The London Scottish Regimental Gazette, No. 917, May 1972

CORRESPONDENCE SIR, Congratulations on a first-class April GAZETTE. This in spite of the fact that there was only one article from any serving branch o f London Scots and this was the Cadets. The Cadets have shamed the Serving Coy. I would like through your columns to remind the Serving Coy that this is your GAZETTE and will only be interesting to you if you contribute articles. Anyone may contribute on any subject and illustrations and photo­graphs suitable for reproduction are welcome. I feel there should be regular articles from the Officers’ Mess, the Sgts’ Mess, the Rifle Pin, the A /Tank Pin, the Pipes and Drums (yes, Archie, they do have a PIPE President), together with other contributions of your own choosing. Next time you are about to criticisc the GAZETTE, count to ten first, then say to yourself —when did I last contribute? If you never have, do it now and send your article to the Coy Cmdr. Who knows —this may bethe start of a flourishing career in journalism. N. RUTHERFORD-YOUNG. COY STANDARDS Each of the four Coys and HQ Wing had its Coy Standard before the War. Attached to lances, they hung from the balcony, poised over the hall, outside the respective Coy Office on the top balcony. Each standard had its own device and after comparing notes with one or two of us to whom the question has been put, we can list them, to the best of our rather hazy recollection, as follows: A Coy’s device was a dark blue A on pale blue background. B Coy’s device was a Bred on yellow background with red edging. C Coy’s device was a white Con black background. D Coy’ devices was a black Don green background. HQ device was a St Andrew's saltire, white on blue. Would any of your readers let us know whether these details are in­accurate and what corrections need to be made thereto. The Standards were taken to Camp and stuck in the ground at the end of the Coy lines next to the respective Coy Office tent, and often taken out on non-tactical training to mark the position of Coy HQ. The “stick man ",who acted as Coy’s Cm dr’s horse holder and Coy runner, usually carried the Standard on the march out to the training area. Later on these colour combinations came to be identified with the respec­tive Coys for various purposes, eg, on labels attached to kitbags. Coy stores, and soon. We wonder whether any reader can enlighten onus the questions whether these Standards were "issue ”or pro­vided out of Regimental Funds, and by whom were they designed? It is believed that S Coy sported a Standard of the same style after the War. Did HQ Coy have a different Standard after WW1I from that used by HQ Wing? Would a reader be good enough to give details, please? A.W. McINTOSH, 16 East Cliff Road. Tunbridge Wells. Kent. SIR OF MEN AND MEDALS I felt that I had to write at once and tell you how impressed I was with the“ Pak a Chap ”dummies that you mentioned in the March GAZETTE. I saw about 2S0 of them, all in Guards' uniforms, down at Pirbright recently and can vouch for how very realistic they are even at quite close range. It can abe bit confusing with these dummies around, however, as I got into a spot of trouble as I walked back to Bisley a Drill Sgt ticked me off for walking past half-a-dozen real officers without noticing the difference and bothering to salute! Seriously now, apropos your Editorial remarks as to why TAVR officers get a different medal than other ranks, the argument is that officers do more than soldiers for their gongs. This down,falls however, when you consider that officers get paid more than other ranks, have better living standards at Camp and. importantly, abetter social status as compensation for the additional work they claim to have to do. When you look at it in the cold light of reason, the indifference decoration is to enable this officer/ other rank division to be carried on into civilian life. When I get my medal and eventually leave the London Scottish. I certainly will not feel like advertising my TEM in the Imperial Calendar and Civil Service List, al­though I confess that in taking this attitude I am helping to perpetuate and strengthen the snobbery and social status surrounding the TD. Perhaps it is time that MoD brought in one medal o r decoration for TAVR service irrespective of rank —some Common­wealth countries have managed it! A Serving London Scot. [We agree about the medals but there is surely no reason why a holder of the TEM should not put it after his name. The position after all is no different than with theM C and MM. Perhaps, like our new coinage, the award of medals will someday be revised in their implication —“The rank is but the guinea stamp. The man’s the man fora’ that.” At least, a VC recognises this. We had better confess that when we published the reader's query re this differentiation in the last issue, we did so without realising the significance of SFA! Which just shows how dumb or innocent your Editor is!— ED.l OBITUARY CECIL F.T. HAIG H Cecil Francis Tyssen Haigh was bom in 1889. He was educated Stat Edm und’s College, Ware. On February 24,1908, he enlisted in the 7th Middlesex, London Scottish Rifle Volunteers, and became Pte N o 7301 in E Coy. On the formation of the Territorials on April 1.1908, the LSRV became 14th County of London Bn, London Scottish, Hand aigh's No became 63. He proved a smart, keen and efficient soldier and was promoted to L/Cpl in 1910. By 1912 he had become a L/Sgt, which was an incredibly short time for anyone of this Regiment to gain this rank. It was not only in military matters that Haigh showed his prowess. He was a good athlete as well as a good shot. Among his other athletic achievements was being selected for the marathon teams in 1910 and 1912 and for the Brighton March in 1913. He was 1st in the Cross Country race v the 1st G ordons in 1911, which he won by seven seconds and he was 1st in the 120 yards hurdles in the Regimental sports in 1914. Haigh sailed for France with the Regiment on September 15 in SS “ W inifredian ”,by which time he had become Sgt. At the turn of the year he was commissioned to the AOC. He got his Captaincy in 1917. during which year he won the MC and a bar the following year. He remained in France for the rest of the War. Between tin Wars he served in Turkey. Hong Kong and India, in addition to the UK. During this period he was promoted Major in 1927, Lt-Colonel in 1935 and finally Brevet-Colonel in 1938. At the beginning of the Second World War, Haigh was at the War Office, wherein 1940 he became DDOS with the rank of Brigadier. His chance for further promotion came when in 1943 he was sent to Persia to organise the flow of ordnance supplies to Russia. Unhappily, he contracted yellow fever and was repatriated to this country, where he served for the rest of the War. In 1946 he retired from the Army and after a short period in the Control Commission. Germany, returned to his house at Crockham Hill. Haigh married in 1918 and was the father of a devoted and united family. To his widow, children and grandchildren we extend our deepest sympathy. Cecil was one of the most modest of men with kindly manners and quiet dignity, albeit with impelling authority. He was always welcomed by his fellow London Scots, especially atE Coy Wand inifredian Dinners. Cecil died on March 4 at the age of 83 and, mercifully, his death was as gentle as had been his life. GEORGE HURST A MOld Comrades of the 3rd Bn 1939-45 will mourn the passing of “Wee Georgie ”Hurst. He had been ill for many years, which is why we had missed his inimitable clowning at our reunions. His inexperience show business stood him, and us. in good stead during those far off days, his sense of humour brightening many a dark hour. He never failed to write a letter each year in time for our reunions, regretting his inability to attend, passing messages and inevitable gags. George took his final curtain on Sunday, March 19,1972, the news being passed to us by Arthur Ratcliffe, who had been keeping in touch with George in recent years. The cremation service was at Slough Crematorium on March 23.1972, a Regimental wreath being laid by "Chips ”Turner on behalf of all Old Comrades. We extend our sincere condolences to George’s widow and all members o f his family in their sad bereavement. Page 95
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