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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.

Peter Hillhouse PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - The Last Post
Written by JimDevine   
Monday, 21 November 2011 13:57

Peter Hillhouse HLI 1958 - 1959 RHF 1959-mid 1960s died on Saturday 5th June 2011.

Reported by Sandy Leishman.

Pvt John T Burns PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by Gwyn Burrows   
Thursday, 17 November 2011 20:40

I would appreciate any information from members who served in NW Europe 1944-45 with the 6th battalion. My uncle 3319895 Private John Turner Burns joined the unit on 29 Jan 1940 and served through until his death in action on 18 April 1945 on Luneburg Heath. He rests in Becklingen CWG Cemetery, I have managed to visit his grave twice whilst serving in Germany and would like to hear from any member who served with him. I would particularly welcome information on his last action.

Thank you.

Gwyn Burrows 

sgt william hendry PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by colin   
Friday, 28 October 2011 17:42

hi i am looking for information about my grandfather who served with the h l i 1st battalion from 1940/48 he was from liverpool and i know he my nan and my mum who just babe in arms where billited in creif ,he never spoke much about his time in the regiment and any information had to be extracted from him, i know he was one of the first unit across the rhine, and i am sure he was at some polnt in holland and from 45/48 in Palestine, and just some of the conversation we had i think in some sort of Italian conflict? maybe someone can help me shed some light on the battalion movement i know he was wounded sometime in 43 shrapnel wounds, we lost my grandad in 1989 so have big void, just wished i had asked more questions any help appreciated  thanks colin

Pvt J F Evans PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by Godfrey Evans   
Monday, 24 October 2011 19:37

I am looking for any information about my Granddad,he was born in Wortley, Leeds  in 1893 and went into the Leeds pals in 1914 before going into the H L I where his army no was 25478. He was billeted in Montrose before going down to Folkstone Kent in readiness for deployment to France.

I have been told that he as a sniper and fought in most of the major battles,going from Belgium through France and down to the Swiss border. During this time he was gassed and hospitalised in Germany and Manchester,where after his recovery he was sent to Dublin to serve in the Black and Tans,he finally returned home in 1921 after being away 7yrs.


Godfrey Evans


1806´s 1st 71st Batallon Soldier search PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - HLI Research
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!!

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