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  1. On behalf of the Green family, it is our sad duty to report the passing tonight of Lawrence (Shug) Green. He battled his cancer well and still right to the end had his amazing sense of humour. Shug was a great support within the Central Branch of The Royal Scots Association. His bingo calling was, well……different! But he was happy to step forward and lend a hand when it mattered. We will miss you Shug. You are now at peace and with Ann. Your duty is now over. Funeral details to follow. RIP.

  2. Hi Jim, Sue and I would like to thank every one for the lovely post you put on the Guestbook and just to let you know the tattoo manager has upgraded our tattoo tickets to the Royal Box on the 27th August my 70th birthday my Grandkids think it’s fantastic and so we will be celebrating that and the 50th anniversary Sue and I would like to thank Jim Blyth for his lovely message he sent us also Martin Gibson and all ex Royal Scots who sent us lovely messages it was pleasure to have served with such lovely people and a wonderful Regiment and be part of a great family Sue and I hope you all are safe and well Kind Regards Andy Gilmour ex Royal Scots Ps & Ds 1969

    1. Andy & Sue I was more than happy to publish the information about your 50th anniversary I hope you enjoy your day considering the problems we have at this moment, I hope everything goes well and that you will be able to attend the Tattoo .

      50 Years you are a lucky couple and hope you have many more.

      My best regards to both of you.

      Jim A

  3. It is our sad duty to report the passing of Mr Tam Crawford Csgt 1RS aged 86 on the 15th February our thoughts go out to the family at this very sad time.

    RIP Tam

  4. It is 30 years ago that as a result of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 The Royal Scots battlegroup deployed to Saudi Arabia in December 1990 where they remained until early April 1991. On the night of 24/25th February the Battalion moved forward into action. It was during this time that the Regiment was awarded its final Battle Honours, Wadi Al-Batin and GULF 1991. A full account of the Battalion’s experience during this time is contained in the Commanding Officer’s (Lt Col later Brigadier Iain Johnstone OBE) post operational report which can be viewed here https://www.theroyalscots.co.uk/the-regiments-last-battle-honour/
    For his actions during the assault on Objective BRASS, Private Thomas Gow was awarded the Military Medal. Major John Potter and Major Norman Soutar were both awarded the Military Cross for their leadership in action.

    Although we lost no men to enemy action, we very sadly lost Private Tom Haggarty in a tragic accident on the 3rd of March.

  5. What has become of the other Pipes and Drums in the other Battalions of The Royal Regiment of Scotland?

  6. Sorry this is not related to article above.
    This is just to inform the Royal Scots community that
    Mrs Dorothy Welsh passed away on the 11th of February 2021 the wife of CPL JAMES L WELSH ex QM Department served 1965-1987.

    1. James, please accept my sincere condolances on the loss of Dorothy.
      My thoughts are with you at this saddest of times. I hope your memories will bring you peace.
      Jimmy

    2. Jimmy, really sorry to hear this , our condolences to you and the family.

      Brian and Ann Foote

    3. Deepest Condolences Jimmy, another Angel in Disguise gone to fetch her wings and with your son James Jnr GBNF

      Thoughts with you at this sad time.

    4. sorry for your loss Jimmy, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time

      Franny

  7. All members of the Regimental Family.
    Please see below a copy of a message sent today to regimental Trustees from the Chairman Brigadier George Lowder.
    Jimmy

    Good Afternoon All,
    When Regimental Trustees last met, I explained that the future of 1SCOTS Ps & Ds, attached to Balaclava Company at Redford Barracks, was under consideration and they were in jeopardy of being disbanded. That decision has unfortunately now been made. The very few remaining Pipers and Drummers will be dispersed according to their preferences and career management priorities.

    Given that there is no formal establishment for this band, it is extremely unlikely that they will be reformed unless the formal establishment is created.

    I would be grateful if this sad news could be cascaded to The Royal Scot family.

    Best Regards

    George

    1. A very sad day. Their RS predecessors were first depicted at Tangier in 1680, the first battle honour of our Regiment and indeed the Army. Just what do the establishment drafters not understand about pipe bands being able to make friends and influence people, which is central to 1 SCOTS role?

  8. Scots couple who met at the Edinburgh Tattoo and wed weeks later mark 50th anniversary.

    Andrew and Sue Gilmour both performed in the iconic event in 1971.

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    A Scots couple who met while performing at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and married six weeks later, are marking their 50th wedding anniversary.

    Andrew and Sue Gilmour, aged 69 and 71, first locked eyes in 1971 in a moment of pure fate.
    Drummer Andrew was performing with The 1st Battalion Royal Scots Pipes and Drums at the Tattoo.

    A extra dancer was needed for the show and Sue was chosen.
    The pair were coupled up together and it was love at first sight.
    Sue said: “It was fate when they needed an extra dancer.

    “I actually had no Scottish country dancing experience, but I put my hand up and learnt the whole routine within a week.
    “It was backstage after the Show when I eventually got to speak to Andrew, and I knew within half an hour that he was the one.

    “I told my friends, that’s the man I’m going to spend the rest of my life with.”
    Andrew added: “Everyone around us was saying it was too quick and it’d never last.
    “But 50 years later, here we are.”

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    After a whirlwind romance the lovebirds got hitched in South Queensferry on September 9, 1971.
    A surprise reception was then laid on by the army at the Craigiehall Barracks in Edinburgh with a Guard of Honour from the Gordon Highlanders kitted out in traditional dress.

    “We started courting and within six weeks we were married,” Andrew added.
    “The army laid on a surprise reception back at the Barracks, filled with fellow Tattoo performers and incredible food made by the army chef, it was just perfect.

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    “Sue is originally from Plymouth so wasn’t able to have any family at the wedding and we had no honeymoon because I was immediately off on tour to Ireland afterwards.

    “I can still remember getting back from that tour and visiting my wife’s parents for the first time – six months after we’d married!”
    The couple, who now live in East Calder, West Lothian, had no time for a honeymoon as they returned to perform at the Tattoo the next day.

    But, during one performance following the wedding they were announced to the audience as newlyweds as part of a performance by the Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team.
    The Tattoo holds a special place in the hearts of the couple.

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    They’ve since been back to see the Show five times and even enjoyed their 40th anniversary with tickets to The Royal Gallery.
    Sue said: “The Tattoo is so important to us.

    “We’re so lucky to have met the way we did and so proud that our lives have such a strong link to the amazing show.”
    While their love story is indebted to the Show, the pair have some advice for young couples hoping to follow a similar path to married bliss.

    “In terms of advice to others, I think a key thing has to be attraction,” Sue added.
    “When I first saw Andrew, I thought he was the most-handsome man ever.
    “Laughter is also the best medicine.
    “Andrew makes me laugh every day.
    “And I’d tell people to listen and make decisions as a team.
    “We always discuss things and neither of us would go off and make a big decision without speaking to the other first.
    “A little bit of romance also goes a long way.

    “He’s always been very romantic and when he gives me his cheeky wink, I just fall in love all over again.”
    Andrew and Sue went on to have three children and are now loving grandparents to six grandchildren, all of whom live locally.

    They’re already excited about making a return to watch this year’s Tattoo performance and plan to take their two eldest grandchildren, Holly, 18, and Lewis, 14, with them, to show them how they first met.

    Buster Howes, CEO of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “The Tattoo holds special memories for many people, and it is wonderful to hear such heart-warming stories from our audiences and performers.
    “We are delighted that the Tattoo has played such an instrumental role in Andrew and Sue’s lives, as well as many others.

    “For anyone who doesn’t believe in love at first sight, they just need to hear this tale to know that it does exist.
    “I’m thrilled they’re celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year with us.
    “We look forward to welcoming them to the Show this year and sharing it with their family.
    “We’ll make sure it is a very special experience.”

    Andrew and Sue’s top tips for a successful marriage

    Laughter is the best medicine.
    Keep the romantic spark alive.
    Have a physical attraction to your partner.
    Always discuss decisions and make them as a partnership.
    Don’t let arguments fester. All couples will argue but don’t let things drag on unnecessarily.

  9. Ladies and Gentlemen

    I am writing to all those I know who have an interest in the Lisbon Maru to let you know that an obituary to Dennis Morley was published in The Daily Telegraph today, 11 February 2021. A scanned copy is attached for those unable to get a copy of the newspaper.

    Dennis served with The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) and died in hospital on 3 January. He is believed to be the very last survivor of the sinking of the Lisbon Maru.

    May he rest in peace.

    Kind regards

    Brian

    Brian Finch

  10. Dennis Morley, Royal Scots bandsman who survived a Japanese massacre – obituary
    Captured in Hong Kong, he was on the Lisbon Maru when it was torpedoed, leading to the enemy firing on the prisoners, killing 828

    By Telegraph Obituaries10 February 2021 • 2:22pm

    Dennis Morley
    Dennis Morley, who has died aged 101, served with the Royal Scots (the Royal Regiment) in the defence of Hong Kong, and subsequently survived the sinking of the Japanese freighter, Lisbon Maru, when it was torpedoed by an American submarine; he was believed to have been the last survivor of the sinking.
    Japan attacked Hong Kong early on December 8 1941 and the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Scots, flanked by two Indian battalions, were deployed in a defensive line across the New Territories. Morley, a bandsman in HQ Company, was a stretcher bearer and was in the thick of the fighting. His battalion, however, was greatly outnumbered and took heavy losses.

    The survivors were evacuated to Hong Kong Island, but after a week of bombing and shelling, the Japanese launched an invasion of the island itself. The Royal Scots, defending Mount Nicholson, overlooking Wong Nai Chung Gap in the island’s centre, saw more fierce fighting. Morley was admitted to St Albert’s Hospital suffering from battle fatigue.
    Three other front-line hospitals were the scenes of rapes of nurses and massacres of patients and medical staff, and on the morning of December 23 Japanese soldiers burst into St Albert’s. A Japanese officer was lying in the hospital morgue and a nurse, Mary Currie, with great presence of mind, covered his body with a Japanese flag in a gesture of respect. Morley was taken prisoner but he believed that this action saved their lives.
    Morley was incarcerated in Sham Shui Po PoW Camp, a former British Army barracks. He and his best friend, Paul Connolly, discussed escaping, but Connolly broke out on his own; he was recaptured and executed.
    In 1942 Morley survived an epidemic of diphtheria, and at the end of September, together with some 1,800 fellow British PoWs and about 800 Japanese army personnel, he embarked on the armed Japanese freighter Lisbon Maru, bound for Japan.

    The sinking of the Lisbon Maru sketched by Lt WC Johnson of the US Navy for the records of the Middlesex Regiment

    Down in the hold, in the most squalid conditions, the PoWs were being transported to work in Japan in order to release Japanese manpower for their armed forces. An American submarine, however, tracked the vessel and, on the morning of October 1, torpedoed it. It bore no markings to show that it was carrying British PoWs.
    The Japanese battened down the holds to ensure the prisoners could not escape and were then taken off the listing ship by a destroyer. The PoWs had no food, water, fresh air or toilet facilities. Many were suffering from dysentery and other serious diseases. The air became increasingly foul and the conditions intolerable; some men died during the night.
    After 24 hours the ship started to sink and the PoWs were able to cut through the hatch covers. Japanese guards fired on those who reached the deck, while others who escaped were machine-gunned in the water by Japanese soldiers on rescue ships. In all, 828 men died in the atrocity.
    It was not until some Chinese fishermen started to pull PoWs out of the water that the Japanese began to do the same. Morley was picked up by one of the Japanese ships but was always grateful to the Chinese fishermen whose heroic action prevented a complete massacre.
    When he reached the deck, in contrast to the murderous actions of the Japanese soldiers, a Japanese sailor gave him a cigarette and a cup of green tea, which he said tasted like nectar. The survivors were rounded up and taken to Shanghai and thence to Japan, where many would die of exposure, disease, malnutrition, and exhaustion.
    Morley spent the rest of the war at Kobe House PoW Camp, where he worked as a stevedore in the docks and at the airport. After he got a hernia he was given an easier job operating the cranes.

    Morley returned to Japan in later years and was able eventually to forgive his captors for the suffering he had endured
    In June 1945 the camp was destroyed by a series of incendiary raids by American bombers. Morley was finally liberated by American forces and returned to England by way of Vancouver and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    Dennis John Morley Hickenbottom was born in London on October 26 1919, changing his surname to Morley after the Second World War. He left school to serve an apprenticeship with Philips Radios at Mitcham in Surrey.
    Morley wanted to travel and enlisted with the Royal Scots as a band boy. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion in Lahore, India, but in 1938 he accompanied the battalion to Hong Kong. As a bandsman who played the drums and the French horn, he had plenty of outside engagements. He met and fell in love with a young woman whose brother served in the Seaforth Highlanders in Shanghai, but war intervened.
    After the war, Morley worked for Hoffmans Manufacturing, then for an insurance company, and subsequently for British Petroleum. He did not want to retire, and for some years he worked voluntarily in a computer business.
    He revisited Hong Kong several times and also returned to Japan. He was able eventually to forgive his captors for the suffering he had endured, and regarded those events as over and done with.
    For the last 15 years he had lived with his daughter near Stroud in Gloucestershire. His main interest was walking, and Snowdonia, the Forest of Dean and the Lake District were particular favourites.
    Shortly before he died, he was delighted to learn that a memorial to the victims of the Lisbon Maru is to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum. He had been planning to attend the Dedication in October later this year.
    Dennis Morley married, first, in 1951, Phyllis Grace Edmunds. She died of cancer aged 30, and in 1952 he married Eva Starkey. She also predeceased him, and he is survived by a daughter of his first marriage.

    Dennis Morley, born October 26 1919, died January 3 2021

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