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Remembrance Parade Stirling, Scotland, UKSunday

9 November 2008

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1/ Parade March Past and Last Post.
2/ Laying the wreaths
3/ Parade Passes-out
4/ Tribute to our recently fallen Scottish Military Personnel

Parade March Past and Last Post
 

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The City of Stirling is dominated by Stirling Castle, the most strategically important castle in Scottish history. Near the Castle is the magnificent church of the Holy Rude. On Remembrance Sunday, 9 November 2008, a Remembrance Service took place at Holy Rude to honour our military personnel who lost their lives in the service of us, the people who put a cross on a ballot paper.
After the service, the dignitaries and important people took up position in front of the municipal building in Corn Exchange Road where the slightly raised platform allowed us to see Mrs Marjory McLachlan the Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk. By her side was Provost of Stirling Fergus Woods TD in fine kilted regalia.
Provost Fergus returned the salute as the parade came down Spittal Street and swung right for an eyes-right in real military fashion.
The parade was led by a pipe band that had no name. Maybe we should call them, ‘Clint Eastwood’ (mmm you had to see the movie). They were in fact a magnificent collection of pipers and drummers from serving and ex service and TA (Territorial Army).
They were followed by the Standard Bearers (Colour Party). First was the Queens Colour (The Union Flag) carried by John Bell, followed by the RBLS Stirling Branch Standard (Tri Service Rep) carried by Alan Jack MBE, then the Royal Naval Association Branch Standard (the Senior Service), carried by Andy McDonald MBE. On his right is the Royal Engineers Association Forth Valley Branch Standard (Red with two blue lines) carried by Eddie Lyle and on Andy's left hand side is the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Branch Standard carried by Chalky White.
They were followed by the old and bold still able to undertake the march down the hill. Following them were Army cadets, Air Force Cadets, Scouts and the Ambulance Service.
Bringing up the rear are 3 individuals wearing bright yellow fluorescent jackets, the Road Marshall carrying a wreath closest to the camera is Mike Prunty, ex Royal Highland Fusiliers, the holder of a DSM (Distinguished Service Medal), awarded for saving the lives of comrades under fire in Singapore.
They were watched by the good folks of Stirling who managed to brave some real heavy rain showers and hail.
The service at the War Memorial was taken by the Rev. Ian Paterson, the Interim Moderator of the Church of the Holy Rude. The most senior (by rank and serving) soldier on parade was Colonel A. Taverner, the Deputy Commander 51st (Scottish) Brigade.
The lament was played by Pipe Major Sandy Davidson MBE and the Last Post and Reveille was played by Bugler Fraser Harris.

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Laying the wreaths

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Laying wreaths:
(1) Marjory McLachlan The Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk (Queens representative) with two young people in uniform.
(2) The Provost of Stirling, Fergus Wood (green jacket and kilt).
(3) Local MP Anne McGuire (long black coat).
(4) MSP Bruce Crawford (dark rimmed spectacles).
(5) SNP councillor Scott Farmer.
(6) Colonel A Taverner, Deputy Commander 51st (Scottish) Brigade (red striped black trouser military uniform) along with an unknown rep.
(7) Uniformed Rep for the Royal Regiment of Scotland (Glengarry head dress with cap badge of 'The Royal Highland Fusiliers').
(8) Roy McAlister for the RBLS Stirling Branch, Iain McRobbie for the Royal Naval Association and Frank Sutherland for Ex Argylls.
(9) Billy Marshall for the Corps of Royal Engineers and another as yet unidentified.
(10) Dean of Guildry, Ian Crawford and Stirling Council Chief Executive Keith Yates.
(11) Reps from the Police and Fire Services.
(12) Unidentified man in light blue jacket
(13) Young soldier and two Air force Cadets.
(14) Young woman (Scout), young Soldier with 'Tam O' shanter' head dress, Major Bob Elliot from the Castle Museum.
(15) Young Soldier and woman in 'Red Cross' Fluorescent jacket.

 

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Parade Passes-out

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Are you a Veteran?
Why not join your local Association. Swap stories, make fiends and maybe join in a parade now and then.
Currently there are over 55,000 fee paying members of the Scottish Legion but there are half a million Veterans in Scotland.

Here are a few links that might help.

Royal British Legion Scotland
Royal Engineers Scotland
Royal Naval Association
Royal Air Force Association
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Veterans
Parachute Regimental Association
Information and help for Veterans
Soldiers, Sailors, Airforce and Families Association
If you would like your Association’s link added just send me the details. Only links relevant to UK Associations or Regiments.

Poppy Scotland
by Alan Jack, Secretary of the Royal British Legion Stirling (Scotland, UK) Branch.

A lot of people do not realise that in the UK there are two separate poppy charities with two distinctly different poppy emblems. South of the border the poppy has only two petals and comes with a green leaf. North of the border the poppy has four petals and no leaf!  At the national launch of this year's appeal in Stirling Castle after the Interdenominational Service of Thanksgiving for the recent fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Church of the Holy Rude it was noted that during the 2007 appeal the average donation for a poppy in England etc was 75p while for Scotland it was 55p.
If you decide to make a donation on line to either of these worthwhile charities please ensure you are donating to the correct charity!
http://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/ 

 

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Tribute to our recently fallen Scottish Military Personnel

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Occasionally the links below may open a page with several names who died on the same day. Scroll down to find the Scottish person.

A list of Scottish Military Deaths from 2001 onwards

2003 March 24, Iraq - Lance Corporal Barry 'Baz' Stephen aged 31 from Perth - 1st Battalion, The Black Watch
2003 April 22, Iraq - Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie aged 25 from Hawick - Blues and Royals Household Cavalry Regiment
2003 April 30, Iraq - Lance Corporal James McCue, aged 27 from Paisley - Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
2003 August 13, Iraq - Private Jason Smith aged 32 from Hawick - 52nd Lowland Regiment, attached to The King's Own Scottish Borderers
2003 August 27, Iraq, Ali As Sharqi - Fusilier Russell Beeston, aged 26 from Govan, Glasgow - 52nd Lowland Regiment (Volunteers)
2004 January 7, Iraq, Basra - Lance Corporal Andrew James Craw, aged 21 from Clackmannanshire - The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
2004 January 31, Iraq, Basra - Sapper Robert Thomson, aged 22 from West Lothian - 35 Engineer Regiment
2004 June 28, Iraq, Basra - Fusilier Gordon Campbell Gentle, aged 19 from Glasgow - The Royal Highland Fusiliers
2004 August 12, Iraq, Basra - Private Marc Ferns, aged 21 from Glenrothes, Fife - The Black Watch
2004 October 29, Iraq, North Babil - Private Kevin Thomas McHale, aged 27 from Lochgelly, Fife - The Black Watch
2004 November 4, Iraq - Private Scott William McArdle, aged 22 from Glenrothes, Fife - The Black Watch
2004 November 4, Iraq - Sergeant Stuart Robert Tennant Gray, aged 31 from Dunfermline, Fife - The Black Watch
2004 November 18, Iraq - Private Paul Aitken Lowe aged 19 from Kelty, Fife - 1st Battalion The Black Watch
2006 January 3, Iraq, Al Amarah - Lance Corporal Allan Douglas, aged 22 from Aberdeen - The Highlanders
2006 January 6, Iraq - Corporal Gordon Alexander Pritchard born in Germany, educated in Dunblane - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
2006 August 6, Afghanistan, Helmand Province - Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls aged 27 from Glasgow - Blues and Royals
2006 September 3, Afghanistan - Flight Sergeant Stephen Beattie, aged 42 from Dundee - No. 120 Squadron The Royal Air Force
2006 September 5, Afghanistan, Kabul - Private Craig O’Donnell, aged 24 from Dunbartonshire - 5th Battalion (A&SH) The Royal Regiment of Scotland
2006 September 06, Afghanistan, Helmand Province - Corporal Mark William Wright, aged 29 from Edinburgh - 3 PARA
2006 October 6, Afghanistan, Helmand Province - Marine Gary Wright, aged 24 from Glasgow - 45 Commando Royal Marines
2007 June 28, Iraq, Basra - Private Jamie Kerr, age 20, from Cowdenbeath, Fife - The Black Watch
2007 June 28, Iraq, Basra - Private Scott Kennedy 'Casper' aged 20 from Oakley, Dunfermline - The Black Watch
2007 November 15, Afghanistan, Helmand Province - Captain John McDermid, aged 43 from Glasgow - 2nd Battalion (RHF) The Royal Regiment of Scotland
2007 December 7, Iraq, Basra - Guardsman Stephen Ferguson from Lanarkshire - 1st Battalion Scots Guards
2008 April 13, Afghanistan, Kandahar province - Senior Aircraftman Graham 'Livi' Livingstone, aged 23 from Glasgow - Royal Air Force Regiment
2008 June 8, Afghanistan, Helmand Province - Private Charles David Murray, aged 19 from Dumfries then Carlisle - 2 PARA
2008 June 30, Afghanistan, Lashkar Gar - Lance Corporal James Johnson, aged 31 from Drumchapel, Strathclyde - 5th Battalion (A&SH) The Royal Regiment of Scotland
2008 July 8, Afghanistan - Sergeant Jonathan William Mathews aged 35 from Edinburgh - The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
2008 August 18 Afghanistan, Helmand Province - Corporal Barry Dempsey aged 29 from Ayrshire - The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland
2008 September 10, Afghanistan, Helmand Province - Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary 'Gaz' O'Donnell GM aged 40 from Edinburgh - 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment

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