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:
"CLANNAIBH NAN GAIDHEAL RI GUALAIBH A CHEILE"
as noted at the end of the HLI Chronicle article.
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