The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal An appeal to save the RHF Museum collection and create a new museum to inform, inherit and inspire f

The Royal Highland Fusiliers have strong connections with the City of Glasgow and its people, and with Ayrshire, stretching back to the 17th Century. Since that time local soldiers have served with great distinction on operations around the world. Their inspiring story of ordinary men and women committing extraordinary acts in the service of their country is recorded in written records but also in

ten thousand or so artefacts which have become part of a unique regimental Collection. Recently the Collection has been housed a building at the west end of Sauchiehall Street which is no longer suitable for a 21st century display and exhibition. The Trustees of The Royal Highland Fusiliers intend to save the Collection and create a new museum which will re-define the interpretation, design and ethos of regimental and military museums. It will be a memorial and an inspiration to past and present soldiers as well as being an example of how this great Regiment can be brought to new life. The most likely location for the Museum’s new home is in the refurbished Kelvin Hall. The cost of undertaking such a momentous project will be significant and the Trustees have decided to launch a Museum Heritage Appeal in November 2014 with the aim of raising £5M over the next five years. This money will cover the capital cost of moving the Museum and laying down seed-corn money for operating costs thereafter.

A Paving Stone to Honour one of Glasgow’s Heroes!Sergeant Turnbull will be honoured by the laying of a paving stone at G...
29/06/2016
A Paving Stone to Honour one of Glasgow's Heroes! - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

A Paving Stone to Honour one of Glasgow’s Heroes!
Sergeant Turnbull will be honoured by the laying of a paving stone at Glasgow’s People's Palace on Friday 1 July 2016 at 12.30 pm.
Sergeant James Youll Turnbull of 17th Battalion (The Commercials), The Highland Light Infantry, was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and devotion to duty at the Leipzig Salient during the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Find out more here:

Sergeant James Youll Turnbull of 17th Battalion (The Commercials), The Highland Light Infantry, was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and devotion to duty at the Leipzig Salient during the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Sergeant Turnbull’s bravery will be honoured by the laying of a paving…

Did you know Her Majesty is the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces? She was, of course, a member of the Wome...
16/05/2016
Happy & Glorious - Happy Birthday, Ma'am! - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Did you know Her Majesty is the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces? She was, of course, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Territory Service, with the rank of Second Lieutenant and service number, 23087. Read more here:

The Chairman & Trustees of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Regimental Trust and the Staff & Volunteers of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum send Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, Loyal Greetings and wish her a very Happy Birthday. In case it has escaped anyone’s notice, today, 21 April 2016, marks the 90...

Did you know on the formation of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006, Her Majesty became the Colonel-in-Cheif of the ...
16/05/2016
Happy & Glorious - Happy Birthday, Ma'am! - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Did you know on the formation of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006, Her Majesty became the Colonel-in-Cheif of the Regiment, presenting new Colours to all seven Battalions in July 2011, including to our own successor Battalion: The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Read more here:http://www.rhfappeal.co.uk/happy-glorious-happy-birthday-maam/

The Chairman & Trustees of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Regimental Trust and the Staff & Volunteers of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum send Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, Loyal Greetings and wish her a very Happy Birthday. In case it has escaped anyone’s notice, today, 21 April 2016, marks the 90...

Volunteer appeal - we need the appeal spread far and wide; the Regimental family, the military community, general public...
12/05/2016
Volunteer - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Volunteer appeal - we need the appeal spread far and wide; the Regimental family, the military community, general public, schools and our overseas friends and family.

Get in touch to find out how you can help:

The Appeal marches on the support from those willing to see the RHF Museum Collection in its new home. To get there we would welcome as much support as possible to help in whatever way you are able. Please fill in the box on the right and show your commitment. Host an Event. Offer The …

Happy & Glorious – Happy Birthday, Ma’am! Read more about how the staff and volunteers at the Museum marked this amazing...
12/05/2016
Happy & Glorious - Happy Birthday, Ma'am! - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Happy & Glorious – Happy Birthday, Ma’am! Read more about how the staff and volunteers at the Museum marked this amazing milestone:

The Chairman & Trustees of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Regimental Trust and the Staff & Volunteers of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum send Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, Loyal Greetings and wish her a very Happy Birthday. In case it has escaped anyone’s notice, today, 21 April 2016, marks the 90...

A Paving Stone to Honour one of Glasgow’s Heroes!Sergeant Turnbull will be honoured by the laying of a paving stone at  ...
05/05/2016
A Paving Stone to Honour one of Glasgow's Heroes! - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

A Paving Stone to Honour one of Glasgow’s Heroes!

Sergeant Turnbull will be honoured by the laying of a paving stone at People's Palace on Friday 1 July 2016 at 12.30 pm.

Sergeant James Youll Turnbull of 17th Battalion (The Commercials), The Highland Light Infantry, was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and devotion to duty at the Leipzig Salient during the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Find out more here:

Sergeant James Youll Turnbull of 17th Battalion (The Commercials), The Highland Light Infantry, was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and devotion to duty at the Leipzig Salient during the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Sergeant Turnbull’s bravery will be honoured by the laying of a paving…

Did you know there are an amazing number of links between the         Paras and our Regiment – one less than obvious one...
02/05/2016

Did you know there are an amazing number of links between the Paras and our Regiment – one less than obvious one is that the old headquarters of 15 (Scottish) Parachute Regiment at the Yorkhill Territorial Army drill hall was once the headquarters of 6th (City of Glasgow) Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry (6 HLI).

If you have a memory or a picture you would like to share, please let us know!

In Burma, during an attack on a Japanese position Major Blaker’s company was held up by heavy fire at close range.   Whe...
29/04/2016
Captain F G Blaker VC - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

In Burma, during an attack on a Japanese position Major Blaker’s company was held up by heavy fire at close range. When hit by a burst of three rounds through the body, Major Blaker continued to cheer on his men whilst lying on the ground.

Read more about this astonishing story of bravery, and the 9th Gurka Rifles of the Indian Army in #1944:

"His heroism and self-sacrifice was beyond all praise..."

Each gravestone in a war cemetery is a poignant reminder of a life lost in conflict and those with the epitaph “Known un...
28/04/2016
"A Soldier of The Great War Known Unto God" - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Each gravestone in a war cemetery is a poignant reminder of a life lost in conflict and those with the epitaph “Known unto God” are particularly moving and sad.

Until recently, the remains of Corporal Thomas Houston MM of 2nd Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry was buried in a grave in Bancourt British Cemetery and the gravestone bore the inscription: “A soldier of The Great War known unto God”. Read more about this incredible story here:

Each gravestone in a war cemetery is a poignant reminder of a life lost in conflict and those with the epitaph “Known unto God” are particularly moving and sad. Until recently, the remains of Corporal Thomas Houston MM of 2nd Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry was buried in a grave in Bancourt…

Keep up with all the latest news and the The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal  proposed move to the new Kelvin Hal...
27/04/2016
News - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Keep up with all the latest news and the The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal proposed move to the new Kelvin Hall development in Glasgow:

To capture and maintain your interest: we will keep you informed on the progress of the Appeal; event updates; historical facts and interesting stories.

Help give a valuable boost to our fundraising target!  Did you know you can now donate by phone, text, post or online. F...
23/04/2016
The Appeal - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Help give a valuable boost to our fundraising target! Did you know you can now donate by phone, text, post or online. Find out more:

The Royal Highland Fusiliers have strong connections with the people of the city of Glasgow and Ayrshire, stretching back to the 17th Century. Since that time local soldiers have served with great distinction on operations around the world.

Come along to Rozelle Park. (Ayr) tomorrow, 23 April  at 11.00am where a service will be held to celebrate the completio...
22/04/2016
Rozelle Remembrance Woodland Service - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Come along to Rozelle Park. (Ayr) tomorrow, 23 April at 11.00am where a service will be held to celebrate the completion of the first stage of the park’s remembrance woodland project, which began in 2015 as part of the World War 1 centenary commemorations taking place from 2014 to 2018. Find out more:http://www.rhfappeal.co.uk/event/rozelle-remembrance-woodland-service/

On Saturday 23 April 2016, a service will be held in Rozelle Park in Ayr to celebrate the completion of the first stage of the park’s remembrance woodland project, which began in 2015 as part of the World War 1 centenary commemorations taking place from 2014 to 2018. The project allows the woodland…

On Saturday 23 April 2016, a service will be held in at 11.00am in Rozelle Park. (Ayr)  to celebrate the completion of t...
20/04/2016
Rozelle Remembrance Woodland Service - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

On Saturday 23 April 2016, a service will be held in at 11.00am in Rozelle Park. (Ayr) to celebrate the completion of the first stage of the park’s remembrance woodland project, which began in 2015 as part of the World War 1 centenary commemorations taking place from 2014 to 2018. Find out more:

On Saturday 23 April 2016, a service will be held in Rozelle Park in Ayr to celebrate the completion of the first stage of the park’s remembrance woodland project, which began in 2015 as part of the World War 1 centenary commemorations taking place from 2014 to 2018. The project allows the woodland…

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16/04/2016
Our Story - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

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The Royal Highland Fusiliers (RHF) was formed in 1959 by the amalgamation of The Royal Scots Fusiliers & The Highland Light Infantry. At the formation of The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2006), 1st Battalion RHF became The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOT…

Did you know the Battle of Loos was the largest British battle of 1915 on the Western Front and was the first time that ...
14/04/2016
The Big Push: Gas, Mud & Bullets! - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Did you know the Battle of Loos was the largest British battle of 1915 on the Western Front and was the first time that the British used poison gas and the first mass engagement of Kitchener’s New Army units?

Read more here:

Lieutenant Colonel Willie Coupar gave a descriptive and informative talk about the Battle of Loos at the County Hall in Ayr. This event will hopefully be the first of many in the County Town of The Royal Scots Fusiliers, the older and thus the more senior of the two antecedent regiments of The Royal…

VOLUNTEER APPEAL - Make a difference to our appeal to see the RHF Museum Collection in its new home!Find out how you can...
13/04/2016
Volunteer - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

VOLUNTEER APPEAL - Make a difference to our appeal to see the RHF Museum Collection in its new home!

Find out how you can volunteer for us here:

The Appeal marches on the support from those willing to see the RHF Museum Collection in its new home. To get there we would welcome as much support as possible to help in whatever way you are able. Please fill in the box on the right and show your commitment. Host an Event. Offer The …

Read more about John Gordon born in 1887, a young drummer boy who was sent to the Andaman Islands, situated in the Bay o...
12/04/2016
Coconuts and Conch Shells with The Royal Scots Fusiliers - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Read more about John Gordon born in 1887, a young drummer boy who was sent to the Andaman Islands, situated in the Bay of Bengal, at the young age of 14.

If you have a memory or a picture you would like to share, please let us know!

The Andaman Islands, situated in the Bay of Bengal, were once home to a penal colony created by the British colonisers to detain the criminal convicts from the India; mostly rebels in search of the independence of their country. Here, whilst on service in India, The Royal Scots Fusiliers sent troops…

Find out more about the progress of the Museum’s proposed move to the new Kelvin Hall development here. More updates com...
10/04/2016
Update on the Appeal from Major General Euan Loudon CBE - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Find out more about the progress of the Museum’s proposed move to the new Kelvin Hall development here.

More updates coming soon:

Ladies and Gentlemen, When I wrote in early January we had officially launched the Appeal, established an appeal website www.rhfappeal.co.uk and opened an appeal bank account at the Airdrie Savings Bank. Since then the steering group –under Sandy Fitzpatrick’s leadership-has been beavering away on a…

Our greatest hope for the museum appeal, is that we'll be able to continue telling inspiring stories of ordinary men and...
31/03/2016
The Appeal - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Our greatest hope for the museum appeal, is that we'll be able to continue telling inspiring stories of ordinary men and women committing extraordinary acts in the service of their country.

Find out how you can get involved here:

The Royal Highland Fusiliers have strong connections with the people of the city of Glasgow and Ayrshire, stretching back to the 17th Century. Since that time local soldiers have served with great distinction on operations around the world.

Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with how the appeal is going:
28/03/2016
Contact - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

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Staying in touch is fundamental to keeping the story alive. Please get in touch with the Museum Appeal and tell us your news, views and stories. Leave your details below: Phone, Write or Email; and we will reply as soon as we can.

We hope that The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal new home will be  a memorial and an inspiration to past and pres...
25/03/2016
The Appeal - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

We hope that The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal new home will be a memorial and an inspiration to past and present soldiers as well as being an example of how this great Regiment can be brought to new life:

The Royal Highland Fusiliers have strong connections with the people of the city of Glasgow and Ayrshire, stretching back to the 17th Century. Since that time local soldiers have served with great distinction on operations around the world.

Staying in touch is fundamental to keeping the story of The Royal Highland Fusiliers alive. If you have a story, memory ...
24/03/2016

Staying in touch is fundamental to keeping the story of The Royal Highland Fusiliers alive. If you have a story, memory or a picture you would like to share, please let us know!

Did you know the Crossing of the Rhine (code-named Operation Plunder) began on this day in 1945? The situation was descr...
23/03/2016
Crossing the Rhine - the - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Did you know the Crossing of the Rhine (code-named Operation Plunder) began on this day in 1945?

The situation was described, the following day, by Joseph Goebbels (the German Minister of Propaganda) as having entered an “extraordinarily critical, ostensibly almost deadly, phase.” Read more about this incredible story here:

The Crossing of the Rhine (code-named Operation Plunder) began on the evening of 23 March 1945; and the situation was described, the following day, by Joseph Goebbels (the German Minister of Propaganda) as having entered an “extraordinarily critical, ostensibly almost deadly, phase.” Both antecedent…

We urgently need your help to raise money to create a new home for the   which will re-define the interpretation, design...
22/03/2016
The Appeal - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

We urgently need your help to raise money to create a new home for the which will re-define the interpretation, design and ethos of regimental and military museums!

You can donate by phone, text, post and online. Find out more:

The Royal Highland Fusiliers have strong connections with the people of the city of Glasgow and Ayrshire, stretching back to the 17th Century. Since that time local soldiers have served with great distinction on operations around the world.

We need volunteers to host events, fund raise and volunteer at the Museum. Find out more about how you can help here:
18/03/2016
Volunteer - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

We need volunteers to host events, fund raise and volunteer at the Museum.

Find out more about how you can help here:

The Appeal marches on the support from those willing to see the RHF Museum Collection in its new home. To get there we would welcome as much support as possible to help in whatever way you are able. Please fill in the box on the right and show your commitment. Host an Event. Offer The …

HMS Birkenhead, carrying reinforcements for the Kaffir War in South Africa, struck rocks off the coast of Simonstown and...
17/03/2016
HMS Birkenhead - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

HMS Birkenhead, carrying reinforcements for the Kaffir War in South Africa, struck rocks off the coast of Simonstown and sank 25 minutes later in 1852.

Read more about HMS Birkenhead - it's the first recorded incident of "Women & Children First":

First example of Birkenhead Drill "Woman and Children first"

Our volunteers are fundamental to the survival of our collection at the museum. Find out how you can help too!
16/03/2016
Volunteer - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Our volunteers are fundamental to the survival of our collection at the museum. Find out how you can help too!

The Appeal marches on the support from those willing to see the RHF Museum Collection in its new home. To get there we would welcome as much support as possible to help in whatever way you are able. Please fill in the box on the right and show your commitment. Host an Event. Offer The …

Sustaining artillery fire, cavalry charges, driving back the Imperial Guard and firing the last shot a Waterloo!  The 71...
15/03/2016
Battle of Waterloo - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Sustaining artillery fire, cavalry charges, driving back the Imperial Guard and firing the last shot a Waterloo! The 71st Highlanders were in the thick of the battle of Waterloo.

Find out more about where the story began here:

The Last Gun at Waterloo!

Keep up to date with the progress of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal: event updates, fund raising, historical...
14/03/2016
The Appeal - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Keep up to date with the progress of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal: event updates, fund raising, historical facts and much more here:

The Royal Highland Fusiliers have strong connections with the people of the city of Glasgow and Ayrshire, stretching back to the 17th Century. Since that time local soldiers have served with great distinction on operations around the world.

Why not commit to something good this year! Volunteer at  . Find out more about  how you can help here:
12/03/2016
Volunteer - Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal

Why not commit to something good this year! Volunteer at . Find out more about how you can help here:

The Appeal marches on the support from those willing to see the RHF Museum Collection in its new home. To get there we would welcome as much support as possible to help in whatever way you are able. Please fill in the box on the right and show your commitment. Host an Event. Offer The …

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Had a fabulous visit today and the people who are front of house were so passionate about their role a credit to the regiment. The displays had so much in them but it didn't feel cluttered and was a good mix of artefacts and written words. Having recently started a role with my local regiment museum in the East Midlands I left feeling educated and inspired that I made the right career move so thank you and wish you all the very best especially with the future plans.
Today we remember Royal Highland Fusiliers Dougald McCaughey and brothers John and Joseph McCaig, ages 23, 17 and 18 who were murdered by the IRA in Belfast on the 10th March 1971.

On the 10th March 1971, John, Joseph and Dougald had some free time. What better way to spend your free time as young men than enjoying a pint with your mates. Belfast to these boys would not have looked too much different from home, they were only in another part of the United Kingdom after all.

At 14:05 they left Girdwood Barracks to enjoy their recreational time in Belfast City Centre. They were under orders to return to the Barracks by 18:30 that same evening.

They spent the afternoon drinking in Mooney’s Bar before moving to Kelly’s Cellar in the Cornmarket area. At 18:30 the three boys were still in Kelly’s Cellar with two other men, one of these men was an ex-British Army soldiers who lived in the Ardoyne area and worked as a Postman.

When the three boys did not appear back at their barracks by 18:30, they were listed by the Officers on duty as AWOL (absent without leave).

It is widely believed the boys were approached by young females whilst at the bar, these young females befriended them with the intention of later giving them over to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), this atrocious way of working was called a ‘Honeytrap’.

At approximately 19:00, a man arrived at Kelly’s Cellar in a car. The boys left the bar and entered the car in the company of the others who they met inside. They car drove away 5 minutes later.

The boys entered the car thinking they were safe, thinking they were going to a party, thinking everything would be alright. Three young boys who only wanted to be young boys and have a bit of fun.

At about 19:25 therewas 5 gunshots heard coming from the direction of White Brae. White Brae is an area of hills on the outskirts of north Belfast.

John, Joseph and Dougald were found dead at the side of the road at approximately 19:45. Their bodies lying together at the side of the road were found by three young children who were out looking for a horse in the field. A man driving his car noticed the children on the road and stopped to see what had happened. After seeing the bodies the man told the kids to "go away" before driving to a local bar asking the barman to call 999.

Today we remember them.

John: 15:13

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”



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