The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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


A Snapshot of Service
in 'A' Company of the Argylls
Limni Mines, Cyprus 1958

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
Boys from 3 Platoon, 'A' Company at Limni Camp, ready for embarkation to Tobruk

Back left is Graham; back middle is 'Big Balla' McIntyre, who died at a very young age. He was a very popular and terrific guy with the most infectious laugh!

Front left is 'Pop' Boyd from Greenock, whose smile was bigger than the Clyde Tunnel; next is 'The Dowg' from Wick, (after 2 years we began to understand his accent - just as he got demobbed!)

The Jock on the right (whose name escapes me) was a gentle Highlander and a very keen photographer.


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