Joe Brown

7th/9th Royal Scots Own War Correspondent.

The 7th/9th Royal Scots - an Edinburgh pre-War Territorial Battalion known as the 'Dandy Ninth' because it wore the kilt whilst the other Battalions of Royal Scots wore trews.We had excellent relations with 'Auld Reekie's' local newspaper "Edinburgh Evening News" and during the Second World War wherever we were John Junor would spend a few days with us and interview as many of the lads as possible for 'messages' home..On the 31st December 1944 the Battalion was rushed into position to thicken up the defences and found it had been given the position on the 'Right of the Line', linking up with the Americans. We were based on Bruggerhof, three thousand yards north-west of Geilenkirchen.Our own War Correspondent was with us: He started the above article with this introduction:' SOME QUEER THINGS HAPPEN THESE DAYS. A DAY OR TWO AGO I WAS SITTING QUIETLY AT HOME MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS. TO-NIGHT I AM SITTING IN THE BEDROOM OF A HOUSE [Bn. HQ] ON THE WESTERN FRONT WRITING A HUNDRED MESSAGES TO THE READERS OF THE “EVENING NEWS” WITH THE AID OF A HURRICANE LAMP, AFTER SOME 12 HOURS TRAVELLING OVER ICY ROADS IN A VARIETY OF VEHICLES, RANGING FROM A LARGE STAFF CAR TO A JEEP THAT JUMPED ITS CONFIDENT WAY ALONG.'It is another of the papers from the 'Campbell Collection'.Joe Brown.

7th/9th Royal Scots Own War Correspondent.
Joe Brown, May 22, 2013