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Glasgow Remembrance Services 2017

Glasgow Remembrance Services 2017

The following Services of Remembrance in Glasgow were attended by members of the HLI Association with the HLI Association Standard carried. (Remembrance Service George Square 2017) Bridgeton Cross Armistice Service Friday 10th November 2017 Jim Devine, Jimmy Urquhart and Billy Neilson (RHF Association) at the 7th (Blythswood) Battalion HLI Memorial at Glasgow Green after the Bridgeton Cross Armistice Service. Glasgow Remembrance Service George Square Sunday 12th November 2017

Commemoration Event for John Brown Hamilton VC

Commemoration Event for John Brown Hamilton VC

John Hamilton VC and his wife Mary after his return from the western front The Highland Light Infantry Association standard was paraded by Association members Jim Devine and Jimmy Urquhart for Victoria Cross commemoration events at Dumbarton on Saturday 23rd September (Assaye Day), and at a service in Cambuslang Parish Church on Tuesday 26th September for 1/9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Bn. Highland Light Infantry Victoria Cross recipient L/Cpl John Hamilton. Commemorative plaques were unveiled on the banks of the river Clyde…

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Sunday 30th July 2017 – Service to Commemorate the Battle of Passchendale

Sunday 30th July 2017 – Service to Commemorate the Battle of Passchendale

  The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the 3rd Battle of Ypres, took place on the Western Front, between 31 July and 10 November 1917. As was often the case, the Battle was a series of smaller battles that were fought during those 102 days. Although, there were some initial successes, adverse weather conditions reduced the battlefield to a quagmire and the offensive became, quite literally, bogged down. It was a very costly battle in terms of casualties on…

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William Blackwood HLI

William Blackwood HLI

It was with great sadness that we learned on Thursday the 3rd August 2017, that Willie Blackwood (HLI and RHF) had passed away.  Willie was a very well known and much respected figure who began his military career in the HLI and moved into the RHF on amalgamation in 1959.  He was probably best remembered as one of the battalion boxing champions.  A fine soldier and sportsman, and a true gentleman. Gone but not forgotten

Charles Bryan 1927-2017 HLI Palestine/Egypt 1947-49

Charles Bryan 1927-2017 HLI Palestine/Egypt 1947-49

It is with great sadness that we heard from his son John, of the passing recently of Charlie Bryan. Charlie served in Support Company of the 1st Bn HLI in Palestine and in Egypt.  Charlie was a welcome visitor to the Iron Horse Thirsty Thursday sessions, and our regular parades and gatherings when his health permitted. The family have intimated that a private family funeral was Charlie’s wish. Gone but not forgotten.

Major Robert Barbour Cameron HLI

Major Robert Barbour Cameron HLI

Robert Barbour Cameron enlisted into the Highland Light Infantry at Glasgow University Officer Training Corps on the 18th of September 1939. He was subsequently commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry (2nd Bn. Glasgow Highlanders). Robert’s wartime service was spent as an officer in the 12th Frontier Force Regiment, a regiment comprised of British and Empire troops, serving in India and Burma. The 12th Frontier Force Regiment was part of General Slim’s 14th Army, the so-called “forgotten army”. This unfortunate moniker…

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Pte. Ernest (Ern) William Brown

Pte. Ernest (Ern) William Brown

Dear All, On behalf of his Son, I am hoping to trace the Army Career of my Father -in-Law Ernest William Brown.  Ern died in 1975, but often spoke of his time in the Army.  He was born and lived in Consett County Durham, and said that as a teenager he joined the HLI in Durham in the late 1920s.  He often said, he thought he was joining the Durham Light Infantry!!!   He served in India, and left the army in…

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Elizabeth Cross Presentation Ceremony

Elizabeth Cross Presentation Ceremony

HLI Association Cyprus veterans Jimmy Urquhart and Jim Fury attended the presentation ceremony at Glasgow City Chambers where Mrs Jean Andrew, the sister of their fallen HLI comrade John Beattie, was presented with the Elizabeth Cross. The Herald 23rd February 2017

Major Alastair Mack HLI 1952-1958

Major Alastair Mack HLI 1952-1958

Hi Folks, I am sorry to have to report that I was informed today by Willie Shaw that he had received a call from Alastair Mack’s daughter to say that he had passed away on Sunday 6th March.  Alastair was Chairman, and a long standing supporter of the HLI Association. I hope that we can arrange a suitable commemoration but we will have to await details from Alastair’s family.  Most of you will know that Alastair moved recently to Wiltshire…

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