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|Thursday, 26 August 2010 14:52|
The HLI Standard, towards the cost of which very many members have generously subscribed, bears a large HLI Bonnet Badge on an HLI dark green background and is fringed with gold tassels. It was first carried on Friday the 13th of August 2010 when it was marched in the the Glasgow University Chapel. There the standard was blessed in a service conducted by the University Chaplain, The Reverend Stuart MacQuarrie.
The Standard-Bearer was the Secretary. Accompanying the standard was the Saltire, carried by the Treasurer. One of the readings was given by Lt Col Stephanie Jackman TD, the CO of the Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities Officers Training Corps. The Colonel's presence was very fitting. The OTC she commands is the only Army unit that wears the Mackenzie - HLI kilt - and was originally raised by an HLI officer - whose name I have forgotten.
Better still, the Colonel had thrown open to us the Officers' Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess of the Glasgow and Strathclyde University Officers Training Corps. There we descended after the service. We were not only very well fed (from a buffet laid on by Mrs Selena Simpson, the Adjutant's Lady) but weren't away (some of us) till nearly 2300 hrs. (The PMC, WO2 W King, stayed till the very end.)
VJ Day Parade
The very next day, Saturday the 14th of August 2010, the Standard was paraded at the VJ Day Celebration at Knightswood Cross Veterans Memorial. After a service in the nearby church we formed up - alas en bloc with everyone else. Our Standard was also en bloc amid a host of others - and not in front of us alone. But when we marched past the various dignitaries (amongst whom was Colonel Jackman) we eyes-lefted in unison. The Parade RSM's voice was very clear.
When we continued marching (down Great Western Road to the nearest pub) we must have held up enough traffic to create a log-jam. Luckily, every Police Officer we saw was on OUR side!
2010 Assaye Reunion
Next is the 2010 Reunion. This will be at RHF Home Headquarters, 518 Sauchiehall Street on Saturday the 2nd of October. It will start at 1230 hrs and finish in the later afternoon. There will be the usual buffet lunch and another expose on the Battle of Assaye. Perhaps there will also be a quiz - with Members in teams.
The HLI Association will also parade on Remembrance Sunday, the 14th of November. We shall form up behind the City Chambers at 1015 hrs. If possible, members should wear medals and bonnets with badges. Glengarries, either of HLI pattern (dark green) or Glasgow Highlanders Pattern (dark blue with a red toorie) can be worn or Blue Bonnets, but we would prefer the TOS - with an HLI Mackenzie tartan patch. These can be ordered from:
Stirling Tailors, 7 Cunningham Road, Pringkerse Industrial Estate, Stirling, FK7 7SW, (Tel: 01786 445 349) The price of an Issue Pattern is 22.50 - but with VAT and postage nearly 30.00
If in TOS, Glasgow Highlanders should wear them with just their badge. The rest of us should wear them with a red and white hackle. Hackles aren't available, but HHQ (Tel: 0141 332 0961) has stocks of red and white plumes at 3.00 each. If flattened inside a book for a week or two and also trimmed, they look more like hackles. HLI and Glasgow Highlanders Bonnet Badges are also on sale, for about 5.00 each. (HHQ also stocks HLI Glengarries.)
However, ALL Members and Associate Members of the Highland Light Infantry Association and hereby entitled to wear the TOS with HLI Bonnet Badge and Hackle.
Just one afterthought: Pre-1947 members of 1 HLI (and perhaps of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th HLI) could wear a dark-green hackle. This has been anticipated, HHQ also stocks dark-green plumes.