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Reply Bill Heaney
1:14 PM on July 30, 2015 
The funeral service for the late Major (Retd) Gordon Nicholl will take place at 1000hrs on Tuesday 04 August, in West Lothian Crematorium, Cousland Wood, Starlaw Place, Off Starlaw Road, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 7FD. It is hoped that there will be a good attendance from Service personnel.

The family have asked if a Union Flag could be made available to cover the coffin for the service. If anyone can help with this, please let me know.
Reply Batara
2:54 AM on July 30, 2015 
So sad to hear about Gordon or Big Nickie as he was known When i first joined the Battalion Nickie and i were in the signal platoon His knowledge was second to none and he very kindly was happy to help anyone in the platoon that needed it
Later we became great friends and he was a good mess member, never seen him down always smiling and happy he will be missed
My condolences go to his family
A great Borderer, a great friend and a nice chap Brian
Reply Bill Heaney
5:58 PM on July 29, 2015 
It is with great sadness that I am afraid that I deeply regret that I have to announce that Gordon Nicholl died this afternoon (Wednesday 29th July) in St John's Hospital, in Livingston, West Lothian. He had been suffering from cancer for some time.

Gordon had served with the Signal Platoon in 1 KOSB and, after retiring from the Regular Army, served as QM in the TA at East Claremont Street in Edinburgh. He was always a jovial character, who was well-liked and hugely respected by all who knew and served with him. He will be greatly missed.

Funeral details will be announced when known.

I offer my sincere condolences to his family at this time of great sadness.

Reply Bill Heaney
5:34 AM on July 23, 2015 
Minden Day Parade Programme
Berwick Barracks
Saturday 1st August 2015

1. 08.30 Barracks & KOSB Museum open for access to all marching participants and guests.

2. 09.30 KOSB Association AGM to be held in The Officers Mess (Left side).

3. 10.00 Nancy's Dancers perform on parade square (Officers Mess Right side to be used for changing purposes).

4. 10.45 Marching personnel form up at the rear of the 'Clock Block' under direction of Major (Retd) Ken Fraser.

5. 11.15 Bands presented with roses at the rear of the 'Clock Block' by Col A Loudon MBE, President KOSB Association.

6. 11.40 High Sheriff of Northumberland (Mrs Lucy Carroll) and Civic Party arrive.

7. 11.45 Parade marches on to parade square led by Bands.

8. 11.50 Minden address given by Major (Retd) Ken Fraser.

9. 11.55 Mrs Lucy Carroll presents roses to officers on parade.

10. 12.00 Presentation of roses to parade personnel by delegated officers.

11. 12.15 Address given by Col A Loudon MBE, President KOSB Association, followed by presentation of the Brigadier Frank Coutts Pipe Banner to the Inter Scaldis Pipe Band by Brigadier FAL Alstead CBE DL

12. 12.20 Mrs Lucy Carroll, Col A Loudon MBE and Civic Party proceed to Town Hall steps.

13. 12.30 Parade marches off.

14. 12.40 Salute taken at Town Hall steps.

15. 12.50 Parade returns to The Barracks and falls out.

Note: The bar will be open from 12.00 until 16.00 and the buffet will not be available until the parade falls out.

The KOSB shop in previous years has usually been set up in the Officers Mess, however due to the AGM taking place this will now be located in the marquee.

Tickets are NOT required for access to The Barracks for the Minden Parade. Tickets were only needed two years ago for the visit of HRH Princess Anne. Access to The Barracks is not restricted for KOSB Association members and their families.

Dogs are not to be taken on the square to be with owners during the parade or the march out of barracks.

Sons may join their fathers for the march out of barracks but are not to be brought on the square to be part of the parade during the Minden Address or the presentation of roses.

The RBLS Riders Branch are welcome to join the Minden Parade. KOSB Association members should be on parade on the square and the Riders are welcome to follow the parade during the march out of barracks. They should be at the rear, behind the vehicles carrying the Veterans.
Reply Captain Tony Ronaldson
12:12 PM on July 22, 2015 
The Commanding Officer of The Royal Scots Borderers, Lt Col M Munro would like to extend a cordial invitation to all members of the antecedent Regimental Associations to our Battalion Weekend in Palace Barracks, Holywood, Northern Ireland over the weekend of the 8th & 9th of August 2015.

Instead of sending out the full written instruction, the following information is the key parts that the Regimental family need to know to allow them if suitable and possible, to come and join us for this get together.

Event Format:

Saturday AM - Commanding Officer?s brief to Regimental Association members.
A round robin of ?Look At Life? stands including the indoor range
A drill parade to bid farewell to Lt Col Munro and to allow those from the Regimental Associations to fall in with the 1 SCOTS Guard and march past the CO and spectators with their Glengarry?s on and Association Colours/Standards proudly displayed.

Saturday PM - A sports, entertainment and social afternoon event with all the activities and amenities that you would expect from such a military/family event. There will be something for everyone and hopefully, weather permitting, it will be a cracking afternoon.

Saturday Evening - An evening of music and entertainment to suit all tastes.

Sunday AM - A Kirk Service and afterwards a chance to visit the Palace Barracks Memorial Garden to remember those of our brethren who gave their lives during Op BANNER.
A Sunday brunch in the respective messes? then dispersal.

Transport ? Unfortunately the MOD no longer subsidises the movement of non military personnel so unfortunately any movement to and from Belfast will have to be at the individuals own expense.
Accommodation ? Unlike Dreghorn or Redford Barracks, the transit accommodation here in Palace Barracks is very limited and is occupied by other lodger units with other accommodation blocks actually being condemned. As with transport, accommodation would have to be at the individuals own arrangement and expense. I have attached a couple of accommodation links for members to look at. All are close to the sea and air ports of entry.

Premier Inn Belfast Titanic Quarter Hotel
2A Queens Road
Belfast, County Antrim BT3 9DT

Security ? Entrance to Palace Barracks requires photo ID (UK Driver?s License or Passport) and passes both for personnel and vehicles can be obtained on the day of the event however I would suggest you factor in at least 20 mins into your movement timings for this as the NI Guard Service process personnel individually and it can take some time.
Dress ? Those who wish to take part in the Drill Parade are encouraged to wear their antecedent Glengarry?s, Trews and Regimental Blazers. Hopefully the weather will be dry and sunny but as always with the British summer, umbrellas and waterproof jackets are a must.
Feeding ? The evening meal on Saturday and the Sunday brunch will be free. All other food and drink amenities will be at personal expense.
Timings ? The only defined timing that those wishing to come need to adhere by is 0900hrs for the beginning of the Commanding Officer?s address in the Training Wing. All other follow on timings will be communicated verbally by me or one of my representatives on the day.

Point Of Contact ? Any and all questions can be answered by me on the following contact details:
Mobile Phone ? 07534174976

Summary ? I know that coming to join us for this gathering may be a financial and movement bridge too far, but it would be fantastic to see any members of our Regimental family for what will hopefully be a great weekend.
Yours Aye,
Tony Ronaldson
Reply Alan Kerr
6:01 AM on July 22, 2015 
Ian McCulloch, that's a name I remember well, George McMonies was chief clerk
when you transferred to KOSB, along with Jimmy Scott, Rab Perry, Jimmy Martin
Rab Burns, Joe Paterson, self, great days right enough, all getting old now and
approaching retirement if not dead already!!!!
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