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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 www.rhf.org.uk 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: http://rhf.org.uk/rhf/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=80

 

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.



In Memoriam Pte. Henry "Harry" Ballantyne 1st Bn HLI 1943-1946 PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - The Last Post
Written by JimDevine   
Sunday, 09 August 2015 19:54

Harry Ballantyne landed in Normandy with the 1st Bn HLI in 1944.  He was twice wounded and returned to action.  Harry led a very full and active life, celebrating his 90th birthday in February this year.  He passed away peacefully at home on the 3rd August 2015 with his Wife Jeannie and Daughter Janice by his side.  The family were very appreciative of the guard of honour at Daldowie Crematorium on Saturday 8th August provided by our Secretary/Standard Bearer Jim Devine and Committee Member Jimmy Urquhart, ably supported by members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers Association.

Gone but not forgotten

 
In Memoriam. Pte. Peter Gerard Dorans 5th Bn HLI PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - The Last Post
Written by JimDevine   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 12:40

 

 

 

Private Peter Dorans (11 May 1918 – 12 January 2015)

5th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (1939 -1945)

52nd Lowland Division

 

Gone but not forgotten.

 

 
Trying to identify an HLI soldier PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by JimDevine   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:12

 

Can anyone advise Peter Tarrant on the identity of the HLI soldier in this photo? He thinks it might be Alex McGregor a cousin of his?

The kilt identifies it as sometime between 1948 and 1959.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

From Peter... I hope someone could help me identify the person in the photo, whilst researching my family tree I came across this photo that was among my Mothers possessions.

I believe it may be Alexander Mcgregor but I am not certain about it.

If anyone can be of help I would be grateful.

Kind regards.

Peter Tarrant.

 

 
Photo identification? PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Find a Friend
Written by JimDevine   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:10

Can anyone advise Peter Tarrant on the identity of the HLI soldier in this photo? He thinks it might be Alex McGregor a cousin of his?

The kilt identifies it as sometime between 1948 and 1959.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

From Peter...  I hope someone could help me identify the person in the photo, whilst researching my family tree I came across this photo that was among my Mothers possessions.

I believe it may be Alexander Mcgregor but I am not certain about it.

If anyone can be of help I would be grateful.

Kind regards.

Peter Tarrant.

 
In Memoriam John Scrivin 10th Bn HLI 1925-2014 PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - The Last Post
Written by JimDevine   
Sunday, 28 September 2014 10:59
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of our member John Scrivin. Many members will remember John at the Normandy commemoration trip last year (see News Archive:Normandy 6th June 2013). John's nephew Garry has kindly forwarded the details below.
John Scrivin
John Scrivin Pte
10th Batt. H.L.I.
b. 21/07/1925
d. 13/04/2014
During WW2 my uncle John joined his local (Halifax, Yorkshire), regiment the Duke of Wellington's. Later he volunteered to join the Commandos. He was sent to Achnacary for basic training and on completion was accepted. He was posted to 9 Commando whose theatre of operations was the Mediterranean. Unfortunately while on leave back at his Regiment he broke his ankle playing football. This ended his involvement with the Commandos.
He was then posted to 10th Batt. H.L.I.. It was with the 10th that he landed on the beach at Courseulles sur Mer on D Day +6. He was with the 10th through France, Belgium and Holland. He was taken prisoner early January 1945 and spent three and a half months as a guest of the Third Reich in Stallag 11b. The camp was liberated in April. He would then serve with the 5th Batt. H.L.I. and the Dorsets as part of the Army of Occupation. He was demobbed in 1946. He would then re-enlist in 1948 and spend five years in the R.A.S.C., posted to Egypt attaining the rank of sergeant.
He was a member of the Normandy Vets Assoc. and the POW assoc.. He went back to Stallag 11b a couple of times for their annual commemoration of the liberation of the camp as a guest of the British army in Fallingbostal. There he visited the grave of his best friend, Robert Docherty, who was killed in April 1945. In 2013 I asked him if he would like to go back to Normandy with PRA. He said he would and there he met a fellow Normandy vet (John Lamont) and members of the HLI and Glasgow Highlanders Assn. Invited by them he attended a ceremony and laid a wreath at the memorial in the cemetery at St Manvieu, Cheux. He enjoyed a few beers in Ranville with the lads and then a visit to Pegasus Bridge. His trip was crowned with a visit to the beach at Courseulles sur Mer.
He was never a man to overstate things but when he came off the beach he turned to me and said "I'm glad I came" . That spoke volumes. From that day until the day he died he would tell everyone and anyone about those two days he spent in France. To those who were there, members HLI and Glasgow Highlanders Ass and Paras Ass, on his behalf, a very big thank you.

Regards

Garry.

 
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