The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'


A Snapshot of National Service
in 'A' Company of the Argylls
Dhekelia, Cyprus 1958-59

Map of Cyprus
from the A&SH tray..........
Cyprus, military intelligence informed us that Colonel Grivas was in a Greek Cypriot mountain village. Operation 'Kingfisher' was mounted and a massive cordon of troops surrounded the village during the night. Each soldier was lying 10 yards apart with instructions to shoot anyone who moved. Middle of the night, a machine gun goes off. Everybody was petrified, but no one dared move.
Next morning we found a dead donkey, shot by an 'A' Company bren gunner.
Later that day when 'A' Company went into the cookhouse, the whole Battalion chanted - 'Hee, haw! Hee, haw!'

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Photo © H M Aitken
Some of the NCO's from 'A' Company at the NAAFI

Young, all our own teeth, our own hair, flat stomachs, tanned and virile - bloody gorgeous! No wonder the women couldn't get enough of us!

L-R :

  • Cpl Glen Rae
  • L/Cpl Robin Orr
  • ?
  • ?
  • Cpl 'Keo' Smith
  • Cpl Bob McKenzie
  • Cpl Harry Aitken


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