The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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


History - 1931 to 1940
1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

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YEAR

COUNTRY

LOCATION

EVENTS IN HISTORY

1931ScotlandEdinburgh
Ballater
Redford Barracks
January Recruiting Conference at Stirling Castle.
8 February Special service in St. Giles' Cathedral to commemorate the raising of the Argyllshire Highlanders and to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Telegram sent to H.R.H. The Princess Louise.
19 May Guard of Honour for the Lord High Commissioner, Mr James Brown.
3 June Lt.-Colonel A. R. G. Wilson, D.S.O., appointed to command Battalion vice Lt.-Colonel A. W. R. Sprot, D.S.O.
1 July Captain K. D. Gairdner assumed the duties of Adjutant vice Captain L. B. Robertson.
4 to 13 June Visit of Their Majesties The King and Queen to Edinburgh.
6 to 7 June Pipers played to Their Majesties after dinner.
9 June Military band played at the Royal Garden Party.
20 August to 28 September Royal Guard at Ballater under Major G. F. Connal-Rowan.
15 October Guard of Honour at Gogar Bank House under Captain K. M. Dewey to receive Admiral Sir John D. Kelly, Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet.
31 December Battalion strength 516.
1932ScotlandEdinburgh
Abbotsford
Redford Barracks,
7 May Battalion trooped Regimental Colour on occasion of King's Birthday Parade at Edinburgh.
23 May Guard of Honour under Captain F. M. Elliot, M.C., at Palace of Holyroodhouse for the Lord High Commissioner, Sir Iain Colquhoun.
8 August Battalion marched to Abbotsford for battalion training.
11 November A Guard of Honour under Lt. G. J. Logan on parade at Stone of Remembrance. H.R.H. The Prince of Wales was present.
31 December Battalion strength 28 officers and 532 other ranks.
1933ScotlandEdinburgh
Stobs
Redford Barracks
10 February Annual commemoration service at Colinton Church. 80 old members of the Regiment attended the service.
30 May Battalion marched to Stobs for battalion training.
19 June Lt.-General Sir Archibald Cameron visited the Battalion at Stobs and presented six Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.
1 August Change in designation of Machine-Gun Company; now named Support Company.
5 October Major-General Sir Walter J. Constable Maxwell-Scott, Bt., C.B., D.S.O., carried out annual inspection.
31 December Battalion strength 28 officers and 530 other ranks.
1934ScotlandEdinburgh Redford Barracks
31 January H.M. The King approved of the Centre Badge for the Regimental Colour being changed to the 'Princess Louise's Cypher and Coronet'.
7 to 9 June Scottish Command Military Pageant. Battalion gave display of Trooping the Colour.
15 June G.O.C.-in-C. Scottish Command inspected the Battalion.
7 to 14 July Northern Command Tattoo at Ravenswood Castle, Gateshead. Battalion gave display of Trooping the Colour.
11 and 14 July Battalion provided the King's Guard at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
20 August to 26 September Battalion provided the Royal Guard during the residence of Their Majesties at Balmoral. Major G. H. A. MacMillan, M.C., commanded the Guard.
14 September Military band and pipes selected to attend an International Band Contest at Turin, Italy.
1 to 31 October Battalion took part in the filming of the 'Iron Duke' at Edinburgh.
19 October Guard of Honour at Scottish Command Headquarters on occasion of visit of Admiral of the German Fleet visiting the Firth of Forth.
1 November Newly formed M.T. Section went to Tidworth to take over mechanised transport from K.O.Y.L.I.
22 November Mrs. A. R. G. Wilson unveiled a plaque on L.M.S. steam train engine bearing the name of the Regiment.
31 December Battalion strength 30 officers and 609 other ranks.
1935Scotland
England
Edinburgh
Tidworth
Redford Barracks
4 January Advance party proceeded to Tidworth to take over Lucknow Barracks.
10 January Main body, less 'B' Company, proceeded to Tidworth.
11 January Battalion arrived Tidworth and joined 7th Infantry Brigade.
18 January 'B' Company rejoined Battalion at Tidworth.
10 February Annual commemoration service St. Andrew's Church, Tidworth.
9 May Divisional parade to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V.
3 June Lt.-Colonel A. R. G. Wilson, D.S.O., relinquished command of the Battalion. Lt.-Colonel H. J. D. Clark, M.C., assumed command.
3 to 10 August Southern Command Tattoo, Tidworth. Battalion gave a drill display.
September Battalion, brigade and divisional training, War Office exercise.
1936EnglandTidworth Lucknow Barracks
1 January Preparations for reorganisation into a machine-gun battalion commenced.
20 January Death of His Majesty King George V.
9 February Annual commemoration service attended by Lt.-General R. G. Finlayson, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., and Brigadier W. Platt, D.S.O.
1 to 9 August Southern Command Tattoo.
August and September Battalion and brigade training.
October Work on reorganisation resumed.
14 December Accession of His Majesty King George VI.
31 December Battalion strength 28 officers and 587 other ranks
1937EnglandTidworth
Aldershot
Lucknow Barracks
1 February Battalion became a machine-gun battalion.
10 May 3 officers and 50 other ranks to London for Coronation.
12 May H.R.H. The Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, appointed by His Majesty to be Dame Grand Cross of The Royal Victorian Order.
9 June Divisional parade on the occasion of the Birthday of His Majesty The King.
7 July death of Major-General Sir Alexander Wilson, K.C.B., Colonel of the Regiment.
8 July Major-General G. Thorpe, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., appointed Colonel of the Regiment.
10 November Major E. H. Grant and 6 other ranks attended ceremony of unveiling statue to late Field-Marshal Earl Haig, K.T., G.C.B., O.M.
16 November Lt.-Colonel A. McD. Ritchie assumed command vice Lt.-Colonel H. J. D. dark, M.C.
17 November Advance party to Aldershot.
26 November Main body of battalion to Aldershot.
31 December Battalion strength 26 officers and 512 other ranks.
1938EnglandAldershot Aldershot
18 March 90th birthday of H.R.H. The Princess Louise.
1 April Guard of Honour under Major L. H. Methuen, O.B.E., M.C., to the Sultan of Muscat and Oman.
12 April Battalion lined the streets for the visit to Aldershot of Her Majesty The Queen.
8 to 18 June Aldershot Tattoo.
2 July Brigadier C. E. Hudson, V.C., D.S.O., M.C., visited the Battalion and presented Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.
September to October Preparations for war. Munich Crisis.
19 December Battalion transferred to 4th Infantry Brigade.
31 December Battalion strength 22 officers and 584 other ranks.
1939England
Palestine
Aldershot
Jenin
Aldershot
1 January Reorganisation into a rifle battalion.
5 February Visit of The King and Queen to Aldershot.
6 April Advance party embarked at Southampton en route for Palestine.
14 April Main body embarked for Palestine.
16 April Advance party arrived Alexandria.
17 April Advance party arrived Jenin.
18 to 26 April Main body arrived Gibraltar. Detained during European crisis.
24 April to 2 May Detachments from Black Watch came under command of Lt.-Colonel Ritchie to garrison Jenin area.
2 May Main body arrived Haifa now part of 14 Infantry Brigade of 8 Infantry Division with Battalion Headquarters at Jenin.
29 May H.E. the High Commissioner, Sir Harold MacMichael, K.C.M.G., D.S.O., visited the Battalion.
19 July Lt.-General R. H. Haining, C.B., D.S.O., paid a farewell visit.
31 July Lt.-General M. G. H. Barker, newly appointed G.O.C.-in-C. visited the Battalion.
18 August Platoon action near village of Mughar.
19 August Lt.-General M. G. H. Barker inspected the Jenin detachment.
2 September Yabad evacuated.
3 September Declaration of war against Germany.
19 September Draft of 5 officers and 300 other ranks from United Kingdom.
14 October Battalion moved to Even Yehuda for company and battalion training.
8 November Battalion returned to Jenin, Arraba and Kufeir. 'C' Company to Nathanya.
3 December Death of H.R.H. The Princess Louise, Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment.
5 December Action against rebel gang in Beisan area.
10 December Memorial service for H.R.H. The Princess Louise.
12 December Funeral of H.R.H. The Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
17 December Action against rebel gang at Umm-Al-Fahm.
Regiment expanded to nine Battalions in World War II
1940Palestine
North Africa
Jenin
Sidi Barani
Palestine
Formed part of 14 Infantry Brigade of 8 Infantry Division.
1/40-2/40 Part of 16 Infantry Brigade of 8 Infantry Division in Palestine.
4/40-6/40 Part of 16 Infantry Brigade of 6 Infantry Division in Palestine.
6/40-9/40 Part of 14 Infantry Brigade in Palestine.
7 September moved from Palestine to the Western desert, North Africa.
9/40-2/41 part of 16 Infantry Brigade in North Africa.
10 December took part in the Battle of Sidi Barani.


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