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  1. As we enter week three of Covid 19 restrictions I want to update you all on Royal Scot matters.
    It was marvellous to see the support shown to the NHS staff by the public during the hand clapping and Pipe playing over the last two Thursdays. I have a daughter who is a Doctor and a granddaughter who is a Nurse and they both tell me how proud they are to be doing what they do.

    MUSEUM. The Museum of course remains closed however thanks to modern technology it can still be visited online. Someone recently asked about leaving their Grandfathers medals and other items to the museum in their will. This and many other questions will be answered when we return to normal working. Also, on Facebook Tom Gordon and Cathy Tucker have been putting up items of interest, just to keep the Museum ‘live’.

    CLUB. The Club remains closed and is losing a lot of revenue due to the cancellation of bookings for accommodation and events. The announcement that this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo had been cancelled was a big hit for the club. We must spare a thought also for those whose weddings were to take place in the club.

    ASSOCIATION. Although members are unable to get together at events it is clear that a lot of associating is taking place online and the social media sites are buzzing.
    C – communicating
    O – offering advice
    V – volunteering
    I – ideas
    D – duty
    Regimental Day. Although we could not get together on the night, we showed that as a Regiment we are still one and many posts on Facebook of Royals raising a glass at 1830 on 28/03/2020 showed that.

    BENEVOLENCE. The number of requests for assistance has neither increased nor decreased and there has only been one case indirectly linked to Covid 19. This situation is anticipated to change in the coming weeks. Cases involving home alterations, ie wet rooms and stairlifts will not be able to be fully processed as tradesmen will not be able to carry out the work required. This should not however prevent anyone from submitting those type of claims it just means the work will be delayed.
    Post Covid 19 Event. It might be a good idea to have a “Reunite” function of some sort when this is all over. The Regimental Reunion could be held later in the year, perhaps based on a similar format to the highly successful Op BANNER night.

  2. It is with our deepest sympathy that we have to inform you of the passing of John McGrath RS (MID), John is Uncle to Ms Cathy Busby (RSA NI Branch), Cathys father Patrick james and his brother William McGrath both also served as RS soldiers, Unfortunately John fell ill to the covid 19 virus and passed away in Glasgow on the 3rd Apr 2020, on behalf of all members of the NI branch our thoughts and condolences are with Cathy and the wider family circle
    RIP John McGrath RS
    C MacDonald
    RSA NI Branch

    1. Our sincere condolences to the family of John McGrath at their loss, such a sad time for everyone ,words alone are never enough,please stay safe RIP John.
      Dave & Janet


    I’m hoping that the power of Facebook can return this Bible back to its owner
    It looks like it could be of sentimental value and pretty old belonged to a gentleman in the Royals Scots
    The names written inside are Private Thomas Wilson and Son Robert Hendog Wilson 1942-1988
    *Will be able to collect from the post office on the high street

    More information from Caty Tucker (Museum Research)
    10362 Cpl T Wilson DCM

    10362 Thomas Wilson enlisted: 09.09.08 discharged 04.04.1919. He served with the 1st Battalion although he may have been with the 2nd at some point. I can’t confirm that at the moment. He was discharged as a Silver War Badge Man, aged 29. He embarked for France in Dec 1915, thus he served throughout the War. He was awarded the D.C.M in 1915. He obtained the Rank if Cpl. His campaign medals were the 1915 Star, War and Defence Medal. There may be a photo of him in the collection but all material covering this period are with Max Communications currently being digitised under Libor.

  4. Further to my post on 12th March and now that the situation is clearer, I wish to update you all on the following:

    REGIMENTAL OFFICE. With effect from Friday 20th March Ellie and I will be working from home apart from a couple of short visits to the office each week to deal with post and banking. We will use the e-mail addresses as are currently in use, that is and

    A message on the office answer machine (0131 557 0405) will direct callers to my mobile phone which will be manned during the hours 8am to 2pm. Outside of those hours you can leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as is possible.

    You can also use our Out of Hours Contact form and again we will respond as soon as we can and it can be found at this link

    THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION. All association/regimental events including those organised by branches are cancelled up until the 1st of July when the situation will be reviewed. This includes the branch monthly meetings and all open-air events. Anyone who has paid for the Regimental Day dinner and/or the Regimental reunion will be refunded.

    REGIMENTAL BENEVOLENCE. Benevolence will function as normal and I ask you all if you identify anyone in need please direct them to their nearest branch of SSAFA who are responsible for initiating the case. It is likely that the SSAFA case worker will do the interview over the telephone rather than face to face.
    Any changes or updates will be posted here.

    Jimmy Springthorpe
    Regimental Administrator.

  5. Press Release

    The Royal Scots – Regimental Day 28th March

    As a way of creating a living history for our web site and our museum at Edinburgh Castle , our project team, RS 373, is working on capturing veterans’ memories on film, it’s still work-in-progress. On our Regimental Day we’re launching another initiative to connect our Regimental Family at this time of virus lockdown. The following message has gone out. It would be great if you could cover this story.

    Click this link to see the full story

    1. I cannot limit myself to five individual moments so am going to be very general:
      1. Being a member of the finest Regiment in the British or any other Army.
      2. Being looked after throughout my service by the finest Warrant Officers and SNCOs there were.
      3. Being privileged to command really brilliant JNCOs and Jocks who kept me sane (most of the time) and amused by all they did.
      4. Continuing to be part of the Regimental Family with the friendship and memories that brings.
      5 . Looking back over nearly four centuries of unmatched achievement in Service to Sovereign and Country -and knowing that our successors in SCOTS continue, and will continue to add to that.
      Nemo me Impune Lacessit
      Robert Watson

      1. On arrival at Khormaksar Airport in Aden we were met by Frankie Doyle with a 4 tonner on which we were transported to the 5 star dust bowl called the transit camp. The following day we were issued with brand spanking new SLR’s that still had the grease and wax that the factory put on them. When I asked about cleaning kits, I was told that were all up country with the battalion. So I then asked if there were any rags available so that we could make some effort to clean our rifles. I received a negative reply. At this point desperation was starting to set in.
        ‘Have you got anything that we could use at all?’ I asked, more in hope than expectation. The response was a quick rummage around under the counter whereupon he produced three copies of the Reader’s Digest.
        When we eventually arrived at the battalion echelon at Thumier, the condition of our weapons did not meet the standards required by the CSM namely WO2 Dick McKeen.

      2. (1) Sept 1985, after just winning best at PT at Glencourse Depot and being then met by Cpl John Lothian and hearing is loud voice telling me I will be boxing for “A” Coy in the up and coming boxing event and of course winning.

        (2) 1986 Winning the “A” Coy 10 miler and coming 9th in The Bn Half Marathon, I felt that was a my greatest achievement to date.

        (3) Dec 1987, leaving Woodburn RUC Station at night for my first foot patrol and only being in NI less than an hour along with commander Phil Gilbert, Ray Lunn, Stephen Welch and Me 2i/c.

        (4) 1988 Winning at The Light Welterweight 3rd Armoured Divisional Championships and Hiking over The Himalayas with me old muckers Jimmy McCormack, Eddie Millar, Gratty, Tattie Peel
        Capt Charlie Wallace to name but a few, absolutely one of the best but hardest things I did, visiting The Taj Mahal in Agra, Delhi, Srinnerger, Jammu Kashmir and The Himalayas.

        (5) 15th February 1990 jumping out an Brit Norman Twin Turbine Islander for the first time, then to go on and complete hundreds of descents from 1,600 feet to 16,000 feet lasting an 8 year period and giving the chance at Fort George to allow others to have and share my experience of parachuting and skydiving.

        What can I say, none of this would never had ever happened if it weren’t for The 1st Bn The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) UTR xx

  6. RS 373 Regimental Day

    SITREP on Initiative to Capture Post WW2 to 2006 Memories of our strong, close- knit Regimental Family.
    15 separate interviews were filmed at the RS Club between November and the end of February, resulting in over 10 hours of footage.

    Some very strong themes have come through, and the ‘first cut’ of the Film will be viewed by Team 373 this coming week. Notwithstanding the Pandemic it is hoped to release the Film by the end of April. The initiative has been made possible by a grant from our Regimental Trust.

    ‘Charlie Charlie Call’ to Royals and the wider Regimental Family, on Regimental Day
    We are all currently experiencing the unprecedented impact of the current Coronavirus pandemic. Let’s today share 5 one-liner memories of life with the First Battalion; these should not be too specific eg date or detail nor dwell on incidents on operations nor recount disciplinary matters nor be critical of others.

    For starters my 5 are:
    1. Joining C Company in Osnabruck and immediately going to Kiel to take Battalion members sailing in the Baltic.
    2. The challenge of the 30km race on Ex HARDFALL, 2 days after arriving in Norway.
    3. Having the real privilege of leading the Battalion in Werl.
    4. HRH The Princess Royal’s morale boosting pre- Christmas visit to Belfast.
    5. How supportive and important our families were when the Battalion deployed on operations.

    So big ‘Ask’ please for Royal Scots ‘Crowd Communication’ on Regimental Day: share your one-line memories, don’t delay do it today.

    Take care, stay safe and I know we all be looking out for vulnerable members of our very special Regimental Family at this challenging time.

    Thank you, Martin Gibson
    Lead Team RS 373

    1. 1. Meeting 1RS QM first time on arrival in Osnabruck.
      2 Cleaning company vehicles with toothbrushes for handover in Libya.
      3 432 driver training under Bill Pettigrew on Achmer Training Area .
      4. Meeting the Queen after parade in Princess Street Gardens.
      5. Sailing in Keil with sproggie 2nd Lt Gibson .

      1. 1. Arriving in Mercer Bks Osnabruck one afternoon in May 1968 to an empty barracks – Bn finished work at 1 pm in prep for exercise in Libya followed by:
        2. Introduction to the Company Beer Bar!!!
        3. Change of Cap Badge parade in 1969 when we got our proper badges back
        4. Tidworth – AMF(L) exercises in Norway, Greece, Denmark (and Sennybridge!!!)
        5. My first MQ in Tidworth, in the quarters behind Assay Bks. My wife stopping the Mil Band and telling them to find another route as they were waking the baby – they did!

        6. Many, many more!

    SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2020

    On 28 March 2006, while the 1st Battalion were deployed on operations based at Basra in Iraq, and after 373 years of unbroken service to the day since King Charles signed his Warrant to raise Hepburn’s Regiment, our direct forebears, the Regiment merged with the six surviving Regular and two Territorial Regiments of Scottish Infantry to form The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The 1st Battalion was renamed The Royal Scots Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland. On 1 August 2006 that Battalion further merged with The King’s Own Scottish Borderers Battalion to form The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, abbreviated to 1 SCOTS.

  8. As we are unable to hold any event to celebrate Regimental Day on Saturday 28th March I would ask all Royals everywhere to raise a glass at 6.30 pm on Saturday and toast “The Regiment”.
    Stay safe,

  9. The Regimental Office.
    New phones have been procured for the office staff.
    The telephone number for Admin manned by Ellie is 07745 791623.
    The number manned by myself is 07752 262300.
    The voice message on our land line will be altered to reflect the changes.


  10. 80th Anniversary of The Royal Scots Defence of the Dunkirk Perimeter: The Battle of Le Paradis

    We regret to advise that due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic a decision has been taken to cancel the Association’s official participation with Lestrem Commune in this year’s Commemoration. This year is the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Le Paradis where The Royals, ordered to hold the Dunkirk Perimeter to the last round and the last man, did just that. The Royal Norfolk Association and 1 Royal Anglian have also cancelled. If it should become possible to attend some of our Members may go unofficially and so there could still be a presence. Lestrem Commune propose a special Commemoration in 2021 which we plan to attend as we would have done this year. A big thank you to all who have supported this year’s planning, it will not be lost and next year we will once again remember the success and sacrifice of the First Battalion in 1940 in a fitting manner.

    David Dickson & Iain Laird

  11. Pleases be aware that The Royal Scots and the Royal Regiment of Scotland Museum is closed until further notice as is Edinburgh Castle, we will update if any changes.

  12. Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak it is with reluctance that the decision has been made to cancel both the Association AGM on 20th March and the Association Regimental Day dinner night on 28th March. I know there will be a degree of disappointment but I am sure the decision will be understood.

    A new date for the AGM cannot be made at this time for obvious reasons.

    Jimmy Springthorpe
    Association Chairman.

  13. The Thistle Volume 36 Winter Edition 2019/2020

    A couple of errors have been spotted in the Chairman’s address on the front page and the following amendments should be made when you receive your copy.

    Paragraph two, the last line before the bullet points has been omitted, please add:

    “sustain our critical Regimental activities. We agreed that:”

    Second column, fourth bullet point should read:

    “The RS Association Membership will decline naturally overtime, BUT association will continue and is to be encouraged.”

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