Highland Light Infantry 52nd Lowland Division

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  1. Joe Brown

    Joe Brown WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    For a time I commanded No. 18 Platoon in D Company 7th/9th Royal Scots in 52 (Lowland) Div, the last rifle platoon in the Battalion; the first was 7 Platoon in A Company.


    Joe Brown.
  2. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    The Scots Guards not wishing to confuse still (uniquely) use the old Right Flank - a letter, ie ; F Company for the centre company - then Left Flank! There was a letter designation for the flanks - tallied with OC company flags. These letters were never in routine use for Flank companies the letter would indentify the Battalion.


    Right Flank 1 Bn SG
  3. Joe Brown

    Joe Brown WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    The first six platoons in the Battalion - although I known them to be referred to by a series of numbers - were two in 'HQ' Company (Signals and Transport) and four in Support Company (Carriers, Mortars, Anti-tank and Pioneers) . There were also several Sections which came under 'HQ' Company (Intelligence, Sniper, Medical and QM's staff of RQMS, Clerks and Storemen).

  4. Joe Brown

    Joe Brown WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    There is a similarity between the Scots Guards badge with that worn by the Officers 7th/9th (Highlanders) Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment).

    The style of badge worn by the 7th/9th was originally worn by all battalions of The Royal Scots (oldest Regiment of the Line, founded 1633 and listed First of Foot and its place 'Right of the Line') but the Regiment was approached by the Scots Guards with the argument that as The Scots Guards were now in being and the only Guards Regiment of Scotland they by that seniority should have the distinction of wearing the centre-piece of the Order of The Thistle, Scotland's senior rank of Honour, with the motto Nemo Me Impune Lacessit.

    All the Colonels within the Regiment at that time with great reluctance agreed to modify their badge except the Colonel who commanded the 9th(Highlanders) Battalion who suggested they find their own badge!

    Up until the early 1970s that was the position. I should add contrary to the rest of the Regiment we wore the kilt in the Regiment's tartan the Hunting Stewart but it was cut to the style and pattern of the Gordon Highlanders.



  5. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    Joe, We even managed to make a complexity of the capstar! guardsmen.lcpls' and lsgts' wear a brass star, full sergeants and colour sergeants a 'bi-metal' silvered and brass. Warrant officers have a WO pattern star (purchased by the individual) and then the officers star small pattern! Worn over Royal Stewart patch on beret and SD cap. At the depot we were issued two brass and two 'staybright' capstars the Superintending Sergeant suggested dire consequences if seen wearing a 'staybright star'. Pipers of course had their own version of the capstar.
  6. indidae

    indidae New Member

    I am sorry to wake up a hibernating thread. But i am Bart van Waarde. Resident of the City of Middelburg, Walcheren.
    I am 31 years old, born may 8th (VE day) 1982 and ever since i was young I had a vivid realization of what impact the WW2 had on our country. When i grew older and every year the 4th (rememberance day) and 5th of May passed as our Liberation day, where each year less and less people remember the sacrifices made during those dire years.

    I had the opportunity to go to England on many occasions. And on one of these trip i had the honor to join a rememberance of our fallen heroes. (i have a poppy ever since in my car) But never did i have the chance to thank those that liberated my island (which is now a peninsula) I never had anything to do with the war, nor my parents even. But i cannot ignore the last documentary of Nat Geo, that left me in tears of the few men still alive of the combined ops that liberated Walcheren, where the fighting continued several days after VE day in 1945.

    Everybody always says that real heroes dont exist, or if they did they are among the fallen. All i know is that the fighing in Zeeland in general, gave the allied one heck of a beating. But they did liberate us.

    I am very well aware that our real heroes, that still exist are few. My wish, the one thing i always wanted to do, is to thank these men personally and letting them know all the sacrifices they made have not been for nothing, for i exist, and i am free. And i dont speak german, for i am true Dutch!

    it might sound like a long shot, but my only wish is to meet one of these heroes, to give them flower and thank them for i truelly understand what they gave up for my future. If anyone can help me out, then please contact me.


    Bart van Waarde
  7. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Wow! You learn something every day! Thanks guys.


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