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Reply Bill Heaney
4:00 PM on November 23, 2014 

Bill Heaney: John, The Cruickshank Dinner is an All Ranks Dinner held annually for the last 23 years, usually on the third Friday in November, in the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells. It is simply a three-course dinner, with a guest speaker, a Piper, a local ex-Borderer singing a couple of songs and another ex-Borderer telling a few jokes. There is a Loyal Toast, a Toast to the Regiment and a Toast to Absent Friends. It lasts from 7.30pm - 11pm approx. and attendance, from Borderers of all ages and rank, has been up to over 100 and down to 50. It is named after a former KOSB Officer, Jack Cruickshank, who had left a sum of money to the Regimental Association to use it for any purpose and it had been decided to hold this dinner in his name. It is a very enjoyable evening, giving Jocks a chance to sit down, have a few drinks and a chat with old mates. The next one is provisionally planned for Friday 20th November 2015 so, if you're free then, why not take a run up this way and come out for the night to see what it's like. I'm sure you'd enjoy it. The same invitation goes out to all Borderers.
Reply andy ritchie
1:43 PM on November 23, 2014 
I captained the KOSB football team at Batu Pahat Dec 1957 cup final we won.
What I'm trying to find out is
1) was the cup brought home to Berwick on Tweed ?
2) are there any official photographs ?
Padre was going to post photos home to me as I was demobbed 5th Jan.1958 sadly I never received any.
I;m hopeful someone has some relevant information
Reply Bill Heaney
2:05 PM on November 22, 2014 
We had a great night at the annual KOSB Association Cruickshank Dinner, in St Boswells, last night. Just under 50 people attended but it was great company, an excellent dinner, an interesting speech about The Artist Rifles and the SAS, everyone enjoyed themselves and the staff at The Buccleuch Arms Hotel looked after us so well.

The next event is the Berwick Branch Dinner at The Marshall Meadows Hotel on Friday 20th March 2015 and the Cruickshank Dinner next year will be on Friday 20th November. You need to be there, Borderers. XXV
Reply Jon White
7:08 AM on November 18, 2014 
Hi there, I am Josh's son - Jon Jon. If you care to drop me a line via E-Mail at I can then tell you more OK.
Reply arthur wilson
1:43 PM on November 15, 2014 
where can l purchase regimental goods for an ex national service K.O.S.B
Reply Susie Scott
8:23 PM on November 14, 2014 
G'day Borderers. Seek one James Savage who's past KOSB member, served in WBerlin until 1974 when KOSB were posted to NIreland. Spouse SP5 (Retired) Brad Scott WD9HDZ also stationed in WBerlin late 1973-Aug1978. We adopted Savages' pet cat Cheeky who came to US with us. Wish to honour Savages w contrib to Am Air Museum in Britain @ IWM Duxford, maybe also join KOSB Assn if we may. Cheers, Best, Susie Scott
Reply J. Fergie Bell
5:21 PM on November 13, 2014 
Hello Borderers, Can anyone help find a Book about the KOSB's in Malaya I think it was written by Josh White and up dated by his son recently so any help would be appreciated. Cheers. Dinger.
Reply Julie Bond
5:59 AM on November 10, 2014 
Hi There,
I was wondering if there is anybody who may know any soldiers of WW2 who served with the 4th Battalion KOSB and remembers serving withPte Harold Hanmer killed in Germany April 1945.

Best Wishes
Reply Richard
8:43 AM on November 4, 2014 
Shereen Letchford says...
Hi Shereen,

I have some info on the 1st KOSB in WW2 and have just finished a book on another Bttn that may help you. Would need to know Bttn number in order to point you in the right direction - if you have it?


Would love to find out if there is any further information about the Kings Own Scottish Borderers serving in France Holland and Germany during WW2. My Father Thomas Frederick Day served with the regiment and was I believe part of the Lowlands Division. When he was demobbed in 1947 he held the rank of Acting Colour Sergeant.
Reply Adrian Kruger
9:10 AM on October 31, 2014 
Well done fella's I am a former member of the 25th Battalion The Royal Queensland Regiment .In the 1970's I think the Officers of the KOSB presented a beer stein to the Officers and Men of the 25th Battalion The Royal Queensland Regiment it is filled with ale and as a tradition it is drank from by those in the colour party when the colours are paraded , I myself have drank from it on more than 1 occasion . In 1989 there was a contingent sent to Exercise with your unit. Once again well done
Sgt Adrian Kruger