The month started with the Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty unveiling a memorial plaque to VC winner Walter Ritchie 2nd Seaforth at Glasgow Green. Drummer Ritchie was 24 years old and his citation reads:
“On 1 July 1916 north of Beaumont Hamel, France, Drummer Ritchie, on his own initiative, stood on the parapet of an enemy trench and, under heavy machine-gun fire and bomb attacks, repeatedly sounded the “Charge” thereby rallying many men of various units who, having lost their leaders were wavering and beginning to retire. He also, during the day, carried messages over fire-swept ground.”
Also present were various members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Association as well as serving officers and men. Members of DM Ritchie’s family had travelled from America to attend the ceremony and thankfully the weather played its part with the sun eventually shining. This ceremony was all part of the 100 year remembrance of WW1.
It should also be noted that the bugle used in the winning of his VC was taken to the ceremony by the Regimental Museum I believe.
Highland Games 4 Scots
4 Scots, The Highlanders, are currently posted to Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire and I was delighted to get along to their annual Highland Games day held within the barracks area. Once again we were lucky enough to have a sunny pleasant day for the various events. I especially enjoyed the strong man events which let me see that there is a lot of guys within the regiment. Plenty to see and do at a Highland Games event and a great opportunity for the families to get together in a relaxed atmosphere.
So pretty much a month that was dominated with regimental events from my regiment the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Camerons) who after amalgamating with 1 Gordons became the Highlanders. Been a busy year for the Association and its members so long may it continue.
Talk to you next month. Have a good one.