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Old December 6th, 2012, 03:00 AM   #1

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Hi all, after seeing some interesting posts arouns various threads, I am hoping that there is an expert on this regiment. I have a family connection and have been keen to find out more. Hopefully someone perusing this thread may have served from the late 40's. To set the scene as it were, my late grandad was a serving NCO whom was discharged for injuries as an RSM. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old December 6th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #2

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I not such an expert in 20th century Gordon Highlanders. Have you googled on it or contacted the British Legion. You might find out more about the regiment.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 02:08 PM   #3

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My great-grandfather served with the Gordon highlanders. I am still in posession of some of his war medals.

A good starter place to get information, would be the regiment museum, in Aberdeen.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen
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Old December 8th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #4

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Served with the Black Watch in Ballykinler in 77/78 at the same time as the Gordons were in Palace Barracks in Belfast. They were a fine regiment with a first class tradition although there was plenty of friendly rivalry. You might appreciate this :

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The Gordon Highlanders are cloesly associated with Aberdeen and Bridge of Don barracks which still stand althouh the regiment was lost in the many amagamations that our Scottish regiments have undergone since 1945.
But I agree with other posters contact the Gordons museum at Aberdeen Scotland you should also contact the Royal Scottish military museum in Edinburgh Castle who would put you on to several sources. of further inquiry.
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Thanks for the replies peeps. Had a broken link on my last search. Have emailed the museum. Hopefully a lack of service number will not hinder anything too much. Then again he was called Gordon himself, bit of a Scottish Dave there I emagine.
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Don't know if this can help, they're interested in the Gordons prior to the '40s but might be worth a try.

GORDON HIGHLANDERS 1914 - 1918

They should be able to point you in the right direction as where to find info quickly though.

As an aside, my best mate was in the Gordons up until they disbanded, and my Platoon Sergeant at the Depot was in them too.

One of my uncles transferred to them in the 60's when the Argylls were put down to just Balaklava Company.

Good guys and a decent regiment - even if they all spoke with a funny accent.
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Don't know if this can help, they're interested in the Gordons prior to the '40s but might be worth a try.

GORDON HIGHLANDERS 1914 - 1918

They should be able to point you in the right direction as where to find info quickly though.

As an aside, my best mate was in the Gordons up until they disbanded, and my Platoon Sergeant at the Depot was in them too.

One of my uncles transferred to them in the 60's when the Argylls were put down to just Balaklava Company.

Good guys and a decent regiment - even if they all spoke with a funny accent.
Yeah will do. As far as I know my grandad was a career regular that could have made WW1, albeit late on. He was and bred in Aberdeen so I would think he would have followed recruiting tradition of the times, so I'll wack out an email to that site as well. Thanks
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Transk 53-In today's 'Scotsman'' newspaper there is an excellent colour photograph on Page 8 of two men dressed in First World War frontline Gordon Highlander uniforms.
One of them has the khaki apron over his kilt issued to protect it against mud.
See www.scotsman.com page 8 for Monday December 10 2012.
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Thanks for the replies peeps. Had a broken link on my last search. Have emailed the museum. Hopefully a lack of service number will not hinder anything too much. Then again he was called Gordon himself, bit of a Scottish Dave there I emagine.

If he was a RSM as you say, he should be pretty easy to find - there's usually only one RSM per regiment/batallion.

Good luck anyway.

(And most Scottish soldiers are called Jock by the way )
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