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The Invergordon Archive

Seaforth Highlanders
The Invergordon Archive
Seaforth Highlanders

Invergordon men who were part of the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (51st Division) in 1939/40.
L to R: Roddy MacDonald, John Haynes, Davie Beaumont, Davie Ross, Willie 'Decko' Ross, 'Eck' Ross.
Picture added on 17 April 2004
My father is Davie Beaumont; he is now 85 and lives with his wife in Brora.
Added by Susan Macdonald on 20 May 2007
Susan, I have been waiting for a Beaumont relative to come on this site. I knew your father Davie and his sister Chrissie and of course his mother. I am trying to find out where Davie's nephew Alan Brown is. Davie would have known my mother Ryall Dunn. It would be great to see Alan Brown on this site....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 22 May 2007
Hello Harry, I have just spoken to my dad and he remembers your mother - he wanted me to say hello to you for him. My cousin Alan lives in Canada - he and my auntie and uncle moved there many years ago. If you'd like I could pass on your address and/or e-mail to him. My e-mail is susi12@hotmail.co.uk
Added by Susan Macdonald on 23 May 2007
I am trying to trace anyone who knew my Uncle who was killed at Monte Cassino in 1944. He was L/Sgt Thomas Crawford McMillan. I sadly never got to meet him for obvious reasons but the family have always been proud of him and I know he would have made a great uncle. I managed to get to Monte Cassino for my 50th last year and I was in awe of the cemetry (which was beautiful and lovingly tended) but when one saw what they were trying to take (i.e. the Abbey) they really were lambs to the slaughter. They must have known this but still they fought and in the end they did take it. May they all rest in peace and know that they will never be forgotten. God Bless and would love to hear from anyone who knew my uncle.
Added by Margaret McGarvey (nee Murray) on 24 May 2007
I'm pretty sure that's my father Alexander (Ackie) Ross on the far right. Never seen this photo before. It's amazing.
Added by Les Ross on 07 February 2008
I am pleased that you have seen the photograph, Les - maybe one of these days I will hear from someone who knew my Uncle L/Sgt Thomas Crawford (TC) McMillan. May he and all his comrades rest in peace.
Added by Margaret McGarvey on 08 February 2008
A great picture but I was wondering if anyone at all could let me know the colours of the uniform. I am trying to put a picture together of my father who was in the Seaforth Highlanders (MacKenzie) any help form anyone would be gratefully received. His name was Bernard John Avis and I have one black and white photograph.
Added by James Avis on 17 February 2008
James, I will post some pics of the Railway Station mural, depicting the 4th Seaforths on the platform and the St Valery Action. This should answer your questions on uniforms.
Added by Peter Legge on 23 June 2008
James, hopefully I can help by describing the uniform worn in the picture above.
The Glengarry is black with a red and black diced band. The badge is a stag’s head with the motto Cuidich'n Righ (Save the King) under it. The tunic is khaki with brass buttons, collar badges and shoulder titles, all of which had to be cleaned - no ‘staybright’ in those days! The waist belts were of a buff colour leather and cleaned by applying white blanco which ran onto the tunic if caught in the rain. The kilt was of MacKenzie or Seaforth tartan with various shades of green with red and white stripes. The sporran was made from horse hair and, as can be seen, had white background and black tassels with the regimental badge on the cantle. The diced hose, which in fact were footless, were red and white and the flashes were red and acted as a "garter" to help keep the hose at the proper height. The spats are made of canvas and cleaned by applying white blanco, again running if caught in the rain. The shoes were black although I am unsure whether they were of the brogue type which was worn when I joined the army in 1959.The canes carried in the pictures were part of the "walking out" dress at that time and carried by all soldiers on leaving barracks.
As you are probably aware, the Seaforth Highlanders amalgamated with The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders in 1961 to become The Queens Own Highlanders which is now the 4th (Highlanders) Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Hopefully this will go some way to answering your query.
Added by Joe MacDonald on 06 August 2008
Hi there, I've just found this website. I've started to try and trace my Grandfather’s military history a few years ago and hit a brick wall as the 4th Battalion’s records were destroyed.
He was 'Andy' John Anderson. Before the war from around 1937 he was the CSM Permanent staff instructor based or living in Invergordon. I managed to trace somebody whom he recruited by playing Badminton when he was 16 before drill nights. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he tried to get back to his regular army battalion but they told him he was too old at 39. He then resigned from the Army and rejoined the 4th Battalion the following day. He served all through France and was injured in the last few days and got out on the last boat from St Vallery, 1 of only 12 people in the Battalion to get back to the UK.
I am really keen to hear from anybody who knew him that can give me any more snippets of information on him.
Added by John Anderson on 12 May 2009
Hi, I wonder if anyone can direct me. I am trying to trace some military records/information about Robert Alexander Begg Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion in 1914. He was captured and is said to have had various escapades but I can't find any real facts. Any help appreciated. His son is Ean Cochrane MacInnes Begg who also served in the Seaforths.
Added by Simon Tyrrell on 08 June 2009
Hi there, my Dad, Hugh Roderick (Roddy) MacDonald, is on the far left of the photo.
Added by Andrew Ian MacDonald on 08 June 2009
Hi Andrew, I used to work with your Dad in the dockyard, Ministry of Works, in the '60s, also met him a few times in the British Legion, great man. I liked Roddy.
Added by David Gow on 04 September 2010
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