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Lovat Scouts during WWI
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Lovat Scouts during WWI

The photograph was provided by Kate. Her Grandfather Maclennan served in the Lovat Scouts during the First World War. The family have a strong connection with Balintore. Does anyone recognise these men or where it could have been taken?
Picture added on 05 July 2011
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The soldiers in the photograph are actually men of the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. The photo was taken while the troops were stationed in Bedford with the Highland Division (Territorial Force), later to be renamed 51st Highland Division. The Division spent the first 9 months of WW1 in Bedford, before being sent to France. The Lovat Scouts formed part of the mounted component of the Division, but were billeted in the small town of Kimbolton, about 15 miles north-east of Bedford. The photo was taken outside the soldiers' billets in the 'Black Tom' area of Bedford. Many of the troops were billeted with householders & a close, enduring bond was forged between Bedfordians and Highlanders. Notable in the photo are the 'experimental' hats, or glengarry covers worn for a very limited period by 5th & 6th Seaforth towards the end of their time in Bedford. These were items of headgear were deemed insufficiently military in appearance & their use was short lived. If you would like to know more about the Division's time in Bedford, please go to: www.bedfordhighlanders.blogspot.com
Added by Richard Galley on 16 June 2012
We have WW1 Lovat Scout training trenches on our site in Norfolk and this year hope to put a memorial in place. If you believe that your Grandfather may have been in Norfolk we would like to hear from you.
Added by Nigel Day on 09 January 2017
My grandfather, Jim McKenzie, also served in the Lovat Scouts during the First World War. He fought at Galipolli. I still have his medals and some photographs. I wonder if he met my grandmother while training in Bedford as she originally came from there but they finally settled in Peterborough. It is difficult to tell from the size and quality of the photograph, but he might be the man with the moustache on the right hand side of the picture. I should be very interested in finding out more information if anyone might be able to help
Added by Diane Myers on 03 October 2017
Dear Diane, we have a researcher who may be able to help. Please txt your email through to 07564226780 and I will get in touch via emai.
Added by Nigel Day on 05 October 2017
Dear Diane, we have a researcher who may be able to help. Please txt your email through to 07564226780 and I will get in touch via email.
Could this be your grandfather ?
"Scottish Concert - an exceedingly interesting Scottish concert, organised by Sgt Major Ross was given in the school room on Wednesday by "E" Squadron of the Lovat Scouts, stationed in the village.Before the concert (in kilts and plaids and with their pipes decorated with the Fraser Tartan gave a number of selections in the playground. The programme consisted of bagpipe and violin selections, Highland reels, sword dances, and songs in Gaelic and English. The following took part in the concert, Lieut ?Belmont?, Br Campbell, Sgt Major Ross, Sgts McIntyre, Campbell and McKay, Piper A McKenzie, Ptes Young, G McRae, G McKay and A W McLeatte, Sterling-Smith, R Taylor, and the squadron pipers. Two songs by special request were given by Miss Dewar, Mrs McNeil accompanied the songs. Great Massingham Lynn News and County Press 8th May 1915 1/2 Lovat Scouts E Squadron
Added by Nigel Day on 05 October 2017
Thank you so much Nigel. I have only just picked up your comment as I thought that having given my email address to the site it would alert me if there was a response to my post but nothing came through. I shall certainly get in touch with your researcher. It is likely that my grandfather would have been a piper as I have done some research into the fact that the Highland gamekeepers often had a dual role and would also play the pipes at the start of a shoot.
Added by Diane Myers on 27 October 2017
Don’t forget we plan to consecrate our memorial on Sunday 1st July 2018.
Added by Nigel Day on 30 October 2017
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