1939 - 1946 . . . the Beginning and the End

 

 

The start of a long personal journey of 7 years 11 weeks. Our departure is recorded in this group photograph taken in the third week of September 1939 at the Drill Hall in Peebles, in the Scottish Borders.

It shows the local Territorial Company of the 8th Royal Scots mobilised on the 1st September 1939, three days before the start of the Second World War, and now ordered to join the rest of the Battalion concentrating in the area of Earlston, also in the Scottish Borders, to be equipped and trained for War.

Aged 18, I am standing in the row immediately behind those seated and fourth from the right.

 



 

The second group photograph is taken seven years later in Oldenburg, Germany, on 26th June 1946. It was, the last day of the War-time service of the 7th/9th (Highlanders) Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment). The GOC 52 (Lowland) Division has formally inspected the Battalion.

Now aged 25 and Battalion Adjutant, seated in the front row second right next to the Brigade Commander 155 Infantry Brigade.

It was not the end of my War service having some six months still to serve and was posted to GHQ of 21st Army Group as a Staff-Captain until demoblished in the last two weeks of December 1946. It was there I had to personally brief the Army Commander, having kept him waiting ten mintues [see pages 23-25].

 

 

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