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Sergeant John Pews 1st Bn HLI 1942 – 1947

Sergeant John Pews 1st Bn HLI 1942 – 1947

My Father John Pews, originally from Springburn Glasgow sadly now long deceased was a member of 1st Bn HLI from 15-1-42 to 1-1-47. I have a few photos of his wartime service period from 1942 in UK to Germany and afterwards in Egypt/Palestine 1945/6 ish. In 1946 he was a sergeant in the anti-tank platoon. I have a few pics of his time in the Bn including many of the parade at the Citadel in Cairo in 1946. I know…

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Major Willie Shaw MBE

Major Willie Shaw MBE

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away on the 24th January 2018 of Major Willie Shaw MBE RSF/RHF after a short illness. Willie was a long serving regular soldier, serving in the Royal Scots Fusiliers, then after the amalgamation of the RSF with the HLI in 1959, in the Royal Highland Fusiliers. Latterly he was at RHQ in Glasgow, where many of our members looked forward to his hilarious anecdotes at the regular members lunches. Many…

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Major George Stewart

Major George Stewart

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing on Boxing Day 2017 of Major George Stewart, a long serving member of the Glasgow Highlanders, and former Chairman of the GH Association.  George seen below preparing to lead the HLI and GH Associations on parade on Remembrance Sunday November 2010. George’s funeral will be on Thursday 11th January 2018 at 12:00 at Lambhill Crematorium Tresta Road, Cadder, Glasgow.  

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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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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