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Drum Major Ronnie Hughes 1RHF PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JimDevine   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 13:55

 

The Standards paraded at Craigton Crematorium on Saturday 19th March 2016 for the farewell to Drum Major Ronnie Hughes 1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers.

 

 
Major Alastair Mack HLI 1952-1958 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JimDevine   
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 00:54

Major Alastair Mack 1934-2016

Hi Folks,

I am sorry to have to report that I was informed today by Willie Shaw that he had received a call from Alastair Mack's daughter to say that he had passed away on Sunday 6th March.  Alastair was Chairman, and a long standing supporter of the HLI Association. I hope that we can arrange a suitable commemoration but we will have to await details from Alastair's family.  Most of you will know that Alastair moved recently to Wiltshire and it may be that the funeral will take place there.  I will keep you informed as I receive further information.

In the meantime let us remember an old comrade in typical HLI fashion, with fondness, respect, and a dram in his memory!

Yours aye,

Jim Devine
Secretary
HLI Association

 

 
In Memoriam David Farquhar HLI WW2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JimDevine   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:36

It is with great sadness that we have been informed by Sionah Lannen (nee Farquhar) of the death of her Father, old HLI comrade David Farquhar. David served in France with the HLI in WW2.  He passed away very peacefully on Sunday 7th February 2016 aged 92.  The funeral service will be on the 23rd February at 2pm at Park Cemetery, Lytham St Anne's, Lancs. A piper will be in attendance.

A recent photo of David

 

David in uniform on his wedding day in 1945

 

Gone but not forgotten.

 

 
Major Robert Barbour Cameron HLI 28/07/1920 - 11/07/2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JimDevine   
Sunday, 08 November 2015 01:37

Major Robert Barbour Cameron HLI 28/07/1920 - 11/07/2014

Robert Barbour Cameron enlisted into the Highland Light Infantry at Glasgow University Officer Training Corps on the 18th of September 1939. He was subsequently commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry (2nd Bn. Glasgow Highlanders).

Robert's wartime service was spent as an officer in the 12th Frontier Force Regiment, a regiment comprised of British and Empire troops, serving in India and Burma. The 12th Frontier Force Regiment was part of General Slim's 14th Army, the so-called "forgotten army". This unfortunate moniker was due largely to the lack of contemporary press interest in the Burma campaign. So much so that General Slim is said to have told his troops…

"When you go home don't worry about what to tell your loved ones and friends about service in Asia. No one will know where you were, or where it is if you do. You are, and will remain "The Forgotten Army."

Indian officers of the 12th Frontier Force Regiment. Photo Robert Cameron.

Forgotten or not, the 14th Army and the 12th Frontier Force Regiment with them, fought a fierce campaign against a determined Japanese enemy, in the most unforgiving jungle terrain.  Robert was twice wounded in action, but thankfully not seriously enough to take him out of the combat zone.  He suffered, as most Jungle soldiers did, more from the effects of malaria and dysentery, than from enemy gunfire.

Robert survived the jungles of Burma, reaching the rank of Major, before returning to civilian life in 1946.  His two brothers also survived the war, One of them also having served in the South East Asia Command (SEAC) area, while the other spent five years as a POW in Germany.  His sister also served in the army for a time during the war.  In later years Robert moved to Queensland, Australia, and lived a long and happy life, passing away last year just 17 days short of his 94th birthday.

Robert, like so many of his Burma campaign comrades, did not care to talk about his wartime experiences; only reluctantly putting down a few details on record in recent times, at the suggestion of his son-in-law, Wayne Gray, to whom we owe this opportunity to commemorate this gallant HLI officer.

Memorabilia of Robert Cameron's service in Burma.
Courtesy of Mr Wayne Gray. Queensland, Australia.

In his own words Robert says…

"Most of my age group wanted to forget the filth of war, the heartbreak for parents. Most wanted no more. Certainly no praise; only one word… Peace."

On Remembrance Sunday and on VJ Day, when we commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we should also stop to remember those who came home too. Many of them bearing scars that the passage of time might help to fade, but that decades could not erase.

The War Cemetery in Kohima bears the famous inscription "When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today"

 


 

 
In Memoriam Pte. Henry "Harry" Ballantyne 1st Bn HLI 1943-1946 PDF Print E-mail
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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

 
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