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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

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 was due largely to the lack of contemporary press interest in the Burma campaign. So much so that General Slim is said to have told his troops…

“When you go home don’t worry about what to tell your loved ones and friends about service in Asia. No one will know where you were, or where it is if you do. You are, and will remain “The Forgotten Army.”

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 1935/36 when he married.

The only personal possessions of his time in the Army are the photo’s shown below.   One of Ern in uniform, and the other of his Regiment perhaps in India.

Is there someone who can confirm that the uniform is that of the HLI.   It would also be helpful to know if the marching column is thought to be that of the HLI.

Any information would be helpful, including any link where we could find his Army Records.

Thanking you

in anticipation.

Owen Master

 

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

Pte. Ernest (Ern) William Brown 2nd Bn HLI India 1920s–30s

Pte. Ernest (Ern) William Brown 2nd Bn HLI India 1920s–30s

Provided by Owen Masters

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 1935/36 when he married.

The only personal possessions of his time in the Army are the photo’s shown here.   One of Ern in uniform, and the other of his Regiment in India.

2nd Bn HLI in India sometime between 1925 and 1938 (editor)
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 and it may be that the funeral will take place there.  I will keep you informed as I receive further information.

In the meantime let us remember an old comrade in typical HLI fashion, with fondness, respect, and a dram in his memory!

Yours aye,

Jim Devine

Secretary HLI Association

David Farquhar HLI

David Farquhar HLI

It is with great sadness that we have been informed by Sionah Lannen (nee Farquhar) of the death of her Father, old HLI comrade David Farquhar. David served in France with the HLI in WW2.  He passed away very peacefully on Sunday 7th February 2016 aged 92.  The funeral service will be on the 23rd February at 2pm at Park Cemetery, Lytham St Anne’s, Lancs. A piper will be in attendance.

David in uniform on his wedding day in 1945.
A recent photo of David
Glasgow Highlanders Association Standard Dedication

Glasgow Highlanders Association Standard Dedication

The Glasgow Highlanders Association held a service of dedication of their new standard in St Columba Church of Scotland Highland Cathedral on Sunday 18th November 2012.

Glasgow Highlanders

The new Glasgow Highlanders Association Standard flanked by the RHF Association Standard and our own proudly borne by 1 HLI veteran Jim Urquhart.

Members of the HLI Association and other ex-service associations supported and participated in this splendid event. HLI Association members also assisted in raising funds towards the cost of the new GH Association standard.  It is intended that both the HLI and GH Associations will continue to march together at parades with both standards flying!

John (Jack) Brooks 1st Bn HLI 1944-46

John (Jack) Brooks 1st Bn HLI 1944-46

Provided by Lee Ruffell

My Grandfather John “Jack” Brooks served with 1HLI 1944-1946.
Initially he was in training for aerial gunnery in the RAF.  He was transferred to Infantry (it was that or the coal mines) and somehow a boy from Kent ended up with the Scots.
He was among the first of the 53rd Welsh troops to land at Arromanche at the end of June 1944.  He got a weeks leave after getting some shrapnel in the leg and went home to get married.
At sometime during the fracas he and and some other guys were sheltering in an old farmhouse which got mortared.  Afterwards there were dead cows everywhere, so being a butcher by trade he went out and cut some steaks.  While cooking them up with some onions from the fields the Officers appeared to see what was going on.  Eventually some ended up with the CO and he made my Grandfather his cook!

Men of 1st Bn HLI at the Pyramids 1946 Jack Brooks (my Grandfather) is front row on the right. Back row in the middle is Mitchell.

After Hamburg he went to Palestine with the Battalion.
Grandad cooked for about 200 officers on the 27th August 1946 at Suez the occasion was Presentation of Colours held by General Sir Miles Dempsey.  Have got a booklet with officers names in and the Ceremony (would be nice to find out a bit more if possible).
Unfortunately he came down with TB while out on patrol and was repatriated back to Preston Hall.  After treatment he was finally demobbed in 1949.

This is a brief history, he has lots of stories, some getting a little hazy at the ripe age of 84.