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#1 scobbieBsc

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:14 PM

hi, Im completely new to this site but im hoping someone can help! Im looking for information on my grandfather, I know he was in the Cameron Highlanders during ww2 and his name was Daniel Scobbie, does anyone know how I can get more info? I have memories of him talking about belsen, colditz and being shot! I have no idea what his role was or where he was on operation but having recently spent a lot of time in germany (my best friend is an officer based in paderborn) and would love to know more about him so i can be even prouder of him than i already am, if thats possible. any help or advice would be appreciated.:huh:
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:26 PM

welcome to the forum
have you applied for his service records

Ministry of Defence | About Defence | What we do | Personnel | Service Records | Making a Request for Information held on the Personnel Records of Deceased Service Personnel
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#3 Mike L

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:27 PM

Hi Scobbie and welcome. The stock answer is to apply for his service record:
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If you are not next of kin and he died less than 25 years ago you will need NOK to apply. It will cost £30 and might take 9 months or so to arrive due to backlog of applications. Be sure to ask for a copy of the FULL record.
Another idea would be to change the thead title (or ask a Moderator to do it) to include your Grandfather's name and 'Cameron Highlanders'. That will attract the right attention here.
Good luck,
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:38 PM

Another idea would be to change the thead title (or ask a Moderator to do it) to include your Grandfather's name and 'Cameron Highlanders'.


Done.
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#5 Mike L

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:08 AM

He's a sneaky sod that Owen, nicks all my ideas. Top bloke though.
BTW I got absolutely slaughtered one night in Paderborn. I was staying in the barracks with a youth band (not army) and a few of us went out for a drink. The Watney's Red Bar had run out of Watneys so we got Paderborner (or similar Lager) and Schnapps chasers all night. About 3am 6 teenaged Brits with short haircuts piled into a taxi and we couldn't speak a word of German. The driver just took us to the barracks without a word said.
Great times!

Edited by Mike L, 18 February 2012 - 01:10 AM.
cudos to Owen

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:53 AM

Welcome and enjoy.!!!
If he served in Europe from June 44 onwards, he would have been in 5th battalion, If he served in Europe 1939/1940 he could have been 1st or 4th Camerons. If he visited Belsen then he was with 5th battalion.
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51 highland "Don't leave me Sarge" & Keep 'em Moving

Là á Bhlàir's math na Càirdean

(Friends are good in the day of battle)


Na diobair caraid's a charraid
(Forsake not a friend in the fray)

Cuimhnichibh na suinn nach maireann .
Mairidh an cliu beo gu brath.
(In memory of the Heroes who are no more.
May their Fame live on forever)

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:11 AM

Welcome to the forum scobbie. Good luck with your search!

Best,

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#8 4jonboy

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:59 AM

Hello and welcome

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 01:44 PM

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Edited by stolpi, 11 June 2013 - 06:21 PM.

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#10 scobbieBsc

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:04 PM

Thank you all so much for resonding!! I had no idea service records could be applied for!! But unfortunately i also have no idea who his NOK would be, my grandfaher has been gone 6 years and my grandmother 8 years..... My father and his brother and sisters dont speak!! Hmmm, this could be trickier than i thought!! Mike... I too have been worse for the wear in paderborn....twice last year!! I visited belsen, colitz, wewelsburg castle....all might i add hungover!!! Im scottish, what more can i say!!
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:02 PM

Mike, is the picture to the left you on the ground on your party night ?

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:21 PM

scobbie,

'The 79th News', the regimental magazine of the Camerons can have details of the exploits of individual soldiers - mostly pre-war, it has to be said - including when they passed particular exams etc. If they were sporstmen, there can be even more available. The regimental museum at Fort George has copies of the magazine.

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Remembering my good mates Flt Lt Al Squires and CXX/3 who died in Afghanistan on 2 Sep 06.

And Sqn Ldr Ant Downing who died of wounds received in Afghanistan on 23 Dec 11 - another one of the best.

Also remembering my ggf Pte Thomas Roberts who fought for his country in The Great War and died on 25 Sep 15 at Loos.

And my gf Pte Thomas Roxburgh who fought for his country in the Second World War and survived.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:29 PM

As far as I'm aware, seniority of siblings doesn't come into the next-of-kin calculations and any surviving children have an equal right to apply. There is no requirement for mutual consent or co-operation.
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#14 Mike L

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:50 PM

Peaceful - not quite - never trooped the colour (was never in HM Forces), but I have been in uniform with a serious hangover. Several times.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:31 PM

Roxy, thankyou! Im going to nip out to the fort in the morning! Rich thankyou also! Im going to grovel to my father and see if he will apply. I have just found 2 photos of gramps, one of him outside cameron barracks holding an enfield (i think) and the other of him with bag pipes.....didnt even know he played, He kept that quiet!!! pardon the pun.
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#16 Mike L

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:41 PM

Scobbie - we like photos here! ;)
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#17 51highland

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:25 AM

Put a photo up, I can compare it with all my photo's to see if he is on any.!!!
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51 highland "Don't leave me Sarge" & Keep 'em Moving

Là á Bhlàir's math na Càirdean

(Friends are good in the day of battle)


Na diobair caraid's a charraid
(Forsake not a friend in the fray)

Cuimhnichibh na suinn nach maireann .
Mairidh an cliu beo gu brath.
(In memory of the Heroes who are no more.
May their Fame live on forever)

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:33 PM

Ok.....just have to figure out how to do it first, Hmmm!!
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