The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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

Photographs of the 9th A&SH Pipe Band, 1928 - 1933 by Stuart Gray

The two attached photos are of the 9th. Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Pipe Band taken during the period 1928 to 1933, when Colonel Purves Alexander Kirsop, MC & Bar, TD, JP, was the Commanding Officer of the 9th. Battalion. Colonel Kirsop is seated centre in both photographs.

At the time, Lieutenant Kirsop had been a lucky survivor of the Gretna, Quintinshill railway disaster of 1915, which killed well over a hundred Royal Scots on their way to France. He was a passenger on the northbound sleeper which collided at full speed with the burning wreckage of the southbound (Royal Scots) express which had run into a stationery goods train, forgotten about, by the signalman at Quintinshill signalbox.

Lieutenant Kirsop fell through the split wooden floor of his compartment in the crash, suffering two broken legs. He was trapped under the carriage, but survived, although his three military travelling companions in the same carriage compartment all died.

Colonel Kirsop was recalled from the reserves at age 44 to be the Commanding Officer of the 1939-raised 58th. Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, and was subsequently killed at Dunkirk in 1940, where he is buried.

The original photographs are in the possession of his son, Murray Kirsop, of Bearsden, Glasgow.
Stuart Gray.

9th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Pipe Band, 1928 - 1933

9th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Pipe Band, 1928 - 1933

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