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1806´s 1st 71st Batallon Soldier search PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Le Brenn Quaintenne   
Friday, 07 October 2011 10:48

HI all, Do you know were can I find or ask for a list of soldiers enlisted on the 71st that went to Buenos aires in 1806?

My great grand father was taked prisioner after the battle of buenos aires, and imprisioned to a small town 1000 kms from buenos aires (rio cuarto, cordoba, argentina), then he changed his original name for the name Juan ESLEY, married Manuela Tissera and had 6 childs.

I am looking for the list of soldiers that arrive to buenos aires on 1806 with the HLI , after Cape of good hope battle. My objetive is to recognize a soldier withou a name of John.......(an original surname something related to ESLEY) in aim to recontruct our past history before 1806.

Thank you in advance!!

Pte Thomas Prosser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allyson McLeod   
Friday, 16 September 2011 17:31

Hi, I am trying to find out some more information on my grand-dad Thomas Prosser. He was a Private in the HLI and was taken POW during WWII. He was kept in the POW Camp Stalag X1B. All I have is a couple of letters written to him / that he sent to his parents. His number was 3319508.

If anyone knows where I can find out more about what batallion he was in / his time in the HLI / as a POW I would be grateful. Thank you

sergeant A. Fraser HLI PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Geboers   
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:58

I am looking for information about A. Fraser. (2872626)

He was serving in 1944 as a sergeant in the 1st battalion HLI,  71st Infantry brigade,  53rd Welch division.


He was one of the liberators of my home town (Duizel in the Netherlands) and was the only one killed during that liberation.

He was killed on the 20th of September 1944 (age 34) and buried there in a field grave with a white cross. Later his body was transferred to the cemetery in Bergen op Zoom in Holland.


I would like to know more about him. I have studied the liberation of Europe but cant find anything of small actions in the region where I live.

In my opinion may the sacrifice of Sergeant Fraser (and his family) not be forgotten and so I hope to find more information of this brave man.


Any information is welcome..


I still live in the area (south of  Holland) where the brave man of the 1st battalion HLI have fought in 1944 for my (our) freedom so if I can provide local information please let me know.


Kind regards,

John Geboers


41597 - Private P Kerr PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Pearce   
Friday, 05 August 2011 20:28


I am seeking any information on Private P Kerr, regimental number 41597,  who won the Military Medal whilst serving with the 15th Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry.

The gazette date for his MM award was the 27th June 1918. Unfortunatley, I have been unable to establish which other First World War Medals he is entitled to and when he enlisted but would appreciate any help you may be able to give.

Having obtained a copy of the Battalion War Diariy for April, May & June 1918 I believe he won his award for the Battalion's attack on Ayette on the 3rd April 1918. The war diary for April states that 25 Military Medals and one Bar were awarded for the attack on Ayette. 2 DSO's and 7 MC's were also awarded.

Thank you in advance.














George McFadyan Holley (1883 - 1945) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by HLI Admin   
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 01:44

George McFadyan Holley (1883 - 1945)

A photo of my Grandfather George McFadyan HOLLEY (1883 - 1945)


Circa after 1905 (year of enlistment in the HLI) and before 1914 (year immigrated to USA from Glasgow with my Grandmother Martha MCDOWELL HOUSTON and my father Thomas). Back of photo reads: "No. 9562, Pvt. Geo. Holley, K. Coy, 1st H.L.I., Dum Dum, India"


A photo of my Grandfather George Holley with his Daughter (my Aunt Helen) and Son (my Uncle Chuck)


Helen was a U.S. Navy Aviation Machinist Mate and Chuck a U.S. Navy Signal Man 3rd/Class.  Chuck served aboard the USS Nashville (CL-43) - he was awarded the Purple Heart from injuries sustained during a Kamikaze attack.  Both my Aunt and Uncle have said that my Grandfather was very proud of their military service during WWII.


George McFadyan Holley:  United States - WWII Draft Registration Card at age 58


Also within the DOWNLOADS section you can view within "PDFs" a three (3) page copy of the Highland Light Infantry Chronicle, Vol V, No.1, January, 1905 where George is listed within the "Depot Notes" under "Recruits Joined Since Last

Issue": 9562 G. Holly (surname misspelled).

Page three of the Chronicle contains a recruiting advertisement for: "Smart Respectable Young Men of Scottish Nationality" to join the HLI.

Wondering if anyone can comment on my Grandfathers uniform and/or the history of

the 1st HLI between 1905 and 1914. And the translation of:


as noted at the end of the HLI Chronicle article.


Ron Holley


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