Kilmarnock Academy Royal Regiment of Scotland Open Day

Posted by Mrs McCrone in : Uncategorized , trackback 1 2 The Royal Regiment of Scotland will be running a one day open day Thurs 16 July 15 at Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh, for Training Providers working with young people Not in Education or Training. My team, 1 SCOTS, alongside our Reserve battalion, 6 SCOTS, have been successfully running a five day package with a range of youth groups and training providers including, Ingeus, West Lothian Youth Action Project, Tomorrows People and Street League across the Lothian and the Borders. During each session there is an element of military training to provide an insight into the Army but they also teach core employable skills such as; team work, communications skills, problem solving, taking responsibility, health and well-being and developing leadership qualities.

The courses are open to all young people from 16 35 who are keen to participate in something a little different and has been very well received to date. Our open day hopes to showcase this exiting opportunity that we can provide to the young people you work with. Below are come photos of a similar course we ran for the Edinburgh College Sport Department along with an outline of the Open Day.

Dreghorn Barracks (DHB) is located just off the Edinburgh bypass post code EH13 9QW.

If any pupil is interested and would like more information you must speak to Mrs Hamilton by 26 th June!

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Lieutenant Charles Kerr Bruce 24th London Regiment

Lieutenant Charles Kerr Bruce, 24 th London Regiment (The Queen s) Lived at Galway House, St James Road, Sutton Lieutenant C.K Bruce. Photographed 5 Jan 1917 by David Knights Whittome We know little about Charles Kerr Bruce other than that he was born in 1880 in Camberwell and by 1901 was working as a bank clerk. We know also that by 1911 his father had died and he is listed as head of the household living at Galway House, St James Road with his widowed mother, sister and brother.

He was age 31 and working for the Bank of Montreal. Charles Bruce s record seems confusing at first as the medal card shows he was in the 14 th then 24 th London Regiments yet in the photograph he is clearly wearing the collar badge of The Queen s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. A bit of digging reveals the answer.

The medal card confirms that he initially joined the 14 th London Regiment known as 14 th London (Scottish) Regiment as a private. We don t know when but based on his regimental number it was probably in August, no later than September 1914. One year later on the 4 August 1916 he was commissioned as a 2 nd Lieutenant on probation.

It was at this time that he changed Battalions to the 24 th London Regiment but the full name of this regiment is the 24 th London (The Queen s) Regiment. Hence the connection with the West Surrey Regiment who are officially The Queen s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. The medal card also shows that he first went to France on the 19 March 1915 (age 35) making him eligible for the 1915 Star.

His first commission in August 1916 is not surprising allowing for the number of officer casualties from the start of the war and through 1915. He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 5 February 1918. We know from regimental records that the 24 th London Regiment saw action in both Messines and Cambrai in 1917 and Bapaume in 1918.

Charles Bruce survived the war and went on to marry Lily Leonard in 1928. In around 1930 they moved to Beddington where he died in February 1955. Additional information: 19/8/2015 thanks to @WW1geek_andy 1 for letting us know that the Bank of Montreal Roll of Honour 2 indicates that Charles Kerr Bruce was wounded twice.

Lieutenant C.K Bruce.

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Princess Royal visits Cameronian House

19th May 2015 Leigh James Her Royal Highness was received by the Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Glasgow, Sir Kenneth Calman, and was joined by the Chairman of the Regimental Trustees of The Cameronians, Major Brian Leishman, in laying a wreath to the memory of the Regiment at a memorial at the front of the building. The Cameronians, whose Regimental Club occupied the Holyrood Crescent premises from 1982, gifted the property to Poppyscotland in 2011 to enable it to become a base for the charity s work and a hub for activity by the wider veterans charity sector in Scotland. After extensive refurbishment, the building reopened in 2014.

It was renamed Cameronian House, as a memorial to the Regiment and its proud history. It is now Poppyscotland s operating base for its work in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) was an infantry regiment of the British Army.

Its origins go back to 1689 and the Covenanting era. The regiment took distinguished part in a string of campaigns over more than two centuries, including both world wars, before its disbandment as part of wider Army cutbacks in 1968. Its name carried on for a while through two Territorial Army companies of the 52nd Lowland Brigade, finally ceasing in 1997.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness met trustees and former Cameronians, as well as representatives of The Cameronians Regimental Museum. She spent time talking to Lieutenant Colonel Helen Homewood, whose uncle, John Erskine, served in The Cameronians and was awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. During the 279 years of the Regiment s history, 19 members won this prestigious battle honour.

Chairman of the Trustees, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), Major Brian Leishman said: Once it was clear to the Regimental Trustees that, given the ever-decreasing number of members, we no longer needed the property, we gave it a great deal of thought and decided to gift the building to a very good cause, namely Poppyscotland. Poppyscotland Chairman, Lieutenant Commander Graeme Alexander, introduced Her Royal Highness to staff and volunteers from Poppyscotland as well as representatives of other organisations who operate from the building, including Combat Stress and the Regular Forces Employment Association. Poppyscotland Chief Executive Ian McGregor said: Poppyscotland is both honoured and proud to be able to preserve the memory of The Cameronians and their distinguished history in what is a very practical way, using Cameronian House as a base for our and others work to support the Armed Forces and veterans community.

We have been delighted too, that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has marked the building s handover by visiting Cameronian House, meeting the building s users, volunteers and those from the charity and the Cameronians who have been involved in this exciting project.

It has been the culmination of a lot of work and represents an exciting new chapter for our work in Glasgow.

Before departing from Cameronian House, Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion.

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