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This is the community section of the website where our members can look for friends, tell a story about the HLI, contribute to further research on the Regiment and share family history research.


Please Note

The HLI association does not hold service records, and cannot answer enquiries regarding individual soldiers.  The  Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum may be able to help or offer advice.  The RHF Museum charge a fee for research but it is quite a modest one. (Currently £20)  Details of archival resources held and further information can be found here:


The views and comments found here are of the online membership and do not necessarily reflect those of the Highland Light Infantry Association.


It is organised into four categories:





1. Find a Friend - This section is intended for former serving members to help connect old friends and comrades. For family history research see below. ( go to section )





2. HLI Stories - This section is for personal memories or recollections from those who served with the Regiment or stories from friends and family of those who served. ( go to section )








3. HLI Research - This section is for formal research into the Regiment and is intended to be academic in tone rather than purely personal.          ( go to section )






4. Family History Research - This section is where members can share family history research. Please keep this section focused on the HLI and associataed Regiments. ( go to section )





5. The Last Post - This section is reserved for 'In Memoriam' notices on recently fallen comerades. ( go to section )










Submissions to the HLI Community section can be made through the HLI Community Menu on the left (registered users only).


Full guidelines and instruction for use can be found here.


Some of our most recent posts are shown below.

sergeant A. Fraser HLI PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - HLI Research
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


Robert Stewart Fisher PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by Tim Fisher   
Monday, 08 August 2011 15:50

My great great uncle was Robert Stewart Fisher (also went by Stewart) born in Glasgow Scotland. He joined the Military around 1914 in the Glasgow area.

He married Helen Alexander Glenesk in 1914 and on the marriage certificate it had him as a Ship Steward. In 1919 he had a daughter (Doris) and on the birth register it has

Robert Stewart Fisher, Ship Steward, Sargent - 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.

What would a Ship Steward do, and where can I find service records and such for him.  Does anyone have information on the 2nd Battalion?


T Fisher, Canada

41597 - Private P Kerr PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - HLI Research
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.














HLI in India PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by lynne turner   
Monday, 01 August 2011 16:34

My great great grandfather was a pharmacist in HLI. I was wondering if they were in India around 1840's as I think his son was born there.

Also do people know if it it true that some of the army married Indian women? It would explain why we have dark skin!

I would appreciate any info.Thank you

Colour Sergeant James Meldrum 74th/HLI 3nd Battalion PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by Fraser Parkinson   
Sunday, 31 July 2011 11:34

I am seeking information regarding an a family member.

My great great grandfather served with the 74th (no 1756) from Feb 1871 up to 1882 where he was transfered to the HLI 3rd Battalion (no 771) authorised Aug 10 1882. He was promoted to sergeant and then to colour sergeant.   He was a native of Aberdeen and recruited there.

His service in the 74th records him being in Gibralter, Malta, Straits Settlements and finally back to GB for the period  Feb 1878 to Feb 1892.

He was based at Hamilton Barracks for some of this time.  One of his daughters is recorded as being born at Hamilton Barracks.  He was married in Hamilton.

Can someone explain to me why he was based in Hamilton, which is the Cameronians base, and not in Glasgow.  I would also be interested in some description of  the 3rd battalion of HLI.

Any information would be fantastic and much appreciated.




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