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

of TAVR for a period of two years. One of these years has passed and one is before us. I believe that if we are to benefit, as a Regiment, from any restructuring or expansion next year, we must be able to show that we can produce the manpower to fulfil any obligation which we maybe asked to undertake. Therefore, I propose to put a greater emphasis on recruiting. In order to make this successful and to capitalise on the efforts already being made, the serving coy and cadre will have to work extremely hard. There maybe occasions when we will ask Old Comrades for advice and assistance I am sure the response will be as helpful as always. I hope news of progress will come to you regularly through these channels. For information, a list of key serving personnel follows (as at March 31,1972): G Coy OC —Major R.D. Holliday, TD. 2 i/c —Captain N. Rutherford-Young. CSM —Won Van Der Vord. CQMS — S/Sgt G. Woodall. 1 Pin Cmdr— 2/L t I.R. McLuckie. 2 Pin Cmdr— Vacant. A/T Pin Cmdr— 2/L tA. Renton-Green. A/T Pin 2 i/c — S/Sgt G. Kellas. Bn HQ RMO —Major A.D.J. Anderson, TD. RQMS — RQMS A.C. Morris. Pipe-Major —Sgt D. Duncan. London Scottish Cadre O C —Major W. B. Campbell, TD. 2 i/c —Captain R. Aitken. Lt —Vacant WOII —Vacant Attechcd LtD. Fraser (Gordons TAVR). SPSI — WOII I. Mitchell (1st Bn Gordons). QPSI — S/Sgt Hossack (1st Bn Gordons). PSI —Sgt Ward (1st Bn Gordons). from the Rifle Pin It occurs tome, from idly scanning the last few months’ Gazettes, that the Old Comrades, who makeup the bulk of the readership, will no doubt imagine that as far as the Rifle Pins are concerned: (a) they have done nothing in recent months worth reporting, or(b) nobody in these pins can write. Ignoring the shouts of, “Hear, hear,” by now emanating from the throats of the Anti-Tank Pin, I endeavour below to disprove both these surmises. I do so, and I would like to make quite clear, entirely on my own initiative unlike the last time I put pen to paper for the Gazette, which occurred during an escape and evasion week-end we had last year: at its close the then Coy Cmdr turned tome and said, “Got a pen, Cpl?” “Sir!” I said, meaning “yes” and wondering what was coming next. “Good.” said he, “Please write-up the week­end for the Gazette “Sir!” I said, meaning, “You ------!”As it turned out, I had the last laugh— I wrote the article and then lost it! All I can remember Page 82 of that week-end now is that we walked along way, made fools of those who were supposed to be chasing us and managed to secrete contraband food and money in the most amazing places on our persons before the Sgt-Major searched us at the beginning of the scheme. The major event in the pin’s calendar of events in February and March has been the Lawers March competition in Scotland and the prepara­tion for it. On February 19 and 20 the pin had a training week-end in the Aldershot area which involved a map-reading overexercise several miles culminating in a night shoot in bitterly cold weather on Ash ranges. The cold was happily responsible for our adjournment to Bisley Hut, from whence a Land-Rover was despatched to the village to buy our suppers at the fish-and-chip shop —the alternative had been to cook on hexamine stoves out on the ranges from which little tactical experience but much dis­comfort would have been obtained. Sunday after breakfast was devoted to section movement in the field and we packed up and returned to London after an“ A1 Fresco ”lunch prepared by the CQMS. On the week-end of March 10-12, there was the Lawers March itself, a patrolling exercise in competition with the other coys of 51st Highland. Two patrols from G Coy Rifle Pin were entered and they, the reserves, Signallers and a handful of Pipers bound for a Bn piping meeting at Cultybraggan, foregathered on the Friday evening after work at 59. A two hour coach ride to RAF Brize Norton on the far side of Oxford and a 2£ hour flight to RAF Leuchars in an extremely noisy and not very comfortable Hercules via Speke airport to pickup the Liverpool Scottish elements, were the prelude to a freezing 3 hour lorry ride through the highlands to the village hall at Kinloch Rannoch. Ours is not to reason why, etc. The hours between 0330 and 0800 were a frantic blur of activity —we were issued with vast amounts of cold weather clothing, sleeping bags, food, cookers and we were briefed. We even managed to get an hour’s sleep by the lochside before cooking and eating breakfast in the clear highland air and offsetting from our respective starting points by the 0800 hours deadline. Our job was to cross the mountains that lie to the south of Loch Rannoch and each patrol was supposed to bethe surviving remnant of a much larger fighting patrol which had been upshot in the course of operations against the invading Northlandians (well, at least it makes a change from the Fantasians!). Ideally, the patrols could have covered the route in less than 4 hours as our recruits did a fortnight later as the climax to their training: to do this, however, each patrol would have had to have taken the route which lay through Coire Chaire, over the watershed and down the corrie on the other side. Unfortunately, the patrols were told to steer well clear of each other and as they inevitably did bump into each other they had to set fresh routes over hills which they would have otherwise steered well clear of. The thick snow on the crests made the going very difficult indeed, with the result that only about half the patrols managed to get
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