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