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Highland Light Infantry

Discussion in 'Scotland' started by Dan Morton, Dec 23, 2015.

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    Wikipedia:
    The Highland Light Infantry was a light infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1959. In 1923 its title was expanded to the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment).[1]
    The regiment was formed as part of the Childers Reforms on 1 July 1881 by the amalgamation of the 71st (Highland) Light Infantry (as the 1st Battalion) and the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (as the 2nd Battalion) as the city regiment of Glasgow, absorbing local Militia and Rifle Volunteer units. Its exact status was ambiguous: although the regiment insisted on being classified as a non-kilted Highland regiment it recruited mainly from Glasgow in Lowland Scotland[2]
    During 1917, members of the HLI were painted by the war artist Frederick Farrell, in Flanders.[3]
    The HLI was affiliated with a Canadian militia regiment called The Highland Light Infantry of Canada.
    The HLI (as it was popularly known) continued in service, actively taking part in the First and Second World Wars, until it was amalgamated with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1959 to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) which later merged with the Royal Scots Borderers, the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland, becoming the 2nd Battalion of the new regiment.

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