Ross & Cromarty War Memorials

The Battalions
of the Seaforth Highlanders

 

It will facilitate reading of inscriptions on the various Memorials if something is known of the Battalions involved. In all there were ??? Battalions in the 1914-1918 War and ??? in the 1939-1945.

A website (2014) which contains a lot of information is titled: The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's) where copious detail on all Battalions, ie 1st to 10th, will be found:

http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/seaforthhighlanders-gw.php

The following two extracts are from another good website where a lot more detail will be found at:

http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/units/230/seaforth-highlanders/

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Seaforths, 4th Battalion in World War I

1/4th (Ross Highland) Battalion Territorial Force
04.08.1914 Stationed at Dingwall, Scotland as part of the Seaforth & Cameron Brigade of the Highland Division and then moved to Bedford.
07.11.1914 Mobilised for war leaving the Highland Division and landed at Havre and transferred to the Dehra Dun Brigade of the 7th (Meerut) Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front.
06.11.1915 Transferred to the137th Brigade of the 46th Division
13.11.1915 Transferred to the 46th Brigade of the 15th Division
07.01.1916 Transferred to the 154th Brigade of the 51st Division
During 1916
The attacks on High Wood, The Battle of the Ancre.
During 1917
The First and Second Battles of the Scarpe, The capture and defence of Roeux, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Menin Road Ridge.
During 1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Estaires, The Battle of Hazebrouck, Battles of the Marne, The Battle of the Scarpe, The pursuit to the Selle, The Battle of the Selle, The Final Advance in Picardy.
11.11.1918 Ended the war in France, Escaudoeuvres N.E. of Cambrai.

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1939-45 WW2 Battalions of the Seaforth Highlanders

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

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

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.

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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. Then 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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