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S upplem ent to the HL.I . Chronieie , January, 19/3 .


Dlgbland [Igbt Infantrp Cbronlcl~.


VOL. XII!., No. 1. JANU.ARY, 1913. PRICE FOURPENCE.

~It wls~ all our nabltl'S a \'Itr!

"')fapp! ~ItW

Yltar.

THE Editor has to acknowledge with thanks

the receipt of the following subscriptions since

last notice :-­

Col. J. C. Stockwell, D.S.O., 5s. ; Lieut.-Col.

Odell, 5s.; Lieut.-CoL Jones, 5s.; Major J.

Anderson, 5s.; Major Gillon, 5s.; Major

Outram, 5s. ; Capt. Jackson, 5s. ; Lieut. E. R.

Macpherson, 58.; Lady Audrey Anson, 5s.;

Miss Ronaldson, £1 (£or 4- years) ; Mrs. Pringle,

Sir Claude and Lady Macdonald have bidden

farewell to Tokio, where Sir Claude hus been

our Ambassador these twelve years. His

experience out there has been unusually exciting

and full of incident. At the time of the

Boxer movement he was in China, underwent

the awful experience of the siege of the Legations,

and was reported to have been killed.

When calm was restored in the Celestial Empire

Sir Claude was moved to Tokio, and it was

tHrough him that our first and second treaties

of alliance with Japan were negotiated.

Before he became a diplomatist Sir Claude

was a soldier. He entered the 74-th Highlanders

in 1872, and among the principal events in

his military career were the Egyptian campaign

of 1882, the Soudan operations two years later,

and the operations against the Brass River

natives.-Daily Sketch, NO'I!. 5, 1912.

.t As our readers wUl notice elsewhere in this

number, Mr. Robert Brownlee retired at the

end of lalSt year from the post of Keeper of the

Regalia at Edinburgh Castle. During the long

period which he held this post he made many

friends, who will miss his presence from the

Crown Room. He was always delighted to

welcome there officeIs and old friends of the

7lst, and to have a " crack" about the old

corps. On behalf of the Regiment we express

the hope that he. may long be spared to enjoy

a long-earned rest.

Depot Notes.

CAPT. H. C. STOCKWELJ, has left the Depot on

completion of a tour of duty with the 3rd

Battalion; he has gone to the School ot

Economics in London for a course there.


2 • HIGHLAND LIGH'l' INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

Capt. H . .E. H. Johnston-Stewart has been

posted to the 3rd Battalion for a tour of duty

in place of Capt. H. C. Stockwell. We have

to congratulate him on hiB marriage.

Capt. L. G. Pringle leaves us early in January

on completion of his tour of duty with

3rd Battalion; we are pleased to hear that

Capt. Halswelle has been posted for a tour of

duty.

Cap1;. G. M. Knight has gone on long leave,

as also has Lieut. I,ilburn.

Capt. Martin, Capt. Pringle, and Lieut.

Telfer-Smollett have returned off leave.

Sergt.-Major A. Stephenson, 4th Battalion,

has been appointed Garrison Sergt-Major at

Dover, and we must congratulate him on his

appointment, although we are sorry to say

good-bye to him.

Quartermaster-Sgt. R. Murray, 1st H.L.I.,

has been appointed Sgt.-Major of the 4th

Battalion.

The Depot and P. Staffs of 3rd and 4th

Battalions have been re-armed with the new

rifle Mark m. The 3rd and 4th Special

Re~erve Battalions have been re-armed with

the Mark I, converted.

The musketry season which has just closed

has shown a very marked improvement on

last year, the Depot aVt'rage being 122.6.

Both the special reserve battalions have

likewise shown a marked improvement.

We have got quite a good bugle band in the

Depot now, and since the arrival of oul' new

Sgt, Bugler the music has become quite

clas~ical.

ANNUAL XMAS TREAT FOR MARRIED

FAMILIES.

THE annual Christma& treat for the married

families took place on Friday, 20th December,

in the Gymnasium. Over 180 women and

children were present, and a very pleasant time

was spent at the tea-table. Mrs. Grahame,

wife of Major J. C. Grahame, D.S.O.; the

Officer Commanding the Depot, presided.

The tables were loaded with plenty of Christmas

fare, and everyone did sphmdidly in the

way of relieving them of their burden. The

children did extra well, and if the doctor is not

called into requisit.ion afterwards-well, the

digestive machinery of the rising generation is

oertainly not d~eriorating if the race. is.

After tea a distribution of t.OYh to th.e

I children .took place •. a.nd each child. ;rllQeived

. at the hands.of Mrs. Glahame a very handsome

toy which delighted each little heart, and each

showed the appreciation with which they

were received in variouA manners, but all

vou had to do was to watch the faces of the

iittle mites to read satisfaction. After t,he

distribution of toys the children amused

themselves by playing various games, and

altogether a most enjoyable evening was

spent. After three cheers had been called for

Mrs. Grahame and Major Grahame the gathering

broke up, and each and everyone departed

contented and happy-some to sleep, and, I am

afraid, some to dream bad dreams of bogey men

and plum puddingA, but we can only expect

such things at this season. The other Officers

present besides the Commanding Officer were

Capt. Pringle and Lieut. TeIfer-Smollett.

The ratering was done in excellent style by

Mr. Lightbody. The committee in charge of

arrangements deserve all credit for the manner

in which the whole was carried out.

In connection with the above an excellent

cinematograph show was given in the same place

on Monday the 231'd. Major Grahame, D.S.O.,

Officer nommanding Troops, and Mrs. Grahame,

were present. A very pleasing selection of

pictures were shown, among which were

"The Soldier's Honour," a very fine film) and

a great comic film which caused great amusement,

"Srroggins having his fortune told."

Col.-Sgt. Dickinson kin/Uy contributed to the

programme "The Holy City" in"y~!'l

style, and" Oor ain folk." BtaIr..:s-gt. rerufall,

R.A.M.C., an artiste in comicality who no

doubt has missed his vocation, also contributed

two excellent items to the programme After

a very pleasant evening three cheers were

called for hv the Chairman, Sergt.-Major

Stewart, for the Officers of the garrison and the

artistes, which were heartly responded to.

Atter" The Kille:" had been played the party

broke up.

4TH BATTALION NOTES.

IN my la:lt notes I mentioned that Sergt.­

Major Stephenson had been selected for the

post of Garrison Sergt.-Major at Dover.

Before he left to take up his new appointment

the members of the P.S. met to bid him

good-bye.

On behalf of the P.S., Q.M.-S. ,Tack asked,

the Sergt.-Major to accept It travelling bag for

himself, and a rug for Mrs. Stephensol1, as It

small memento of t.he pleasant times we had

spent together, and, in congratulating him on

his appointment, assured him that he had the

best wishes of all ranks for his success.

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Sergt.-Major Stephenson, in reply, said

it gave him much pleasure in accepting the

gifts. Although he was leaving the Regiment

he would never forget tht: happy years he had

spent in it. He had been fortunate in having

on his staff N.C.O.'s who had served with him

in the 1st Battalion, and he thanked them

all Ior the loyal support all ranks had given

him since he had taken ov!:'l' the duties of

Sergt.-Major of the 4th Battalion.

Q.M.-S. Jack then asked the Staff to rise and

drink to the health of Sergt.-J.lajor Step henson,

after which, with the singing of " Auld

Lang Syne," the proceedings came to a close.

Sergt.-Major Stephenson joined the 1st

Battalion in January, 188n, and served continuously

from Prlvat,e to Sergt.-Major with

that Battalion until 1906, when he was

appointed Depot Sergt ..-Major at, Hamilton,

and then Sergt.-Major of tUh Special Reserve

Battalion.

It is not too much to say that during his

serviee in the 1st Battalion he knew almost

every man personally, and was always ready

and willing to Ilelp and advise anyone who

went to him.

Not only will he be missed by serving soldiers,

hut many men who had l~ft the colours, or

who we;e in straitened circumstances, will

miss one who was always tound a sympathetic

friend. He is of t.he third generation of his

family that has served in the 71st.

. W. M. S. B.

Promotions and Appointments.

HECRUITR JomED smeE LAST ISSCR.

Pl'ivlttes 12042 W. A. Duncan, 12043 T. Kcenan,

12044 W. Duncan, 12045 W. Ross, 12046 J. A.

Blellook, 12047 R. C. M'Kcnzie.

DISCHARGES.

7199 Corpl. Robertson, on termination of bis 1st

period of engagt'ment, 22nd October, 1912.

7273 Pte. Horsley, on termination of his 1st period

of engagement, 22nd October, Hl12,

5415 CoL-Sergt. A. M'Fadyen, at GORpOrt, at his own

request, after 18 years' service, 7th Novem·

ber, 1912. .

11058 Pte. '1'. Smith, at Netley, medically unfit. 26th

November, 1912.

6922 Pte. J. Clialmers, on termination of his l~t

period of en!l:a!l:ement, 30th November,

1912.

7294 Pte, J. Mearing, on termination of his ht l)eriO(\

of engagement, l'lth December, 1912_

AppomTMlllNTS A:!'!D PROMOTION£'.

101 tl Corpl. W. Knight., appointed Paid Lance·

Sergeant vice Fox, 23rd October, 1012.

8903 CorpI. P. Palmer, appointed Paid Lance­

Sergeant vice Robertaon, 23rd Ootober,

1912.

TRANSFERRED TO ARMY RESERVE.

9453 Pte, W. Clrealy. 9551 Pte. A. Rutherlord.

101171 Pte. 0. Saunders.

AWARDS AND GRANTS.

7402 Sergt. E. Boyle, granted Proficiency Pay, ClaM I.,

at 6d. per diem.

8628 Sergt. T. Turton, granted Proficiency Pay,

Class I., at 6d, per diem.

[(J199 Pt.e. G. Chatterton, grant.ed Proficiency Pay,

Class I., at, 6d, per diem.

1151'0 L.-Corp!. W. Dkkson, granted l'roficiency Pay,

Class T., at 6d. per diem.

11109 CorpI. .T, ClIrrie, granted Proficien('y Pay,

CIMS I., at 6d. per di"m,

6561> PtE', J. Rrown, granted Proficiency Pay, ('lass T"

at Bd. per diem.

POSTI:!'!G A'''iD TRI.NSFERS.

7285 Corpl. J. H. Grant, posted to 2nd H.L.I., from

Depot, H.L,I" d.tted 11th October, 1912.

9tifl:i CorpI. (Ij.-Sergt.) G. Heggarty, posted to 2nd

H,T~.I., from Depot, H.L,T., dated 29th

October, 1912.

7402 fjergt, l~. 13oyle, posted to Permanent Staff,

31'd H,L.J" from lEt H,L.L, dated 23rd

October, 1912.

7ti9!{ Rel'gt. 1'], Patton, posted to PE'l'manent Staff,

3rd H.L.1.. fl'om 1st H.L.!., dat,cn 2Hrd

OctolJ


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

17th December, 1912.-Lieut.-Col. H. F. Kays, on

completion of his period in command of a Battalion,

is placed on half-pay. Majo!' A. A. Wolfe-Murray

to be Lieut.-Colonel.

4th ARGYLL AND SUTnEBI,,\ND HIGHLANDERS.

9th October, 1912.--Major G. T. B. Wilson, retired

pay (late H.L.!.), to be J,ieutenant-Colonel.

SPlIlCIAJ, RESERVE OF OF(I'JCERS, 4th BATT. H.I,.I.

6th September, 1912.-Second Uellt. J. fl. B. P.

Grabam, to be Lieutenant.

SCOTTISH HORSE.

17th December, 1912.-Lieut. C. H. M. M'Callum, the

Highland Light Infantry, to be Adjutant. Lieut.

M'Callum is granted the temporary rank of

Captain in the Territorial Forces whilst holding

the appointment of Adjutant.

Captain W. Halswelle, 1st Battalion, has been selected

for a tour of duty with the 3rd Battaliou in place

of Capt. H. S. Tarrant. 2nd Lieut. C. M. Pitts

Tucker, 1st Battalion, has bee_l appointed extra

A.D.C. to the Lieutenant-Governor of the United

Provinces.

Sergt.-Instructor of Musketry J. Broom, late 74th

Highlanders, has been grant.ed the Meritorious

Service Medal.

BIRTHS.

STRATBDEE.-At Hamilton Barracks (Married Quar·

ters), on the 20th October, 1912, the wife of 4052

Sergt. (Master Cook) Strathdee, Permanent Staff,

4th H.L.I., of a son.

ORIFFITH.-At Hamilton Barracks (Married Quarters

Staff Block), on the 19th December, 1912, the wife

of Q.l'vl.-Sergt. Griffith, Permanent Staff, 3rd

II.L.I., of a daughter.

MARRIAGE.

STEWART-COCRRANE.-On 2nd D~c.. at St. JameR's,

Spanish Place, London, W., by the Very Rev.

Canon Gildea, D.D., Waiter P. Ste>1


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

1st Battalion News.

LUCKNOW NOTES.

5th December, 1912.

No sooner does our quarterly Ohronicle

arrive in India than I find that it is time to

write up what has happened for our next

issue, and each time it seems harder to gather

news of any interest.

The truth is I think that we have now been

at Lucknow so long-, and have so got into the

ways and customs of the place. that everything

happens as we expect it will, and when one

begins to write the Notes one feels that one

has no novelties to chronicle, and that one is

merely .reiterating what has been already

written a year ago.

. We are into the cold weather now, once

more back again into serge clothing, once

more putting on our thick coats to bicycle

round to Messjn the evening, and there is a

real nip in the early morning air-for those

who haven't got special jobs like 2nd Lieut.

Pitts Tucker, who has now become A.D.C. to

Sir James Weston, the new Lieutenant­

Governor of the United Provinces. We understand

he is a great success, is emiuently suited

to his billet, and makes the best use of his

op-er-the best use of big red Daimlers,

even to removing the brick gate-poets of the

Divisional Commander.

Talking of billets, an officer was once asked

in his promotion examination his definittion

of a billet, and answered the quest.ion wit.h­

"A comfortable appointment for senior

officers. "

Lucknow is looking its best now. Everyone

is back; our Commanding Officer', we feel sure,

is now getting his money's worth out of the

Mess; all the gardens are bright. with flowers

and flowering shrubs after the recent rains;

and " Joy Cottage" is a study in blue and

white, much to the admiration of past!ers

along the Mall.

At the end of September Captain Johnston

Stewart and Captain Forbes left us. The latter

has, we understand, arrived safely at Mullingar.

The former celebrated his return home bv

getting married on the 12th November, on

which we offer our heartiest congratulations.

It seems a wave of matrimony is bursting over

us, and we are almost thinking of having a

selling sweepstake on the next.

The new Lieutenant-Governor arrived on

the 16th of October, and a guard of honour

under Captain Rallswelle and Lieuts. Mitchell

and Loch were on duty at the Charbagh Station .

A number 'of Talugdars, the heads of Departments,

and Commanding Officers were introduced

to him on his arrival, and he kindly

sent round a note aftel:wards complimenting

the guard on their smart appearance.

The Regimental Lodge of the I.O.G.'I'.

gave a concert at the end of September-a

great success. There were several speeches.

notably from the Commanding Officer, the

Rev. G. H. lIacpherson, and a representative

of the Gordon Lodge from Cawnpore. Mr.

Pitts Tucker made the star turn of the evening

with his Devonshire songs. Many of us

learnt for the first time that the charter they

displayed was carried throughout the South

African War. We wish them every success.

They seem to have started again on a very

firm footing.

The last of the games fol' the Stockwell

Challenge Shield we held on 26th October,

when the dancing and piping events were the

chief attractIOn. The Colonel made Rome

remarks, and thanked the committee, and

especially Lieutenant Stevens, the Quartermaster,.

and Sergeant-Major House (on whom

the brunt of the work fell), amidst applause,

which they thoroughly deserved. Mrs.

Andrews presented the Shield and cups, and

the Pipe-Major of the Royal Scots was good

enough to come over and judge the piping aild

dancing.

Shortly after this we went into camp by half­

Battalions for about 8 days each-HA,"." D,"

"F," and" I" companies first, and after them

" B," " G," " H," and" K." ,\-Ve were split up

into two camps each time nea.r Kokrail. During

this time Lieutenants Mitchell and Murray

Lyon succumbed for a week to what we call

seven-days fever, an epidemic which has been

running over Lucknow. It has also included

amongst its victims CoL Ronaldson and Lieuts.

Campbell, Hayley, and Henderson. AR these

Notes lea.ve we are just going out aga.in-this

time the whole Battalion - for Battalion

Training. .


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

The Army Cup week took place at the end

Of November. Captains Alston and Lieut.

Campbell, the first arrivals from leave at

home, reached Lucknow just in time. There

were the usual 3 days' racing, 3 days' polo,

and 3 dances. I think most of us gambled

on the Army Cup, a very unwise thing to do,

as the chosen few generally fail to roll home.

This year there were 25 starters, and an outsider

(Major Holden's "Manak") won, ~tarting, I

think, at about 15 to 1 against, even the

owner. I hear, only having a very small sum

on him for It place.

The dance at Government House was a very

crowded affair, but all the same one of the best

we have had at Lucknow for some time. That

at the Mahomed Bagh Club was a "poggle"

fancy dress dance.

It rained for three days durinlS the week,

spoiling one day's racing. and marring one

of the polo days.

The Highland Gathering is to be at Agra

from the 25th to the 28th of February.

We are all glad that Captain 8winton ha"

returned to India again---we all feel so much

safer.

He has proceeded at once to Delhi, where,

we hear from an unofficial source, he has

been appointed A.D.C.-in the Jorrocks' interpretation

of the title.

At an early date we hope to welcome him to

.Lucknow and give him some hints. Beside~

which his non-appearance here during his last

visit to India left "Tom" with an uneasy

feeling that he had been" done." ..

During the past month we had a visit from

General Home, I.G.R.A. at home. and ~rrs.

Horne, who were keenly interested in the

Regiment, and MrR Home kindly presented

a verv handsome George IV. snuff-box to

the ~I~ss in memory of her son the late Liellt.

Blacklock, 8th HussarR, which is velT much

appreciated by us all.

We celebratild St. Andrew's night as usual,

and had greetings from the 2nd Battalion at

~rullingar, and from many others from an over

India and Burma.

Some of us are wondering if, when he

settled down and unpacked all his trophies

and treasure, he chanced upon any old

fiddle '1trillgs.

B!lfore this appear:'; in print Colonel H. F.

Kays will have retired from the command

of the 2nd Battalion, to the regret of us all,

and we take this opportunity of con veying t,o

.him and Mrs. Kays all our best wishes for the

future, in the hope that before long \Ye shall

hear that he has been employed again III a

higher command.

.Just as these notes leave we welcome back

Captain G. H. Walker and his bride, ana in

doing so we offer them our heartiest congratulations

and good wishes.

We also congratulate 2nd Lieut. Loch

on getting a tiger-when out on a shooting trip·

with Lieut. l\Iitchell. We imagine it was not

the same tiger as last time, or, profiting by

his formel' experience, he would have waited.

until.Lieut. Loch fell into the arms of Morpheus.

W.H.

1ST BATTALION HIGHLAND LIGHT

INFANTRY NOTES.

THIS quarter witnessed the termination of our

monthly sports with the piping and dallcing

events necessary to complete the marks for

the " 8tockwell Shielrl." At this stage things

began to look a bit blue for " B" Company,

who, in spite of their fine lead, were still not

quite sure of the shield, as Sergt.-Bugler Bell,

Lance-Corpl. Chisholm, and Sergt. Buchan

were all adding points for "D" Company,

who were next. "B" however managed to

finish winners by 12 points.

The events to count were ;-.

PIOBAIREACHDS.-lst, T,.-CorpL Chisho\m, "D";

2nd, Piper M'Grory, " H "; 3rd, Pte. Robertson, " 'B."

FLINQ,-lst, Sergt. Sutherland, " K "; 2nd, Sergt..­

Bugler Bell, "D "; 31'd, Pte. Robertson, ., R."

SUEAN TRUIBllS.-·!st, Sergt,·Bugler Bell, "D";

2nd, Sergt. Sutherland, "K "; 3rd, Sergt. Sim, " G."

MARCHES.-lst, Sergt. Sutherland, "K"; 2nd,

Pte. Robertson. " B "; :lrd, Sergt. Buchan, " ])."

STRATllSP}lY5 AND REELS.--Ist, Sergt. Sutherland,

'" K "; 2nd, Piper Godsman, "K"; 3d, L.-CorpL

Chisholm, "D."

GHILLIE C.\LLlDf.-·-lst, Sergt. Sill, "G"; 2nd,

Pte. Whit.e, "I "; 3rd, Sergt. Sutherland, " K."

COMPANY ItEELS.--lst, "K" Coy.; 2nd, "D"

Coy.; 3rd, I" Coy.; 4th," G ., Coy"

Below is a resume of the trophies contested for

during the past year, with the winner of each :­

1. Stockwell Challenge Shield, " B "Company.

:;.. Tug·of·War Cup, "F"

3. Football Cup (Association), q A "

4. Football Cup (Rugby), " H "

5, Hockey Cup, " H "

6. Cricket Cup, " H "

7. Company Reels, " K "

8. Half-Company Football League

Cup (Quartermaster's Cup),

HB"

('Von out.right.)

9, Cross-Country Cup, "A H

10. Lady Cameron's Cup,

(Best Piper at, Highland

Sergt. S;ther.

!rmd, "A."

Gathering. )

At the close of the sports, which last.:.d two

days, Lieut.-CoL Ronaldson presented these


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trophies to their respective winners, after

congratulating the Battalion on the sporting

spirit di8played, on the rigorous training which

had been undergone by many, and on the

exceptionally numerous entries--frequently

nearly 200--for the various events. He also

expresRed the pleasure which the keen COUltition

shown would have given to Col.

ell had he been here to witness the

sports.

The piper!! then formed up, and played

" B" Company, the winners of the Shield,

back to quarters amidst hearty cheering.

RUGBY FOO'l'BALL.

The League of which we wrote in last

quarter's Notes was followed by a knock-out

competition, in which " H" and "G"

Companies were the finalists.

Result "H " Company, :1 tries (9 points) ;

" G " Company, nil.

We sent the following team representing the

Regiment to meet the Sport;; Club at Cawnpore,

and they succeeded in winning h~' 16

points to 6

Back, Edsar; three-qllarters, Corporal

M'Menemy, Lieut. Mitchell, Bugler Brown,

Lance-CorpL Scevity; halves, Rattray and

Reid; forwards, Smith (K), Smith (B), Smith

(G.), Jarvis, Passfield, White, and two other;;.

ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL.

This season witnesses a new departure in

football, ail we are scarcely going in for cuphunting

at all, but are confining our attentions

to training on younger hlood to fill t,he

vacancies which must, in the ordinal'\' course

of events, occur in our regular ranks..

With this object in view, a series of friendl:'

regimental matches has been arranged, and

the teams have been picked with a .view to

trying as mud new talent as possible. It

must incidentally be quite a novel experience

to some few of our players to be able to have

a game for pleasure pure and simplc.

Of course the usual inter-Company competitions

have been going 011, and" A " Complwy

won a six-a-side competition, in which but

little interest was taken, as "A," "F," and

" B " Companies showed better form than the

remainder, " H" being a tail' fourth.

A friendly match was played with the

8th Hussars on 5th October, in which the

following did dut.y for Wl :­

Goal, Edsar; hacks, Gordon and Collins;

halves, Whi.t,e, Baddeley, Gallacher; forwards,

Haffey, Hogg, Welfare, l\larshall, and Young.

We won by 3 to 0, but the 8th are to be

congratulated on having a greatly improved

team from last year.

On the 12th 'October a practice game was

played with the Artillery Batteries, which we

won by 4-1.

The Right Half Battalion now went out t,o

camp at Kokrail and Chandan, and there

were many brilliant and decisive engagements

fought around" One Tree HilL" The weather

was rather cold at nights, and once we ha,d

a little rain, ot,herwise it was all that, could be

desired.

In the meantime the I.eft Half played a

Half-Company I.eague, and, when we returned,

halves of " G " and " I" were left, to fight the

final, which was drawn--l-I-the prize-money

being divided.

The Right Half Battalion's Half-Company

I,l}ague was won by "F" Company. These

games will no doubt be dealt with more fully

by the various Company litterateurs.

The picked team met the King's Owr, in a

friendlv match on 11th November and beat

them "3-1. Con"lpicuous amongst thp new

bloods were Smith (" K" Company) in goal

and Brooks and Young in the attack.

A match with the Gordons at Cawnpore

resulted 1-1, our goal being one to dream

about, scored by Hogg.

The Gordons returned ,the visit in the

following week, and another draw resulted,

also ]-1.

The teams for these matches were mostly

selected from the following :­

Backs, Collins, Riggins, Gordon, \Vilson;

halves, l)atterson, Broob, Gallaeher, Baddeley,

White; forwards, }Iarshall, Welfare, Lawrie,

Hogg, Young, Riddell, M'Menemy, Haffey,

and Brooks; goal. Edsar and Smith (" K "

Company.). 4

All and any of the above have shown themselves

quite fit for a place in the team when

needed, and we also have several whose

merits" were alreadv well known, such as

Gonnan, O'Rourke, 'Scevity, Houston, and gO

on ad injinit'U 1iI.

Gardner Br-own's Travelling Variety Company

were here for three days, and were

very popular, drawing crowded houses at

every performance. Their show was very

bright and attractive, and the ladies most

bewitching. (A8k Lance-CarpI. D.T.)

Hearty congratulationo to OUl' Sergeant


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Major on being presented with an heir to the

.' flouse M.illions," likewise to ~rrs. House.

We are a.bout to go into camp for Battalion

training near Barabanki (where the buttons

come from), so will no doubt have some more

romances for next number.

Who was the N.C.O. who marched his squad

into the hall alley out of the rain .

H.8.

RACING.

LAST Notes for this paper left as Captain

Johnston Stewart went awd.y to Calcutta for

the second monsoon meeting. We then wished

bim luck, which we hope he considers was well

fulfilled with the following race

THE SERPENTINE HURDLE .HANDICAP.

(Value RB. 1500 to the winner.) About li miles.

Capt. JOhDstOll Stewart's " Lady

Leonard," 9 st., 10 ib8. (Williamson, . . I

Mr. Johnston's "Keenadan," 9 st.

(Owner), 2

Mr. Bujorjee's "Herald," 11 st. 2 Ib8.

(l\I'N eilage), 3

Betting-·6 to 4 against "Herald," 2 to 1

against "Lady Leonard." Won by two

lengths.

Capt. Inglis since our last issue ha.s also

done very well in the gymkhana meetings at

Lucknow. With" Old Joe" winning, at the

time of writing, 3 out of 4 races, and even

yet beating (whenever running against them)

the 2nd and Srd horses in this year's Army

Cup, I do not think we really know how good

" Old .Joe " is.

The following are his wins

SECOND GYMKHA..l\lA MEETING.

(19th October.)

ARAB H.l.NDICAl' (1000 Yards).

Ca.ptain Inglis' "Old Joe" (1O;tt. 61bs.), ..

Captain G. H. Stook's " Abi .. ta" (9 st. 12Ibs.), 2

Mr. D'Souza's "MaS&1l " (10 st. 12Ibs.), .. 3

Won by 3 lengths.

THIRD GYMKHANA MEETING.

(1st Day, 7th November.)

ARAB TRIAL PLATE (WOO Yards).

Captain Inglis' "Old Joe" (11 st. 7Ihs.), .. 1

Captain J. L. 1I1ansel's "Goodshot (11 st. 3Ibs.),

Captain S ..J. Donovan's" Burg" (lOst. 5Ibs.),

2

3

(2nd Day, 8th November).

ARAB POW HANDICAP (3 Furlongs).

Captain Inglis' "Old Joe" (11 st. I:: Iba.), . . 1

Captain A. C. Curell's "The Bhoy" (11 st. 2Ibs.), 2

Mr. E. G. Weldon's "Shiraz" (lO~t.), 3

Won by 2 lengths.

POLO.

OWING to SO many being on leave we did not

think we had a strong enough team to enter as

a regiment for the Royal Dragoons' Cup, which

was played for during the Army Cup week,

but a team calling themselves the Rangers,

composed of l\ir. C. H. Anderson, Capt. J.

Inglis, 1\11'. C. M. Pitt:; Tucker, an H.L.L, and

Captain R. J. B. Johnston, Royal Welsh

Fusiliers, made an entry.

As three of the

team belong to us, it is worth chronicling.

They were drawn against the eventual

winners, a team of t.he 8th Hussars, consi~ting

of Mr. R. F. Hornby, Mr. G. S. Rowley,

Major G. M:. Mort.. and Mr. G. A. Atkinson

Willes.

The 8th were much better mounted than

the Rangers, and the latter found it pretty

hard to be there, playing against faster ponies.

The 8th Hussars started plus two goals on

the handicap.

Most of the play wa'! in the Rangers' ground, !

. but some good runs were made by the latter ,

team, which encledsuccessfully, Capt. Il1glis

doing a lot of work and making two very

good shots at goal.

The 8th 'eventually won by 7 goals to 5,

really theit· handicap points. .

In the final the 8th Hussars met· Capt.

Banett's team, consisting of Mr. J. Hilliarcl,

l\k J. Scott, General Sir Bryan Mahon, and

Captain Barrett. The 8th ,;tarted with i

goals to their credit. Capt. Barrett was

wonderful to watch, and played a great game,

and Major Mort was invaluable to his side.

The game ended in favour of the 8th Hassal's.

by eleven goals to three.

BOX[NG.

WE must congratulate Pte. Sayers, who went

down to fight at the all-India and Burmah

championships at Calcutta held d1irin~ the

first week in October.

He was unlucky in not winning the bantam

weights; at least so we hear, as there was

some discussion amongst. the spectators abollt

the blow with which he was knocked out.

But be that as it may. we must not critici!!'e'

the referee, who gave his decision a~ainst

Sayers.

The fights we had were aR follows :­

FEATHER WEIGHTS.

Pte. Savers, H.L.I., v. Pte. Creamer, East Surrey

Regiment (Feather Weight Champion of Burmah).

The first two rounds were "ery even. During th&

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llrd round SayerR' seconds jumped into the ring and

appealed for a fonl. for which the referee disqualified

• Sayel'il.

BANTAM WEIGHTS.

1st Round.-Pte. Sayers, H.L.I., v. Mr. C. Smith

(Customs House, Calcutta).

This fight was very one.sided. In the first round

Sayers caused his opponent to take the count for nine

IUId seven, the call of time saving him.

The second round was not of long duration, Sayers

knocking Mr. Smith ont, with a well·judged hit on the

jaw.

2nd Round.-Pte. Sayers, H.L.I., v. Pte. Camp bell,

Royal Irish Rifles.

Tbo first round was even. In the socond and third

l'011Dds Saycrs did most of the scoring, and won easily

on points.

Semi·Final Round.-pte. Sayers, H.L.I., v. Pte.

Dwyer. King's Liverpool Regiment (Winner of Loch

ElIiot Belt. 1909).

This was a good fight.. The first t,wo rounds were

very even. In the IMt round Sayers did most of the

attacking, and so won on points.

Final.-Pte. Sayers, H.I,.I., v. Sergt. Daniells.

Dorset Regiment.

This was the best tight. of the tournament. In the

first round Sayers gruned a slight advantage. In the

~eeond 8ergt. Daniells improved and brought matters

even. The third leOlmd ~ as even, and an extra round

WR!l called, in which Sayers was knocked out.

As runner·up in this fight Pte. Sayers received a very

nice silver cup called the" Casse Cup," and present.ed,

I think. by a Mr. CMse. He also got quite a nicc gold

medal for the Sirhind Tournament, of which I wrote

in the laRt issue of the .. Chronicle."

W.H.

HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY BOXING

TOURNAl\1ENT .

SEPTEMBER again saw the opening of OUT

annual boxing tomnament, which was accompanied

by even greater flucceSfl than last year.

Commencing on Wednesday, 18th, it exextended

over iour nighb!, everyone of which

was notable for thoroughly good, open fighting.

It was very satisfactory to note the marked

improvement in all our regimental competitor!',

and it is to be hoped that it will greatly

encourage them to still further effortS'.

The abJe manner in which Lieut. Acklom

and Col-Sergt. Goldie conducted the proceedings

was much appreciated, and their

untiring efforts were well rewarded by the

general success which attended the tournament

throughout. There was a 6-round

contest every night, the first of which was

between Privates Bell and M'Guile of the

regiment. They had both fuught before that

night, hut their good training prevented this

from affecting the fight until the third round,

when M'Guire gave out after some brisk

exchanges. On the second night the contest

was between Pte. Sayers (11'.1..1.) and Pte.

Fowler (8th Hussars). It would have been a

very good fight, and was much looked fOrWar~

to by everyone, but unfortunately in the first

round an .old wound in Fowler's forehead

was opened, and the flow of blood into his

eyes made it impossible to continue after the

close of the second round. However, on the

third night the contest was between J. Smith

(20th Battery) and CorpL Raynham (8th

Hussars), and was well up to expectations.

They fought the full number of rounds,

throughout all of which a very good pace waR

maintained; Smith winning on points.

The final night opened with a very large

attendance, and went off without a hitch.

Lieut.-CoL Brown, 74th Punjabis, presented

the prizes to the winners and brought the

evening to a close by a few words, conveying

his thanks to Lieut.-CoL Ronaldson, and also

to the eompetitors for the part they had

taken in the tournament. The final reslilts of

the £>vefiing werE' :­

MIDDLE WEIGH'!' (NovrclllS).

Fi-nal-8.

Pte. Swain, 9.]3, v. Pte. Jarvil, 1O·12.-Thefirst

two rounds were very tame, both men clinching a.nd

doing very little work. The third round sharpened

up a good deal, and both fought very well. Swain

was adjudged winner.

OPEN FEATHER WEIGHT.

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10 HIGHLAND LIGHT IN}I'ANTH.Y CHRONICLE.

Final.

Pte. Strelitz, 9, v. Pte. Conroy, 9.

lea "jng Rtrelitz winner.

Conroy seratehed,

REGIl\[ENTAt, LIGHT WEtHHTS.

Final.

Pte. Hell, 9, v. Pte. Sayers, 8·7.-The first round,

which was about even, was slow. In t,he second and

third ma.tters brightened up a hit, and eVBntuaIly

Sayers won.

THE Gordon Highlanders gave a farewell

Boxing Tournment at the end of November

before their departure for Cairo. They were

to have gone to South Africa, but at the last

their orders were changed for Cairo, and I think

they are to be much congratulated-but

for the tournament. )'i'or us Lance-Corporal

Smith of "A" Company, Lance-Corporal

McAllister, and Ptes. Little and Cameron left

to take part.

Lance-Corporal Smith was the only man

who met with any success, and he was only

just beaten on points by Pte. Sly of th'e

Middlesex Regiment-a very good performance

on Smith's part, and we feel sure that he

will some day do something big for us. He

entered for the Novices' Light Weights and

Open Light Weights. He fought 5 rounds in

the former, but then scratched, as he had

injured his hands and wished to keep himself

for the Open Competition, in which his fights

were as follows :-;-

IAt Round.-L,'C'A>rpl, Smith v, Pte. Cowe, (C:Ordons.

, -An even fight. An extra round decided in favour of

Smith.

2nd Round.-L.·CorpL Smith v. Pte. M'Allister,

H.J~.l.-Smith won on point"

:lrd Round.-f~,·Corpl. Smith v. Driver Towers, 20th

Battery R"I


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The following were the successful

competitors :­

100 Yds.-1st, Pte. Brannigan,

"G."

t mile-1st, Pte. Macauley,

"D."

1 Mile-1st, Pte. Macauley,

" D."

Potato' Rl\>ce-1st, Pte. Biggar,

"n."

4-Legged Race-1st and Srd. "' __,

Tug of - War ­ 1st (catch

weights), 8 men.

Consolation Race-1st, Lce.- (",

Corporal Hutchins, " K."

Ladies Race-1st, Mrs. Barrie

.AI"--..'_-'-'"

A udl Jrnol.fll JliyJ.Z4!\a CA..mf'to1'l i'

till! fin GriMlions zn la.c1cnolJ IAls MCI!er.

."10; ,VI1.1

The prize for the ladies' race was kindly

presented by Mrs. Andrewf!.

CORPORALS' MESS NOTES.

'I'HIS has been an eventful quarter in mallY ways.

Sandy Dewar and George Henderso~ have .been .an~

gone and got married, and Potter will too, IT he Isn·t

careful. We also hear that Gardner Brown's Company

is likely to send a representative to our marriro quar·

ters.

The q1.1arter has, however. been mainly remarkable

for the number of men we have lost .

. Jimmie Robertson, Cunningham, Johnstone, M'Kay,

Logan, and Daarie, from the ranks of the Corporals,

""nu Alexander, Douglas, Dougal, Cbalmers, and Green,

from the Lance-Corporals, is 3. pretty formidable list.

Add to this that many of them were good sportsmen,

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· HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICI..E.

13

yours can be measurf'd by the good wiRhe& of t.he Company

you can say good-hye t.o "obstacles,'·

Well, a Colour-Sergeant beiug a somewhat indispensable

person, wc had to ·get another, and a ver~'

happy selection has been made in "crowning" No.

11804 Sergt. It Goorey. In him we have a man with a

heart to conceive, a heail to contrive, and a hand to

execute. Not 'arf!

While on the subjeet of promotion wc would weloome

Corpl. Scevity, who has Joined us, 011 obtaining his

second chevron.

The Stockwell Challenge Shield, which has bee.~

~o keenly competed for throughout the year, has been

won by "B" Coy., with an increased majority in

points. That IS our latest trophy. Our oldest,

apparently, still m our treMure chest, is the Castle­

Bellingham Cup, won iu '85 in Ireland.

I overhoard a remark that had ghooting been included

we should not hav... "smelt" it: lVe are

emphatically opposed to that opinion. "H" always

was a hard lIut to crack in competition, and no " 8th"

attached.

We arc ill-represented in Iliping and dancing, but

we havc to thank l'te. Ronert,son for lending a helping

foot ,\nd finger in this section.

In tug-Of-Will we wel'e all but last; but this will be

remedied.

In the draft I notice 80111


14 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRO::'\ICLE.

viously possessed. In addition to

this. we realise with painful reflection

that we can est.imat.e almost

exactly the degree of teml1erature

of " One 1'refl Hill" at aav minute

between the houl's of 6 p.tu. ami 5

a.m. in cold November.

On the 17th Novemher we said

good-bye to Corpl. John~tone and

Pte8. Bradford, Campbell (CR.sey),

J,iddell, Manney, Ranldn, and

Reid, who left Lllelmow and the .",

Regiment to embark on a new

carEier in civilian life, and we take

this opportunity of wishing them

every success in whichever undertaking

they may choose. In their

place we welcome nin£' arrivals

from home who, we hOl'e, may he

able to make good the loss we have

sllstainer!.

We are looking forward with feelings of uncertainty

to the rather awe-inspiring programme for this winter­

Battalion, Brigade, and Divisional manoollvres. '1~he

latter part of this programme will he carried out in the

vicinity of Sitapllr.

Before I conclude let me take this opportunity of

tendering my bflst wishes to all ex-" D " men on behalf

of the (',ompany for a bright, happy, and prosperous

year in 1913.

FAGlN.

" J " COl\IPANY.

BACK from the khuds at last, and the Company re-united

after a spell of attachment to the Companies of the

left half Bat.t.alion. which remained at Headquarters

during the summe,', and some of them very glad indeed

to come under the regime of "the straight up and

down "again. The Challcuge Shh,ld has once more

disappeared from Ollr vision, but this year to "B"

Company, who richly desen'e it, ha'ving put their minds

to sport in such a manner thltt other Companies should

not be slow to follow their example. As an excuse for

the position (wooden spooners) held by this Company,

it may be stated that during the absence of the " heid

yins" few took what may be caller! that intE'rest which

perhaps would have been the initial cause of annexing

points in the 0 vents w hioh decide the holders of the

above trophy. J~nough of sport. however, plenty of

which will be found chronicled elsewhere.

With the cold 8"a80n comes the exodus of the T. X.,

those who have already left us heing Corpl. Logan,

Tim MulIen, Geordie FORteI', Stachy Venns, Chik

Burton, Jock Reddy, 'Enery Metcalf (Midi), Old Patch

:\{nrray, and, last (but not the only" Parrot ") Skate

Manning, and it is hoped that Bu{'cess awaits them ill

their new sphere of life.

Our old scrioo "Rtevie" has again been entered

on the 1'elegraph Department, and, on acoount of having

a clean medicltl hitltory shflet, war seJceted for duty at

some station (name unknown to us) in North China,

a.nd to which appointment he has proceeded and will

no doubt prove himself worthy of his famous

"Refrisher," which will be remembered by those who

made up t,he gtlrrison of No. 2 Redoubt.

We have just completed double-Company training,

which I don't think proved of mueh value from our

Commander's point of view, but we could not have

boon under canvas under lUore favourable conditions,

a.s the weather w'as splendid and the "Blue I.ights "

, ~4lJMldle'l-JTriss({d :s'Aol in tAeJiftill oflire A.tlj cCI1'l'alty

'!~Il(J luz!&Je.II11 l(1t l!J"t l..!illJ '1''0


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONLCLE.

almO!t at full strength. .. Jock," however, is ~till

..ticking it at LFindour. From the 8th to 18th November

...e were hi cFimp doing double-Company training with

" I" CompFiny at Chandan. The work done was

instructive, and, while not being too stiff, was stiff

enough to break us in for greater things in store in the

lhape of Battalion Training at Barabanki and Divisional

Manoouvres at Sitapur. The Battalion has been in

camp at Barabanki before, but in tholla days I was

one of the " Gilded Staff," and therefore know nothing

about the camp there. Those of the Company who were

there tt'U us that the oamp is a very good one, being

nice and shady, which latter is always a recommenda·

tion. By the time this programme is carried through

we will again be looking forward to the hot weather.

Captain Alston has returned from leave in England,

where he.has gained a Flying Corps Certificate. Lieut.

ADderson has returned fro!l\ Pachll\ari, where he has

heen punohing up that subject of subjeots Musketry;

the result of his exam. is not yet to hand. It is the

aincere wish of the Company that he gets his" D."

We have to weloome to the Company the members

of the late~t draft from England, also Sergt. Campbell

&nd CorpI. Wilson, transferred from "H " and "F"

Companies, while Sergt. Graham and L.·Sergt. Grahame

have also joined us on promotion. Sergt. Whitten haR

left us for" H " Company, aad we have lost a .number

of men who he.ve gone home (under the rulings of the

.. Pudden Aot") to join the Army Reserve. The

rell\ainder of the men going home also leave us very

shortly, and we wish them every succooa in civil life.

May they never regret the step they have taken.

L.·Corpls. Wilkinwn and Coughlin are at present at

Ambe.la qualifying as gymnasiUll\ instructors. They

"ill no doubt put us through the hoop on their return

with all the latest Sweedish hookums.

In conclusion we wish all past members of .. K ..

Company a. merry Chri~tmas e.nd a very h!!.ppy New

Year.

J,ucknow, Dec. 3, 1912. J. R. K.

.... 7{IslILr

·P~l

;1'.0.

When you think of your friends in a healthier

land,

Far from the scalding heat, dust-storms, and

sand,

While you're sweating and cursing and shouting

" Kinsho ! "

And wondering whether it's hotter below­

What a beautiful country is India!

You have read of the wonderful nights in the

East,

Of the moonlilsht and peace when the day's

work has ceased.

Well, this may be all very nice in its way,

But it's not my experience, I'm sorry to say,

Of a hot-weather night here in India.

For you find, when you lay yourself down on

your bed,

That the brain-fever bird sends you half off

vour head,

While the jackal and pie-dog persistently howl,

And the chokidar coughs when he's doin' his

prowl.

Oh, the joys and blessings of India!

When you rise in the morning at four forty-five

You're as weak as a rat, and more dead than

alive.

And y;u~re soaked to the skin ere your toilet

is done,

Whilst you're dreading tbe rise of the glorious

(!) sun.

Oh, why did I come out to India

Now, you people at home who complain of the

cold,

Don't get huffy and cross when the truth you

are told,

For you're far better off than the soldier-man

bold

In the plains in the summer in India.

Q. R.

OUR PETS m-MOSQUITOES.

A HOT-WEATHER BALLAD.

WHEN the west wind blows scorchin~ and

I fierc.e o'er the plains,

When you sit 'neath a punka.h and pray for

! the rains,

When your body is burning with prickly heat,

And insects devour both your ankles and feet-

What a glorious oountry is India !

Wee buzzing, biting, noisy insect!

Oh, what a row you are creating!

Of nuisances vou are most perfect.

It's but the truth that I am stating.

You keep us wakened all the night,

What with your biting and your buzzing,

And when we're sleeping near the light

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16 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

You drink our blood, you thirsty villain!

While all the time we're lying scratching,

And when your belly you are filling

Some other tender spot you're watching.

You cause more fever than the weather

(More sleepless nights are spent through you)

And though you're lighter than a feather,

Dodge you is more than we can do.

1£ we should sleep beneath a net

You're angry 'cause we're you excluding;

Still you will hover round to get

A bite whene'er there's one protruding.

They've found a method, it would seem­

One which means your extermination­

Just to apply some kerosene

And put a stop to your creation.

TowsER.

Promotions and Appointments.

5804 Sergt. E. ~arey. promoted Colour·Sergeant

23rd October, 1912.

9822 L.-Sergt. J. Gr&bam, promoted Sergeant,

23rd October, 1912.

8605 J,.·Sergt. J, Whltten, promoted Sergeant,

13th November, 1912.

9000 L .. Sergt. (Unpaid) W. Peden, appointed Paid

Lance·Sergeant, 23rd October, 1912.

6894 L.·Sergt. (Unpaid) D. Buchan, appointed Paid

Lance·Sergeant, 13th November, 1912.

7938 CorpI. W. Graham, appointed Unpaid Lance·

Sergeant, 23rd October, 1912.

98tH Corpl. G. Handerson, appointed Unpaid Lance·

Sergeant, 13th November, 1912.

10417 L.-Corpl. H. Scevity, promoted Corporal,

23rd October, 1912.

10133 J •.·CorpI. A. Dewar, promoted Corporal, 23rd

October, 1912.

11366 L.-CorpI. (Unpaid) J. Smith, appointed Paid

Lance-Corporal, 3rd September, 1912.

9877 L .. Corpl. (Unpaid) D. Thomson, appointed

Paid Lance.Corporal, 23rd September,

, 1912.

10331 L.·Corpl. (Unpaid) J. Dulake, appointed Paid

Lance-Corporal, 23rd October, 1912.

10463 J •. ·Corpl. (Unpaid) R. Bornby, appointed Paid

Lance·Corporal,23rd Octobel, 1912.

10383 L.·Corpl. (Unpaid) D. ChLshoIm, appointed

Paid Lance·{30rp0raI, 8th November, 1912.

10271 L.-Corpl. (Unpaid) T. Barron, appointed Paid

Lance·Corporal, 12th November, 1912.

11064 L,·Corpl. (Unpaid) J. Brodie, appointed Paid

Lance·Corporal, 20th November, 1912.

11658 L .. Corpl. (Unpaid) W. Young, appointed Paid

. Lance.Corporal, 20th November, 1912.

7788 L.·Corpl. (Unpaid) D. Fam, appointed Paid

" Lance·Corporal, 20th November, 1912.

10468 Pte. B. Matins, appointed, Unpaid Lance·

Corporal, 3rd September, 1912.

11290 Pte. A. Johnstone, appointed Unpaid Lance·

Corporal, 19th October, 1912.

11306 Pte. H. Watts, appointed Unpaid Lance·

Corporal, 19th October, 1912.

10284 Pte. A. Paterson, appointed Unpaid Lance·

Corporal, 25th October, 1912.

10772 Pte. E. Devlin, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 25th October, 1912. '

11489 Pte. C. Cook, appointed Unpaid Lance·Corporal,

25th October, 1912.

10381 Pte. H. Baddelly, appointed Unpaid LaDCe­

Corporal, 26th October, 1912.

11098 Pte. S. Reilly, appointed Unpaid Lance.Corporal.

26th October, 1912.

11341 Pte. G. Ashcroft, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 26th October, 1912.

11435 Pte. A. Barr, appointed Unpaid Lance·Corporal.

26th October, 1912.

.11165 Pte. R. Veitch, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 29th, October, 1912.

10847 Pte. J. Caimey, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 15th Nov!lIllber, 1912.

11191 Pte. A. Rattray, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 15th November, 1912.

11548 Pte. P. Fraser, appointed Unpaid Lance·Corporal,

15th November, 1912.

11540 Pte. R. Jinks, appointed Unpaid Lance·Corporal,

18th November, 1912.

9898 Pte. G. ,Bond,appointed Bandsman, 1st Novem·

ber, 1912.

9897 Pte. G. Dossett, appointed Bandsman, 18th

November, 1912.

8930 Pte. J. Robertson, appointed Piper, 12th

November, 191.2.

BIRTHS.

9164 L.·Corpl. E. Harper, son born at Landout,

, 7th September, 1912.

6923 Sergt. J. M'Donald, daughter born at Lucknow,

26th September, 1Il12.

4802 C.·Sergt. D. M'MiIlan, son born at Landour,

28th September, 191.2. ,.

7171 Sergt. D. Morrison, daughter born at Landour,

13th October, 1912.

7864 Pte. M. M'Garva, daughter born at Ichapore,

1st October, 1912.

4336 Sergt .. Major A. G. Honse, son born at Luoknow.

15th November. 1912.

7683 Sergt. T. Jones, son born at Luoknow, ~th

November, 1912.

MARRIAGES.

HEltDEB80N-ARNoLD.--On 31st Ootober, 1912, at

St. Mungo's Kirk, Luoknow, by the Rev. G. C.

Macpherson, Corpl. G, Henderson, 1st H.L.I., to

Maud Matilda Arnold.

JOHNSON-HAWKJNs.-On 8th November, 1912, ,at

St. Andrew's Churoh, Bombay, by the Rev. I.

Cameron, (,,orp!. G. Johnson, 1st H.L.I., to Cla.ra

ElizaOO.th Hawkins.

DEATHS.

12026 Pt.e. J. M'Intosh, deceased at Lucknow, 8th

September, 1912.

llARPER.-At Lucknow,on lOt,h November, 1912,

Callum Edward, the son of I..·Corpl. E. Harper. '

M',GARVA.-At Barrackpore, on 19th November, 1912,

Margllret, the wife of Pte, M. M'Garva.

CERTIFICATES OF EDUCATION.

18t Glas8.

6960 Col.·Sergt. J. Breslin, I,ucknow, 24th March,

1912.


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Group 1., 1st Class A.S.C.

11165 Pte. R. Veitch, Lucknow, 26th March, 1912.

2nd (J/U88.

1I869 L ..Cp!. C. Coughlin.

ll287 I...Cp!. W. H ume.

lOll7I•.Cp!. T. Crossan. 10990 Pte. J. Meek.

lll64 I •.. Cp\. J. Phillips.

11366 L..Cp!. J. Smith.

10225 L.-Cpl.H.Whittington.

il036 Pte. J. Cooney.

11341 Pte. J. Ashcroft. lI594 Pte. J. Mcechan.

1I4.~9 Pte. C. Cook. ll351 Pte. D. M'Donald.

3rd Glaa8.

10076 L.·Cpl. J. Thmson. 1I613 Pte. J. Carmichael.

10087 Pte. W. Hastle. 11584 Pte. J. Delaney. .

11254 Pte. F. Priggen. . ll395 Pte. E. Stubbs.

10177 Bug. W.Garvey. 11468Pte.J. Wallace.

11416 Pte. C. Adams.

OTHER CERTIFICATES.

11165 Pte. R. Veitch, awarded Military T~legraphist

Certificate at Cawnpore, 27th September,

1912. .

10484 L.·Corpl. A. M'Innes, awarded Acting School.

master's Certificate at Lucknow,' March,

1912. .

9753 Pte. P. Higgins, awarded Nursing C-ertificate at

Luc,know, 19th October, 1912.

10782 Pte. J. Dougan, awarded Nursing Certificate at

Lucknow, 19th October, 1912.

10395 Pte. J. Oath, awarded Nursing Certificate at

Lucknow, 19th October, 1912.

10585 L..Corpl. J. Clark, awarded Assistant Instructor

of Signalling Certificate at Kasauli, 26th

October; 1912.

8939 Acting Schoolmaster·Sergt. J. Findlay. passed

Lower Standard Hindustani, Allahabad,

8th October, 1912.

AWARDED MEDALS.

8514 Pte. J. Mahoney, awardeq Coronation· Durbar

Medal, 1911.

5288 Col.·Sergt. W. Papworth, awarded Long Service

and Good Conduct Medal (with gratuity).

TRANSFERS.

Pte. R. Wishart, from The (Queen's Own) Cameron

Highlanders, 1st October, 1912.

Pte. A. Durno, from The Gordon Highlanders,lst Nov,

ember, 1912. ,

DISCHARGES.

10641 Pte. G. Thomas, discharged on payment of £18,

30th September, 1912.

RE·ENGAGEMENTS.

8672 Sergt. E. Smithson, at Lucknow, 20th Novem.

ber, 1912.

GOOD CONDUCT BADGES.

First.

ll456 Pte. J. Dalgarno; 13th DeceJnber, 191L

10738 Pte. P. Brannigan,;mrl September, 1912.

11335 Pte. J. Duncan, 30th July, 1912. , ;

H317 Pte. E. Gallaoher, 7th May, 1911.

IU93 Pte. J. Alexander; 12th January,1911.

10640 Pte. A. Smith; 4th May, 1911. .

10526 Pte. D. Cairns, 1st May, 1909.

11476 Pte. A. Dunn, 3rd February, HH2.

10711 Pte. J. M'Arthur, 4th September, ]910.

ll205 Pte. J. Doe!. 20th April, 1912. '

10432 L.·C!>rpl. ,P. l>inkhard! .21st August, 1912.

10748 Pte. W. M'Donald, loth'January,' 1912.

10998 Pte. C. Jfughes, 16th SI"ptember, 1912.

11406 Pte. J. Dorman, 28th'May, 1912 ..

10799 Pte. R. Brown, lOth October, 1912.

10734 Pte. A. M'Farlane, 2nd October, 1912.

ll925 Pte. J. Evans, 24th August, 19~2. '

11121 Pte. F. Eddington, 28th July, 1912.

ll368 Pte, R. Lafferty, 11th August, 191L

9905 Pte. J.Hel)burn, 6th July, 19!2.·

1124.9 Pte. J. Murray, 19th March; 19B.

9956 Pte. J. Brooks, 21st November, 1912.

8083 Pte. D. M'Kenzie, 13th November,1912.

10376 Pte. W. Davis, 28th November, 1912.

10543 Pte. J. Moss, 25th September, 1912.

10284 Pte. A. Patterson, 5th June, 1911.

11245 Pte. P. Lamont, 30th September, 1912.

10552 Pte. T. Beavis, 29th November, 1911.

10705 Pte. T. Blackie, 13th July, 1911.

11005 Pte. J. M'Culloch, llth June, 1911.

11329 Pte. F. Kelly, 3rd October, 1912.

11097 Pte. W. Pearson, 28th July, 1910,

10851 Pte. J. Watson, 5th May, 1911.

11372 L.·Corpl. T, Durkir., IIth August, 19] 1.

11565 Boy J. WaIIs.ce, 18th July, 1912.

10228 Pte. R. Scott, 30th December, 1911.

9724 Pte. W. White, 3rd October, 1912.

11524 Pte. J. Russell, 2nd April, 1912.

11539 Pte. J. King, 15th April, 1912.

10962 Pte, J. Small, 23rd September, 1912.

10139 He. J. Ramtige, Ilth November, 1912.

10763 Pte. W. Mitchell, 16th April, 1912.

ll455 Pte. W. Millar, 14th July, 1912.

11484 Pte. J. Alexander, 2nd June, 1912.

Il055 Pte. ·H. M'Glashan, 28th June, 1911.

n003 Pte. P. Sheridan, 26th December, 1911.

11036 Pte. J. Cooney, 4th August, 1912.

13econd.

7715 Bandsman F. Evans, 1st March, 1909 .

10526 Pte. D. Cairns, 28th January, HH2.

10834 Pte. A. Fotheringham, 5th August, 1912 ..

10807 Pte.J. Knowles, 17th July, 1912.

10754.Pte. P. Baxtcr, 3rd May, 1912.

10711 Pte. J. M'Arthur, 4th September, 1912.

10313 Pte. J.,Kinniburgh, 30th November" 1911.

108ii6 Pte. W. Bogie, 28th August, 1912.

10663 Pte. A. Welfare, 13th February, 19\2.

10190 1'te, S. EV1J,nQ, ]4th September: 1911.

7418 'Pte. J. Laidla" , 16th September, 1912.

J0356 Pte. M. Gillies, 3rd January, 1912.

10036 Pte. M. Giffen, 19th December, 1910.

~927 Pte.A. Douglas, 3rd May, 1911.

10137 Pte. J. M'Grory, 15th September, 1912.

·9978 Bugler J. Mears,'4th May, 1912.

. 9860 Pte. T. James, 4th April, 1911,

10266 Pte. W. Willis, 25th Sllptember, 1911.

10301 Pte. J. Raeburn, 23rd October, 1911.

10821 Pte. D. Scott,2Oth September, 1911l.

10895 Pte. W. Gillon, 19th October, 1912.

9965 Pte. M. Liviqgstone, 24th October, 19B;

9755 Pte. W. Little, 13th November, 1912.

10810. Pte. T. M'Can,n, 4th July, 1912.

10764 Pte.'E. Wiltcher, 10th June, 1912;

Il2.21Pte. C.: Stewart, 16th March,191O,

10304 Pte. J. Hills,25th Octobe;c, 191.1.

9940 Pte. D. Qownie, 20th October, 1910.

10278 Pte. A. Gillon, 15th September; 19l2:

6865 ·Pte. J. Dignan, 30th November, 1910.

9897 Pte. G. Dossett,14th.september, 1912.

10617· Pte. A. White, 23rd July, 1912..,

10571 .Pta E. Swain, 15th. Se.ptember, 1912 ..

10822 Pte.H. Stachinni, 23rd l3eptember, 1912.

9975'Pte.D;'Crossan, 5th 'October; 19H. ('. .... ;;

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10706 Pte. A. Vickers, 21st March, 1912.

9715 Pte. A. Watson, 9th October, 1912.

10451 Pte. J. Turner, 2nd January, 1912.

10825 Pte. D. Watson, 14th October, 1912.

10853 Pte. J. 'I'ait, 20th August, 1912.

10824 Pte. J. Rose, 30th September, 1912.

10485 Pte. T. Dalrymple, 8th January, 1912.

9958 Pte. A. M'Donald, 4th October, 1911.

10904 IJ.-Corpl. W. Dickson, 25th October, 1912.

8124 Pte. J. Horsley, 2nd May, 1912.

10051 L.-Corpl. W. Hearne, 26th October, 1912.

2nd Battalion News.

IN writing this quarter's Notes we may start

by expressing the hope that all ranks have

had a happy Christmas and that the new

year will be the best year of all-till the next

one comes.

Last quarter found us back at Mullingar,

summer training having been unexpectedly

curtailed owing to foot and mouth disease.

Unfortunately this disease found its way here,

and from October till the middle of December

hunting was stopped.

Another year has gone by, and still we are

no nearer to the Army Cup. We drew a bye

in the first round, and were drawn against the

East Surrey Regiment in the se~ond. This

match ended in a draw-3 goals all-and in

the replay we were defeated by a goal. In

the Garrison League our first match was against

the 5th Lancers in Dublin, but no referee

appeared. In the second match, against the

Royal West Kent Regiment, the referee did

appear, but our opponents didn't; and in the

third, against the Scots Fusiliers, we were

defeated. We have had the usual Company

J,eague matches this quarter, but both Leagues

have ceased during the furlough season.

In November Lieutenants Thackeray and

M'Callum paid a flying visit to Hythe. In

the same month Captain Hope attended an

Adjutants' course of gymnastics at Aldershot.

Col. Scrase-Dickins paid us a visit of a week

while inspecting part of his district at Athlone.

Saint Andrew's Day this year was a very

great occasion, and as first leave ended on

that date we had an unusually large number

that night. Practically all the Officers of the

Battalion were present, and in addition

everyone was delighted to see the Commanding

Officer of. the Depot, the Recruiting Staff

Officer from Glasgow, and the Staff-Captain of

No. 2 District. As this was the last occasion

on which all the Officers were together before

Col. Kays left Mullingar, he was the guest of

the evening, and took this opportunity of

saying good-bye to us all and welcoming

Major Wolfe-Murray, who had arrived at

Mullingar shortly before.

On 5th December the annual Christmas

tree (and tea) took place in the Gymnasium,

which had been transformed by the cunning

hand of the Quartermaster into a veritable

palace. Not the smallest detail was forgotten-not

even Father Christmas-and we

can safely say, after having experienced

many of. them, that never have we seen one

more martial in appearance or more popular

with the juveniles. (But what could we have

expected, having been behind the scenes ~)

In the evening. an impromptu dance was

organised by the wives of the Regiment,

which' could not have gone better. Everyone

was delighted to see Miss Peirce again at both

entertainments.

Our suspicions have now been confirmed,

and by the time this reaches the press Lieut.

M'Callum will be a benedict. His luck has

always been proverbial, and he can't deny it

this time, as, in addition, he has secured the

Adjutancy of the Scottish Horse. We wish

him the best of luck.

Talking of luck reminds us that Lieut.

Wallace, 'after two and a half months' leave,

returned to Mullingar for St. Andrew's Night,

and departed again the following day for

another two months, murmuring some trivial

excuse about appendicitis. We think he

must have got hold of the proofs of a book

shortly to be published, entitled" Leave and

How to Obtain it," by "One who Knows."

The non-de-plume is not sufficient to conceal

the identity of the author. We may say he

holds a very important Staff appointment.

By the way, has Capt. Stevenson found out

the place in his motor to which belongs the

part of his engine which fell out one day

while returning from fishing, or is it true

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LIEUT... COLONEL HO RACE KA YS.

ON 10th December Lieut,.-Col. Kays finished

his period of four years ir command of the 2nd

Battalion, and was placed on half pay.

Colonel Kaya had just completed 29 years

lService, the whole of which time was spent

with either the 1st or 2nd Battalion of the

Regiment, with the exception of five years,

from '95 to '99, when he was adjutant of the

9th (Lanark) Volunteer Battalion H.L.I.

When, in '83. he joined the 2nd Battalion the

name of Kays was already familiar ir the

Regiment, for only a year previously his

brother, Lieut. Dudley KII,Ys, at that time a

Subaltern in the same Battalion, had been

killed at Tel-el-Kebir dnring the attack on

Arabi's entrenchments by the Highland

Brigade.

Colonel Kav's departure waR much regr\ltted

by all ranks, and botb he and his family leave

many friends behind them. A sportsman

himself, he took the keenest intere~t in the

games and sports of those who served under

hinl, and was always ready with a word of

congratulatioll for success, or of encouragement

in the hour of failure. Col. Kays served as

superintendent of signalling on Sir WilIiam

Lockhart's Staff in the .Miranzai exp~ditio!l in

1891, and ",as mentioned in despatches Hnd

received the medal for the campaign. He

served with the 1st Battalion throup:hout .the

greater part of the South African Wllr, and

received both the Queen's and King's medals.

It is pleasant for those who have served with

bim to note that on the same day that he

gave up command of the Battalion he was

promoted f.ull Colonel, and that this promotion

was ante-dated to last Jun\,.

It is to be hoped that this augurs a very

hrief period of half pay and that he may soon

be actively employed again, and in a position

which will bring the Battalion which he

knows 80 well, and which will miss him so

much, once more under his command.

FAREWELL DINNER '1'0 COLONEL

H. F. KAYS.

A RECORD gathering of Officers marked the

celebration of St. Andrew's Night at MuUingar,

though one could wish that the occasion of a

record attendance had not been that for many

of those present it was the last opportunity of

greeting Colonel Kays as Officer Commanding

the Battalion.

Colonel Kays was the guest of the evening,

and twenty-five or his brother Officers were

present to honour their guest. After reading

various telegrams of greeting, Major A. A.

Wolfe-Murray said that, though he knew it

was not the custom to make speeches at Mess,

he felt sure that the Officers would wish him

to propose the health of Colonel Kays. Colonel

Kays had served in the Regiment for 29 years,

and he was confident that he was voicing the

feelings of all when he said that his approaching

departure was deplored, not only by every

Officer but also by every Non-Commissioned

Officer and man in the Battalion. He wished

Colonel Kays, in the n"tme of all present,

"Good luck in the future, and a speedy

return to harness." In drinking the toast he

hoped that Colonel Kays would allow them

to include therein Mrs. Kays and family,

whose kindness to everyone and whose interest

,in the welfare of the Regiment had always

been so marked.

Major Wolfe-Murray's correct appreciation

of the sentiments of those present was proved

by the enthusiasm of their reception of his

speech, and the toast was drunk with Highland

honours.

Colonel Kays, replying, alluded to the

rapidity with which Major Wolfe-]\[urray,

after a very short stay in Ireland, had acquired

facility in those pleasant speeches for which

its inhabitants are famed. He thanked him

and all present for the kindness of the toast

and their response to it.

The four years during which he had had

the honour of commanding the Batt9Iion had

been the four happiest years of his life.

He had been very sensible of the honoUl

done him when he had heard a rumour t.hat

he was to be invited to be their guest on this

anniversary, but it was only a few days ago,

when he actually received the invitation to

dine with them, that he realised that, for the

first time in his. service, he was going to

"g~t something out of" his brother Officers!

But (he hastened to add) by getting something

out of them he was only alluding to the

hospitality accorded to a guest. He bad

mentioned his four years of command as his

happiest years, and this was due to the

unfaiEn'~ and loyal support which he had

received from them all.

He had had the assistance of eight Company

Commanders who, he had no hesitation in

saying, were I'\econdto none in the Service,

and'they hfd been well backed up by the'

Company Officers under them. In his late

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20 HIGHLAND MGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

ha.d ruled him an.d all of them with a rod of

iron-(laughter)-while his present Adjutant

was working. hard to achieve a like result on

himself, and doubtless would in time rule his

successor. Last, but not least, he had had the

"best Quartermaster in the Army." (Loud

cheers.)

Perhaps they did not aHrealise what such

support meant to a Commanding Officer.

Their work, and the knowledge that whatever

he oldered, .and whatever arrangements

were necessary,. woultl be carried out at once,

and carried out welt, meant everything to the

man in command.

Of course, however perfect an organisation,

occasions would arise when one found it

necessary to "speak his thoughts," and he

thought it possible that during his service

he had done so to every Officer in the Battalion.

(Laughter.) He had no regrets for the fact.

secure in the assurance that they none of them

bore malice. He must allude to the presence

of various Officers who at an earlier period

had "emigrated" in search of high emoluments,

in receipt of which they revelled in a life of

ease and luxury, but had come over on this

occasion to do honour to the Patron Saint.

It was very kind of them-and, in the name

of the Saint, he thanked them.

He must also add his thanks, and. those of

Mrs. Kay and his family, for their very kind

inclusion of them in the toast; and, if they

would bear with him for a moment longer,

he wished to add a word as to his successor.

He was being succeeded in command of

the Battalion by an Officer who had a reputation

throughout the British Army. It was not

too much to say that, from the highest to the

lowest, every Offieer was familiar with the

name of " Artic Wolfe-Murray."

He wi,~hed him every success in command.

The remainder of the evening passed in the

usual manner of St. Andrew's Nights. But

there are few occasions on which the thought

that" it is for the last time" does not contain

more of the bitter than the sweet; it is therefore

small wonder that on this occasion the

"regret of the last good-bye" had a way of

recurring to most of us, providing a quiet

under-current to the cheery lIurface of the

evening.

Still, though .by the time this appears

Colonel Kays will nQ .longer: be in command

of a Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry,

the hope is left to us that the "speedy return

to harness" so heartily wished him on Nov.

30th; 1912, may one day find him in command

of a force of which one or other Battalion

of the Regiment forms part.

FOOTBAIJL.

ARMY CUP-8ECOND ROUND.

HIOHLAND LIGHT JNF~NTRY V. EAST SURREY REGIMENT.

TmllRR was 1\ large muster of spectators at Mulling&1I

on the 21st of November to witness the Recond round

Army Cup tie between the Highland Light Infantry

and the EA.st Surrey Regiment (Dublin). The play in

the opening period was fast A.nd exciting. but theH.L.I.

were the keener near goal. A.nd at the interval they

held a lead of two goals. The ecoring W!t8 opened by

Munro fOJ: the home team inside the first quartl'F of an

hour, but following heavy pressure by the East Surreys

the e'luaJising score accrued from a ty kick for

"handlt." taken by Joyner. The Infantry's

second score came through IlHnney, and the third from

BriIce quickly followed. the interva.l total being t.hfee

goals to one in the home side's favour. The visitors

in the second half plA.yed a greatly improved game, and

were rewarded by a couple of scoreR, the first being the

result of I,ces, the H.L.I. goa.lkoolJOr, being oharged

over thc linc while in l>ossession of t.he ball, the seCond

being smartly headed through by Cain. The H.L.I.

failed to respond, and at the end of the stipulated time

the teams were level. Fifteen minutes each way were

then played, and both teams had chanceR of scoring,

but the match, which was splendidly conte8ted, ended

in a draw. Result:~

East Surrey Regiment, • . 3

H.L.I., .. ., 3

Teams:­

East Surrey Reginlent--Eeard; Smith, Stevenson;

Rowe, May, Hinton; Arlams, Joyner, Cain, Drummer,

Remnant.

H.L.J.-Pte. I..ees; L.-Corpl. Gibbs, L.-Corp1.

I.a.mbie; Sergt. BaiUie, Bandsman Stoddart, Pte.

Johnstone; Piper Bruce, .L.-Corpl. Minney, Pte.

Munro, Pte. Chlshohn, Pte. Smith.

-Exf;ract trom "ImhTimM."

REPLAYED TIR

HIGHLAND LIOHT INFANTRY V. EAST SURREY REGIMENT.

THESE teams played their drawn Army Cup tie at Da.1y.

mount Park on the 29th November, when the East

Surrey eleven, by the only goal scored, qnalifi..,d for

the third round. La~t week at Muilingar, after extra.

time, the game was left drawn, each side scoring three

goals. The Highlanders made a. couple of cha.nges in

their side, which did not by any means improve the

team. The Surreys won the t08!l, but in the absence

of any wind the choiee of ends gave little advantage.

The start W&ll rather sl'nsational. The Surrey left,

gOIng I\way, sent across a 8win~ing P&88, which Joyner

whipped into the net before ha.lf 1\ minute had elapsed.

The Rcore was 1\ lucky one, and proved so as the game

advanced. The Highlanders repliE'd well, and baide

a minute should have equalised, Chadwick missing an

open goal, while Minney, with a good shot, hit tbe

upright. 'From this to the ond of the period both

teams played up to expeotation, amI pressed in turn,

but the respective defenOOil were sound, a.nd the in.terval

Cl\me without a ohange in the score. 'I'he second

period proved a ding-dong set-to, both sides putting in

all they could. For a time H.L.J. held tlie upper ha.nd.

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pleased at the appreciation expressed by the

gift, and cordially thanked all the donors.

She then handed to the children and their

mothers all the presents provided by Father

Christmas. Col. Kays then proposed a vote

of thanks to all who had worked so hard to

make the treat a success, after which Sergeant

Major Findlay called for three cheers for

Mrs. Kays, and three more for the Misses

Kays, which were heartily given. As far as

the children were concerned, this ended the

day's entertainment, but lat.er in the evening

their parents repaired once more to the

Gymnasium for a dance, which was carried

on with great vigour till midnight. The good

turn-out for the reels showed the excellent

results of the reel practices which have been

held in married quarters recently, and t.he

promoters of the dancing-classes, as well as

the instructorB, are much to be congratulated.

Col. and Mrs. Kays, Major Wolfe-Murray,

Major and Mrs. Prentice, and several of the

Officers, attended the dance, which, though

quite impromptu, was a great success.

PRESENTATION TO MISS PEIRCE.

ON 8th October the first draft of the trooping

season left l\lullingar for Southampton en

route for IIldia to join the 1st Battalion. On

the evening prior to itB departure Mr. Adams

got up an excellent ('oncert in the Gymnasium

for the benefit of the men. This was considered

a fitting occasion to present to Miss

Peirce the silver inkstand which had been

sub':lcribed for by the N.C.O.'s and men of the

Battltlion at th~ time when Miss Peirce gave

up the management of the Mllllingar Soldiers'

Home in the autumn. At the conclusion of

a very excellent programmE', which inclui!ed

severltl selections by the band, a gymnastic

displltY given by the regimental gymnastic

staff under Sergt. Browne, and songs-comic

and otherwi:-le-by members of t.he Regiment,

Private Grant, the oldest Private in the

Battalion, made the presentation. He asked

Miss Peirce to accept a silver inkstand from

the N.C.O.'s and men of the 2nd Battalion

Highland Light Infantry as a token of their

gratitude for all she had done for them, first

at Cork and then at Mullingar. He went on

to say how much the N.C.O.'s and men

of the Battalion had apprpciated 1l.l1 the trouble

that she had taken to make the Home a

cheerful and happy plaee for them to go to,

how, by her many kindnesses, she had

endeared herself to all ranks, and how truly

her presence would be missed at the Home.

Mrs. Stuart, on behalf of the women of the

Regiment, then askt>d MiRs Peirce to a('(~ept a

hand'lome hand-bag as a mark of their gratitude

for her manv kindnesses to them.

Miss Peir~e, in thanking the N.C.O!s, men,

and women of the Battalion for their presents,

said that the three years which she had spent

with the Highland Light Infantry had been

very happy ones for her, and, although she

wa

I had heard B was a shocking sailor, and

we were sharing a cabin). At that moment the

steward came in, and in a most brutal way

informed us we were still at Southampton,

and wouldn't be able to start for some time

on account of a. thick fog. When we eventually

did start we had a very choppy crossing, and

in addition, missing our connection in Paris, we

were forced to spend a night and a day there,

which was a great nuisance. The rest of

our journey went off fairly successfully,

although we had several arguments with the

various officials after crossing the Spanish

frontier, as neither of us knew a word of

Spanish, and none of the railway people a word

of French or English. When we eventually

arrived at Madrid at 11.30 on Sunday night

we got so "fed up" with trying to explain

about our luggage, etc., to two awful-looking


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFAN1'RY CHRONICLE. 2:1

cut-throats that we threw ourselves on the

mercy of a hotel porter (one of a large crowd

surrounding us) who could speak a little

English, and let him bundle us into his 'bus,

leaving all our goods and chattels behind,

exrept a suit case apiece, trusting t.o luck that

we would afterwards manage to recover the

remainder.

We decided that we had made a good move,

as we finally arrived at a most gorgeous place,

which proved t.o be the "Ritz." We lived

there most comfortablv for two davs, but

unfortunately the prices were on the same

" gorgeous" scale as everything else, which

necessitated a rather hurried and ignominious

move to some more humble abode. The

diffirulty was to get awa,y without loss of

dignity. Consequently we had to give out

that we were leaving Madrid, but the trouble

was if we took our luggage with us the flunkeys

at the door would overhear our endeavours

to explain to the driver where we wanted to

go to. We had booked rooms at some hotel

not far off, so we told them we would send back

later for our luggage, which we did. We very

naturally were rather pleased on the success

of our scheme for keeping up appearances and

living up to our motto of " Poor but proud."

Unfortunatel"., the next day we discovered we

had left behi'nd us somethi~g which in Madrid

was more than worth its weight in gold-viz.,

a flask full of whisky-so after some discussion

we came to the conclusion that we would

have to pocket our pride and send one of the

hotel employees for the flask, which we did,

thereby giving away our secret. Of course

we never dared enter the" Ritz" again, as we

couldn't have faced the contemptuous looks

of all the arist,ocratic gentlemen who seemed

to have nothing else to do than to give a tone

to t,hings by standing about in the hall.

We, of course, did a tremendous lot of sightseeing;

neither of us had ever done so much

during the whole of our lives as we did in a

week there. There were a lot of picture

galleries, museums, &c., to visit, and at these

B was always an object of great attraction

to all the attendants and people at the doors,

as they always followed him about explaining

things. I suppose the real reason was that he

looked opulent. At anyrate I used to leave

him in front of some picture having a most

animated conversation with someene, but when

I used to ask him afterwards what thev had

been" bucking about" together he told me

that he hadn't understood, and had been trying

to explain· to the "silly ass" that he didn't

know any Spanish. However, it used to

impress me enormously to watch him, and it

make me feel very proud at having a brother

officer who could carry on an animated conversation

with a native (even though neither

understood a single word of what the other

said) after having only been in the country a

few days.

One thing that struck us as particularly

funny was the fact that at eleven o'clock at

night the doors of all the houses, whether they

be flats, shops, or private houses, are locked,

and after that hour it is necessary to get hold

of a dirty and villainous-looking night watchman

to open your door for you. There is one

watchman to each street, and he keeps all the

keys of all the houses in it. It frequently

happens that you go home and can't find your

particular scoundrel, as he has probably gone

off to get a glass of beer, and very likely you

have to remain in the cold for some time

awaiting his convenience. In some ways, this

custom might well be introduced into London,

as I have heard a good many people say that

it is extraordinarily difficult to see a small

keyhole late at, night. (I know of some who

have overcome this difficulty by waiting till

the sun had risen, when thev could see more

clearly.) "

I must just mention our friend the hall

porter at the hotel where we stayed, to whom

we went if we wanted any information of any

description, or if we wanted an amusing"chat."

He spoke very bad English. finishing up most

of his words in double" e." For instance he

called "give" "givee," but he thought he

spoke perfectly, and also thought he knew

much more about England than we did. This

perhaps is possible, as he had spent three years

in England at the Bristol Hotel in J"ondon.

He said he liked it verv much, and all the

people he met, there he"" likee vel' muchee."

I don't know how we could have got on without

him. He took a great interest in us, but I am

sure he thought we were much too young to be

travelling by ourselves! I am quite certain

I have written enough to satisfy the subeditor,

and much more than enough for anybody

who tries to read it. I suggested that I

should turn it into a serial story-with all the

adjuncts which go to make a '" racy" serial.

ioohtding.-a, ,heroine"..,-but .wlum.. 1..m..w:le__this

offer to B he rather rudely said "Certainly

not." I wonder why •


24 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY OHRONICI,E.

SERGEANTS' MESS NOTES.

IT has been proposed that we all turn over a

new leaf next year. (Last year's has not yet

been completed.) Our first resolution is to

keep up these Notes. Well, to start, everybody

and everything here is shining. Mariy

are the changes in the .Mess since our last

Notes.

Col.-Sergt. Hemingway has left us to

pension, and Col.-Sergt. M'Phail to the West

Coast, Sergts. Smith and Willis fillisO' the

vacancieB. Col.-Sergt. Shepherd and Sergt.

Daniels have gone to the Depot, an,d C. S.

Harland and Sergt. Banks have rejoined the

Battalion from the depot.

The monthly billiard handicaps and whist

drives are still running well. The November

billiard handicap was won by Sergt. Davis

(100 start); 2nd, C.-S. M'Phail; 3rd aDd

4th, Sergt. Walker and Sergt.-Bugler Lockver.

The whist drives were quite a success, "the

winners being C.-S. Macfarlane, C.-S. Mumford,

Sergts. Rae, Lockyer, Leggate, and many

more members. The booby prize was won by

" Reookee."

The December billiard handicap was the

success of the season, needless to say, through

the great interest of Col.~Sergt. ~iumford a.nd

his committee. He has a grand knack of

making everything he takes on a success.

There were 10 prizes. The games both in

the ties and final were played very keenly.

and we have hopes of producing some Roberts,

Gray, and Co. from our midst before long,

1st prize (brass carriage clock in case) was

won by Sergt. Banks; 2nd prize, Sergt.

Browne, portmanteau; 3rd, Sergt.-Major

Finlay, electro-plated inkstand; 4th, Sergt.­

Bugler Lockyer; 5th, Sergt. Walker; 6th,

the unlucky member, also 9th prize for the

biggest break made during the h;:mdicap (26) ;

7th, Q.M.-S. Hayball; 8th, Sergt. Leggate;

10th (consolation), Sergt.Baillie.

The handicap was hurried on to allow it to

be completed before the 13th, when many of the

members left on annual leave. The Battalion

having only one period of leave, from the 13th

December to the 15th January, only a few

members are· left behincl-well, enough for two

bridge sets.

Our usual Christmas drawing took place on

Saturday the 21st. It was the largest by

far we have had in the Mess. The prizes

were laid out for inspection. Oh, it was a

sight to see !~turkeys, geese, ducks, chickens,

legs of pork, mutton, joint of beef, bacon,

eggs, puddings, cakes, etc. Oh, yes, and guid

whisky, brandy, port, and bottles of Bass -and

stout! There were 42 prizes in all. The

Sergt.-Major won bacon and eggs, etc., and

he very kindly invited the dining members

to breakfast on Sunday. Col.-Sergt. Mumford

won turkeys; Q.M.-S. Hayball, leg of mutton;

CoL-Sergt. Vercoes, parrot and box of Capstan

cigarettes. We can't give all the prizewinners,

or the Editor will be wanting to

know if we want the whole CHRONICLE for the

Sergeants' Mess Notes.

It was a very enjoyable evening, for which

great credit is due to the Sports Committee,

who were ably assisted by Q.l\L-S. Walsh,

R.E., and M'Veal, Officers' l\Iess chef, in

drawing the prizes. M'Veal said he got quite

tired and very dry shouting "Leg of pork,"

"Turkey," etc. Some of the members said it

was through shouting" Blank" !

Well, space is drawing short, so we will

have to draw to a close, but we hope to give

a good account of ourselves next quarter.

(Great things in store !)

A word before dosing. We are sorry to say

our esteemed C.O., Col. Kays, has gone on half

pay. Before leaving he paid us a visit, and in

a few well-chosen remarks mentioned the happy

days he had spent in the Regiment during his

29 years' service, not forgetting his occasional

viRits to the Sergeants' Mess. We all wish

him every success in his new sphere, and hope

to have the honour of serving under him again

in the near future.

May we be allowed to offer our congratulations

to Major Wolfe-~iurray on his promotion

to C.O. of our Battalion and wish him

every slIccess during his command.

Now we must draw to a close, wioh best

wishes for fj, happy and prosperous new

year to all, including ouI' comrades abroad.

E. L. T.

COMP ANY NOTES.

"A" COMPAXY.

SINCE our last Notes our worthy Colour-Sergt., DUll('an

M'Phail has left us for a tour on the West Coast

with the West African Regiment. We all join ill:

wishing him success and a pleasant stay in " the land of

sleeping sickness." His place has been taken by

Sergt, Willis of mnsical fame, to whom we also wi~h

good luck and prosperity.

Captain Buist, our Company Commander, has gone

on leave and ahout 40 men are on furlough, so things are

rather quiet,

We have to welcome two old members of thc Company-Ptes.

Humphries and Mahoney, who have

joined after a long sojourn in " Punkah Land" with the

1st Battalion.


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

25

As I scribble these few lines the Company is preparing

for the" New Year Dinner." What with mottoes,

festoons, and holly, it looks like being a splendid

affair.

Wishing you, Mr. :I


26 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

DISCHARGES.

11596 Pte. H. \Vatters, purchase, 11th October, 1912.

4435 Col.-Sergt. H. Hemingway, termination 2nd

period of engagement, 8th November, 1912.

11296 L.·CorpJ. H. CIll.rkc, purchase, 2nd November,

1912.

ll695 Pte. W. ,,'hite, medically unfit, 9th December,

1912.

7392 Pte. T. l\1'Caski!', termination 1st period of

engagement, 6th December, 1912.

7il93 Pte. G. Air, termination 1st period of engage·

ment, 7th Decembf'r, 1912.

11828 Pte.•T. Smith, purcha~(', 6th December, 1912.

CERTI1'IC_\'l'(';~.

8650 Sergt. F. Evane, School of Musketry, Hythe,

5th November, 1912.

CER'l'LFICATES 01' EDFCATION.

2nd Clas..~, 30th September, 1912.

12005 Pte. A. White.

3rd Class, 30th September, 1912.

11837 Pte. J. Logan. 11998 Pte. C. Marshall.

11886 pte. E. Johnson. 11999 Pte. J. Clement.

11918Pte. C. Reid. 12012 Pte. A. Robertsoll.

11950 Pte. J. M'Guinness. 12016 Pte. A. M'Intile.

11952 Pte. C. M'Ouire. 12030 Boy W. Stevens.

11978 Pte. W.Shaw.

2nd Class, 9th October, 1912.

HOOt L.-Opl. F. M'Gregor. 11998 Pte. C. Marshall.

3rd Class, 9th Oetober, 1912.

10454 Pte. J. Parmenter. 11871 Pte. F. MarshaIl.

10581 Pte. R. Miller. 11884 Pte. R. Mahers.

lI590 Pte. J. M'Kechnie. 11949 Boy H. Findlay.

li597 Pte. W. M'Queen. 11957 Pte. J. Russell.

11665 Pte. A. Lynch. 12032 Boy A. Oilmonr.

11796 Pte. W. Waugh.

2nd Class, 12th December, 1912.

11214 L.-Cp\. R. HenderBon. 11776 Pte. J;'. Hoggan.

11349 Pte. J. Borley. 11931 Pte. J. Grahame.

11481 L.-Opt. R. Davis.

3rd 01ass, 12th Decenber, 1912.

10918 Pte. E. Gillespie. 12035 Pte. J. Scott.

11960 Pte. J. Smith. 12037 Pte. J. Sneddon.

11965 Pte. J. Rdd. 12038 Pte. C. M'Guire.

11994 Pte. P. M'Lean. 12039 Boy A. Cornish.

11995 Pte. A. M'Cormack. 12060 Pte. }'. Jameson.

12001 Pte. C. Kinnaird. 12061 Pte. A. M'Kay.

]2019 pte. W. Paterson. 12062 pte. R. Borley.

12020 Pte. C. Long. 12064 Boy A. Craig.

12021 Pte. R. Tarburn. 12067 Pte. W. PhilIips.

12033 Pte. A. Donovan.

3rd Class, 28th October, 1912.

U 771 Pte. J. Lynch.

2nd Class, 24th &'ptember, 19J2.

11044 Pte. J. Findlay.

Passed Group T., 1st Class, dated February, 19]2.

113]0 pte. B. Bennett.

POSTING.

10907 Pte. J. Slavin, to Depot, 9th October, ] 912.

7285 Corp!. J. Grant, from Depot, 11th October, 1912.

1'0 Depot, 22nd October, 1912.

7481 C.-B. W.Shepherd. 1l060Cpl. T. Wilson.

8945 Sgt. P. Daniel. 11083 Op!. W. Hutton.

8903 I •.·S. P. Palmer. 11158 Op!. J. Michie.

l0030CpI.A. Cook. 11333Op\. G. Watson.

10141 Cp!. W. Knight. 11601 Cp\. H. Hudspeth.

10545 Cp!. H. Hutchings.

From Depot, 22nd October, ]912.

5624C.-S. J. Harland. 10598Cp!. A. F.


. HIGHI,AND LIGHT

INFANTRY CHRONICI,E.

27

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Cot:RSE OP INSTRUCTION.

Sanitary Police Duties, dated MuIlingar,

15th November, 1912.

10334 Pte. A. Phillips. 11838 Pte. J. Blackadder.

10664 Pte. O. Hurst. 11861 Pte. S. Richardson.

10940 Pte. T. Trotter. 11904 Pte. J. Garven.

11115 Pte. J. Bames. 11906 Pte. W. Donald.

11657 Pte. W. Beek. 11907 Pte. n. Wright.

11681 Pte. A. Cox. 1J 946 Pte. C. M'Lean.

11778 Pte. J. Cairo. 11966 Pte. C. Wallacc .

11807 Pte. J. Miller. ll968 Pte. S. Esson.

12003 Pte. J. Miller.

Transport, dated Athlone, 14th November, 191.2.

11204 ('AlrpJ. J. Camp bell. 11795 Pte. p. Cirvall.

10934 Pte. n. Jones. 11798 Pte. J. Small.

11555 Pte. R. Fitzsimmong. 11836 Pte.•1. Hood.

11627 Pte. J. Smith. 11837 Pte. J. Logan.

11663 Pte.•T. Cowan. 11862 Pte. F. Shepherd.

) 1676 Pte. J. Stewart. 11886 Pte. E. JohnAtone.

11772 Pte. G. White. I J766 Pte. J. Martin.

Chiropody, dated Mullingar, 27th November, 1912.

11607 CorpJ A. Chad wick. J 1679 Pt.e. A. M'Lean.

11697 L.·Cpl. O. Watmough.l1815 Pte. G. Simpson.

11719 L"CFl. B. M'Shane. 11956 Pte. J. Gormley.

11751 Pte. D. Morrison. 12005 Pte. A. White.

DRAlfTS.

Draft to 1st Battalion H.L.I., India, 9th October, 1912.

6327 Pte. A. Kilgour. 116:14 Pte.•T. Pringl.·.

64:'6 Pte. G. Gormill.

10062 Pte. R. M'AUister.

10471 Pte. J. CastcUano.

10858 Pte. P. Wordsworth.

10931 Pte. S. Wilson.

11128 Pte. W. Eaglesham.

11256 Pte. G. Fitzgerald.

11440 Pte. W. Lapraik.

11442 Pte. P. Fraser.

11478 Pte. W. Brvden.

11489 Pte. J. Robertson.

11490 Pte. J. Clarkson.

11495 Pte. J. Hepburn.

11499 Pte. J. M'Naught.

11505 Pte. R. BaIley.

11507 Pte. A. Gardiner.

11514 Pte. S. Green.

11518 Pte. T. M'Guire.

11526 Pte. M. Smith.

11527 Pte. F. Symington.

1 1530 Pte. W. MitcheIl.

11535 Pte. J. M'Donald.

11537 Pte. W. Beer.

11538 Pte. A. Ball.

11542 Pte. J. Rainforth.

Il544- Pte. A. Lowe.

11547 Pte. F. MalIoy.

11549 Pte. R. Brown.

11550 Pte. W. Buchan.

11552 Pte. R. Smith.

11556 Pte. R. Dunn.

11558 Pte. J. Holohan.

11562 Pte. A. Drugan.

11567 Pte. H. Bryden.

11568 Pte. P. Campbell.

ll569 Pte. C. Smith.

llo71 Pte. J. Duncan.

11583 Pte. J. Tonner.

11586 Pte. D. Murray.

11587 Pte. W. Campbell.

11638 Pte. J. Huie.

11639 Pte. J. Crawford.

11641 Pte. J. M'Ewing.

1164-2 Pte. W. Wright.

11643 Pte. H. M'NeiU.

11649 Pte. J. CalI!l.Cher.

11651 Pte. J. Taney.

U653 Pte. J. Sergeant.

11655 Pte. D. Currie.

11664 Pte. F.Houston.

11666 Pte. J. Pottie.

11667 Pte. J. Crockett.

11668 Pte. J. Davidson.

11671 Pte. F. M'Clure.

11677 Pte. P. Ward.

11680 Pte. R. GiIlespie.

11682 Pte. W. J.ynch.

11683 Pte. R. Jones.

11684 Pte. T. Young.

11685 Pte. A. Bain.

11686 Pte. J. Curran.

11687 Pte. W. M'Dermott.

11688 Pte. J. :M'Kenzie.

11691 Pte. R. Penman.

11699 Pte. M. Ferguson.

11702 Pte. W. Fullerton.

11704 Pte. A. Beaton.

11707 Pte. S. Simpson.

11708 Pte. J. Fergu8on.

11713 Pte. J.l


28 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

you got a harder fight fot it in 1911 when your

humble chum opposed you with "C" Company.

We extend a Blythswood welcome to our

latest arrival on the Staff - Sorgt. Turner

from the 2nd Battalion. I can assure his

former comrades he is in good company, and

is fast developing into a crack billiald player.

(Roberts, take note.)

The social side of o11r life is now in swing,

but the" Smoker" of Capt. Linton's Compl1ny

will be hard to beat this season for talent.

We met and defeated our comrade,; or the

9th Battalion at whist and billiards.

We all offer our heartiest congratula·

tions to Corporal Myer Goodson at the spleLdid

fight he put up against Pat Breslin in a stiff

bout lasting fifteen rounds. Myer, besides

being a good fighter, is a grand type of soldier;

we could be doing with more of his stamp in

the Territorials.

The Colonel's " Christmas Tree and Tea '; to

the N.C.O.'s wives and vhildren was much

appreciated, and it was unfortunate - our

Adjutant (Captain Fuller) and Mrs. Fuller

were unable to be present. The N.C.O.'s have

a good friend in the latter. The annual

Musketry Returns having been completed,

we find ourselves champions of the H.L.I.

Brigade. Appended is copy of the Colonel's

letter to the Sergeants.

We wish our comrades of the line Battalion

A Very Happy New Year. "JOCK."

[Copy of Letter from Commanding Officer to Sergeants,

7th (The Blythswood) Battalion. H.L.I.]

Glasgow, 16th Dec., 1912.

The C.O. is greatly pleased at the Musketry Returns

of the Battalion for the past year. The criticism just

recei.ved from the Brigade, Divisional, and G.O.C. in

C. is in many respects highly flattering, and the resnit

shows "The Blythswood " to be the leading Battalion

in the Brigade in musketry this year. This is highly

satisfactory and most encouraging. It reflects most

highly on the Staff and Colour-Sergeants, the Sergeants,

and other N.C.O.'s of the Battalion, and the Commanding

Officer is greatly pleased at the result of

their energies in musketry during the past year. He

trusts that this will be an incenti,-e to all ranks not

only to maintain but to imprm-e the position, which

ha.s been captured for the first time, so far £113 his

knowledge goes, In the hist.ory of the Battalion.

8TH BATTALION NOTES.

ANNUAL DANCE.

THE annual dance and presentation of prizes

of "D" Company, 8th H. L.I., was held

in the Drill Hall the other Friday. Capt.

T. B. Gray presided over a large gathering

of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers. members,

and friends. The hall, which was decorated

for the occasion, presented an exe-eedingly

pretty appearance. The work of decorating

was in the capable hands of Sergt.-Inst. Cavan,

who was ably assisted by Mrs. Cavan, both of

whom deserve the highest commendation for

the success which attended their efforts.

The proceeding;; commenced with dancing,

which was continued till 10.15, when the prizes

won in the various competitions held during

the year were presented to the winners. After

the presentation, dancing was again engaged

in, and continued till about 3 a.m.

Capt. T. B. Gray, in calling upon Mrs.

Gray to present the prizes, said he would

like to say a few words on the experience

of the Company during the year. Twelve

months ago he had predicted that they would

reach the splendid total of 20 recruits. The

number actually reached was 32. This meant

that whereas last year their stength was 101

it was now 125. Out of this 125 they ha.d 103

in camp, of whom 73 served the full fortnight.

The shooting of the Company had been splendid.

Sergt. Suffill had won the aggregate with

100. CoI.-Sergt. Glen, too, had finished his

last three shoots of the year with two lOO's

and one 101. The shooting of the recruits

was also over the average, Pte. Aikman in his

class-firing only dropping 6 points, and while

representing the Company in a match scored

87. Over three matches the Company lost

one, drew one, and won one. The reports of

the behaviour of" D" Company at camp were

also very good, though there was still room for

improvement, and it only required every man

to do his best and the Company would be

perfect.

Mrs. Gray then gracefully handed over the

prizes to the winners.

After the presentation of prizes Major

Anderson presented efficiency medals to Sergt.

W. Muncie, CorpI. R. l\hncie, Drummer E.

Stewart, and Pte. A. M'Dowall. In presenting

the medals Major Anderson made mention

of the fact that two of the recipients had served

their country in South Africa, and all four had

served twelve years in the Volunteers and

Territorials. He hoped that as they were still

young men they would continue to serve.

Songs were sung during the evening by

Mrs. D. Watson, Mr. Gordon Spiers, and

Drummer Ken. Mr. James D. Muir's Band

from Motherwell supplied the music for the

dancing.


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE

29

" E " (FORTH) COY. 8TH HIGHLAND LIGH'I'

INFANTRY.

Result of the annual prize shooting eompetition ;­

No. I Competition.-lst, Col.-Sergt. Douglas; 2nd,

COl·pl. Russell; 3rd, CorpI. ShaI'{l.

No. 2 Competition.-lst, Sergt. Stewart; 2nd, CorpI.

Russell; 3rd, Pte. M'Allister, jun.

No. 3 Competition.-lst, CorpI. Sharp; 2nd, Sergt.

Stewart; 3rd, Corpl. Somerville.

Aggregate.-lst, Sergt. Stewart; 2nd, CorpI. Sharp;

3rd, Corpl. Russell.

No. 5 Competition (Recruits only).-lst, Pte. Fraoor ;

2nd, Pte. LiJ,wrie.

No. 7 Corupetition (Snapshooting).-lst, Sergt.lnst.

Philip; 2nd, Corpl. Sharp; 3rd, Pte. W. Sharp.

Special Prizes.-CorpI. Russell, COl·PI. Somerville,

Serl"t. Stew art.

Ex·Members.-lst, Ex·}lember Lauee·Sergt.·Piper

Lawrie.60.

" R" (LANARK) COY. 8TH BATTALION HIGH.

LAND LIGHT IN]'ANTRY.

The animal prize meeting of this Compal,y took place

()n the Meadows Range, Lanark, in boisterous weather.

R.esults ;­

No. 1 Competition-Seven rounds at 200 yards.·­

1st, Pte. D. Brown, 31; 2nd, CorpI. Brown, 29; 3rd,

Ueut. Gracie, 29.

No. 2 Competition·-Seven rounds at 500 yards.-­

1st, Sergt. Coehrane, 33; 2nd, Pte. D. Brown, 31;

3rd, CorpI. Bryden, 30.

No. 3 Competition-Seven round at 600 yards.·-lst,

S.-M. Torrance, 30; 2nd, Sergt. Cochrane, 29; 3rd,

Corpl. Bryden, 28.

No. 4 Competition-Seven rounds at 200 yards

(Recruits).-lst, Pte. Wilson, 27; 2nd, Pte. Riven,

26; Srd, Pte, Mitchell, 21.

No. 5 Competition-Aggregate 200 and 500 yards.­

(Confined to Lanark men).-lst, Scrgt. Cochrane, 58;

2nd, S. .}1. Torrance, 55; 3rd, Pte. NiYen, 55.

No. 6 Competition-Aggregate at 200, 500, and (100

;yards.-t~t, Pte. D. Brown, 88; 2nd, Sergt. Coehrane,

87; 31'd, S.-M. Torrance, 85.

Senior Medal-Aggregate of 5 shoots.-lst, Col..

Sergt. HaIley, 4.58; 2nd, Sergt. Cochrane, 448; 3rd,

S. ·M. Torrance, 439.

Junior Medal-Aggregate of 5 shoots.-lst, Lance.

CorpI. 'I'waddle; 2nd, Pte. Day. .

Recruits' Medal-Aggregate of 3 shoots.-lst, Pte.

Niven; 2nd, Pte. Wilson.

IMPROMPTU 8.~loKER.-An impromptu smoking

concert, in connection with the pipers and

drummers of" D" Company, 8th H.L.!., took

place in the Drill Hall the other Saturday.

Piper lVI'Guffie presided over a good

company, and a most enjoyable evening was

apent in song and sentiment. The following

contributed to the evening's enjoyment:­

Sergt.-Drummer Jackson, Pipe-lVlajor Lightbody,

Drummer Kerr; Piper M'Lean, and

Sergt.-Inst. Cavan, who sang, and Piper

Russell, who gave an excellent rendering of

" Tam 0' Shanter."

MARRIAGE.

JORNSTON STEWART--CORSEl,SCOTT.-At St. Paul's

Church, York Pla.ce, Edinburgh, on 12th November,

by the Rev. Canon Blackie, Captain H. E. Johnstou

Stewart, H.L.l., younger son of the late R. H. Johnston

Stewa.rt of Physgil and Glasserten, to Violet, second

daughter of John Corse Scott of Synton.

DEATHS.

DounALL.-Vcry suddenly, on December 14th,

David Dougall, late Colour·Sergeant of thc 7let Highlanders.

MACKAY.-At 56 Crossburn Street, Glasgow, on

Ith December, Alexander Mackay, aged 82, la.te of the

51st H.L.I., who served through the Crimean War a.nd

Indian Mutiny.

OBIT'CARY.

COL, HENRY BOUGHEY.

THE death is announced 'of CoL Henry

Boughey, who commenced his career in the

74th Highlanders, which he joined by purcha~e

of a commission in 1867. He served as Adjutant

of the 3rd Battalion the Camel'onians

(Scottish Rifles) Militia at Hamilton, and was

well known in Glasgow, where he served from

1889 to 1893 as Staff Captain for Recruiting

and Recruiting Staff Officer (Class 2). In

1895 he was promoted Lieut.-Colonel to command

the old 84th in South Africa. The

deceased was 62 yeaIs of age.

CAPTAIN ALAN CAMERO]S',

Captain Alan Cameron died on the 10th

September at St. John and St. Elizabeth.'s

Hospital, aged 61.

He was the son of the late Hon. J. H.

Cameron, of Toronto, and he obtained his

commission as Ensign on July 8th, 1868, being

posted to the 83rd Foot, but on July 15th he

transferred to the 7lst Highland Light Infantry.

He was promoted to Lieut. November

30th, 1870; to Captain, August 31st, 1878;

and on July 14th, 1880, he exchanged to the

91st Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Captain Cameron retired with a gratuity on

April 16th, 1884.

MAJOR S. H. HARDY.

l\lajor Simeon Harrison Hardy, late 74th

Highlanders and 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Highland

Light Infantry, died on the 29th Sept. at

Ryhope, Highland Road, Norwood, aged 70.

Major Hardy obtained his commission as

Ensign in the 26th Cameroniang on June 12th,


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

1860, and became Lieutenant on Sept. 16th,

1863. 'l'wo years later he went to the 74th

Highlanders,' of which regiment he was Adj u­

tant from April 6th, 1868, until his promotion

to Captain on March 22nd, 1811, He went on

half-pay on August 12th, IR76, and joined the

1st Lanark Militia--aftel'wards the 3rd (Militia)

Battalion Highland Light Infantry. He

sold out of the 74th, and joined the Reserve

of Officers on .July 7th, 1880, and on February

14th, ]883, he resigned his commission in the

3rd Battalion Highland Light Infantry, and

was granted the honorary rank of )fajor.

CRIMEAN AND MUTINY VETERANS'

DEATH.

"Pet'er Maeleod, an old Highlander,· who

served in the Indian Mutiny, has died in Inverness.

Mac1eod, who was 84 years of age, was a

native of Dunvegan, Skye, and joined the ard

Bomhay JiJuropean Regiment in ]853. He

served under Sir Hugh Rose (afterwards Earl

Strathnairn) ltntil 1859, taking part in some

of the most severe engagements in connection

with the Mutiny, In 1860 he entered the

Highland IJight Infantry; and did further

active service in India. Five years later he

transferred to the 97th Regiment, but, wishing

to remain in Tndia, he volunteered and was

accepted for service with the 93rd Foot

(Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). He took

his discharge from the Army at Stirling Castle

in 1870, His health failing him four years

ago, he became an inmate of the Inverness

Poorhouse, and when there he was granted a

pension of a shilling a day from the Chelsea

Commissioners."-8cotsman, OctObef28th, 1912,

ALEXANDER M'KAY.

THE diminishing brigade of Crimean and

Indian Mutiny veterans is one less by the death

of Mr. Alex. Mackay, 56 Crossbmn Street,

Glasgow, Mr, Mackay, who was 82 years of

age, was a native of Perth, and joined the 7lst

Highlanders at Glasgow on 6th December,

1850. With that regiment he went through

many of the important, engagements in the

Crimean and Indian campaigns, and he was

the possessor of three medals, with two bars.

For the last ten years he had lived in retirement

in Glasgow, and for nine years previous to

that he was employed in the Corporation

Tramway Works, He was held in high esteem

by a wide circle of friends.

COPY lVlINUTE OF TOWN COUNCIL OF

DTNGWALL.

26TH JANUARY, 1778.

WE are indebted to Provost Frew of Dingwall

for the following copy of a minute of the Town

Council relating to the original raising of the

73rd Macleod's Highlanders;­

" After the Council were convened, all the

principal inhabitants within the Burgh

attended the meeting, when the Magistrates

and Town Council present expressed the great

satisfaction which they take from His Majesty's

most gracious write. Nomination of I~ord

Macleod as a Colonel in the British service to

command the Regiment of Foot which he is

authorized to raise in the Highlands of Scotland.

And the Council have now resolved to

use their best endeavours to procure as many

men as they can find willing to enlist in the

Company's of Lord Maeleod and Ilis brother,

Major George Mackenzie, in t,he said Regiment,

and to do otherways every lawful thing in their

power as a community to support and countenance

the interest of Lord Macleod on the

present occasion, and in testimony of their

zeal and esteem for his Lordship they have

unanimously resolved to advance the sum of

two guineas over and above the levy money

allowed by his Majesty.

(Signed) "ANDREW ROBERTSON, P1'Ot)o.,t."

N.B.-Andrew Robertson was grandfather

of the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone.

BURGESSES ADMITTED.

3rd October, IH3--The Right Hon . .John

Lord Maeleod.

21st August, IH2~-Rod..M'Lennan, Master

of Horse to the Earl of Weems.

21st August, 1742-Ensign Hugh M'Kenzie

of Major Donald M'Kay's Company in the

Regiment of Foot commanded by the. Hon, Col.

Daniel M'Kay, serving their High MightineRses

the States of Holland,

2nd September, 1 H6-Rllsign Alex. M'Kenzie,

brother german to Colin .l\'l'Kenzie of

Kilcoy.

17th June, 1781-Lieut.-Col. John M'Leod

of Taleskar.

17th June, 1784-Co1. Hugh Grant of Moy.


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

31

EDINBURG H CASTLE OFFICIAL

RETIRTNG.

AN hteresting change in the personnel of

Edinburgh Cast,le is made to-day, Mr. Robert

Brownlee, the keeper of the Crown Room, the

oldest residenter in the Castl~, retirirg from

official service. '\fr. BrowrJee ioined the 7lst

in Septemher, 1858. He selV~d in the Army

for 25 years, and reaehed the rank of sergeantmajor.

He was appointed to keep the Regalia

in Edinburgh Castle in Novemher, 1883, so

that he has had a continuous service under the

Govetnme.at for the long period of 54 years.

Among hill decoratiuns are included the Indian

North-West Frontier War medal, 1863: the

Meritorious Service medal, carrying a s~erial

pension of £10; and the medlll for long service

and good conduct. Sergeant-Major Brownlee

went to India in 1858. In those days it was

a long pass~ge, round the Cape, and the

voyage occupIed ]54 dav.;. He reached Bombay

in May, 1859. He was there for six vears

and then came to Edin hurgh Castle in "1865:

He was for three yt'lars sl>rgeant-major of the

7lst, now the 1st Battalion H.L.L Since he

took up office in the Crown Room Mr. Brownlee

h~s had many distinguished visitors, who

have Inspected the emblems of Scottish State

with the. greatest interest. Among the crowned

heads WIth whom Sergeant-Major Brownlee has

conversed have been the late King Edward

and the late Emperor Frederick of Germanv

who .visited the Castle in 1887. King Georg~

also lllspected the Regalia in 1911, and listened

to Mr..BrownleE>'s explanations with the

g:e,atest llltere~t. Among other distinguished

Vlsltors was Prlllce Henry of Prussia last year.

As stated, Mr. Brownlee IS the oldest residenter

in the Castle, his record of life there bein


32 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

Correspondence.

(To the Editor of the" H.L.I. Chronicle.")

Dear Sir,-I think it may interest t.he

readers of the "H.L.I. Chronicle" to know

that in St. Baldred's Episcopal Church, North

Berwick, is a coloured glass window bearing

the following inscription-" Erected by Col.

William Denny, in memory of Officers, Non­

Commissioned Officers and Men of the 71st

Regiment, Highland Liglit Infantry, who died

in their eountry'!! service in the West Indies,

the Crimea, and India, and who served from

1842 to 1857." The inscription is surmounted

by the Regimental crest, a crown, and " H.I~.I."

Yours faithfully,

A. A. WOLFE·MURR~\'Y.

"THE RELIC FUND."

DEAR SIR,-As the outcome of a discussion

at the Regimental Dinner in ,June this year,

which many Officers, past and present, of both

Battalions attended, it has been decided to

start a fund in each Battalion-to be called

" The Relic Fund "-for the purpose of buying

ohjects of Regimental interest for the respectiv'e

Messes as opportunity occurs.

The Serving Officers of each Battalion have

agreed to give one day'8 pay annually to their

respective funds, and a percentage of every

sweepstake got up in each Mess will also be paid

to the Fund concerned.

A Committee consisting of the iollowin


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33

RL.I. ASSOCIATION.

SUMMARY of work done by the H.L.!. Association

since reorganisation in May, 1912;­

New branches in Glasgow (March, 1912).

London, Hamilton, Dundee (in formation),

1st Battalion, 2nd Battalion, the Depot.

Severity-four honorary members have joined,

exclusive of 1st Battalion officers, whose names

ha.ve not yet been received. Their subscriptiono

amount to date to £56 19,;. 8d.

Twenty-four ladies and gentlemen have

given donations. Amount to date, £81 8s.

SERVING MEMBERS.

2nd Battalion.-578 serving membelS have

joined. Their subscriptions amount to £61

10s. 6d.

Depot.-113 :;erving members. Subscriptions

amount to £6 98. 6d.

1st Battalion:-To date the .:lum of £9 10s.

has !leen received.

The following is a statement of cases dealt

with since May, 1912 ;­

The Executive Oomlnittee.-Eight cases have

been assisted and grants in aid to the amount

of £15 10s. have been allotted. 'rhese grants

include the sum of £7 advanced to complete

the sum required to enable an ex-Private

H.I,.I. and his wife and family to emigrate to

Canada, and grants to two old soldierd of the

7ls~, two of the 74th, and three ex-H.!..I.

mer:.

A bursary to educate the child of an ex-Sergt.

H.!..I. who died whilst serving with the 1st

Battalion, and £20 a year to provide books

and clothing, have been granted to the widow

through the efforts of the Association.

BRANCHES' REPORT.

Ellirlhurgh- Assisted. Grants ~Iad0.

Widows and families, 24

Men, 15 £18 15 4

Glasgow-

Widows and families, 1

Men, 13 7 11 4

London-

Widows and families, 1

Men, 1 3 2 6

Hamilton-

Widows and families,

Men, 1 0 5 0

Brought forward, £29 14 2

Tickets for Lodgings at Whiteford

House, 0 10 0

£30 -1 2

In addition the following donations have

been received:-

Messrs. Wm. Younger & Co., £100 0 0

Geolge Coats, Esq., 10 0 0

The total donations received lip to 3Ist

December, 1912, amount to £190 6s.

J. C. G., Hon. Sec.

THE Edinburgh Branch of this Association

held their annual dinner and dance in the

Victoria Hall, Leith Street, Edinburgh, on the

8th of November, when upwards of 170 ladies

and gentlemen were present, including Major

J. D. Outram, president; Major Graham,

D.S.O., hon. secretary; and Captains Bridge

and J>ringle. Major Graham, in his remarks,

said he had the pleasant duty of informing

them that almost every man serving in t.he

2nd Battalion had become a member of the

Association, and he hoped that he would soon

be able to make as good a report regarding the

1st Battalion in India. During the evening

Mr. R. M'Lennan, the secretary, was presented

with a pmse of sovereigns in recognition of his

services.-Edinburgh Evening Neu.·s, Nov.llth

1912.

£29 14: 2


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HIGHLAND LIGHT

INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

The Kaffir War.

WITH THE SEVENTy-FOURTH IN SOUTH AFRICA,

1851-1852.

(Continued from January Number, 1912.)

" DIVISION ORDER."

"Camp, Blinkwater,

"November 9th.

" It is with the deepest regret that Major­

General Somerset announces to the Division

the death of Lt.-Col. Fordyce, commanding

the 74th Highlanders.

"Lt.-Col. Fordyce fell mortally wounded

in action with the enemy on the morning of the

6th, and died on the field.

" From the period of the i4th having joined

the 1st Division their high state of discipline-

and efficiency at once showed to the

Major-General the value of Lt..-Col. Fordyce

as a Commanding Officer, the subsequent

period'in which the Major-General had been

in daily intercourse with him, so constantly

engaged with the enemy in the field, had

tended to increase in the highest degree the

opinion which he had formed of him as a

Commander of the highest order and one of

Her Majesty's ablest officers, and whom he

now so deeply laments (while he truly sympathises

with the 74th Highlanders in their

irreparable loss) as an esteemed brother

soldier.

" The report of the 74th Highlanders will

be made to Capt. Monkland, the senior officer.

Capt. Monkland being detained at Fort Beaufort

from the effect of a severe accident, the

command in the field will devolve on Captain

Patton.*

"By Command.

"(Sgd.) C. H. BELL, Lt.,

" Field Adjutant, 1st Division."

DEATH OF COLONEL FORDYCE.

The following is an extract from a private

letter received from Lt. Corrigan, i 4th High­

'" Afterwards General Patton Bethune, Colonel of

the 74th Highlanders, and subsequently of the H.L.I.

landers, aide-de-camp to I.t.-Col. Fordyce,

who fell in the severe action of the 6th November,

in the attack on the Waterkloof :­

"Camp near FOIt, Beaufort.

"November 10th, 1851.

Since I last wrote to you

one of the greatest misfortunes that could

possibly have happened to us has taken place.

We have lost our Colonel. He was shot in

action on Thursday morning last. I shall t.ry

to tell you all about it.

" 'Vhen we moved from our last camp at

Reitfontein, which is on the other side of Fort

Beaufort, we received a reinforcement from

King Williamstown, consisting of the 2nd,

6th, 12th, 73rd, 91st, and 60th Rifles, also

a number of Fingo Levies. With these

regiments, ourselves, and the Cape Corps,

we formed, as you may imagine, a very large

force. We were divided into three brigadesone

brigade being under Col. Michel of the

6th Regiment, one under Col. Nesbitt of the

60th, the third under our chief. The Colonel,

as soon as he was appointed to a brigade, very

kindly appointed me to his staff as his aide-decamp.

The brigades having been formed and

all preparations made, we moved off without

tents to attack a place called the Waterkloof,

where Macomo, a KatIir chief, had been

residing for a long time with an immense

force of Hottentots and Kaffirs. We commenced

fighting on tht;l 12th of last month,

and were hard at it ev~ry day from then up to

Thursday last, the 6th of this month, when

we had our last fight. On that day we began

the action at sunrise, a little before six o'clock.

.T ust as the battle began I was sent back to

the rear in order to bring up the artillery.

When I returned with the guns we found the

enemy in a strong position amongst a number

of high rocks. The guns opened upon them,

and two companies of our regiment, moved off

to storm the position. The Colonel in the

meantime remained with the guns, watching

the storming party. 1, of course, stayed with

him. When our men got within musketry

range of the enemy'f;l position they had such a


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTUY CHUONICLE. 35

tremendous fire opened upon them that they

could not advance up the rocks, but were

obliged to take COver behind some bush and

stones in the best manner they could, and fire

from thence upon the enemy. When the

Colonel saw them halt he immediately ordered

up some more troops to reinforce them, and

went along with the reinforcement himself.

When he got up to where our two companies

were I never felt anything like the number

of bullets that were flying about us. How

they missed any of us seems to me the most

extraordinary thing. I actually felt the

wind of some of the balls; they passed so close

to me I know I had a sort of feeling that if I

put out my hand it would have been hit.

As soon as ~he Colonel got up with the reinfm'cement

he ordered the men to advance

again (we were all obliged to dismount at this

place, as the ground was so bad we could not

ride). The men then advanced again; but we

were obliged to stop. I was standing beside

the Colonel at this moment, and he turned to

me to give me an order. While he was

speaking to me, in the middle of his sentence,

he gave a sort of a convulsive spring and fell

forward on his face. When we raised him up

we found that a bullet had entered just below

his right breast and gone out close to his spine.

We put him on a stretcher and took him away

to the rear. The doctors came to him, but

could do nothing for him; he lived for about

an hour after he received the wound. He was

almost insensible from the time he received

the wound until he expired; he did not seem

to know any of us; once only he seemed to

recollect me as I was giving him some water.

He just appeared to recognise me foJ' a moment,

and asked me, in a faint voice, where the shot

had come from, and if I had seen the man that

fired it. Rut that was the onlv sensible

question or remark that he mad~; all the

rest of the time he was rambling and muttering

to himself. As soon as he fe'!l the men got

so enraged that they jumped up and rushed

right up the face of the rocks under as heavy

a fire as has ever been seen in Kaffirland, and

carried all the enemy's positions one after

another, completely routing them and driving

them off. I, of course, stayed with the poor

Colonel until he died, and did all I possibly

could to assist him. Misfortunes never come

singly. When the men rushed up to storm

the position we had two more officers shot­

Lt. Carey and poor Gordon, whom you all

recollect, of course. Carey was shot dead, and

Gordon was shot through both thighs, the

bullet smashing the bone of the right thigh'

and inflicting a severe wound on the other one.

He is still alive, and the doctors have great

hopes of his recovery. He is in no immediate

danger, I believe, unless the wound assumes

a worse aspect than it has at present. I

hope to goodness he will recover. Poor

Carey was shot through the body, and died

almost instantaneously. We took the Colonel

and Carey up to a place called Post Retief

the next day and buried them there. You'

cannot think how shocked and grieved we

all are. The Colonel is an irrepara ble loss to the

regiment. He was, I suppose, one of the finest

soldiers that ever led a regiment into action,

and be was as good and kind as a com.manding

officer 'as he was personally brave and fearless

as a soldier. We also lost a number of men

killed and wounded. We have got an immense

deal of praise as a regiment for the way in

which the 74th behaved on that day; but

that is very little consolation to us after the

loss we have sustained.

Our

fight,ing up here is now over for some time, I

think, as the enemy will not face us again.

They got too severe a lesson th1:l last time we

met them.

"P.S.-Poor Gordon has just breathed his

last. ~lortification set in and he died, poor

fellow."

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36 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

best modern historians, travellers, and poets.

After his return he completed his literary

curriculum in Edinburgh, and was resident

for some time with Doctor (now Bishop)

Terrot, enjoying under his able superintendence

advantages equal to those of an English

University. His first commission as an Ensign

in the 34th Regiment was dated in 1828. He

served with that corps, (then in Nova Scotia)

until 1832, when he obtained an unattached

Lieutenancy. The same year, however, he

returned to full pay, first in the 94th, and

soon after in the 21st. He served with the

21st North British Fusiliers until 1836,

when he obtained his company in the 35th

Regiment, from which he exchanged to the

11th Foot in 1839. Having in 1844 obtained

his step to :&Iajor in the latter regiment,

he exchanged the same year into the 74th

Highlanders.* In 1846 he became Lieutenant­

Colonel and Commanding Officer of this

regiment, in which important position he

gained the esteem of the military authorities

and the affection of all who served under him.

Though possessed of a good private fortune,

so strong was the esprit de oo'rps of this noble

officer that in March, 1851, he embarked

with his regiment for the Cape of Good Hope,

where, after months of severe and harassing

warfare, he fell at the head of his gallant

and beloved Highlanders in the prime of his

manhood, and with a name already one of

renown.

" Endowed with a masculine understanding,

a capacious and retentive memory, and

indomitable perseverance, ample promise was

afforded of literary distinction. Highly gifted

as was his intellect, which, as if by intuition,

separated the accessories from the essentials

of any subject, his moral qualities commanded

still higher admiration. His bosom was the

very soul of honour and generosity. "Truth

in the inward parts," manly independence in

forming hiR opinions, and unflinching courage

in expressing them, were united with the

meekness of wisdom and an unaffected

modesty of demeanour which shrank with

sensitive aversion from all ostentatious display.

In personal appearance Colonel Fordyce was

considerably above the ordinary height, with

a high massive forehead and a countenance

which revealed profound thought, calm decision

of purpose, and delicate sensibility. There

was frequently also a look of pensive reflec­

* He also acted for some time as aide-de· camp to his

llucle Sir John Buchan.

tion, which indicated that he had been no

stranger to the afflictions and sorrows of life.

By a stranger, indeed, he might sometimes

appear chargeable with a degree of reserve

bordering even on hauteur; but those who

knew him thoroughly could best appreciate

the depth and constancy of his friendship and

his warm-hearted sympathy with his fellowmen,

both" of high and low degree."

" Deprived in youth of his excellent parents,

to whom he was ever a dutiful and loving

son, he fulfilled with ullwearied fidelity and

tenderness the part of an elder brother towards

all the other members of the family.

"In no feature of character was the late

Colonel Fordyce more remarkable than in his

strict conscientiousness. Every transaction,

private or public, was conducted with a sacred

regard to the authority and glory of God.

This profound sense of responsibility for his

stewardship distinguished him not only in the

more prominent departments of duty but in

the most minute details of everyday life.

As an officer who had been called 'upon to

occupy a high position in the British Army

he was ardently and indefatigably devoted

to his professional avocations, cheerfully expending

time and strength and pecuniary

resources in promoting the temporal and

spiritual welfare of the regiment which he

commanded. Whilst stationed in Glasgow

a few years ago opportunities were incidentally

afforded for marking the solicitude which he

evinced in regard to the intellectual and moral

improvement' of the soldiers' children, using

all practicable means, by week-day and

Sabbath schools, that they might be taught

the good ways of the Lord.

" The 74th, with their gallant Colonel, were

ordered from this city to Clonmell, Ireland.

The following notice from the Rev. Mr. Dill

will be perused with interest :-­

" (' To the Editor of The Banner of Ulster.')

" 'Sir,-The death of Colonel Fordyce,

74th Highlanders, has been felt as a personal

bereavement by all who knew him. Clonmell

was the last home station of the 74th, where,

after eight months' residence, they received

orders for foreign service in November, 1850.

. . Those who knew Colonel Fordyce,

not only as a soldier but as a man and a Christian,

can truly estimate his loss to the Regiment

and his country. As Chaplain to the

74th Highlanders I had frequent opportunity

of meeting and observing him. I can truly

say lie devoted himself to his Regiment

and the Service. Though not a member of the


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY

37

Presbyterian Church, he was never absent

from his pew on the Lord's Day. I continually

found him superintending the regimental

Sabbath and week-day schools, and could

trace his kind advice and charity everywhereamong

the sick in hospital, the families, and

the recruits of his Regiment.

" 'I remain yours truly,

(Signed) '" JOHN DILL.'

'" Manse, Clonmell, 10th Jan., 1852.'''

"In addition to the Divisional Order of

the 9th of November, 1851, in which Major­

General Somerset announced to the troops

the death of Colonel Fordyce, and which has

been already quoted, General Somerset also

addressed the following letter to Captain

Monkland, then temporarily in command of

the 74th:­

" , Blinkwater Camp, Nov. 11, 1851.

" 'My Dear Captain Monkland,-I was

unable to express to you yesterday afternoon

all I felt at your kindness in presenting me,

in the name of the officers of the Regiment

a.nd of Colonel Fordyce's family, his dirk as a

memorial of one so deservedly esteemed

and so much lamented. Rest assured that,

as a soldier, I prize it above all other gifts,

and shall preserve it as a cherished memorial

of a brother officer whom I loved and admired

as a noble soldier, and as the father as well as

the commander of his Regiment, of whose

character he was so justly proud, and at whose

head he died.

" • Believe me sincerely,

" , H. SOMERSET, Major-General.' "

ORIGINAL POETRY.

THE WATERKLOOF.

Oh! dark was the morning and murky the

day

When the Highlanders lost· their Chief in the

fray!

Hoary Winterberg frowned, Twin Didima wept,

For those as their feet who in glory had slept;

The long range of Kromme in mist veiled its

head,

As if it in pity lamented the dead;

Like Niobe's eyes swelled the Kat from its

source;

In murmurs of sadness rolled Blinkwater's

course;

On the high battle-field the snow had not

melted;

The hail and the sleet in woe's mockery pelted.

Over such felon deeds the sun would not shine,

And Nature wore mourning by order Divine!

Sharp musketry rattles, great guns loudly

boom

Through valleys and hills thickly shrouded in

gloom;

The" Elephants"* charge ., double quick" at

the bush;

" The Campbells are coming," while forward

they push,

Resounds from the pipers o'er mountain and

glen;

Dense forests re-echo with cheers from the

men.

The voice of their leader exhorts with a shout­

" Come on, my lads; come! we will soon the

foe rout! "

In front a steep krantz with deep kloofs on

each side,

Where skulking assassins in fastnesses hide.

As onwards they rush up famed Waterkloof's

dell,

From ambush a shot struck the Colonel. He

fell !

Oh! rest thee, Fordyce, in Retief's honoured

grave!

For thine was the death of the warlike and

brave.

We mourn not thy fate, for thou couldst not

desire

To perish by aught but the enemy's fire;

For the Hero we grieve, the friend of his clan,

Who, like Picton or N ey, rejoiced in the van;

If danger lurked there, might be found in the

rear,

Or, if on the flanks, never failed to be near;

Nor ever forgot, while with rifle in hand

He took aim unerring, his men to command;

" Of my regiment take care! " who, expiring,

cried,

And, in all cold but heart, as a warrior died.

Up! up! then, his comrades! avenge ye the

slain! i...­

Shall murder-like· this without vengeance

remain ;!,

Turn out; ye· bold Burghers! your LevicII

enlist!

That none lag behind on your honour insist!

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38 HIUHLAND LIGHT iNFANTRY CHRONICLE.

And ye gallant Regiments, so stalwart and

fine,

Show what you can do that belong to the Line!

If all of you join, strong in hand, stout in

heart,

Though fierce be the struggle, the work will

be short;

Ere long will our land from the savage be

freed

If t,rue you respond to this time of our need,

Of Hottentot Rebels no more shall be heard;

From Kaffir marauders no more shall be

feared!

THE LATE COLONEL FORDYCE.-This muchlamented

officer (says The F1'iend of the 801'­

ereignty) in his last will bequeathed a pension

to the widow of every soldier who should fall

under his command, and a shilling each per

day to all disabled soldiers of his corps, and left

the means of purchasing commissions for his

five most deserving sergeants." ~Zud Afrikaan.

Within the last few weeks there has been

erected in the interior of the ancient church

in the parish of Ay ton a marble tablet

dedicated to t,he memory of the late Lt.­

Col. John Fordyce, bearing the following

inseriptioT' :-" Sacred to the memory of

John Fordyce, Esq., Lieut.-Colonel of Her

Majesty's 74th Highland Regiment, who

fell at the head of the Regiment in the action

of Waterkloof, Cape of Good Hope, on the

6th Nov. 1851. He was the eldest son of the

late Thomas John Fordyce, Esq., of Ay ton ,

and Anne his wife, daughter of the late George

Buchan, Esq., of Kelloe, in this county.

Combining, as he did, in his character, high

professional talent with eminent private worth,

his deat,h was mourned over by his relatives

and all classes of his countrymen, and lamented

by his Regiment-they having lost in him a

brave and ahle commander, and a generous

benefactor. "

"A Hundred Years Ago."

THE SEVENTY-FIRS'!' IN THE PENINSULA.

(Oontinued from October Number, 1911.)

HAVING brought his expedition against Girard

to a brilliant conclusion at Arroyo-des­

Molinos on the 28th of October, 1811, Hill

returned to his old quarters, and once more

the Seventy-first were billeted along with the

rest, of t.he 1st Brigade in Portalegre. The

news of Girard's disaster soon set all the

French corps on the move, and everything

seemed to point to a powerful attack on Hill.

Drouet re-occupied Caeeres, and, reinforced

by a division of 4000 men from Soult (raisin~

his corps to 14,000 infantry and 3000 cavalry),

entered Estramadura, occupied Almendralejos

on the 5th of December, and on the 18th his

advance guard entered Merida.

As it was well known that Drouet's movements

were only intended to cover more

important operations undertaken hy SouIt.

against the garrison of Tarifa, Hill again advanced

into Estramadura to make a diversion

in favour of Tarifa.

Meanwhile the Seventy-first hadbeen enjoying

a peaceful two months at Portalegre,

where they were on quite triendly terms

with the inhabitant". Their peaceful enjoyment

of Christmas Day was, however, dist,urbed

by the receipt of orders to be at the

alarm-post next morning before daybreak, and

they were in for a most harassing time of

forced marching and manoouvring. Bidding

farewell to t.heir friends at Portalegre on the

26th, the 1st Brigade reached Codeceira

that evening, and next day entered Estramadura

and occupied Albuquerque. On the

28th they quitted that city en route for Merida,

which was held by the ]'rench under General

Domhrousky. 'fhat night they bivouacked

near the village of La Rocha, nnder a hill,

so that their force might not he observed.

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duty it was hoped to repeat their surprise.

At daybreak on the 29th of December they

commenced their advance on Merida under

cover of a dense fog, preceded at some distance

by the cavalry under General Long, which

during the march ran right into a French patroL

The story of the subsequent engagement is

best told in the words of General Hill's despatch

dated from Merida on the 30th :­

" . From intelligence which I received

I was led to entertain the most sanguine

hopes that I should have been able to surprise

the enemy's troops stationed in the town.

I was, however, disappointed in my expectations

by finding in La Nava, on our approach

to that village yesterday, a party of the enemy,

consisting of about 300 Voltigeurs and a few

Hussars, being part of a detachment which

had alTived there the preceding night, apparently

on a plundering excursion. A patrol

from La Nava fell in with the head of our

column, and gave the alarm to the detachment,

which immediately commenced a retreat

towards Merida, followed by the cavalry

of my advance guard, consisting of bet.ween

three and four hundred of the 13th Light

nragoons and 2nd Hussars (King's German

Legion).

"As I considered the intercepting of the

entire of this party to be of the greatest

importance to our ulterior operations, I

direct.ed the cavalry to make every effort to

effect it, or at least to check its march until

the arrival of some infantry.

"The jnt,repid and admirable manner,

however, in which the enemy retired his

infantry formed in square, and favoured as

he was by the nature of the country, prevented

the cavalry alone from effecting anything

against him, and, after following him for

upwards of a league, and making an ineffectual

attempt to bleak him, I judged it advisable

to give over the pursuit, and he effected his

retreat, with the loss of about 20 killed and

as many wounded from four nine-pounders,

which, by the great exertions of Major Hawker,

got within range and followed him for some

distance, but were unable to close upon him

owing to the deepness of the country.

"One wing of the Seventy-first Light

Infantry, under Lieut.-Colonel the Hon. H.

Cadogan, also exerted themselves in a most

laudable manner to overtake the enemy,

but were at too great a distance to admit of

them accomplishing it in any reasonable time.

The arrival of the above-mentioned party

at Merida made the enemy acquainted with

our approach, of which I have reason to think

it was before entirely ignorant., and he in

consequence evacuated the town during the

night, leaving unfinished some works which

he was constructiI'g for its defence, and we

entered it in the course of the day."

The conduct of the retreat of this small

French force affords an excellent example

of how little a body of well-disciplined infantry,

under an officer of courage and experience,

has to fear from cavalry, even if very superior

in numbers.

The writer of the" Vicissitudes," in describing

this' day, mentions that at one time a

company of the Regiment was mounted

behind the horsemen with the intention of

being carried speedily forward and set down

close to the Ftench in order to try the effect

of infantry, but this scheme was not carried

into execution. Surely this was a very early

idea of the possibilities of mounted infantry,

though perhaps rather a novel manner of

transportation!

The whole force closed up and bivouacked at

La Nava on the evening of the 29th, and entered

Merida next day. Here Hill rested his troops

on the 31st, 011 account of the severe forced

marches which they had accomplished during

the last few days, but the 7lst and 92nd were

not to be allowed to spend New Year's Day of

]812 in the traditional manner.

Hill fully intended to fight Drouet, who was

occupying Almendralejos, and, crossing the

Guadiana, advanced towards that place. At

one o'clock a thick fog enveloped the country

and prevented the General from seeing what

the enemy were about. The 1st Brigade was


40 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

ordered to move towards the town in order of

battle. . They had not proceeded far when

our cavalry came in contact with the French

picquets, which were at once attacked and

driven in. It appears that when the first

collision took place the French in the town

were . busily engaged cooking their New

Year's dinners and thinking more of beef than

bullets, but part of them moved in support

of their picquets, while the remainder formed

up in rear of the town, where, after a few

rounds from the British artillery, the others

joined them, and the whole fell back skirmishing

all the way with Hill's light troops. When

the main column came up, expecting to be

hotly received, and the fog lifted, they found

that the French General had drawn off his

whole force towards Zafra.

When the mist cleared off the rain began

falling in torrents. Night was approaching,

and General Hill perceived that there was now

no chance of bringing the French to an engagement;

he accordingly ordered his troops into

billets in the town. On entering their quarters

for the night many of them found the savoury

stews still on the fires which the French had

been obliged to leave in the hurry of their

departure, which fare' their Spanish hosts

assisted them to discuss, addil1g their native

wine to the soldiers' rum; thus their New

Year's Day ended more agreeably than it

promised at the beginning.

On the 3rd of January two detachments

were sent to dislodge the enemy from Villafranca

and Fuente del Maestro. The one

which moved against Villafranca consisted

of the 9th and 13th Light Dragoons, the 1st

Brigade, and two pieces of artillery, under

General Howard; the other, under Lieut.-Col.

Abercromby, of the 28th Regiment, 2nd

Hussars (K.G.L.), and 4th and 10th Portuguese

Cavalry. Both detachments started at noon.

On reaching a height about half-way to Villafranca,

General Howard's force found the

enemy drawn up in a strong position near the

town. The 92nd .and one gun advanced

aga.inst the French left flank, while the

remainder under th~ General advanced directly

against their position. There seemed every

prospect of a stiff fight. The enemy were

strongly placed and stood their ground until the

British were just preparing to charge, when, to

their disappointment, the French wheeled about

and made off, pursued by o.ur cavalry. General

Howard moved into the town for the night,

but, taking no risks, posted strong picquets

on all the roads and ordered the whole force

to remain accoutred all night and to be on

the alarm-post two hours before day-light.

It was an awful night-rain, hail, and a hurricane

of wind-and proceeding to the alarm-post

the men were drenched in a few minutes.

After being exposed to the fury of the gale for

four hours the force returned to Armendralejos.

Col. Abercromby's detachment met in with

a regiment of French cavalry, upon whom they

inflicted' severe losses.

On the 5th General Hill retraced his steps

to Merida, where the men arrived looking

as if they had been six weeks in the field

instead of ten days, The weather had been

awful and the marches had been often through

deep clay, into which they sank to their ankles,

even leaving their shoes in the mire, and

many were the contrivances devised to keep

them on.

Drouet was now in full retreat southwards,

and the allies remained masters of Estramadura

until the 13th, when Marmont,

advancing from the Tagus valley, began to

threaten the Portuguese frontier; whereupon

Hill fell back once more on Portalegre, which

the Seventy-first reached on the 17th.

The year 1812 was to prove probably the

most. fateful year of the whole war. At the

beginning of the year Wellington occupied

the Portuguese frontier, but the two great

Spanish front.ier fortresses of Ciudad Rodrigo

and Badajos were still in the hands of the

French, and so long as they remained so

it was. impossible for the Allies to advance

into Spain with safety, either by way of Salamanca

or the valley of the Tagus. To the

task, therefore, of the reduction of these

fortresses Wellington turned the whole of

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he had been making secret preparation for

their siege in collecting stores and battering

trains. Hill, though unsuccessful in bringing

Drouet to an engagement, had been entirely

successful in the main object of his expedition,

and by driving the French southwards effectually

cut their communication with their

armies north of the Tagus, and prevented the

possibility of their co-operation. At this

period, also, considerable numbers of the

French had been withdrawn from Spain to

France to reinforce the French Army in the

campaign against Russia, which the Emperor

Napoleon was to conduct in person. This

.entailed considerable modifications in the

distribution of the French armies in Spain.

Perceiving his opportunity while the enemy

was thus placed at too great a distance from

Ciudad Rodrigo to succour it readily, and also

taking advantage of the diversion caused by

Hill, Wellington suddenly pounced upon

the fortress of Ciudad Rodrigo and captured

it in twelve days-a feat which the enemy had

deemed impossible to execute under a period

{If at least three weeks. The capture of

Ciudad Rodrigo was one of the most brilliant

feats of arms of the war, accompanied as it

was by superb gallantry on the part of the

troops engaged, while the loss on their part

was terribly severe. The Seventy-fourth

Highlanders bore more than a full share in

this great exploit (an account of the part they

played was given in the" Chronicle" of last

July).

The Seventy-first had little rest at Portalegre,

only stopping there one day to give

time to replenish their kits. As Boon as Marmont

had got intelligence of the investment

of Ciudad Rodrigo he had hastened to concentrate

all troops within reach to advance

to the relief of the fortress. Hill now moved

northwards in support of Wellington's operations,

and on the 21st of January the 1st

Brigade reached Niza, where they got the

ne~s that Ciudad had fallen. As Marmont,

however, still showed a disposi~ion to fight,

Hill continued his advance, crossed the Tagus

by the bridge of boats at Villa Velha on th-e

25th, and next day entered CasteUo Branco.

Here they had the gratification of meeting the

French garrison of Ciudad being escorted

on their way to the coast for embarkation

as prisoners on British transports. Two

companies of the Regiment were detached

to escort the prisoners to Lisbon, afterwards

rejoining the Regiment at Portalegre. They

remained at Castello Branco till the 1st of

February, when, Marmont having withdrawn

his army to Salamanca, they returned to their

old quarters at Portalegre for the last time.

Wellington's eyes were now turned towards

Badajos, which he designed to invest during

the second week III March. Preliminary

measures were already in progress, stores

and ordnance of all kinds being collected at

Elvas. Meanwhile he proceeded with the

repair of the fortifications of Ciudad, the

defence of which he entrusted to the Spaniards

under Castanos. Marmont, imagining. that

no further operations of importance were contemplated

by the Allies for the present, had

again scattered his. armies widely over the

country, and Wellington saw his opportunity.

He was still, however, much hampered and

delayed by the failure. of the Portuguese to

find tr!1nsport and by the necessity of reequipping

his troops, and it was not until

the 11th of March that he reached Elvas,

and although the troops and stores had not

yet all arrived he determined to invest Badajos

immediately. On the 16th Beresford

crossed the GU!1diana with 15,000 men, and

the investment was commenced.

Soult was at this time placed at a considerable

distance away, but Drouet with 5000 men

was at Villafranca, and Daricau with a like

force ne(l.r Medellin. Wellington therefore

detached a strong covering force to protect

his operations against Badajos. Graham with

three Divisions moved upon Llerena, while

Hill (now Sir Rowland Hill) was despat.ched

with his corps from Albuquerque, through

Merida, upon Almendralejos. As these forces

advanced Drouet moved to his right, towards

Medellin, with a view to keep open communication

with Marmol!t across the Tagus.

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LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

The Seventy-first marched from Portalegre

on the 3rd of March, and halted for some days

at Albuquel'que; then on the] 6th, with the

rest of Hill's corps, advanced on Merida, and

spent the night in bivouac. On the 17th,

finding that some French cavalry supported

by a battalion of infantry occupied MeIida,

Sir Rowland sent his cavalry across the

Guadiana by a ford below the bridge to intercept

the enemy and enable his infantry to

get up. On t.he first alarm the French cavalry

fled, some by the bridge and Ilome by a ford

above it, giving notice of the danger to the

infantry by firing their carbines. No time was

to be lost, and the ht Brigade, 50th, 71st,

and 92nd, moved up at the double, and,

knowing t.he town well, made straight for the

bridge. Crossing it, they halted for a minute

to gain breath, and then continued the pursuit

of the French, hut failed to bring them to

action, for fast as our men ran t.he French.ran

faster, and at last, when completely blown,

were forced t,o give up the chase and rest

content with a certain number of prisoners

who had been unable to stay the pace.

Leaving Merida on the 18th, Hill's corps

was engaged in constant harassing, marching,

and counter-marching, with the purpose of

covering the siege of Badajos (which was now

in full swing), until the 28th, when they advanced

to Medellin and Don Benito. En

'route they were formed into two columns.

The left, consisting of two guns and th.e 92nd,

under Colonel Cameron of that regiment,

moved against Medellin; the right, consisting

of the cavalry and remaining guns and the

remainder of the 1st Brigade, under Major­

General Roward, moved against Don Benito.

Medellin was occupied without. opposition,

and General Howard was informed that the

enemy had also retired from Don Benito.

However, he sent Captain Blassier (the German

Captain of the Company of the 60th attached

to the Brigade) with his riflemen to make sure.

The Captain was a gallant soldier, but fond of

good living, and was making his way through

the streets thinking more of the good dinner

he expected to find rather than of any Frenchmen,

when on turning a corner he found

himself, to their mutual astonishment, face·

to face with a French·cavalry patrol, whe had

entered the town quite unconscious of the

proximity of the British. First they gazed

at each other, and then proceeded to settle

the right of way with sabre cuts and rifle

hullet!:!. Rifle bullets won the day, and th~

dragoonti wheeled about, leaving some wounded

men in the riflemen'!:! hands.

The Regiment remained at Don Benito

until the 31st, and during that time, " although

sixty miles distant from Badajos, could still

hear the roars of the artillery emploYtld in tbe

siege, particularly in the morning and other

calm intervals. Perhaps the River Guadiana

contributed to carry the sound, that stream

running by their quarter" and washing the

walls of Badajos at the samtl time."*

The breaches at Badajos' were now nearly

practicable, but Soult, having joined Droll3t

and Daricau, was advancing to the relief of

the fortress. As the Allies were not in sufficient

force to assault the place and give battle to

Soult at th~ saIlle time, it was resolved to

leave two divisions in the trenches and prepare

to give hattle at Alhuera. Graham and Hill

were accordingly ordered to fall back on the

position, the latter retiring through Merida,

where he destroyed the hridge. The 7lst

occupied the position ht Albuera where

Beresford had fought his desperate battle the.

year before. The writer of the"Journal" states

that the Regiment formed their lines at

Alhuera and were working at the batteries

day antl night. An alarni was given three

times and they were marched on to the position,

but nothing occurred. Continuing, he says :~

" When I first came upon the spot whele the

hattle had heen fought I felt very sad; the

whole ground was still covered with the

wrecks of an army-bonnets, cartridge-boxes,

pieces of belts, old clothes and shoes. The

ground showed numerous ridges, under wbich

lay many a heap of mouldering bones. It was

a melancholy sight; it made us very dull for a

shoft time."

On the 6th of April it was known in the

camp that the assault on Badajos was to take

place that night, and with intense anxiety

the troops listened for the Bounds of the

terrific conflict. They feared their friends

could never surmount the terrible obstacles

placed by the garrison to resist their passage;

but such was the desperate bravery and

determination of the stonners, though driven

back time after time until the breaches and

* "Vicissitudes."


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-ditches were lit.erallj choked wit.h dead and

wounded, that they finally gained a footing

in the town, and at daybreak of t.he 7th the

French garri~on surrendered, having inflicted

a loss on their conquerors of 3800 British and

over 1000 Portuguese. *

"When the good news was received in the

Regiment. the band turned out and played

'The Downfall of Paris,' and t.he event

was celebrated among the men with the

,powerful aid of extra rum. Colonel Cadogan

himself stood in front of the Regiment and

set an example by drinking 'Success to the

British Arms,' for the first time officiating

as flugelman to his own men."

Having now achieved the second great step

in his project, Wellington looked to crown his

extraordinary winter campaign by fighting

a great battle in Andalusia, but in his

absence t.he repair of the fortifications of

{)iudad Rodrigo had been neglected, and that

place was now threatened by Marmont's

advance. He still lingered a while in the

hope that 80ult, stung by tIle los!"! of Badajos,

might risk an engagement. The latter had

concentrated at Llerena on the 6th, and

advanced with the intention of attacking Hill

at Albuera, but on his way, on the 8th, learnt

of the fall of Badajos. Soult was deeply

a ffected by the loss, but the circumstances

were too grave to let his anger overbear his

judgment, and his numbers were insufficient

to risk a pitched battle with "" ellington and

Hill combined: he was surrounded by enemies,

and he aecordingly fell back.

As soon as it was definitely known that

Soult had withdrawn, Wellington once more

turned his attention northwards and marched

on the 11th with his army towards Ciudad

Rodrigo, which was by now seriously threatened

by Marmont, who, however, fell back on

Wellington's approach. To Hill's corps, wllich

now consisted of two infantry divisions and

three brigades of cavalry, was entrusted

the task of watching their old opponent

Drouet, the Count d'Erl()n, and to cover the

repairs of Badajoll, and they accordingly

marched to Almendralejos, where they

remained from the 13th of April till the IUh

of May, where the time was occupied in

repairing damage to clothing and equipment

• Two officers of the Seventy-first were wounded

in the storming of Badajos-Oa.ptain George Spottis.

woode, A.D.O. to Ma.jor-Genera.l· Hon. o. Oolville,

oommanding 4th Division (severely),a.nd Oa.pta.in Donald

M'Dona.ld, who wa.s serving with the 1st O,~oa.dores

(severely).

after the hard mal'Ching of the spring. Almen­

dralejos seems to have been a poor quarter,

and the writer of the "Journal" describes

it as "a low swampy place, the worst town

J ever was in in Spain; our men called it

Almendralejos Craco (cursed)." Here alllo

the Regiment was joined by a draft from the

2nd Battalion, which at this time was still

quartered in the south of England. We hear

little of the 2nd Battalion at this time, but

that the good folk of Glasgow still followed with

close interest the doings of the Regiment is

manifest from the fact that on the Rth of

January "The Magistrates a.nd Council of

Glasgow unanimously voted the Freedom

of the City to the Hon. Col. Cadogan, now so

gallantly leading the 7lst or Glasgow Regiment

in Portugal."

Wellington now determined upon a bold

stroke to destroy the communication between

the two main armies of the Franch-Marmont

on the north and 80ult in the south-which

was kept up by the bridge of boats across

the Tagus at Almaraz. So long as this was

in the possession of the French they were Iree

to concentrate their armies and to strike with

overwhelming force against the Portuguese

frontier either north or south of the river.

To obviate this danger he planned one of

those enterprises which are regarded with

astonishment if successful, and attributed to

madness if they fail.

THE SURPRISE OF ALMARAZ.

The left bank of the Tagns from Toledo to

Almaraz is lined by rugged mountains, the

ways through which are impracticable for an

army and difficlllt even for small bodies of

troops; from Almaraz to the Portuguese

frontier, althongh more open, the country is

stil1 difficult. All the bridges below Almaraz

had long been destroyed. while those above

it were of little value on account of the mountains.

Soult's pontoon train had been

captured in Badajos, and the French had then

no passage across the Tagus except by Marmont's

boat-bridge at Almaraz, which was

protected by three forto and a bridge-head,

Of these forts, Ragusa, on the north bank.

was a magazine, and, though not quite finished,

was very strong, being flanked by a fieldwork

and having within it a loop-holed stone

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44 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

Bide a masonry bridge-head was :Banked by n

redoubt called Fort Napoleon, placed on a

height in advance; this fort, thoughimperfectly

constructed, inailmuch that a wide

berme in the scarp enabled escalading troops

to land and refix their ladders, was strong,

on the left bank prevented the passage of an

army except by the main road from Trllxillo,

which five miles from the river passed over the

rugged Mirabete ridge, on the summit of which

further defences were drawn across the

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HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

45

Hill to attempt it with a force of 6,000 ruen.

The affair was, however, one of extreme

delicacy.

To reach Almaraz Hill he would have to

penetrate far into the enemis country,

and there was grave risk of his retreat being

cut off, especially if the expedition should

prove unsuccessful. Drouet was indeed at

Hinojosa with 8000 infantry, and was consequently

nearer to Merida than Hill was to

Almaraz, and might easily cut off his retreat.

To protect Rill's expedition Wellington accordingly

sent Graham to Portalegre with two

divisions, and further, by adroitly spreading

rumours and by making ostentatious demonstrations

in other quarters, endeavoured to mislead

the French armies to direct their attention

elsewhere.

An unexpected difficulty occurred at Merida.

Two arches of the bridge had been broken

and large tim~e; was scarce to bridge the gap

of 60 feet. HIll s march was thus dangerously

delayed at the outset for a fortnight. On the

12th of May, however, he crossed t.he Guadiana,

an~ received his pontoons and heavy howitzers,

whICh came from Elvas by the Montijo road,

and he was now hampered by a large convoy,

as fifty country carts, besides the gnns and

limbers, were required for the pontoons,

ladders, and ammunition. On the 15th he

reached Truxillo. The 71st had been here

before, in 1808, during their advance on Madrid,

and they found the place sadly changed since

then. Six companies of the Regiment were

quartered in Pizarro's house, where General

Hope and his staff had been lodged on the

former occasion.

As no fires would be allowed the following

night, the men cooked provisions for two days,

and they were also ordered to carry three days'

bread. At midnight the warning pipe sounded

through the streets, and at one o'clock the

column moved off towards Almaraz, reaching

Jaraceijo soon after daylight on the 16th'

and bivouacked there in the shade of the forest:

During the day the Regiment" was exercised

in the duties of escalade, this business being

entirely new to them. Scaling ladders were

placed on each side of the parapets of abridge,

the feet of the ladders resting on the dry bed

of the rivulet. "Wnoever then ran up the one

side and down the other in the nimblest manner

was considered the most meritorious."*

•. " Vicissitudes."

Sir Rowland Hill now formed his force

into three columns, intending to make a night

march, and surprise simultaneously the tower

of Mira bete, the fortified house in the pass,

and the forts at the bridge of Almaraz at dawn

next day. His left column under General

Chqwne, and directed against the tower,

consisted of the 28th and 34th Regiments and

6th Cacadores; the .centre under General

Long-the 13th Light Dragoons and the

Artillery-moved bvthe main road' while

the right, composed of General Howard's

Brigade-50th, 7lst, and 92nd-was ordered

to penetrate by the narrow and difficult way

by La Cueva and Roman Gordo to the bridge.

Hill accompanied the right column in person.

The whole moved off from their woodland

bivouac about 8 o'clock on the evening of the

16th, with the intention of attacking next

morning at dawn" but marching all night

over mountainous tracks with cross paths

and difficult passes intersecting them rendered

such operations extremely uncertain. The

right column lost its way, and at the hour

intended for the assault found itself still

about 5 miles from its destination. Owing

to this misfortune Hill perceived that it was

impossible to attempt a surprise that day.

After careful reconnaissance· Rill was convinced

that to reduce all the Mirabete works

would entail more loss than was justifiable

and, in a~dif,ion to the danger of delay, might

render hIS force unfit to tackle the actual

fortifications at the bridge-the real object

of the. expedition; yet it was only through

the Muabete Pass that it was possible for his

artille~y t move within range of the bridge.

In thIS dllemma, after losing the 17th and

P'rt of the 18th .in ·fruitless attempts to

dIscover some practical way through the hills

for his guns, he finally decided to leave the

whole of his artillery in the hills with the

centre column, and to make a fresh attaok

on the town of Mirabete wit.h Chowne's

column, while he himself should march

secretly by Roman Gordo to storm the forts

',t Almaraz with. Howard's brigade. The

Idea of thus attackmg a powerful garrison in

possession of strong fortifications defended by

18. guns was an excessively bold one; yet

HIll placed explicit confidence in his troops,

and they repaid his confidence nobly. r '.

The Seventy-first ramained concealed in

the hills on the 17th and 18th. and were allowed

to rest. While in this position an OCCUlTence

of a falfle alarm is described in the" Vicissitudes"

:-"As the attack was deferred to t,he


46 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

following morning, we .were allowed to repose

ourselves during the night. In a few minutes

nearly the whole brigade lay fast asleep;

but a sudden cry of 'Stand to your arms! '

made evervone start on his feet. On all sides

the noise


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE. 47

All the ladder" had been cut in half in order

to carry them down the t.ortuous paths and

round the awkward corners of t,he rock~

down which they had had to scramble

durin~ the night, and it was now found that

the ladders were too short to reach up the walL

The F'.ench, however, had left a serious defect

in t,heir fortifications, which was to cost them

dear. They had left a wide berme in the

middle of the scarp, which enabled our men

to climb up into it with the aid of the shortened

ladder,;;, IInd then, by drawing up the ladders

behind them and refixin!5 them, they were

able by a second escalade to reach the top.

In ot·her places our men spliced the ladders

together to reach the top by direct esealade.

While t,his was going on the French hurled

down grenades, stones, and logs upon the

aGsailants' heacts, hut durst not show above

the parapet, whilst part of oUI men stood

with tht~ir muskets cocked and presented.

Once the ladders were fixed, the 50th and

71st swarmed on the ramparts, many being

"hot, pushed off the ladders, or bayoneted,

hefore the crel'lt was won; but they were not

to be denied, and, fighting desperately hand

to hand, French and British entered together

into the retrenchment round the stone tower.

The writers of both the "Journal" and

" Vicissitudes" claim the honour for it 71st

man of being the first to enter the fort., hut, '

whether right or wrong, hi8 name hag not been

handed down t posterity. Aubert, the French

commandant" wa;,'! wounded and taken prisoner.

The tower was not defended, and its garrison

fled towards the bridge-head; but the victorious

troops would not be shaken off, and

they entered it at the heels of the fugitives,

who continued their fight over the bridge

itself. Still our men push~d on their headlong

charge, killing the hindmost of the French,

and would have crossed the river had not

the bridge been cut adrift by stray shots

from the guns of both forts, which were now

sharply cannonading each other, £01' Hill's

artillerymen had turned the captured guns

of Fort Napoleon upon the French in Fort

Raglisa. .

While the 50th and left wing of the 71st

were thus de;,;perately engaged, the remaining

wing of the 7lst. and the 92nd, taking advan..

tage of every little knoll which covered them

from the fire of Fort Rag usa, had moved round

until they reached a point opposite the left

flank face of Fort Napoleon, when they

made a dash for the bridge-head, which they

reached and entered along with the defeated

garrison of Fort Napoleon, the whole affair

having lasted little more than ten minutes.

2\bny of the ll'rench leaped into the river

and were drowned. while many more were

killed by t.heir ow~ guns, which opened fire

upon Fort Ragn"a on Fort Napoleon at an

inopportune mOIIlent when many were fleeing'

from the bridge-head, hut the greater part,

now cut off from safety by the hreach in the

bridge, were mad" prisoners.

To the amazement of the conquerors of

Fort Napoleon, the panic now sprecd to the

opposite bank, and the ,l,'anison of Fort

Ragusa, although perfectly safe, abandoned

that fort alst), and fled precipitately alon~ the

road towards Naval Moral.

The passage of t,he liver was now the

difficulty, bnt this was solved hy some of the

grenadier company of the 92nd, who, leaping

into the swirling stream, swam across to the

far bank under fire, and succeeded in brin.ging

back some boats, with which the bl'idgewas

now seflured and our troops enabled to crORS

and take possession of Fort Ragusa.

In his despatch written from TruxiHo on

the 21st of May Sir Rowland Hill says :-­

"I cannot sufficiently praise the conduct

of the 50th and 7lst Hegiments, to whom the

assault. fell. The cool and steady manner in

which they formed and advanced, the intre~

pidity with which tlley mounted the ladders

and carried the place, wa:; worthy of these

ilistinguished corps and the 0 fIicer!:> who

led them. Could the attack have been made

before day the 92nd Regiment, under Colonel

Cameron. and the remainder of the 7lst were

to have escaladed the tete-du-pont and

effected the destruction of the bridge at the

same time that the attack was made on Fort

Napoleon. The impussihility of advancing

deprived them of this opportunity of distinguishing

themselves, hut the share which

they had in the operations and the zeal which

they displayed entitle them to my warmest

commendation. "

Further on, in mentiolling officel's, he wl'ites :

-" Lieut.-CoL Stewart and Major Harrison of

the 50th, and Major Cother of the 7lst,

commanded the three attltcks, and led them

in a most gallant and spirited manner. A

colour, belonging to the -!th Battalion of the

Corps Etranger, was taken by the 7lst Regiment,

and I shall have the honour of fOJ'warding

it to your lordship."*

* It would be interesting to know what bee!l.me of t.his

trophy taken by the Regiment. Can any of our

readers tell us how it wa~ rli8po~ed of and where it

now re~tg

i


48 HIGHLAND LIGH'I INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

Although HIe action had been short and

sharp, the attackers had hy no means escaped

lightly, the tota.I casualties amounting to 3

officers and 31 men killed, while 13 officers,

10 sergeants, and 121 men were wounded.

Of this number the 7lst had 1 sergeant and

3 rank and file killed; 1 captain, 2 lieutenants,

~md I ensign, ,t sergeants, 1 bugler, and 2:1

rank and file wounded.

Captain Lewis Grantt was mortally wounded

in the assault and died next day, and Lieuts.

Wm. Lockwood severely, Donald Ross

slightly, and Ensign 'Mackenzie slightly.:!:

The total loss of the encmy was about 450,

of whom' 259-including the Commandant

and 16 officers-were taken prisoner. Captain

MacCarthey of the 50th, in his account of the

storming of Fort Napoleon, describes the

capture of the governor.

" The Governor finding his strongly al'med

fortress surprised and conquered so instantaneously

by a British regiment and a half-··

about 1,200 men-became frantic, refusing to

surrender his sword, and, flourishing it in

defiance, attempted to strike an officer of

the 50th who was remonstrating with him,

when a sergeant, in the warmth of the moment,

unfortunately wounded him with his pike,

which was deplored as unnecessary, because,

the poor man with his whole garrison being

absolutely prisoners of war, his excitement

must soon have subsided. Every assistance

and consolation was administered to him;

but he, as also others of the wounded on both

sides, after eight days journey to Merida,

expired there."

Another and very different version of this

same incident is gi;en by James Grant in his

" Romance of War": in this he states that

the French governor had already surrendered

and had been allowed to retain his sword,

when an officer of the 71st, seeing him still

holding his sword, and not knowing that he

had alreadv surrendered. cut him down in the

excitement of the mO~llent. This account

one would naturally take as pure fiction had

not the author named the officer as Captain

Armstrong. Although Captain Armstrong was

t "Died, 011 t,he 20th of May, of the wounds he re­

()eived at the storming of Fort Napoleon on the Tagns,

Captain Lewis Grant, 7lst Regiment, and youngest Ban

of Captain Grant in l\H1derie."-Edinb1


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

411

thirty-six non-commissioned officers and men

of the 71st were inserted in Regimental Orders

for conspicuous bravery upon this occasion,

and the Royal Authority was granted in 1815

for the word " Almaraz " to be borne on the

Regimen~l colours and appointments.

Th~ following order was issued on this

occaSIOn

" Bivouac near }'ort Napoleon.

"19th May, 1912.

"BRIGADE ORDER.

"lfajor-General Howard cannot delay expressing

h.ia warmest acknowlpAigments to Lieut.-Colonel Stewart

and. Major Harrison of the 50th Regiment, and Major

Cother of the 71 Rt Regiment, who commanded the three

columns on at·tack this morning on Fort Napoleon

and the works of the Tagus, for the gallant and didtinguished

manner in which they led the columns

entrusted to them, as well as to all the other officers,

non-commissioned officers, and privates, for their

bravery and good conduct, which l)roduced the brilliant

result of the capture of tile works in question."

In a General Order issued at Truxillo on

t.he 22nd of May Lieut.-General Sir Rowland

Rill congratulated the troops on the success

which attended their exertions, and expressed

hiB gratification in reporting on this occasion

his admiration of their discipline and valour.

After the defeat of the enemy, our troops

at once set about dismantling and levelling

the fortifications, and while this was in progress

a melancholy accident occurred. One

of the charges set to blow up the fort having

failed to go off, I.ieut. Thiele, an officer of the

Royal German Artillery, went back to see

what was wrong, when the charge exploded,

and he was blown to pieces. The work of

destruction completed, the column reascended

the hills, and bivouacked for the night on the

summit of the sierra. Here, ace-ording to

the "Vicissitudes," the night was spent in

feasting, drinking, and singing-every remembrance

of their fallen comrades being

drowned in present enjoyment.

The French still occupied Mirabete, which

was now cut off from the right bank of the

Tagus, and Hill was preparing to redu


50 HIGHLAND

War Medal Roll of the ,1St

1808-1814.

THROUGH the kindness of a correspondent

we are able in this number to publish a roll

of the War Medal granted to officers and men

of the 71st. It has been most carefully compiled,

checked, and corrected, and may b~ taken

to be as correct as it is possible to obtain it.

NII,me.s have been incorporated from the

ColOnIal, Chelsea, and Kilmainham lists.

~hese lists were supplementary to the general

h~t. The total of .medals and clasps granted

~Iffers, t~erefore, slightly from the totals given

In Captam Campbell Swmton's excellent article

on Regimental Medals published in the

Ckronicle in Octoher, 1893, from which

we cannot do bet·ter than quote regarding the

circumstances in which the medal· was

granted

"The first general issue of medals to the

British Army-namely, for the Battle of

Wat,erloo-was the gift of the Prince Regent,

afterwards George IV. The 71st received

theirs from the hands of Colonel Reynell

on the 21st June, 1816, at Romhly, in the

north of France. Some 800 officers and men

had taken part in the battle, and, as I believe

medals were sent to the representatives of the

men who were killed or had died of their

wounds, about that number of 71st Waterloo

Medals ought still to he in existence. . . .

" But in England, for the next thirty years,

there was a body of men with a grievance,

and a noteworthy body of men with a

grievance, too. Their grievance was seldom

aired in public. We had not arrived at the

~ay~ of demonstrations. There was no organulatlOn

or pressure brought to bear on ~rinisters;

~)Ut scatter~d over the country, in every

town, m every VIllage, there were men, daily

growing fewer in numbers, anxious for some

little recognition of their past services. Few

of the Peninsula regiments had the fortune

of the ~7lst to go on to Waterloo, and even

they had left half their men behind-invalided,

drafted, and time-expired-and why should

the conscripts who had bE)en lucky enough

to be present at the one battle have the right

to swagger about with a bit of silver on their

breasts, while they-the tried veterans who

inch by inch, month by month, had drive~

the French out of Spain-had nothin to

show for it

'"

" It was the fashion in those days rather to

laugh at the quantity of medals worn by

foreign armies, and there would have been no

War Medal had it not been for the untiring

energy and loyalty to his old comrades of the

then Duke of Richmond. All honour to him!

An old Light Division officer, he had served

as Lord March with t.he 52nd. and on the Duke

of Wellington's staff through~ut the Peninsula

and at Waterloo. It was a long and weary

work enough, for public feeling was against it

in a most unaccountable way, and it was

thirty-three years after the last Peninsula

bat.tle had been fought when the following

General Order was promulgated

" 'GENERAL ORDERS.

., , Horse Guards, 1st June, 1847.

" 'Her Majesty having been graciously

pleased to command that a medal should be

struck to record the services of her Heets and

armies during the war commencing 1793

and ending in 1814, and that one should be

conferred on every officer, non-commissioned

officer, and soldier of the Army who was in

any battle or siege, to commemorate which

medals have been struck bv command of

Her Majesty's royal predece'ssorB, and had

been dist,ributed to the General or superior

officers of the seveml armies and corps of

troops engaged in conformity with the regulations

of the Army at that time in force, etc.'

"This medal is often erroneously called

the Peninsula Medal. Its proper title is the

War Medal, for its range was much wider

than the Peninsula alone.

" Twenty-eight clasps were originally allowed

for it-from Egypt, 1801, to Toulouse, 1814.

It was arranged that application for the medal

should be sent in by the men through their

old commanding officers, and there was some

surprise when 19,000 men sent in their names.

Six men applied for, and two made out their

right to, fifteen clasps, and so downwards.

" It must have been a revelation to find out

how many 71st veterans were still in the land

of the living. The Regiment had fought its

first battle in Spain thirty-nine years earlier.

In the Peninsula it had lost 1200 men, killed

and wounded; in Walcheren it had buried

eighty-five, not to speak of the many who died

of the after-effects of that unhealthy climate;

at Waterloo the casualty roll had numbered

195. They must have been very tough, these

old soldiers, for now, thirty-three years after

the whole t'ling was over, 340 of them-17

from Canada-came forward and made out

their claimR to the medal. And what mURt

we say of the esprit de corps, of the tone,


HIGHLAND LIGHT IN}i'ANTRY CHRONICLE. 51

of the personal knowledge of the old men by

their old officers which made such a thing

possible I have studied the records of the

grant of the Medal, and find that eleven clasps

were granted to the Regiment; but this

included Talavera, at which only a detach- •

ment was present-left behind, apparently,

when the Regiment sailed from Corunna.

Only ten men received this clasp, and as none

of them received the whole of the rest of the

clasps no man established his claim to the

full number of eleven.

As regards the officers, in those

days they were shunted and promoted from

regiment to regiment more than they are now.

And also they had not come off very easily

in all this fighting Between 1808 and 1815,

in general actions alone, not including skil'­

mishes and sickness and those who died of

their wounds, the loss of the Regiment was

twenty-two officers killed and fifty - nine

wounded. The promotion list had gone

cheerily, and very few had had the chance

of getting many clasps, and fewer still lived

to claim them.

" And so in the end, for those who lived

to see it, the grievance was settled, and the

heroes of the Peninsula were able to hold

their heads as high as the heroes of Waterloo."

In the accompanying roll a star against

any particular clasp indicates that it was

claimed hut disallowed, the reason for such

disallowance being shown in the column of

remarks.

Of the individual officerR who were recipients.

Hugh Mackenzie stands out as showing

the most remarkable record of active

service, and the only officer who received

nine clasps. Joining the 1st Battalion of

Lord Macleod's Highlanders in February,

1779, as Ensign, he proceeded with the Battalion

to India, and served throughout all

the campaigns in which it was engaged.

He returned as a Captain with the Regiment

from India in 1797, and retired the following

year, being at once re-appointed as Paymaster.

In the latter capacity he served throughout

the campaigns of Cape of Good Hope, South

America, the Peninsula, Walcheren, and

Waterloo. Surely a record of active service

hard to beat! It is said that Colonel Cadogan

died in his arms on the field at Vittoria.

In his later days Captain Mackenzie lived at

Stirling.

Lieut.-Colonel Pidgeon received the next

greatest number of clasps-namely, eight.

Joining the 71st as Ensign in 1804, he did all

his service in it, retiring in 1833 after commanding

for two years.

Lieut.-General Robert Law, K.H., was

Adjutant of the Regiment at Fuentes d'Onor,

where he was wounded, and afterwards acted

as such to the light battalion of his hrigade.

He was also wounded at Tarbes and Waterloo.

In the latter battle he was severely wounded

by a cannon shot which killed his horse.

He subsequently was promoted to a company

in the Newfoundland Companies, and in 1871,

on the death of General Hon. Charles Grey,

he was appointed Colonel of the ilst, which

honour he held until he died in 1874.

Lieut. (afterwards Major-General) H. F.

Lockyer, C.B., removed to the 97th Foot

after the Peninsular War; he commanded

that regiment, and also the 2nd Brigade of the

2nd Division throughout the Crimean War.

In 1855 he was appointed to command the

Forces in Ceylon, and died on passage home

from there in 1860.

Of the individual N.-C.O.'s and men who

received the medal :­

Piper-Major George Clarke would appear

to be the hero of the episode at Vimiem.

Pte. James Hannah's medal, with !l clasps,

is now in the 71st Officers' .Mess, as alBo that

of Ralph Brown and Sergt.-.Major Moffat.

Pte. John Rea is possibly the same man

as received the special regimental medal for

his conduct at Sobral, though at that time he

is mentioned as "the oldest man in the

Regiment."

One or two inaccuracies seem to have crept

into Captain Swinton's article. He shows

Ptes. John Gough, James Henderson, and

Donald Munro as having received additional

clasps for Albuera, Badajos and San Sebastian,

and Salamanca respecti vely. There is

nothing in the Rolls to indicate that they received

this clasp, these places being merely

noted in the margin against their names,

as they are against many others, in addition

to such places as Almeida, Burgos, Pampeluna,

etc., for which no clasps were given.

It is proposed to pu blish the Indian General

Service Medal and War Medal Rolls of the

74th in next number of the OhroniCle. The

Editor would be glad if any readers would let

him know the names of recipients on any

medals in their possession, as it would add

considerably to the interest of the Rolls to

know where some of the old regimental medals

now are.

.

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HIGHLAN!'l LIGH1' INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

SEVENTY·FIRST FOOT.-OFFICER8.

Name.

Rank.

Remarks,

Burer, Gabriel Captain I' I

CB.m.pbell, Donald ....... .

C1ements. Henry ......... .

Coote, John ........... .

Lieut.

1 I

Subaltern -1­ 1 - 1­ 3

I-I---i 1 I 3

],iellt. ,.-'-'1-1'-1--'-'-1-'-' 1 1

Cother, Charles ......... . Cal)tain 1 J 1 3

Cox, Charles TholUtJ,R ... . IJeut. I-:·~I~I-I 1 1- li 1 1 1 6

Drew. Matthew .......... Lieut. 1

Eden, John Ens. and ,-'-1-1-1-1 1 11­ 1 1 1 5

(served as" Methold, .John") Lieut.

GiIbome, Edward Lieut. 1 1 1 1 1 5

Grey, Samuel Cleland .... Captain L I 3

Hanson. William Crosbie " Liellt.

Hartley, William ........ "

-,


1

I

3

1

1 11 1 1 7

1*1*!-- 5

Henderson, Jas. (92nd List) -­ 1 \ * 2

Horton, Goorge William .. SUMltem --':--:-1-'-'--1--1 1 1 l'i 4

Law, Robert ............ Vo!. & Ens·-I- 1:- 11- 1 1 I 1- 6

Lind, Rohert ...........• Lieut. \: l111--I-.'-·!-I--1 1:-1- 4

Lockyer. Henry Frederick Subaltern il1 1 1 3

Long, WiIliam . . . . . . . . .. Lieut. 1­ 1 1 1 4

Mackenzie, Hugh ........ ::::'Pnyrnla81berl

Moorhead, Charlei'! . . . . . . .. Lieut.

Napier, Hon. Charles

.... Lieut.

Pack, Anthony .......... Lieut.

Perase, Dominick ........ "

Pidgeon, Joseph Thomas.. Captain

Roberts, John ......... . Lieut.

Roy. James Aaron....... .

1 1 ­ 1 ] 11­ 1 1 li 9 Waterloo.

ill 1 4 Waterloo.

11-.. 1 11-~I: 3

1 1,---- 2

_. 1 11­ I --~-:-- 3

1 1 1--- 11- III 1, 8

----­ I ]--1-- 2

1 1 1- 1------ 4

~i :

& Egypt, Adjt. Lowe n~tein's Regt. of Ft.

'Vaterloo, afterwards 2nd Vet. Battn.

Afterwards 16th F oot.

Waterloo, afterwards 10th Vet. Battn.

G.M. for Vittoria, afterwards 83rd Foot.

Waterloo.

Afterwards R. Wagg on Train.

Afterwards 14th Dragoons.

Waterloo.

& Badajoz (spedal), a fterwards 29th Pt.

Waterloo.

Egypt, in 23rd Foot as Sergeant; ·l~

2 in 62nd Foot.

*In 92nd Foot, Waterloo.

Waterloo, afterwards 7th DragooDs,

WaterlOO, afterwards Newf. Co.'s, Col.

7lst.

Waterloo.

Afterwards 97th Foot,

Waterloo, afterwardR 9th Foot.

Afternards 73rd Foot and 88th Foot.

Waterloo, afterwa.rds Lieut.-Col. 7ht.

Waterloo, afterwards 74th Foot.

.8telIart, Charles

Lieut.

Waterloo, afterwards ~6th Foot.

1 ___~L'- 1

Torriano, Wm. Edward .• Lieut.

Waterloo.

l'andoleur, John

Ensign 1-1-:--:--1 1 : ~ : : ~ Wa.terloo, afterwards 10th DragOOllll.

Wintersoo!e •• John ........ ABBt. Sur. I 11---­ -1­ 1 Waterloo.

1

FROM LIST Oll' OFFICERS SERYrNG WITH PORT1TGUESE ARMY.

J.nnstrong, Archibald ... Captain

Gmhrun, William

Ueut.

)1 4th CaeMOrGs.

:~i Ciudad Rodrigo as Captain Ist. Pon.­

I gnese.


HIGHLA;.iID LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

7ls't> FooT.-N.C. OFFICE~S

AND PRIVATES.

Rank.

Remarks.

I

I

Adams, Roben ......... .

Aitken, David ..... . . . . . "

Aiton, John.. .. .. . . . . .. .. Ser.-Maj.

Alexander, William ..... ' ,Private

Anderson, Archiba.ld ..... .

Anderson, Thomas

.~buckle, Andrew ........ 1

Archibald, David ........ j

Arrall, John..............[

Colonial list.

*Sick.

Banning, Lawrence

Barton, Daniel ......... . Pri;ate

Baxter, John ........... .

Beardsworth, Wi!liam .. . Sergeant

Begbie, William ......... . Sergeant

Bell, John ............ . Private

Bevins, WillialU ........ .

Bicket, J ohu .......... . .,

Bignell, William ........ . Private

Black, William .......... '

Bla.ir, James .•.......... i

BIyth, Robert ..........'

Boyd, Neil .............. ,

Boyde, Hugh ............:

Boyland, Nicholas ........ 1

BrMh, J ames ............1

Brisbane, John ......... . Corporal

Brislan, Morris ......... . Private

Brown, David ........ .

Brown, James ......... . Sergeant

Brown, John (1) .......•.. Private

Brown, John (2)......... .

Brown, Ralph ........ .

Brown, Robert ..........:

Bucha.mm, Thomas ......1

Bullock, WilIiam ........1

Burke, Thomas ......... .

Burnce, Patrick ..........,

Burns, James ............ 1

Burns, John ....... . ....

Butehart, Andrew ........ ,

Butcher, George ......... .

Butler, John ............1

Cadby, George .......... ! Private

C.. irns, John ............ Cll.ldwell, William ........i 1

Ca.llum, J arues ......... .

Oameron, Donald ... , ... .

Cameron. James

Cameron, John ..........,

Campbett, Alexander ... , ..i

Campbell, Donald ... , .... 1

Campbell, James .

Oampbell, James

Campbell, John (3) ......;

Campbell, John .•........!

Campbell, John (4) ., ... .

Campbell, John (5) ......:

Campbell, Waiter ....... :1

Carney, AlelCander ....... 'I

Oh.a.lmers, .Tames......... .

(1) 4th Ooy. (2) O,,:)t~in H~ll'g Coy. (a) Oaptlin Pidgeon's Ooy.

*Absent.

*Not on roll.

"Sick

*Not prf'sent.

·Sick-absent.

*Sicktahsent.

*2nd- Battaliun, not pre~ent.

·PriRoner of wur.

·~ot

joined.

*DiRallowed.

·Sick.

*Siek"absent.

*Prisoner of war.

**8iek ahAent.

(.1) (5) Captain Oampbell'. Coy.


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTHY CHI'tONICLE.

71sT FOOT.-N.C. OFFICERS AND mVATEs.~-·G'ontinlted.

Nanlt', Hank. Ren18.rks.

Chisholm, John ......... .

3[ Sict;: ,

Clarke. Oeorge ........ . 5 "'Sick ab8ent.

Clarke, Matthew

6!

Clarke, William ........ .

51

C1ements, GustavlIS .... .

4 1 Colonial list.

(',onnollv, l'hon'a~ 2'

Conners, Pat.rick 3'

Con nor, Thomas 11

Cooke, Angus ............'

0, Cooper, ,John ......... , .. I

I!

Cooper, ,John ........... .

2:

Craig, Jamcs ., .......... '

3:

Craj, John ............. .

1i "'Not on roll,

Peter ............, Sergeant "

s'

ton, Thnmas

:1 Aft('rwRrds Quartf'rmaRtf'l',

:

• 0 0 •• 0 •• :

,

D",ekers. Alexander Privati>

DackerB; .John .......... i Sergeant

Da",id~on, Rieharrl Private

8:

Develin, .1


LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

Name.

71sT FOOT.-N.C. OFFICERS AND PRIVATES.-Gominued.

Rank.

~

~I~I ,1.1. -E-


56 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

.7lST FOOT.-N.C. O:eTIOEBS AND PmVATl!IS.-Continued.

Name.

Rema.rks.

Macdonald, John ....... .

Macdona.Id, Joseph ....... .

Maclean, Alexander ..... .

Macleod, Alexander ..... .

Malone, Bartholomew ... .

Maruou, Alexander ..... .

Mcthven, Robert ....... .

Maxwell, John ......... .

'Maxwell' Waiter ....... .

McAllay, Daniel ......... ,

Mc Arthur, David .... , .. .

McCallum, William .' .. ,.

McColligan, John , .. , ... .

McComb, Hugh ......... .

McCorm,ack, Charles ..... .

McOulloch, Wil1iam ..... .

McCullum. Archibald ... .

McDade, William ....... .

McDonald, Andrew ..... .

McDonald, Hugh

McDonald, John (6) ..... .

McDonald, John (7) ..... .

McDonald, Peter ....... .

McDow~ll, John ...... , .. .

McFarlane, John ....... .

McFarlane, John ....... .

McGibbin, Edward ..... .

McGilligan, Robert .. , .... .

McGregor, John ......... .

McGregor, Micha.el ..... ,

McGrigor, James ....... .

McIntosh. Alexander ... .

McIntyre, Peter ......... .

McKay, Alexander ..... .

McKay, George ......... .

McKay, James ......... .

McKay, Neil ........... .

}1:cKay, Robert ......... .

McKee, John ........... .

McKellar, Duncan " ..... .

McKennar Hugh ....... .

Mc.Kenzie, Duncall ..... .

McKenzie. Robert ....... .

McKimmie, Alexander .. , .

McLaren, Daniel

McLaren, Thomas ....... .

McLean, Archibald .......•

M cLean, Neil ........... .

McLean, .Joh.n ......... .

McLearn, Peter ......... .

MoLeod, Alexander ..... .

McLeod, Alexander ...... i

McManus, Thomas ...... ,

McMaster. David ....... .

MoNaught, Robcl't ..... .

McPhee, Samuel ....... .

McPherson, John ....... .

McQuade, James .... _.. .

McQuade, Francis : ...... .

MoQuade, Patrick ....... .

McQuarter, Robert ....... .

McRae, Alexander ....... .

Private -!-­ *-­ I 1 2 *Disallowed.

Corporal l_i_~_I__I__1 1 1 1

Private 1­ li 11- ­ * *,-,- *1 * 2 *Not on roll.

1111,--15

" 1 1

Sergeant 1 1 2

Private 1 1

1 1 1---1---1-- 3

----c- 1 1 1 11-- 4

- 1 *- * 1 * 1 1 1 1 6 *Sick ~bsent.

*--- 1 1 I 1 1 1- 6 "Not on roll.

1 1 1- 1 1 1- *-1­ 6 *Prisoner of war in August.

1 1 1-------- 31

111-111111110

*;--',--1-,1-1 1 1- 1,-1­ 3

1-1'-1·-1--1--1 1 1 -f­-­ 2

1­ 1 .1 2

i--'-I-_I--_I 1 I,

Corporal 1 1 11-1­ 11­ 41

Private 11-­ 11

" 1 1 11-1­ 1 *1 1 1 1 ~ ~I *On duty, Vittoria.

:: 1 1 11-1­ 1 1 1 6i

" i ],-,- I 1 41

Corporal 1 1 ] •i 3i

Bugler 1 I 11­ 1 1 ] 1 L' 1 110

Pdvate 1­ I 4,_, 1 11-1­ 11­ I 5 "Sick.

Corporal , ~II 11-­ '" 1 11­ 1 1 1 8 *Sick absent.

Private I .-:- 1 l,-- 11 - 6

" ' 1 .. 1 1-- 2 *Not joined.

: II 1: 11­ 1 ]' 5

, 1 ],

-,--,--j:--! 1 1 1-- 1- 4

_I_' 11 1

1 I 2

, lj 'I _'_ I 11-­ 1 1 1 5

'- :i_ 1 I 2

1 1 '" 11­ 1 I 1 4

1 li qLI­ ~ ~ * 1 1 1 1 ~

Sergeant 1 : 1 1 1, 1'-1- 4

Private' .1 1 1-1- 1 4

" u 1 11­ 1 1 *-;-1 * '" 5

" 1,--: 'I 11-­ I t

"I 1 1 1 3

:: I 1 2

:: 1 1 1 ill i

:: i 1 1 11­ * ~:--!- 1 1 ~ *Sick.

1 2

-11!--] 3

1 ~ ~

-­!'-'-I--I- 1 11 2

1___-:-';--1 I I 11­ 1 5

-­!:-:--I,--I-I-', l ;-­ l!- 1 3

Corporal ' 1 I: i 3

Private 11 II 11­ 1 II 1:-\ l: ~

"Not present.

Kilmainham list.

*Sick.

CorPoral j 1,-1- * *1 *1-;­ *1-1 2

(6) Captain Mackenzie'S Coy. (7) Oaptain Henderson'. Coy.


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONlULE. 57

71sT FooT.-N.C. OFll'ICERS AND PRIVATES.-Oontinued,

Name.

Rank.

I

tl

0:

Remarks.

I

I

Meigham, Martin ....... .

Meikle, John ........... .

Menzies, Alexander

Miller, J ames ............

Miller, Jonathan ........ '.

Miller, Matthew ......... .

Miller, William ..........i

Mills, John ..............

Mofiatt, Abraham ........

Mooney, Thoma~ ........

Moore, George . . . . . . . . ..

Muckersay, John ...... ,.

Ser.-Maj.

Private

Drummer

Private

....... .. .

Ml1llin, Gem'ge

Mulvonge, Hugh

Muuro, Alexantler ....... .

Munro, Donald ..........

M.unro, Robert .......... Sergeant

Murphy, Charles

Private ~I' And 95th Foot.

Murphy, William ....... .

2 '" Not present.

Murray, Robert ......... .

--~,.·"·-,-I 4 '" Sick.

Murtoch, Bernard ....... .

6

Myles, Thomas ......... .

31

Nelson, f',eorge .......... Private -~,--I- 21

Neville, William . . . . . . . . .. Sergeant

Nicholl, Samuel ...... . . .. Private

"'Sick ItbKent.

Nisbett, James .......... "

O'Brien; John . . . . . . . . .. Private

O'Connor, Patrick ........ :

Oliver, Robert...... . . . . . .

Ormond, Robert

..

Corporal

Paterson, Thomas .... , ... Private

Pa.ttersoil, John ., ...... .

Patterson, WilIiam

Patterson, William

Petrie, Hobert ........ , .

Phillips, James ......... .

Provan, Archibald ....... .

Rae, Nicholas ........... _

Ramsay, John..... '" ... .

Rea, .John ............ ,.

Haynolds, Michael ....... .

Robertson, Alexander (8)

Robel tson, Al£'xander ... .

Robertson, James (9) ... .

Robertson, James ....... .

Robertaon, John

Robertson, Thomas ..... .

ROl'he, Thomas ...•......

R08s, Donald ...........•

Ross, J ames ........... .

Ross, John (10) ......... .

Ross, .Tohn ............. .

Rothwell, Joseph ....... .

Rowan, Henry ......... .

Rusk, Thomas...........•

Russell, Adam ...•...•....

5

1

9

" 3

Private 1

,"

" -,-~,-,'-' ~I

2 Colonial list.

11 Afterwards Lieutenant, Waterloo,

4i "Sick absent.

6!

3:

2,

:1 '"Not in pay list,

" 6 "'At home iu 2nd

6

7

Batt"lion.

"'Afterwards Captain 7th Hussars.

And Pyrenees and Toulouse in NUJ. Art.

"'Disallowed.

Quails, Robert .......... Private I) "'Sick absent.

Quinn, Robert........... .

6

Corporal

Private

Cori;orn,l

Private

..

Private

*Priwner of w.tr.

*Not present.

Chelsea list.

"'Not joined.

*Sick absent.

*Sick.

,


58 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANT.RY CHRONICLE.

Name.

._. - ----~---.

RUBSi'll!, William ...... "

Rutledge, Bernard . . . . . . . .

~::~: ~~~el::::::::::::

Smith, Rohert ..... . . . ..

Smith, William ..........

Smith, William ..........

Spalding, Charles

Steedward, Alexander ....

Stephenson, James . . . .. .

Ste'>'art, I}avid ..........

Stobie, John ............

Sutherland, Alexander .,..

Sutherland. Colin

Sutherland, David ........

Sutherland, James . . . . . . ..

Sutherland, John (1) . . ..

Sutherland, John (2) . . ..

71sT FOOT.-N.C. OFFICERS AND PRIVATlllS.-Oontinued.

Ure, James ..... _........ Private I 1 J ....-_.- 3

Walker, Robert ..........

Waiter, Hobert .'........

Wardrope, Richard

'Vat-son, Robert ... _.. ....

Watson, Thomas ........

Weir, David ..••....•.•.

Weir, John ........... _..

White, Archibald

White, Robert.......... _.

Williamson, Alexltnder ....

Private

"

Bams, William ............ Private

~~~1t. ~o~6u~ :::::::::::: ::

Seott, George ............ "

8eott, John..............

Soott, William............

Seabrook, John ..........

Sheddon, Williltm ........

"

"

"

"

Shields, .Tohn ............"

Sime, William . . . . . . . . . . "

Sinelair, Charles........... "

Sinclair, George .........."

Slane, John... .. .. .. .. .. . "

Smith, Charles .........."

::

WilliamBon, James ..... _ Sergeant

Williamson, James .... _. Private

Williamson, John ........."

Wilson, Henry ..........

Wilson, John ..... _. . . . .. CorPoral

Wilson, .Tohn ....... _.... Private

.1

Rank. ,,~I ~I j'~ I ~

] '§I j ~ 11 f (5

~ ~ '1

~ >1 ~ >1 Z

--------- .-'­

I :J) ~

*1- ] 1

,-- 1 11-1­

1 1 1'-. I 1 11- 1-- 7

1-1- l:--h 1- I'] 1 3~

,,1_1 I 1,- 1 * 1 3 ·Sick.

1 1 11 I" 1 3 ·Sick absent,

1 1:- ] - 4

1 1 1[-1- 1 1 1 1 1 1 9

1-'-- -1- 1 1 1 1 .. .. 4 *Siok absent,.

1 1 1 3

1 1. 1:--:- 1 1 1 II-!-' 7

. I I '1-; 1

1 1 .. *1-+- 2 *Prisoner of war.

, 1 1 1

=-~;'-~-I'=--!h~: ]'--1- 1 ~ r

*

,,- / I 1 I, 1 .. 5 "'Skk absent.

Sergeant 1 1--]-~-i- 1 5

Private----.:- 1--:-- Ii- 3

Corporal -'--II 1 1 1- I

Private -.;- .-- I I

" - -.- ! 11- ; I '- I

" 1 11 1=1 1 I (\

" l' 1 1--- 4

" 1 - 1 2

,,--.--,- * 1 I 1 11-' 1 5 "'Not joined.

" 1 1 1- 1 1 1'1_- * *..- (j *PriRoner of war.

COl'poml - 1 ,. 1 I 1 ;-- 1 1 7

Sergeant 1 11 11 , *Sick BbRent.

- 1- 1 43

Private

Private - l.-J-I- I 11-1-11--1-1 3

Tait, James ............

Taylor, George .......... " 1 1 -:--_1 !

3

Taylor, JltmeB . . . . . . • . . . " 1 1 *.-. 1 3 "'Sick absent.

TBylor, Makolm . . . . . . . . " 1-1-'1-:-:-:-1-1-1-1 1 I 2

TaBAY, William .•........ " 1 1 1 -- 3

Thompson, Adam" ... 1 1 "'Not present.

Thompson, John.......... " 1 1 11-1-,-1--1--;---- 3

Todd, James ............ " 1 1 - 1 1 1 I I - 1 1 9

Tolley, 'rhomas .........."

1 1 1--- 1 1 5

Prh'ate - 1 =---- 2

" 1_ - * 1 1 *Not joined.

., 1 1 1 - 1------- 3

2 *Not present,

9

Sergeant 1 1 1 -- 3 Kilmainham list.

Private 1 1 1 1 6

,,1 1 - - 1 1 1 - - 5

" -- 1- 1 1--- - 3

" 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 9

----_ * 1 *- 1 *- 2 .Sick and prisoner.

1 1

1---1'-'-

8

1111- 2,

III l i 1 -]---1 1 1

1 6

111

1 I -, 1 1 6

~ ~ Hemo.rka,

~ ~

-....--+~---------------

1 1 2

1 1 6 *Sick ab~ent.

*2nd 'Battalion in EnglamL


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511

1ST FOOT.--N.C. Ol!'ll'ICERS AND PRIVATES.-Oontinued.

i

Name.

Rank.

Remarb.

m

.~

I

Wilson, RObtirt ••.••.• ," Private

Wllson, i'itephen " .. , .. ".1

Wilson. Wi.llia.m ""', •. '.

Winning, Waiter ......... .

Winterbottom, Josepb ... .

Private

1-,-1-1·-+-1--1 1

1

I-I-I--I--H 1

1

SUMMARY.

~

Number of Medals,

Aggregate of ClAAps,

Detail of Clasps :--

Roleia,

Vimiera,

COlunna,

Talo.vera,

Fuentes d'Onot,

Badajoz (special), ..

Vittoria,

Pyrenees,

Niwlle,

Nive,

Orthes,

~I'(ml()llSP,

Most CI08PR on Med:y,

Officers.

30

112

9

10

12

10

1

11

10

10

15

12

12

(I

N.C.O.'s, &e.

358

1364

94

137

119

10

112

226

171

80

116

129

170

10

Extra_Regiment",! Clasps: are not inc'luded in the sUDllllary.


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friendlen!.

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pensions may be assigned in security therelor.

4. Instruction for men in some trade or craft on return to

civil Iile.

5. Facilities for those out of employment t,o keep up and in'pro y •

their proficiency in their particular trade.

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NEW YEAR F~}STIVITIES.

" I " and " K" Companies held their annual

dinner t,ogether on the 1st January. About

eighty, including guests, sat down at one p.m.

and did justice to a good dinner. Amongst

the guests present were Captain L. G.

Pringle and the late Mr. Rankin, an old

Cl'imean veteran. ImmediatelY' after the

dinner was finished the tables "were cleared

and n, "smoker" commenced - CoI.-Sergt.

Hauxwell presiding-which did not terminate

until H.30 p.m.; when all ranks retired happy

and cheery. During the "smoker" several

toasts were proposed and greatly appreciated,

which included" The King," " Our Officers,"

"Our Comra,des Abroad;" etc., etc. The

opportunity was also taken to wish Captain

Pringle H good-bye and God-speed," as he

was leaving early in the year to rejoin his

Battalion in India. All ranks of the Companies,

and also the guests, expressed their

appreciation of the day's festivities, and great,

credit is due to CoI.-Sergts. Hanxwell and

Shepherd, and to Sergt. Young and his

assistant cooks, for the admirable manner in

which the dinner and smoker were arranged

and carried out.

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62 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

BOXING COMPETITIONS AT THE

BARRACKS.

THE life of the soldier in Hamilton Barracks

is periodically enlivened by entertainments of

various kinds, and none certainly appeals to

him more than the boxing competitions. So

popular is this form of sport with the troops

that for the preliminary contests held on

Wednesday evening a list of sixty-one names

was handed in for the different events, and

on that evening( they were narrowed down so

as to allow of tlie semi-finals and finals being

concluded the following evening. Some excellent

rounds were witnessed in the initial

stages, when Capt. Sandilands and Capt.

Dodd of the Scottish Rifles officiated as

judges, and Col.-Sergt. Hauxwell as timekeeper.

On Thursday evening the refereee

was Lieut. Lilburn, H.L.L; timekeeper,

Capt. Knight, H.L.I.; and judges, Sergt.­

Major Turner, S.R., and Col.-Sergt. Fox,

S'.R. Some very exciting bouts took place, and

the following are the results of the various

competitions :-8 stone-1st, Pte. Robinson,

H.L.I.; 2nd, Pte. Colinton, H.L.L 10 stone

-1st, Pte. Drysdale, H.L.I.; 2nd, Pte.

Smith, H.L.J. 9 stone-1st, Pte. Harrison;

S.R.; 2nd, l'te. Pennycuick, H.L.I. 11 stone

4 Ibs.-1st, Pte. Currie, H.L.I.; 2nd. Pte.

Hughes, S.R. In addition to those, a specirJ

three-round contest took place between Sergt.

Grubb, H.L.I., and CorpI. Currie, H.L.L

which the Corporal won on points. Coy.­

Sergt.-Major Theede was the promoter of the

competitions, and also acted as M.C.­

"HamiUon Advertiser." 15th M.arch, 1913.

CRIMEAN VETERAN'S MILITARY

FUNERAL.

THE funeral of Mr. James Rankin, newsagent,

who was a Crimean and Indian Mutinv

veteran, and who died with dramatic 8uddell'­

ness last week, took place on Monday afternoon

to Hamilton Cemetery.

Notwithstanding the depressing weather,

the obsequies were attended bya large turn-out

of the general public, while in addition a

detachment of 200 soldiers was present from

Hamilton Barraoks, comprising mostly men

of the Highland Light Infantry, in which

Regiment lIT. Rankin served in early years.

The Officers present were :-Capt. Johnstone

Stewart, H.L.I., who was in command of all

ranks, including the firing party; Capt. and

Q.-M. Taylor, S.R., and Lieut. and Q.-M. Mill,

H.L.I.~ 8ergt.-Major Langrish, S.R.; Sergt.­

Major 8tewart, H.L.I.; and Sergt.-l\bjor

Turner, S.R., were also present. A short

service was conducted in the house in Quarry

Street by the Rev. G. W. Elliot, BrandoII

U.F. ChU'rch, after which the coffin, wrapped

in the Union Jack, was carried by eight

Colour-Sergeants':of the H.L.I. and placed in

the hearse. An open carriage, which

immediately followed the hearse, was literally

covered with floral tributes. The cortege

afterwards proceeded to Hamilton Cemetery

to the plaintive strains of "'rhe Flowers of

the Forest," and all along the route to the

cemetery the thoroughfares were lined with

sympathetic spectators. At the grave the

pall-bearers were agaill the eight Colour­

Sergeants of the H.L.I., and after a short

burial service, conducted by the Rev. G. W.

Elliot, three volleys were fired over the

grave, the pipers meanwhile playing" Lochaber

no more," finishing with the sounding of

"The Last Post."-Extmct from" Hamilton

Advertiser," 5th February, 1913.

BOXING.

DURING the voyage home in the " Dongola "

in December, on board were the King's Own

Regiment, our late companions at Lucknow,

and about fifty-eight time-expired men of the

H.L.I. Amongst the many games and amusements

on board was held a boxing tournament.

There were some three entries from

our detachment, but the only one worthy of

our Notes was a six-round contest between

Pte. ]VI Guire, H.L.I., and Pte. Wilson, King's

Own Regiment, both names well known in

our Lucknow tournaments. A great deal of

interest was taken in the fight, as there was a

certain amount of rivalry regimentally, and

also, as rumour had it, individually. The first

round was very even, neither of the men

taking much out of themselves. The second

round was more brisk, M'Guire getting the

better of it with some sound left-hand blows

on the face. The same happened in the third

round, and Wilson, becoming rather dazed,

was knocked out just before the end of the

round.


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

63

Promotions and Appointments.

RECRUITS ,JOINED SINOE L,I.ST ISSUE.

Privates 12048E. A. Robertson, 12049 J. V. M'Kenzie,

12050 D. G. Pennycook, 12051 R. Lindsay, 12052

J. F.Morris, 12053 R. Wheeler, 12054 J. Flannagan,

12055 P. Morran.

DISOHARGES.

10474 Corpl. A. E. Turner, at :=Setley, medically unfit,

4th March, 1913.

TR.~ NSFERRED TO ARMY RESERVE.

10580 Corpl. A. Rainey, 9281 Pte. D. Hunt, 10102 Pte.

A. Galloway.

POSTING AND TRANSFERS.

8945 Sergt. P. Daniel, posted to 2nd H.L.I., from

Depot, H.L.I., dated 1st March, 1913.

ARRIVALS (and Posted for Duty with the 3rd H.L.I.

Special Reserve Battalion).

8514 Pte. ,J. Mahoney, from 2nd H.L.I., on the 22nd

January, 1913.

11469 L.-Corp\. N. M'Evoy, from 2nd H.L.I., on the

5th }


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Advertisements

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Tell. Batts. 2 4: 3

Casual Sales I 3 1

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Editor-Postage & Stationery

Miscellaneous Payments ..

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There are no outstanding bills against the

" Chronicle."

The amount of £67 Is. 7 d. received from the

1st Battalion for quarterly sales includes sale

of number for October, 1911, but does not

include the sum of £17 10s. for sale of October,

1912, number, which was received after the

31st of December.

R. VV. H. ANDERSON,

Editor, ,I H.L.L Chronicle."

Dornoch, 8th Jan., 1913.

HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY

ASSOCIATION.

SATURDAY evening, 18th of January, witnessed

the first annual dinner and reunion of the

Glasgow branch since the re-constitution of .the

a bove Association.

About 50 members were present to do justice

to the excellent fare provided by Mr. VValker

at the Headquarters of the 5th Battalion

H.L.L, rooms being kindly lent by Colonel

Mouison, V.D., to whom the branch already

owes so much for giving the use of rooms

for the branch.

Toasts were confined to "The King," " The

Regiment," and " The Association." In proposing

"The Regiment," Colonel Morrison

alluded to the interest which he had always

taken in the history and fortunes of the

Regular Battalions of the H.L.L, and his

pride at being associated with them as an

officer of one of the Territorial Battalions.

He had noticed the relations between the

commissioned and other ranks, to which was

largely due the strong esprit-de-corps for

which the Regiment had always been so

remarkable.

Major Armstrong, in replying, alluded

to the same subject, and to the fellowship

between the two Regular Battalions, calling

attention tp the importance of the Association

in fostering and carrying on this spirit in afterlife

when men had left the colours. The large

number of Glasgow men in the Regiment

should make this branch a very large and

flourishing one, while the 2nd Battalion branch

already numbered some 600, most of whom

should in time transfer to Glasgow.

Captain Baird, president of the branch,

in proposing the toast of " The Association,"

gave details of the work of the branch, and

showed a successful record of good work

during the last nine months. He pointed out

how largely this was due to help and encouragement

from the Central Association, mentioning

at the same time their indebtedness to·


HIGHLAND LIGH'!' INFANTRY CHRONICLE. 6'6

the valuable and unremitting labours of the

branch secretary, Mr. M'Phail.

In reply, Major Browne mentioned that

in the past the Association had suffered from

want of a central organisation. This they

now had, backed by satisfactory and growing

funds; but their future success depended

on a large membership. It was no use for

men to wait and see if it was going to be a

success. As they were now situated, a large

membership was all that was needed to make

it the success it ought to be, and he looked

forward to the day when the Glasgow branch

would have a full muster-roll, and a headquarters

of their own, where they might have

not only an annual reunion but constant

companionship.

To Mr. Miller, 5th H.L.!., and party, the

gathering was indebted for an excellent programme

of music, song, and recitation,

while those members of the committee (notably

Messrs. Young, Taylor, M'Laren, MacPhail ,

and P. Anderson) whose labours contributed

80 much to the success of the evening thoroughly

earned the vote of thanks proposed

by Captain Johnston-Stewai:t.

1St Battalion News.

LUCKNOW NOTES.

Lucknow, 6th March, 1913.

DEAR MR. EDITOR,

Once again I am called upon to

write the Lucknow letter, and though the

notes given me are copious enough I find I

have little time left before the mail goo.s~ tOl

tackle them.

However, to make the best of it. We went,

into camp near Bara Banki for our Battalion:

training, and though we worked hard we had.

time to enjoy some shooting and a few cross-·

country rides, which all enjoyed. The camp'

was a shady mango grove, and the weather

all one could desire. On the 14th December

we marched back to Lucknow, over eighteen

miles, in capital time, and were only just back

in time to say" Good-bye" to our old friends

the 4th King's Own Regiment before they

left for Dover on the 17th. We wish them

the best of luck in their new station, and shall

welcome their other Battalion when they

arrive here to relieve us in the autumn.

On the 18th the Gymnastic Inspector for

the Northern Army paid us a visit and expressed

himself as highly pleased at all he·

saw. Much of this is due not only to the

Company Officers, but also to Lieut. Acklom,.

who has worked hard and well at this special

training.

On the 20th several of us took part in &.

Brigade Staff ride conduc~ed by Lieut.-General

Sir Bryan Mahon, which we all thoroughly

enjoyed in a country new to many of us,

and on our return we welcomed the K.O.8.B..

who railed back from the big manreuvres

between the 3rd and 7th Divisions. Companies

entertained corresponding Companies

of the K.O.S.B. to a sumptuous breakfast,.

and welcomed their several friends.

On the 23rd the news reached us of the·

bomb outrage at Delhi, and we were all

thankful RE. the Viceroy had had such a,


'66 HIGHLAND I.IGHT INFAN'l'RY CHRONICLE.

merciful escape from the hands of his would-be

assassins.

About this time Christmas leave saw

:several of us off in different directions­

'Captains Alston and Inglis to plunge deeply

in the Christmas festivities at Calcutta, from

which they returned full of the proverbial

good cheer and conversation!

Personally, I joined a tiger-shooting party

with our old and jovial friend Mr. Broun, the

Commissioner of Meerut, in the Sewaliks, and

had a glorious time in the heart of the jungle.

Though our bag was not a big one, we saw

any amount of game and the jungle at its

best. Three tigers were put up, and one got

by our host. Two sambhur and a chital

completed the total bag.

Just after Christmas we welcomed Captain

and Mrs. Pollok-Morris back from two years

at Quetta, where he had completed a course

at the Staff College. His return was all the

more welcome in that he fetched a good stud

of polo ponies with him!

The usual Proclamation Parade was held

on the 1st January, under General Wilson,

C.B., and the occasion was taken advantage

of to present Col.·Sergt. Papworth with his

well-earned Good Conduct Medal.

The annual Christmas Treat to the married

families was held on the 3rd January, and was

thoroughly enjoyed by all and held to be an

entire success. All the Officers and married

ladies of the Regiment attended, and in the

evening the Sergeants gave a capital dance.

On the 8th January the Regiment proceeded

by rail to Nimsat Artillery Practice Camp,

where some interesting experiments were

carried out. During these a faulty shell

pitched some 25 yards into the ground in the

rear of "H" Company, who began, in a

measure, to realise what shell fire might

mean and came out of that pretty quick!

We remained at Nimsar until the 14th

January, when we proceeded by route march

across country to Jalalpur, where our Brigade

was concentrating for brigade training under

General Wilson, C.B. In these days of

sedition and strife in India it was very pleasant

to find as one passed through out-of-the-way

villages that the elders came out and greeted

one with" May your guns be ever with you,"

or, more literally, "May you ever have the

upper hand."

At Jalalpur we were joined by the 36th

Sikhs, 74th Punjabis, and the 20th Field

Battery, R.F.A., and carried out brigade

training until the 20th, when reinforced by a

Cavalry Brigade under General Cookson,

C.B., and other details. We marched on

Sitapur as part of the pla,n of campa,ign for

inter-Brigade manamvres with the Fyzabad

Brigade under General Mellis, C.B., D.S.O.

Hard marching day and night was now

the order of things, and all ranks put their

hearts into it and did remarkably well under

often very trying circumstances~ To cut a

long story short, the manreuvres culminated

in a big battle in the neighbourhood of Misrikh,

and then the combined forces marched past

General Sir James Willcocks, Commanding

the Northern Army, in fours. He was pleased

to compliment the Regiment on their marching

and their clean, smart appearance after

nearly three weeks in the field without tents.

Next day we railed back to Lucknow in

cattle trucks, and were glad to find ourselves

in quarters again.

The opening days of February saw us in

the throes of the best Civil Service Cup week

(more like three weeks) I have ever known

-or, as one well-known visitor described

it, 18 days and one night!

The fun went fast and furious from start

to finish, and one and all thoroughly enjoyed

themselves.

The racing was the best possible, and

" Devon" for a second time placed the blue

rib and of Upper India racing to her credit,

though under different ownership. So good

was the three days' racing that it was

continued for yet another three days and found

full and ample support.

The polo provided excitement of the best,

and the ultimate success of the Welsh Fusilier

team-all the way from Quetta-was a popular

one, and they secured for the first time on

record the 15th Hussars' Challenge Cup for

an Infantry Regiment.

Dancing galore, including an excellently

well turned out fancy dress ball, led up to

the world-renowned Civil Service Ball, which,

if possible, was even better done this year

than ever.

The two days' Horse Show was again a

great success, and Captain Alston, the Hon.

Secretary, deserves all credit for the excellent

arrangements he made for everyone.

Colonel Ronaldson got a 2nd prize for

ladies' hacks with" Honesty," and his" Grey

Boy" secured a 3rd in the pony hunters.

Two seconds went to Captain AIston for his

" Venus" and "Rhona" in the countrybred

and light-weight polo pony (Englisp

and Colonial) classes respectively, and Captain


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE. 67

Inglis's "Old Joe" won a 1st in the lightweight

polo pony class for Arabs and countrybreds.

Right at the end of all things some of us

gave a dinner and dance at the Chutter Munzil

Club, when covers were laid for forty-six fair

ladies and gallant gentlemen.

" And bright the light shone o'er fair women

and brave men.

Forty-six hearts beat happily, and when

music arose with its voluptuous swell

Soft eyes looked love to eyes that spoke agai'n,

And all went merry as a marriage bell."

A charming lady acted as hostess for us all.

The Regimental String Band~described in

the "Pioneer" as the best band in Indiaplayed

during dinner, and afterwards a

charming dance programme, which was

thoroughly appreciated by alL In the early

hours of the morning, like all things else, it

came to an end, and with it the festivities of

the week, for on the morrow, amid the clanging

of the well-known old split rail and the yelling

of coolies, the last of our guests left Lucknow

for their several destinations.

Another Brigade Staff ride brought us back

to stern duty, and on the 17th the football

~eam, with Lieut. and Quarter-Master Stevens,

returned triumphant from Ambala with the

Bengal-Punjab Cup in their possession,

amid the cheers of their comrades.

All eyes were now turned on Agra, the spot

selected for the Highland Brigade Gathering

this vear, and on the 20th the advance detachments

began to move off, until by the 25th

nearly 300 of all ranks had collected there

to follow the fortunes of the Regiment.

Another and more able chronicler has

described the doings at the Games, and I will

not trespass more than to say no happier or

brighter spot than Agra, with the mighty

Taj Mahal on one side and the ancient and

historical Fort on the other surrounding the

perfectly laid out grounds, could have been

chosen for the Highland Gathering this year.

It was a huge success, and, though we did

not just win the cup, we made a whole-hearted

try to do so, which brought the greatest credit

to all those who had the honour of representing

the Regiment. Vires acquirit eundo. We

hope to do better still next year, and trust

our united efforts will be crowned with success.

We were all glad to have among our number

at Agra Captain J. Y. Allan, whose association

with his old Regiment is always a source of

pleasure to us all. Unfortunately Captain

Campbell-Swinton had got too embedded in

the foundations of New Delhi to be able to

extricate himself and attend!

We welcomed back to the Regiment on our

return Lieut. W. P. Stewart and his bride,

and are glad she has taken to horses and

riding like a duck to water.

Captain Cameron had a successful ten

days' shoot all by himself the other day, and

bagged two fine leopards and a good chital.

We are very grateful to Colonel A. G.

Balfour for his very handsome presentation

to the Mess of the Armv List of 1779, and to

Captain Milne Home for a copy of "Boutflower's

Journal of the Peninsular War."

We move by route march to Ambala next

autumn, and may expect to be taken for

manceuvres on the way. It will be interesting

marching back along the same road one

trudged along with the 2nd Battalion on its

long march from Peshawar to Fyzabad

twenty-three years ago, and in Ambala and

the Simla hills we shall come across memories

of the Battalion in the days when they were

quartered at Dagshai. We offer our heartiest

congratulations to Lieut.-Col. Wolfe·~1urray

on getting his command, and wish him every

happiness and success..

Since the last letter was written we have

lost Captain H. C. Stockwell, who has retired

to " police a village," and we wish him every

success in the new line of life he has taken up.

My letter is already too long, and the mail

going, so I must abruptly end, but not without

expressing the regret of all ranks that the

exigencies of the service have deprived the

Regiment of the service of Captain Moriarty,

who has had the best interest of the Regiment

at heart during the four years he has been

our doctor, and to whom we owe a debt of

gratitude for the excellent health all ranks

have enjoyed.

R. 'V. H. R.

HIGHLAND BRIGADE GATHERING,

1913.

THERE was little difficulty in selecting Agra

as the meeting place this year for our annual

Gathering, and I think everyone was agreed

that it would have been nearly impossible to

have found a more lovely and suitable spot

than the ground on which the games were

held. On three sides the slope made a natural

grand stand, and on the fourth we looked


6 HI 'f-ILAND LWElT

li tra igbt uO\m to t,he Iful't, while just t,o tIlE'

1'l l-{ht one could Hee t he whitc rlonll' of the

'raj appearing a huve the tl'eeH,

The Heafol'th s o're the h1'\lI1t u[ the:t i'rangemen

s t ltiH yea r, anu it is difYi eult t.o think

how t heir 'nrn1llg ments coulrl have been

improve d on, pal'Lic ul nrlv as they \\'o]'e

handicapped by t Il e ground being RUnt~ way

fr () III t,heir banaeks.

" b'resh blood" ha d been int.rod uc·ed into

t,lte (i-l1thering in the Rha)1e of t.he 1st .o\l'g,I· 11

:md ut,herianus, who h a vc taken t he place of

the _lid UUl'llons , no\\' in .I~ gY rt" and we

wondered \\·hct.lwl' they cl)lllu pllt anyone in

the field to in any way' l'oplaee BUl'gaJl ill the

111:int. nLL:eR.

We were de(ea t.erl by t-.]Ic m in the opening

In the pir)ha irea 'hds hoth Her


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DAY .

III tile qn:1rter-milc .'crg\".. ~\rHl'kie run a

\·Cl'.'" finc rucc rlll [ ~[[ i Lled u:; a very IIsc[ul

tlll'et' )Oil t . ~ ('J'im . 52 '1-5 sccollrk) J t,hink

I am right. in s;lving t,IUll llonc of the t,imillg!l

this YI:)Il:r were lIjl hI b~t vcal"" staudarde'l:ept

t,ire a hovc and pcrha.ps 1,.-Col11.

lnnes' (;e;l fOft)IH) (.\I'U miles-a bct which

1\', s, dOltht.less. due to the soft,nel>S of the grIJund

uIter t.hc heavy rain.

,- el'gt. Sut.llcrlaull again calllc \l'oll to Hlc

forc h.I' in the morning winning t.he ririH~

(mlll'ches) , and in the. ai'tel'lloou getti ng it

"cl'oud placc in but.1t the fling and ghillie

call 11 Ill. On t.he previuus l un d ('l,am.pion ll I1rl llorf;cly had to be

{'o n(el t wi th 2nd ;ll1U rd places.

Ou r reol (,-·a mR ( ~ rgt.-Bllgler Bell , P ipe­

" ra j, n' ~I' l nt yl' e, ,'ergt. utherland. nd P iper

~fi t, ,hell ; 2nd ( 1ffi, Pi1) r Whi te, L.-Cor pl.

'hisho]m, Pipe)" Robertllo n, and L.- 1 pI.

Cnl'tl,·lt ne) took 3rd plllce. 'I'hc belt " 'ate:]1

(,eaIll wer \ I , ani] W 11 de.l'rvetl (,heir Will.

'1'1 , > relay race was r UlI on dift'rent lin e,

tltiH ,'a\, "H llll ]'()u nd t.1l e truek, the clist al\ces

to he j'llvPI'ed hy t.lle i ' relay \l'e1'e 14

yards, 220 yards, ·I·it) YU l' ciA, :l20 )fanl , ·~40

yurds, illlcl 880 yards, filled by el'gt. ~Iackic ,

Pte. FIorsley, Sergt, Renclersoll, UCll·pl. '. cevity ,

Flergt. Shin\" and L.-CorpJ. BHl'l'On rcspcr:t.ivel '.

BaTl'on started on t.he IU{; I; journcy with H

lel1 c1 or a bout, 30 yards. .i\1orrtn of t,hc Blite"

Wat,ch looked like eatchilli-l' him for a shor(.

t.im e, but, ruJ1ning a well-judged race HalTOll

LA.,"OE-CORPORA L DOCO LAS TossIng t he Cab,'r.

came in with ahou(, af; rnlleh t·o "pare a~ ",'Iull',

he Rtal'ted with.

011 the conelllsillll or t he .~;l IlW : ' 1,;, t y -;rci1.g h

dist ..-ihuted the pri7.p t-., and L,tdy Wille(j c.:k ~,

in the ah enec of Hi!' . a mcs \Yillcoekll, who

had heen suddenly l':lllCld to tlw FJ'llnt.i r on

dllt.y. presented' tlIC C:llllcr(Jns lI'it,h t,J](~

Charnpio n!!hil' ' 11 p.

The COITImandt;l'-in-Chief lli:lrle a short·

speeell, in whie]1 ht; (:()ni! ratllla1ell the li ,~!lJ d e


70 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

on the success of their Gathering. " I would

like to tell you all," he went on to say, " how

extremely glad I am to meet the Highland

Regiments here. Such meetings encourage

the highest of all tactics, which is, after all,

just camaraderie. Unfortunately in India we

are all so scattered that we have no chance of

knowing each other, but on these occasion"

we have the chance of meeting and of retaining

that good fellowship which has been shown

with what I can only describe as such gentlemanliness

on this occasion."

'rurning to the less serious side of the gathering,

the Commander-in-Chief was the guest

of the evening at a dinner given by the Seaforth

Highlanders to the remainder of the

Brigade on the 26th. About 60 of us sat

down to dinner, and later adjourned to the

ball given by the Sergeants of the Highland

Brigade. This was a brilliant function, and

dancing continued unabated till the early

hours of the morniI!g. Our five Pipe-Majors

led the procession formed on the arrival of

the Commander-in-Chief, who, after heing

introduced to the Sergt.-Majors, took part in

a State Lancers.

The Tattoo on the evening of the 27th I

must leave perforce to abler hands for description,

and cannot do better than quote verbatim

the" Pioneer's" correspondent :­

" The event of the week which will certainly

cling longest to the memory of those who

attended was the Highland Brigade Tattoo in

Agra Fort on Thursday night. The visitors

were present in crowds, and were literally

packed on the battlements above the incline

leading from the Umar Singh Gate. After

evening gunfire, first post was sounded by

buglers of the Highland Light Infantry placed

above the gateway leading from J ehangir's

Court to the Dewan-i-am, followed by last

post sounded in the distance by others posted

near the Pearl :l\1osque. The effects of light

and distance were most beautifully used to

bring out the feeling of the calls. Then the

pipers and drums of each Highland Regiment

in turn, marshalled by torch-bearers and

playing their Regiment.al tunes, marched on

to the Square. When they had all assembled

they went through various evolutions, and,

in the gleam of differently coloured fires,

reels and sword dances were danced on the

green grass with a spirit that made the scene

wonderfully fascinating. The bands played

in the pauses, and the tattoo ended with the

march-off of the pipers, and the playing of

the plaintive good-night tune 'Soldier, lie

down on a wee pickle straw' by two pipers

quietly receding to the distance, the strains of

their pipes gradually dying away.

" After the tattoo the officers of the Seaforth

Highlanders were 'at home' in the

Dewan-i-Khas, and India, with all its surprises,

could hardly conjure up a lovelier scene.

The buildings forming the Square were picked

off with continuous rows of lights, and the

fountain and the little cascades of running

water which seem to have been the delight

of the old Moghul Emperors were illuminated

by softly coloured lamps. The guests

wandered among the exquisite buildings

forming the Jasmine '1'ower and its surroundings

in a veritable dream of beauty."

On the 28th of February and 1st ~larch the

Highland Brigade played the United Provinces

at cricket. Though defeated, we were not

disgraced.

I cannot close without according a word of

thanks to our band. :Mr. Stocky, as senior

bandmaster, had a lot of work to do, and the

pedormances of the massed bands at the

games and tattoo were much appreciated.

Our band, in addition, played at the Officers'

Mess on the night of the Bligade dinner, and

later at the cricket match.

'l'his year the Camerons brought their

pipe band from Bangalore, and it was a finer

sight even than in previous years when the

massed pipe bands played each afternoon. of

the games. One seldom has the opportumt,y

of seeing close on a hundred pipers, representative

of five Regiments, massed in one band.

Pipe-Major M'Intyre is to be congratulated

on getting a second place in the "Middle

Music" Competition.

I am adding a full list of all the results of

the games, as I think it may prove of interest,

and we all hope that next year we shall go

one better and win the Championship Cup

which General Sir James Willcocks has again

kindly offered to present.

HIGHLAND BRIGADE GATHERING.

AGM, 1913.

CROSS-COUNTRY RUN.-l, Cameron Highlanders

(L.Cpl. Innes, Seafol'th Highlanders), 28! mins.:

2, H.L.I. (Pte. Mo1'an, Blaek Watch); 3, Black Watch

(L-CpJ. Barron, H.L.L).

PIOBAIREACHDS.-l, Piper Johnstone (Oameron

Highlanders); 2, Piper Johnstone (Black Watch).

3, Sergt. Proudfoot (Black Watch).

BROAD I.EAP.-I, Pte. Huggan (Cameron High.

landers), 18 ft. 8~ in.; 2, Sergt. Mackic (H.I..I.),

18 ft. 61 in.; 3, Pte. Campbell (Cameron Highlanders).

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HIGH LEAP.-l, Pte. Gallacher (Seaforth High.

landers);5 ft. 2~ in. ;2, Sergt. Fl.'aser (Came;ron High.

landers); 3, Henderson (Black \Vatch), FerguBon

(Cameron Highlanders), Darling (Seaforth Highlanders),

and Maitland (Ca,meton Highlanders).

THBOWIXG THE HA:IDiER.-l, Pte. M'Vean (Seaforth

Highlanders). 96 ft. 4 in.; 2. L .. Cpl. Steele (Cameron

Highlanders), 94ft.101 in, ; 3, L,.Cpl. Douglas (H.L.I.),

92 ft. 41 ,~n.

220 YARDS fii";~;.-·'

23 4·5 secs.; 2,

Horsley (H.L.I.).

Pte. Robertson (Black Watch),

Neill (A. & S. H.); 3, Pte.

DAXCINfl SHEA'!'f TRUIBRS,--I, L.•Sgt. Sutherland

(H.L.I.); 2, C.•Sgt. Proudfoot (Black Watch); 3,

Pte. Blythe (Cameron Highlanders) .

Two ~hE.E RAOE,-l, I,.•Cp!. rnnes (Seaforth High.

landers), 10 mins. 6 secs. ; 2, Pte. Moran (Black Watch) ;

3, L .. cpi: Barron (H.L.I.).

PIPING MARCHEs,-l, L .. Sgt, Sutherland (H,L.I.);

2. L .. CpJ. Steele (Cameron Highlanders); 3, Piper

Gillan (Ca.rneron Highlanders).

PUTTING THE SHOT _.], L .. CpJ. 'Steele (Cameron

Highlanders), 39 ft. 11 i in.; 2, Pte. Hutton (Black

Watch), 3i ft. 9~ in,; 3, Pte. Campbell (Black Watch),

34 ft. lOl in. '

DANciRIoTlIE FLING.-l, L.•Cpl. Stoddart (A. & S.H.);

2, L..Sgt.· Sutherland (H.L.L);, 3, Pte. Quinn (Black

Watch). "

Hop, STET, &

Highlandel's), 41 ft. 8 in, ;

landers). 40 ft. 6~ ill.; 3,

39 ft. II in.

Pte.•Hugga.n (Cameron

Pte. Bain (Seaforth High·

M!tntle (A. & S.H.),

QUARTER MILE RACE.--l. Sgt. Mackie (H.L.I.),

52 4./i secs,; 2. Pte., Robertaon (Black Watch); 3.

Pte. Rooke tBlack Wat,ch).

DANCING GHILLIE C.H.LUM.-l. C .. Sgt. Proudfoot

(Black Watch); 2, I •.. Sgt. Sutherland \ (H.L.I.); 3

Pte. Blythe (Cameron' Highlanders).

ONE MILE RACE.-l. I,..Cp!. Innes (Seaforth High.

landers). 4 \nins. 39 3·5 secs. ; .2. Pte. Moran (Black

Watch); 3, L .. Cp!. Barron (H.L.I.).

PrPIN'a STR.1TJ{SPEY & REEL ....:·l. L .. Opl. Steele

(Camcron Highlanders); 2. L .. Sgt. Sutherland (H.L.I.);

3, L.-Cpl. M'Leod (Black Wateh).

HURDJi.E R.WE (120 Yardil).-·I. Sgt. 'Mackic (H.L.L),

18 sccs.: 2. Pte. Kanc (H.L.I.); 3, Pt.c. Gallacher

(~eaforth Highlanders). .

- TOSSSNG THE CABEJl;.-·I, L .. Cpl. Douglas lH.L.L);

2. L.-Cpl. Steel.e (Cameron Highlanders).; 3, Pte.

Haddon (Black Wat.ch).

PIPING MmDLE MUSIC.-l,Pipe.'Major .Mathieson

( Seafort;h Highlanders); 2, Pipe.Major M'Intyrc

(H.L.L}'; 3, Pipe.Major Keith (Black Watch).

100 YARDS RACE.-I, Pte. Robertson (Black Watch),

10 2·5 ·8ecs,; 2, Pte. Champion (H.L.I.); 3, Pte.

Horsley'(H.L.I.). . ",' .

POL%VAULT.~:I,. L,.Cpl;. Campbell (Seaforth H~gh.

landersj,' 9· ft. 3 m.; 2, Sgt. Ftaser (Cameron High.

landers); 3, Pt.c. Cameron (Cameron l;Iiglrlanders).

HALF· MILE RACE·.-1,4·CpI: Inucs:(Sea:f.orth High.

landeril'tl' ,. milis. 3, 3~5' secs..; 2. Pte. ~~ran (Black

Wat.ch},,;,:}, L .. C\t>I.Kirkpatriek (§~rth Highlanders),

DANCING (Re'Wmental Reel;: 'JIeams).F-I, Black

Watch'S 2, SeaforthH,ighlail


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ALLAHABAD WUTER RACES.

5th December, 1912.

The Oommis8ioner's Oup.-A cup value Rs. 250,

(presented by the Hon. Mr. Brownrigg, I.C.S.), plus

Ra. 200 to the winner, Ra. 100 to the seeond, and

Ra. 50 to the third. A handicap for Arab ponies 14.2

&nd under th&t have never won a flat race value Rs.

000 or over. Five furlongs.

Capt. Inglis's Old Joe, 10 st. 10 lb. (Mr. L. Wilson)

Mr. J. Gough's Nelson, 10 st. (Owner) .. 2

Capt. Fell's Selim, 12 st. 41bs. (Mr. A. Wilson) . . 3

Col. Obaidullah Khan's Lucknow, 10 st. 5 Iba.

(Mr. O. Gough).. . . .. .. .. 4

Also ran-Asker. 11 st. 6lbs. ; Reprieve, 10 st. 5lbs. ;

Shihab, 9 st. 7 Ibs:

Betting-Bix to four on Selim; three to one a


74 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

tested their goalkeeper.' He saved, and, the ball going

to the right, Lawrie drove in, but the upright was in

the way and the ball went past. The Dragoons appeared'to

be very fresh and quick on the hall, and had a

couple of visits to our goal, but the hacks were safe.

After about ten minutes' play decidedly in our favour

the wind grew very strong, and developed into little

less than a gale, causing our eleven to fall back and play

a. defensive game. Consequently we had an anxious

time of it, although, strange to say, Baddeley got

nothing to do; but danger always threatened, as any

high ball kicked by our defence would come further

towards our goal than where the kicker was who had

tried to clear. For fully 20 minutes we had to contend

against the elements, which never abated, and the

K~g's Dragoons, being a local regiment, were getting

h~ge support, so we had great odds against us, and were

hIghly pleased at hearing the half-time whistle sounding

aD;d wit~ a clear sheet; but luck was against us, as

ram (whwh had been threatening all day) came down

at the interval owing to the wind dropping, and in

5 more minutes the ground was unplayahle, being like

a lake; so the game was abandoned until the following

Monday. .

On Monday the teams started before all Ambala

!judging by the crowd), and both elevens went at it

m a cup.tie fashion, the Highlanders doing the bulk of

the pressing, although the Dragoons on occasions

had some smart runs up the field, causing danger to

our goal by some neat dribhling by the inside right

and centre forward. Welfare and Marshall had a

couple of good tries, but were foiled by the goalkeeper,

who also had to watch Lawrie each time he shot,

as he sent in some awkward crosses to the goal.mouth,

causing the defence al of anxiety. The game

continued in a din ruggle, both goals being

tested severely; but half·tinle arrived with the score·

sheet blank-a true result on play.

Both elevens went hard at it in the second half

in their efforts to gain pos~ession of the trophy, and a

hard and interesting game was witnessed, the High.

landers on occasion giving the Dragoons' defence

a lot of work to do, Welfare shooting in great form ;

but the goalkeeper was all there. The Dragoons had

a break·away, from which Baddeley got a hot shot to

hold, which he cleared in strong style. Then again

he had to throw himself at a ball with two of the

Dragoons' forwaros tackling, and by a clever and daring

piece of saving he got the ball away, Gallacher sending

on to Lawrie, who passed across to Young, but the

Dragoons cleared with a huge punt. The game until

full· time waR greatly in favour of the Highlanders,

but they could not find the net, and time was called

with no goals as the result.

Ten minutes' extra play each way was the verdict,

and the teams did not spare themselves. Lawrie

came inside, and, Hogg going on the extreme right,

they at once took up the attack from the kick-off,

a.nd Marshall. gaining possession, passed out to Young,

who allowed the ball to go out. From the throw-in

Brooks sent a hard ball down the field, which Lawrie

followed up. and the right back could not get it away

before Lawrie pounced on, and in spite of the efforts

of the two hacks to dislodge him he went on aud cutely

put the ball into the net, giving the Highlanders the

. lead, which they fully merited on play. From the

centre once more the cavalry goal was placerl in danger

by Hogg dropping a nice baJI in front of goaL Young,

jumping, got it with his head, but sent it a trifle over

the bar. with the custodian quite out of reach. From

this time until the finish the lead was always safe,

the Dragoons never getting :past Higgins and Collins,

our backs, and time was called with the' HighlanderS'

as cupholders of the Punjab.Bengal Football Cup.

HIGHLAND BRIGADE FOOTBALL CUP.

Fresh from the above, the team travelled to Agra.

to take part in the contest for the Highland Brigade­

Football Cup, which they won in 1911, and were runnersup

in 1912. There were four teams entered, as follows,:,

-The Black Watch, Seaforth Highlanders, Argyn

and Sutherland Highlanders, and ourselves. The

Camerons did not send their football team.

We were drawn to meet the 9ist in the 1st round,

and of course they were an unknown quantity, coming

recentlv to India from Malta.

The "teams lined up on 8atmday, 22nd February~

at 8 a,m., before a large crowd of spectators.

Losing the toss, Welfare kicked off, and at onceexcitement

reigned for about ten minutes. Botfr

teams gave a poor display, kicking at random. However,

after a bit they both settled down, and some good

play was witnessed. The 71st appeared to be the better'

eleven, as they gave the goalkeepeJ) of the 918t a lot

of work to do, which he did ill no mean fashion. On

two occasions he saved hard shots from Welfare which

were value goals, Half-tinle came with no score.

The second half opened with a glaring sun beating

down, and the players played a. hard game notwith·

standing. This half was fairly even, both defences,

having a lot of work to do. Brooks had a long hard

shot which was cleverly saved, and Gallacher also sent

in a good ball. The left wing of the 91st had a good

cQmbined run down, and in attempting to clear Higgins

had the misfortune to handle the ball in the dreaded

penalty area, the sphere coming off his knee and striking

his hand. From the 12 yards kick Baddeley brought

off a grand save, and punted the ball down the field

amid tremendous applause, The 71st after such a.

fight took up the attack, and kept the Argylls defending

stubbornly. At last they had to yield, and Gallacher,

putting the ball to Lawrie, ran to within ten yards

of the goal and scored with a cross shot which rested

in the far corner of the net. Still attacking, the H.L.L

looked likely to increase their lead, but the 918t held,

them at bay and took the ball down the field, where

once again the referee awarded a penalty against

Brooks for handling. The same player as before took

the kick, and tried the other side of the net, and only

succeeded in netting atter Baddeley had saved, the

ball rebounding to the kicker. With the score one all,

full.tinle was called Boon after, and extra time of Hl

minutes each way, corner kicks to count if no deciding

goal, was the rule.

On resumption the H.L.!. got down, and Hogg sent

in a high hard shot, which the goalkeeper did well to

put over the bar; giving US a corner of the lead. It

was a hard struggle, and the 91st also gained a corner

before half· time. In the second half once again WEt

led by a corner, gained by Glll1acher, but lost it again,

as Baddeley had to put a ball over the goal line for

safety. The game looked as if it would finish all even.

when Collins had the misfortune to miss a cross shot"

and the Argylls' centre pounced on and beat Baddeley

from 4 yards' range, and thus after a hard game the'

Argylls won the tie by 2 goals to 1.

'Ve have the consolation of knowing that they won'

the cup, beating the Seaforths in the final by a goals

to 1, after extra time.

Our team on each occasion was generally the fellowinv

:-Baddeley; Higgins and Collins; Gallacher,

B~ooks, and Patterson; Lawrie and Hogg, Welfare~

Marshal!, and Young.


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CRRONICLE.

MURRAY cUP, 1913.

On Monday, 3rd }larch, we played the K.O.S.B.'s

'in the 2nd ronnd of the Munay Cup. There was a 'huge

.attendance at the game. C.•Sergt. Lawrie losing the

toss,Lieut. Henderson kicked oH for us with a pass

;to Hogg, who played it out to Lawrie, and at once

;the Borderers' goal was in danger, the goalkeeper

having to look sharp to clear his lines. Give·and·take

play now was seen, with both teams going hard at it.

Baddeley was called upon to save a good shot, and he


76 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

CORPORAl,S' MESS XOTES.

WE have to number amongst the "dear

departed" this quar,ter M'}Uenemy, Porter,

and M'Millan, but are glad to welcome back

to the fold Geordie GOUIlay from home.

On Hogmanay the KO.S,B.'s invited us

to a smoker, which was very enjoyable, but

time does not 'permit of a detailed de8cription

of the festivities, which were great, and

resulted in " mony a sair heid " next morning.

On 18th February our Corporals played

the KO.S.B. Corporals a game of football,

which resulted in a draw-no scoring-and

were afterwards entertained to tea. Our

team was as follows :-Thomson, Smith and

Wilson, Ca,mpbell, Stallaw, Mears, Rattray,

Lorrimer, Scevity, Brodie, and Hume.

Congratulations to L.-CorpL (Sergt.) Sutherland

on his splendid performances at tIle

"Gathering." He has again won the prize

for beRt piper and dancer in the games.

H. S.

COMPANY NOTES.

"A" COMPAi~Y.

I, THE writer of .these notes, do so with quakes and

fears, in case I do not come up to the usual standard

of our last Company scribe, "Velocity," who finds that

his scholastic duties do not permit of him following the

doings of the Company. Since the last quarter's

issue we have had a busy time, and many variations.

As usual in the cold we had plenty of

manceuvres and camp

once again for

Battalion training the of Bara Banki. At our

New Year's dinner we the face of one who had

won the esteem of all ranks during his short period as

Company Commander. I refer to Captain Halswell,

who has gone home for a tour of duty in the Depot.

If he peruses these notes-and we expect he will-we

of letter " A" send him our best wishes in his new

sphere. In the first week of 1913 we packed up again,

and this time took part in brigade and inter-brigade

training. and were absent from Lueknow for about

twenty days, our hardest marching being in the vicinity

of Sitapur. All ranks deserve great credit for the

way in which everything was done, considering that

we had a greatcoat to carry on our shoulders at all

times. Our last drafters did look a bit f..d-up at

times. However, they stuck it to a man, and now

they are getting their reward. as at the time of writing

they are all under orders to proceed to Landour, and

we hope to welcome them back with red cheeks previous

to our move to Ambala.

Sincelast notes we have said" Good-by"e:" to a few well

kent faces in the Company, who have gone to try their

luck in civil life, and they have our wishes for a pros·

perous future. New corners to the Company are Lance·

Sergeant M'Menemy, Corporals Randall and Sim. also

Lance.Sergeant Graham. They will all prove an

acquisition.

Our Regimental football feam are due our congratulations

on winning the Punjab.Bengal Cup, the

following members of " A" Company being chosen to

go :-Sergt. Milne, L .. Corporals Baddeley and BaIT,

Privates Young and Higgins. In the Highland Gathering

at Agra L ..Corpl. BaITon ran very well, and was

by no means disgraced in running third on three

occasions to L.·Corpl. Innes (Seaforths) and Pte.

l\>Ioran (Black Watch) in the five, two, and one mile

races.

Poor old "Geordie," although a Cret'ln veteran,

proved to us the other morning that his sojourn in

this land of milk and honey has not been lengthy

enough to allow him to combat against that beautifu

bird of plumage known in India as the" kite hawk,

and he had to mourn the lOBS of a nice plate of ham,

eggs, and khaki steak. which was by one of

the tribe. I can assure you " 01 did get a

surprise, some of the younger hands telling him he

had been too long in .. Blighty." For all that he pulled

his third all teek. What does old" Peter" in Mullingarr

think of that

We made a start in the Hockey League the othernight,

and gained two points at the expense of "G"

Company by two goals to nil.

Thomas Arthur, our Dorando, is off to Cawnpore

and Fyzabad just now trying to collect a few" dibs,"

or " rivets," as old Tag Hastie terms them. By the

way. our" Lad from Kangaroo Land" is off to Landour

this year, so he will not give any exhibitions of how to

hold up the midnight mail this summer.

W'e are going to make a determined effort to once

again secure possession of the "Allan Cup" (cross.

country), of which we are holders for 1912, but we

know of a Col·Sergt. who thinks differently, and also.

" Archibald."

Should we offer consolation to Corpl. I,awson. or is

it adding fuel to the fire to say we are all sorry he

was deprived of his well·earned six months' holiday

to the United Kingdom

Lucknow Brigade appear to have been odd Brigade

out this time. Our one and only Fred is preparing for

next trooping season, when he says farewell to the

Company rifle chests, where, Dame Rumour says, he

has his chips stowed away for a rainy day. How

many, now. Fred, eh Could" C{)dger" tell us if she

could speak

Before concluding these lines we must compliment

" Blob." our chief dyer. for the excellent work he has.

done in the past on our foothall rig.out. He says he

is open to challenge any other person at dyeing-socks

and handkerchiefs not excluded. Sergeants" Tim ,.

and" Plum" can back him up as regards the latter.

INCOGNITO.

" B" COMPANY.

Tms our training quarter is not productive of muoh

amusement in the way of Company sport, and t,herc is

little to chronicle without encroaching on what someone

else may claim as his copyright; 80 kindly hold,

therefore, as read thosc portions of other things

relative to H B," and I think you will concllld(' that

we are still very much alive.

We are well catered for, however, in the near future,

being on the eve of another fight for the Murray Cup,

and the following week the Divisional Assault·at-Arms

takes place.

We extend a hearty welcome to our new Commander,

Captain Cameron, on promotion.

Some wit has said "there's no pleasure withoub

pain," and we realise it, for no sooner had we got OU1~

desire in a Captain than we lost 0l11'--- (help your.

selves to degrees of comparison; mine's superlative)


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHUONICLE.

77

Sergeant--/3ergt. Lawrie--on promotion t{) "Flag"

rank in" F." We wish him luck, and cnvy "F."

Welcome, Pinkhard! Another acquisition that will

help to lessen our losses. Boys, put your" B'a " OIl

" B " for the cricket cup. Dead snip!

.


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFAN~RY CJIi.ItQNJCJi.E.

joined, several of them, comiHg with "football reputations."

.

T'!le" Hill,Parties "are now being prepared, and leave

at the end of the month. Willie Mitehell mast be going

to break his record, as he fa.iled to·volunteer. What he

does not know about Kailana and Manora is not worth

knowillg.

" Scottie " is now looking for" Allan Cup Runners "

to go in tra.ining, 80, if we do not regain possession,

we at least will have a good'try.

Immediately after Inter.Divisional Manreuvres we

did three weeks Field Training, and are now commencing

Musketry.

I will conclude by relating the following yarn I heard

on Company Staff Patade recently :­

Time-l0 p.m. Place-Battalion Staff Parade.

B.O. Sergt. to Company Orderly Sergts.-" Warn

the casuals of your Companiea firing Musketry to take

their belts and side-arms to the range to-morrow for

the "Bobbing Johnny" practice."

One Orderly Sergt. (he was not on the " tack "l­

.. Are they to take their rifles too "

W.G.N.

" H" COMPANY.

ON taking up my pen, my first duty to ex " H " Com·

pany men is to apologise for the non-appeara.nce of

notes in the last quarter's issue. We may be allowed

a little excuse when we state that we were in the midst

of Battalion Training at the "button famed " place

of 2nd Battalion repute (Bara Banki) when our Sub.

Editor issued his usual quarterly ultimatum-" Com·

pany Notes wanted by Wednesday." Of course I

(the present scribe) do not take the blame on my own

shoulders for this, my first, attempt at Company Notes,

and I hope they will be received with kindly criticism.

To commence our quarterly news we could find no

better subject to write of than our annual Ne Year's

Dinner. As usual" H" Company lived up to their

past reputation of providing good fare for their members.

We heartily welcomed our Captain and his Subaltern.

Our Company Com,mander m!l.de mention in his speech

of the good work which "1I" had accomplished as

regards sporting events during 1912, and h~ed that

we would maintain our prestige in the year 1913.

While on the subject of sport, we regret the loss of

Corp!' M'Menemy, who, on promotion to L.-Sergt.,

. has gone to " A" Company. We were fortunate in

securing Corp!. Gray from" I " Company and L.-Sergt.

Wolstencroft from" D " Company.

On the 8th of January we packed up for Camp,

returning to Lucknow on the 24th. During the dates

mentioned we became very familiar with the various

landm!l.rks in the vicinity of Bargadeak, Jalalpur,

Sitapur, and the surrounding neighbourhood, and had a

lot of strenuous m!l.rching, doing it ali in marching order;

and, to the Company's credit, we had no casualties.

The month of February saw us in the throes of excitement

wondering who should be selected to represent

the Battalion at the Highland Gathering at Agra. The

men of "H " who assisted at the Gathering are worthy

of mention, as follows :-Corpl. Atkins, L.-Corp!'

Durkin, L.-Corpl. Hullock, Pte. O'Neil, and Pte.

}['Kenzie, these being members of very much improved

tug-of-war team~. Corp\. Gray and L .•Corpl. Phillips

were our representatives in the athletic line. LlIJ!t,

but not least, our Colour. Sergeant had the honour of

being on the committee, and proved very energetic

and able in the fulfilment of his duties.

At an All-India ambulance competition held in Lucknow,

open to all British and native regiments, Sergt.

Newbery was selected as leader of the RegimentaJ

stretcher team. a;n.d it was no fault of his they did Bot

get placed, considering the time allowed him to make

his team efficient. We congratulate him on the show

they made.

CALEDONIA.

" I" COMPANY.

IN closing last quarter it was stated we were preparing

for Inter.Brigade Training, which has come along at

last, and not 80 arduous as expected; but several

experienoed a new sensation-that of live shells flying

over them. On one occasion they got a bit of a fright

as one burst about 50 yards in front of the Company;

and 80 many hair-breadth escapes were Delated on re·

turn to Camp that, had the Artillery Commander heard

them, I am afraid we would have had a few more

prematures a couple of days later in order that some·

thing of real negligence may have been said of his

gunners. Did Donnachie say " Stop shaking out that

Nimsar dust in here"

The New Year rolls in at last-with it a good time to

all. The dinner proved a great success, as was seen

by the appreciation shown by visitors, amongst whom

were a good few of the K.O.S.B.'s, ",ho have just come

to the station.

Whose kit-boxes contained the hams, ete., after the

above-named dinner

Another lot for transfer to the Army Reserve since

last issue-Paddy HaI'Vey (who has evidently been

doing the" halls," according to the number of pro·

grammes he has Bent out), Fag-End, White (Band),

Andrew Stupart, and Snake Murray. Kirkpatnck

has also left, havillg been taken in at the last 1s.p,

and we hope they are all having every succcss as civies.

Whyte, our chiropodist, is expecting to get away by the

last trooper, but is still an uncertainty.

There have been several changes in the establishment

of the Company lately, L.-Corpls. Gray, Smith, and

Pinkhard having been promoted Corporals and gone to

new Companies, whilst Littlejohn on his promotion

remains. In p1s.ce of L.-Sergt. Duncan (promoted)

we got L.-Sergt. Levitt, who, along with Dicky BOlld,

intended to dodge an Indian summer, but the fates

were agaiRst them, their furlough passages being cancelled

at the last moment.

The Company is wen represented (Hudd, Oeake,

and Edwards) in the boxing t€-am which has just proceeded

to Calcutta to compete for the Dewar Shield .

Dixie is tackling a new class-the fly weight


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHHONICLE.

79

Who got "broke" in Lucknow and went to Agm

to get them own back

CANTA.

,"K" COMPANY.

BATTALION Training at Kasauli occupied our attention

:from 8th to 16th December.

We returned to Barracks just in time to prepare for

the New Year festivities. The Company Dinnerthanks

to an energetic and hard-working committeewas

a great success. On Hogmanay Night'the minister

had his usual Watch-night Service. The service was

preceded by a camp fire ooncert. At this entertainment

Paddy Bowman distinguished himself as a stoker.

His swinging of pieces of firewood (isca 1IU1.fik Indian

clubs) added greatly to the programme.

New Year was hardly over ere we took the road

,again, only this time our Company was split up among

the remaining Companies of the Left Half Battalion.

Leaving here on the 7th, we went by rail to Nimsar,

nearSitapur. From there we moved into camp at

Bargadeak. From the 8th to the 11th we carl'ied out

.field firing practices. The 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th

were spent in Brigade Training. All sorts of rumours

were afloat regarding the length of the march to be

-eal'l'icd out on the 20th. Some even stated that 30

miles was the most likely distance. We are thankful,

however, that these rumours were just a little farfetched,

and the aotual march was 191 miles. Next

day, the 21st, we marched six miles, and, coming into

touch with the enC1LY, we attempted to drive them out

·of a village of which they had taken possession. We

were not successful. That night we bivouacked at

Muholee. Our rest there, however, was not of long

~uration, and we were up and away at 10 p.m. March.

ing all night, we got to Qootubnugger early next

morning, Another engagement followed, and tha,t

night we were allowed to sleep peacefully. Next day,

the 23rd, we retired iu the direction of Misrikh, and after

taking part in a counter attack the "Stand fast"

'BOunded, and we marched the remaining few miles to

Camp near the railway station. The 24th saw us back

in Lucknow--as usual about two hours after we should

have got there. We were all very pleased to get back

to barracks and "K." Compa,ny. Old Joe is an

exception to my sentence. Camp was a small gold

mine to him, so I do not think he was pleased to get

ba.ck.

Musketry was the next item on our programme,

and in thi~ the Company did very well, having 13

marksmen, 50 first-class shots, 25 seconds, and no

thirds, with an average of 113.01. The average is

lower than last year, but this is due to the H.P.S.

being reduced from 200 to 185. Chadney and Lieut.

And6rson led the Company with 146. No. 3 retained

their poflition of best shooting section.

Talking of Musketry, we must again offer congratulations

,to Lieut. Anderson on obtaining two "D's"

at Pachmari-one in Mnsketry and one in Machine

Gun.

The Company had not many representatives as competitors

at the Highland Gathering; but numbers were

discounted by the excellent display of Sergt. Sutherland,

who won the cups for best piper and best dancer for

the second year in succession. Godsman would also

have been dancing, but an unfortunat~ accident forced

him to go into hospital.

During the past quarter we have had the usual

changes in the Company's establishment. Q.M.·S.

Murray, after 18 years' service in "K" Company,

has gone to the Special Reserve as Sergt.-Major. We

.congratulate him on .his promotion, and wish him the

best of luck in his new appointment. Donald Hunt

has also gone to join the Army Reserve. Ruthven,

another good soldier, has also left_ If the good wishes

of their' late comrades count for anything, they will

have a successful career in civil life.

Sergts. Buehan and M'Millan have joined the Company

on promotion. We have also to welcome the

members of the last two drafts from England.

J. R. K.

ORDERLY.ROOM NOTES.

PROMOTIONS AND ApPOINTMENTS.

4336 Q.M.-S, R. Murray, promoted Sergeant.Ma,jor,

9th November, 1912, and postd to 4th

Battalion.

6960 CoI.·Sergt. J. Breslin promoteJ. QU1'~srma8ter­

Sergeant, 9th November, 1912.

1121 Sergt. H. Lawrie, promoted Colour.Sergeant,

9th November, 1912 .

967i L .. Sergt. A. Duncan, promoted Sergeant, 13th

November, 1912.

8542 L.·Sergt. E. Eves, promoted Sergeant, 12th

December, 1912.

9129 L .. SeBgt. D. Wolstencroft, promoted Sergeant,

12th December, 1912.

10079 J, .. Sergt. (Unpaid) A. Levett, appointed Paid

Lance·Sergeant, 13th November, 1912.

7938 L.-Sergt. (Unpaid). W. Graham, appointed

Paid Lance.Sergeant, 12th December, 1912.

9851 L.·Sergt. (Unpaid) G. Henderson, appointed

Paid Lance-Sergeant, 12th December, 1912.

10008 CorpI. J. M'Menemy, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Sergeant, 13th November, 1912 .

10169 CorpI. A. M'MiIlan, a,ppointed Unpaid La-nce- ~

Sergeant, 12th December, 1912.

10512 Corpl. S. Porter, a-ppointed Unpaid Lance­

Sergeant, 12th December, 1912.

10193 L.·Corpl. W. Gray, promoted Corporal, 9th

November, 1912.

10430 L .•Corpl. J. Smith, promoted Corpoml, 12th

December, 1912.

10432 L .. Corpl. P. Pinkhard, promoted Corporal,

12th December, 1912.

10867 L .. Corpl. J. Littlejohn, promoted Corporal,

12th December, 1912.

10242 L.-Corpl. J. Taylor, promoted Corporal, 12th

December, 1912.

10461 L.·Corpl. R. Randall, promoted Corporal,

12th December, 1912.

10516 L .. CorpJ. A. Champion, promoted Corporal,

12th December, 1912.

10685 L.-CorpL K. MacDonald, promoted Corpora,l,

l~th December, 1912.

8899 L.-Corpl. (Unpaid) A. Stallard, appointed Paid

Lance.Corporal, 9th November, 1912.

10031 L ..Corpl. (Unpa,id) J. Rain, appointed Paill

Lance-Corporal, 31st January, 1913.

11079 L.-Corpl. (Unpaid) J. Lawson, appointed Paid

Lance-Corporal, 12th December, 1912.

10171 L ..Corpl. (Unpaid) J. Palmer, appointed Paid

Lance.Corporal, 3rd February, 1913.

10873 L ..CorpL (Unpaid) J. Dinsdale, appointed Paid

La,nce-Corporal, 211rd November, 1912.

10051 L .. ('A)rpl. (Unpaid) W. Hearne, appointed Paid

Lance-Corporal, 12th December, 1912.

10276 L .•Corpl. (Unpa,id) J. Thomson, appointed Paid

Lance.Corporal, 12th December, 1912.

10792 L .• CorpL (Unpaid) D. MelviUe, appointed Pai

L~nce.Corporal, 12th December, 1912.


80 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

11107 L .•Corpl. (Unpaid) R. M'Avoy, appointed Paid

Lanoe.Corporal, 12th Deoember, 1912.

11402 L .. Corpl. (Unpaid) G, Armstrong, appointed

Paid Lance.Corporal, 12th December, 1912.

10710 L.-C()rpI. (Unpaid) J. Molli80n, appointed Paid

Lanoe-Corporal, 12th December, 1912.

11300 L .. CorpL (Unpaid) W. Pritchard, appointed Paid

Lance.Corporal, 19th December, 1912.

10462 L.-Corpl. (Unpaid) J. Anus, appointed Paid

, Lance-Corporal, 19th December, 1912.

10062 Pte. R. M'Allister, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, ,2nd November, 1912.

10017 Pte. T. M'Cubbin, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 3rd December, 1912.

8083 Pte. D. M'Kenzie, appointed Unpaid Lance.

Corporal, 4th December, 1912.

10471 Pte. J. Castellano, appointed Unpaid Lance.

Corporal, 4th DecelI\bel', 1912.

11035 Pte. C. Beagen, appointed Unpaid Lance.

Corporal, 4th December, 1912.

11285 Pte. F. Rouse, appointed Unpaid Lance-Corporal,

4th December, 1912.

11501 Pte. G. Wilson, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 4th December, 1912.

11702 Pte. W. Fulle:rton, appointed Unpaid Lance.

Corporal, 4th DecelI\ber, 1912.

11073 Pte. J. Cooper, appointed Unpaid Lance-Cor.

poral, 9th DecelI\ber, 1912.

10513 Pte. T. M'Luckie, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 20th December, 1912.

11219 Pte. J. Buchanan, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 20th December, 1912.

11311 Pte. C. Hullock, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 20th December, 1912.

9152 Pte. J. Anderson, appointed Unpaid Lance.

Corporal, 8th January, 1913.

10905 Pte. D. Dunn, appointed Unpaid Lance-Corporal,

8th January, 1913.

6327 Pte. A. Kilgour, appointed Unpaid Lance­

Corporal, 4th February, 1913.

10572 Pte. D. Quinn, appointed Unpaid Lance.

Corporal, 4th February, 1913.

10420 Pte. G. Messam, appointed Unpaid Lance.

Corporal, 10th February, 1913.

10620 Pte. J. Reid, appointed Unpaid Lance-Corporal,

10th February, 1913.

11029 Pte. J. Duff, appointed Unpaid Lance-Corporal,

10th February, 1913.

11242 Pte. J. Barr, appointed Unpaid Lance.Corporal,

lOth February, 1913.

11383 Pte. C. Quick, appointed Unpaid Lance.Corporal,

10th February, 1913.

10924 Pte. T. Moir,appointed Unpaid Lance.Corporal,

14th February, 1913.

11272 Pte. G. Martin, appointed Unpaid Lance.

Corporal, 14th February, 1913.

BIRTHS.

11281 J, .. Corpl. R. Sutherland, son born at Lucknow,

1st February, 1913.

DEATHS.

7885 Pte. C. Knight, deceased at Lucknow, 7th

January, 1913.

MARRIAGES.

Sm--CUMML"1"GS.-On 15th Februarv, 1913, at the

Wesleyan Church, Ambala, by the'Rev. A, E. Knott,

CorpI. P. Sim, 1st H.L.I., to Charlotte Elizabeth

Cummings., .

TRANSFERS.

Pte. W. Morrice, frolI\ the Gordon Highlanders, 1st

DecelI\ber, 1912.

10788 Pte. J. Moodie, to 20th Battery Royal Field

. Artillery, 1st March, 1913.

EXTENSIONS OF SERVICE.

10543 Pte. J. MOBS, extended to complete 12 years

31st January, 1913.

9677 Sergt. A. Duncan, extended to complete 12 years~

7th February, 1913.

9607 Pte. D. Glancey, extended to complete 12 years.

3rd March, 1913.

RE·ENGAGEMENTS.

7517 Pte. J. M'Geehin, at Lucknow, 28th Decem.ber.

1912.

7594 Pte. J. Patterson, at Lucknow, 7th January,

1913.

7461 L.·Sergt. J. Ward, at Lueknow, 3rd March.

1913.

11438 Pte. J. SlI\ith, at Lucknow, 5th March, 1913.

SCHOOL CERTIFICATES.

ht Glas8.

7086 Sergt. A. Romanis, passed (Group J.), A.S.C .•

24th September, 1912.

10585 CorpI. G. Johnson, passed (Group L), A.S,C.,

24th SeptelI\ber, 1912.

11467 Bugler T. Thomson, passed (Group I.), A.S.C.,.

24th September, 1912.

2nd GlMs.

10904 L .. CpI. W. Dick80n. 10202 L .•CpI. W. Petrie.

10686L .. Cpl. G. Burns. 11552 Pte. R. Smith.

11381 L.-Cpl. W. Ander80n.

3rd Glass.

11161tPte. H. English. 11153 Pte. J. Henderson.

11489.Pte. J. Robertson.

OTHER CERTIFICATES.

10484 L.-CorpI. A. M'Innes, passed in Copying Manu.

script, 24th Septe~ber, 1912.

9583 L .. Sergt. W. Rodger, qualified in Musketry

(Dis.) and Machine Gun, lOth November,

1912.

7777 ~ L.·Sergt. J. Marshall, qualified in Musketry

and Machine Gun, 10th November, 1912.

10410 Pte. J. Cooper, awarded Assistant Armourer's;

. Certificate, 13th February, 1913.

GOOD CONDUCT BADGES.

First.

11332 Pte.'W. Noble, 21st June, 1912.

10828 Pte.A. Robb, lOth December, 1912.

8936 Pto. J. Stewart, 6th January, 1913.

10887; Pte. J. M'Neil, 29th December, 1912.,

10535.Pte. R. Laiferty, 15th January, 1913.

11343~'Pte. J. Mackay, 10th January, 1913.,


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

81

11542 Pte. J. Rainforth, 11th February, 1913.

10273 Pte, W. Broughton, 8th March, 1912.

11209 Pte. D. Crawford, 9th February, 1911.

11537 Pte. W. Beers, 15th April, 1912.

11048 Pte. J. Craig, 17th November, 1912.

10481 Pte. T. Gardner, 8th December, 1912.

10890 Pte. R. Nimmo, 29th December, 1912.

6469 Pte. T. Hunter, 4th January, 1913.

11432 Pte. R. Livingstone, 10th May, 1913.

11635 Pte. G. M. McGraw, 11th January, 1913.

10628 Pte. P. Skivington, 13th September, 1911.

11319 Pte. L. Brooks, 3rd January, 1913.

Second.

9997 L.·Corpl. J. Bothwell, 6th May, 1911.

10955 Pte. C. Hainey, 18th December, 1912.

10599 Pte. B. Braybrooks, 29th April, 1912.

10965 Pte. H. Montgomery, 9th January, 1913.

10947 Pte. W. Messam, 31st January, 1912.

10544 Pte. D. Angel, 4th March, 1913.

10968 Pte. M. Carley, 11th February, 1913.

10381 L.-Corpl. H. Baddeley, 27th November,'l911.

10501 Pte. H. Crossley, 8th January, 1912.

10648 Pte. W. Alderman, 15th January, 1913.

10787 Pte. J. Long, 31st December, 1912.

10530 Pte. R. Jales, 29th January, 1912.

10956 Pte. M. Baird, 23rd December, 1912.

10948 L.-Corpl. A. Boardman, 4th January, 1913.

10202 L.-Corpl. W. Petrie, 5th January, 1913.

10916 Pte. M. Moore, 12th November, 1912.

10332 L.-CorpL G. Berry, 29th October, 1911.

10442 Pte. H. Monkhouse, 1st January, 1912.

10605 Pte. T. Campbell, 6th February, 1912.

10893 Pte. T. Wilson, 24th February, 1913.

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82 HIGHLAND LIll-HT INFANT1:tY CHRONICLE.

.2nd Battalion News.

EDITOR'S NOTES.

ANNIVERSARIES OF BATTLES AND OTHER

EVENTS IN WHICH THE 74TH HIGHLANDERS

TOOK PART FALLIXG DURING THI8

QUARTER.

6th April, 1812.-Badajos stormed. Casualties-Killed

and wounded, 13 officers

and 121 rank and file.

6th April, 1818.-New Colours. presented at

Fermoy.

10th April, 1814. Battle of Toulouse.

Casualties Killed and wounded, 9

officers and 131 rank and file.

3rd May, 18n.-Battle of Fuentes D'Onor.

4th May, 1799.-Seringapatam taken by

assault. Casualties-9 officers and 156

rank and file killed and wounded.

15th May, 1791.-Tippoo's Armv defeated at

Seringapatam. .

24th May, 1855.-New Colours presented by

Hon. Mrs. G. Anson.

1st June, 1858.-Storming of Forts Copaul

and Nurgoond (Indian Mutiny).

4th June, 1851.-Destruction of Rebel Camp

at Theopolis (Kaffir War).

16th June, 1902.-H.M. Queen Alexandra

presented new Colours to the Battalion

at Aldershot.

21st June, 1813.-Battle of Vittoria.

26th June, 1851.-Capture of Amatola Heights

(Kaffir War).

"THIS number finds us all back from leave

and furlough and at the beginning of another

training season-our last in Ireland, as we

are under orders to move to Aldershot, probably

immediately after manreuvres, in relief

of the Bedfordshire Regiment who are taking

: ;.

our place here. Curiously enough we go to

the same barracks-Maida-in which the 1st

Battalion were quartered just 20 years ago.

They went there from Dover on July 11th,

1892, and left for Malta in February, 1895.

Not many changes have taken place since

our last issue. In February we had to bid

farewell -to Major Sandys-Lumsdaine, who

has retired on retired pay.

Captain Forbes went out to Australia in

February to take up his appointment as

extra A.D.C. to Sir G. Strickland, K.C.M.G.,

Governor-General of New South Wales. He

has been succeeded in command of "H"

Company by Captain Thackerary, whom we

congratulate on his promotion; but we feel

certain he cannot have left that rank which

so rightly has been called "the backbone of

the British Army," and in which he spen~

twelve years, without a strong sense of regret.

Also our suspicions as to the reason of his

very lengthy stay in Switzerland this winter

(in spite of the bad weather there) have been

justified, and we congratulate him upon his

approaching marriage.

Captain J. R. Simson has -been posted to

this Battalion, pending absorption, on his

return from West Africa.

Lieut. Sir Archibald Gibson-Craig, Bart.,

went on leave on February 19th, pending his

embarkation to West Africa for duty with

the West African Frontier Force. We hope

to see him back soon again, also his two

well-known companions, "Pat" and" Cork."

Lieut. Anderson proceeds to Hamilton on

~Iarch 31st for a tour of duty at the Depot in

place of Lieut. Telfer-Smollett. The comparative

quiet of a summer at the Depot will

be very welcome to him after the very strenuous

time he had during the summer at Longford .

last year.

Captain Davis is, at the time of writing, on

sick leave in Algiers. We hope the thorough

rest and change will do him a lot of good, and

that he will come back thoroughly fit.

Lieut. Dalrymple qualified at the veterinary

course at Aldershot on February 15th. (He

is offering to vet· his brother officers' horses

for the fee of £1, or 2s. 6d. cash down.)

Major A. N. E. Browne, who is Recruiting

Officer at Glasgow, came over on the 8th

and gave us a most excellent lantern-slide

lecture on the history of the Regiment,

which was greatly appreciated by all ranks.

CoL-Sergt. Turnbuil left at the end of

February on the completion of 21 years'

service. He has obtained the appointment of


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

S.S.M. in the Scottish Horse, of which Lieut.

M'Callum is Adjutant. The appointment

lasts ten years. We wish him every good

luck in it. He has been succeeded as 001.­

Sergt. of " G " Oompany by Sergt. Ross.

We congratulate L.-Corpl. Dambman, " B "

Oompany, on being appointed Bandmaster of

the Leicestershire Regiment.

We hear that Major Pack-Beresford has

been spending his leave in Algiers, and hope

that the rumOl1r that he is presenting the

Officers' Mess with some remarkably fine

heads obtained by him this winter is true.

Accounts of all the sports and pastimes

which occupy us at Mullingar will be found

elsewhere; but mention should be made of

the great craze for running which has been

displayed of late. One very large contingent

which we have noticed going out regularly of

late, and to which our attention was drawn

by the sound of a hunting horn, proved, on

enquiry, to be the" Canteen Wallahs." We

wonder if they do it to demonstrate the

excellent qualities of the canteen beer as an

aid to training, or merely to create a thirst.

Who is the lucky fellow who collects the fine

money

General Pitcairn Oampbell came to Mullingar

on 14th January to hold a farewell inspection,

on giving up command of the 5th Division,

and in a short speech bade us all good-bye.

He is succeeded by Sir Oharles Ferguson, Bart.,

who visited us on 20th Match and inspected

two doubleOompanies at field training.

MAJOR F. M. SANDYS-LUMSDAINE.

ON 12th February Major Sandys-Lumsdaine

retired from the Army, having completed a

little more than 27 years' service.

Major IJumsdaine on first appointment

. joined the 1st Battalion at Belfast, where he

came in fo1:' som~ ardo.tms duty in aid of the

Civil Power. After a few months he sailed

for India and joined the 2nd Battalion ab

Dagshai, and remained with this Battalion

throughout his service.

He was Adjutant from 1896 to 1900, and

served as Brigade-Major at Aldershot for some

months during 1900.

Major Lumsdaine's war services included

the operations on N.W. Frontier of India,

'97-'98, for which he was awarded the medal

and clasp, He also took part in the South

African War, where he serxed .as a District

Oommandant" and was awarded the Queen's

Medal and three; clasps.

In 1892 Major Lumsdaine won the Calcutta

Turf Club sweep on the Leger, having drawn:

"La Fleche." He kept a good many racing

ponies in India, and won a number of raceB~

the most important being the Civil Service'

Oup at Lucknow, which was won by his grey

Arab pony" Pekin" in '93. A handsome

silver cup, presented as a souvenir of this.'

victory, is in the Officers' Mess.

Major Lumsdaine leaves behind him many

friends, who wish him every success and

happiness in civil life.

FOOTBALL NOTES.

THE football season of 1912-13 has not been

a successful one for the 2nd Battalion. We

suffered defeat at the hands of the East Surrey

Regiment on the 2nd round of the Army

Oup, and our first match of the Irish Army

Oup ties we lost to the Oonnaught Rangers.

After these disappointing reverses it was

decided by the football committee to reorganise

the team, with a view of getting

together a new team of young players for next

season, when we shall be at Aldershot, in the

very centre of Army football. Accordingly

several young players have been tried in the

Dublin Garrison League matches,. in place of

old members of the team. Among those wh(}

have stood down to give fresh blood a trial

are L.-Oorpl. Lambie, Bandsman Stoddart.

and Pte. Johnstone, all of whom have done

such loyal and good work for the Battalion

on the football field in England, Scotland,

and Ireland for many years past, and we

take this opportunity to thank them for

their splendid services. With our new team

we have been fairly successful in the Garrison

League matches, and up to the present have

only suffered one defeat. The team show

improvement in every match they play, and

as four of the forwards are this year's entry

too much cannot be expected from them yet.

At present their chief failings are want of

dash and a tendency to indulge in that gallery

and tricky individual play which for many

years has been the undoing of our team.

Until the forwards realise that to win matches

they must go at full pressure during every

moment they are on the field-whether they

are winning or not-and that the opposing

backs must be tackled at any cost, our pro­

'spects in the, football line will not be very

, I bright. But with, more dash and spirit about

the team generally, and with plenty of practice.

there is no reason why our present' team


HIGHLAND LIGHT: INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

>should not give a good aooount of itself in

the near future or that the Battalion· should

not regain its old plaoe at the top of the. tree

in Army football.

HOPEFUL.

RESULTS OF COMPANY LEAGUES.

THE tables below mow the results of the Leagues

. up to date. Although there are still a few games to he

played they will not materially affect the result. The

Senior League was won by " B " Company and the

Junior by " A " Company.

INTER-COMPANY FOOTBALl••

" A" LEAGUE.

Goals.

Pld. Wn. Let. Drn. Fr. Agst. Pta.


EAST SURREYS v. H.L.I.

PJa,yed on 12th Maroh.

HIGHLAND LIGHT

This important match took plaoe this afternoon

at the Meadows, Dolphin's Barn. The following were

the teams :­

East Surreys-Bloom.field; Knuttm.a.n and Steven.

son; Yates, Rowe, and Davy; Baker and Smith,

Cain, King and Drum.m.er.

H.L.I.-Lees; King and Bruoe; Baillie, Gibson,

and Dunoan; Rodgers and Minney, Munro, Chisholm

and Clapham.

The H.L.I. won the toss, and Cain started for the

homesters up the hill. The Surreys got down. and

Smith gave Baker a nice opening, but a wild shot never

went near Lees. Dunoan tested Bloomfield with a

hard drive, whioh the goalie saved well. Stevenson

miskicked, and Minney, darting in, put across to Munro,

who sent wide. The Surreys were now having the better

of it, and Davy with a long shot was only inches wide.

Chisholm. and Rodgers by nice combination got near

Bloomfield. who saved smartly from Minney and

Gibson. A minute later Munro shot over from a neat

centre by Rodgel'll. A mistake by Steven80n saw

Munro dash through, but Knuttman rectified the error

at the expense of a oorner, which was followed by

another. The H.L.I.'s were now very busy. and

Bloomfield saved splendidly from Minney and Clapham.

the latter at the expense of a corner, which Davy clear.ed.

The 'Highlanders now had plenty of openings near

goal, but both Minney and Munro m.issed simple

chances. Bloomfield saved a beauty from Rodgers.

The Surreys' goal had several narrow escapes prior to

the interval. Half·tim.e:­

East Surreys 0

H.L.1. 0

-Extract from The Inde'Jlll'lUlent.

During the second half the game was fast, but the

Highlanders showed their superiority, and about a

quarter of an hour from. time scored what proved to be

the winning goal through Sergt. Baillie, who put through

from close quarters. The ground was in a very bad

state, which militated against good play, but the

H.L.I. team all worked hard, and thoroughly deserved

their victory. Both backs played splendidly.

Full time score :­

H.L.I.

East Surreys

H.L.I. v. Co:NNAUGHT RANGERS.

1st Round, Irish Army Cup.

1

o

This match was played at the Curragh on 11th

February. We played the same team that had been

playing in the Dublin League matches, with the exception

that Lambie returned to the team and took up the

position of centre half.

Our opponents won the toss, and played with a strong

sun behind them. We had most of the play at the start,

the forwards playing very well together; but about

twenty minutes from the start the Connaught right

wing broke away and beat Bmce. Gibbs, who had

come across, had time to clear, but quite missed the

hall, and our opponents' inside right had no difficulty

in scoring. For the remainder of the half we had most

of the game, and Minney had bad luck with a shot

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whioh struck the post. Once Rogers from a corner

placed the ball beautifully, and it curved right into the

net, but unfortunately nobody bad touched it. On

resuming, Lambie and Bruce changed places. We

again had the best of the game, but were unable to

score. Then the C


86 HIGHLAND 'LIGHT INFAN'l'RY CHRONICLE.

The iollowing is the state of the competition

up to date (the handicaps are shown in

brackets) :­

play for us, a.s he-is still far from well and is at

present in Algiers... Lieuts~ Taylor and Dalrymple

rust:


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

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,the direction of third man, while Mr. Dalrymple,

who is a left-hander, doubtless

anxious to escape the vigilance of his partner,

who counted his (Mr. Dalrymple's) strokes

better than he himself did or could, placed his

in a similar'1'lirection and in eq"ally pretty

fashion on the other side. Eventuallv Mr.

Taylor over-ran the hole by forty yard~ with

his tenth, but his driving powers stood him

in good stead, for he regained the green with

three superb shots, and, down in 16, he stood

dormy two. Both players evidently felt the

strain, Mr. Taylor's tee-shot to the 17th,

though dead on the pin all the way, barely

reaching the edge of the teeing mat, while

Mr. Dalrymple outdrove him by barely a yard.

The play was hardly up to the previous

standard of excellence, and the end came when

Mr. Dalrymple missed a curly putt of six

inches to win the hole and save the match.

Mr. Taylor was warmly congratulated on his

victory over his young and formidable

opponent, and his more ardent supporters

raised him shoulder-high and carried him in

triumph to the club-house.

STOP-PRESS NEWS.

Mullingar, Friday, 21st March.

IN glorious weather-i.e., we saw the sun for

ten minutes-the final of the Thackerav Golf

Cup was played off this afternoon between

Lieut.-CoL Wolfe-Murray and Major E. R.

Hill. After being all square at the turn,

Major Hill, playing good golf, forged ahead

and eventually won by ! length-as you were

-4 up and 3 to play, and thus won the cup

for the second time since its inception.

NIBLICK.

[Our correspondent has evidently got mixed

up with the boat race.-En.]

WESTMEATH HUNT POINT-TO-POINT

RACES.

THESE races took place at Stanemore, about

four miles from Mullingar, on 11 th March.

The course is prettily situated, and a fine

view of it is obtainable from the hill, from

which niostpeople watch the races. The

cOUrse isa faIr one and requires a good horse

to negotiate it with success. We were favoured

Vrith a gloriOUS day, and a great many people

viSited the luncheon and tea tents, where the

QtJicers'of .the RegiIilent were at home- tQ their

friends. The racing was good throughout the

day, and after Mr. Hogan, a sporting farmer

from Limerick, had ridden a great race to

win, by a bare half length, the Barbour Cup,

a race open to all Irish Hunts, attention was

turned to the Westmeath Hunt Cup.

To the Regiment, at all events, this was the

event of the day, for we supplied two of the

ten starters. Lieut. Dalrymple was riding his

own horse, " Appolyon," who ran well in this

race last year, and Lieut. Anderson had the

mount on Captain Thackeray's "Starlight,"

a new purchase this season and a horse to.

catch the eye anywhere. Both were backed,

but, in the Regiment at anyrate, most confidence

was placed in "Appolyon," and

wonderfully well he looked as his owner, in a

very stylish cut-away pink coat, rode him to.

the post. "Starlight" was Io.oking a bit

light and tucked-up, but he is almost a baby

yet and should fill out into a magnificent

horse by next season.

The distance of this race is three miles, and

for about half of it the field kept well to.gether.

Here two fell, and,the remainder opened out

a bit. "ApPo.lyo.n" was all the while right

in it and going strong, whilst Lieut. Anderso.n

was at this period the whipper-in. About.

half a mile from ho.me it seemed obvious that

the only danger to " Appolyon " was" Martin

Egan," ridden by Captain Large. However,

he came down going through a gap, and

thenceforth Lieut. Dalrymple, who took up

the running at this point, had no cause for

anxiety, and won, pulling up, by ten lengtp.s,

a distance which he could have increased at

will.

We offer our most hearty congratulations

to Lieut. Dalrymple for the good race he rodeon

his gallant horse, and to. Lieut. Anderson

Qur congratulatiQns are also. due, for he had

brought his horse quietly along to finish

third-only beaten two lengths for second

place.

Probably everyone in the Regiment whowas

present had a bit on "AppolYQn" at

prices varying from evens to 7 to 1; 4 to. 1

about represents his correct starting price.

The lucky Qnes were paid, and some are still

hoping to receive payment. It is fortunate

that "hQpe springs eternal in the human

breast." It is said that at least one bookiewas

anxious to "catch a train" after each

race.. Be that as it may, there is no doubt

that one senior officer, who has been on a

racecourse before and ought te have known

better, on strolling up to draw his' " ready"


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after the first race, found that his particular

bird had flown.

A species of roulette, race games, and

three-card-trick merchants all added to the

gaiety of the afternoon, and an accomplice of

one of the latter gentry was overheard earnestly

trying to persuade the Commanding Officer

to split a sovereign with him, which offer was,

however, sternly refused.

With such attractions, a lovely day, good

racing, and a Regimental victory, it is small

wonder that we vow that the Westmeath

Point-to-Point Meeting of this year of grace

is the best we have ever seen.

THE ARMY POINT-TO-POINT.

THE Army Point-to-Point was run this year

near Limerick Junction, in Tipperary, on 14th

March, which is such a journey from Mullingar

that no one went down to see it except those

immediately interested in it.

Our representative was Captain Gaussen's

« Countess," a great raking mare who, though

clean bred, is about 16.3! high and is up to

15 stone, and so was entered in the heavyweight

race for the cup presented by the

'Commander of the Forces. She is one of his

own breeding and is the last child of a mare

at one time well known over here, "The

Duchess." Lieut. Dalrymple, who had three

days previously won the Westmeath Hunt

race, was the rider.

The course was about four miles over some

Q{ the biggest country in Ireland--big double

banks with wide ditches on each side. It was

very like the Knocklong course, which many

Qf us remember, only the banks were bigger

here, and were very uneven on top; indeed

some of them, in spite of their width, were

almost razor-topped at the crest.

The last fence was a small single banki.e.,

with only one ditch, and that on the

landing side-to which some people took

exception, partly because it was so small

after the rest of the course, and so horses

might chance it, and partly because they

Q'bjected to a fence within 200 yards off the

winning post, when horses would be racing

home.

Anyhow, on the morning of the race the

authorities decided to cut it down. They

turned out a fatigue party, but as there was

not time to complete the work the bank was

left about two feet high, which looked like a

patch of new-turned earth.

There were twelve starters, and Lieut.

Dalrymple at first lay fourth, which place he

kept for about a mile. He then took second

place, till about a mile and a half from home,

when he went to the front and came away

with a commanding lead. At-·the last bank

he was so far ahead that the spectators had

put down their glasses, regarding the race as

finished; but, as we had feared might happen,

" Countess" never saw the fence, and came

down.

At that time she was winning so easily

that though she broke away from her

rider there was time for her to be caught,

brought back, and remounted, and to still

nearly win, being eventually second and only

beaten by two lengths.

The result was declared as follows :-1,

Mr. E. Austin (4th Hussars), " Brown Willie"

(owner) ; 2, Capt. D. Gaussen (H.L.I.), " Countess"

(Mr. Dalrymple) ; 3, Mr. Cole Hamilton

(Y. & L.), "Master Ned" (owner). Won

by two lengths; a bad third.

It was a great performance for both horse

and rider, particularly so as the latter had

never been on the back of his mount until he

got up for the race. They were carrying 241bs.

of lead over a very heavy country, and the

beaten horses included such well-known per- '

formers as General Forestier Walker's" Ned

11."-the winner of twenty-one point-to-points,

including the English Army Point-to-Pointand

Sir J. Tichbourn's " All Gold," who has

scored on, I think, twelve occasions.

As Lindsay Gordon very truly wrote,

" Nothing on earth is sadder

Than the dream that has cheated the grasp,"

and we all sympathise with Lieut. Dalrymple

in just having missed winning while the

Regiment was in Ireland; but still it's all ill

the luck of the game. It was a moral victory,

and we hope the same pair will run again as

well, but with better luck, next year; for,

although the Regiment will have left Ireland

the event is open to the whole Army.

The light-weight race was run on very

similar lines. Lieut. King (4th Hussars) was

winning easily on "Silver Heels" when he

also came down at the last fence, allowing

Captain Stoke's (4th Hussars) " Dark Island"

to win, with an old friend in Captain J. Bagwell

(Norfolk Regiment) second on "Killgrubbin

"-a horse which came from the

same mare as many of ours.

I may mention that this same fence brought

down seven horses in the course of the dayeach

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l'espeetive races. A horse wheu leading could

110t see it, and it was only when a fall had

. taken place in front of them that they realised

it was a jump.

"SUAVITER IN MODO."

SERGEANTS' MESS NOTES.

,A FOOTBALL match was played here on the

~3rd· December-a. team of Officer3 and

,Sergeants versus the CorporalS-the seniors

·winning by three goals to one. It was a

well-contested game, although the weather and

:gronnd were wretched. It was great amusement

to the spectators to see some of the

'players occasionally rolled in the mud. The

seniors started the game minus their outsideleft,

who dashed on the field a few minutes

late, and in great style made a dash for the ball,

but instead dashed himself in the, mud .

(Great fun for the spectators.) Goals were

.scored by Lieut. Dalrymple (2), Sergt. Baillie

(1). Lieut. Dalrymple played a great game

at centre, as also did the Adjutant at outsidel'ight.

He always made for goal when he

got the ball. (You know, just like Jockie

Simpson.) The S.-M. tried hard to score, but

whenever favourable he was pulled up for

~ffside.

A tea and Christmas treat was. given to the

married families in the Gymnasium on Hogmanay.

They all seemed to enjoy themselves.

We were very much indebted to Mrs. Prentice,

who so kindly attended and distributed the

toys to the " bairns."

The Officers paid a visit to the Sergeants'

Mess at twelve midnight, where they were

welcomed by the members of the Mess. There

was not such a turn-out of members as we

would have liked, but probably this was

accounted for by the fact that a N.C.O.'s

dance was being held in the Gymnasium.

Q.M.-S Hayball, in giving the toast" Our

,Officers," expressed in a few words the great

pleasure we all felt in being honoured by their

presence. .

January's billiard handicap was another

success.. The ties were very keenly played, to

the sorrow of some of the sharks. The

winners were :-lst,. Col.-Sergt. Smith (start

10) ; 2nd, Sergt. Andrews; runners-up, Sergt.

Palmer and Sergt. Morris.

Captain. P. B. Davis has very kindly pre­

.sented to the Mess an enlarged photo. of the

. W.O.'s and Sergeant!! which was taken during

the Bummer, in remembrance of the time

whilst' he was Adjutant of the Battalion .

We have also been presented with three

large tlngravings of the battle and siege of

Seringapatam by Major R. E. S. Prentice,

who has always taken a very great interest

in the welfare of the Sergeants' Mess,

which we all appreciate, and hope he will

accept our thanks.

Captain H. C. Stuart, on his retirement,

very kindly presented to the Mess a silver

cricket Challenge Cup, in remembrance of the

time he spent with the Battalion. It hal

been decided that the cup shall be competea

for-the best batting average of not less than

three matches.

Our fortnightly drives are still going strong.

Some members are more lucky-or shall I

say played more skilfully-than others; in

fact, some of our members say that when they

return to civil life they will be able to start a

business in jewellery fancy ware. The unlucky

member says he only got eight prizes

last summer.

January winners were :-lst, CciL-Sergt.

Harland; 2nd, Sergt.-Major Findlay; boobv

prize (chips), Sergt. Robertson.


Febluary winners were :-lst, Sergt. Robertson;

2nd,· Sergt. Pilgrim of the Cheshire

Regiment, attached for signalling examination;

3rd, Q.M.-S. Hayball; 4th, Q.M.-S.

Stuart; booby, Col.-Sergt. MacFarlane.

The second billiard handicap of the year

was another successful event, the backmarkers

saying it is about time they were

getting a start in the handicap. The winners

were Sergt. Elder and Col.-Sergt. Vercoe;

runners-up, Col.-Sergt. Mumford and Col.­

Sergt. MacFarlane.

We are all very sorry to say that Col.-Sergt.

Turnbull has left us, but at the same time we

are pleased he has got the position of S.S.M.

in the Scottish Horse, which allows him to

continue in the Service over his twentv-one

years. On his bidding farewell to the members

he remarked "I wonder who will be the

unlucky member now." I think we have

found him already. Hard lines being just

counted out for first place every time.

Sergt. G. Ross has rejoined us from the

9th Battalion and promoted Col.-Sergt., vice

Col.-Sergt. Turnbull.

Sergt. Davis has gone to the 9th Battalion

vice Sergt. Ross.

We were all very pleased on receipt of a

handsome enlargement of Col. If. F. Kays.

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,he was told that we· should like to have a

photo. of himself, and, that he. had never

been taken in any of our groups. He replied­

" But, damn it, man, you never asked me !"

.. We now have both,which We greatly appreci­

ate, and hope Col. Kays will acecept our thanks.

Oh the rumours and suggestions where we

were for in the nextsl),ift! Fresh stations every

day, and advice to get our labels printed ready

for our luggage! Some of us were right, but

others of us were wrong. When the oflicial

news arrived, "Aldershot!" some shouted

with joy; others nearly fainted when they

thought of the days to be spent in the" long

valley," "Laffans ·Plain," "Fox Hills,"etc.

But it will be quite a familiar sight to many of

us, though we expect to see many changes.

Some of us are pleased, and say" Any place,

as long as it is out of Ireland," and that if a

Regiment does five years in Ireland they

should be fit to go anywhere after doing

manreuvres over some of its hills and boreens

and long marching.

THE EVENT OF THE SEASON.

GRAND FOOTBALL MATCH-OFFICERS

VERSUS SERGEANTS.

THIS match was played on the ground of the

former at Mullingar on Saturday, 8th March.

The oflicers won the toss, and chose to play

with the wind and sun behind.

On the whistle sounding the Sergeants got

away on the left, only to be stopped by Lieut.

Farie, who returned the ball well down the

field, to be taken up by their forwards, where

there were some hard knocks between the

backs and opposing forwards. After about

five minutes' play the Officers scored through

Lieut. Hooper, the equaliser coming shortly

afterthtough Sergt. Lockyer. There was no

more scoring up to half-time, the Sergeants

not having it all their own way as was expected.

One of our team said-" I wonder

who is the lucky man to draw the Oflicers

versus Sergeants in the football sweep; he

will win it easily." But, alas! he was wrong.

On the whistle sounding for half-time many of

the players were thankful, as the game had

been very fast up to that time. Two of our

senior Officers walked on to the field' and

spoke to some of the Officers to ease ofl a bit,

so as to let the Sergeants win (someon'e

suggested this). At anyrate the Sergeants'

team took the opportunity to gather round

the referee so as to make sure.

On the second hlIilf commencing the Oflicers

had rearranged theteam,~ 2nd Lieut; Barry

going in goal. Quite a good jOb, too, for'

he made some brilliant saves, and was not

responsible for goals scored. The Sergeants,

got away on the right, the outside-right

swinging the ball nicely into the centre, where'

W. Reid (Rangers) had ve:ry little to do to

place the ball in the net. On the team

lining up again we found our famous centreforward

had changed places with the centrehalf.

On being asked afterwards why he

had done so he remarked, in quite an ofl-hand

manner, " Oh, I did not want to score all the·

goals; I wanted someone else to come in."

Swank!

The Sergeants continued the pressing,

goals being scored by Sergt. Evans (1) and

Sergt. Baillie (I). The Sergeants, having the

better of the game until the final whistle

founded, won nicely by 4: goals to 1.

The teams were :­

Officers 2nd Lieut. Fergusson; Lieut.

Farie' and Lieut. Wallace ; Lieut. Cornish,

Lieut. Gerard, and Lieut. Brodie; Lieut.

Barry and Capt. Hope; Lieut. Dalrymple;

Lieut. Hooper and Lieut. Anderson.

Sergeants-Sergt. Evans and Col.-Sergt..

Ross; Sergt. Elder; Sergt. Lockyer and Sergt.

Shaw; Sergt. Rich, Sergt. Baillie, and Sergt.

Leggate; Sergt. Rae and Col.-Sergt. Smith ~

Sergt. Andrews.

The teams then adjourned to the Officers'

Mess, where they were entertained to tea.

In the evening there was a lantern lecture·

in the Gymnasium on "The History of the

Regiment," by Major A. A. E. Browne, who

.' came down from Glasgow specially for it.

The lecture was a most interesting one. Those

who have had the pleasure of listening to

Major Browne's lectures can well understand

how highly it was appreciated, as it was no

light task to speak of all the places, dress,

and principal honours of each Battalion

separately of so distinguished a Regiment.

There was a good turn-out at our first whist

drive this month, and we are all pleased to

say we have again found' a very unlucky

member to fill up the place of our last.

Someone .said it was quite easy to find out

who he is. Look at the diflerent prizewinners.

Well, after a very enjoyable evening

the winners were presented with the prizes.

1st, Q.M.~S. Hayball, smoking cabinet; 2nd,

Sergt. Hegarty, case of sugar' tongs and

sifter; 3rd, Sergt. Baillie, gent.'s small dressing

case; 4th, CoL-Sergt. Smith; razor; booby,

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hear news of the 1st Battalion's doings.

What do you think of your new station,

Umbala '

E. L. T.

COMPANY NOTES.

" A" COMPANY.

'TIIINGS have been rather ,!uiet since the last issue.

The few N.-C.O:s and men, atso the married women,

,enjoyed themselves at a nice dinner on New Year's Day.

Most of the Company being on leave, the sit-down

was rather poor; but the few left enjoyed themselves

very much.

Lieut. Farie honoured the Company by coming to the

.dinner, and made an excellent speech.

We wish .to congratulate Capt. F. S. {hackeray on

his promotion, and one and all will be sorry to lose

.him.

The N.-C.O.'s of the Company are getting as bold as

name starts with L, ,and at present he'is not eligible for

transfer.

Our young soldiers' team also hold a good position

in the " B" League, and.will take a lot of shifting.

Perhaps that is also due to "Lipton's" glue. The

" Cheerful Idiot" was heard to remark that if he had

been playing they would have been over the top of the

League by now. . '.

Rosie says that it is due to " Old Jock's" "Italian.

, Opera," which we have been having lately for break- .

fast, that we'have progressed so favourably in the foot·

ball world; but whether it is or not, I am not at liberty

to disclose any training tips. '

By the time these notes appear in pnnt we will

once again be in the throes of Company Training, and

hope to gain some more interesting knowledge thereby.

Owing to the German invasion scare it has been fo~d

'. necessary to invent some signal whereby anyone seeing

a Zeppelin approaching on the skyline can give timely

I warning to the others to duck their "nut8.'~ The most

successful up to the present seems to be a fair imitation

of a duck in distress. You wave your arms about q,nd

'Turks [Stop it nwith the few lessons received in

bayonet fighting. Look out' for the forthcoming competitions.

The famous rag-time tune has caught on with our

mullical Sergeant, whom everyone should know (being

named after a well-known hunting animal).

" LIGHTS OUT."

" B" COMPANY.

THIS being my first attempt to perform the duties of

Company scribe, I hope my brother martyrs will be

lenient. Having placed a block of ice (Mullingar

.special) on top of my head, and stopped my ears with


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" C" COMPANY.

WE ha.ve very little to say for the present qua.rter,

being the furlough sea.son.

Our New Yea.r's dinner wa.s rather a success, and one

a.nd all enjoyed themselves Al.

Our Company Officer, Ca.ptain Davis, being on the

sick list at the time, the duty devolved upon Lieut.

Farie to preside over the fea.st, and he very ably filled

the post.

As to sport, we have little to record for the quarter,

as the whole Company have been away on furlough.

Some have come back and some have not.

I hope that we may make an advance now that the

reel olass ha.s commenced, and if we can keep up our

first attendance at the future classes we may hope for

quite a classy team.

The Football League has not got far enough advanced

to either raise or kill our hopes yet; but we will do our

best.

By the by, we have got some fairly good recruits

lately, but very young, and some very small; but we

must be thankful for 'small mercies.

J. H.

" D" COMPANY,

THERE have been a great ma.ny changes in the Company

since the last publication of " D" Company's Notes.

The N.-C.O.'s and men of the Company will be 11.11 one

wi1lh me when I say that when we lost the services of

"Big Jim" a.s Colour-Sergeant we sustained a loss

that can never a.dequately be compensated for. Still,

we ca.n oonvert the old saying that "There never

was a bad one but what there is a worse" to " There

never was a. good one bU1l what there is a betfier."

There is little room for doubt but wha1. C.-Sergt. Smith,

who now fills the vacant place, will look after the Company

aB well as, if not better than, C.-Sergt. Heming.

way. We all wish both C.-Sergt. Hemingway and

C.·Sergt. Smith luck and prosperity in their new

positions.

Owing to men going away with fihe Indian drafts

to the 1st Bafltalion, we have lost some very good men,

who, will, it is hoped, be creditably replaced by new

recruits.

The National Insuranoe Act has been responsible

for lengthy and heated arguments regarding the

advisability or not of joining a society approved

by the Commissioners. Undoubtedly the best course

to adopt is to follow the advice of Lieut. Sir A. C.

Gibson-Craig, Bart., and join some approved society.

On leaving the colours men will find it to have been to

their advantage to have done so.

On New Year's Day the Company, or rather what was

left of it, gathered together to celebrate the festival in

a time.honoured manner. The Company Officer (Lieut.

Sir A. C. Gibson-Craig, Bart.) spoke feelingly regarding

the position of the Company at the head of the Battalion

-" D" Company having the highest musketry for

the year. He referred also to the Company's former

prestige in the sport of the Battalion, and expressed

a hope that it would. with the help of the men of the

Company, retrieve what it had lost in 1912. He then

proposed the health of Captain Stevenson, and assured

us (somewhat unnecessarily) that he was " one of the

best."

The ma.rried people of the Company honoured us

by their presence at the dinner table, and it is hoped

that they enjoyed themselves. Our thanks are due

in no small measure to the men who contributed to the

general enjoyment by decorating the dining-hall.

.. E" COMPANY.

DURING the last quarter nothing startling has taken

place, so I can only give you an " inkling" (no more I)

as to how our New Year festivities" passed away.'"

Of course. needless to say, you all know how the turkeys,

pudding, liquor, etc., passed a.wa.y.

After our grand feaat,the usua.l toast was proposed­

" Our lI-Iajor and Mrs. Prentice "---a,nd before replying

the "Skipper" informed all present that he had the

honour, on behalf of the N.-C.O.'s and men of the­

Company, of performing a' very pleasant duty by

presenting Private and Mrs. Douglas with a. silver

tea.pot on the occasion of their wedding (16th December),

a.t the same time oomplimenting Mrs. Douglas

on her having chosen a good husband, and wish ng them

both every success and ha.ppiness for the future-to·

which we all responded by drinking their health. The

Major Vhen replied to our toast, and Mrs. Prentice

sang us a song. which was appreciated by all.

We then drank the health of Ma.ster ],{alcolm Pren·

tice, who, as the "Flag" remarked, we hope to see

holding a commission in this renowned Corps of ours'

in a few years' time. To the surprise of all present,

Master Malcolm confidently and suitably replied.

The .. Flag" then proposed a vote of thanks to

L.-Corpl. Newlands and his staff for the sat sfactory

wa.y in which the decorations were completed, and also

to Messrs. Erskine, Hogg, and Geddes for the enjoyable

music rendered. '

The toast to the .. Flag" and Mrs. Davison was

responded to by Mrs. Davison. (I'll bet the" Flag"

got. told off about that when he got home. It was his

proposal.)

Pte. Gormley sang us rather a humorous (according

to the ladies) song, which I sincerely hope none of the

married folk present took to heart.

We are very sorry to think that that is the last time

we will be honoured by having Pta. Gormley's presenceat

our New Year dinner, but we muSt remember the

old saying "Every dog has his day," so it can't be

helped. Pte. Gormtey spoke a few words to us 11.11,

and, " 'pon my soul," with an eloquence that, I am

sure, would have given :Mr. Lloyd George a red face

had he been present.

Again we must ask Mrs. Prentice to accept our hearty

thanks for her kindness to us all this New Year.

.. NIBBo."

.. F" COMPANY.

To commence. it must be stated that the New Year

was brought in in the usual way. The Company dinner,

which was attended by Captain Hope and Lieut.

Brodie, and at which our Colour-Sergeant took the chair,

proved a great success.

We have now almost finished Field Training, and

know its benefits, and otherwise 1

Our worthy Scoutmaster is still to the fore, even

after a prolonged sojourn in Longford and a furlough

in the "Smoke," and at present is studying a "dictionary

It and a work on "How to talk correctly."

It is whispered that he really climbed a ba.re tree in the

centre of a field and got into a. crow's nest to escape

o bserva.tion.

We have done fairly well in the Football League,

but we have every hope of bettering last year's display

in the Company cup-ties. We are down to play" E"

Company, and will be surprised if we fail to pull it.

off.

Sergt. Baskerville has gone to "G" Company on

promotion, and in his stead we have got L.-Sergt.


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Gunn from .. C" Company, who will, if he stays with

us long enough, be a valuable asset to the cricket

strength of the Company.

'

CorpI. Munro has returned like the proverbial prodi.

gal. He has been in Aldershot for the" Acting School.

master's Course," so he will have a taste of what to

expect when we go there.

Before finishing we would like to know what is the

cause of the sudden craze for running exhibited by

some of


94 HIGHLAND LIGH'l' INFAN'l'RY CHRONICLE.

were put forward by any fair Diana, it would

probably be a ruse to get a hunt on her husband's

best horse. Not but that there are

some brave men still left in these downtrodden

days, for 1 heard one remark lately

that the only things that spoilt hunting here

were wire and women.

So much for yestetday-and a good yesterday

it must have been. Let us now turn to

the to-day.

Every season, no matter when and where,

somewhat resembles the curate's egg: it is

not uniformly good, and every day is not the

best day of the season. This can claim no

exception from the general rule. We cannot

say we have broken the record in time, distance,

or pace in any of our runs, nor can we boast

of having performed any feats the bare recital

of which would make the late Baron Munchausen

turn in his grave. (1 am a bit of a,

liar myself, you know!) But we have had a

good steady season with' its give and take,

.and without a doubt a better one than last

yeal. This is the more remarkable when it

is remembered that owing to foot and mouth

disease, of which plague' Mullingar was the

centre, cubbing was stopped by the middle of

October, and hunting was not resumed till

the middle of December. But 1 will give a

short description of some typical days.

. 10th January, Ballymore.-Found in Kil,

coran and ran very fast for 4:8 minutes o'Ver It

big country with a lot of heavy going, and

killed in Gortmore. A very good hunt, with

only one velY slight check. A sixteen miles

back home for us. Those out :-Captain

Murray, Lieuts. Brodie, Sir A. C. Gibson Craig,

and Farie.

'

11th January, Mullyfarnham.-Found in

Ballynacloon and ran a ring by 80ho and

Lackan, then back by the covert at Mullyfarnham

to Donore, going along parallel to

Lough Derravaragh, through Mornington, into

Crooked Wood. Going into Knock ROBS, the

fox took to the lake and was killed SOIDe

dist,ance out in it by a single hound. Hounds

hunted about in Knock Ross for about an

hour. Returned to Tyfarnham and found a

fox, which was hunted fast through Kilmaglish

and Paulnagorth. Scent then became

very patchy. Continued very slowly into

Mo mington , and then on to Donore, where

hounds were whipped off in the dusk. Officers

out :-Major Hill, Capt. Murray, Lieuts.

Brodie and SirA. C. Gibson Craig. This day

is memorable as the first day the 'bus horse

was out this season. The present scribbler,

whom he was carrying, did not see anything

of the above ,good day, as, owing ~o a serious

difference of opinion over a ditch early in the

day between him and that faithful but obstinate

old Government servant, he was badly

left.

3rd February, Castletown Station.-Found

a fox under a bank on the way to Fehey's

Scrnbbs. Ran fast towards Mosstown, turned

to the right by Whitewood into Creeve, and

continued on by Streamstown village into

Fehey's Scrubbs. Continued hunting over

hill towards Ballintubber, but, bearing to the

left, came back by Fehey's Scrubbs to hill at

Whitewood, where hounds were run out of

scent. A long, twisty hunt of one hour twenty

minutes over a good country. Those out:~

Major Hill, Capt. Murray, Lieuts. Brodie and

Sir A. C. Gibson Graig.

12th February, Cloghan lnn.-Drew Killynon

blank. Several foxes in Clon\ost, of whom

one was marked to ground and another ran

a ring almost up to Huntingston and back to

Clonlost, where he was killed. Found in

Corbetstown, ran up to Knocksheban and

back again through covert to Sion Hill and

into Joristown, where hounds killed h.im.

Found a brace of foxes in Lisnabin. One was

killed in covert. The other made off through

Clonlost to Sion Hill, crossed river, making

towards Reynella, but, recrossing river, fan

past Scarten, across the Killucan road, down

to the Deal. Hounds here ran parallel with

the river for half a mile, and then back towards

Scarten, where they killed after a nice run of

forty-five minutes. Those out :-Major Hill,

IJieuts. Brodie, Sir A. C. Gibson Craig, and

Farie.

17th February, Moyvore.-Found at Bellin

and hunted fox through Irishtown and across

the road into the bog, where he ran us out of

scent, A twisting run of forth-five minutes.

Drew Meare's Court blank. Then to Ratchconrath,

where a good fox went away very

fast and was marked to ground at Balrath.

Officers out :-Major Hill.

21st February, Horseleap.-Correagh Gorse

first drawn and was blank. Then Fox's

Gorse, where a fox was found and run to earth

near Donore Crossroads. On the way to

draw Fox's Scrnbb the wood near the railway

bridge at Streamstown was drawn. A fox

went away from here and gave us an excellent

hunt of one and a half hours in the direction

of Lunestown before he ran us out of scent.

There was a large contingent by special from

Kildare out, who were well rewarded for the


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

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distance they had come. Office-rs out;­

Ca.ptain Murray.

22nd February, The BarraQks.-Kilpatrick

Bog was first dl1awn, where a fox was found

and hunted into Keolstown, where he went to

ground. Afterwards were drawn BaUyoate,

Slallestown, and Tullaghan. All blank Officers

out :-Col. Wolfe-Murray, Maj-or Hill, Capts.

Murray, Chichester, Hope, and Thackeray,

Lieuts. Brodie, Farie, Dalrymple, and Anderson.

Wednesday, 5th March, Clonlost.-Drew

Clonlost blank. Drew gorse coverts at Reynella.

No fox was actually found here, but

the country people put one up close by in a

quarry. Ran through Reynella, across the

Delvin road and Crosserdree to Malone's

shore, which the fox tried, and, finding it

stopped, turned left-handed into Edmonton.

He eventually broke from here and ran back

through Turin into the Church wood at Reynella,

where he was marked to ground. ,A

good hunt. In the evening a fox was found

in Lisnabin Bog. He was hunted through

Lisnabin, and, after a big check, into Joristown

Stud Farm, where he was lost. Officers out:

-Major Hill, Captains Murray, Hope, and

Thackeray, Lieuts. Brodie, Farie, and Anderson.

Of the regular followers of the chase since

our Irish tour commenced, we have had to

regret the absence of Col. H. Rays, who gave

up command in the middle of December

before any serious hunting (owing to the

prevalence of foot and mouth disease) was able

to start. Though Col. Rays' familiar figure

in the galloping field-" quadrupente putrem

sonitu quatit ungula campum" (the very

words conjure up the beat of hoofs thundering

over the green turf) !-was unavoidably absent,

we have still rehined possession of one of his

horses-the chestnut horse-whom Major Hill

acquired and has since guided over many a

field. In this line we have sustained another

loss in Sir A. C. Gibson Craig, who left us about

a month ago prior to embarkation for Nigeria,

taking with him his gallant horse "Pat."

May he successfully hunt "nigguids" and

other game on the West Coast and come back

to ride "Pat" again after what is still the

best of quarries.

From accidents we have been singularly

free. No one has tIied to kill himself as

Col. Rays neatly succeeded in doing in Cork

when he was picked up for dead; nor have we

had any fractures such as when Major Hill

broke his wrist with the U.H.O. On the

lighter and more humorous side of the hunting

field we may note the very thoraugh ducking

"one of ours" got at the beginning of the

month when he rushed into the Clare River,

of whose muddy waters he swallowed enough

to give him a positive distaste for that form

of beverage for the rest of his natural. He

also formed a high opinion of the floating

capacity of hunting hats, as he saw his own

new one whiz past like a streak of lightning

on its frantic course to the sea.

" Good Lord! to see the riders now

Thrown off with sudden whirl!

A score within the purling brook

Enjoyed their' early purl.' "

In this case the score was greatly reduced, as

only one, a gunner from Athlone, enjoyed the

same fate.

With regard to our stables, we have added

to them by the acquisition of "Starlight"

by Oaptain Thackeray, and" The Tiger" by

Lieut. Brodie. Both these were purchases

from Cork, where so many of our horses have

come from. On the other hand, we have to

deplore the loss of Major Hill's bright chestnut·

mare, who never completely recovered from

a severe accident towards the end of last

season. She has now found a comfortable

and happy home in 00. Roscommon, where

her only cares will be those of bringing up

successive families. Lieut. Brodie's ., Sinful

Sailor," too, went the way of all flesh last

April. After a long and faithful career he

went to supper-not where he ate, but where

he was eatell. (R.I.P.)

Of " Apollyon's" brilliant victory (ridden

by his owner, I ..ieut. Dalrymple) in the Hunt

Race in the Westmeath Point-to-Point, and

of " Starlight's" good performance, I will say

nothing here, as a brother scribe is inditing of

the matter.

And here I must lay down my pen. It is

with a heavy heart that many of us will be

thinking that no more-for the present, at

least-shall we see Reynard.

" his smell with others mingled,

The hot scent suuffing hounds are driven

to doubt,

Ceasing their clamorous cries till they have

singled,

With much ado, the cold fault cleanly out.

Then do they spend their mouths; echo

replies

As if another chase were in the skies."

I knows no more melancholic ceremony than

takin' the string out of one's 'at and foldin'


96 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

up the ole red rag at the end 0' the seasona

rag unlike an other rags: the dearer and

more hinterestin' the older and more worthless

it becomes.

NEMO.

ORDERLY ROOM NOTES.

PROM.OTIOX~ AND ApPOIXTM.E:oiTS.

7702 Sergt. G. Ross, promoted Colour· Sergeant,

1st March, '1913.

7696 L .. Sergt. J. Baskerville, promoted Sergeant,

3rd March, 1913.

9184 I...·Sergt. W. Gunn, granted Fay of Appointment,

3rd }larch, 1913.

10360 L.·Corpl. W. Florence, promoted Corporal,

11th January, 1913.

ll024 L.·Corpl. J. Minney, promoted Corporal 3rd

March, 1913.

]0954 Pte. C. Ferguson, appointed Bugler, 20th

December, 1912.

POSTIXG.

10875 L.·CorpJ. A. Caldwell, from Depot, 18th Decem·

bel', 1912.

Recruits from Depot, 24th January, 1913.

12042 Pte. 'V. Duncan. 12046 Pte. J. Blellock.

12044 Pte. W. Duncan. 12047 Pte. R. M'Kenzie.

12045 Pte. W. Ross.

8945 Sergt. P. Daniels, from Depot, 1st March, 1913.

7702 Sergt. G. Ross, from 9th Batt. H.L.!., 3rd March,

1913.

8514 Pt". J. Mahoney, t{l Depot, 22nd January, 1913.

11469 L.·Corpl. N. M'Evoy, to Depot, 5th Februarv,

1913. •

9698 Sergt. A. Browne, to Depot, 1st March, 1913.

4564 C .. Sergt. W. Turnbull, to 2nd Batt. Scottish

Horse, 1st March, 1913.

9312 Sergt. R. Davis, to 9th Batt. H.L.I., 3rd March,

1913.

BIRTHS.

9665 L .. Sergt. G. Hegarty, daughter born at. Mullin·

. gar, 11th Jauuary, 1913.

7442 Bugler W. Brady, son born at Mullingar,

4th January. 1913.

6677 Bandsman T. Wilkinson, daughter horn at

Mullingar, 23rd January, 1913.

9534 Sergt. J. Veiteh, daughter born at }Iullingar,

19th January, 1913.

MARRIED ltOLL.

9048 Go M'Kenzie, brought on Married Roll,

December, 1912.

9160 Pte. A. Douglas, brought on Married Roll,

19th December, 1912.

TRAXSFERS TO ARMY RESERYE.

9751 Pte. J. Connelly, 31st January, 1913.

10534 Pte. C. Wood, 31st January, 1913.

9581 L..Corpl. It. Scott, 19th February, 1913.

DISCHARGES.

7828 Pte. J. Carson, Medically Unfit, 30th December,

1912.

11970 Pte. S. M'Lean, Purchase, 28th January, 1913.

11950 L .. Corpl. J. M'Guinness, Purchase, 29th January,

1913.

12074 Pte. A. Thrussell, Purchase, 5th February, 1913.

12092 Pte. R. Sparks, Purchase, 17th l'ebruary, 1913.

7491 Pte. W. Durward, Termination 1st Period,

18th February, 1913.

7497 Pte. D. M'Guigan, Termination 1st Period,

25th l'ebruary, 1913.

7502 Pte. D. Fegan, 'l'ermination lst Period, 26th

February, 1913.

EXTEXSIONS.

10954.Ptc. C. E'erguflOn, 20th December, 1912.

RE.EXG.O\GEM.EXTS.

7742.L.. Corpl. J. Lambie, 11th March, 1913.

RECRurrs JOINED.

12077 Boy J. Plant. 12097 Pte. D. Pollard.

12078 Pte. J. Briggs. 12098 Pte. J. Inglis.

lZ079 Pte. P. Boyle. 12099 Pte. J. Biriss.

12080 Pte. E. Fay. 12100 Pte. W. Binnie.

12081 Pte. A. Daud. 12101 Pte. T. M'Sporran.

12082 Pte. J. Welsh. 12102 Pte. P. Carlin.

12083 Ptll. D. Tennant. 12103 Pte. H. Bracken.

12084 Pte. J. Hughes. 12104 Pte. P. M'Ki€'.

12085 Pte. G. Pirie. 12105 BoyJ. Weir.

12087 Pte. W. Murrav. 12106 BoyJ. Bald.

12088 Pte. S. M'Alpine. 12107 Pte. J. Henderson.

12089 Pte. G. ,,'ilson. 12108 Ptc. P. Earlv.

12090 Pte.l'II. M'Taggart. 12109 Pte. R. B1aok.

12091 Pte. D. Raid. 12110 Pte. T. M'Intyre.

12092 Pte. R. Sparks. 12111 Pte..r. Donald.

12093 Pte. J. Stewart. 12112 Pte. H. Wylic.

12094 Pte. C. Thackeray. 12113 Pte. J. Turner.

12095 BoyT. Riehardson. 12114 Pte. J. Sneddon.

12096 Pte. M. l\f'Lcod.

DRAFT.

To 1st Bat,talion H.L.!., 11th Januarv, 1913.

7505 CpI. G. GourIay. 11714 Pte. W. O'Neil.

6157 Pte. H. Bragg. 11723 Pte. W. Allison.

10872 Pte. H. M'Cartney. 11779 Pte. R. Blackie.

10875 Pte. A. Caldwell. 11803 Pte. A. Shields .

10912 Pte. C. Allan. 11804 Pte. H. Bollan.

10952 Pte. W. M'Donald. 11805 Pte. .r. "'louat.

10953 Pte. W. Young. 11808 Pte. J.Nisbet.

1l01O Pte. A. Meek. 11810 Pte. T. Garrity.

11198 Pte. J. Matthews. 11819 Pte. Go Gushl~w.

11312 Pt€. H. 'Yarrington. 11820 Pte. H. Hurlock.

11398 Pte. E. \Vhite. ~ 11821 Pte. E. Regan.

11479 Pte. J. Arneil. 11831 Pte. H. Donachie.

HMI Pte. S. Haddow. 11838 Pte. J. Blackadder.

11619 Pte. A. Gardner. ll841 Pte. J. Coats.

11645 Pte. T. M'Guire. 11849 Pte. J. Docherty.

11654 Pte. C. Livingstone. 11858 Pte. A. Gregory.

11657 Pte. \Y. Beck. 11861 Pte. S. Richardson.

11676 Pte. J. Stewa.rt. 11867 Pte. F. Dcsborough.

12032 BoyA. Gilmour.

To 1st Battalion H.L.I., 12th Februarv, 1913.

12059 BoyJ. Duncan. 12061 Boy A. M'Kay.

12060 Boy F. Jameson. 12064 Boy A. Craig.

To 1st Battalion H.L.!., 4th March, 19HI.

12077 Boy J. Plant.

CERTIFICATES.

10930 Cmp!. D. Sheridan, Phvsical TraininO" Cerbi.­

ficate, 31st December, 1912. '"


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TRANSFERS•

11307 L .. Corpl. W. Dambmann, transferred to 2nd

Batt. Leicester Regiment, 19th February,

1913.

CEHTIFICATES OF EDUCATION.

Second Class, 21st February, 1913.

6559 L.-Cpl. B. \Vinters. 9592 L .. Cpl. H. Lilley.

10848L.-Cpl. H. Ramsay. 11697 L .. Cpl. O. Watmough

10660 Pte. F. Hall. 11298 Bugler C. Keary.

12035 Ptt-. J. Scott.

Third Class, 21st February, 1913.

11648 Pte. R. Burness. 11972 Pte. R. Blake.

11991 Pte. C. Deguno.

12082 Pte. J. Welsh.

12075 Pte. R. Ferguson.

12084 Ptt>. J. Hughe~.'

Second Class, 6th :March, 1913.

10153 Bdsmn. A. Tufnell. 10407 Pte. W. Fitzgcrald.

U400L..Cpl. G. Jones. 11422 L .. Cpl. }'. Whelan.

11448 L .. ~l. J. Smith. 11 no Pte. W. Dudge!l.

11752 L"{')1l. J. M'Munigal. 11812 Pte. J. Mitchell.

U912 Pte. J. Nicols. 11990 Pte. A. Draycott.

12039 Boy A. Cornish. 12075 Pte. R. ]'erguson.

12084 Pte. J. Hllghes.

Third Claos,'(6th March, 1913.

10476 Pte. R. Sutcliffe. 10898 Pte. H. Cormvn.

12027 Pte. T. AIderdicc. 11650 Pte. T. Wats~n.

11660 Pk J. M'Intosh. 11729 Pte. R. :Martin.

11788 Pte. J. Anderson. 11798 Pte. J. SmalL

11866 Pte. J. GouIding. 11885 Pte. E. Hanlon.

11909 Pte. W. Houston. 11920 Pte. M. Dunn.

11980 Pte. A. Cumming •. 11546 Pte. B. Barron.

12031 Pte. F. Mitchell. 1204() Pte. P. Crayton .

.12069 Pte. R. Denny. 12072 Pte. '~-. Paterson.

12083 Pte. D. Tennant. 12096 Pte. M. M'Leod.

12106BoyJ. \Veir.

G.C. BADGES.

11618 Pte. J. Clark, granted 1st G.C. Badge, 5th;

December, 1912.

11597 Pte. \V. i\1'Queen, granted 1st G.C. Badge,

17th December, 1912.

,11619 Pte. A. Oardner, granted lst G.C. Badge,

5th ,January, 1913.

11600 Boy J. Buffill, granted lst O.C. Badge, 6th

January, 1913.

11621 Pte. J. lIfarshall, granted 1st a.c. Badge, 12th

January, 1913.

M.IRRUGE.

On 8th .January, at St. Mary's Chu~ch, Baldoek, Herts,

Charles. H. M'Callum, Highland Light Infantry,

to Grace Dorothey, daughter of Canon and Mrs.

Nairne.


Obituary.

CAPTAIN W. F. V. HARRIS.

SIR,-As some of myoid brother officers

would like to read of the prison service of

their gallant and kind-hearted old comrade

Captain Harris, after' he retired from the

Regiment, I send you a short reliable account,

with a few remarks about his private life.

The death of Captain William Frederick

Vernon Harris took place in London on the

29th ,January. He was in his 75th year,

He was appointed Ensign in the 7]st Foot

(the Highland Light Infantry) in June, 1855,

and was promoted to be a Lieutenant on the

15th April, 1858, and rethed as Captain in

1869. He joined his Regiment at Malta

during the Crimean War and proceeded with

it to India, where the Regiment served with

the forces under the command of Sir H. Rose

and Sir John Michell during the Mutiny, and

under those leaders saw much of the fighting

in Central India. Captain Harris received t,he

l\fedal for the Mutiny with clasp "Central

India." He joined the Prison Service as a

Deputy Governor at DartmooI Prison on the

9th April, 1869, and on the 1st December,

J869, he was transferred to Woking, On the

23rd November, 1872, he became Governor

of Parkhurst Prison, being transferred to

Dartmoor on the 14th of July, 1876, to

Chatham on the 1st December) 1879, and to

Portland 011 the 13th January, 1892. On

the 13th of May, 1896, he was selected to be

one of H.lVI. Inspectors of Prisons, in which

capacity he sefveduntil his retirement on

pension on the 6th December, 1903. On his

retirement the Commissioners placed on record

their high appreciation of his services and

their sense of the great loss that the Department

had sustained. The Secretary of State

also expressed his high appreciation of Captain

Harris's long and faithful service.

He was the eldest son of the late Captain

Harris, 68th Regiment, Chief Constable of

Hants and then Chief Commissioner of the

Metropolitan Police. Haffis was educated at

Winchester, and at the age of sixteen joined

the 7lst Highland Light Infantry, where he

proved himself a very keen cricketer,

and was a member of the Zingari. A good

linguist, he acted as interpreter to his Regiment.

His love for languages remained even

till his " last post" drew near, for he studied

French and Italian up till Christmas, when,


98 HWHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHlWNICLK

unfortunately , li e got wet. t.hrough while

walkin o across H yde Park in YC1'l' hea vy

rain, a~l(l t.ook a 'chill , which (mde'd in Ili ~

death Oil the :!!)th 0 January. When his end

\I'US dl'd I\'in.'.!; ne1l' he ~aid t,~ his niece if a nyt,hiug

ha ppener.l tn hi III he wish ed t, he~e words

pla ced 011 hi~ tDmb, " Here lie~ t,he duty

UUlll. " which has been (lune. On lRt, February

l~e 1m3 laid to n~st. peaeefllll ,v at Highgat:e

Uemete1'\·. He wus ven' keen a bUilt. hi~ work

nt the CUllI'iet. n epal'tn~e nt , where he had the

l'eput.'ltifm of being most just t.t) t.he warders

and priwners ,\]ld ven' par tir: 1I1al' t.hat. t.ll e

foud 8huIlld be l'el'V ~!'Oud of its kind. He

'went hefore t.h e H~J\ ' ~I ('onllllis.,iun t.o l,eg

t·hut, fil'~t. ()t1endel'~ might be kept Hepal'dte

frolll old jail Lild~ and gil'en a dwnce to

l'et,Ill'Jl t.o good Imys. The l'eOlll t lI'a'i the

Htal'lllen (a red ~tn,r Imdoe). Often du]'in u'

pH~t, )'e:i I' S he WllH Spl.l/Cl' ll t~ in London s treet.'~

J, y men whu l,ad been l'llnvif:t~ , and t.balll,c(l

for past. encolIl''',~elllen.t. Ilnd \\'as t.') ld \I'it,h

p ride of t lleil' bri~hf · er dll \'~ . He never wouLd

lw e a. warder in llt.!'rn;lllllee \"hen vi s it.in ~

p ri ~ oncl'~ ill ('elk ()Jl Ol1tJ 1J('ea sillu it eOlll'ict,

seized him by t.he ('.o lhl', IJll t Ra n'i s t.na~ t. crcd

him. He \I llS J1lu(·.h 1('I'ed hy lIla n y or t. he

warder, . .1.. Inelt.h o[ 1IIJ\I'I;>.rs I ll l ~ been lai(l

on hi ll !!T"W in t·llll Jl>\ me of t.he ofYi('er;.; ()f hj ~

old He .., ~; illl n t.

.T. lh: 1,,1 :-,(,1';\" . Li(>llt.-('lJlunel.

General Lord George Paget, Comm.1'(' also jJre'3e nted to Hergt.,·Major (now

Ca.ptain) .John Bla.ckwood, Pril'atcR WilIiull1

Clappl'rton, William Jlalclllm, llnd Gcorge

;-)t.ew:trt. He was one of t.he good 01([ soldiers

who were HO pr'()ud of the I.{,egilllent lLnd its

hi story , ~tnd he oft.en thollght it., a.~ H Regimellt.,

\I'as too little spokell "hout. Iluwa.rla}'~, but

II'hl:1I Hpraking in such a \l'ay 11(' lI'ould prolldly

add-­" Jt~ history speaks for it.,cl£. " He

wa s a t nlt' soldier t.o the cnd , ., prourl of hi ..

D 1'; .\ TJ L

[CK. ,_·}J" ]>lh :2 0t. h, of llleningi t it"


of his father's services in the 7lst, as well as

the photograph which we are able to reproduce

of the old veteran :­

"My father enlisted at Glasgow, 27th

Octo~er, 1852, at the age of seventeen years

and SIX months, and joined the Regiment then

st~tioned at Kilkenny, Ireland. He emb~rked

WIth the Regiment for the island of Corfu iD

the beginning of 1853, and was stationed there

for over two vears. From there he went to

the qrimea all'd served with the Regiment at

the SIege f Sebastopol, where he was slightly

~ounded In the trenches, and with the expeditIOn

to Kertch and Yenikale. He was with

his Regiment about seventeen months in the

Crimea. He afterwards went with his Reaiment

to Malta, and from there, in 1858, g~t

the route to prceed v.erl:md through Egypt

to the E~st I~dIes to Jom In the Mutiny. He

served VI'lth hIS Regiment in all its engagements

through Central India, under General Sir

Hugh Rose, and was present at the actions of

Koonch and 'Muttra, general actions of

Golowlee and capture and action of Morar,

and the capture of Gwalior, and different

other engagements and outpost actions. Ite

served also with the Eusufzaih field force,

under command of Sir Neville Chamberlayne

through the campaign of 1863-64 in' th~

Umbeylah Pass, on the N.-W. Frontier of

India. He was severely wounded bv swordcut

at the top of the Craig Picqci'et while

engaged with his bayonet with seven or

eight" of the enemy at close quarters. He

was here recommended for the Victoria Cross

bi' his Commanding Officer, but owing to

CIrcumstances unconnected with his case he

received the Medal for Distinguished Conduct

in the Field instead. He served with his

Regiment about fifteen and a half years and

afterwards served twelve vears' and' four

months in the Reserve. I give you herewith

a true copy of written testimonial which he

received from Lieut.-Col. J. I. l\>facdonm~n,

Officer Commanding, and aft,erwards General

l\facdonnell, on leaving the Regiment, a~d

which speaks for itself :~-

.. I have known Private William j}>I'Donald for the

last fifteen years, nearly the whole of which time he

was in the Company I then commanded. He is a mo~t

excellent man in every way-honest, sober, and of a

most willing disposition.

.. On all occasions as a soldier on the field I cannot

speak too highly of his cool and determined courage,

as I myself have W1tnessed on a memorable occasion

during the Umbeylah Campaign on the N.W. Frontier

of. In~ia in 1863. For his distinguished conduct on that

occaSIOn I recommended him for the Victoria CroM

which, owing to circumstances uneonnected with hi~

case, he did not fCceive. He Wall, however, presented

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w~th the. Medal for Distinguished Conduo,t on tbe­

Field. whICh he now wears. I recommend him most

strongly for any post of trust, and I regret extremely

that the Regiment should lose so good a soldier.

" My father's medals are :-Crimean Medal,

Turkish Medal, Indian Mutiny Medal, Umbeylah

Medal, Distinguished Conduct in the Field

l\>fedal.

"The medal and clasps on my father's

other breast belonged to his son, my brother,

James Macdonald, who was killed while

serving with the South African Light Horse in

the South African War, and who was formerly

a piper for over twelve years in the 74th

H.L.I."

MR. JAMES RANKIN.

THE news of the death of Mr. James Rankin

will have been rec~ive~ with regret by a very

large number of hIS frIends in the Regiment.

. His figure was a very well known one to everyone

who has served for any length of time in

the Depot at Hamilton, and his genial nature·

endeared him to all who were privileged to,

know him. An article giving a full account

of his services in the Armv and of his life

appeared in the" Chronicle" of July 1908

Mr. Rankin had lived fo,r many years i:ri Rami!:

ton, where he was universaliy known and

respected, a fine type of the old soldier who

was n~ver tired of .speaking of his old Regiment,

of whIch he was Justly proud. The following

brief account of his services is taken from the'

Scotsman of the 1st of February :­

"CRIMEAN AND INDIAN MUTINY VETERAN.

-Yesterday afternoon Mr. J ames Rankin,.

newsagent, Hamilton, died suddenlv in a.

house in Church Street, where he h~d gone

to attend a funeral. He collapsed after reaching

the house, and died almost instantly. A

native of Hamilton, he was in his 81st vear

and had sel'ved in both the Crimean' and

Indian .Mutiny campaigns. He first joined the

.old 7lst Highland Light Infantry, and with

that corps he served in Corfu till the outbreak

of the war in the Crimea, when he volunteered

for the front, and was transferred to the 57th

Regiment. He was slightly wounded at

Balaclava, and at Inkerman he received a.

second wound from a Cossack sword in saving

the life of a French Zouave. On the outbreak

of the Indian Mutiny Mr. Rankin again

volunteered, this time to the 92nd, and hearrived

with this Regiment at Lucknow two,

days after .the relief. His medals included the

Crimean, with four- clasps, Turkish, and India.n

Mutiny."


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at Corunna, and served with the 2nd Battalion

of Detachments at the victory of Talavera.

He subsequently was present at the Battle of

Vittoria, and in the various actions in the

Pyrenees from the 4th of July to the 1st of

August, 1813. He was present with the

Seventy-first at the Battle of Nivelle and the

passage of the Nive, and also at the Battles

of Orthes and Aire. In the latter action he was

the oldest Captain present with the Regiment,

which succeeded in driving the enemy from

the lower town and part of the upper town of

Aire.

He was also present at the glorious victory

flf Waterloo, when he was third senior Captain

with the Regiment, for which he received the

medal.

In the year 1821 .he sold out from the

Seventy-first, returned to his native place,

and was appointed to a commission in the Irish

Constabulary, which he held till his death,

which occurred as the result of an accidentfalling

from his horse-when returning from

duty near Strabane, Co. '('yrone, on the 31st

of May, 1841.

Some time before his death he secured a

commission for his eldest son, Archibald,

through the influence of the Duke of Wellington,

and in the October following his death

his son was appointed Ensign in t,he 41st

Regiment. He afterwards exchanged to the

61st, with which regiment he went to India

and served through the Sikh War, for which he

received the medal, with clasps for Chilli anwalla

and Goojerat. He died in India of

smallpox just before returning home.

The original picture of Captain Armstrong

was paint.ed by a brother officer in the Regiment,

and there can be no doubt as t.o the

exact accuracy of the uniform. It corresponds

closely with Mr. Leask's sketch, in the

" Chronicle" of January, 1905, of the uniform

of 1815,. but it will be noticed that the sash

is worn over the left shoulder (as worn by all

Highland regiments). The whistle and chain

is added to the cross-belt, and the belt plate

appears to be of the pattern introduced in

1814. White breeches and Hessian boots

appear to have been universally worn when

not on parade with the men, and it was also

correct wear for full dress in the evening.

Miss Armstrong is in possession of her father's

sword, which is of the same pattern as one now

in the 1st Battalion Officers' Mess, and which

was described in the "Chronicle" of April,

1908; but it will be noticed that the picture

shows Captain Armst,rong wearing a sword

with a larger guard of a later period. The

shako shown is black, with a green plume.

A shako with a broad top was introduced

into the Army in 1816, and was worn by the.

Regiment in 1817. From the various details

of uniform, therefore, we are pretty safe in

giving the date of the picture as about the

year 1816.

In addition to her father's sword, ~riss

Armstrong IS in possession of his medal for

Waterloo.

A TRIP SO UTH.

"MAN, chaps, hiv ye heard the latest

The baun's for Australia." This was the rather

surprising announcement I heard as' the

Battalion returned from the Aldershot kirk

one Sabbath morning in September, 1900.

As the day grew older it transpired that

this was indeed the case, and also that a

detachment of an officer, sergeant, piper,

bugler, and 21 rank and file were to go to

represent the Regiment in the contingent,

consisting of every branch of the service, that

the Government had decided to send out to

represent the British Army in the forthcoming

inauguration of the Commonwealth.

Proud indeed Bandmaster Evans must have

felt to know that he had under him a band

which was considered wortllY of the great

honour of heading such an auspicious contingent,

and proud were the band-from the

oldest to the youngest musician in it.

The },land, during the short time that had

elapsed since the return of the Battalion from

Ceylon, had, under the able leadership of ~Ir.

Evans, brought themselves pre-eminently to the

notice of leading society in London, and, if I

may be permitted to offer my humble opinion,

the authorities could not have made a better

choice in their selection.

There was much speculation as to who

would be the lucky ones to form the detachment.

Soon hopes were realised or dashed

to the ground as the names became known. I

was not a little elated to know that I wa.s to

be the bugler to accompany the detachment.


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Pipe-Major A. Paterson was selected to go

out in charge of the pipers of the contingent.

Until the final inspection a busy time was

put in fitting out the men in the proper home

review order, as, owing to the war, the Battalion

were still wearing the Colonial kit we had

when we returned from Ceylon in the early

part of the year. No trouble was spared to

give us a creditable appearance, and, thanks

to the efforts of the Commanding Officer,

Band President, and Quartermaster, an were

fitted" up to the knocker."

Spick and span we must have looked as we

paced down to the headquarter offices for

the final inspection by General Butler, who

was then in command of the Aldershot district.

As we took our place among the various other

troops who were going from Aldershot we

had our firRt "glint" at the men of other

corps who were to be our comrades on what

promised to be a very pleasant trip to the

Antipodes. After inspection, General Butler,

addressing the troops, in a few complimentary

words reminded us that we were going out to

take part in a ceremony that would take a

place in history-not only as representative

of the British Army, but of the Empire-and

he hoped that every man would make it his

aim to uphold the honour of the Empire as

British soldiers should.

I may safely say his words were echoed in

the heart of every man there, and, speaking

for the Highland Light Infantry, every man

was determined to uphold the honour and

glorious traditions of our good old corps. The

soldier who makes it his aim to do that always,

in no matter what circumstances, humble or

great, keeps the old flag flying.

Eight o'clock on the morning of the 12th

November saw us parading in the drill hall in

marching order, white jackets and helmets

(for safety our chacos and tunics had been

packed in boxes to be placed in the hold of

the ship-a wise~precaution), and we were soon

stepping off for the Government siding amid

the hearty wishes of our less fortunate comrades

for a "guid time o't." "So long,

DonaI' ; see an' enjoy yersel~. I'll hae a hauf·

can ready for ye in the 'Pig and Whistle' gin

ye come back," was one parting salute I

heard from our old friend Sandy Mitchell, and

from DonaI's laughing rejoinder one could

gather that during their close comradeship at

home and abroad they had been no strangers

to the" Pig and Whistle."

At the Government siding we were joined

by the detachments of the Black Watchand the

Searorth and Cameron Highlanders, who had

come in from Scotland the preceding day, and

who, along with ourselves, under the command

of Captain Scrase-Dickins, formed the Highland

group of the contingent. The 10th

Field Battery R.F.A. (our old chums of the

N orth-West Frontier in '97 and '98) and the

Engineers had left Aldershot on the 11th, so

that there would be no delay caused on the

day of embarkation by the loading of guns,

waggons, and other cumbrous gear that had

to accompany the Engineers, who were taking

out complete balloon and telegraph sections.

Notwithstanding this fact, it was a goodlysized

train that had to convey us to Southampton,

for, besides ourselves (the Highland group),

the Cavalry and Departmental Corps had

mobilised at Aldershot.

We were soon comfortably settled in our

carriages, and as I sat waiting to hear the

signal that was to send us on the first stage

of our long journey 1 recalled to my memory

that hard frosty morning in February, '95,

when I left the same spot with the 1st Battalion

bound for that island of forts and church

bells-Malta·-and fleeting visions of the

strange and interesting sights I had seen

since then passed before my eyes. Certainly

a soldier has good opportunities of seeing the

world, even though it is sometimes under

rather constrained conditions.

Suddenly "An clear" shouts the guard,

with.a blast of his whistle. "Good-bye,

men; a safe journey," cries Major Carey, as

the train moves off, and as we crowd to the

windows to bid good-bye we see among the

staff and other officers on the platform a few

damsels waving handkerchiefs in farewell to

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103

ledge of Aldershot (especially during the

South African War) generally associates the

Government siding with the fair sex, whose

tear-bedimmed eyes proclaim the pain of

parting with dear ones. But on this occasion

I was struck with the absence of any such

feeling. The short time that Jock and

Tommywere tO'be away, and the prospective

presents of ostrich feathers, etc., could no

doubt account for ihis.

We went slowly along the line towards the

junction at North Camp, and as we stopped

for a little before getting on to the Southampton

line there came faintly from the direction

of Farnborough the sound of our drums and

pipes, as if in farewell, from the Battalion,

who were out route-marching. Soon we were

speeding along in good style, the train seeming

to be like ourselves-glad to get away for a

while from that great training school, Aldershot,

with its atmosphere that reeks with new

ideas, some of them, alas! suggested by

bitter lessons learnt lately in South Africa.

Southampton! There is no mistaking where

we are as we approach the forest of masts and

funnels. The most of our men have passed

this way before, and the sheds seem quite

familiar as the train glides slowly into them.

"Pack your straps away in your valises and

have them ready for stowing away" is now

the order.

As we waited our turn to troop up

one of the gangways we could not help

admiring the boat that was to convey the

troops of the Mother Country to her 12,000

miles distant Colony. An imposing-looking

liner of the White Star Company, the

"Britannic," she was both in name and appearance

a most appropriate vessel for the purpose.

After being told off to messes, we were soon

squirming and pushing our way through the

congested mass that there always is on the

steps leading to the troop decks of a transport

in the course of embarkation OT disembarkation.

Such a medley of orders, cries for so and so,

or such and such a man or deck, not unmixed

with the pet slang that Thomas Atkins in an

exasperated state can give vent to !

Thanks to former experience, our men were

soon settled in their messes, a no easv matter

as a rule, for it is not a pleasant problem,

especially if you have inadvertently taken a

place previously chosen by a comrade to

pack your perhaps over-bulky kit-bag in the

space of half its own dimensions in the racks

above the mess tables. This is generally

solved by leaving the bag overhanging, a

menace to some unfortunate sitting underneath

it at the mess table, or, in more probability,

his meals.

Soon everybody was crowded on deck to

wa ve and cheer to the goodly crowd on the

quay. To these sounds and the strains of

an energetic cornet player, who was standing

prominently on a coiled hawser at the end of

the dock, we glided into Southampton water;

but we had not proceeded far when, owing to

thick fog, the boat anchored for the night off

the Needles. This was a contrast from the

last time I had sailed outwards from Southampton,

for on that occasion the "Pavonia,"

with the 1st Battalion on board, had to cut

her way through sheets of ice.

The next day was spent in settling down to'

ship routine. On our deck were the Highland

group, the band, the Wiltshire Yeomanry,

and the Volunteer group.

There was no little grumbling amongst the

Wiltshire Yeomanry, as they alleged that

they had been promised second-class accommodation

on the voyage, and they did not take

kindly to the troop deck. .

The food (which, I may say, was 100 per

cent. better than I ever had on any other

transport) they would not 10Qk at, and for·

the first few days they lived mainly on tinned

goods bQught from the grocery bar. Whatever

they would have fQr their meals, tinned

pine-apple seemed to form the staple part.

This fact struck our fellows' humorQus side,

and caused someone to refer to' them as

the "Pineapple Lancers." This nickname

spread through the ship, and stuck to them

to' the last of the trip. They took it in good

part, like the fine fellQws they were. But

they were nQt content until they were provided

with enamel dishes for their messes in place

of the ordinary tin dishes, and their coO'king

dQne in the saloon galley instead Qf the troop

galley .

I would like to be gifted with the pen of a

Rudyard Kipling to be able to record the

remarks of the "Tommies," when they formed

in queues for the splashing in the scantilywatered

basins in the ablutiQn places, to' find

a few" Pineapple Lancers" in front of them,

stripped to' the waist, with bath towel, soap

box, and sponge bag, which denoted a ten

minutes' delay to those behind.

They looked askance at us fOf the first

week or so, and I could not help smiling when


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I happened to overhear two of them discussing

" Tommy." Big Garge Wood remarked

"By gar! Ben, these 'Tommies ' are

corkers, but the Highlanders--! !" It was

not long, however, before they caught

" Tommy's" spirit, and by the time we had

left Suez they saw " eye to eye" with them.

Entering the bay. Such a night! Rattle,

bang, smash, groans! Such a medley of sounds

dimly disturbed my sleep. As I was halfroused

at intervals J was vaguely conscious

of a disturbance. My hammock seemed

sometimes by circular swings to be tryina to

make its way through the deck above, only to

be stopped by the most bulky parts of myself

and the occupants of the hammocks on my

light and left coming into contact. Now my

leet seemed high above my head, then vice

versa, as if the sea' was trying to shake the

blood through my body in a " before taking"

sort of mood. It's a grand feeling-if vou are

us.ed to it. If you are not, the going up is

faIrly fine, but when the sinking comes the

~ody sinks, the spirit sinks, while everything

In the body seems to persist. in going upthe

extflrnal and internal argument bein"

generally settled by a rolling movement. 0

Daylight and awakened senses revealed a

most depressing scene. Two huge wooden

cases in which the mops, holystones, and other

cleaning expedients of the deck were kept

were unlashed and sliding like two batteringrams

in every direction on the deck. Kits

falle~ fr0I!l the racks above, and the rattling

(If tIn palls, mugs, and plates flying about,

added to the din, which was accentuated by

those miserable sounds' of warriors whose

., innards" were in distress.

There were no shouts of " Show a leg there"

that morning, no taking in of hammocks.

It was too rough for the troops on deck, so

I lay wondering how long I could stick the

~au-de-cologne atmosphere, till, the approach­

Ing hour of breakfast making me inquisitive,

I pushed the foot of the occupant of the

hammock on my right from the vicinity of

my nose, and by a contortion of my neck

m'lnaged to get my head under the hammocks

to take in a view of several of my mess around

the table. . Some were steadying the mugs,

some the tIn plates, on which was a liberal

dishing of fried bacon. Another was hanging

on to some jars of jam, potted meats, etc.,

which, knowing the men, set me wonderina

where such edibles had appeared from, until

I saw" The Larfikan" pounce upon a jar of

some other tasty article, saving it from snre

destruction as it rolled from the direction of

the" Pineapple Lancers' " mess tables. That

stormy morning accounted for a few parting

gifts in the way of edibles.

It was amusing to see the men sitting

doubled up under the swinging hammocks,

gloating over the prospective feed-a prospect

enlivened. by the savoury smell of the fried

bacon whICh, by a great effort by one member,

had been secured from the galley. All that

was now awaited was the arrival of the hero

who had run the gauntlet of the wave-swept

decks with the coffee. (This was not reckoned

an easy effort, for already two Fusiliers had

been severely injured that morning, one

having to bb put ashore at Gibraltar when we

called.) A rousing cheer greeted him when

he appeared, and he was eagerly assisted

down the steps with his nearly full pail of

coffee (the galley cooks wet'e liberal, for few

had bothered them that morning).

" Hurrah! A grand breakfast!" I saw

the hero clap the pail on the end of the table.

Picture him doubled up under a hammock

holding on to the pail with both hands, a

broad grin of appreciation at his reception on

his face; then a general cramped movement

and conversation to make the final preparatio~s

on the part of the hungry warriors. I had

just cocked a leg out of my resting-place,

without taking my eye off the scene, when an

a wiul catastrophe took place. A head shot

suddenly over the edge of the hammock

dilectly above the firmly-gripped coffee pail:

a convulsive movement in the hammock: a

sudden stoppage of conversation and movement

on the palt of the would-be breakfasters :

a sudden roar of exasperation: and-well, I

leave the remainder to the reader's imagination.

(To be continued.)

MEDALS OF THE SEVENTY-FOURTH.

As promised in our last number, we are now

able to publish the rolls of the recipients in

the 74th of the Military General Service

Medal for the Peninsular War and Army of

India Medal. We must again thank the

correspondent who kindly sent in the rolls

for the great amount of time and trouble

which must have been devoted to compiling

and rendering the rolls so complete as they

are.

A few facts with regard to the issue of the

medals may prove of interest. The circum­


HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE. 105

stances of the issue of the War Medal has

already been explained in former issues, and

we will therefore confine ourselves to the

Army of India Medal.

The East India Company, in the year 1851,

issued a medal for the purpose of decorating

the surviving veterans who saw active service'

. in India during the early portion of the

-century. There is no doubt that this thoughtfulness

on the part of the Directors originated

with H.M. Queen Victoria's kind consideration

in granting medals to those who fought and

bled for their country in the days of George

Ill.

The following G.O. was published in 1851

" The Most Noble the Governor-General in India is

pleased to publish the following paragraph of a despatch

irom the Court of Directors announcing the grant of

a medal :­

" , We have much satisfaction in announcing to you

that the Queen has been graciously pleased to assent

to a medal being granted. at the charge of the East

Jndia Company. to the surviving officers and soldiers.

f the Crown and of the Company. who were engaged

in the several services enumerated in the list. . . .

,. • Obverse-Victoria Regina. head of Queen crowned,

Reverse-" To the Army of India." over a Victory

:seated. holding in her left hand a laurel wreath. in her

right an olive branch; a palm tree and trophy of


106 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

ARMY OF INDIA MEDAL.

74TH FOOT.-OFFICER.

Name.

Langlands, George . ~ ...... ,. .... ~

,

Rank.

it1I I~:

Remllol'ks.

....... Captain . 1 1 1 3i Received M.G.S.M. with clasp Busaco.

Afterwards 13th Royal Vet. Battn.

74TH FooT.-N.C. OFFIOERS AND PRIVATES.

Berry, George .. ........ .... ...... ·.... :1 Private 1 1 1 3 M.G.S.M., 2 dasps.

Blyth, George ........... ~ ..............

1-­ 1

Craig, James ............................

Crane, Francis, ..........................

Dammerum, William

................ '.

Graham, William ........ ,-...... , ........

Handcook, Joseph ....................... i

Harvey, James .......... ~ ...............

Joseph, John ..........................

M'Donald, Alexander ............... , .... M'Ewen. Robert ......... , ............

NalI, William .......................... Newton, Thomas ........................

O'Neil!, Daniel ........................

Ross, Alexander ...................... ·.1

I

Stevens, Edward .............. ~ .........

Sutherland, Alexander ..................

Thoma8, .John

Turner, Charles ••••••

.................... "':1

4 •••••••••••••••••

"

Sergeant

1 I I 3

.. 1 1- 2' And Nepaul in 53rd Foot.

Drummer

Private

1 1 1 3

1

Sergeant 1 1 1 3 M.GoS.M., 4 clasps.

Private 1-­ 1 " Hervey" in 'War Offioo List.

Drummer 1 1 1 3

Private 1 1 1 3

Corporal 1 1 1 3 M.G.S.M., 6 clasps.

Drummer

Private

"

"

"

"

"

"

1 1 3 M.G.S.M., 11 clasps.

1 1 1 3

1 1 1 3 M.G.S.M.,l clasp.

1-1­

1

1 1 1 3

I-- I

1 1 1 3 M.G.S.M., 6 clasps.

1 1 1 3 M.G.S.M., 5 clasps.

1-­ 1


...

HIGHLA..'IIW LIGHT INFANTRY CHRO~ICLE.

107

MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE MEDAIJ-PENINSULAR WAR.

74TH FOOT.-OFFICERS.

Alves, John . ~

............... Lieut.

Black, John ................

Burke, Thos. Travel'S ........ Vo!. "

Cargill, William ............ Subaltern 1

1 } 1 } 1 1 7

& Captn·i

Champney, Richard .... ~ Ensign

!

1 1 Afterwards 67th Foot.

Corrigan, James ............ Lieut.

1 1

Crabbe, Eyre John .......... 1- 1

" III - 1­ 1 1 1 1 8

Davies, Richard ............ Ens. &

I! 1 1 1 1- 1 1 7 Afterwards Paymaster.

,Lieut.

Fleetwood, James . . . . . . . . .. Lieut.

Fraser, Donald .. .... .. .. . ... Qrmster.

Heron, Samuel

... , ........ Lieut.

'11

} 1 1 1 1 } } l~ll

!

* 1 1 } I 1 11 6 *Sick.

1 1 1 Afterwards 11th Dragoons.

-­ } 1 1­- 1- 1 1: 6 Afterwards 25th Dragoons.

1- 1­ 1 1 4

1, 1 1 1 1 1

i

7 Afterwards 24th Foot.

Langlands, George ••••• 0_' Captain I 1 A. of I. (3). Afterwards 13th Royal

Vet. Battn.

Lindsey, Owen ....' ........ Surgeon 1 l,­- 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 Removed 16/4/12 and employed as

Staff Surgeon.

Lyster, T~lOS. St. George .... Lieut. - 1 1 1:­ * *­- 1­ 4 Afterwards 6th Dragoon Guards, Not

on pay list.

Manners, Russell 0" •• , •••••• :r.iajor 1

" * "

1 * 1 3 *Gold Cross.

MacQueen, D. J. " ........ -. Captain } 11-­ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9

Moore, William ••••••••• 0 o.

I 1 1 1 1 1 1 7

"

Terry, John ..............

1 1

Thomson, Alexander ........ " 1 1 1 1 1 11­ 1 1 1- 9

"

White, Henry ... , .......... Adjt. 1 1 11'­ 1 1 5 And Corunna in 1st Foot Guards.

Yates, Thos. William ........ Ens., 72nd

.

1 1

(atthed.)

I


108 HIGHLAND LIGH'I INFANTRY CHRONICLE

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74TH FOOT.-N.C. OFFICERS AND PRIVATES.

;i

'i::!

g "d .. j

~

~

~ .~ ~I~ ,.;

.ii! 'i .. 1:: ~

:iame. Rank. .; $ 15 • t Remark •.

~ e 1 ~

,~ ~ o IX! ;;;:t: z 0 ... ...

Abbott, Joseph .. ,...... , "1 Sergeant IH--I--H'-I-+-I-:--H 1

Aldridge, George , ..... ,..... Private

I 1

Alexander, James " .... " . 'I " -,-I'- .. • 1 1 1 1 1 1 t *1


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74TH FOOT.-N.C. OFFICERS AND PRIVATlI:S.-OCmUnued.

Name.

FaJloon, Patrick ........... .

Farrell, John ............. .

Finnister, David ........... .

Flannagen, John ........... .

Flannery. Timothy ......... .

Forbes. Robert ............. .

Fox, Thomas ............. .

Gibson, Edward ........... .

Gilligan, Patrick ......... .

Goodwin, Arthur ........... .

Gordon, James ............. .

Graham, Arthur ........... .

Gra:ham. Will lam ........... .

Grant, George ............ ..

Gready, John ............... .

Greene, Joseph ............. .

Gyte, George ............. .

Hancock, Jacob ........... .

Hancock, Joseph ........... .

Hardy, William ........... .

Harkley, Andrew ........... .

Heap, Samuel •.............

Henderson, Daniel ......... .

Hirst, William ............. .

Hislop, Alexander ......... .

Hoppey, James ........... .

Howard, John ............. .

Hughes, Alexander ....... .

Hume, John ............... .

Hunter, Peter .............. 1

Hutchinson, John ......... .

Jones, Richard ............. .

Jones, Stephen ............. .

Kane, Peter ............... .

Kane, William ............. .

Kearnan, Terence ......... .

James ........... .

• ~ • a > •••• 6 ~ •••

Kelly, .John ............... .

Kennedy, Robert ......... .

Kettereon, Patrick ......... .

Kidd, Matthew •.............

Killiher, Patrick .•..........

Lamoon, Joseph ........... .

Lee, Patrick .............. ..

Leslie, Joseph ............. .

Lloyd, Evan ............. .

Logan, Quentin ........... .

Louden, Alexander ......... .

Long, Robert .•............

Longmore, WaIter ......... .

Macintosh, Richard ......... .

Mackarsie, Andrew ......... .

Macqueen, John ........... .

Marquis, James ........... .

Marsden, John ••............

Rank.

Private

" Sergeant

Private

" Sergeant

" Private

" Sergeant

Private

Corporal

Private

Sergeant

Private

" Sergeant

Private

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f- 1 Il- l

1 1

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1- 1 1 1

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1 1 1

1 1 1 1 1 ~

1 1 1 1- *

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1 1 1 1 1 1

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9

4

5

S "Absent.

2 "Depot.

3

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A. of I. (3).

110

1 1

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1 1

1 7

11-- 1 1 -1

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2

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-- 1 I 1 1, 1 III 1 '" 8

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- 1- 1 1 11 1--1 11'1 7

1 '" 1 1 1 11 1 1-1· 1 8

1 1----1'----- 2

-- 1 1 * 1 1---- 4

*Not on roll.

"Coimbra.

A. of I. (3).

*Not joined.

"'Not on roll.

Remarks.

*Sick at Castello Branco,

*Elvas.

"'Absent.

"'Not on roll.

"'Coimbra.

Kilmainham list.

*Sick Absent.

*Not on roll.

*Elvas.

*At Elvas.

*Coimbra:

*Sick at Lisbon

*At Orthes.

·Sick absent.

*Hospital.

**Orthes.

Discharged Feb., ISIlk


.......

110 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

Name~ Rank.

iJili!;

M'Ewan, Robert ............

M'Gifiard, John (3) .•.....••• Private

M'Gifford, John ..............

"

M'Glevey, Owen ........... .

74TH FOOT.-N.C. OFFICERS AND PlUVATES.-Oontinued.

~i !Iil

:6

~ I

~ '"d~8Ef ,; J oS

,,:c, 0 '00 > "",

i " .e ~ ~ =.., ~I ~ ~ ~

Martin, Thomas

'" •• 0 ••• , •• Private 1 1 6 "'Not foun d.

Matheson, John..............

1 1 1 1

Maxweli, James.............. " I 1 1 1 ... 1 1,-1-III 5

8 "'Not pre sent.

Maxwell, WilIiam ............ Q,Afs. 1 1 ] 11 /- I I 7

M'Arthur, William .......... Private 1 "' 11- * 1- 1 6 "'Coimbra.

M'Auley, James ..... ~ ~ ~lll':' ]1 1 6

M'Calium, James .......... " ~ 1 1 1 1 t "

~I-I= I' 1 9

M'Donald, Donald ••••• 0.0 o.

H Il- l 1 1 1 7

M'Dougal, Dougal. ...........

1 1 1 1 I 8

" -;:- 1 1[ L,-

M'Evan, James ............. 1 1

2 ·Sick at Lisbon.

Cor~oral li= I, '" - Il- ll- l 1 6 "'A. of r. (3).

1 1

-- I 1 2

" ] 1 "'- I ~I~'-

i

Remarks.

11- 1 1 1 1 1 11- 1 1 9

Al'Gregor, Alexander ....... . 1111111111111

M'Gregor, Gregor ...... '" .. . Sergeant "

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 III

M'Guirk, Daniel ........... .

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1- 1 110

M'Henry, William ........... . Pri;ate 1 1 1 1 1 1 11-1- 1 1 9

M'Kenzie, Donald ......... .

1 1 1 I I I ] 1 1 1-10

M'Kenzie, Gustavus ....... .

1 1 I * 1 "' I 11- 1 1 8 OONot found.

M'Kinnon, Phinon •.........

I 1 1 .. '" * *-- 1 1 5 *Not found.

M'Lea, Patrick (alia8 Mullins,

* 1 1 1 1 4 "'Not joined.

Peter)

McLean, Angus ........... . " ;- 1-- 1 1 11-1-: 1 1 6

A'l'Nair, James ............. . Sergeant 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 11- 1

1 110

M'Pherson, John .....•...... Private 1 1 1 .. I 1 5 "'Abrantes

M'Pherson, Lachlan ....... . N.C.O. & I 1 I 11- I I 11-1' 1 1 9 Afterwards S.O. of Pensioners.

"'Ensign ,I i i

M'Que"n, Alexander ........ Private I 1 r 2

Middleton, John ............ " 11- * -=-' lil " 3 "'AbRent.

Miller, Henry . . . . . • . . . . . . .. Corporal 1 I 11- 1 1 tl~ 1 I 9'

Miller , John ................ Sergeant '- 1I-I ",-=-, I I 1 1 1 8 '

MiUigan, William ...•........ Private -1- 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 I 9\

Mooney, Thomas ............ " 1 Ii- 1 1'-' ... 1 1 2 .,

Moulds, John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . " , ,_ 4

Muir, William .............. Drummer I 1 1 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 IU'

Muldoon, Patrick . . . . . . . . .. Private 1- 1- 1 1 1 1 '" 1 4\ "'Passages

Mulholland, John (4) ...... " li- I * 1 1 1/-;- 1 1 7 "'Lisbon.

Mulho\land, John (3) ...... " 1,-- 1 1 1---- ,1

Mu\lens, Thomas ............ Q.M.S. 1.:.1. 1 1 ... 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10' "'Sick at Costello Branco.

Murray, John .............. Private i '\- * "' * ... '" 1 * 1 1 3 "'Only jomed September 13.

Nanson, Willlam ...•.......• " i. - 1 1

Naughton, Francis .......... " ,- - I 1 1 1 1-- 1 1 7

Nave, George ... . . . . . . . . . . . " ' 1 1 I I 1 1- -I-I~f-- 6

Newton, Thomas .......•.... Corporal \1 * - 1- 1 "'Sick absent. Army of India (3).

Nicholson. John ............ " 1 1- 1- 1 1 1[- 1 81

Nowland, Lawrence ...•.... ", Private '1 11 1 1 1 1 1-- 1 1 9

O'Neil, WaIter ............." 1 * 1 1 1 1 1 1, 7

Owens, John " ............ ~. Sergeant 1-,­ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1i 9

Parkinson, Samuel ......... . Private I-I-:--J-~J 1 1--- 1 1 4

Patterson, Robert ......... . I 1

"

1 1-- 1 1 6

Patterson, William ......... . Sergeant I I 1 1 1 ... *---f-- 5 *Absent.

Phoonix, John ............. . Private 1 1,­ I 1 I 1- 1 I 9

Power, Thomas ........... . '" 1 1 1 1----- 5 "'Not found.

~ ~:1 :1\1\-;=-'1\1

Rea, Bernard ... . . . . . . . . . . . "

2 *At Coirnbra.

Reid, Richard .•............ Sergeant

6 "'Absent.

Rhodes, Richard ...•.......• Private I -)-,-,­ 1 1 I 1 11 I 1 7

(8) Oapt.. M'Queen's Ooy. (4) Capt. Shaw'. Ooy. * M'Pherson, LaOlllan, N.O.O. and Ensign, should be in Officers' list.


HIGRI,AND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

III

Ridgeway, Bernard

74TH FOOT.-N.C. OFFIOERS AND PruVATES.-OQntinuea.

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, I' I I '

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Name. Rank. '" ",..J". ­ Remarks.

........• Private

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Riding, John ....... ....... " 1-1-1---1 III 1 1111 li 1 61

Robertson, Alexander, ....... ' Sergeant : 11 1: 11- I 1 1 I-Ill 1 9

Ross, William ............. ,: Corporal ,-' 1-'--[-1----- 11

*i-: li I: 1-: 1: 1161' *AtElvas.

Ross, William ., ............ Private-!-:-:-i-i- I, 1 I' 11 1 l!i

RusseIJ,James ..............: 1

11-1-

i-i 1'- *[- 1 1-,--- 1 4 *Coimbra.

1

Sands, Hugh ................

Scanlan, James ........ " .. I 11 1[ * *1 11 11 1-;-: 11 1: 7 *Coimbra.

Shaw, John ................ , 1:, 1 1 " 1 III 1',' 11--11 119

I,

1

Shepherd, lsaac .............. : _'_1._,_ .. III 11- 1'1' 5 *Sick absent.

Skelton, WilIiam ............ ' 1_1_,_ *11 11-[-i- I -

1 113 *Siek absent.

Smith, Philip .............. , : *1-1- 1 I *1-- 1 1

- - ._, 3 *Absent.

Steen, John ................ I-H 1111 11 * .. 1 1

Stewart, James ............ I 1 1 1 - 11 1,-,-!-U.-'-, 41

Street, James ................ ' 1--: 1 1111 11 11 1'-1-, 1[ 117

1_1 *: 11 ,si *On command.

1

........ i Sergeant :-I-[-:-,-n In-,It 1[ 3

Sutherland, Alexander ...... I, ., i *, *' *1 *: 11, 11 11 11- 1[' 1 6 *Absent. A. of I. (3).

I! I I I I I

S utherland, William

Taylor, George " .......... Private ; 1 1] 1i *:-L_I-I-I'-;-'-i 3

Taylor, John ................ '

Taylor, John Thomail

1,_1-" 1', *_I_!_.____I,_" 1' *Coimbra.

'-I1 *1 11-1_1 11 1;-'_1 ..: ..: 3 "Absent.

1

Thomas, John .... .. ...... h-; II-H 1, li-H 1~ 1: 5, A. of I. (3).

Thomson, Thomas .......... '-['-'-[-'--'-1--'-1-: I; 11

Traeey, Timothy ............1--1- 1 111)' 1- I' 1: l' 71

1

Trench, Vizor .............. :-'-:-1-'-1-- 1_1_,; 1 11 3,

, I I i i , i ' I

1

Warren, John.. ............ : 1; Ih *11,1 1[ ll-i'- 1 1: ~I *Absent,

W"lsh, James .............. 1-----1 11 1[ 1[ 1·-- I 11 6,

Weavens, James ... ; ... , ." ,-'_1_, *-, * 1'-1---- 1 2 *Not on roll.

Webber, John ........... ,..

1: Ill! Ill', 11 1111 1-, 1'10:,

"'h't Vf 1 e, Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . ,. l' 1 I 11-11 ' 11 1[,_'_' 1 I' 1'1 s

Williamson, Henry .......... Sergeant 11, 1 1 1 1

,,-1-', 11' li 1[, 1. I' 1 1 , 9:,

Wilson, William ............ Private *'-11111' 1----' 116 *Sick at Lisbon.

Woodcock, David . . . . . . . . . . I' 1 i '" I 1 1'_' '1 I' 6: ·Sick.

I -I 1 ,-- , i 1

11 Ill:, 1[

I-I

Yorston, James ...... '.. ,. Sergeant If, 11' 1, 1,-: I, 1'10 Busaeo added August 6th, 1841}.

1

Young, William.... . . . . . . . . .. Private III ], 1, I' 1 *' .. *' * • 6 *On command.

Young,_ William .... :.:

-,-,-:-! 1:-1- 1 1._ 1 1'__' 3' ·Coimbra.

SUM M A R Y.

SEVENTY·FOURTH FOOT.

Officers.

KC.O. 's, &c.

Number of Medals, 21 202

Aggregate of Clasps, 108 1062

Deta.il of Clasps :-­

Officers. N.C.O.'s, &c. Officers. !If.C.O.'s, &c.

Busaco •. 12 106 Pyrenees, 9 ll;i

Fuentes d'Onor 8 90 )/ivelle, S 61

Ciudad Rodrigo 9 102 Nive, 7 28

Badajoz, 8 82 Orthes, 10 119

Salamanca, 12 101 Toulous~, 13 128

Vittoria, 12 130

}[ost clasps on a Medal, 11 11

(Officer of 72nd attached included in the summary.)


112

HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICI,E.

MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL,

NOTES.

Lie~tt. James Fleetwood, afterwards General Fleetwood.-A

miniature of this officer in the uniform of the

74th is in possession of Major R. E. S. Prentice of the

2nd Battalion.

Oaptain D. J. M' Quew.-A full account of this

officer's gallant scrYices in the 74th appeared in the

" Chroniele» quite recently, together with a portrait

of him, which was lent by his son, Captain M'Queen,

who also has his medal with 9 clasps,

Lieut. John Alves.-Was Adjutant of the Regiment

during the Peninsular War.

Lieut, Richard Davies.-Carried one of the colours at

the Battle of Vittoria, as mentioned in Kelty's" History

of the Highland Regiments."

Oaptain William ll.foore.-Retired in 1838.

Lieut. St. Georgc Lyster.-Retired in 1834 as ),fajor.

A photograph of this officer, and also of Captain Car·

gill, is in the Officers' Mess of the 2nd Battalion.

Major R. E. S, Prentice has the medals of Privates

Robert Forbes and George Gyte, with 9 and 4 bars

respectively; also the medal of Privat


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VITTORIA.

21ST OJ!' JUNE, 1813.

Sing a' ye bards with loud acclaim!

High glory gie to gallant Grahame ;

Reap laurels on our Marshal's fame,

Wha conquered at Vittoria.

Triumphant Freedom smiled on Spain,

And raised her shapely form again,

When the British lion shook his mane

. On the mountains of Vittoria.

Let blusterin' Such et crously crack,

Let Joseph rin the coward's track,

An' Jourdan wish his baton back

Re left upon Vittoria.

If e'er they meet their worthy king,

Let them dance round him in a ring,

And some Scottish piper play the spring

Re blew them at Vittoria.

Loud was the battle's stormy swell,

Where thousandsfocht an' mony fell,

But the 7lst they bore the bell

At the Battle of Vittoria.

Peace to the Spirits 0' the brave!

Let a' their trophies for them wave;

And green be our Cadogan's grave

Upon thy field, Vittoria.

Ye Caledonian war-pipes, play I

Barrosahea.rd your Hielan' lay,

An' the gallant Scots showed there that

day .

A prelude to Vittoria.

. Shout to heroes! Swell ilk voice !

In them auld Scotland shall rejoice.

Shout Wellington and Lynedoch, boys!

Barrosa and Vittoria !

-WILLIAM GLEN (1813.)

IN publishing the present number of the

Chronicle our thoughts most naturally revert

to the Battle of Vittoria, that great Peninsular

victory, the hundredth anniversary of which

was celebrated on the 21st of last month.

Both 71st and 74th contributed a noble share

towards the triumph of· the day, and the

former, from the circumstances in which they

were placed, probably outshone all the other

troops engaged. In the words of the poet

we have just quoted-" The 7lst they bore

the bell at the Battle of Vittoria."

Vittoria is undou btely one of the most

glorious of the long list of battle honours which

adorn the colours of the R.L.L, but at the

same time it is perhaps one of the saddest on

account of the dreadful sacrifices made by the

regiment in. officers and men, and more

particularly in the loss of their Commanding


114 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

Officer. Col. Hon. Henry Cadogan had joined

the 71st early in the war, and had led them

through all their hardships and triumphs, and

had become universally beloved and respected.

A gallant soldier of exceptional promise, his

death was an irreparable loss not only to

his regiment but to the whole army. He was

struck down riding at the head of the regiment

as they breasted the Heights of La Puebla,

gallantly urging his men on to the attack of

the French. The bullet entered his back

between the buttons of his coatee as he turned

to cheer on hi! men. Enraged at his fate, the

regiment continued their invincible advance,

and pushed back the French, though at a

terrible cost to themselves in killed and

wounded. Knowing that his hurt must be

mortal, the gallant Cadogan directed those

with him to carry him up to a neighbouring

height which was crowned by an old ruin and

from whence he could see the further progress

of the fight. One can almost depict the small

group amid the ruins overlooking the plain,

left to themselves as the fight raged past and

rolled gradually back as the French retreated.

Sadly mUst they have watched the dying

Colonel as he lay supported in the arms of

the regimental Paymaster, Ca.ptain Hugh

Mackenzie, that hardy veteran who had

served in every fight which the 7lst had been

in since it was raised. Despite his mortal

agony he continued to watch the progress of

the battle, and exulted in the success of the

British arms. As his end drew near he was

told that the French had at last given way at

all points, when he exclaimed" God bless my

brave countrymen!" and expired. Truly a

noble soldier's death!

That same night, after the fighting was

ended, a party was sent back to the hill to

find his body, and it was brought down across

the back of a horse and buried on the battlefield,

but no mark remains to show his last

resting-place. His memory, however, was not

forgotten in the regiment, for after the war

was over a monument was erected to his

memory by the officers of the 7lst in Glasgow

Cathedral. This monument is doubtless

familiar to many in the regiment now.

To those who have not yet seen it, it is well

worth a pilgrimage.

Apart from the loss of their Colonel, the

price paid by the 7lst for their triumph was

a terribly heavy one. Of something under a

thousand men who stood in the ranks that

morning nearly four hundred failed to answer

their names at night, the casualties amounting

in killed alone to 4 officers and 85 other

ranks, while the wounded totalled as much as

11 officers and 270 N.C.O.'s and men. Those

who have had experience of the dispiriting

effect of a bnormal casualties and the efficiency

of a regiment might wonder that the 7lst was

a ble to keep the field after such an ordeal;

but, far from being knocked out of time, within

six weeks of the battle they were once more

in the thick of the fray in the triple actions of

the Pyrenees, where they suffered a further

loss of no less than 112 officers and men killed

and 174 wounded. The total casualties in the

7lst during six weeks fighting thus amounted

to the almost incredible total of 656 officers

and men. That the regiment should have

been able to keep the field after such a.

terrible scourging surely speaks volumes

for the spirit which must have inspired

the 71st of a hundred years ago, and

consideration of it cannot but cause their

successors of the present generation in the

H.L.I. to pause and consider what a respon-·

sibility is theirs to uphold the glorious traditions

handed down to them from the heroes

of Vittoria and the Pyrenees.

VITORIA.

21ST OF JUNE, 1813.*

Vitoria unquestionably was the decisive

battle of the Peninsular War. Severe fighting

within Spanish territory was still in store for

the Allies before summer merged into autumn,

San Sebastian had yet to fall, and there was

to be rough work amongst the hills overlooking

Pampeluna, but the capture of the

whole of King Joseph's artillery and baggage

at the close of the desperate affray in the

basin of the Zadorra and the demoralisation

which overtook the French Army as a consequence

of a discomfiture so overwhelming

made it virtually impossible for Napoleon'S

legions to stay Wellington's advance short of

the frontier. Previous triumphs gained by

the British troops, sustained by Portuguese

and Spanish eontingents-Talavera, Albuera,

Salamanca-had invariably been followed by

retirement to the confines of Portugal. But

from the date of Vitoria onwards there was

to be no looking back.

After his disappointment at Burgos in the

preceding year Wellington had retired for

the winter and had disposed his forces in the

northern part of Portugal and in Spanish dis­

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HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY CHRONICLE.

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tricts adiacent to the Portuguese frontier .. His

troops, which had in the meantime been

appreciably swelled by reinforcements sent

out from England, remained almost inactive

till the middle of May. They were faced by

approximately equal forces under Joseph,

assembled for the most part in the Douro

basin, and prepared to contest the passage

of that waterway should the Allies advance

from Ciudad Rodrigo through Salamanca and

Valladolid on Burgos, as in the year gone

on Salamanca. The result of these combinations

was that J oseph, finding his right

on the Douro in some danger, fell back towards:

the Ebro and practically abandoned Madrid •

Early in June his army was assembled around

Burgos, but in face of the resolute advance

of the Allies he gave ground afresh and took:

up a defensive position behind the Ebro,

hoping to bar the passage. Wellington, however,

maintained an aggressive and untiring

strategy. In place of adventuring a direct

N

..ATlit'!$ C F~"ch

by. Then, on the 16th of May, Wellington

suddenly set his army in motion. The bulk

of it, under Sir T. Graham, forming a left

wing, moved northwards within Portuguese

territory, crossed the Domo, and then pushed

eastwards along the right bank of the river

into Spain through difficult country; Wellington

himself advanced with the centre from

Ciudad Rodrigo on Salamanca; while the

right, under the leadership of Sir R Hill,

marched northwards from the lower Tagus

attack upon an antagonist drawn up behind

an unfordable river, he diverted the bulk of

his forces north-westwards, crossed the stream

high up not far from its source, and, moving

through a mountainous tract, menaced J oseph' il

retreat by way of Vitoria on Bayonne. The

French thereupon forsook the line of the Ebro

and gathered on the 19th of June in front of

Vitoria, prepared to offer battle south of the

Pyrenees.

wIn point of numbers the opposing hosts


U6

HIGHI.AND LIGHT INFANTRY. CHRONICLE.

were not ill-matched. The Allies mustered

35,000 British, 24,000 Portuguese, and about

20,000 Spaniards, including a strong guerilla

continguent ; there were, however, only

ninety guns at their disposal. The French

forces were somewhat weaker, hot mounting

up to more than 65,000 all told; but they

constituted a homogeneous veteran army,

sustained by a highly efficient artillery

reckoning one hundred and fifty-three guns.

Joseph's lieutenants were Marshal Jourdan,

second in command, Reille, D'Erlon, and

Gazan, experienced and competent soldiers

all of them" although scarcely to be accounted

the peers of Graham, victor of Barrosa, nor

of" Daddy" Hill, whose exploits at Arroyo dos

Molinos and Almaraz in the previous year'

had singled him out as a master of the art

of war. Joseph himself was, moreover, incomparably

the inferior as a general to Junot,

Victor, Soult, Massena, and Marmont, all of

whom in succession Wellington had worsted

on the battlefield during the past five years.

Nor was the position taken up by the French

Army strategically sound, and the marshalling

of the troops within the position was far from

judicious. Regardless apparently of the existence

of a mountain range behind him-a

mountain range which must inevitably render

withd'ra wal perilous in the event of a tactical

misadventure-Joseph was challenging an

encounter with a slightly superior host which

was under the leadership of a Great Captain.

The hazard of the situation was, moreover,

added to by the presence of a vast array of

equipages, some laden with treasure and

munitions of war, others piled up with plunder

being carried off from Spain, all of them

parked, together with herds of cattle and

sumpter beasts and with swarms of suttlers

and refugees, in rear of Vitoria. Not only

did these impedimenta block the roads by

which the combatant troops must retire

should they meet with a reverse, but all this

mass of vehicles and animals must inevitably

fall into the hands of the Allies shonld Wellington

prove victorious in the impending action.

In addition, the proper line of retreat obviously

led by the great highway coming up from

Burgos to Vitoria, and proceeding thence

over the "lountains to Bayonne; and yet (as

is made apparent by the Plan) the French

Army was so disposed that it held a line

parallel rather than at right angles to this

road.

The Zadorra, an almost unforda ble tributary

of the Ebro, flows in a south-westerly course

more or less parallel to the Burgos-Vitoria

road. Above the Puebla defile, where the

river breaks through a well-defined sierra,

its valley forms an oval basin of some extent,

near the upper end of which lies the city of

Vitoria. Joseph had posted the greater

part of his army at'the lower end of the basin,

five miles or so from the town, covered after

a fashion by the Zadorra, where this happens

to make a convenient angle, and where a long

spur from the sierra lying to the south of the

basin offered a fairly commanding position

overlooking the river. The left rested on

the sierra near the Puebla defile; but this

dominating ground was not held in strength,

nor had the five bridges which traverse the

stream in this neighbourhood been destroyed.

The centre, although it overlooked the bridges

at Nanclares and Villodas, was not within

musketry range of them, and it was, moreover,

much exposed on its right should the Allies

force a passage above the sharp salient that

the river makes above Villodas. The actual

right, under Reille, moreover, was entirely

separated from the rest of the army, having

been detailed to occupy ground on both banks

of the river to the north-west and north of

Vitoria, where there were two bridges, so

as to confront any hostile force that might

approach by the Bilbao road and threaten the

general line of retreat towards Bayonne.

Wellington, whose army was assembled in

the valley of the Bayas, some five miles from

the French centre, had closely reconnoitred

his opponent's disposition on the afternoon

of the 20th, and his unerring eye had not

failed to speedily detect their faults. He had

straightway directed the left wing under

Graham, consisting of the 1st Division (King's

German Legion, the Guards were still in rear),

the 5th Division (1st, 4th, 9th, 38th, 47th,

and 59th), two Portuguese brigades, a Spanish

contingent, and the 12th and 16th Lancers

(the present titles of cavalry regiments are

given for convenience), north-eastwards on

to the Bilbao-Vitoria road. He meant this

detached wing to come down upon the French

flank and rear to the north and north-east

of Vitoria, while the remainder of his forces

fell upon J oseph's main army in front and on its

left flank. In pursuance of this project the

right wing under Hill, comprising the 2nd

Division (3rd, 31st, 34th, 39th, 50th, 57th,

66th, 7lst, and 92nd), one Portuguese brigade,

a Spanish division, and the 14th Hussars and

two cavalry corps of the King's German Legion,

which was already south of the sierra through


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117

which the Zadorra breaks at the Puebla defile"

was to cross the river at Puebla, to attack

the heights, and to force the defile. The centre,

under Wellington himself, was composed of

the 3rd Division (5th, 45th, 60th, 74th, 83rd,

87th, 88th, and 94th), 4th Division (7th, 20th,

23rd, 27th, 40th, and 48th), 7th Division

(6th, 24th, 51st, 58th, 68th, and 82nd), and

the Light Division (43rd, 52nd, three battalions

95th, and two Portuguese battalions),

together with the rest of the cavalry (Household

Contingent, 3rd and 5th D.G.'s, Royals,

3rd, 4th, 10th, 13th, 15th, and 18th Hussars,

and two corps of the King's German Legion),

and most of the artillery. These were to

deliver a frontal attack upon the enemy's

position north of the sierra as soon as Hill's

operations had sufficiently developed.,

The morning of the 21st broke damp and

misty, conditions which favoured the concealment

of the advance of the Allied host,

although the sun shone out brilliantly by ten

o'clock. Hill's force having passed the

Zadorra unopposed, the Spaniards on the right

scrambled intrepidly up the abrupt declivities

of the frowning sierra and assailed the enemy's

extreme left perched on the crest. The French

gave way at first, but, being reinforced from

their left centre at the cost of gravely weakening

this, they offered a most strenuous

resistance. British troops had to mount the

heights in support, and it was only after a

desperate struggle in which the 7lst bore

a very prominent part that the Allies were

masters of the sierra. Other portions of

Hill's right wing were in the meantime making

good the defile below, and some time before

noon Joseph's left was already seriously

compromised. It was then that the four

British divisions of the centre, with the

cavalry and reserve artillery, began to make

their appearance out of the tangled hilly

country which separates the Bayas valley

from that of the Zadorra. The booming of

Graham's guns as he brought them into

action against Reille was already making

itself heard, and, almost before Wellington's

attack had fully developed itself, his antagonist,

realising that his left flank was being

rolled up and that his extreme right and rear

were menaced by this hostile army coming

down the Bilbao road, was beginning to withdraw

some of his troops from his centre and

was making dispositions for retreat. This

caused a dangerous thinning of his line of

battle just at the moment when his forces

most needed to offer an unshaken front.

The 4th Division with most of the cavalry

was to crosS by the Nanclares bridge, and the

Light Division by that of Villodas; but there

was a short delay, as Picton with the 3rd

Division, which was followed by the 7th, was

not quite up. It will be noted in the Plan

that there is a bluff in the acute salient made

by the Zadorra between the bridges of Tres

Puentes and Villodas; this has very rugged

sides, and there was a French detachment

on the top. During the pause a peasant

informed Wellington, who had ridden forward

to Villodas to reconnoitre, that the bridge

of Tres. Puentes was unguarded, and the

Commander-in-Chief promptly. directed the

leading brigade of.the Light Di:vision to move

round to this bridge by a concealed route.

The French crowning the bluff were appaI~

ently entirely engaged in watching the Villodas

side and firing on the troops gathered

near that bridge; and the consequence was

that the Light Division got across at Tres

Puentes, outflanked the enemy on the

bluff, and compelled its abandonment just

as Picton reacheq the river a little higher up

and crossed partly by the upper bridge and

partly by fords. The 4th Division crossed

at Nanclares, the 7th Division followed Picton,

and then Wellington brought Picton's division

across from left to right in mass at the double

to assail the high ground held by the French

right centre. This was rushed, and the

victorious troops pushed on to Arinez village,

where there was a desperate combat. The

French left, assailed by Hill and the 4th

Division and in risk of being cut off by the

capture of Arinez, gave way and retired in

confusion; the Light Division and 7th

Division pressed back Joseph's right near

the Zadorra, and at an early hour of the

afternoon victory had already decided in

fa vour of the Allies.

But even under these untoward circumstances,

fully aware that their line of retreat

was in jeopardy, and driven from. the position

which they had deliberately taken up fortyeight

hours earlier, seeing the troops on their

left, moreover, in complete disarray, the

battalious in the French centre fought a lost

battle with unshaken fortitude. Sustained

by their formidable artillery, and maintaining

an admirable good order, they contested every

furlong of ground, so that at six: o'clock in the

evening they were still in front of Vitoria,

drawn up on some gently rising ground that

lent itself well to an obstinate defence.

Graham had, comparatively early in the


118 HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY

day, succeeded in driving Reille's troops

across the Zadorra, and his left detachments

were athwart of the Bayonne road. But in

face of the unyielding bearing and the skilful

dispositions of his accomplished adversary,

the commander of the Allied left wing was

still, late in the afternoon, striving vainly

to gain a footing on the left bank of the river,

80 as to deal a decisive stroke against the

hostile army in its now perilous position.

But shortly before dark an irresistible advance

by the 4th Division against the French left

in front of Vitoria compelled this to give

ground. Thereupon panic ,set in, and Joseph's

armysuddenly ga ve way at all points. Streaming

off along the Pampeluna road-the

only line available-the vanquished infantry

surged in complete disarray through the

masses of impedimenta, the artillery drivers

unhooked their teams and. galloped off,

leaving their guns standing, the transport

drivers had already fled, and Reille, finding

himself threatened in rear, and with no

line of escape open to him except by the

one route along which the J;est of the French

army was already hurrying, relinquished

the defence of the Zadorra, and his troops

straightway joined the general sauve qui

peut. Joseph himself was nearly caught in

his coach by the 10th Hussars, but just

managed to get on a horse and to escape.

And although its cavalry covered the retreat

with fine self-sacrifice the losses of the defeated

host in prisoners must inevitably have been

tremendous had night not closed in on a

scene of almost unprecedented disaster, while

the Allies were still entangled amongst the

huge parks of vehicles covering the plain east

and north-east of Vitoria.

When the trophies of conquest came to be

mustered it was found that one hundred and

fifty-one guns remained in the hands of the

victors; another one was captured on the

morrow, so that King Joseph actually lost

the whole of his artillery, save one single piece.

Four hundred and fifty caissons, huge reserves

of ammunition, the entire baggage of the

beaten host, and even the baton of Marshal

Jourdan (which Wellington sent home to the

Prince Regent with his despatch announcing

the victory, receiving in return the baton of

a British Field-lYIarshal), were taken possession

of by the Allies on the stricken field. A vast

accumulation of spoils being carried off from

the Peninsula to France was found abandoned,

and rarely indeed have the efforts oh triumphant

soldiery been rewarded with so mixed

a. bag. "Wives and concubines," writes

Alison, "nuns and actresses, arrayed in

richest luxury, were taken in hundreds.

Rich vestures of all sorts, velvet and brocades,

gold and silver plate, noble pictures, jewels,

laces, cases of claret and champagne, poodles,

parrots, monkeys, trinkets, lay scattered

a bout the field in endless confusion, amidst

weeping mothers, wailing infants, and all the

unutterable miseries of warlike overthrow."

Nor had the conquerors been called upon to

pay a heavy price in blood for gaining this

signal and far-reaching victory. They had

only lost 5000 killed and wounded in the

struggle. The casualties in the ranks of their

antagonists were given out as not having

exceeded 6000; but it seems probable that

this was an under-estimate, although only

one thousand prisoners had been captured.

Mere figures, in any case, convey but an

inadequate idea of the disorder into which

the French army had been plunged by an

overthrow so overwhelming that it virtually

put an end at one blow to all prospects of

Napoleon's domination being maintained south

of the Pyrenees.

The visitor to the battlefield will find much

to interest him if he be acquainted with the

story of the action. Arinez, Villodas, and

other villages that figured in the operations,

are little changed. Those quaint, long,

narrow, many-arched bridges over the river

remain for the most part as' they were a

ceutury ago. Small difficulty presents itself

in identifying the tactical points which contributed

to make history on that memorable

Midsummer Day of 1813. But one thing

the visitor will not find-a stick or a stone

set up to record the triumph of the Allied

arms in the decisive fight of the Peninsular

War or to commemorate the fall of the British

soldiers whose bones lie buried in the Basin

of Vitoria.


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Depot Notes.

RE-ENGAGEMENTS.

Promotions and Appointments.

38W Sergt.-Major P. Stewart, permitted to continue

in the service beyond 21 years, from 1st

May, 1914, for three years.

RECRUITS JOINED SINCE LAST ISSUE.

12131 Pte. J. Grieve. 12135 Pte. M. Deans.

12132 Pte. W. S. Smith. 12136 Pte. J. M'Lennan.

12133 Pte. G. H. Morris. 12137 Pte. R. Johnston.

12134 Pte. J. Foy.

DISCHARGES.

7513 Pte. F. W. Smith, on termination of his 1st

period of engagement, dated 22nd March,

1913.

7487 Pte. D. Palm er, on termina\l.on of his 1st period

of engagement, dated 22nd March, 1913.

11315 Pte. R. Etherton, at Netley, medically unfit,

dated 29th April, 1913.

11603 Pte. D. Wilson, at Netley, medically unfit,

dated 29th April, 1913. '

11748 Pte. A. Burnside, at Netley, medically unfit,

dated 29th April, 1913.

11521 Pte. F. B. Brown, at Netley, medically unfit,

dated 9th May, 1913.

7569 Pte. E. Mepham, on termination of his 1st period

of engagement, dated 28th April. 1913.

7595 Pte. J. English, on termination of his 1st period

of engagement. dated 13th June, 1913.

POSTING AND TRANSFERS.

.10926 Pte. H. Berry, posted from depot to 2nd H.L.I.,

dated 1st April. 1913.

10746 Pte. C. Scott. posted from depot to 2nd H.L.I.,

dated 6th June, 1913.

ARRIVALS (and posted for duty with the 3rd H.L.I.)

8523 Pte. P. M. M'Gowan, from 2nd H.L.I., on the

26th March. 1913.

l0527 Pte. H. Wilsher, from 2nd H.L.I., on the 1st

April. 1913. '

6944 Pte. M. Coughlin, from 2nd H.L.I, on the 25th

, April, 1913.

11349 Pte. R. Bodey, from 2nd H.L.I., on the 6th June,

1913.

ApPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS.

8514 Pte. J. Mahoney, appointed paid Lance-Corpl.,

1st March, 1913.

10815 Pte. F. Carpenter, appointed paid Lance-Corpl.,

, 28th March, 1913.

TRANSFERRED TO AR:IIY RESERVE.

8958 Pte. A, Whyte. 10132 Pte. A. Amos.

-,9370 Pte. J. Aldington. 10187 Pte. J. Kirkpatrick.

AWARDS AND GRANTS.

5817 Col..Sergt. J. Logani 'awarded the Long Service

and Good Conduct Medal (with Gratuity).

lst April, 1913.

5688 Col-Sgt. A. Hauxwell,awarded the Long Service

and Good Conduct Medal, 1st April, 1913.

CERTIFICATES.

12050 Pte. D. G. Pennycook. awarded 2nd Class

Army School Certificate. ,

12050 Pte. D. G. Pennycook, awarded 3rd Class

Army School Certificate.

12052 Pte. F. J. Morris, awarded 3rd Class Army

Sehool Certificate.

12131 Pte. J. Grieve, awarded 3rd Class Army School

Certificate.

MARRIED ESTABLISHMENT.

7839 Bugler G. Tuthill, taken on the strength of the

Married Establishment, 21st April, 1913.

GAZETTE.

12th February, 1913.-The undermentioned Lieutenants

to be Captains:­

S. Acklom. .

C. H. M. M'Callum, under the Provisions

of Article 26 Royal Warrant.

12th February, 1913.-Second Lieutenant C. W.

Hooper to be Lieutenant.

19th lI-larch, 1913.-Second Lieutenant C. J. Wallace

to be Lieutenant'.

19th March, 1913.-Lieutenant Sir A. C. Gibson Cmig,

Bart., is se


:t2Q

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.

BIRTHS.

CAVAN.-At Drill Hall, IJa,rluke, on 22nd April, to

Sgt.-Instrnctor and Mrs. Cavan, a daughter.

HARRts.-On the 19th May, 1913, at the Bunker'

Wellington College Station, Berkshire, the wife of

Captain H. H. M. Hams, late the Highland Light

Infantry, ofa daughter.

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URRlAGES.

RlilNSHAW-STRAGRAN.-On the 24th April, at St.

Stephen'B, Dulwich, by the Rev. F. White, assisted

by the Rev. E. Rae of Emmanuel, Captain John

Allister Renshaw, R.A.M.C., to Rachel Eleanor

Mary (Eileen), youngest daughter of Colonel A.

Straghan, C.B., late Highland Light Infantry.

DEATHS.

RAE.-At the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, on the 20th

May, 1913, Mr. George Rac, $ late Bandsman 7lst

Foot.

BL'llTH.-At JeBselton, British North Borneo, suddenly,

on the 15th May, JAMES DAVIDSON BLYTH, C.P.O.,

late Lieutenant 1st and 4th H.L.I., and late

Captain in the Liberian Frontier Force, aged 36,

elder son of A. P. Blyth, 17 Cammo Crescent,

Mid.Lothian, Cramond Bridge.

CRIMEAN AND INDIAN MUTINY VETERAN

DEAD.

ANOTHER of the fast diminishing band of Crimean and

'Indian Mutiny veterans has just· p8.liIsed over to the

.majority--George M'Nair, who for the last 20 years

had been a resident of the village of Rosewell. Deceased

joined the 71st Regiment, and served under Sir Hugh

Rose. He took part in the Crimean campaign, and the

regiment in its turn landed at Malta, from which

station it was ordered to India.. Deceased, who was

'in his 84th year, was a man of strong character and

integrity, and was much respected in the district.

His funeral, which is to be of a military character,

takes place this afternoon to Hawthornden, the firing

party being furnished.from Glencorse.-Evening News,

19th April, 1913.

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$The late Mr. Rae enlisted in the 7let Foot on the

5th July, 1865, and served 12 years abroad-Gibraltar,

1868; Malta, 1873; Cyprns, 1878; Gibraltar, 1878.

If-- "

1St Battalion News.

LUCKNOW NOTES.

Lucknow, 11th May, 1913.

DEAR MR. EDIToR,-New Delhi is planned I

We have it on the best authority-the President

of the Town Planners' 1 All is over and

done with, and alone remains the vexed

question of what style of architecture shall

be employed. This is causing much discussion

in both home and Indian papers, but in spite

of all recommendations from England and

elsewhere we are still, as experts on the spot,

prepared to back our original opinion that

the greater portion of the new city, like the

old, will be in the Nigwigian style, and con·

structed principally of "mittee," "lackree,"

"old rassee," and kerosene oil tins (mud,

wood, old rope, and kerosene oil tins) !

Just another case in point of what an

enormous saving might have been effected

': by consulting the man on the spot!"

We were all sorry not to have the pleasure

of seeing Captain Swinton again before his

return to England, but these Empire-builders'

time is not their own, we understand.

The final of the Murray,Cup was played on

our ground on the 8th :March, between the

Royal Scots and our comrades the K.O.S.B's.

It was an excellent game from start to finish,

and was 'won, after extra time, by the former

team, by the narrow margin of one goal.

The 8th (Lucknow) Divisional Assault-at­

Arms followed on the 11th and 12th March,

and the Regiment is to be congratulated on

the way it distinguished itself in all competitions

open to British troops.

Wewon the following events:­

Best man-at-arms, dismounted":""'Corporal

Hardy, after a tie with Col.-Sergt. Goldie,

(injured). .

1st in bayonet fighting team;

1st and 3rd in individual bayonet fighting.

1st and 3rd in novice bayonet fighting.

ItVe were 2nd in the cross-country race,


eing beaten by the East Yorkshire Regiment

from Fyzabad, but we won both the heavy

and light weight tugs-o'-war.

The races for the Swinton Cup and the

Polo Cup came off soon after, and that

plucky little pony" Old Joe" had no difficulty,

in big fields, in placing these two trophies to

the credit of his owner, Captain Inglis.

Shortly after over one hundred men started

in the 4!-mile cross country race for the

AlIen Cup. Captain Walker had selected

a capital line, and all ran it well, only some

three or four men failing to get the course.

That excellent long-distance runner L.-Corpl.

Barron was first past the post, but the Cup

fell to "D" Company, with "B" second,

and " A" and "I" behind them.

This race opened the competition for the

Stockwell Shield for 1913, and was followed

on the 28th and 29th of March by the

"Phvsical Endurance Test."

The conditions were the same as those for

last year, with the exception that it ended on

the range with 20 sec. rapid fire at 500 yards.

Curiously enough the Companies finished in

identically the same order as for the AlIen

Cup-" D," "B," " A," and" I."

The shooting of. the winning Company was

worthy of mention, in that they scored 67 hits.

On the well-chosen date of the 1st April our

annual rowing m"tch with the 8th Hussars

came off. From early morning the excitement

was intense, and crowds, eager to obtain good

posts of vantage, lined the river bank. Our

crew were as follows:­

Bow, Lieut. Campbell ; 2, Lieut. Anderson ;

3, Lieut. Henderson; stroke, Lieut. Hayley;

cox, Captain Cameron.

The crew looked well as they pushed out

into the stream, and the only doubt among

the spectators seemed to be whether they

could or would pull together. It was known

the 8th Hussar crew had had some practice

during the night. We lost the toss and got

the worst bank, but, for all that, after an

excellent st;ruggle we managed to win by a

length and a half.

.That evening we were all most hospitably

entertained by the officers of the 8th Hussars,

and a jovial evening was kept up until the

early hours.

About this time we welcomed Captain

Pringle back from the Depot, where he had .

been on duty for the last three years. He was

glad to be back in "the shiny" again, and to

work!

The Band and 200 men, under Captain

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Alston, Lieut. Stewart, and 2nd Lieuts. Kerr

and Hall, left at the beginning of April for

Landour for the summer.

When we last heard Captain AIston was

playing in a polo tournament in Dhera Dun;

but not having heard lately; we conclude he

is establishing his rights and titles to " King"

of that Queen of Hill Stations-Mussoorie !

We have to congratulate Captain Acklom

on his promotion, but his accession to greatnESS

necessitates his vacating the adjutancy of the

Kailana Hill Depot and returning to headquarters

and the heat.

The regular monthly games commenced on

the 10th April with the competitions for the

Stockwell Shield, and I am glad to chronicle

the fact that the keenness of all ranks has in

no way waned, and all Companies are, if anything,

keener than ever to do well. These are

early days to forecast the result, but "B"

Company are in the lead again, closely followed

by " D."

Since my last letter Captains Pollok-Morris

and Walker have gone off home, and .also

Lieut. Pitts-Tucker. We shall hope to see

them all back before we start on our march to

Ambala at the .end of October, and hope the

sea voyage home will quite have restored Mrs.

Walker to health and that we shall see her out

with us again.

We have been enjoying an abnormally hot

April, the temperature going up as high as 112

degrees. However, a very violent dust and

thunder storm with heavy rain the other night