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Liverpool Scottish

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

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Wikipedia:
    The Liverpool Scottish, known diminutively as "the Scottish", is a unit of the British Army, part of the Army Reserve (formerly the Territorial Army), raised in 1900 as an infantry battalion of the King's (Liverpool Regiment).

    The Liverpool Scottish became affiliated to the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in the 1920s and formally transferred to the regiment in 1937 with its identity preserved. Reflecting the Territorial Army's decline in size since the late 1940s, the battalion was reduced to a company in 1967, then to a platoon of "A" (King's) Company, King's and Cheshire Regiment in 1999. In 2006, the company was incorporated into the 4th Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border).

    Service in the First World War was extensive and the Liverpool Scottish was one of the first territorial battalions to arrive on the Western Front when it deployed in November 1914. Approximately 1,000 of more than 10,000 men who served with the Scottish died during the war.[2] The first major battle of the Scottish during the war was on 16 June 1915 in what is officially known as "The First Action at Bellewaarde", which was designed to pin down German reserves while other Allied forces were engaged elsewhere. The action is known to the Liverpool Scottish as the "Battle of Hooge". Hooge being a village a few miles East of Ypres in Belgium.[3]

    The unit's most acclaimed soldier during the war was Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, who was awarded two Victoria Crosses while attached from the Royal Army Medical Corps.[4] Sergeant Albert Baybut, Chavasse's Medical Orderly, is technically the most highly decorated soldier in the history of Liverpool Scottish due to Chavasse's parent unit actually being the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). Baybut would receive a Distinguished Conduct Medal, and Bar, together with the Military Medal for his actions alongside Chavasse during World War I. Chavasse remains one of only three people to have been awarded the VC twice, and the only recipient from the Liverpool Scottish.[5]
    Although expanded to two battalions during the Second World War, the Liverpool Scottish did not serve abroad as intact battalions. Instead, contingents were supplied to other battalions and the Army Commandos. With the commandos, the Liverpool Scottish actively served in operations in Europe, including the Norwegian Campaign and the St Nazaire Raid.

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  2. peedee A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Dan,
    Just a few small points if you don't mind and a few piccies.

    Baybutt and Chavasse were cited 3 times for the VC.
    On the first occasion, their citation was turned down by Brigadier Jeudwine. He also took it upon himself to downgrade a high proportion of recomendations for gallantry and bravery across the Brigade.
    This has been picked up from a number of scources and it only stopped when Lord Derby interfered.
    It does seem strange that a man at one end of a field stretcher gets a VC but not the other one.
    This did rankle with the other ranks of the Battalion but not so with the men involved.
    Baybutt was always known as the Doctor's shadow.


    This is the bonnet badge worn in WW1 by 1st and 2nd battalions of the Regiment.

    Along with both black and white
    and colour photos of the Forbes kilt plaid in use.

    Paul.

    Screenshot_2016-02-13-21-14-26.png
    note that the leather valisse equipment was worn by the Battalions in many cases through to late 1916.
    Screenshot_2016-02-13-21-19-03.png
    Screenshot_2016-02-13-21-21-38.png
    Screenshot_2016-02-13-21-23-22.png

    Forbes kilts front and side.
    Screenshot_2016-02-13-21-26-45.png
    Screenshot_2016-02-13-21-26-53.png

    Commemorating the regimental day last year note how little detail of the kilt is evident, they are very dark in real life.
    Screenshot_2016-02-13-21-28-19.png

    Paul.

    PM me if anyone requires any more uniform information.
  3. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Paul!

    All the best,
    Dan

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