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Reply Geoff Roberts
10:10 AM on July 22, 2014 
Angela Hemer says...
Hello, I am trying to find out any details about my great uncle Andrew Graham who served with the KOSB and was one of the soldiers dropped over Arnhem. My mum recently visited the war memorial in Ecclefechan where he is mentioned and would dearly love to know any information. Thank you, Angela Hemer

Hi Angela,

I served with the 7th KOSB at Arnhem and although I did not know your great uncle personally he was our Provost Sergeant. He was killed at the White House in Oosterbeek, KOSB HQ during the battle. If you email me directly I can put you in touch with George Barton who was a sergeant with your great Uncle. hope this will be of some help to you. Have you seen the book "Off at Last" by Robert Sigmond. There may be more information for you in there and you can get that from the depot. All the best. Geoff Roberts
Reply Richard Grayling
5:29 AM on July 20, 2014 
John Greenlees says...
Does anyone have old pictures of KOSB pipers? I would appreciate seeing them. Thanks

Hi John - sorry about lateness of reply. (Am lost in the guest book at mo).

I put some of my Grandad's pics up on Pinterest - he was a piper with 1st KOSB.

Hope this helps

Reply Richard Grayling
5:09 AM on July 20, 2014 
Re: Corporal Thomas Adams - 1st KOSB in Normandy.

Hi all.
Am doing a bit of a project on the 1st Bttn KOSB in Normandy during WW2. Whilst doing a bit of research I came across a Corporal Thomas Adams who died on 19th July in 1944. He was in same crew as my Grandfather and also came from Hawick. (He was also an NCO so I reckon they probably knew each other).
Does anyone have any relation to Thomas? Would love to find out as one of my Grandad's photo is of a mate he lost in Normandy but it doesn't have a name on it.
Thanks all - more details here
*This isn't an advert BTW - I use the Fallen's site for info quite often - as well as try to help them out with 'stuff'.

Anybody who had relatives in 1st Bttn during Normandy Campaign, please get in touch via

Grandson of Piper David Morrison, 1st KOSB.
Reply Richard Grayling
5:06 AM on July 20, 2014 
[Jacqueline Foster]
My uncle John Robertson Notman was a King's Own Scottish Borderer and a no4 Commando. He was killed in action on 2 July 1944 aged 22. He joined the Territorial Army at 16.

Hi Jacqueline,

There is an entry for your Uncle on the Fallen Heroes of Normandy website. If you have any more information than is held there, please do let the site know and they will update their records. (Photos are especially welcome).

Record here

Thank you

(My Grandad was 1st KOSB in Normandy - piper)
Reply Bill Heaney
3:30 PM on July 19, 2014 
The Minden Parade is just a week away, on Saturday 26th July, and it is hoped that there will be another huge attendance. It is imperative that you get round all your contacts and make sure that all Borderers, particularly those who do not have Internet access, are made well aware of the date.

The timings for the day are as follows:

0830 - Barracks Open to allow entry for all Borderers and guests.
0930 - Association AGM in the marquee. Open to all Association members.
1000 - Nancy's Dancers and Bands.
1100 - Marchers Form Up at rear of Clock Block.
1120 - Bands presented with roses.
1140 - Civic Party arrives.
1145 - Parade March On led by Bands.
1150 - Minden Address.
1155 - Officers receive roses.
1200 - Presentation of roses to the parade.
1215 - Address given by Association President.
1230 - Parade March Out of Barracks.
1250 - Parade ends. Marquee open for refreshment.

There will be a table outside the Regimental Museum where past Regimental Chronicles and other Regimental memorabilia will be on sale during the morning.

Borderers are reminded that there is the Evening Function on the Saturday night. This is a fantastic night out and it is absolutely vital that you give this great event your full support. Alex Smith and his team do a tremendous amount of work throughout the year to make this function so very enjoyable. This is YOUR function, for YOU and your wives/partners and you need to be there. If you haven't already got your ticket then you must contact Alex Smith, here on the KOSB pages, as soon as possible.

I would also be grateful if those of you who are there on Friday could come round to The Barracks to help me lay out the Saluting Dias, tables and chairs, both on the Square and in the marquee. I would further like some help at the end of the afternoon to clear it all away. Please!

There is a requirement for Traffic Marshalls during the parade marching through town. I already have two volunteers and would be grateful for another four people, who are not marching, to help out.

I look forward to seeing you all at Berwick.

"Once A Borderer, Always A Borderer!"
Reply Bill Heaney
3:26 PM on July 15, 2014 
Funeral details for John Simpson in Forums page.
Reply Bill Heaney
10:08 AM on July 15, 2014 

I'm afraid that I regret to have to inform you that I found out a short while ago that ex-Cpl John Simpson, who had served with the Signal Platoon in the late 60's - early 70's, has died after a battle with cancer. John was a great bloke, a good soldier, a brilliant Signaller and a great friend to many.

He had an excellent sense of humour and that helped him lately to hide his condition from so many people.

This is a terrible and sad loss and I have offered my deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to Mary and the family at this sad time.
Reply Bill Heaney
7:11 AM on June 28, 2014 

It was announced some weeks ago that the Inter Scaldis Pipe Band would be unable to come to Berwick to take part in the annual Minden Parade on 26th July. However, with great and sincere thanks to the efforts of Brig Allan Alstead and Sheena Scott, I can now say that I am extremely grateful to the Regimental Trustees, who have very graciously awarded a grant to the Inter Scaldis Pipe Band to defray the costs of their trip and it has now been confirmed that ten members of the Band will be coming to Berwick to join us this year.

This is great news and a huge relief as there was a genuine worry that, if they missed the parade this year then they may not take part in future parades. The link to the Inter Scaldis Pipe Band goes back to the time that the KOSB took part in the liberation of Holland in 1944 and this is their way of paying us back. The Band has led the Minden Parade at Berwick every year since the inception of the Parade there by the Berwick Branch and, last year, were presented with a trophy to recognise their willingness and enthusiasm for ensuring their attendance during the last twenty years.

It should also be mentioned that they have recently been hugely successful in various Pipe Band competitions in Holland, winning a number of prizes for their skills.

I, for one, am absolutely thrilled that, at least, some of the Band will be here with us this year. It is absolutely vital that every effort is made by all members of the KOSB Association to ensure that the Inter Scaldis Pipe Band is able to take part in the Minden Parade for years to come yet. They are as much a part of our Regimental Family as those who actually served in the Regiment.

"Once A Borderer, Always A Borderer."
Reply alanpat
7:18 AM on June 25, 2014 
MONS 1914.. I together with other descendants of CSM Charles Wilson who was mortally wounded at Mons on 23rd August 1914, died 24th August. are travelling to Mons on the weekend of the 23rd August to commemorate the centenary of the battle, visit the site of the KOSB action and of course visit his grave.

Are any other group or individuals planning to do the same ?
Reply Angela Hemer
4:38 PM on June 16, 2014 
Hello, I am trying to find out any details about my great uncle Andrew Graham who served with the KOSB and was one of the soldiers dropped over Arnhem. My mum recently visited the war memorial in Ecclefechan where he is mentioned and would dearly love to know any information. Thank you, Angela Hemer