The London Scottish Regimental Gazette, No. 922, October 1972

THE LONDON SCOTTISH Honorary Colonel H.M .Queen E liz a beth The Queen Mother Regimental Colonel Colon elF .G. Max well, CBE, TD, DL THE 51ST HIGHLAND VOLUNTEERS Commanding "G” (London Scottish) Company Major Richard H o l lid ay, TD LONDON SCOTTISH REGIMENTAL CADRE Cadre Commander Major W. B. Camp b e l l,TD Chairman of Old Comrades Association Major T. R.S. Lyon, TD Hon Secretary K.W ea Mn, B HonE Treasurer A . W .Grit ton Editor of the Gazette C amer o nA.M Inc tyre Assistant Editor C a pta inN. Rut her for d-Y o gnu Hon Curator of Regimental Museum Ian B u l pin ,MB E Assistant Curator A . V .Masters Hon Regimental Librarian P. Douglas N ie kirk ,BE M Regimental Secretary Mrs W.Ry lands Published at Headquarters 59 Buckingham Gate, London, SW \.Tel No: 01-8280234. No 922 —Volume LXXVII October, 1972 FRONT COVER The Band at the Hammersmith Regatta. The London Scottish Regimental Gazette |LEADER I RQ’ (CYPRIOT)s VIEWS AVERY mixed bag consisting mostly of cooks and mechanics offset from Brize-Norton and arrived in Dhekelia Garrison with a week in which to make ready for a Bn of over 600 men. It was rather a mixed bag of a Bn too, being made up of two coys from 1/51 Highland Volunteers (Liverpool Scottish, and Argylls reinforced with Black Watch), one coy from our sister regiment 2/51 Highland Volunteers (Queen’s Own Highlanders from Inverness and Stornoway), and one coy from 1/52 Lowland Volunteers (KOSB) and their Pipes and Drums. A week of rather fatiguing fatigues —some of them carried out in the hottest Cyprus day for 20 years —just managed to achieve our object in time. I was then elected, if that is the right word, to meet the Bn at the airport as a sort of untrained Liaison Officer or Tour Guide. This meant a workday’s at Camp, a solo drive to the airport on a hot afternoon, including a short stretch down a ditch and another along the wrong side of the road whilst fast asleep, fourteen hours of meeting planes and hanging around for the next one, a drive back next morning, and then another full day dispensing vital stores such as latrine buckets and other choice items. Altogether not quite the swimming and sun-bathing orgy I had in mind. Instead of the j>loomv huts which have been our home in Thetford, Otterburn, Bellerby and Sennybridge, we had a magnificent, modern barracks, well designed, clean and right on the beach. A hot sun downbeat onus nearly all day and everyday, abut slight breeze usually kept it bearable, and even pleasant when work was not too pressing. I am told it was quite another story inland on the training areas with equipment, rifle, etc, and it was not long before I managed to gather up a fine rear party of fatigue men from those sent back with heat exhaustion or sore feet. Somehow, there was a great deal of work with avery tight training programme and a serious shortage of transport, we went from crisis to crisis. My boss, the Quartermaster, seemed to have amassed all the worst jobs in Camp, including Messing Officer, and nearly worked himself to a standstill in the first week. However, the soldiers left for exercises almost at the appointed hour, and the“ Q ”convoy even left on time. I am told they also arrived on time and at the right place. At the end of the final exercise the troops are reputed to have crossed the start line exactly as planned—and in the right direction —and actually attacked and defeated the enemy! Can a Camp be more successful? Continued overleaf Page 187
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