It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing on 7th of June 2022, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea of our old comrade James (Jim) Bradford.
Jim Bradford revisiting Walcheren in 2016
Jim served with the 5th Bn HLI in WW2 in Belgium, Holland (Walcheren) and Germany, taking part in the Crossing of the Rhine. Shortly after the end of the war in Europe, Jim was posted to Palestine with the 1st Bn HLI.
Jim was a well known friend to many of our members who travelled with him on Willie Shaw’s “veterans return” tours to Holland and Germany. Although Jim had been for many years resident in the south of England, he visited his old HLI pals in Glasgow, and participated in the veterans parade at Knightswood.
In the last few years Jim was a resident in the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where he enjoyed spending his days with his fellow pensioners.
Jim in his RHC uniform
The HLI Association sends their condolences to Jim’s son Alan, who informed us of Jim’s passing, and who sends greetings to his father’s old HLI comrades. Jim’s funeral will be at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on the 5th of July 2022.
Gerry McAuley HLI/RHF
It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of Joseph “Gerry” McAuley. Gerry served in the 1st Battalion HLI in the late 1950s, and was in the Highland Light Infantry during the amalgamation with the Royal Scots Fusiliers, which saw the formation of the Royal Highland Fusiliers in 1959.
Gerry was a stalwart member of both the HLI and RHF Associations for many years, and was a familiar face at Armed Forces Day and Remembrance Services in Glasgow.
Gerry had been ill for some time, and passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, on the morning of Wednesday the 16th of February 2022. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Catherine and the family at this sad time.
Highland Light Infantry Association
We are greatly saddened to have been informed of the passing of John Deuchars, a WW2 HLI veteran, and a long standing member of the HLI Association. John served in the 5th Battalion HLI in World War 2, taking part in the liberation of Holland, and the defeat of nazi Germany. John’s daughter Marion, contacted the Association to let us know that he had passed away on the morning of Tuesday the 21st of December 2021. He was 95 years old. He will be sorely missed by his family and his old HLI comrades.
John’s funeral will be on Saturday the 8th of January in South Lanarkshire. Details from the Association Secretary.
The HLI, GH, and RHF Associations marched together at Armed Forces Day in Glasgow. Saturday 29th June 2019. Photos courtesy of Jim and Jan Fury.
HLI Association members Jim Fury and Eric Wallace after their long march through Glasgow to George Square (where a small refreshment awaited!)
Well done all!
The Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association will once again co-ordinate the above event which will take place on Saturday 4th May 2019
The Secretary carrying the HLI Association Standard at the VE Day Event 2018
A Church service will be held in Knightswood St Margaret’s Church, 2000 Knightswood Road, Knightswood, Glasgow G13 2HA.
Veterans on the march on Great Western Road
The dress will be as per Armistice day parades. Association Standards will be on parade.
73rd ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY / SATURDAY 12th MAY 2018
HLI veterans and dignitaries enjoy a well earned refreshment after the parade
• 10:00 – Church Hall open for Tea / Coffee etc. TOILETS ARE AVAILABLE
• 10:30 – Branch Standard Bearers and Wreath layers dress rehearsal at Vets monument
• 10:50 – Veterans etc seated for Church Service
• 10:55 – VIP’S seated
• 11:00 – Service commences
• 11:40 – Service ends approximately
• 11:41 – Standards and Veterans who plan to lay wreaths proceed to pre set positions at Monument, including Bugler
• 11:42 – Veterans etc proceed to Vets monument
• 11:55 – VIP’S arrive to pre set positions, including Piper
• 11:56 – Rev S Fraser conducts short service
• 12:00 – Last Post (Bugler)
• 12:01 – 2 minutes silence
• 12:03 – Reveille (Bugler)
• 12:04 – Wreath laying ceremony ( Lament – Piper)
• 12:15 – Service at Monument ends
• 12:20 – Band and Veterans form up, including Standards.
• 12:30 – March off
• 12:40 – Arrive at destination / Fall out / Lounge for Music and Finger Buffet etc
HLI Association members attending a Fete de la Liberation in Montblanc France. Saturday 18th August 2018.
Montblanc’s Mayor M. Claude Allingri greets the HLI Association standard bearers.
HLI Normandy veteran John Lamont, Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur, is greeted by Montblanc’s Mayor M. Claude Allingri.
My father, Hugh Dow, served in the 17th Battalion HLI, A Company, No. 2996, joining on 7th June 1915. He was injured at The Somme on 1st July 1916 and shipped home. He died in 1970.
We were fortunate as a family to get tickets for the centenary at Thiepval on 1st July 2016. The next day as we walked in the area where I think my father was injured (near the Leipzig Redoubt) we met a chap from Glasgow whose uncle or great-uncle had been in the same battalion. We chatted for quite a while but unfortunately didn’t exchange details.
I’m sure he might have more info than I have about life in the 17th in those months of 1916. It’s a long shot but it’s just possible that he might read thus or someone might know who he is. If so it would be hugely appreciated if he would get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There was an Armed Forces Day Parade followed by a Civic Reception at Clydebank on Saturday 16th June. We all enjoyed the hospitality of West Dunbartonshire!
Glasgow Saturday 30th June
Form up at Holland Street 10:30 Hrs
10:30 am Form up Holland Street for marching Parade contingent
11:00 am Parade marches off. Those not marching the full route should join the parade as it comes past the Queen Street Station corner.
12:00 Civic Reception – ticketed event in the Banqueting Suite in the City Chambers.
Ticket holders only for Civic Reception.
All are welcome to the parade and activities in George Square.