Highland Light Infantry Band - 1901 -
at Aliwal North - South Africa. Sgt. Pike,
leader of the band is seated centre front
This photograph was recoloured by courtesy
Bringing your old Black & White
photographs back to life for the family
album and the future. Find
Quoted from the Highland Light
Infantry Chronicle: (Thanks to Home HQ Royal
Highland Fusiliers - Glasgow)
On 6th November 1901 there was
a Shooting Match between the Sergeants at HQ
and the Band, the latter winning by thirteen
points. The Band team was L/Cpl's Miles and
Lammerton, Bandsmen Mowatt, M'Bride, Kirkwood,
Locke, Alexander, Bugler Lang and Jackson.
While in Dordrecht our band
had been a great scource of pleasure to all
the people there, playing twice weekly under
the baton of Sergeant Pike, the playing has
Photo courtesy of Mrs
Iris Williams, who has sent the original to
this website. The picture comes with a letter
written to the Leader of the Band with thanks
for the performance, with a cheque for £5
and a further payment of £10 for the lads.
The picture has now been sent to the Royal Highland
It would be good if we can trace the families
of these men and especially the Pike family.
Should you have any information please Email
The picture above is Cpl. Edward George McBride
in Dress Uniform Gordon Tartan. Date approx:
1924. (Copyright Patricia Pettigrove)
This soldier served in Malta and the Boer War
of Steve Cooke from his grandfather's album
(C.S.M. Cooke). Names are given below photo.
Warrant Officers and Sergeants. 1st Battalion,
The Highland Light Infantry. Egypt, 1946.
Photo courtesy of Eric Worrall
- it is of his father's company? Can anyone
tell us where and when it might have been taken?
Or the company/battalion etc.
Photo courtesy of Dave
My Grandfather is in the centre
photo taken sometime during the South African
Campaign 1901-1902. If anybody has a copy of
this photo with names of the others I would
like to hear from them. He was in the H.L.I.
and was Attested on the 14th Oct 1895 No 6052
he served for 12 years. He had 2 Good Conduct
Badges. Served in Malta, Crete, Malta, Ceylon,
South Africa & Egypt Campaigns, Occupation
of Crete 1898 and the South African Campaign
1901/1902. Medals South Africa medal with Clasp,
Cape Colony Clasp. Was discharged on the 13th
Oct 1907 at Hamilton.
My father was awarded the MBE whilst serving
with the 1st Battalion H.L.I. as a W.O. ll.
In 1956 he was commissioned into 2nd/2nd Gurkha
Rifles and posted to Malaya where the Battalion
were fighting in the emergency against the communist
terrorists. He retired with rank of Major in
1967, the year I was commissioned.
The first photo was in The Tatler and Bystander
of November 2, 1949. It was taken at Fort George
in Inverness-shire when HRH Princess Margaret
visited The 1st Battalion H.L.I. of which she
was Colonel-in-Chief. Major General Alexander
Telfer-Smollett, Colonel of the Regiment is
presenting my father, R.Q.M.S. Harry Dadswell
to Princess Margaret. The second photo is of
my father and several other members of the Sgts'
Mess. It was also taken in 1949 at a Sgts' Mess
Staff Parade. My father is second from right
at the bottom.
Photo's courtesy of Ron
Kelly, 16th HLI Age 23 , Born Glasgow
Scotland, Killed at the Battle of the
Somme on July 1, 1916.
My Grandfather, Peter
Kelly was in the 1/6th Highlander Light
Infantry. He was from Glasgow, Scotland.
He joined the army sometime in 1914 or 1915
and served until he was killed on July 1, 1916
at the battle of the Somme. I believe
my Grandmother said he was killed in Flanders
Field. Peter was one of those that no
grave could be given since there was nothing
left of him to bury, according to his friend
Neil McDonald. Peter Kelly was survived
by his wife Mary Catteral Kelly, and his young
son Andrew Kelly. I am his granddaughter.
Photo courtesy of Carol
Lycett sends these photographs taken in
1914 at Aldershot before the battalion went
to France. His g-grandfather served in the 2nd
Battalion from 1902-1919.
A, B, C companies
D, E, F companies
G, H companies
Officers - Regimental Staff,
Colours and Colour Sergeants
- Warrant Officers, Staff-Sergeants and Sergeants
Pipers, Drummers & Buglers
Ernest Duncum - 8th Scottish
His regiment number was 39865.
He was also in the 8th Scottish Rifles number
57202 His medical card reference WO 372/6.
I am still unclear as to why a Yorkshire lad
ended up in a Scottish Regiment & not in
the Yorks & Lancs but I guess it is just
one of life's mysteries.
Pictures and info sent in by Gwen Boycott in
memory of her Grandfather Ernest Duncum.
10835 Pte. William Gallacher
Noticed your site regarding the HLI and thought
I'd inform you of my great grandfather who served
with them. His name was 10835 Pte. William Gallacher
from Donegal, brother of the famous Celtic football
player Patsy. I framed his medals (well only
the Victory medal was original and I sourced
replicas of the others) for my Mums Xmas and
they now have pride of place on her living room
wall. I have attached pictures if you wish to
use them on your website.
10835 Pte. William Gallacher of the 1/9th (Glasgow
Highland) Battalion, landed in France on 30
Nov 1914, he was wounded but survived. Awarded
British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1915 Star.