Ross & Cromarty War Memorials

The Seaforth Highlanders in 1939 - 1945
and the 'Last Parade' in 1960

The Seaforth and Cameron Colours in the new Regiment - see here for explanation.

 

1939 - 1945 WW2 Battalions of the Seaforth Highlanders

1st Battalion:
1942: The Battalion was involved in the Burma Campaign and attached to the 23rd Indian Div.
See the story below relating to this feature.

2nd Battalion:
1940: The Battalion was part of the BEF and of the reconstituted 152 Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division
September 1944: The Battalion fought at Le Harve.
03 October 1944: The Battalion along with the 5th Battalion went to Best, Holland

3rd Battalion:
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4th Battalion:
1940: The Battalion was part of the BEF and of the 152 Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division.

5th Battalion:
The Battalion was nicknamed the 'Highway Decorators'. It was part of the reconstituted 152 Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division. 10/11 September 1944: Were along with the 5th Camerons, leading Battalions on the assault at Le Harve. 03 October 1944: The Battalion along with the 2nd Battalion went to Best, Holland.

6th Battalion:
1940: The Battalion was sent to France as part of the BEF.
May 1940: It was involved in the Blitzkrieg.
01 June 1940: The remains of the Battalion were evacuated from Dunkirk.

7th Battalion:
26 June 1944: The Battalion in the 15th (Scottish) Division.


Seaforth's Last Parade
The very end (1960) - watch the video. Seaforth's Last Parade

1985: June, Lt Col Cuthbertson re-planted a Commemorative Tree. To see click here


Story - Seaforths in Burma in WW2
I usually went to the Thunderton House Public Bar on my annual visit to Elgin where it was my habit to have a dram (usually a MacAllan) with a pint of Guinness. Following that, I would have a second dram, a blend (usually Spey Royal).

On one occassion I noticed that there were quite a few Seaforth blazer badges, so I remarked, "Quite a few Seaforths here, I see". To which the barman replied, "Aye - we're a' Seaforths - and we're a' ex-14th Army". "Oh", I replied, "I was in Jungle Training School at Chichester on VJ Day", at which point the barman took my dram and filled it up to the top. When I finished that, and asked for the blend, damned if he din't fill that up to the top as well!!

After that, I did not want to drive, so I went for a walk to Grant Park. During that walk I saw a plaque on external wall of the Library which read 'that Morayshire provided 8,000 men to the Seaforths, of which 7000 were killed or wounded. Very sobering!

 

 

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