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RHF 2SCOTS - NEWS UPDATES
Coastal Relay Challenge
Starting 15 Jan 2011 a dozen hardy soles will depart Glencorse Barracks, Edinburgh intent on running, walking and or cycling around the coast of Scotland. The team will follow a route along the coastal roads and paths in a clockwise direction. I have attached a flyer and would be grateful if you would forward it to a friend and or ask your local shop if they would put it in the window to advertise the event, particularly if you live near the coast. We hope to send out daily progress reports during the event to our supporters so please come out and support the team as they pass through your area. We will be pausing at Scottish icons along the way for photos and to catch our breath. Details of these rally points will be released next week. It would be fantastic if you could come along to the rally points and support team as they toil with their endeavour.
The latest Afghanistan update from Lieutenant Colonel Dougie Graham has been published on the Whitehacke site.
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NEW WEBSITE - RHF 2 Scots now have a new website at www.whitehackle.com
Here you can find information about the fund raising activities that we are undertaking in support of our operational tour of Afghanistan. Our engagement in Afghanistan starts during the early autumn of 2010 and with luck all our soldiers will return to the UK during late spring of 2011.
To all our benefactors and supporters
I wished to offer my personal thanks to you for your very generous donation to the charity which we are using to support those who have been injured during the deployment of the RHF, 2 SCOTS to Afghanistan. As well as thanking you for your physical support through your donation I would also thank you for the moral support that you are providing to our soldiers. It means a lot to us - especially as we find ourselves in difficult and dangerous circumstances - to know that we are supported by people like you.
Once again thank you for your very generous donation and for your continued support to our soldiers. Your support means a great deal and is hugely appreciated.
The Royal Highland Fusiliers
2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS)
More information can be found at www.whitehackle.com (remember to bookmark this page!).
Wristbands are also being sold via the Home Headquarters Shop, so stop by and buy some and show your support for the jocks and their families!
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Ride To The Wall - 2009
John Mair ex 1RHF and member of the Dunedin Harley Davidson Chapter organised a ride on top of the range Harley's supplied by Edinburgh Harley Davidson for two serving soldiers to take part in a mass ride to the National Arboretum, from Glencorse on Friday the 9th of Oct in aid of the Linburn Blind Home (they also support Erskine Hospital). John's story is below:
Dunedin Chapter, Scotland, Harley Owners Group decided to take two serving soldiers with us to the National Arboretum in Lichfield on an event called Ride To The Wall 2009. I volunteered to contact my old Regiment using Sandy Leishman as a go between. The RSM chose Sgt Jim Thompson and CSgt Jock McGhee as they were both bikers with licences.
Edinburgh Harley Davidson loaned them each a brand new bike, insurance and delivery to Glencorse in order for them to get used to the bikes. The RSM arranged for the Chapter members who were leaving from the Edinburgh area to RV at Glencorse where we had a photo shoot/press call. We were (23 bikes) met at the Guardroom and piped down to the square and met the TARA where we were all lined up. When it was time to leave we were again piped out to "The Black Bear."
We left the barracks in convoy with our 2 guests and met up with 12 more bikes at Abington before heading South for a big party. The Chapter also supported the cost of the Hotel for 2 nights for the boys. Both Jim and Jock really enjoyed the run down and their first night. The next day we left at 0845hrs to meet the other 5,000 bikers at Drayton Park before heading to the main event at the National Arboretum.
We were paying tribute to fallen Servicemen and Women since the Second World War. It was a dignified ceremony with the attendance of the Commander 4 Div, Maj General L Kirkland CBE who addressed us all, he arrived from Aldershot on his Harley Davidson... well cool.
We also had an amazing triple fly past of a Spitfire. We had time to search out all of RHF names on the walls, I have photos of them with the boy's hopefully I can upload then for you all to see. We then returned to the Hotel for a moment or two of contemplation at the Bar before we headed downtown that evening returning for a wee soiree at the bar later.
On Sunday we headed back to God's country with a wet and cold run North, but it did not dampen Jim and Jock's enthusiasm, that happened on Monday when they handed back the bikes.
A fantastic weekend for us and them - Haste ye back boys!!
OF THE FORMATION OF
THE ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIERS
(PRINCESS MARGARETíS OWN GLASGOW AND AYRSHIRE REGIMENT)
The Defence Review of 1957 announced the abolition of conscription and a return to all regular forces of roughly pre-war size. Due to the many changes in the Army's structure which had evolved since 1939 this entailed a reduction of the Infantry, thirty regiments being amalgamated in pairs to form fifteen.
The RSF and HLI were one of the pairs selected for amalgamation and this took place at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh on 20th January 1959.
The new title adopted was the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment).
This important milestone in the Regimentís History was celebrated on Sunday 1st February 2009 with a service in Glasgow Cathedral conducted by the Reverend Doctor Lawrence Whitley MA BD PhD, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral followed by a march through the City to George Square.
Led by the Colour Party and Pipes and Drums of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the Second Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland Veterans of the Regiment formed up by Branches and RHF Cadets and marched to Church starting within the Cathedral precincts. The Colours and Branch Standards were marched into the Cathedral with due ceremony.
After the Service the Parade reformed and marched through the City to George Square under the direction of Parade Commander RSM John Hamilton Rtd. marching behind the last stand of Royal Highland Fusiliers Colours, these colours were presented by HRH The Duke of York, our Royal Colonel on operations in Afghanistan, where the salute was taken by the Rt. Hon Councillor Bob Winter, Lord Provost, City of Glasgow and the Deputy Representative Colonel, Colonel N.T. Campbell, The Royal Highland Fusiliers.
The Parade then fell out in George Square after which there was a Civic Reception in the City Chambers.
"Nemo nos impune lacesset"
Presentation of New Colours to 2 Scots by HRH The Duke of York KG - 8th June 2008 in Afghanistan
On the morning of 8 June 2008 in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan HRH The Duke of York KG presented the last stand of Royal Highland Fusiliers Colours to the Battalion. This is the first time since 1856 that Colours have been presented in the 'field'; the last occasion having been in India.
In a very simple but poignant ceremony conducted on the disused HLS, the old Colours were marched on with pipes and drums playing in the presence of HRH The Duke of York, Brigadier M P S Carleton-Smith OBE, Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade and 300 other members of the Battalion, Battle Group and base troops.
The Colour party were received by the Deputy Chaplain General, The Revd J Woodhouse QHC CF, The Revd N Cook, Task Force Senior Padre and Padre Abeledo, Padre to the Battalion. Under the Quartermaster the new Colours were marched onto parade and after the consecration ceremony was conducted by the Deputy Chaplain General, HRH The Duke of York made a short speech to those assembled. Shortly after the new Colours were handed over to the Ensigns and following the Royal Salute were marched off parade to take pride of place in Battle Group Headquarters.
HRH The Duke of York then spent the morning with the Battalion being briefed on the Battle Group area of operations and meeting the Jocks. Lunch with members of the Battalion followed before HRH The Duke of York left Lashkar Gah for further theatre visits.
I have attached a message from Major General W E B Loudon CBE, Representative Colonel, which was read to the Battalion. Some photos and footage of the parade will be forwarded to Home Headquarters in the next few days and will be available on the Battalion website, but it is hoped that you will see some of the photos in the national press first.
ADDRESS BY MAJOR GENERAL EUAN LOUDON CBE
REPRESENTATIVE COLONEL THE ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIERS
8 JUN 2008
Between 150 and 200 years ago our forefathers were involved in difficult and dangerous operations in this region of the world. They always fought with distinction and, as one generation passed on to another, they were determined to uphold the legacy of heroism and sacrifice that had been handed down to them. In those days men rallied round their Colours, telling friend and foe alike who they were and what they stood for.
Today you all find yourselves the contemporary custodians of that proud heritage which stretches back to the seventeenth century. Since the old colours were presented to the battalion by our Colonel in Chief at Redford Barracks, the Royal Highland Fusiliers have seen operational service in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, the Balkans, and here in Afghanistan. Nowhere in this recent fine record of service have the pressures on commanders, and on the men, been greater than are here and now. And I want you all to know that your professionalism and courage is respected and appreciated on the home front.
God speed and return safely.
Major General W.E.B. Loudon CBE
From the Regimental Secretary of the Royal Highland Fusiliers
A historic moment for the Battalion well done everyone.
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