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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.

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HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by karen pickford   
Friday, 04 March 2011 16:32

I am looking for any information you may have on a Private Vittore Antonio Meo  his number was 63813, if you be of any help


Joe Higginbotham PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - HLI Research
Written by Lesley Wild   
Friday, 04 March 2011 15:30

This is my Dad,Pte 3314500 Joe Higginbotham, who enlisted on the 14th April 1939.
BEF 28/09/1939-22/12/1939
BEF 02/01/1940-31/05/1940
North West Europe 20/06/1944-08/10/1945
Middle East Force 09/10/1945-02/05/1946
He was discharged as medically unfit in 1946.He died in 1997 aged 77

Joseph Higginbotham PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - HLI Research
Written by HLI Admin   
Friday, 04 March 2011 14:55

HLI Western Desert WW2 PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by peter kemp   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 21:50

Hello I am interested in the activities of the HLI in the North Africa campaigns. My father Pvt John Kemp no3313254 joined in 3/4/1939-18/10/1946. He took part in activities in Palestine before war broke out and when egypt was invaded by the Italians they took part in action against them. He was in desert as far as I know for most of the campaigns with a diversion to Syria against Vichy French forces there and also actions against Italians in Abyssinia. He had a cousin peter McLemon who I'm named after he was in 2nd Batt HLI and was killed at Battle of Keren and is buried in Keren War Cemetery. Near the end in Europe my father was in Belgium and attatched to RAMC till end of hostilities. I would like to fill in lots of gaps as where his batt served and how he came to be with another unit at that stage in the war.

Cpl John Campbell Ratcliffe : 14211368 PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by leeanne ratcliffe   
Monday, 28 February 2011 02:40


My Grandfather served in the HLI during World War 2.  He was an  Ex Army. Cpl. 14211368 Highland Light Infantary.

Enlisted into K.O.S.B. at Berwick upon Tweed later Changed cap badges to 51, Highland Division Highland Light Infantry. Served from Normandy to cessation of war in Germany. Shot and wounded, while rounding up DPs.

He was also known as Jackie

This is all the information I have if anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it, thank you.

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