Andrew Thomson, 8th Battalion Royal Scots

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by Norasark, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Norasark

    Norasark New Member

    It is with great sadness that my father in law Andrew Thomson of Thurston and a war veteran from the C "Coy" 8th Battalion of the Royal Scots passed away peacefully aged 98 on the 9th of March 2019. His funeral is at Houndwood Crematorium, Grantshouse is on Monday the 18th March 2019. We as his family felt it was fitting that this wonderful gentleman was to be honoured on your forum. Andrew wrote his Memoirs giving accounts of his early years , his time in the army and his civilian life, which we treasure. We have a photograph taken of the 8th Battalion in our possession and it now hangs with pride in our home. All members of the Battalion are mentioned by name written in my father in laws hand. If anyone had a member of their family in this battalion and would like a copy please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    My condolences to you and your family.
  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    :poppy: RIP Andrew Thomson :poppy:

    Also feel free to post whatever you think might be of use to the forum

    Regards and condolences
  4. adbw

    adbw Member

    My sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time. He was a brave man as well as a wonderful gentleman! I do in fact have a family connection with the 8th Battalion and would therefore be very interested in a copy of the photograph you have. My grandfather was the 8th Battalion’s first Padre - Rev Alek Sawyer (the Minister in Dunbar before and after the war) - who was with the Battalion from 1939 until October 1943 when he was transferred to 6 KOSB. If the photograph was taken between 1939 and the end of 1943, he should be in the photo. There’s a photo of my grandfather in the “In Memoriam” section of my website [], which incidentally has a transcribed version of the 8th Battalion’s war diary for June 1944 to May 1945, if you haven’t seen it already. It may be that they knew each other quite well ..

    Again, my condolences to you and your family.

  5. Norasark

    Norasark New Member

    Thank you for kind words of condolence. I have studied the photograph but cannot see the name Alek Sawyer, the photo was taken we believe in 1939 on completion of training. Sadly I am unable to post the photo on here as the format is too large and I am unsure how to change that. If there is a way to send a private message on here I could maybe send by email or include in a text to your mobile.
    I look at your website which makes interesting reading, thank you
  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Sorry for your loss
  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron


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