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90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Light Infantry Regiment

In 1794 the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry (nicknamed "The Perthshire Greybreeks") was formed by Mr. Thomas Graham, afterwards General Lord Lynedoch. The 90th won its first distinction in Sir Ralph Abercromby's expedition to Egypt in 1801. The battle honour of "Mandora" gained in that campaign is borne by only one other regiment of the British Army, the 92nd (later the 2nd Battalion The Gordon Highlanders), although upwards of 20 infantry regiments, besides several of cavalry, took part in the action. Some years later the 90th was engaged in the capture of Martinique and Guadaloupe, two valuable West Indian islands. At Guadaloupe the regiment captured the Eagle of the 80th French Regiment, one of the first Eagles to be taken by a British regiment.

After serving with distinction in the Crimea, the 90th added to its reputation in the Indian Mutiny by the many acts of individual bravery performed by officers and men. No fewer than six Victoria Crosses were won by members of the regiment.


Badge for The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Button - 90th Foot

Subsequently 2nd Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Capbadge Image supplied by David_Tremain

Alexander Walkinshaw was part of the 90th regiment and won the DCM medal in 1879 at the Battle of Hlobane. He was Sir Evelyn Woods batman. Wood had a small prayer book that belonged to Campbell a fellow officer and close friend to Wood who died during fighting left in a saddle of a horse further down the hill where the fighting was still happening and shots were being fired. Wood told Alexander to go and retrieve it and he did, he was told to take all risks to retrieve it and he did and came back unharmed. He was given it for bravery.

Picture and text supplied by Alexander Walkinshaw's Great Great Grand-daughter Sarah Hines.



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