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  1. CHRISTMAS CARDS – WARNING NOTICE Please note that we have decided (as for previous years) not to send out Christmas Cards this year – the main factor being the extortionate cost for postage. As an alternative, it is our intention to give a cash donation to GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND. I do hope that this does not offend anyone. Bill Sutherland and Lyn Sutherland

  2. Cancellation Of Edinburgh and Glasgow Gardens of Remembrance opening Ceremonies

    As you might have seen, First Minister has announced that the restrictions in place across the central belt are going to be extended for another week, which means outdoor events will not now be allowed until 2 November.

    The opening Ceremonies for the Edinburgh and Glasgow Gardens of remembrance will no longer go ahead.

    I really appreciate you all stepping up to the plate to assist us we couldn’t possibly manage to do these events without our Volunteers thank you all.

    The National Remembrance Service will be held at the Scottish National War Memorial it will be a vastly reduced service with only 20 in attendance it will take place at 1045 on Sunday 08 November 2020 I would appreciate it if you were all able to assist us on that date if you could let me know please further details and briefings will follow shortly.

    Best Wishes

    B Ward
    Events Manager
    The Royal British Legion Scotland
    New Haig House Logie Green Road Edinburgh EH7 4HQ
    Telephone: 0131 550 1562
    Mobile: 07583 100686

  3. It is my sad duty to inform the Regimental Family that BRUCE ALLAN (B Coy), passed away this morning Tuesday 20th October,
    this was due to ill health.

    More details and funeral details will follow when known.

    1. So saddened to hear of the passing of Bruce. A wonderful man who would do anything for anyone.
      With all his own problems he still found time to mentor others.
      I used to enjoy a pint in the “Hammy Hoose” when Bruce was tending bar. RIP Bruce.

    2. I’m very sorry to learn about Bruce Allan. He was a regular visitor to OPMH during my tenure. He became a volunteer at Erskine and also did some fundraising, including sponsored abseiling from the Forth Bridge.

  4. Veterans Railcards

    1. Veterans Railcards are now on sale; the eligibility criteria can be found here –

    2. Individual Training Accounts (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland: the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills (Jamie Hepburn) has announced that the ITA scheme will remain open until 28 Feb 21. This scheme provides financial assistance, up to £200, towards a single course or training episode per year. To be eligible, candidates must fulfil the following criteria:
    – aged 16 and over,
    – not in education or involved in any other SDS funded programme,
    – either unemployed and looking to get back into work or employed but earning less than £22,000 p.a. and looking to progress in or change your job,
    – resident in Scotland.

    More information, including how to apply, can be found here.

    3. NHS Scotland will be launching the Scottish Veterans Care Network on Thu 19 Nov (1330-1600). This is a National Strategic Network which will address a number of current issues, including access to specialist services such as Veterans First Point and mainstream services, awareness of veterans needs amongst health professionals and veterans data, with an expectation that it will allow sharing of good practice and expertise, as well as adding to the resilience of existing services. A key objective and early priority for the network will be the development of a Veterans Mental Health Action Plan, ensuring it complements Scotland’s 10 year Mental Health Strategy and veterans have parity of care, no matter where they live in Scotland. Additionally the Action Plan will link to key strands of the Mental Health Strategy including work on suicide prevention.
    During the virtual launch event on Thu 19 Nov, there will be four ‘breakout rooms’ which will cover the following areas:
    – Health and Wellbeing; improving mental health for veterans,
    – Data and Information; the picture so far,
    – National Frameworks and Pathways; overcoming stigma and improving access,
    – Education and Workforce; finding gaps and sharing knowledge.
    The above event provides an opportunity to contribute to the shape of the Network and its priorities. You will also hear from key partners on what the Network means to them. If you are interested in attending, please register at this link.


    This is the final calling notice for this event to be held at Gullane on Friday 30 October commencing at 10.00am.

    Would any officer who wishes to enter this event and who has not already contacted Brian de la Haye please ensure they do so by Friday 16 October as numbers must be finalised. The cost is likely to be £22 per person.

    Brian may be contacted on:

  6. It is with deep regret and within current government guidelines. We have taken the decision to cancel all breakfasts and events (St Andrews Night) this was a joint event with the Assocation and the East Lothian Veterans Breakfast Club until after the year or until the Government lift most of the restrictions. I hope you are all doing well in the current situation, and if you need anything or even a chat, pick up the phone and talk. Keep safe. Jamie

    Just found out that a great friend of mine Davy Swinton died on 23 December 2019, aged 67.
    Davy was ex Signals Platoon and Battalion Football Player in the early 70’s.
    RIP my friend.


    I have re-booked Falkirk Golf Course, it will now be held on Sunday the 25th Oct, first tee off at 10:00 hrs, they will let me know closer to the time if the club house will be able to sell Rolls & Coffee as a takeaway service. I have booked 6 tee times, so if you can let me know if you are attending I can put you into one of the tee times. If there is a big up take I will need to book more tee times so grateful if you can get names to me ASAP that would be much appreciated. You can find my email address on the back of the Thistle magazine.

  9. Remembrance 2020

    Given the current situation regarding Covid 19 and to enable us to fully comply with the Government guidance we will not be holding any remembrance services or parades this year.

    We will however be laying wreaths where we normally do. The wreaths will all be laid on Remembrance Sunday the 8th of November except for the one at the Glencorse Memorial Garden which following tradition will be laid on the Saturday.

    The wreath laying is being undertaken by nominated association members, with the exception of the Garden of Remembrance in Princes St Gardens which is being laid on our behalf by Legion Scotland who are laying all the wreaths there this year.

    Those laying the Regimental wreaths are:

    Ian Fair – Haymarket

    Eddie Welsh – The Canongate

    Jim Anderson – RS Monument

    George Lowder – RS Club

    Jim Blythe – Lauriston

    Alex Dockar – Peebles

    The Glencorse Memorial Gate – This will be laid by a member of the late WO2 Mick O’Hara’s family.

    The Wreath Layers can invite up to 5 others to join them in a socially distanced manner.

    The following events in London are being coordinated by the Southern branch.

    Thurs 5th – opening of the Field of Remembrance. A limited number of tickets have been allocated.
    Sat 7th – Regimental cross planting. Details awaited.
    Sun 8th – The Cenotaph Parade and service. This year the Regiment is restricted to 8 marchers and their names have been submitted to RBL.

    I would stress that unless you are officially invited you stay away from those events.

    Those laying wreaths should contact me to arrange collection. 07814 954848 or

  10. Funeral Details for the late Tam Gorrian

    Friday 9th October

    Time 1300 hrs

    Mortonhall Crematorium

    Only aloud 20 in the chapel, remainder can hear the service outside.

    Everyone are welcome back at British Legion Prestonpans.

    There is also a live webcast if you wish to view it details as follows.

    Service Date:- 9th Oct 2020 at 13:00
    Service Chapel:- Main Mortonhall
    Website:- and go to login
    Username:- Lequ4811
    Password:- 996962
    Webcast:- Live webcast and watch again

    1. So sorry to hear of Tams passing I have some great memories of our time in Werl condolences to all his family

      1. On behalf of myself and my brother Tommy we both would like to send our sincere condolences to The Gorrian family and friends, Tam was a corporal PTI instructor at Glencourse Barracks during my training and we met again when he joined us in “A” Company in Werl, I always found Tam very approachable and a good man to talk with.

        Rest In Peace Tam

    2. Wow…. RIP Tam. You have just brought back lots of good times to me.

      Your aye


  11. The Veterans Guide to Later Life in Scotland

    Click the image below to read or download

  12. Sad news, my first Band Sergeant Major on joining the Regiment from Kneller Hall. Sincere condolences to the family.

    1. Thank you for my copy of the “Thistle” much obliged.
      Dave Dickson

    2. I thankyou for the copy of the Thistle magazine, I look forward to it dropping on the doormat … I read every word cover to cover and enjoy looking at the pics trying to put names to faces. I visited Glencorse Bks last year Remembrance and was hoping to attend again this year but due to the present crisis everything will be somewhat changed, but hopefully next will be different and I’ll be back up .
      yours aye
      Dave Fraser.

  13. RIP Tam condolences to the Gorrian family at such a sad time didn’t know of his passing until today
    Regards .
    Dave & Janet Dickson

  14. GOLF SUNDAY 04th OCTOBER 2020

    All, I have just been informed that the Kitchen at the Golf Course will be open on Sunday.

    So I now need to know who is attending so that the catering staff can get enough provisions in. That will be Bacon Rolls, Coffee before Tee off and then a 2 course meal at the end. I need to give numbers by 1500 hrs Friday 2nd Oct. Apologise for the short notice, but I have just found out myself.

  15. Just heard absaloutly knocked off my feet cant believe it,, sad news condolences to Tracey,family,and extended,

  16. The Regimental Association sends their Deepest Condolences to the family of the late Tam Gorrian and Tommy McKeachan, all our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult and sad time.


  17. Condolences to Tracey, the girls &family at this sad time another good Royal taken to early RIP Tam.

  18. Condolences to Tracey Gorrian and Family, Tam was a decent man great soldier and taken too early RIP mucker.

    Cliff Mason

  19. Condolences to Tracey Gorrian and Family at this sad time.Tam was my first Section Commander in 1985 on joining The Battalion in Werl.R.I.P. Tam until The Grandiozo Re-Org.
    Stu Colquhoun

  20. Thanks Helen for letting us know about Tommy.
    We both served in Osnabruck together in the Mt Platoon
    under Stuart Chubb on B vehicles and later with Bill Pettigrew
    in the A vehicle section.
    He definitely was a character as on most parades under the inspection under Stuart Chubb and Jimmy Robertson we had to make sure he was
    looking smart otherwise a TOS would be flying through the MT sheds
    and hopefully not landing on engine oil.
    He was to me anyway a quite lad a bit shy who liked to keep to himself
    but a great grafter who liked getting his hands dirty.
    I did learn that he had joined the Prison Service.
    Gone but not forgotten
    Alex Moore
    Southern Branch

  21. Hi Danny, sorry to hear about your old friend John Dignan.
    I remember him well from time in Osnabruck and Tidworth
    he had as you say a great career I also did not know he was a Korea
    My thoughts are with the family and yourself at this time.
    Alex Moore
    Southern Branch.

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