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  1. It is our sad duty to report the passing of Gordon Beech. Information received from Gordon’s Nephew. More details to follow.

  2. For those of you that are attending The Op Banner reunion that live far away why not make a day of it The Museum and The Scottish National War Memorial are open if you would like to visit, contact The Museum and give a few days’ notice this is free but does not allow you wider access to The Castle.

    Contact details are: –
    By phone 0131 310 5016 or email

  3. As at today 104 former Royals have signed up to attend the OP Banner reunion on 29 Feb.
    As the cut off date for applying has now passed we are now opening the event to include those Royals who hold a GSM from other ops, ie Aden, Radfan etc.

    Apply using the same form or contact the Regimental office.

  4. Death Announcement in The Daily Telegraph of Sat 15 Feb 2020.
    TAYLOR- (nee Primmer) Joan Barbara (Edinburgh). Died very peacefully on
    February 3rd 2020 at Edinburgh Erskine Home. Loving wife of the late Lt Col H.D.G.Taylor, RS. Adored mother of David, Anne, Charles and the late Hugo. Mother-in-law to Ian and Jackie. Loved by all her grandchildren and great grandson. Celebration of Joan’s life will be held at St Peter’s Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9PE at 11 a.m. on Saturday 7th March 2020. Please wear bright clothes.
    Lt Col Taylor commanded 1RS during their time in Aden.

  5. Sadly we have to report the sudden death of former Cpl James Welsh Jnr 1RS/REME on the 3rd February 2020, the funeral service will take place at Warriston Crematorium at 3pm 20th February 2020.

    1. Earliest Condolences and apologies due to Volunteer Training at Glenrothes,I am unable to attend Jim’s service.Thoughts with The Family,Regimental Family and friends.
      R.I.P. Jimmy until the Grandiozo Re-Org.
      Stu Colquhoun and Family

    2. So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim Welsh, our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Margaret & Nobby Clarke

    3. Just a quick reminder to all central branch members that the next meeting will be on Sunday 1st March at 1400hrs in Whitburn, and remember it is that time again so remember your money…..

  6. As you will all be aware that your Regimental Association Fees were due to be paid by the 1st February 2020
    A few /several Association members still need to pay or renew the Annual £10 membership fees to your respective Branches.

    The most important part of your Membership fee, it’s paid to your Branch to fund and support any Branch Events.

    If you haven’t been in touch with your Branch Secretary / Treasurer to renew your membership then we will assume that you no longer for whatever reason want to be an Association member, (Hopefully that will not be the case).

    Your Branch will accept Cash, Cheques and Postal Orders, or make things easier set up a Bank Direct Debit; speak to your Branch Secretary’s for a form.

  7. We have today been notified of the death on 19 January of James Neil, aged early 80s.
    James served 1955-57 and was awarded the GSM Cyprus with clasp Near East.
    A funeral service will take place at West Lothian Crematorium, Cousland Wood, Starlaw Place, Livingston EH54 7FDt on Fri 24 January at 1200hrs.

  8. We have been informed that there will be a memorial service for the late Major James Sheriff, 7/9 Battalion on Friday 24th January, 12pm at the Canongate Kirk.

  9. The funeral of Judge David Rodger Hall (Rodger Hall) who died on the 27th December 19 will take place at 1200 hrs on Friday 17th January at Tynemouth Crematorium, Walton Avenue, North Sheilds, NE29 9NJ.


  10. It is our sad duty to report the passing of Judge David Rodger Hall (Rodger Hall) on the 27th December 2019, Rodger served with The Royal Scots in Korea, Egypt, the Suez and Cyprus.

    He was extremely proud of his service to the Royal Scots Regiment and he proudly wore his uniform on Remembrance Sunday each year as well as keeping in touch with the veterans from The Royal Scots and the Club.

    The funeral service will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne, a date to be confirmed and will be published when known.

    1. I am a piper with The Royal Scots Association Pipes and Drums, and I had the honour of piping at the service today, Friday the 17th of Januaru

  11. Can anyone help?????
    Customer in shop today requesting a Piper and a Royal Scots flag to drape over coffin of a Royal Scots Veteran.
    Sudden death of “Judge David Roger Hall”.
    But the crematorium is in Newcastle – date TBC – but soon.
    Thank you in advance.

  12. Festive closure, Regimental Office and Museum

    The Regimental Office will be closed from 1pm Friday 20th December and reopen at 9am 6th January 2020.

    The Regimental Museum will be closed from Monday 23rd December – Friday 27th December and also Monday 30th December – Thursday 2nd January 2020, all dates inclusive.

    In case of URGENT CONTACT please use this form, Out of Office Hours Only, Contact Us

    We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

  13. A big thank you to former Royal Scot Franny Goodwin who this morning very generously donated £1,000.00
    to Royal Scots Benevolence.
    Thanks Franny.

    1. The Benevolence Fund

      Back in 1999 I fell on hard times, The Benevolence Fund were absolutely fantastic with their help, then again in 2009 and 2011, although it wasn’t shown at the time I was very, very grateful for all your help.
      Having been sober now for 15 months I feel it was my duty to put a few quid back into the Pot.
      It was great meeting you this morning and I hope to repeat my donation later next year.

      Merry Christmas

      1. Franny, I’ve just physically read this mate. Well done, it takes a lot to be honest and up front. What a fantastic gesture and kind donation. Someone will benefit I’m sure from your generosity.
        Take care mate


    2. Franny, outstanding Gesture and I’m sure this will help someone in the near future.

  14. Hi All

    A few changes have been made to the main menu and are as follows:

    The 1st World War, the 2nd World war and Post World War have been added to History.

    Obituaries and Gallery have been added to Association.

    A new menu item has been added, Volunteers Needed.

    Thank You

  15. A Thanksgiving Service for the late Lt Col PJ (Patrick) Cardwell Moore MBE will be held at 12 noon on Friday 7th February 2020 at St Anne’s Episcopal Church, Forfar Road, Cupar Angus, PH13 5AL.

  16. It is our very sad duty to report the passing of the following members of the Regimental family.

    On the 10th December 2019 Major James Sherriff. (7th/9th Battalion).

    On the 12th December 2019 Lt Col (Retd) Patrick Cardwell Moore MBE, He joined 1RS in Tripoli from Sandhurst in January 1962. Commanded from September 1983 over the Falklands Tour before having to hand over prematurely in November 1984 due to ill health. Retired early in 1987.

    Funeral details for both will be publish when known.

    Jim A

    1. I remember Lt Col P.C. Moore as a firm but fair officer while I was serving with the MT platoon and made sure I was never late if I had too pick him up from Bn Hq he held the rank of Captain then!
      My respects to his family and also to the family of Major James Sherriff.
      Yours Aye
      Alex Moore
      Southern Branch

    2. I was Major P J C Moore’s (later changed his name to CARDWELL MOORE) Coy Clerk in Munster (1976 to 1979). A hard task master I recall…. but a gentleman. I also recall his black Labrador was knocked down by a landrover near the Company Lines and died. RIP Sir.

  17. VE DAY 75th, Friday 8th May 2020

    On the 8th of May 1945 millions of people rejoiced in the news that Germany had surrendered, and war was finally over. The date became known as Victory in Europe Day (VE Day).

    In towns and cities across the world, people marked the victory with street parties, dancing and singing.

    On the 8th of May 2020, Legion Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Government and The City of Edinburgh will be welcoming WW2 veterans to a special commemoration in the Capital City. The date has been declared a National Bank Holiday across the UK so this provides the opportunity for us to ask the nation to remember and to come together to commemorate the service and sacrifice made by the men and women of the Second World War generation.

    There will be lots of opportunities for the veterans and those involved in the war effort to participate in events next year and this is where we need your help.

    Do you know of any WW2 veterans in your family, local branch, Regimental Association or indeed local community? If you do they may be interested in some of the following opportunities:

    1. A special programme of events taking place in Central London (organised by Royal British Legion). RBL plan to host 750 veterans from across the UK, each accompanied by a nominated companion to attend events over the 8th and 9th of May. The invitation includes fully funded transport, meals and accommodation and veterans will travel to London courtesy of the National Rail Group. You can find out more here on who can apply and how to apply. If you know of anyone interested in this opportunity please confirm with us by calling 0131 550 1562 or emailing

    2. Royal British Legion Scotland celebration and commemoration at the Ross Band Stand in Princess Street Gardens on Friday 8th May. This will be proceeded by a special veterans breakfast, meet, greet and photo opportunity as well as a parade through the city before commencing a full programme of entertainment at the Ross Band Stand. We are exploring options to provide fully funded transport and accommodation for those WW2 veterans who wish to attend.

    3. For those unable to travel to Edinburgh or London we would like to offer the opportunity for them to share their stories, letter, photos and much more as part of a collection of memories which can be shared through our social media, website, magazine and national press. If you know of anyone who would like to share their story and is willing to be interviewed this can be arranged locally.

    We also want to know if your Branch or Area has any plans in place for the VE Day 75th Anniversary as we plan to promote the activity in Scotland as widely as possible. If you have any information, even if it is just a draft outline at this stage please let us know.

    As part of our work with Scottish Government we are also exploring the option to provide local community groups, Legion Branches and Schools with an educational piece and guidance on how to run an event. If this is something you would be interested in then please do let us know asap, as we need to establish the level of interest in additional resources before these are produced.

    If you have any names you wish to put forward or information on events in your local area then please contact us by calling 0131 550 1562 or email Please ensure you have spoken to and have permission of the person you wish to nominate to be involved before you pass their details to us.

    We look forward to hearing from you and encourage our members and volunteers across the organisation to commit to what will be a wonderful opportunity for us to lead on coming together to remember all those men and women of the Second World War generation.

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    Our mailing address is:
    Legion Scotland
    New Haig House
    Logie Green Road
    Edinburgh, EH7 4HQ
    United Kingdom

  18. It is our sad duty to report the passing of Mr William (Bill ) Walker, Bill served with The Royal Scots during WW2 and also assisted us in the making of the Film Scottish Soldiers- World War 2 Memories.

    Obituary taken from The Edinburgh Evening News.

    WALKER William
    Peacefully, at home, on Monday, December 2, 2019. Bill, beloved husband of the late Rose, loving and cherished dad to Fran, Dot and Jackie and proud grandad and great-grandad to the family. A service will be held at Mortonhall Crematorium, Pentland Chapel, on Tuesday, December 17, at 2.30 pm, to which all are welcome. No flowers please, but donations can be made on the day.

    RIP Sir.

  19. I have been asked to pass the following information on:

    Pte Roderick McPhail A coy 3 plt served with Battalion from 1988 – 1992 passed away on 04 August due to cancer.


    The 2nd March 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of 1RS in Belfast, from Osnabruck, on the first of 13 tours in the Province. This totalled some 7 ½ years of deployment over the next 32 years. To mark this historic event the Regiment is holding a reunion, open to all who were awarded the GSM with Northern Ireland bar while serving with the 1st Battalion, including attached personnel. The reunion will be:

    On Saturday 29 February 2020, In The Royal Scots Club, beginning at 19:00

    Space is limited with a maximum attendance of 140. The cost, subsidised by a major grant from The Regimental Trust, will be £10 to include a two course, two choice buffet supper and a 50-page illustrated booklet covering all the tours.

    Further details will follow immediately after the New Year but please get this date into your diary now.

  21. Warning order.

    Good morning troops. It’s safe to say that this year has not been exactly a happy one with to many of our old comrades/friends leaving us for the big parade ground in the sky a good few gone well before their time.

    As it’s always great to meet old friends it isn’t that great having to keep meeting under such horrible circumstances to that end , I’m along with a few other old Royal Scots have decided to have an end of year gathering of old and bold to drink to our fellow Royal Scots no longer with us and to celebrate the coming year together amongst fellow veterans.

    What better place to start it off is at our Regimental Memorial that is the Royal Scots club I’ve spoken with Adrian at the club and it’ll be ok to meet in the bar for a few hours before heading to meet the main body.

    He requires numbers so , I’m assuming, for bar staff purposes therefore the gathering will take place on Saturday the 21st of December 17:30 till 19:30 hrs in the Royal Scots Club then to the Standing Order to meet the rest of the lads/lassies.

    Can you please let me know if you’ll be attending at the club so I can keep Adrian up to date with numbers the dress is smart casual although some of us like an excuse to dress up.

    Hope to see as many royals there as we can possibly muster. Try and make an effort guys. they’re always great events.


  22. Has any member of the regimental family got a spare pair of trews for sale waist 38 inside leg 29 does not matter if bigger in waist or leg will get them altered your regimental brother james valentine thanks money waiting

    1. Hi Jimmy,I have a spare pair of trews immaculate condition
      38 waist-31 leg.
      Make me an offer
      Alex Moore -Southern Branch
      Contact no. 01530 416424

  23. East of Scotland Branch Meeting
    Saturday 23rd November
    RBL Prestonpans


    Good morning all,

    I thought I would keep you all informed as to what we have planned for Xmas. We are holding a Christmas Carol Service at Canongate Kirk on 15 December for 16.00hrs. This service will last approximately 1 hour and all are welcome to attend. There is no tickets being allocated for entry, and it is also free. Where else would you get something free these days?

    If you are interested in attending, can you indicate to myself by 6th December so that we can look at putting on enough hot drinks and a wee mince pie for all. Mind, bring your best singing voices along as we have lots of favourite Christmas Carols to sing!

    I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

    Kind regards,

    Liz Kyle
    Event Support
    The Royal British Legion Scotland
    New Haig House Logie Green Road Edinburgh EH7 4HQ
    Direct Dial: 0131 550 1583

  25. Hello, my great grandad Christopher Allen was in the Royal Scots during WW2, we’re not quite sure which battalion he was in but we know at some point towards the end he stayed with a Belgium family. On some of his paperwork it said he also was a Lance corporal and his no was.. 3059418 He also wrote on a postcard that they was the 1st Tommy’s to liberate and step on the soil of Middleburg, Stadhuis.
    I’m just wondering if anyone has any more info of the batallion ect.. As I would love to know more ❤️ I have photos of him and who he was alongside too..

  26. Former Royal Scots and their families attended Remembrance events throughout the UK and beyond and the message sent out remains “We will remember them”
    If you have any photographs of the event(s) you attended please send them to

  27. Sadly I have to report that John Reid (Jack) Cockburn died on Tuesday 5 Nov aged 96.
    Jack served in the Royal Scots from the beginning of WW2 until 1967.
    His funeral will take place at Mortohall Crematorium on Friday 15th November at 11 am.
    Our thoughts are with his wife Violet and her family at this time.

  28. The Edinburgh Branch is holding a Xmas party on 7th Dec at 1900hrs till midnight in the Ex Service Mens Club in Smith Place Leith the cost is £15pp, Buffet / Entertainment / Raffle, lots of prizes with a smart TV as star prize, so come along meet up with old friends we also have members of the KOSB Association attending this event, contact Mick/Shirley McCann for tickets.

  29. Good morning troops.
    Only 25 days till our annual St Andrews night Celebrations. Again, for the second year running, we’ve doubled up with the East Lothian veterans breakfast club. I’d obviously like to see as many Royal Scots and their families there so if you’d like a night of great entertainment with a buffet and the usual raffle then contact myself or Jamie Colquhoun for ticket/s. Tickets are priced at £15 each. The night will be held on Saturday the 30th of November in the Ravelston house hotel in Musselburgh.

    Great night spent with good friends. Come and join in the fun and celebrate our patron saint with fellow Royal Scot veterans. The more the merrier.

    all the best.



  30. From Tommy Douglas and Tom Gordon.

    Free Remembrance Sunday Taxi Service


    Please note Fares4Free are offering veterans the chance to book a cab to get them to and from their local Remembrance Day Services on Sunday in the Edinburgh & Lothians Area, the service is free of charge and I have booked a couple of old Royals already. I would be happy for you to put the word out there as out of 30 available cabs only 3 have been booked so far.

    David Gibson can be contacted on 07708 299399 or

    Click the link for more details

  31. There will be a memeroial service for Ricky Cummings at Harvieston Cemetery just outside Birkinside on the A7. The service will start at 12.00 hours on the 23rd of Novemeber 2019.
    Drinks and a small buffet will be held in Dalkeith British Legion afterwards.
    This will be 25 years since the tragic accident where both Ricky and Dinger Bell both lost their lives on the A9.
    All are very welcome to come and show their respects to a former Royal Scot whether you knew him or not.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Stevie, Do you have a e mail address I could contact you on.

      Regards Kev Carlin

  32. Whitburn Remembrance Parade & Service:

    This year’s Remembrance Parade & Service will take place on Sunday 10th November 2019. Any persons or Organisations (young or older) wishing to attend the Annual Remembrance Parade please feel free to do so. Due to on going works behind the Burgh Halls, The Parade will now muster on the opposite side of the road around 10.15am in the car park to the rear of Taste Cafe. The parade will then leave at 10.30am prompt and march up to the War Memorial where there will be a short service and the laying of Wreaths. A service will then commence in the Whitburn South Parish Church led by the Rev Gordon Jamieson. Following the Church Service, the parade will return back to the Car Park starting point. There will be hot snacks & refreshments provided in the Masonic Hall following event. A mini bus is provided to take part in the parade for any person with walking difficulties. For any further information please contact Kevin Heggie (Parade Coordinator) on 07947146455.

  33. Sadly we have to report the death of Peter Boyes former LCpl 1RS. Pete served in A Coy from 1964 to 1970 (Tidworth & Osnabruck).
    His funeral will take place at Mortonhall Crematorium at 2 pm on Monday 21st October.

    1. sorry to hear of the passing of Pete Boyes, I remember him when I was in A coy and the fun we all had on ex Snow Queen , …R.I.P. ….Pete

  34. I have just read of the passing of Peter Boyes. I remember Peter very well. Always a jovial Ex Royal who went on to be a Labour Councillor for Midlothian. My condolences to all of Peters family and friends. RIP Peter. UTT


    Tickets are on sale now for our St Andrews Night, Saturday 30th November. Cost £15.

    Location Ravelstone House Hotel, 182 North St, Musselburgh

    Contact Jamie Colquhoun or George Higgins for tickets.

  36. East of Scotland Branch

    There will be NO meeting this month, due to other commitments.

    The next Branch meeting will take place on Saturday 23rd November, 1930hrs at RBL Prestonpans.

    1. Sorry to hear of the passing of Peter Boys and David Zavaroni served with both Peter in A Coy and David in the Recce thoughts are with there families

  37. Remembrance Events 2019

    Remembrance Week 2019 is going to be busy with many events covered by our Regimental Family. This gives us our opportunity to pay our respects and Remember the events and loss of life in numerous conflicts. Many will be attending Services in their local town/area and it is hoped that the Regiment can be as widely represented as possible in our Regimental Area. There are a number of events that the Regimental Family will be involved in, some of these are organised externally and others are purely Royal Scots events; see below for details of RS events.

    Co-ordination: The Regimental lead on all Remembrance issues is the Regimental Administrator, Captain Jimmy Springthorpe who can be contacted during office hours on 0131 557 0405 or email,uk. London based events are coordinated by Major Christopher Delacombe

    Wreaths: Representatives/Branches laying wreaths on behalf of the Regiment are responsible for ordering their wreaths from the Regimental Office and arranging collection from the Office prior to the event. Please don’t leave until the last minute. Wreaths for the events at the Garden of Remembrance and Edinburgh City Chambers have been pre-ordered and will be delivered to those locations.

    Dress: while in no way mandatory, it is hoped that those attending will wear, if in possession, Blazer, Trews/Flannels, RS Tie, Glengarry with RS Cap Badge, Medals and of course, a Poppy.

    Please continue to watch the Regimental Website for information regarding Remembrance Events :

    Photographs: The next issue of the Thistle will contain a selection of photographs from Remembrance Services so please send any you have of your Service to Add names of those in the photographs.

    J Springthorpe
    Regimental Administrator

    A list of events can be found here

  38. I’ll be attending at mortonhall. Can’t believe It’s been 25years already. LEST WE FORGET.

  39. Caretaker / Chauffeur / Handyman

    Mature and responsible person required for estate in the Scottish Borders within 25 miles of Edinburgh. To be responsible for the security of the mansion house and to assist in the running of the house and grounds, maintaining them to a high standard. The role will include driving duties as required. This is a live-in appointment offering competitive salary and well-appointed accommodation within the main house. Relevant experience is beneficial but not essential. A full UK driving licence is required. Please send applications including CV and covering letter and contact details of references to:-


    1. Just to remind the members of Central Branch that the next meeting will be on Sunday 3rd November at 1400 hrs in Whitburn, and this will be our A. G. M. For this Branch. Hope to see all there

  40. Very sorry to hear of the death of Davey Zavaroni. He was a friendly, likeable guy and a loyal Royal. Our thoughts are with Helen and the family at this sad time. RIP Davey.

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