Colonel J N D Lucas - Obituary

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Colonel J N D Lucas 28 April 1933 – 1 December 2017

Dudley Lucas was commissioned into The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in 1954. He joined the 1st Battalion in Barnard Castle before its move to Buxtehude as part of the British Army of the Rhine. In 1957 the battalion moved to Bahrein where Lucas was the Assistant Signals Officer. Later that year he was a member of battalion headquarters when the Cameronians played a significant part in the operation in the Nizwa valley, south of the Jebel Akdhar massif in Oman, to suppress what became known as the Imam’s Rebellion. At the end of the year he was appointed Adjutant of the Regimental Depot at Winston Barracks, Lanark. He remained there for 18 months leaving shortly before the run-down of Winston Barracks as a regimental depot. After a tour as an instructor at Mons Officer Cadet School, Lucas was appointed Adjutant of the 1st Battalion in Minden in the late autumn of 1962 and saw the battalion through the final year of its BAOR tour.

In Spring 1964 the battalion was posted to Edinburgh and in May that year began a three-year spell of public duties. Lucas’s meticulous preparation for these duties, and the high standards he demanded, helped significantly in laying the foundations for the battalion’s tour in Edinburgh, which would earn it many plaudits. In September 1964 the battalion was asked to provide a guard of honour for the opening of the Forth Road Bridge by Her Majesty The Queen. At the time the battalion was also finding the Royal Guard at Balmoral which placed a strain on dealing with this additional commitment. Lucas rose to the occasion, commanding the guard of honour himself. A measure of the success of that guard of honour is that 50 years later, in September 2014, Lucas and a small group of officers and men who had taken part in it were presented to the Queen at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the bridge. In the autumn of 1964 Lucas handed over as Adjutant to go to Staff College and then serve on the staff, initially as Brigade Major 161 Infantry Brigade. He never served with the 1st Battalion again due to the disbandment of the regiment in 1968.

Robin Buchanan-Dunlop  

On disbandment he was one of a number of officers who transferred to the Royal Scots joining the 1st Battalion in Osnabruck where he took command of Support Company and with them an operational tour in Belfast. His subsequent posts included serving as DAA and QMG in 11 Armoured Brigade followed by a tour at the National Defence College, then second in command of the 1st Battalion, command of the Lowland Brigade Depot, followed by nine years in the MOD in London during which time he was promoted to Colonel.

Throughout his service Dudley was recognised for his clarity of thought and attention to detail and is remembered by his many friends for his loyalty and generosity. He died at home on 1st December and is survived by his wife Stephanie their children and grandchildren

Christopher Delacombe

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

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Monday 8 January 2018 1:04 pm

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


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