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



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.


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

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

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

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

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