Lt Col (Retd) Douglas Alexander Smith (TD) - Obituary

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Lt Col (Retd) Douglas Alexander Smith (TD)  May 1924 - May 2014

Lt Col (Retd) Douglas Alexander Smith (TD) died aged 90.  He enlisted for the duration of World War 11 at Aberdeen in October 1942 and was posted to the 8th (Territorial) Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  From 1943 to 1945 he served in the 78th (Battleaxe) Infantry Division, which participated in the hard-fought Italian campaign, taking part in the fourth and last Battle of Monte Cassino and the final push through the mountains of north-east Italy into Austria. 

From 1945 to 1947 he served with the reconstructed 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the British Mandate for Palestine. Douglas often remarked on how pleased he was to spend a Christmas Day at Bethlehem.  He was demobilised, at the rank of Sergeant, in May 1947.

In December 1960 Douglas rejoined the Territorial Army and was granted a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Army Pay Corps.  He was appointed Unit Paymaster of 6th/7th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (TA).  In April 1967, he was promoted to captain and two years later transferred in the rank of Major to the 2nd Battalion, 52nd Lowland Volunteers.

He was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel in January 1977 and appointed as Home Defence Joint Service Liaison Officer for Strathclyde Region in May 1977.  In 1979 he became a member of the Committee of the Earl Haig Fund (Scotland) and was a representative for Glasgow and South West Area, then for the North, South and East Area.  After 25 years service with the Territorial Army, Douglas retired in July 1981.

Douglas Smith was born and raised in Aberdeen.  He was educated at Ferryhill Primary School and Robert Gordon’s College. He finally settled, with his wife, in the village of Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, where they spent their final years. They married in 1951, she predeceased him and he is survived by two sons, two daughters and four grandchildren.

 

Scott Smith

In Memoriam: Edmund (Eddie) Clark 1928 – 2017

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Tuesday 2 January 2018 9:18 am

Edmund Clark - in memoriam
Edmund (Eddie) Clark was born in Dundee, Scotland on 4th June 1928. After leaving school, where he was a keen sportsman and prize-winning student of English, Eddie joined up with the 1st Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), serving in Britain, Gibraltar, Italy, Korea, Hong Kong and Malaya. Eddie enjoyed a long career in the military.

After leaving the military, he settled into a career in the prison service at HMP Brixton, and also learned to fly as a civilian pilot in the 1970s. In 1982, Eddie settled with his family in Streatham, Southwest London, where he remained for the rest of his life. In 2000, Eddie assumed the responsibility of laying out the Cameronian plot for the annual Field of Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey. He proudly and enthusiastically carried out this duty for sixteen years, later in collaboration with the British Legion, and particularly enjoyed writing up accounts of the events for The Covenanter, the regimental journal.

In addition to a lifelong love of music and literature, Eddie was a passionate supporter of Wimbledon FC (later AFC Wimbledon. Eddie is survived by his daughter Helen and her husband Simon and his grandson Ashley and his wife Cathy.

Ashley Clark

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Edmund (Eddie) Clark 1928 – 2017

It is with great sadness that that I have to report the recent demise of Eddie Clark after a long illness.Eddie was a staunch Cameronian, he set up and ran our Regimental plot at Westminster for many years. Many will remember him with great fondness and will regret his passing.

Brian A S Leishman MBE

With great sadness - Colonel Dudley Lucas

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Tuesday 5 December 2017 5:23 pm

Colonel Dudley Lucas

It is with great sadness that I have to report the recent demise of Colonel Dudley Lucas after a short illness.
We will all recall his tireless efforts to organise the officers lunch in London for many years and indeed attended the 2017 Luncheon held as recently as 17 November.
Funeral arrangements not confirmed yet but a service of thanksgiving is planned for Sat 6 Jan 2018 in Chilmark church at noon

Brian A S Leishman MBE

Obituary for Lieutenant Colonel Jim Orr OBE

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Thursday 30 November 2017 6:54 pm

It was with great sadness that I had to report the sad demise of Jim after a long illness.  His funeral which was well attended, as you would expect, took place in the Parish Church at Colvend, Dalbeattie at 1100 Friday 6 December 2017.

Brian A S Leishman MBE

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In memory of Lieutenant Colonel Jim Orr OBE

Jim was commissioned into the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in 1955. After completing the mandatory post Sandhurst Young officers course he joined the 1st Battalion in Germany in the Spring of 1956.

Towards the end of 1956 the Cameronians left Germany staging through Edinburgh en route to Bahrain in the Persion Gulf. In Oman a rebellion that had  petered out in 1954 broke out again and The Cameronians were deployed in an emergency response to it.

Whilst the bulk of the battalion was in Oman a detachment was based in Kenya and it was there that if was reunited in the Spring of 1958. However they were soon on the move again this time to Jordan, in the face of a threat of a coup d’etat by the Jordanian Army against the king. In the event the loyalty of Jordanian Army held and the Battalion was able to return to Kenya at the end of the year.

At this point Jim flew back to Britain completed selection and parachute training and married Alison. They then both flew out to join the Battalion in Kenya. When the Battalion returned home in 1960 Jim and Alison left us he for three years with the Parachute Regiment returning in 1963 and taking over D Company .

There followed a succession of interesting and stimulating jobs including staff college culminating with his appointment s Commandant Sennelager Area.

Jim was a fine soldier, a devoted husband and father, a firm friend and in the words of one of his sons, a real model for them in their childhood. He was blessed with apparently limitless energy together with physical and moral courage, confronting an open enemy in Oman, a sneakier sort in Northern Ireland, the risks of keeping a weather eye on the ~Soviets in Germany and the unimaginable pain of losing a beloved chid.

Ian Farquharson

Cameronian Day 2017

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Saturday 10 June 2017 4:05 pm

Sunday May 14th was Cameronian Sunday, a Day of Remembrance for the Regiment.
The Remembrance Service and Conventicle was held in the village of Douglas in South Lanarkshire. The Regimental flag was raised at the village bowling green followed by the Church Service in St Brides Church and refreshments. At 2pm the Conventicle took place by the Regimental Cairn in the Grounds of the Douglas & Angus Estates.

In attendance at the Officers Lunch 2017 (see photo above)

Front row seated and kneeling left to right:-
Dr Robert Maxwell CVO CBE, Dudley Lucas, John Jeffrey MBE, Dudley Heathcote

Back row left to right:-
Philip Grant, Nick Daglish , Mike Sixsmith , Bob Lomas, Sandy Lindsay, Ian Park-Weir, David Craig
Brian Leishman MBE, Robin Buchanan-Dunlop, Ian Farquharson , Guy Brunker, John Craig, John Weir

PARADES AND EVENTS FOR 2017.

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Saturday 10 June 2017 3:59 pm
THE CAMERONIANS (SR) AND FAMILY MEMBERS ORGANISATION
PARADES AND EVENTS FOR 2017.

June 9th 2017. Lanimer Day Parade in Lanark.
1. Meet at the corner of St Leonard Road and St Leonard Street.
2. Congregrate 09.30 hrs for a prompt move of at 10.00 hrs.

June 10th 2017 Armed Forces Day South Lanarkshire Council.
1. Council’s banqueting hall opens from 09.00 hrs for tea and coffee before
Veterans form up.

June 24th 2017. Armed Forces Day Glasgow. (Admission is by ticket only.)
1. The Armed Forces flag will be raised on the 19.06.2017 to start the week’s activities.
2. There will be no parade or march pass and no event in George Square Glasgow.
3. There will be a civic reception on Saturday the 24th starting at 12.30 hrs

July 8th 2017. Covenanters Prison Edinburgh.
Service will be held in the grounds of Greyfriars Church Edinburgh
Members meet 12.30 hrs for 13.00 hrs service.

August 20th 2017. 328th Anniversary of The Battle of Dunkeld.
1. 10.30 hrs Members congregate before service.
2. 10.45 hrs Form up parade into church.
3. 11.00 hrs Church service.

All the above parades and events will be updated if there are any change of date, time, and more information when known.

‘The Black Hackle’ Newsletter - May 2017

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Saturday 10 June 2017 3:54 pm

“THE BLACK HACKLE” NEWSLETTER OF THE WITWATERSRAND
RIFLES REGIMENTAL & FAMILY ASSOCIATION  (Second  Quarter 2017)

Greetings to our members, their families and the friends of the Association.

An appeal is made to our members who receive copies of the newsletter by “snail mail” to please let us have an e-mail address to which we can send future issues. Not only is the SA Post Office very slow but cost of mail has become very expensive. Please send your e mail address to kevdav.townsend@gmail.com

ASSOCIATION NEWS
The year started off with our monthly meetings and lunches being well attended. It was not long and we were into the planning of the year’s activities. Amazing how time flies! On Saturday 6th May a function was held in the ODJ Room for a joint celebration of the Regimental Birthday (1st May) and Cameronian Day (14th May). This took the form of a supper for 20 guests and needless to say the celebration was most enjoyable with good food, good wine, good company and good entertainment.

MEMBERSHIP  
Membership continues to grow and family members are welcome to join. Membership is not restricted to WR types but is open to anyone who has the interest of the Regiment and the Association at heart. Annual subs are R50-00 per annum. Please make your cheques payable to Witwatersrand Rifles Regimental Association and forward them to our postal address which is reflected above or EFT into the Association Account, details which are reflected under “Fund Raising”.

Extracted from “A Bugle Calls”
Mid 1915 the 1 South African Infantry Brigade was formed and recruits were sent to the training camp at Potchefstroom where they were equipped, drilled and inspected. In the last week of September the first infantry detachments were embarked for England and by 17 October the final draft of the 160 Officers and 5,648 men of the Brigade were en route to England. Early in October 1915 the South African Brigade began to re-assemble at Borden Camp in Hampshire, where the troops were to spend two-and-a -half months drilling and training in cold, rain and wind.

Best wishes to all,

Kevin Townsend (Lt Col ret)

Sergeant Eddie Wallace / 23 April 1933 – 16 May 2017

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In memory of Sergeant Eddie Wallace (April 1933 – May 2017)

It is with great sadness that we report the recent death of Sergeant Eddie Wallace. Before he joined the army he (worked in the Merchant navy from age 14, then joined the Cameronians as soon as he legally could. He married his wife Barbara (Babs) whilst stationed at Lanark in 1960 where he had been posted as a training NCO.

At the time the Regiment disbanded, he chose to transfer to the RHF, but left them soon after to go back to the Merchant Navy.
His cremation took place at Daldowie on 23 May 2017 and representatives from the Regiment were in attendance.
Brian A S Leishman MBE

Lieutenant Colonel David Murray died on 8 January 2017: born on 14 September 1921, he was a veteran of the Battle of Kohima

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Saturday 22 April 2017 9:12 am

Though a Queen’s Own Cameron Highlander since 1941 he was a life-long admirer of, student of, and writer on The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).  As such he was a good friend of the regiment.  He, like many Cameronians, became wearily used to the all-too-often confusion between the two regiments which, although both Scottish in origin, could hardly have been less alike.  He commanded the (3inch) mortar platoon at Kohima in April 1944 and later, in the recapture of Burma, he was mentioned in dispatches.

His obituary in The Times said: …’He stayed in the army until 1967 rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel but he also had a passion for the bagpipes. … From about 1952 on he was a prime mover in the establishment of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo as part of the city’s annual festival, and in 1955 won the contest of the Royal Scottish Pipers Society.’ (more…)

Colonel AR (Reggie) Kettles OBE MC died on 30 October 2016 : the last surviving Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Saturday 22 April 2017 9:08 am

Having served first in the Territorials he joined the 2nd Battalion in 1939 and was soon commissioned, just before his twenty first birthday.  They were in France and, during the retreat to Dunkirk on 21 May 1940, the battalion was involved in heavy action.  As a result of his leadership of a patrol which captured a German soldier he was recommended for a Military Cross, receiving instead a Mention in Dispatches.

The 2nd Battalion were then sent in 1943 to the invasion first of Sicily and later to reinforce the invasion at Anzio.  In the first, as a 24 year old Captain commanding A Company, he was seriously wounded and evacuated for recovery to North Africa.  On 21 March 1944, at the Anzio beachhead, he again showed great courage and leadership which resulted in his award of the Military Cross.  (more…)

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