About The Cameronians

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   The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) was an infantry regiment of the British Army, the only Rifle Regiment amongst the Scottish regiments of infantry. It was formed in 1881 under the Cardwell Reforms by the amalgamation of two other regiments: the 26th Cameronian Regiment (1689) and the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry (1794).
   The regiment saw service during the Second Boer War in South Africa, and raised 27 battalions during the First World War. The 1st Battalion saw action in Burma during the Second World War, while the 2nd Battalion was in Europe. In 1948, along with every other regiment of line infantry, the Cameronians was reduced to a single battalion.

Under the reforms of the army during the 1960s, which saw several regiments amalgamated, the Cameronians chose to disband rather than amalgamate with another Lowland Scottish regiment.

The 1st Battalion, The Cameronians was disbanded in 1968, with its recruiting area taken over by the King’s Own Scottish Borderers; the Regimental Headquarters closed in 1987.

However, the name of the Cameronians continued through the Territorial Army, with two companies of the 52nd Lowland Volunteers badged as Cameronians. One company was disbanded in 1992, and the other was rebadged as the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1997.



Source: The Regimental Trustees


  1. Comment by john young hepburn — March 20, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    Hi I wondered if any one knew of a John Young Hepburn from Glasgow. He served in the regiment and travled to Aden in 1966 leaving from Edinburgh Waverley train station. He was my father and unfortunatley died young. I have no recolection of him and/or any info on his service and wondered if anyone remembered him. His d.o.b 14/04/44 so he would have been 67 this year.

    Kind Regards Michele Macrae nee Hepburn

  2. Comment by Ken Watson — November 23, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    I believe my forbearer was a man named John Watson who was a member of the Cameronians who came to Limerick Ireland about 1724. A remote second possibility is a Thomas Watson of the same regiment who died in Limerick and was buried there in St. John’s Church, March 3, 1724. I’m trying to trace the family roots in Lanarkshire from this period (the late 1600’s) backward if possible and would like to connect with someone who could help me in this pursuit. We expect to visit the area of Douglas, Hamilton, etc in early July 2012. If you can help or direct me to someone who can, I’d appreciate it.

  3. Comment by ronald alfred kerr — December 21, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    hi i would like to hear from anyone that new or served with my brother ronald alfred kerr in malaya 1950-1952 where he was wounded and was brought back home and sadly died later.any information about him i would be greatfull to get many thanks allen kerr

  4. Comment by Jean kolat — January 19, 2012 @ 3:15 am

    Hi my father William McDowell was with the first battalion in Burma and became a POW he served previously in India has any one any information on that period of time especially Rangoon pow all information will be much appreciated
    Thankyou in anticipation

  5. Comment by Jean Cunningham — April 25, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    I am looking for any service history on my father James Cunningham from Edinburgh. He served with the cameronians . He also worked in the lady haig poppy factory in Edinburgh after the regiment was disbanded.

    I father has passed away but it would be good to get some history of his service.

    Regards jean

  6. Comment by Erwin Schmidt — September 7, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    The Travel Club of the Cameronians visited de Sittard War Cemetery today, Friday september 6th 2012.

    Here’s a link to te website of the local newspaper in that area, which shows a video of this visit.


  7. Comment by Sharon Anderson — April 21, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    Hi Does anyone have information of my father David Anderson. He was born in 1932 I believe and served in Malaya in the early 50’s on national service, though I believe he stayed on. He was in the army band and was the main soloist on the cornet or certainly was at a later date, playing at the Edinbrugh Tattoo. Any information on him gratefully received. I know he was in touch with some Cameronians at one point.


  8. Comment by helen donnelly — October 27, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

    Hi im looking for any imformation on hugh donnelly. He was my dad. My son recently came back from afghanistan and we wanted to see if we could get some information on him. He was with the cameronians till they were disbanded then joined the royal scots. It would be wonderful if we could grt any information.
    thank you very much.

    Helen Donnelly

  9. Comment by Lois Acaster — November 6, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

    Can anybody tell me - the drums of the Cameronians - Scottish Rifles - were they green or blue?

  10. Comment by dAVID MCILRAVEY — December 1, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    hi all I have for many years tried to find out about my father who was part of your regiment 1940 1946 ? HIS NAME WAS DAVID MCCLURE MCILRAVEY AND HIS STEPFATHER WAS BILL DOCHERTY THEY WERE BOTH LIVING IN Greenock or port Glasgow .I do know my father was in ordinance butas to what or where served I keep drawn a black if anyone has some direct info or news about him it would be appreiciated as he has been gone since1956 and time is marching on. iv tried the useual channel but im getting knowwhere.

  11. Comment by jacquie raeside — December 4, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    Hi, I am trying to find any information on my dad George Raeside I know he was a rifleman in the Cameronians and was in for about 14 years the only details I have is on his marriage in 1937 and that states he was a rifleman and was engaged on war services he came from Bellshill Lanarkshire and his address was listed as 54 park head road bellshill.
    the next thing I can find is an entry in Erskine hospital he was admitted there on the 11 may 1953, I know he was injured at some point and lost a leg. and had facial injuries, other than this I cant find anything in between or before these dates, I would be so grateful if anyone could shed any light on anything regarding him

  12. Comment by Chrissie — January 6, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

    Does anyone remember a Lance-Corporal or Corporal Joe (Jock) Wilson?

  13. Comment by John Daly — February 11, 2015 @ 4:50 am

    I have in the past tried to find out why the Cameronians service in the Muscat/Oman uprising was never deemed to be ACTIVE SERVICE, needless to say without success, If it was not Active Service then I must be severely disillusioned. I can only think that the D.O.D PURPOSELY IGNORED THIS UPRISING as a way to ensure that there was no requirement for extra benefits that would come to these soldiers who actually fought for their country and risked their lives in doing so. All replies kindly appreciated

  14. Comment by Louise McCorkindale — April 26, 2015 @ 9:34 pm

    I am researching my father’s experiences with the Cameronians and would love to hear from anyone who might have some information. He joined in the last year of WWII and served in Africa, Burma, and India/ Ceylon. He was promoted to Captain by the end of the war. His name was William (Bill) Ferguson McCorkindale and he had been a student at Glasgow University before joining the Cameronians. I would particularly love to hear from anyone who might remember him or have served with him. He didn’t talk about his experiences but it was clear that he loved the Regiment. I was too young and stupid to ask him about it when I had the chance. I would be grateful for any information.

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  16. Comment by Colin Fish — July 23, 2015 @ 5:55 pm

    Hello, It is with great sadness that I must announce that my father, formally Sargeant Stephen Fish has only a short time to live. He was with the 2nd Battalion at Anzio. He was in Palestine before being sent to Germany for what was really the last major action for the Cameronians. He recently talked of his best friend who was killed by a sniper in that last battle. A rare insight. He often spoke of his pride for the Cameronians. He received a mention in dispatches from Montgomery, and signed by him, in 1946. He is in Eastbourne General Hospital for his final days and would be thrilled if there is anyone from the Cameronians he might have known. Thankyou.

  17. Comment by Elaine — August 3, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    I am trying to trace information about my Great Grandfather who served with the Cameronians his name was Andrew Watt Shaw regimental no. 41334. The only thing I know is that he survived service but any help/information or where to look would be gratefully received.

    Many thanks

  18. Comment by Alan Clark — October 18, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    I’m looking for any information on Archibald Neville
    Mcllelan who was commissioned as a 2nd my into the Caneronians
    in 1930. I know he survived the war

    Thank you

  19. Comment by Denise Dalziel — January 2, 2016 @ 11:14 pm

    Hi am looking to see if anyone remembers my dad he was Thomas Dalziel was in the cameronians in 1958 till 1965 I think he hung around with someone called Danny. I am looking for any pictures of him and information. He has passed away now, but would love to hear from anybody that knew him

  20. Comment by Michael Barr — April 3, 2016 @ 11:39 am

    I am trying to find any information on my

    Grandad Sgt Edward Walsh, served in The Cameronians in WW2

    Any information would be much appreciated

    thank you

    Michael Barr

  21. Comment by Sally Prytherch — April 18, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

    I am trying to find out where my Grandfather Harold Hartell served with the Cameronians between 1914 and 1918. He was from Leicestershire but somehow joined the Cameronians. I have a photograph I would like to share on the site of him with some of his fellow soldiers, not sure how to do this though

  22. Comment by james cameron — August 11, 2016 @ 11:33 am

    I am trying to source information of a relative a Segt A Healy who served with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles ) Service number 2969

    He held The Queen’s South Africa medal (1899-1902) with the following clasps Tugla Heights,Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal,& Laings Nek He also held The King’s South Africa 1901&02

    I would appreciate any help, information or advice as to how to source information to he was, where he served etc

  23. Comment by David Burns — July 19, 2017 @ 7:49 pm

    I am writing to inquire if the museum has any records of my grand-father’s service in the Regiment. His name was David Wright, born in Motherwell on 15 March 1890 at 14 St. Vincent Place and died at 91 Milton Street on 28 May 1946. I have a photo of him with his glengarry with Regimental badge. The uniform top would indicated that he served circa WWI.


    David Burns.

  24. Comment by Frank Gibbs — October 4, 2017 @ 2:05 pm

    My dad Frank Gibbs was in 9th Btln Cameronians and killed in action in Germany on 11th April 1945. I was born in June 1945 so I never knew him. He was Norfolk born and bred and I was always intrigued as to why he was in a Scottish regiment. Can anybody help please.

  25. Comment by michael boyce — November 20, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

    My father was in the 15 Scottish in Normandy right through to the end he would like to join the association he is. 94 and still dose he’s one shopping last year we went to the somme were he laid a poppy cross at high wood we would like to know if you have any trips planned for next will send you his army no to you and the dates he served we have been to Normandy with battle tours but not o the places that he was there apart from hill 112 not been to miltop and other places were the regiment was in battle if you have any thing going next year he would be Very pleased to know yours Mr George Michael Boyce

  26. Comment by Freya somerville — January 5, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

    Hi am looking for any information about John McApline he’s was from Edinburgh or possibly Glasgow. Served Kenya. If anybody could help me find out more I would be very greatful

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