THE LONDON SCOTTISH REGIMENT 

WW2

At the London Scottish Regimental Archive we hold a Regimental Roll and copies of our Regimental Gazette. So, if given a name, we can supply an army number, the  battalion in which he served and possibly dates of service. Further biographical details may be forthcoming from the pages of the monthly regimental magazine, The London Scottish Regimental Gazette.

Soldiers’ service records are still held by the Ministry of Defence and can be obtained, for a fee, by either the individual or his next of kin, by applying to the Army Pay and Record Office. Please see links below:  

The form for requesting your own records.

The form for requesting next of kin service records.

The Form for requesting records of servicemen who are not your next of kin.

The Form for Army Enquiries.

or write to

The Army Personnel Centre

MS Support Unit,

P & D Branch Historical Disclosures,

MP 555 Kentigern House

65 Brown Street

GLASGOW G2 8EX:

Other secondary sources include:

The official Regimental History: The London Scottish in the Second World War edited by Brigadier C.N. Barclay

This covers all aspects of three battalions, the Special Companies who were the precursors to the Commandos, and the service of the attached ATS. It is complete with maps, roll of honour and awards. 

The Battalion is an excellent first hand account of the 1st Battalion in Italy. It is a very honest account written by Keith Spooner, an enlisted man and a second generation London Scot. It is illustrated throughout by the sketches of Spooner’s friend and comrade in arms, Bob Souter. It is available from the Regimental Shop.

J.M.Lee Harvey’s memoir D-Day Dodger covers his experience in the London Scottish’s 3rd Battalion, which was given the role of a Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment. He covers his training in England, service in North Africa and Italy and after the Italian campaign when the Battalion was broken up and he was re-trained as an infanteer and posted to Greece. D Day Dodger was published by William Kimber in 1979.

Of No Military Importance is an historically annotated collection of the cartoons, drawings, poems and stories of the late Bob Souter, a pre-war London Scottish Territorial who took his sketch pad to War with the 1st Battalion in Italy in WW2. He was captured at Anzio and kept sketching. For many years after he contributed to the Regimental Gazette and designed menu covers and made paintings of Regimental life. This collection was assembled and edited by Colonel J.A.Clemence CBE TD, a London Scottish Officer and former Honorary Colonel.

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