The 100th Anniversary of The Battle of Gully Ravine 28 July 2015

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Friday 25 July 2014 2:23 pm

A possibility has arisen to visit the site of the battle undertaken by the 7th  and 8th Battalions, in June next year. (see below for itinerary)

The battle was one  during which 25 officers were killed or missing  and 14 wounded whilst 492 other ranks were killed or missing and 214 wounded. The 8th Battalion were the worst hit and because of the heavy casualties a composite 7/8th Battalion was formed of the survivors.

The proposal: -

In the footsteps of the 8th Cameronians in Gallipoli

26/30 June 2015 - £1300:00 (£1000:00 without flights)

The tour is based on a group minimum size 12/maximum size 15. It is based in a 3 star very modern hotel in historic Canakkale and inclusive of Bed, Breakfast & Packed Lunch on the tour days. The tour can be inclusive of flights provided by our ATOL Partner Avocet Travel Management or you can meet in direct in Istanbul at Ataturk International Airport.

This tour, led by an experienced Gallipoli guide will focus on the movements of the 52nd Lowland Division during the Gallipoli Campaign. The tour will offer a number of walks that cover the highlights of the campaign, at a relaxed pace and with scope to visit those spots especially connected to the 8th Cameronians a century ago.

Replies to me please not later than 20 August 2014. A telephone call indicating interest would be helpful.

Major Brian A S Leishman MBE  (Tel: 0044 (0) 131 557 0187) (more…)

The Disbandment of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
A Story with Historical Relevance

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Friday 28 March 2014 9:46 am

There had been speculation recently that the disbandment of the 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) was in some way connected with an incident in the Battalion in the early 1960’s.  This surfaced in a review of A Concise History (of the regiment) by Trevor Royle  by Brigadier Allan Mallinson in the Times Literary Supplement .  Royle alluded to it briefly in his book.  Such a possibility had not occurred to any of the officers who were serving with the regiment at the time of the disbandment and it caused considerable surprise that it should surface, apparently from nowhere, 40 years after the event.

This short paper aims to set out the events which occurred in the period 1962 to 1968, the last six years of the Battalion’s existence.

In mid-April 1962 there was a fight in the Coliseum Bar in Minden.  It was a rough place frequented by soldiers from the Minden garrison and by bargees (not all German) who plied their trade on the River Weser and the Mittelland Canal which meet near Minden.  The fight spilled outside and an affray took place.  No one was seriously injured.  As a result 18 soldiers from the Battalion were rounded up and incarcerated.  Of these, 15 were dealt with summarily by the Commanding Officer, two were court marshalled, and one was released without charge.  The events got some limited publicity in the Scottish press over the Easter weekend (19-22 April).

For some time another issue had been brewing in London.  (more…)

THE CAMERONIANS (SR) & FAMILY MEMBERS ORGANISATION PARADES & EVENTS FOR 2014

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Friday 28 March 2014 9:35 am

APRIL 13th 2014 CAMERONIANS (SR) & FAMILY MEMBERS ORGANISATION
NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE OLDE CLUB TANNOCHSIDE AT 14.00 HRS

MAY 11th 2014. ANNUAL COMMEMORATION IN DOUGLAS.
09.30 HRS RAISE THE REGIMENTAL FLAG AT THE DOUGLAS VICTORIA BOWLING CLUB.
10.00 HRS SERVICE IN ST BRIDES CHURCH
14.00 HRS CONVENTICLE AT THE DISBANDMENT CAIRN BESIDE CASTLE DANGEROUS.
15.30 HRS BUFFET AND SOCIAL AFTERNOON AT DOUGLAS VICTORIA BOWLING CLUB.
ADMISSION BY TICKET PRICED £5 AT THE DOOR.

JUNE 12th 2014. LANIMER DAY PARADE IN LANARK.
MEET AT THE CORNER OF ST LEONARD ROAD AND ST LEONARD STREET FORM UP
AT 09.30 HRS FOR A PROMPT MOVE OF AT 10.00 HRS.

JUNE 28th  or  29th 2014. GLASGOW ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE.
THE PARADE WILL FORM UP AT HOLLAND ST, AND THEN HEAD NORTH UP HOLLAND ST,
EAST ON WEST REGENT ST, TO WEST GEORGE ST, MARCHES AROUND GEORGE SQUARE
WITH EYES RIGHT AT THE CENOTAPH ON TO SOUTH GEORGE SQUARE AND FALL OUT.
NOTE THAT THE ROUTE MAY HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE FOR VETERANS.
1. 13.45 HRS FORM UP.
2. 14.00 HRS STEP OF FOR GEORGE SQUARE.
3. 14.15 HRS ALL DETACHMENTS IN POSITION IN GEORGE SQUARE.

JULY 5th 2014 SERVICE IN COVENANTERS PRISON
IN GREYFRIERS CHURCH EDINBURGH, 13.00 HRS START

JULY 22th 2014 GLASGOW CATHEDRAL
SERVICE TO CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES 19.00 HRS.
ADMISSION BY TICKET ONLY.

AUGUST 4th 2014  SERVICE 1 AT 10.00 HRS AND SERVICE 2 AT 20.00 HRS
WHICH WILL BE A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL ADMISSION BY TICKET ONLY.

PARADES AND EVENTS OF OTHER REGIMENTS, UNITS, AND CORPS.

CENTRAL SCOTLAND BRANCH OF THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT
MAY 3th VE DAY 2014 AND AUGUST 9th VJ DAY 2014 PARADES.
THE 69th ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY AND VJ DAY, BOTH THESE EVENTS START AT
10.00 HRS WITH THE CHURCH HALL OPENING FOR TEA AND COFFEE,
FOLLOWED BY A SERVICE IN KNIGHTSWOOD PARISH CHURCH AT 11.00 HRS.
THEN THE LAYING OF WREATHS AT THE VETERANS MONUMENT,
BAND AND VETERANS FORM UP INCLUDING STANDARDS,
MARCH OFF AND ARRIVE AT OUR DESTINATION, FALL OUT AND PROCEED
TO THE LINCOLN LOUNGE FOR BUFFET AND SOCIAL AFTERNOON.

ALL THE ABOVE PARADES AND EVENTS WILL BE UPDATED IF THEY ARE ANY
CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME AND MORE INFORMATION WHEN KNOWN.

SERVICES OF REMEMBRANCE 2014.

A WREATH WILL BE LAID BY A MEMBER OF THE ORGANISATION AT ALL MEMORIALS.

LIST OF LOCATIONS including DATE AND TIME

DOUGLAS.               09.11.2014 AT 10.30.HRS.

GLASGOW.

CENTRAL STATION.       11.11.2014 AT 10.15 HRS.
MEMORIAL KELVINGROVE.  09.11.2014 AT 10.30 HRS.

HAMILTON. 
LOW PARKS MUSEUM.      26.10.2014 AT 10.30 HRS.
GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE  01.11.2014 AT 10.30 HRS.
THE TOWN HALL             02.11.2014 AT 18.15 HRS. (NO WREATH REQUIRED)
VC MEMORIAL                 11.11.2014 AT 10.15 HRS.

LANARK                        09.11.2014 AT 10.15 HRS.

MOTHERWELL              09.11.2014 AT 14.15 HRS.
ASSEMBLE & FORM UP MABEL STREET.

LONDON.
WESTMINSTER GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE     06.11.2014 AT 11.00 HRS.
GATES OPEN AT 09.00 HRS FOR 11.00 HRS.
REMEMBRANCE PARADE  09.11.2014 AT 11.00 HRS.
FORM UP HORSE GUARDS ROAD.

CONTACT MR I BILBOE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LONDON PARADES
PHONE NUMBER 01245 469598

ALL THE ABOVE REMEMBRANCE SERVICES WILL BE UPDATED
IF THEY ARE ANY CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME AND MORE INFORMATION WHEN KNOWN.

EXIT PLAN BY Mike Sixsmith - now available as EBOOK

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Saturday 22 March 2014 11:12 am

EXIT PLAN BY Mike Sixsmith is now available as an EBOOK

Read the first few chapters at www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

Exit Plan rips the lid off the modern Middle East and The War on Terror like little published before.

Terrorism, intrigue and betrayal surge to life with rare insight and colour through the stories of Bill Sloan and Shahid al Sheedi - one an MI6 agent, the other an agent of political Islam.

Behind this driving, powerful novel is the mastery of Sixsmith, a man clearly in command of his subject matter who, in Exit Plan, has intelligently condensed decades of regional turmoil into a high-octane thriller. As an ex-Intelligence Officer imprisoned in the Middle East prior to the events of September 11th, Sixsmith’s experience lends Exit Plan a legitimacy and a sense that not everything written here is mere fiction.

“In the matter of thrillers, it is always reassuring to the reader to know that the writer has been there, seen it, done it. That is absolutely the case with Mike Sixsmith”  Frederick Forsyth

OBITUARY FOR SGT ANDREW MOYNIHAN VC

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Wednesday 8 January 2014 9:59 pm

Andrew Moynihan won his VC at the storming of the Sebastopol Redan.

He was born and brought up in Wakefield, and is the town’s only VC.  The Wakefield Civic Society has embarked on a programme of erecting blue plaques to commemorate the town’s distinguished citizens and on 13th September I was invited to the unveiling of a plaque for Andrew Moynihan.

The plaque is on the wall of St Austin in the Parish of St Martin de Porres Catholic Church, where Moynihan was christened, as the street where he was born no longer exists.  It was paid for by the congregation, who have gone to considerable trouble to trace what they can of his story and have even been to Malta to find and clean up his grave.

The Plaque Reads:

Wakefield Civic Society
Andrew Moyniham VC
1830- 1867

Awarded the Victoria Cross for
Gallantry in the Crimean War
At the Siege of Sebastopol
Born in Saw Yard Wakefield
And Baptised in this Church
On 14 March 1830


Major Ian Farquharson

 

WESTMINSTER ABBEY 2013 - REPORT

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Wednesday 8 January 2014 9:43 pm

On Nov 7th the Field of Remembrance was opened by the usual muted pomp and circumstance, followed by the customary two minutes silence. Once again HRH Prince Philip carried out the tour of inspection of the regimental plots and I am delighted to say that despite the medical problems he has endured this year he looked really well….back to his usual great form!

In addition, this year young Prince Harry followed up Prince Philip. As he came to each plot he bade us ‘Good morning’ and inspected our plots. I was very impressed by his appearance and approach. We had a lovely little attendance this year, however, unable to be with us were Colonel Mackay… also that old 9th Battalion Warrior Tom Gore and his good lady Dorothy who were all missed by the attendees. Apart from that the same old familiar faces appeared. I was delighted to meet Mrs Jean Crawford, wife of Eddie, who joined, us for the first time this year Welcome to the fold Jean!

Also I brought along a lovely young friend of mine, a Coleen from Dublin’s fair city…namely Geraldine. She was thrilled by the awesome spectacle unfolding before her and no doubt the nearness of Prince Harry as he passed along added to the experience. After the ceremony ended we all trooped off to the
Union Jack Club for lunch and a great blether.

I’m sure we were all proud and delighted at the next wonderful occasion that took place namely our Cameronian contingent that marched past the Cenotaph on Armistice Sunday. I think it was a marvellous effort by the group who travelled from Scotland to take part….Well done lads! Our thanks for this memorable parade must be extended to Ian Bilboe and Major Philip Grant who organised and took part in it. It’s a comforting thought that the regiment appears to have come alive over the years in the metropolis….Long may it continue.
Having handed out the above plaudits I now wish to level criticism at the BBC as their TV coverage was rather disappointing.. apart from a moment’s glimpse of my Black Watch friend Big Joe their cameras zoomed overhead above Whitehall with the Scottish regiments therefore named but not shown marching. Hopefully next year we will be able to witness the jocks marching on TV.

In conclusion I wish you all the complements of the season and a guid New Year.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICES 2014

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Sunday 5 January 2014 11:08 pm

A wreath will be laid by a member of the organization at all memorials.

DOUGLAS - 09.11.2014 AT 10.30 HRS

GLASGOW
Central Station  - 11.11.2014 at 10.00 hrs
Memorial Kelvingrove - 09.11.2014 at 10.30 hrs

HAMILTON.
Low Parks Museum            26.10.2014 at 10.30 hrs
Garden of Remembrance.   01.11.2014 at 10.30 hrs
The Town Hall   (no wreath required) 02.11.2014 at 18.15 hrs
VC Memorial.                      11.11.2014 at 10.15 hrs

MOTHERWELL
Assemble and form up at
Motherwell United Service Club Mabel Street       09.11.2014 at 14.15 hrs

LANARK      09.11.2014 at 10.15 hrs

LONDON.
Westminster Garden of Remembrance  06.11.2014 At 11.00.hrs
Gates open  09.00 hrs for 11.00hrs Service.
Remembrance Parade  10.11. 2013 At 11.00 hrs
Form up Horse Guards Road.

Contact Mr I Bilboe for more information on the London Parades.

Telephone Number 01245 469598

The CENOTAPH PARADE 2013

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Sunday 8 December 2013 9:54 pm

This was a wonderful occasion and a great way to end the 45th year of disbandment and for me a dream achieved. It was with some surprise that I discovered that the Cameronians had never officially marched in the London Cenotaph event. I was very conscious that time was running out for members who had actually served in the Regiment and it was therefore a case of now or never, as age crept up on us. With Major Grants’ help and support we were able to get tickets and a commitment from some members of the Regiment to march.

The day itself was bright and cold, but dry. We assembled at the Union Jack Club at 08.30 all very smartly turned out in Blazers Trews (one Kilt, Lowland Bonnet) Glengarries. Taxi provided free that day by London Taxis took us to Horse Guards Parade Ground where we assembled.

At 10.15 called to attention and marched to take up our position on Whitehall where the vast crowds gathered and where we watched the service on large screens. At 11.20 the first column set off and we were on the move by 11.45 to thunderous applause and clapping from the crowd. The atmosphere with the Bands playing and the crowds cheering was overwhelming and one not easily forgotten. Once we had marched past the Cenothaph the parade turned back into Horse Guards where we marched past Princess Anne who stood on the saluting base.

Following dismissal a group of us visited the Regimental plot at Westminster (see picture) to pay our respects before going on to the Union Jack Club for a splendid lunch and a dram or two!

We set a great example that day as ‘Cameronians’ and I was honoured to have been part of the team that marched that day.

Ian Bilboe

Royal British Legion Guide to the 2013 Field of Remembrance Brochure featuring Ian Bilboe

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Monday 21 October 2013 3:04 pm
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Plot at Westminster 

We have been greatly privileged by the featuring on the cover of the Royal British Legion Guide to the 2013 Field of Remembrance Brochure, a Cameronian, namely our staunch friend and colleague Ian Bilboe (immaculate, as one would expect of a Cameronian) in Trews and Blazer, standing alongside the Regimental Plot.

In this context it is worthwhile considering to whom we owe the honour of its preparation over the years, EDDIE CLARK.

I have asked him to prepare a piece in his own words

Major Brian A S Leishman MBE

 

THE CAMERONIAN PLOT AT WESTMINSTER

Early in 2000 I received a phone call from Bill Tilley who, at that time, was the chairman of our Association.  He said that the Royal British Legion (RBL) had contacted him about our regimental plot in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.  They informed him that owing to the neglected  state of the plot it would soon be removed from the field.  As a consequence of my conversation with Bill, it was arranged that he and the Rev. Jim Strachan would come down to London for a meeting with me at Westminster Abbey to discuss the situation.  At this meeting I assured Bill and Jim that I would take over the task of resurrecting and caring for our plot.

Shortly afterwards I was contacted by the association secretary Jim Ballantyne who informed me that everything had been arranged with the RBL regarding the supplying of plaques and crosses for the plot…also the date in November and the procedures for the opening of the Field of Remembrance.

Eventually I was in possession of everything that I needed to carry out the task of getting our plot up to standard.  I was also informed that the ceremony would take place on Thursday Nov. 8th and that HRH the Duke of Kent would carry out the inspection of the plots.  So, on the 7th Nov I went with my daughter Helen to Westminster Abbey and proceeded to lay out our plot.

This, then, was the start of a commitment that I, and Helen, have been proud to continue for the past thirteen years.   I must point out, however, that although we laid out the plot for three years, it was then arranged for the RBL to take over the responsibility to do the layout for us  with, of course, the agreement of our Regimental Trustees who also agreed to finance the annual process.  Every year I am in contact with the RBL checking on our plot and organising any paperwork involved and, of course, representing our regiment every November at the opening service at Westminster Abbey.

It has certainly been a most memorable thirteen years for me, simply because during that time I have had the great honour of meeting members of the Royal Family, namely the Duke of Kent, the Queen Mother, the Queen and finally HRH Prince Philip.

I would now just like to summarise this article by saying that for the first three years of carrying out this work I felt a wee bit disheartened by the lack of attendance.  In that first year, however, I also started to write in our regimental journal, The Covenanter, and as a consequence of this people soon began to sit up and realise that our plot had now been brought back to life and they then started to attend the annual ceremony.  To all those members who now attend Westminster Abbey I am deeply grateful and look forward to seeing you all again this year.

Thanks go out to a true daughter of the regiment who was born into the regiment in Minden whilst I was serving with the battalion.  That, as I am sure you will realise, is my daughter Helen…..her faith in me and her assistance to me all these years has been boundless.

I would now like to conclude by giving mention to another military member of our family … that is my late wife Ellen.  Prior to our marriage she had served three years in the ATS and I can assure you she was ‘’ a wee smart sojer’’.   Sadly, Ellen passed away in June 2000 after a long illness.  She has been sorely missed.

I would like to wish all Cameronians the greatest regards ….and Lang May Yer Lums Reek

Eddie Clark

Eddie Clark and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh 

Regimental supporters

(Left to Right) Rt Tom Gore, Maj Philip Grant, Maj Mike Sixsmith, Lieut Dudley Heathcote,
Eddie Clark, Helen Clark, Kenn Robinson, Ian Bilboe, Col Hugh Mackay OBE,
Tam Winters, Eddie Crawford

 

Ellen Clark and Eddie Clark 1946

Obituary for Thomas Wilkinson Brotherton 1927 - 2013

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Wednesday 7 August 2013 2:39 pm

Thomas Wilkinson Brotherton served with the Regiment from 1946 – 1952 and saw service on Gibraltar in Trieste and Malaya. He often talked of his time with the Regiment and in particular his time on Gibraltar. He loved hearing the Regimental Pipes and Drums playing the Black Bear so we had this played at his funeral.

In 1956 he married my mother Joan and started family life in Ashington Northumberland. He worked as a fitter for the NCB, another job he loved, worked very hard for his family and I never heard him complain. He retired from the NCB in 1985 and had twenty five good years before ill health and dementia took hold. He died in June 2013 in a very caring nursing home.

He is survived by his wife Joan, his five children, Jill, Susan, Carole, Neil and me Keith his eldest son and was a loving grandfather to Sean, Ross, Liam and Jacob.

I am proud to have had him as my father. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.

Keith Brotherton

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