Welcome to The Cameronians Web Blog

Posted by webmaster | General | Sunday 18 July 2010 4:18 pm

This REGIMENTAL WEB BLOG is designed to provide a platform for contributions from members of the Regiment and friends following the publication of the final  Regimental Journal - The Covenanter.

In the initial stages those wishing to post notices should send their proposed item to the former Editor of the Regimental Journal - The Covenanter at: brianleishman@blueyonder.co.uk  OR to Major Brian AS Leishman MBE, 61 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh, EH9 6JQ.

Individuals wishing to post questions rather than notices may do so at www.cameronians.org OR from this site at the web link (bottom left)


Posted by webmaster | General | Tuesday 1 June 2010 12:52 am


Second  Quarter 2010


Greetings to all our members, friends and their respective families.

The Association remains very active, particularly during this middle part of the year and we welcome your attendance and participation in the events.

REGIMENTAL NEWS – From the Officer Commanding, Lt Col Cobus Valentine

Every three months I receive a request from the Secretary of the Regimental Association, to provide some inputs for the “Black Hackle”. Sometimes this request comes at a time when I am so busy that I very little time available to do it or in some instances have very little to report on. I have however from the start committed myself to always provided inputs for the newsletter as I see this as an excellent opportunity to inform our Association members and friends of our Regiment’s activities.

Several activities are planned with the emphasis being placed on Continuation training. One of the directives received from the General Officer Commanding SA Army Infantry Formation in his Short Term alignment guidelines is that the Regiment must provide the following Combat ready Force Structure Elements; one [1] Tactical Battalion Headquarters Force Structure Elements; one [1] Tactical Battalion Headquarters, one [1] Sub-unit and one [1] Fire Group Anti-tank and one [1] Fire Group Mortars. The Regiment is well on its way to conform to this directive and as such it will be the first time in a few years that we will be able to field such a capacity taking into consideration that the Force Structure will be trained in the core function of the Regiment being  Mechanized Infantry.

The coming year will definitely be a very challenging one for the Reserves and the Regiment in particular. Due to various reasons the Reserves will no longer deploy externally. Our only hope for deployment now rests on deployments on our borders as part of the SANDF’s commitment for Borderline protection. The Regiment will prepare one Sub-unit for deployment to be Combat ready towards the end of September 2010. (more…)

Photo I.D. Request - Joseph (joe) Brennan

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized, General | Monday 31 May 2010 8:49 am

From: James Brennan:

I am in the process of publishing, for family only, my fathers diary from 20th October 1944 until they reached Bremen in 1945.

I have a few photo’s of individual Cameronians and some casual group shots along with two unit photo’s, sadly there are no names to go with the photo’s which I post here.  I wonder if any one recognises the people in them.

My Fathers details are 3254183 Rfn J Brennan, Mortars (Signals Attached) Sp Coy, 7th Cameronians SR.

His call sign was Jig Baker
Replies please to: Major Leishman at +44 131 557 0187 OR brianleishman@blueyonder.co.uk

Photo I/2/3 - My father,  on the motor bike and sitting in the Bren carrier behind the dog.
Photo 4 – My father is second from the right.  I am interested in finding out the others in these photos. Photo 5/6 - Head and shoulder shots of two people who we think may have been special friends.

Cameronians - Scottish Rifles / Forthcoming Events

Posted by webmaster | General, Events | Thursday 18 March 2010 1:20 pm

16th May 2010 - Annual Commemoration at Douglas
09.00 Regimental Flag Raised
10.00 Morning Service in St Brides Church
13.00 Presentation of a Japanese Samurai Sword to the Douglas Heritage Trust from the family of the late mr Fred Patterson who was gifted this sword after the hostilities in Burma in 1945
14.00 Conventicle at the Disbandment Cairn by Castle Dangerous
16.30 Buffet and Social Evening at Douglas Bowling Club
(Admission by Ticket £3.00 at the door)

25th May 2010 - Standard Bearers Competition.
At 11.00hrs Drill Hall, Jardine Street, Maryhill, Glasgow.

June 2010 - Lanimer Day Parade - Lanark
Form Up St Leonard Streets 09.30 for a prompt March Off at 10.00
Date and time to follow

20th June 2010 - Next Meeting at the Olde Club Tannochside 1400hrs

26th June 2010 - Meeting & Armed Forces Day
13.00 hrs Form Up at John Street.
March Past Glasgow City Chambers.
March To George Square.
14.15 hrs Service in George Square.

26th November 2010 - Officers Luncheon
The Army & Navy Club, St James Square, London
Gathering from 12 noon
Contact Col J.N.D. Lucas

Elizabeth Cross – Died On Operations Recognition Award

Posted by webmaster | General | Tuesday 23 February 2010 6:49 pm

This new award has been created to provide national recognition for the families of Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism.

The Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll are granted to the Next of Kin of UK Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism in national recognition of their loss and sacrifice. The Elizabeth Cross is not a posthumous medal for the fallen but an emblem demonstrating tangible national recognition for Service families for their loss. Not all deaths of Service personnel are included in this scheme.

Full details at www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceFor/Veterans/Medals/TheElizabethCross

See also our Regimental website LINKS PAGE

The Armed Forces Memorial

Posted by webmaster | General | Thursday 11 February 2010 9:23 am

A new link has been added on our Cameronians links page:


This refers to the Armed Forces Memorial. Dedicated on Friday 12th October 2007. The dedication ceremony was led by HG The Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

This is the first national memorial dedicated to the men and women of the United Kingdom Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) killed on duty or as a result of terrorist action since the Second World War. The Memorial is located at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire.

The Memorial start date is 1 January 1948, which follows on directly from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which commemorates those who died up to 31 December 1947. The one exception is for those killed in Palestine who are included on the Memorial.