye,
    Bob.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Looking For A Job

    Hello to you all,
    Another interesting website for any Veterans getting ready to leave the forces…hope this helps.
    Please go to the following website.
    http://civilianjobs.mod.uk
    Regards
    Dave Wilson

    Download the Justgiving poster

    Dear All,
    It is requested that you fwd/cascade the attached to all branches of your Regimental Association. It is designed to provide support to all battalions’ whist on operations. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
    Justgiving poster v1.
    FR Morton
    Major Retired
    Asst Reg Sec 1
    Tel: Military 94740 5090 Civilian 0131 310 5090
    E-mail: asstregsec@rhqscots.army.mod.uk
    www.Justgiving.com/rhqscots
    The Royal Regiment of Scotland Association, a Registered Scottish Charity Number SCO37561

    To download the poster in PDF Format click here.

    Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience

    Dear All
    A BBC2 programme you might wish to watch on 30th Mar.
    I quote;
    NNMP has recently completed work on BBC Wales's "Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience". This series featured the Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert as he put his hands to trying various jobs - bin man, mum, hairdresser and soldier. The soldier episode was originally broadcast on BBC Wales on 9 Feb and featured Mr Gilbert embedded for two days with an INFBS Platoon Sgts' Battle Course on SENTA.
    As background, Mr Gilbert hosts a popular radio programme on BBC Radio Wales on a Saturday morning, is the current "Voice of Wales" for the Wales Tourist Board's UK television advertising campaign and has previously entertained the troops in Basra.
    This programme is now being repeated country-wide on BBC 2 on Tue 30 Mar at 22:00hrs. It is very rare for a regional programme to be picked up nationally by either BBC1 or 2. Having seen the initial broadcast on BBC Wales, it is light hearted in nature and provides an interesting insight of soldiers on exercise.
    Kind reagrds
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary. .

    Seaforth Highlanders Annual Reunion Dinner 2010.

    Last night, 12th March with camera in hand, I set off from Elgin to go to the National Hotel Dingwall to attend the Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Branch) 61st Regimental Association Annual reunion dinner. I have attended the dinner for a number of years now and always had an excellent evening and last night was no exception. The new Chairman of the branch, Mr Joe Yates made us all feel very welcome.
    The first speaker of the night was Lt. Col. Colin F. Gilmour M.B.E. DL. giving a talk on the TA and the Cadets, followed by Major M.R.M. Gibson M.B.E. keeping us updated on what is going on in The Highlanders - 4Scots. Mr D. Kennedy, Deputy Lieutenant, Ross-shire, gave a talk on the Association and the reply was given by W. Williamson, Committee member. Piper H. Watson played Cabarfeidh and then gave The Regimental Toast. Bugler for the evening was John Fairfield from Liverpool.
    One of the highlights of the evening for me was meeting 94 year old Alexander Murray from Invergordon who told me that he was a prisoner of war with the Germans for two years working in a quarry, forced to wear chains on his legs from morning till night. In the photographs page you will see Mr Murray being presented with a bottle of whisky from Ian McLeod of the Association.
    To view Photographs of the evening please go to the Photos/Poems page.
    Seoras McIntosh.

    Dates for your Diary

    Gentlemen
    Your members may be interested in the outline programme for 'local' Armed Forces Day(s) in 2010 which has been put out by Brigadier David Allfrey MBE, Commander 51st Scottish Bde, Stirling.
    Lerwick - Jun 19th (tbc).
    Kirkwall - Jun 19th (tbc).
    Stirling - Jun 19th.
    Ayr - Jun 19th (tbc).
    Glasgow - Jun 26th.
    Aberdeen - Jun 26th.
    Edinburgh - Jun 26th.
    Perth - Jul 2nd.
    Dundee - Jul 3rd.
    Inverness - Jul 24th (tbc).
    There may well be other events planned that the Brigade are not yet aware off.
    Association Branch members and Association Pipe Bands are encouraged to get involved (Parade, March, attend events etc).
    Lt Col L McKinney- Bennett is the Brigadiers Project Officer and more will come from Brigade in due course.
    Please pass the info on as appropriate (get it in the Diaries) and await further instructions in due course.
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson.

    AM-AM Golf Tournament

    Golfers.
    Erskine are organising an AM AM Golf Tournament at Loch Ness Golf Course, Inverness for Sept 10th 2010.
    Entry per 4 golfer team is £200. This includes; Bacon Rolls, 18 holes of Golf, 2 Course Meal after round, Goody bag.
    Best 2 net scores will count and apart from winning team prizes for ladies and gents, individual prizes will be given for Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive. There will be a raffle in the Clubhouse.
    If you would like to support Erskine and have a great day out please complete the attached Form;
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary.
    To download entry form in PDF Format click here.

    NOTTS BRANCH SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS ASSOCIATION

    The minutes of the Notts Branch Seaforth Highlanders Association are now hear for you to read
    Please click on the link below.
    Your Aye.
    Charlie Gusterson

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    REGIMENTAL GOLF OUTING

    Please see attached for details of the Regimental Golf Outing.
    Also would you be kind enough to fill in the entry form and send it back to me as soon as possible.
    Yours Aye
    Albert Duffus

    To view details and entry form in Office Word click here.
    To view details and entry form in PDF Format click here.

    Ross Mackenzie 85

    It is with regret that we have to announce the death of Ross 85 Mackenzie.
    For details of his funeral arrangements please go to the obituaries page.

    Lt. Col. I.M. Fraser OBE

    It is with regret that we announce the death of Lt. Col. I.M. Fraser OBE who died at home on Saturday 27th February 2010. For details of his funeral arrangements please go to the obituaries page.
    Mick Low

    February 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Robbie MacKintosh.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    We would like your help
    We are looking at putting up a monthly topic on the website that we can all discuses through the guest book page, you can help by suggesting a topic of the month and we will put it up here. The topic doesn’t have to be about The Queen’s Own Highlanders, it can be about anything relevant to the armed forces.
    All you have to do is email us with the topic.

    This months topic of converstion is:- Ideas and suggestions as to the format of the Regimental gathering planned for 2011 including the most suitable weekend. This topic was suggested by Bob Towns.
    Come on now lads in my travels I hear you say you never get asked anything, well here’s your chance to air your views. Just put it up on the Leave a Message Page.
    You can view a sample of suggestions given by Bob Towns in Office Word here.
    Seoras.

    Functions coming off this Month:

    The Edinburgh Branch Amalgamation Dinner - 6th February 2010 - Ex-Servicemens Club, Leith
    The Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner - 6th February 2010 - Royal British Legion, Inverness

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

     

    Pipe Band Practice

    There is a Pipes and Drums practice this Sunday 28th February weather permitting.
    Please try to attend as there are a great deal of matters to be discussed.
    Your aye
    Andy Venters. .

    Colin Hughes requires your assistance

    I`ve read quite a lot about The Regiment that I served with for nine years but not a lot from The Jocks themselves. There is a wealth of information out there that needs to be recorded and I`m looking for experiences, sad, or funny, with the intention of perhaps publishing a book. If insufficient content comes forth then at least it can be stored on file in the Regimental Museum for future generations.
    I`m looking for tales from Borneo, Brunei, Berlin, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Belize, and The Gulf. As we approach our 50th year and memories begin to fail it is important that we record or tales whilst still reasonably fresh in our minds.
    It doesn`t matter if your scribbling’s are hand or type written, grammatically correct or mis-spelt as this can be corrected if you so wish. Alternatively, it can be left as written to add `flavour` to the overall content.
    Looking forward to hearing from you all.
    Yours Aye.
    Colin Hughes ( Scouse)
    All you have to do is email Colin with your stories.

    The Latest News from RHQ

    Gentlemen,
    Could you advise your members that the ARMY Football Team are due to play (weather permitting) the RAF Football Team.
    on Wednesday March 3rd (KO 7.30pm) at Boroughbriggs - Elgin City Football Ground. Elgin.
    ALL SUPPORT WELCOME.

    Dear Mr Gibson.
    Re:Book for Heroes.
    I hope you do not mind me contacting you but I am the very proud father of 2 sons serving in HM Forces and for the past 12 months I have been seeking funny stories about life in the military. The hope is that when sufficient stories have been collected they will be published in book form and ALL the proceeds will be divided equally between the charities "Combat Stress" and "Help for Heroes". I wonder if you could help by raising attention to the above within your regiment?
    Mr Kevin Humphreys
    3 Golden oak Dell
    Stannington
    Sheffield
    South Yorkshire
    S6 6FN
    All you have to do is email Kevin with your stories.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary.

    A request from Charlie Gusterson

    Hi lads and lassies, can you please have a look at the link below and I would be much obliged if you can help with the fund raising.
    Regards
    Charlie Gusterson.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Subject: MPs medals "So wrong"

    Can you all take time to read this and add your names please. I didn't know this but MPs get a medal for visiting a war zone. They don't have to do time in country like our service personnel and they don't have to wait months afterwards to get presented with the thing. Medals are all the recognition we as soldiers get for spending long months in staggeringly deprived locations getting shot at and blown up. The most action and flak an MP sees is over their expenses. As we saw with the Wootton Basset petition thousands of signatures in a short space of time did make the government act. They cannot ignore the voters. Especially now with elections looming. Please take the time to sign this petition and please encourage all your family to also do so. Where it asks for your name also add on the same line former military if you were. You will see what others have done. I think this adds just a little more bite to the petition. Once again get everyone with an email address to sign, including neighbours. Lets do our service personal this small service for all the danger they face and hard work they complete in the name of our country.
    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/notompmedals/
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson

    SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL INFANTRY REGIMENT

    Please click on the link below to read how you can support your local regiment
    Regards
    FR Morton
    Major Retired
    Asst Reg Sec 1.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Request from Peter Guthrie

    Seoras,
    Further to the questions we received on Saturday about how folk go about buying Regimental merchandise, the girls in the Museum have kindly given me a price list of everything they have for sale (attached). As I said to everyone on Saturday, we will be reviewing this stock over the next year to ensure we are selling the products that people want to buy, and we will be consulting with the members of the associations to ensure they are catered for. Until the new shop is finalised, I hope that the attached will tide people over. I would be most grateful if you would consider putting the list on cabarfeidh.com.
    Many thanks,
    Pete.
    To view the price list in PDF Format click here.

    Speech given by Major (Retd) Maurice Gibson MBE

    I have attached the speech that Major (Retd) Maurice Gibson MBE gave at the Highland Branch Association Dinner Feb 6th 2010
    Thank you Maurice for allowing us to put your speech up on the website.
    Tosh23.

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Edinburgh Branch Amalgamation Dinner

    Please find attached a report on the Edinburgh Branch Amalgamation Dinner held on the 6th February 2010.
    Photos of the evening are now up for you to view in the photo/poems page.
    Regards
    George Givens
    Chairman
    Edinburgh Branch

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner

    Please finde attached my report on the Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner.
    If you go to the photo/poems page you can view the photos of the evening.
    Your's Aye,
    Bob Towns
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    George Alexander Brown

    It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of George Alexander Brown.
    For funeral details please go to the obituaries page. If anyone is coming over I can accommodate a few, let me know.
    Terry Bashford

    ROAD WARRIORS

    Documentary of Interest to Army Personnel.
    ROAD WARRIORS
    EPISODE 1 OF 4, THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY, ITV1 22:35
    Thousands of miles from the UK, each episode of ITV's Road Warriors follows a mission from start to finish as hundreds of miles are driven to deliver supplies to frontline troops.
    The film meets the people behind the uniforms, including Lisa West and her fiancé Karl Cracknell, who both serve at Camp Bastion and are often in the same convoy. It also captures a serious life and death situation for Sgt Mark Devine when he takes a wrong turn during the night.
    The series shows the reality of being caught in the middle of raging Taliban gunfire, tracks a suicide bomber as he searches for the convoy and shows the emotional reunions which take place when the troops arrive back home to see their friends and family.
    For more information, see http://army.mod.uk/events/events/18861.aspx
    Road Warriors; Episode 1 of 4, Thursday 4th February, ITV1 22:35
    Road Warriors: The Extra Mile, featuring highlights from the main series along with unseen footage that expands the original stories, starts on Friday 5th February on ITV4 at 21:00.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson.

    January 2010

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Spud Thompson.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    New Look Website:
    We have decided it's time for a revamp of the website. So as you can see David has been very busy,we do hope you like it.
    If you wish to take part in the slide show above just send us in about 8 clear photos.
    Photo length must be longer than the hight

    Photographs of Yesteryear
    During these cold long winter nights when you have nothing much to do, we at Cabarfeidh.com have added folder 3 to our photo and poems page.We hope this helps you pass an hour or two.
    We will be looking at adding more archive photo’s to the photo page this year, so this would be a good time to start looking out your old army photos and getting them scanned on to your computer so you can send them to us when we request them.
    By the reports we receive people really enjoy looking at the old photos.

    Functions coming off this Month:

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    General Maintenance Manager

    Would you please make your members aware of this General Maintenance Managers opportunity on the Orton Estate, Near Fochabers, Speyside.
    Mr RPW Millar (The Proprietor) is looking to employ a 'hands on' General Maintenance Manager (GMM) for his beloved Orton Estate. The Estate is situated on the River Spey and is approx 1500 acres.
    The GMM would work along side the Accommodation and Fishings Manager at Mains of Orton and the Contract Farmer / Farm Consultant.
    The GMM would be responsible to Mr Millar for Building Maintenance and Development (Assisting with refurbishment of older properties) and would oversee Contractors working on the Estate, who might be involved in Ditching, Fencing, or Forestry tasks for example.
    This is likely to be a Full Time and Permanent position for the right person.
    In the first instance anyone interested in the position should send their details, CV etc to Major MRM Gibson MBE at the address below.
    Regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    (01463 224380).

    Bruce Botto

    Mary Botto (wife of Bruce)has requested we put this information up on the website
    Bruce has once again been in to Raigmore Hospital ward 11 and is awaiting word of when he can get his lung reduction done in Glasgow.
    Mary.

    Duncan Mackenzie

    It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Duncan Mackenzie.
    Duncan was the chairman of the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental association (Dingwall branch)
    Please go to the obituaries page to get the funeral details

    Mrs Margaret Topping

    It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Mrs Margaret Topping, wife of the late Clive Topping.
    For funeral details please go to the obituaries page.

    Scots at War

    Seoras,
    Can you remind the Regimental Family that STV are running 3 x 1 hr programmes on Scots at War.
    Tuesdays Jan 26th, Feb 2nd and 9th begining at 9pm.
    Kind regards,
    Maurice Gibson.
    Thank you for that information Maurice I am sure that will be worth watching.
    Seoras23.

    Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner

    Dear All,
    Please find attached letter from the Chairman extending the closing date for returns for the Amalgamation Dinner for those who have yet to reply.
    The return is on the website or I can send out another one electronically if required.
    Many thanks.
    Steven McIntosh
    Branch Secretary
    Mobile: 07826845474
    e-mail: highlandsecretary@cabarfeidh.com

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Ecosse Battlefield Tour

    Ecosse Battlefield Tour are'new kids on the block'. The attached Flyer has been sent to Home HQ's to distribute. The Tours are planned, organised and run by Evelyn McKechnie, 57 Newtongrange Avenue, Glasgow.
    Click on attachment and then go to View (on top tool bar), click on Rotate View and then click Counter Clockwise and you will be able to read the attachment without straining.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson.
    To view the attached Flyer in PDF Format click here.

    William Arthur (Nobby) Clark BEM

    It is with much regret that we have to Announce the death of Arthur (Nobby) Clark His funeral arrangements are as follows ;-
    Wednesday 20th January 2010 time 1030hrs
    At the Inverness Crematorium (Large Chapel).
    Refreshments afterwards in the Royal British Legion in Huntly Street.
    Nobby although a Gordon Highlander was well known to a lot of your members through his time with the TA in Elgin and more recently, at the Regimental Golf meetings. He also worked with Archie McKinnon and Bill Russell as an ASA in Inverness.
    Many thanks and kind regards.
    Mick Low.

    Highlander Magazine 2009

    Click on the link below to take you to the new Highlanders magazine.

    www.cohortsbydesign.com/fbook/highlander09/

    From David Loftus

    Please find attached Medical Care for Veterans Information
    Regards
    David Loftus

    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Arthur Nicol

    Arthur Nicol who was an ex Seaforth / Queens Own Highlander passed away on Saturday morning the 9th of January 2010 after a short illness.
    Funeral details can now be viewed in the obituaries page.
    Regards,
    Sandy Dewar

    Major General Ian Robertson CB MBE DL

    Dear All
    It is with deep regret that I announce the death of Major General Ian Robertson CB MBE DL on Sunday 10th Jan 2010 in Raigmore Hospital Aged 96 Years
    General Ian was a very distinguished Seaforth Highlanders, (WW2) Soldier and supporter of the wider regiment. He continued as a volunteer researcher at The Highlanders Museum, Fort George where is knowledge was highly regarded and sought.
    He will be sorely missed.
    Funeral details can be viewed in the obituaries page.
    Kind regards,
    Maurice Gibson.

    Major (Retired) Bob Holmes MBE.MM.

    It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of my father Major Bob Holmes MBE.MM. Who was in his 93rd year.
    He passed away on Friday 8th. January in Arbroath. He had been in poor health for the last few months, and bore his illness with the courage and fortitude of an ex Cameron and Queens Own Highlander.
    I will pass funeral details etc. on once they are known.
    I would be most grateful if you would publish details of his passing on you web site in order that friends and colleagues can learn of his passing.
    Thank you for your kind assistance in this matter.
    Regards.
    Peter Holmes.
    Funeral details may now be found in the obituaries page.
    Tosh23.

    News from Maurice Gibson.

    Dear All
    The Royal Regiment of Scotland in Partnership with the Black Watch Heritage Appeal have arranged for Lt Col Stephen Cartwright (CO 3 SCOTS) and members of his Battalion to stage an 'illustrated presentation' on the Battalions recent (very successful) tour of Afghanistan.
    The Presentation is scheduled to take place in The Perth Concert Hall, Perth on Friday Jan 29th between 7 and 8pm. Cost per ticket is £8.50.
    This will be an excellent opportunity to hear firsthand what the Battalion and it brave soldiers get up to and achieved during their 7 month tour last year.
    Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
    I attach the 'Flyer' to advertise the event. Click on pdf below to open Flyer. Then reduce size from 151% to 75%. Click on Tool Bar 'View' and go to 'Rotate View' and Click on 'Clockwise' to read the 3 pages attached.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders (4SCOTS)
    Inverness.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Highland Branch Amalgamation Dinner

    Please find attached details of the Amalgamation Dinner.
    Your Aye,
    Bob Towns.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    (C/Sgt) David McIntosh

    This is an email we received from David’s Grandson David-John McIntosh and reads as follows:-
    I’d like to let everyone know that my grandad, (C/Sgt) David McIntosh, ex Q.O. Hldrs Delta company, was on the new year’s honours list and will be awarded the Royal Victoria Medal (RVM) for services to the royal household as security office team leader, Palace of Holy Rood House.
    Congratulations David from cabarfeidh.com.

    Edinburgh Branch News Letter

    Edinburgh Branch News Letter January 2010
    Thank you Danny.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    December 2009

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    xmas-card

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Roddy MacDonald.
    To download the form and take part in Over My Coffee Please click here.

    We have now added a Photo/Poems page to the website. This is to make it easier for us to put up the photos or poems you send in without cluttering up the front page. Please use it to your advantage. We would appreciate that you give as much information about the photo's you send in and that the poem or short story is written by yourself or family.

    Functions coming off this Month:

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    Major General Maitland MaKgill-Crichton

    It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Major General Maitland MaKgill-Crichton, who passed away on the 22nd Dec 2009
    This will be a private interment to be held on the 29th Dec.
    A memorial service will be held later and more details will be put up when I receive them.
    Tosh 23

    Major (Retired) George Burns

    It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of George Burns.
    George passed away peacefully at his home last night Monday 28th December at 9.30 PM.
    Please go to the obituaries page to get funeral details.
    Please send sympathy cards to the following address.
    The Lodge
    Dalmore
    Alness
    IV17 OUY.
    Andy Venters

    Major John Rippingall

    It is with regret that I have to announce the death of John Rippingall who passed away on Wednesday the 23rd December 2009.
    John was a former Seaforth Highlander.
    Funeral details to follow and will be put up on the Obituaries page when I receive them.
    Frank Blincow.

    Christopher Price

    Christopher Price has now passed his £10,000 target for his Land's End to John O' Groats bike ride for the Army Benevelolent Fund and would like to thank all those who contributed.
    Well done Christopher from Davie and Tosh23

    Highland Gathering Dec 2009

    Gen Seymour Monro and I have written a newsletter which we sent to the greater Regimental family to update everyone about the progress of the redevelopment project. We would be grateful if you would put it on your website so we can reach anyone who is not on our mailing list?
    Peter Guthrie,
    Development Director
    The Highlanders' Museum
    To view the newsletter in PDF Format click here.

    A letter from cabarfeidh.com

    A letter of thanks from cabarfeidh.com
    Davie and Tosh23.
    To view the letter in Office Word click here.
    To view the letter in PDF Format click here.

    Curling Letter

    Dear All,
    Ruari Halford-MacLeod has sent me a Curling Letter regarding events taking place in Feb / Mar 2010 - he is looking for Highlander Curlers!
    I have attached Ruari’s letter should you wish to take up the offer or learn more about this very Highland Sport.
    Have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders
    Cameron Bks
    Inverness
    IV2 3XE.
    To view the letter in Office Word click here.
    To view the letter in PDF Format click here.

    Job Vacancy Notice

    Capt JJ Johnston Cadet Quartermaster has requested that we advertise the following job vacancy.

    To view job details in Office Word click here.
    To view job details in PDF Format click here.

    Edinburgh Branch Christmas Dance

    The Edinburgh Branch recently held their annual Christmas Dance on Saturday the 12th December 2009 and a full report can be found by clicking on the links below with Pictures of the evening on the Photos page.
    On behalf of the Edinburgh Branch may I wish all Association members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
    George Givens
    Chairman
    Edinburgh Branch.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Jack Gillespie 100th Birthday

    To read about Jack and see the photos please go to the Cameron News Page.

    Billy Baff

    It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of Billy Baff. For more details please go to the obituaries page.

    Major Jock McLeod

    Frank Blincow has just informed me that Major Jock McLeod is in Ward 6A, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.
    And that visitors will be welcome
    Tosh23

    George Burns

    Norrie Bremner has just informed me that George Burns is in Raigmore Hospital very ill.
    If anyone can give us an update on this please do so.
    I have just had this confirmed by Frank Blincow that George is in Raigmore Hospital ward 11 .
    Tosh 23.

    A Trip Down Memory Lane

    Scouse Hughes has just returned from a trip to Berlin and has been kind enough to send us a report and some photographs he took in 1966 and photographs as it is now.
    Thank you Scouse 24
    To view his report in Office Word click here.
    To view his report in PDF Format click here.

    Xmas Message from Brigadier Hugh Munro CBE

    “I have been asked by the noble Seoras to send in a Christmas message to all readers of Cabar Feidh and I am delighted to do so on the subject of food. I first met him (and so many of you) in Belfast Barracks, Osnabruck when I seemed to be ‘permanent’ extra orderly officer and he was in the queue for scoff in the cookhouse. Observing people being served their ‘scoff’ in prison seems to be a regular occurrence in my current job as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. Soup, chips and crumble and custard are regular fayre (not necessarily all on the same plate in the way that Sakai might have done!) in the BarL and elsewhere. Prison food is maybe not quite up to the standard many of you enjoyed or expected back in those heady days of our youth. Good ‘scoff’ is very much in our minds at Christmas and I wish all readers a magnificent Christmas ‘scoff’ and all the very best for 2010.
    Brigadier Hughie Monro CBE.
    The Wee Man

    November 2009

    Opportunity for a recording Interviewer

    We are looking for the above to help us take the website forward.
    For more information please read the attached file.
    Seoras23.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    Dick Foss

    I have just been notified by Frank Blincow that Dick Foss has sadly passed away.
    Funeral arrangements are now up in the obituaries page
    Tosh23

    NOTTS BRANCH SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS ASSOCIATION

    Charlie Gusterson has sent in the minutes of the above branch, he is also inviting anyone who was Ex Q. O. Hldrs living in the Midlands area to come along to the Branch.
    Get in touch with Charlie by emailing him at
    charliegusterson@aol.com for more details about the branch.
    To view the minutes in Office Word click here.
    To view the minutes in PDF Format click here.

    INVERNESS PARADE AND THANKSGIVING SERVICE THURSDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2009 FOR THE BLACK WATCH

    We (Members of the Association), have been invited to Line the Route for this Parade along with a number of other organisations. Any member of the Association wishing to do so is requested to let me have their names. In addition, anyone wishing/willing to carry/display the Association Standard on the day is again asked to let me know.
    Details as follows:
    Date: Thu 3rd Dec.
    Time:1000 hrs marching troops will set off at 1030.
    Location: Opposite Inverness Town House alongside the RBLS and other organisations.
    Dress: Collar and Tie, Regimental Headdress and Medals.
    If sufficient members are available to attend I will issue further instructions as necessary. Unfortunately I am not available to attend on the day.
    Show your support for our fellow Highlanders.
    Tel: Work 01463 732343. Home: 01667 452156. Mob: 07771956475:
    Email: bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
    Yours Aye
    Bob Towns.

    FORRES BUFFET DANCE – HIGHLAND BRANCH

    Thanks to all who attended last night (close to 50) at what turned out to be a very, very, enjoyable evening. Good, (very) food, good company, good craic, good donations to the raffle, especially the jumpers, good dancing (not bad for 71, Frank Barry, Steven you don’t half like the dance floor) and good causes (Peter auctioned the table decorations and raised £113 for the Forres Branch of Highland Hospice).
    Next function: Amalgamation Dinner (Stag) Saturday 6th February 2010 – Inverness British Legion – Full details early in the New Year.
    Bob.
    The photos of the evening is up for viewing on the photo/poems page

    BFPO

    From Bill Jackson.
    Bill has sent us in this disturbing news about our government trying to stop the British Forces Post Offices from mainland Europe.
    If this is true then I find it very disturbing news indeed.
    Tosh23
    Please click here if you wish to sign the petition.

    Highland Heritage Appeal Case for Support

    We now have a professional fundraiser for our museum by the name of Peter Guthrie.
    We at cabarfeidh.com will give the museum all the support that we can.
    We have added a link to their website on our navigation bar.
    Please also have a look at the attached pdf files, they makes for good reading.
    Tosh23.
    To view Highland Heritage Appeal in PDF Format click here.
    To view Staffing and Management Structure in PDF Format click here.

    SCOTTISH WAR BLINDED – GRANTS TO ORGANISATIONS

    Scottish War Blinded is now inviting applications for grant aid.
    Please find attached our invitation to apply, which gives details of the programme and application procedure, and the criteria we will use in deciding which applications to support. We also attach an application form.
    Please note that the closing date for all applications is 5 February 2010.
    Pamela Gaiter
    PA to the Chief Executive
    Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded
    PO Box 500
    Gillespie Crescent
    Edinburgh
    EH10 4HZ
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    The Heroes of Afghanistan

    This is a pipe tune composed by P/M Andrew Venters in recognition of the bravery of all the lads involved in the Afghanistan conflict.
    Good Work Andy.
    To view the tune in Office Word click here.
    To view the tune in PDF Format click here.

    Help for Heroes Says Thanks

    I have just received a nice thank you letter from Help for Heroes thanking the Moray Loon Curry Night for their donation made from the sales of the raffle.
    I can only apologise that it is in PDF format. But you can if you wish download PDF reader from this website (Foxit Reader)
    Tosh23.
    To view in PDF Format click here.

    FORRES BUFFET DANCE SATURDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2009

    Some spaces sill available for this function. Transport is available to/from Elgin & Inverness. Peter informs me that the Buffet is top class with the finest of salmon and roast beef being served. Give me a ring or send me an email if you would like to book one or more of the remaining places. Those attending why not take a guest or two?
    bob@townssb.freeserve.co.uk
    Mob 07771956475
    Yours Aye
    Bob Towns

    The Edinburgh Branch News letter

    The Edinburgh Branch News letter is now available for you to read.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    Over My Coffee Break Request

    I am sadly running out of people to participate in the above. This is open to ALL ranks so if you would like to share your personal regimental history with others please download the questionnaire and fill it in and send it back to me. If you wish to add a photo of yourself as you are now please also attach.
    The reason I call it over my coffee break is so that you can fill the form out over a short break, but if you wish you can take as long as you like and give us more details.
    To open in Office Word click here.
    David Watson
    Seoras McIntosh

    October 2009

    Andy Duncan

    I have just received the news of Andy’s death from his sister Margaret.
    Margaret has requested that I put it up on the website.
    Andy was a great character in the Bt and will be well missed by all who knew him..
    On behalf of all his old army friends I would like to send our condolences to the friends and family that he has left behind.
    Please go to the obituaries page to read the funeral arrangements.
    Tosh23.

    Message from Highland Branch Secretary

    Dear Branch Members,
    Just a reminder for those that have yet to reply that returns for the Buffet Disco Dance in Forres on 14 Nov 09 are to be with me by 30 Oct 09 to allow for planning of the function and transport.
    I have attached another form for any that may have lost it.
    Many thanks
    Steven McIntosh
    Branch Secretary.
    To view further details and booking form in Office Word click here.
    To view further details and booking form in Adobe Reader click here.

    Job Opportunity

    From Lt Col David Broadfoot.
    Maurice,
    My castle handyman has had to retire early with a bad back. Are you aware of anyone in this area , ex mil, who might be interested. 4 days per week doing everything from checking oil tanks, mending fencing, moving furniture.
    If anyone is interested please email info@cawdorcastle.co,
    Or righting to the address below

    David Broadfoot
    Administrator
    Cawdor Castle Limited
    Cawdor Castle
    Nairn
    IV12 5RD

    Moray Loon Night Out

    I would like to thank everyone who came along and helped to make the night such a success. I would also like to thank the Seaforth Club for providing a great Curry and an excellent service.
    Also I would like to thank Bobby Munro for taken along his old photos, that went down real well.
    I was very pleased with raffle sales. In total we made £138.00, as I explained in the evening that £65.00 of money made by the raffle will go to hosting www.cabarfeidh.com and the remaining money £73.00 will go to charity. This I will discuss with Frank Blincow as money will be sent through the association and not the Moray loons.
    Yours Aye,
    Tosh 23.
    Photos of the evening can be viewed in the Photos/Poems page.

    Request from our Museum

    Dear Tosh and David,
    Can I ask if you would put the Museum's Christmas card order form on to the website? It would be much appreciated.
    Regards
    Amanda Pattison-Wilson
    Museum Assistant.

    We at cabarfeidh.com would only be too happy to oblige Amanda.
    Come on now loons and quines, get oot your wallet and purses and order up some nice Xmas Cards from Amanda
    Tosh23.
    To view the order form in Office Word click here.
    To view the order form in Adobe Reader click here.
    To view the cards on sale click here.

    Request from Stewart Anderson

    Hi Seoras,
    Received this letter from an old friend of the Regiment (Dentist) Fort George Day’s He was well known and respected by all ranks at the time.
    I leave it to your discretion if you want to put the letter up on the website so members of the Regiment can read it.
    Yours Aye
    Stewart.

    Of course I will do this Stewart, we at cabarfeidh.com like to look after our old friends of the Regiment
    Tosh23.
    To view the letter in Adobe Reader click here.

    Request from Ian and Jackie Robertson

    Ian and Jackie have produced a Knoydart Calendar 2010 (£10) the proceeds of which are going to Combat Stress.
    Anyone who loves the remote west and supports Combat Stress can get an opportunity to buy one of the 1000 calendars that are being run off.
    To view the order form in Adobe Reader click here.

    From Highland Branch Secretary

    Highland Branch Buffet and Disco Dance on Saturday the 14th November 2009
    To view further details and booking form in Office Word click here.
    To view further details and booking form in Adobe Reader click here.

    EDINBURGH BRANCH AGM

    The Annual General Meeting of the Edinburgh Branch of the Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association took place on Sunday 4th October 2009 at Leith Ex-Servicemens Club in Edinburgh.
    To view the Minutes of the meeting in Office Word click here.
    To view the Minutes of the meeting in Adobe Reader click here.
    To view the photos sent in by Margaret Munro here.

    Moray Loon Night Out

    Just to inform you all that I now have over 40 lads that have paid up and are attending the night out, this is absolutely fantastic. I said when I started this that if I could get between 20 and 25 people to attend I would go ahead with it and with this kind of attendance well this just makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for supporting me lads and lets have a great night.
    I have updated the list of the lads that have now paid so please check it out to make sure your name is on it and if not get in touch with me.
    Tosh23
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    The Edinburgh Branch Committee

    This is a updated list of those who are serving on the Committee of the Edinburgh Branch as of the 4 OCTOBER 2009
    Chairman
    Major[rtd]George Givens
    Secretary
    Mr Danny Carruthers,61A Grahamsdyke Road,Bo`ness,EH51 9DZ {01506 829766}
    Treasurer
    Mr John Meikle,24 Taymouth Road,Polmont,FK2 0PG {01324 712472}
    Committee Members
    Mr R Munro
    Mr A Mackie
    Mr A Dewar
    Mr J Meechan
    Mr J Gilcrist
    Mr P Kyle
    Yours Aye,
    Danny Carruthers

    September 2009

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Ian Geddes.

    We have now added a Photo/Poems page to the website. This is to make it easier for us to put up the photos or poems you send in without cluttering up the front page. Please use it to your advantage. We would appreciate that you give as much information about the photo's you send in and that the poem or short story is written by yourself or family.

    Functions coming off this Month
    Lunch at Cameron Barracks on Sunday 27th September 2009
    This is the first function with the new chairman in the seat so don’t let him down lads.

    Just to inform you that I have put up some old photos that have been sent into cabarfeidh.co over the years.
    To view these photos go to the Photo’s/Poems Page
    Seoras23

    Obituaries
    Please note that from now on all obituaries will only be put into the obituaries page and not on the home page. If you know of any Seaforth, Cameron or Q.O. Highlander that has just passed away make sure the Frank Blincow at RHQ gets to hear about it.
    Many Thanks,
    Seoras.

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    From Edinburgh Branch

    Edinburgh Branch AGM Details
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    Can You Help

    Neal MacAulay wishes to know the names on this photo especially the chap on the right of the photo.
    The photo was taken in Berlin in 1958/9 of the Seaforth Highlanders Boxing team that went up to Berlin from Munster. All answers to the Guest Book Please. . Click image to enlarge.

    Northern Ireland Weekend

    A report on the N Ireland weekend has been sent in by Lt Col (Retired) Bob Towns.
    Thank you Bob for sending in such a full report on the weekend,I am sure our readers will enjoy your report.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    Photos have been sent in of the Weekend by Bob Towns and Margaret Munro
    To view the Photos sent in by Bob Towns click here.
    To view the Photos sent in by Margaret Munro click here.
    Photos can also be viewed in our Photo page

    Help for Heroes

    Dear Seoras,
    Can you advertise the attached Concert in aid of Help for Heroes on your Websites incase anyone in the Central Belt would wish to attend.
    Many thanks
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    Tee Off

    Gentlemen
    For all you drivers and putters out there please see attached the Start Times for the Autumn Regimental Golf Outing at Aboyne on Friday 25th.
    Look forward to see you there and to not winning the Wooden Spoon!
    Kind regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    From Bill Gardiner

    I am looking for lads that served in the Assault Pianers along with me in Singapore.
    Please get in touch with me on 01339880194 or email caber.feidh@tiscali.co.uk
    Yours Aye
    Bill Gardiner

    Robert MacConnachie

    It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Mr. Robert MacConnachie.
    He died on Thursday the 3rd of September 2009.
    Mr MacConnachie served in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders from 1950 until 1959.
    His funeral service will be held on Wednesday the 9th of September 2009 at Chisholm’s Funeral Home Huntley Street Inverness at 13.45 and thereafter at Tomnahurich Cemetery Inverness.
    We at cabarfeidh.com send our condolences to family and friends of the deceased.

    From Bob Towns

    Due to the flooding in Elgin Ronnie Sinclair can no longer travel to N Ireland. This leaves a spare aircraft booking & seat in a hired car with Jimmy Mutch & Davie Grant. Any takers call Jimmy on 01463 222020.

    Moray Loon Night out Payment Form

    As you can see I have had a very good response for the Moray loon curry supper.

    It is now time for you to download the payment form and send it off to me. All the details are on the form.
    I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, and hey lets have a good night.

    Seoras McIntosh.

    To print off the payment form in Office Word click here.
    To print off the payment form in Adobe Reader click here.
    To view the names in Office Word already put forward click here.
    To view the names in Adobe Reader click here.

    Highland Branch News Letter

    A letter from the Highland Branch chairman of functions due to come off shortly is now available for you to read.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    Mr W. Costine

    It is with much regret that we have to announce the death of Mr. W. Costine.
    He died on Friday the 28th of August 2009.
    Mr Costine served in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders from 1942 until 1947.
    His funeral service will be held on Friday the 4th of September 2009 at Riccarton Parish Church Kilmarnock.
    We at cabarfeidh.com send our condolences to family and friends of the deceased.

    August 2009

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Over my Coffee Break this month is from Brigadier Nick Ridley.

    We have now added a Photo/Poems page to the website. This is to make it easier for us to put up the photos or poems you send in without cluttering up the front page. Please use it to your advantage. We would appreciate that you give as much information about the photo's you send in and that the poem or short story is written by yourself or family.

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    From Maurice Gibson

    Please see attached a letter from Sir John Chilcot Chair of the Iraq Inquiry.
    He is looking to speak to / hear from Iraq (Op Telic) veterans. His letter is self explanatory and list all contact details for any of you who would like to contribute to his Paper, which is important.
    I will leave it with you but we don't often get a chance to say our piece, here is a golden opportunity.
    Kind regards,
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary,
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS),
    Cameron Barracks,
    Inverness IV2 3XE.
    (01463 224380)
    To read the letter click here.

    News From The Edinburgh Branch

    The Edinburgh Branch News letter is here for you all to read.
    Yours Aye,
    Danny
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    From Maurice Gibson

    Gentlemen,
    Joanna Vallely (from Mactv - Stornaway) call me recently about a TV programme Mactv wish to make for BBC ALBA. See her e-mail below which is self explanatory. Are there any Gaelic speakers out there retired or serving who would be prepared to take part?
    BBC ALBA programmes are good and if done sensibily could help improve recruiting figures from the Outer Isles and NW Scotland.

    Regards
    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    The Highlanders
    Inverness.
    To view Joanna's email in Office Word click here.
    To view it in Adobe Reader click here.

    Message from Stewart Anderson

    Moray Loon Night out.
    Sorry I am not a Moray Loon, but looking at the list of names on your list I do recognize a few. Due to my movements now I am sorry I cannot be there with you, but I wish you all have a terrific evening (I am sure you will).
    Take care and all the best to everyone present we hope to see them at the big reunion in 2011 in Inverness if not before.
    Aye yours
    Stewart

    Message from Murdoch MacLeod

    I am running the Loch Ness Marathon, the hilliest in Britain and approximately 26.6 miles! The most important point is that I am raising money for Help for Heroes, an organisation you are well familiar with which I am proud to say has raised over £26M for helping wounded soldiers who have returned from theatres of operations such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
    I launched my web page last Friday. To View click www.bmycharity.com/V2/mac

    A letter sent in by Nick Ridley

    At the Association AGM last month Bobby Towns read out a letter which strongly criticised the regiment for not looking after a widow, so I thought it might be of interest to put on our website a copy of the Open Letter published in the Times and written by Lt Col David Blair's daughter saying how good she thought the regiment were at looking after their families.
    Clearly we try but sometimes not hard enough.
    Nick Ridley
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To View in Adobe Reader click here.

    Job Opportunity

    Dear Seoras,
    Would you please place this job opportunity (attached) on your Websites. The contact e-mail address is shown at the foot of the Advert. I know the family and area and confirm anyone applying would enjoy it.
    Thank you
    Mauirce Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    To view the job details in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    Mike Low Charity Walk

    Mike is doing the Ardersier Walk for Poppyscotland . To read more click here.

    Job Advertisement

    Bob Towns has requested we put up this job Advertisement.
    To view job details in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    Request from Maurice Gibson

    Would you please put up this letter from Mr Keir on the website Ref recruit ex- Army Pipe Major's, Drum Major's, Pipers and Drummers . To view the letter click here.

    From Major (Retd) W.C. McMasters

    The Highlanders Golfing Society Autumn Meeting-25th September 2009.
    To view in Office Word click here.
    To view in Adobe Reader click here.

    What is dedication?

    He was not a Seaforth Highlander or a Cameron Highlander nor was he a Queen’s Own Highlander but I do believe this man deserves some recognition on this website for the work that he does. His name is Albert Verkover and for the last 47 Years he has been blowing his bugle along with his colleagues from the Last Post Association every night at the Menin Gate, Ypres to remember all the service men that lost their lives in the First World War. The only time he misses is when he is ill or on holiday. Now that is dedication. It was a great honour for me to meet him. If you ever go there please print off a photo and take it over to him. To view the photos of him click here.

    Seoras McIntosh (tosh23)

    Moray Loon night out update

    By the end of this month I would like to give the Seaforth Club a idea of numbers attending the curry supper night
    The date has now been confirmed as Friday the 16th Oct 2009.
    If you wish to come along please give me your name as soon as possible so I can add your name to the list.

    To view the names in Office Word already put forward click here.
    To view the names in Adobe Reader click here.

    To add your name please call me on 01343 549550 or email me here. For more information scroll down to Moray loon Night Out.

    July 2009

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    Events this month that our branch members could support.

    Queen's Own Highlanders Regimental Association AGM on the 17th July at 10.45am In the Seaforth Club Nairn
    Armed Forces Day Parade in Inverness on the 25th July 2009

    We are still interested in any short stories or poetry that you can send to us.
    It all makes for a more interesting website. And you never know you may become famous

    Seoras McIntosh
    Dave Watson

    From Maurice Gibson

    Dear All
    I have just been made aware of a Scam being operated under the umbrella of HMRC (Her Majesties Revenue and Customs). A group of Scammers will call / e-mail you (Pretending to be HMRC) to advise you that you have been under paid Tax for last year and state that they want to credit your bank account. A senior retired police officer was phone yesterday and told he was due £300.59 and would he fill out his Bank details on the attached Form. He smelt a rat and looked at the e-mail address given which was; hmrc.co.uk The real HMRC are a government agency so their e-mail will be; hmrc.gov He called HMRC in Livingston and they confirmed this was a scam and that all such approached should be reported immediately and e-mail deleted. Please be aware of this Scam and pass it on to friends etc.
    Kind regards

    Maurice Gibson
    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    (01463 224380)

    Jimmy Cumming

    Jimmy Cumming has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia and is undergoing treatment in Ward B9 of the Beatson Clinic in Glasgow. Despite the shock of the diagnosis Jimmy is looking well and is very positive about his outcome. He will be in the Beatson for about the next four months, so if anyone would like to visit him he would be more than glad to swap a few war stories, however please check with Anne-Marie first as some of his current medication makes him feel very tired directly after taking it.
    Anne-Marie's telephone number is 07846758322.
    George Givens.

    Armed Forces Day Parade Forres Photos

    Armed Forces Day Parade Forres Photos sent in by Meg Forsyth the wife of John Forsyth Ex Sig Plt. Photos better late than never Meg. To view photos click here.

    A Thanks from Bob Towns

    THANK YOU
    To all those who made the effort to parade in Inverness on Saturday. It was great to see a good turnout and a few faces not seen for some time. A special thank you to Paddy Mills, Hamish for pushing Paddy along the route, Gilly for bearing our Standard (longer Pike on order), Jimmy Mutch for making sure the entrance to the Northern Meeting Park was clear, the members of the Association Pipes and Drums, Tosh for the photographs and of course Rab Lucas for his comments from the side lines! I agree that the organisation was not at its best however we now know the format and can build on this for next time. Thank you all very much.

    Please consider now, the possibility of, Blue Hackle Contingents participating in your respective Remembrance Sunday Parades.

    Remember also taking place this week Mon 27th – Sat 1st of August, the Inverness Tattoo in the Northern Meeting Park. Performers include Pipes and Drums, Golden Lions, the Imps Motor Cycle Display Team and the Cadets Drill Team. Gates open at 1900, starts at 2000 each evening. This event is organised by one of our Members, Col Roddy Wood.

    “And one for Cabarfeidh”
    Yours aye,
    Bob

    Armed Forces Day Inverness

    The parade was a great success with a good turnout from the general public and the treatment we received after the parade from the British Legion club in Inverness was second to none.
    Tosh23.

    Photo's from the parade can be viewed here.

    Moray Loon night out update

    We now have some names put forward for the night out. To view the names click here.
    To add your name please call me on 01343 549550 or email me here. For more information scroll down to Moray loon Night Out.

    Armed Foreces Day Parade Inverness

    ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE INVERNESS
    Meeting Place: Outside Marks & Spencers
    Meeting Time: 1330 Sat 25th July 2009. Parade will set off at 1400 hrs.
    Dress: Whatever you wish wearing Glengarry, Badge & Hackle. Gilly has offered his services and will be the Bearer of the Association Standard.
    Route: From Marks and Sparks, along the High Street past the Saluting Base at the Town House and along to the Northern Meeting Park where there will be an afternoon of activities, Massed bands etc. Those unable to do the full route can join just before the Town House.
    There is an Entrance Fee for the Northern Meeting Park if you are not marching.Barry Craib is going to be there despite being wheelchair bound and currently recovering from a broken leg.
    I would really appreciate your support.
    Yours aye,
    Bob Towns

    Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll

    The decision to introduce a new national award for the families of those who die on operations in a ‘medal-earning theatre, or as a result of terrorism’, in recognition of their loss and sacrifice, was announced by the Secretary of State for Defence on Jun 10th 2008. Full details can be viewed here.

    A Poem Sent in by Pat Gillespie

    The Poem was written by Ewart Alan Mackintosh, who himself was killed in action 0n the 21st Nov 1917 aged just 24Years.To read the poem click here.

    Ian 'Flip' Kerr

    It is with much sorrow that we have to inform you all that Ian 'Flip' Kerr has passed away

    More information can be viewed here.

    Message from Bob Towns

    Bob Towns is looking for a volunteer to carry the Highland Branch Standard at the Inverness Armed Forces Day Parade. If you require training to carry out this very important duty we can arrange this for you.
    If you are interested please get in touch ASAP on any of the following numbers.
    Home: 01667 452156
    Work: 01463 732343
    Mob: 07771956475
    or email Bob at highlandchairman@cabarfeidh.com

    Cameron Highlanders Annual Gathering

    Annual gathering of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Regimental Association Highland Branch is to be held at Cameron Barracks on Saturday 22nd August 2009. Full details can be viewed here.

    From David Loftus

    The following was in the recent newsletter I received from the Forces Pension Society. Full article can be viewed here.

    Over My Coffee Break

    Answering the questions on this month’s Over My Coffee Break is no other than that quiet sophisticated fellow who has a love for the MacKenzie Tartan.
    The one and only Bobby Munro 49.

    Edinburgh Branch News letters

    Branch chairman George Givens has requested that we put up the following letters for your information.
    To read the letter on the summer dance click here.

    To read the letter on the Edinburgh Armed Forces Day Parade click here.

    A Moray Loon Curry Supper Night

    I am looking at organising a Moray Loon get together, for more info click here. I can also be contacted here.

    June 2009

    Photos from Margaret Munro

    Bobby '49' Munro's wife Margaret has kindly sent us photos taken from the Edinburgh branch dance on Friday 26th July and the Armed Forces Day Parade in Edinburgh on the 28th July. Click here to view the Edinburgh branch dance photos. To view the Armed Forces Day Parade photos click here.

    Armed Forces Day Parade in Edinburgh

    Photo from Sandy Dewar of all who marched in Edinburgh on 27th June 2009. Click image to enlarge.

    Armed Forces Day Parade in Inverness

    A request from Bob Towns to inform you about the Inverness Forces Day Parade. And his comments on the Forres parade. To read what he has to say please click here

    The Royal British Legion Scotland Inverness Branch Armed forces weekend. to read more clickhere.

    My Definition of a Highland Soldier

    A Highland Soldier is someone that you can train to have pride in himself, train him to survive, and you can even train him to fight and kill.

    But he is born to love.

    Tosh23

    To prove the point here is a photo of Stuart Walker with some Arab children in Sharjah. Click to enlarge.
    Stuart Walker

    Communication- Highland Branch

    The Chairman of the Highland Branch has recently sent out a letter to all members. Any member of the Branch who has not received the letter or knows of any member who has not received a letter please contact the Branch Secretary on 07826845474 or highlandsecretary@cabarfeidh.com and one will be sent out

    A Soldier-a poem sent in by Danny Carruthers

    Thank you Danny, for sending in this beautiful poem.
    This is the type of thing we are looking for at cabarfeidh.com, poems or short stories.
    So now we have started the ball rolling keep them coming.
    You can download the poem here.

    Information from Bob Towns

    The Armed Forces Day Forres Wednesday 24th June 2009 Information Doc is now available to download here.

    Highlan Branch AGM Minutes

    The Highland Branch AGM Minutes are now available for you download. Please click here.

    Hughie Monro is new Chief Inspector of Prisons

    A former Army brigadier has been confirmed as Scotland's new chief inspector of prisons. Brigadier Hugh Monro served in the Army for 36 years before retiring in 2008.

    Full story can be viewed here

    Photo from Bob Towns

    All the QO HLDRS in the attached photograph were former members of the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion at Oswestry. The picture was taken following the Memorial Dedication Parade held at Oswestry on Sun 07 Jun 2009. Can those viewing the website name them all! Answers to the Guest Book?
    Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.

    Memorial Dedication at Oswestry

    Photo's from Noel (Paddy) Nash

    Noel (paddy) Nash has kindly sent in a couple of photos. Noel was RAMC and was attached to the Queen's Own Highlanders in the 1970's. Click on thumbnails to view photo's

    Noel 'Paddy' NashHastings St Sgts Mess 73-74

    RRS Trustees and Council Meeting

    Dear Sir's

    Please find attached a brief set of notes, written up after the latest Regtl Trust / Council Meeting (Royal Regt of Scotland) which Brigadier Mark Dodson attended.

    Kind Regards


    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    (01463 224380)

    May 2009

    Photo's From Bob Sneddon

    Robert (Bob) Sneddon has kindly sent us in some photo's. Click on the thumbnail below to view the slideshow.

    April 2009

    A Gift from Russia to the USA

    Click on the thumbnail below to view the slideshow sent in by Bob Towns.

    Queen's Own Highlanders Commemoration in Northern Ireland

    Anyone interested in attending The Queen’s Own Highlanders Commemoration weekend in Northern Ireland should contact their Branch Chairman or Secretary soonest for information and application form.

    Frank Blincow.

    Photo's from Pat Gillespie

    Here is a selection of photo's sent in by Pat Gillespie, I'm sure you will know some of the faces.

    Click on thumbnail image to view a slideshow.

    From Cabarfeidh.com

    At Cabarfeidh.com we are looking for someone who would be interested in writing short stories or a book that we can publish on the website. I know there are a lot of talented people out there so this is your chance.

    Rules are:- You must have served in one of the following regiments, The Seaforth Highlanders, The Cameron Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Highlanders or The Highlanders. We are looking to hear from Generals to Jocks all are welcome.

    The story must be suitable for all ages but not necessarily of interest to all ages as we have no control over who can view the website.

    If you are interested then please contact the Editor on 01343 549550.
    In the event of several stories coming in, the editor and his team will decide on which story to publish. The story will then be uploaded in fortnightly installments.

    Seoras McIntosh

    4 Scots Ferry First Aid

    Soldiers from The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland were involved in the helicopter rescue of a man badly injured on board a P&O ferry last weekend.
    Company Sergeant Major Andrew Macinnes and 8 other soldiers were returning to their base in Fallingbostel, North Germany aboard the P&O Pride of Hull from Hull to Rotterdam when the ship's captain asked them for assistance. A man had been assaulted by some other passengers and was very seriously hurt. When the ship's security staff attempted to break up the fight, the Sergeant Major and his men were asked to assist. Then the two young corporals, Brian Allen and Douglas Young, who had both served as Team Medics on operations throughout the autumn, swung into action.
    CSM Macinnes, who has served in the Battalion for 22 years, became the liaison officer between the ship's staff and the soldiers while Cpls Young and Allen treated the casualty and communicated with HM Coastguard. Cpl Allen, from Fettercairn in Angus, maintains the Anti Tank Platoon's vehicles and has been in the Army for 19 years. "Cpl Young and I made an immediate assessment that the casualty needed hospital attention as he had suffered severe head injuries. I stabilised his breathing and bleeding, placed him in the recovery position and monitored his well-being as we waited for the helicopter"
    Cpl Young is a Detachment Commander in the Anti Tank Platoon and has been in the Army for 13 years. He is from Forres, near Inverness and, unlike most of his Battalion, deployed to Afghanistan last year as a Section Commander with 16 Air Asslt Bde. "When I spoke to the Coastguard and a Doctor from Aberdeen on the Satellite Phone and radio I mentioned I was Army First Aid trained and briefed them on the casualty's injuries. He kept slipping in and out of consciousness and clearly needed hospital treatment quickly. We just had to use our training to keep him stable until the helicopter arrived."
    The Highlanders were on their way back to their Germany base after attending the funeral of LCpl Andrew Young, a very popular member of their Battalion, who was tragically killed in a road accident at Easter near his home in Port Soy, Scotland only weeks after returning from operations. Most of 4 SCOTS were deployed on Op TELIC 12 in Iraq with 7 Armoured Brigade until last December, where they were mentoring and training the Iraqi Army. However, B Company was detached and served in Afghanistan.
    P&O Ferries commended The Highlanders for volunteering to assist during a very challenging on-board medical emergency. The company said: "They didn't have to come forward but they stepped up to the mark and their calm professionalism shone through. You couldn't ask for better role models. We will be writing to them to express our appreciation and invite them to come back as our guests in the future."

    Neil Sexton

    N D SEXTON
    Lt Col
    S01 Army
    MOD Directorate of Media and Communication
    9621 83256
    0207 218 3256
    07786 126040

    Billy 'Dinger' Bell

    Firstly I would like to say thanks to everyone who got in touch with me after my previous e-mail. Even if it was only to remind me what a 'crabbit sicht' I was in those days. I must admit I was a little sceptical about the power of the internet but I have been proven wrong. Now putting my new found faith to the test has anybody got any news on the whereabouts of the following guys.
    Jock Barr, we served together in Osnabruck the last time I saw him was at the funeral of his brother in law, Davie Ross who was killed in NI whilst serving with the RMP although he was formerly QO. Alec Blaney, who worked in the Sergeants Mess and was married to Faye.
    Best regards
    Dinger Bell

    Click here to send Dinger an email.

    More photos from Sandy Dewar/Frank Stone

    You will remember that Sandy sent these two in..... several people including the photographer (Bert Niven) emailed with names.

    We have: Photo 1: Left to right: Paddy Mohan Chiefy Reid Hugh (Dusty) Millar (07) (Capt Army Football Team) Punchy MacDonald? Jimmy Hoy Angus McLeod?

    Photo 2: In hat with cross. Sandy Wilson Head in bucket Rab Smeaton Last from right Jimmy Tindel (TK) 2nd from right Dusty Miller Far right Neil MacAuly. Other names mentioned are Alex Murray next to Dusty Miller? Front standing Sandy Wilson ex Postie. Back left Ian MacKay

    All Signal Platoon Singapore1961/65. Frank Stone sent a couple more photos of the Sigs enjoying Singapore....see below the original photos.

    Unknown soldiersSignal Platoon 61/65Signals Platoon 61/65Signals Platoon 61/65

    March 2009

    Ian (Flip) Kerr - Update

    Just received this update from Jim Robertson in Berlin.

    Pat Gillespie.

    Flip's Phone No. 0049 30 3638100 Phone you guys, support an old comrade.

    Hi, Everyone,

    Just thought that I would up date you on Ian (Flip). Well he has been home now for about 4 weeks and forby a few aches and pains he seems to be enjoying himself, with his own TV his own room and his magic bed (ha ha). Its a fantastic piece of machinery, he can raise it, lower it, tip it. Ian just loves it. The down side of things is that he can't eat or drink through his mouth, its all done intravenously, but he has accepted this. He cant get out of bed unless there is a physiotherapist at his side, however we are hoping they will give us authority to walk him about in the room, with our assistance. Other than that he is fine. If you want you can call him at home at anytime I am sure he would love to hear from you. Margaret is coping very well now, it was a bit of a strain to begin with. but once all the medical things were put in place and Ian's routine was all organised, she was fine. They are both very strong willed and I'm sure they will cope with the situation, at least they are happier now that Ian's Home. They both send their regards to you all, so do I.

    Cheers for now. Jim.

    Billy Dinger Bell

    Recently he celebrated his 60th birthday. As with most of his contempories he would need a slightly bigger bush to hide behind nowadays. He is married to Christine with 2 kids and 4 grandkids and now lives in Lochgelly and works in Dunfermline. They remember fondly their stay in Osnabruck from 1972 to 1975. Billy was in the QO HLDRS from 71 to 77.

    He recalls a young platoon commander called Lamb who has gone on to greater things. He would welcome contact from anybody whom he served with. Click here to send him an email.

    Billy Dinger Bell

    Speech by Lt. Gen Sir Graeme Lamb

    The Boss (also known as Nails) made a speech with his usual historical quotes to the troops at Colchester when they announced Op Awards List 32. There are those of us who remember his famous quote of 'Train Hard Die Hard Train Easy Die Easy' as CO 1 QO HLDRS. (I have changed this to STUDY HARD PASS EASY! for my S4 students as we near the exam period! )If only we could persuade him to wear the Blue Hackle......rather than the jam coloured beret thing he wears nowadays.

    Favourite lines:

    Lt. Gen Sir Graeme Lamb

    "They are the British Armed Forces; they defend this realm and our way of life, they are made of sterner stuff and when asked will call out whomever, whenever onto whatever field of battle they choose and gladly. Look no further for your 21st Century role models; these are your real heroes: they live amongst you, they defend you and your right to freedom and the freedom of those less fortunate than you. There are none better and I would wish to work with none other. "

    Hong Kong Today

    Bobby 49 and his superior officer Mrs Margaret Munro recently passed through Hong Kong and have sent some photos. As Margaret reports:

    It was fantastic to be back in Hong Kong after 28 years, but unfortunately the weather wasn't kind to us, which means some of the photos aren't good. We were up and on deck at 6.30am hoping to see Stanley Fort as we sailed past on our way to dock at Central Pier, but it wasn't to be as it was drizzling & the clouds were so low. Even when we were in Stanley Village it was barely visible through the clouds.

    We made our way to the Star Ferry, crossing for free as we're seniors, then took the no6 bus to Stanley. Before hitting Stanley Market we called in at Ellis the Jewellers shop. The very w/end we're there he's opening a second shop in Wan Chai, so we paid him a visit on our way back and had a glass of champagne with him & his family. He was thrilled to see us & recognised Bobby (though not by name) the minute we walked in.

    He's given us some of his business cards so if anyone would like one let us know - preferably after we get home on 1st April. Stanley Bay has been transformed. The "Shanty" homes have gone, but the Smugglers Inn still looks the same though it's now surrounded by up market Eateries & Bars & a MacDonalds! Even up Victoria Peak the views were not good. The top of the Peak has also been transformed, into a vast shopping complex etc which we thought spoilt it.

    Click on image below to view slideshow

    51st Highland Division - Liberation of Holland

    Dear Sir

    I am hoping that you might be able to help with names and addresses of ex 51st HD veterans who served during the liberation of Holland in 1944.

    I have been asked to be the UK link for Vught council, Holland, for their planned 65th anniversary of liberation celebrations. They hope to write to as many veterans as possible to invite them over for 2 days of celebration October 24th & 25th (Saturday & Sunday).

    It is in the early stages of planning at present, there is talk of other towns joining to make it larger celebration. The towns of Haaren, St. Michielsgestel. If this is the case the celebrations would most probably start on Friday 23rd October. Early plans are to invite the veterans and a guest, (partner, relative or carer ) to attend. I am not sure of costs yet, but I think that they will have to pay for their travel across to Holland. In the mean time I am trying to get some help from the national lottery fund to help with travel expenses. I also plan to contact various airlines to see if they can help, doubtful in the current economic climate though.

    So if you could put a few feelers out for me to see if there is any interest, I would be most grateful.

    many thanks, regards Richard Sands (www.keep-em-moving.com)

    Anyone involved and wants to go please email Richard via his website.

    Angus Hay Lecture - The 51st (Highland) Division and St Valery-En-Caux

    Please forgive me for once again sending out this reminder about The Angus Hay Lecture, scheduled to take place in the Chapel at Fort George on Wednesday April 22nd. The talk is on the 51st (Highland) Division and St Valery.

    Many folk have responded but other interested parties are asked to assemble at The Highlanders Museum at 6.30pm for drinks and canapés. The talk will take place in the Chapel beginning at 7.30pm and is scheduled to last about 1 hr and 20 minutes.

    The attached Proforma is here and I would ask you to pass it on to anyone who you think might be interested in attending. (Forming a party).

    Kind regards


    Regimental Secretary
    Home HQ, The Highlanders (4 Scots)
    Cameron Barracks
    Inverness IV2 3XE
    (01463 224380)