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  1. So sad to hear of the passing of Brigadier Charles. An outstanding officer and gentleman. He will always be remembered by all who served with him. A great ambassador for the Regiment and the Association.
    I can remember the time when he was my boss in Germany. I was a young Sergeant at the time. He was leading a convoy of armoured vehicles through a town in Germany during an exercise.
    The convoy suddenly halted in the town. Brigadier Charles at that time OC A company got out of the lead vehicle and decided to do some shopping. He came out of a sweet shop with bags and bags of sweeties . He walked all the way down the convoy giving each vehicle commander a large bag of sweets. Needless to say we were delighted by his generosity and had a good laugh about it. Quality leadership. RIP Sir.

  2. Stevie Simson wishes to pass his thanks to everyone who sent cards and best wishes on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
    He said he had been touched that so many former Royals took the time to get in touch.

  3. It is with great sadness that I report the sudden death this morning of Brigadier CDM (Charles) Ritchie CBE.
    Charles passed away in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at 7am today having suffered a severe stroke yesterday.
    Charles Ritchie was born on 12 December 1941. He was commisioned into The Royal Scots in 1961 and joined the 1st Battalion in Libya.
    He had a long and varied career until retiring in 1997. From 1990 until 1995 he was Colonel of the Regiment.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Araminta and her family at this sad time.

    1. Brigadier Ritchie, What a shocker, he will be missed by many. A true Royal with the interests of the Regiment, and more importantly, the men who made up the Regiment.


    2. Further to my post. The funeral will be a private family event with a memorial service to be held at some time next year.

    3. Such sad news. Thoughts with Araminta and family at this very sad time. RIP Charles.

    4. Really sorry to hear about Brigadier Charles.
      I served with him in the Bn and always remember his nice smile
      and his nice way of talking to you and over the years at reunions,
      managed to have some photos taken with him.
      RIP Sir
      My thoughts are with his wife and family at this sad time.
      From Alex Moore and the Southern Branch

    5. Very sad news Mr Ritchie, Charles was a keen supporter of The Association at many gatherings. He will be sadly missed among us all. Condolences To Lady Ritchie and The Family. R.I.P. Sir.

  4. It is our sad duty to report the passing of Robert (Jonah) Johnstone on the 9th December 2020

    RIP Jonah

    1. Very sad to hear the passing of Jonah. All Members of Central branch sends there condolences to Jonah family.R.I.P

      Up the Royals..

    2. I remember Jonah Johnston the footballer, and a very skillful one he was. I remember him also enjoying the company of Old Royals of the Regimental Association. I’m sorry to learn that he is no longer with us.

  5. 90 Not Out

    Dear All,
    Stevie Simson will be 90 on Friday 4 Dec.

    The Association will send a card and I will send one on behalf of The Regimental Trustees and the Regimental family.

    I will also notify others who served with Stevie.

    1. Hope you had a nice day on your Birthday Sir!
      Served under you at Mercer Barracks while with Stuart Chubb’s MT Pln.
      It has been nice to see you again when I have been up for Reunions in the
      last 10 or so years.
      Alex Moore
      Southern Branch

  6. Very sad to hear of Joe’s passing, great strength to all he supported. RIP mucker you have earned it.

  7. Very sad to hear of Joe McCamley’s sudden passing. Joe was The Signal Platoon stores SNCO when I was RSO and Adjt in Werl. A great Battalion character. Sincere condolences to his family.

    1. Didn’t know the soldier but condolences to his friends family and The Royal Scot family. Hope you are well well Mr Lowder.

      1. neither did I Murph, we could have easily have been neighbours up here in Aberdeenshire area !!

        Rest In Peace Joe McCamley

  8. I first met Joe on joining B Coy in Osnabruck in 1969 and although we didn’t serve in the same company again until in Ballykinler when Joe was the C Coy storeman, Joe was weel kent throughout the Battalion, knowing everyone and known by everyone. He was highly respected for his ready humour, loyalty and wise counsel. Joe was a popular member of the Association, regularly travelling from the north east for Association events at which he was invariably cheery company. We will all be the poorer for his passing.

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