1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Swiper, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    Alright, I've been doing work on 1 HLI during their time in 53rd Division and information is rather sparse, even with the history Proud Heritage to lend a hand, and a number of personal accounts and War Diary information.

    One of the single biggest problems which I've encountered is:
    Lieutenant-Colonel Torquil MacLeod CO from 1942-44

    Not being a connoisseur of Scottish history I was unaware he was a namesake of a famous historic Lord, and that the name is surprisingly common.

    Apparently he filmed some footage of 1 HLI In 1936 but other than that I've drawn flat out blanks. Found no memoirs, no accounts of him, no biography, not even managed to build up a more detailed version of his career due to a number of officers with that name, and its not entirely clear that he was a member of the HLI.

    Since I've managed to pull pictures on the majority of other Battalions and Regiments in the Division MacLeod is frustrating me somewhat and I wondered if anyone knew anything to cover this gap.
  2. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    This could be your man

    MACLEOD, Torquil
    Born 19/7/03. (From T.A.) H.L.I.
    2-Lt. 29/1/24 (11/2/25).
    Lt. 29/1/26.
    Capt. 31/3/36. (actg. Maj. 3/10/39 to 2/1/40)
    temp. Maj. 3/1/40 to 25/6/40 & 25/7/40 to 28/1141).
    Maj. 29/1/41.
    Adjt. T.A. 1/3/31 to 31/12/34.

    (This is taken from Army List for 1941 and only pre-war officer that match - there are several others but they belonged to different services like RA, I think quite unlikely to lead infantry battalion)
  3. von Smallhausen

    von Smallhausen Junior Member

    Next september it's 76 years ago, the 1st HLI liberated the Belgian town Wervik. In 1945 the CO Torquil Macleod became a honorary citizen ofWervik. This year 75 year ago. In this way Wervik would like to remember this event. Last month's I have been gathering information about LtCol Macleod. Does anyone know which medals he earned through the years.
    Kind regards from Flanders.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2020

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