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22nd May 1940 Withdrawal

23rd May 1940 In Action

24th May 1940 On the Move

20th Mar 1941 Exercise

26th Mar 1941 Demonstration

27th Mar 1941 Excerise

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Those known to have served with

Royal Scots

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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There are 10 pages in our library tagged Royal Scots  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Robert Hawthorne Royal Scots

This is a copy of a photograph that belonged to my Grandfather, Robert Hawthorne.

My grandfather Robert Hawthorne was in The Royal Scots regiment and based at the barracks during WWII. On the back of the photograph it says S. Sarkis, Garrison Photograph, Kasr-el-Nil-Citadel Barraks, Cairo. I don't know who the other men in the photograph are and I don't know what the shield is that they are pictured with. Can anyone help me?

Eileen Goodall

L/Cpl Angus Macmillan Carmichael 2nd Battalion Royal Scots

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who served with the 2nd Battalion at Kohima.

Angus Carmichael

John Somerville Royal Scots

I would love to find out a bit about my father during the war. I think he was with the Royal Scots. I know he was a prisoner of war in Italia. He escaped and then was caught by the Germans and was imprisoned in Germany until the war ended. He died in 1979.

Jacqueline Dobbin

John Reidie 1st Battalion Royal Scots

My father, John Reidie, served with the Royal Scots in the battle against the Japanese in Burma and in the battle of Kohima and perhaps the ''Battle of the Tennis court'' as it came to be known . There is a story that he told us that the Japs used to climb up into the trees and call people names like "Johnny or Bobby help me please I am hurt",and when that person went to help their comrade they were shot.

My Dad was badly injured and his friend, a Gurka soldier, saw him bleeding badly he carried him to safety and medical treatment thus saving his life. My Dad remained in hospital for a year having several operations to successfuly save his arm. He also caught malaria during his service and for years afterward suffered malaria attacks having terrible halucinations of his experiences in Burma.

Gordon Reidie

Royal Scots Fusilier Philip John Edward "Billy" Griffiths 11th Battalion (d.21st Oct 1944)

Billy was Philip Griffiths but the Army has him as Phillip with two L's. He is buried at Wuustwesel Church, Belgium. I cannot find any details of a battle during Oct 1944 in this location but it is believed, by the family,that he drowned. If anyone can help with further detais we would be grateful.

David Taylor

Pte. Ian Gray 2nd Battalion Royal Scots (d.3rd March 1943)

Private Ian Gray was my Great Uncle. He was wounded and captured during fighting in Hong Kong against the Japanese. He was a POW at Shamshuipo Camp in Kowloon before being sent to Japan on the Lisbon Maru. The Lisbon Maru was sunk by US Forces in September 1942. Ian Gray survived and was held by the Japanese as a POW at Kobe (Osaka #2B Camp) where he died of cardiac beri-beri on 3 March 1943 aged 23 years. He is buried in Yokohama War Cemetery, British Section.

Jacqueline Ward

Trooper Adam Jamieson Cairns Scots Greys

My father,Adam Cairns,was captured in Crete in 1940 and spent the remainder of the war as a POW in Wolfsburg Camp Stalag 18a in Austria.We have no idea how he came to be in Crete as he was in the Regular Army and had been posted to Palestine in 1938 and was in a Calvary Regiment.

Sheila Cairns

L/Cpl. Denis Edlington Coulthread 11th Scottish Commando Royal Scots

My father, Denis Edlington Coulthread, was on the famous Rommel raid and was Geoffrey Keye's batman and bodyguard. He got caught after the raid and taken pow and taken to Stalag 344 Lambinowice, Poland pow no is 220922. My father never ever spoke about his past as I was very close to my father not knowing he had a bayonet scar the shape of a letter "s" on his back.

When my father died, my mother gave me a published book that was presented to my father in 1957 signed Elizabeth Keyes and it is all about the Rommel Raid and her brother, Geoffrey Keyes, my father is also in the book called "Get Rommel" by Michael Asher. I was 21 years old at the time and just could not believe the history about my father. I wish I had some photos of him in is younger days but only have one of him aged 60. I would love to receive any information on my late father.

Alan Coulthread

Pte. John Francis McCarthy Scots Guards

John Francis McCarthy was the second son of a WW1 veteran, Patrick McCarthy, who was a member of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. His father was a mustard gas victim but still was able to sire 8 children (with Jessie, nee McKinnon) before he died in 1937, aged 47. Before Patrick died he would often say to his son John, "I'll put you in the army" if John was unruly. On his 17th birthday, 7th June 1938, John enlisted with the Scots Guards and began training in London. He was on guard at Windsor Castle when the Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret, would play in the grounds. In 1940 John was shipped to Egypt with his Regiment and saw action at Bengazi and Halfaya Pass. He met Australians for the first time and got a taste for Aussie beer. The A.I.F. mischievously called the Scots Guards, with S.G. on their lapels, "Society Girls". John McCarthy was captured by Italian forces just weeks before his 21st birthday in 1942 and shipped to Camp 55 in southern Italy. He saw a lot of starving prisoners there and decided he couldn't stay. On escape John walked north towards Switzerland before being given up by a Italian farmer. He was then put on a prison train, destination Poland. Stalag 344 was described by John as a large working town or small city. One of John's jobs was to clean the beer vats between brewings. Depleted of good diet, John would eat the residue of the vats for sustenance. Similar to Vegemite. After 3 years John heard that the end to the war was near. He hid in an attic for 4 days and then broke out during a loud nighttime thunderstorm and headed towards Czechoslovakia. When he arrived in Prague he was sheltered by the 'Nazi hating' partisans and was privy to all their activities, which were ramping up. With war's end almost upon Europe, John made his way to the Austrian border and was 'processed' by the U.S. Army. Processing involved an utter physical beating by the yanks because they didn't believe that this disheveled young man with a foreign (Scottish) accent was what he was claiming to be, an Allied soldier. He didn't mind the pain of the beating because he knew that he would be home soon. After reuniting with his family and some recuperating John began a career in policing with Perthshire police. After 8 years John, and his wife Dorothy (nee Haggart) emigrated to Melbourne, Australia where he spent another 28 years with Victoria Police, retiring as a Senior Sergeant of the golfer's paradise district of Cobram, Victoria. John died on 28th May 2002, just short of his 82nd birthday. He was survived by his daughter, Fiona and grand-daughters, Alice and Jen. He was a lovely man. From your mate.


Pte. George Lindsay Wilson 8th Btn Royal Scots (d.15th Sep 1944)

George Wilson died age 25, he was the son of Joseph and Frances M. A. Wilson of Jarrow and is bruied in Kasterlee War Cemetery. He is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.

Vin Mullen

David Wear Short 1st Btn. Royal Scots

My grandfather, David Wear Short of the 1st Btn The Royal Scots, was captured at Le Paradis, France in May 1940. He spent almost three years in Stalag 8b before being repatriated. While in the camp he was heavily involved in the Stalag 8b dance band with Jim Hunter, among others. He died in 1981. Does anyone remember him?

David Short

Pte James R. Jamieson Royal Scots

My grandfather was marched to Stalag 21A (Schildberg) after he was captured at Dunkirk. His POW number was 4282.

Elliot Maison

MacInnes 8th Btn. Royal Scots Rgt.

My father started his POW status in Stalag 12a, later moving to Stalag 4g and finally to Liepzig. He escaped on the march with some others and was finally picked up by American soldiers and treated to some long-awaited luxuries.

Sgt. William Walter Dugmore 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Greys (d.1st September 1943)

My great uncle, William Walter Dugmore, served with the Royal Scots Greys, Royal Armoured Corps, 8th Army. He was killed on 1st September 1943, aged 26 between Tripoli and El Alamein. He is buried in Tripoli War Cemetery, grave 7.C.19.

Jeff Hartley

Elijha "Tom" Brooker 6th Airborne Ox and Bucks Light Infantry

My late father, Elijha "Tom" Brooker, was with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, 6th Airbourne Division on Operation Varsity. Within hours of the glider landing, he was captured by the Germans and sent to Stalag XIb in Fallingbostel. Does anyone out there remember him or anything about the camp?

He was also in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in India from 22nd February 1938 to 17th March 1944. While he was in India he was also with the Royal Scots. Does anyone knows him from India?

Kelvin Brooker

Sgt. Joseph James McGee Harrison Royal Scots Fusiliers

My grandfather, Joe Harrison, was in the British Army both as a career and in service during WW2. He was posted to Alexandria and Cairo, there serving with the Royal Veterinary Corps. After the war, he and my grandmother ran The Scots Fusiliers Ex-Serviceman's Club at 77 East Claremont St, Edinburgh. He was at other times a PT Instructor, with the rank of Sergeant and was stationed at Edinburgh Castle at one time (presumably also Redford Barracks). He won trophies in the 1930s and 1940s for boxing (fly-weight) and gymnastics. He was a slightly built man of a very funny and cheerful disposition. However, during a routine medical, two "medics", injected ammonia into the veins of his legs, leaving him with terrible varicose veins in knots. They did this apparently "for a laugh" just because he was a sergeant. He was given a small disabled pension from the Army because of it.

None of my maternal family are still living, having lost both my mother and aunt in the space of the last five years quite suddenly in their 60s and I would like to know more my grandfather's war records and anything else. I have no idea if he was awarded medals but he certainly had sporting achievements of note. My grandmother regularly threw things away whilst she was alive. Joe was a blacksmith and time-served panel beater and welder as one of his many skills and abilities. He had a great ability to work with animals but was also the most wonderful person, kind and insightful and very very funny. He looked like Stan Laurel.

I would like to know more about his service and career in the Army as the stories he told us were all invented. Such as meeting an Egyptian Princess and saying his terrible varicose lumps on his knee were where a bullet got lodged. He never stopped joking. We moved away from Edinburgh so I only saw him once every year or two years between the age of 7 and 17 when he passed away aged 82 in 1985. He was born on 11th July 1903 in Edinburgh.


Pte. Leo Brett Royal Scots

My Father Leo Brett bottom row left.He was with the Royal Scots

My father Leo Brett was in the Royal Scots. He was captured at Dunkirk and I think he spent some time in Stalag 344 Lamsdorf before being transferred to Stalag XXID.

G Brett

Pte Mario Rico "Jock" Malangone Royal Scots

My Uncle Mario Malangone served with the Royal Scots. My Aunt told me he was very proud to have served in this battalion. They had a verse, but I can't recall.. "first to, ....."


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