Highland Regiments

Highland Regiments

The 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders mobilising at Inverness, 5th August 1914 (GB1796_1999_116_41_V)
The 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders saw action almost immediately at the Battle of Le Cateau. Before the year was out they also fought in the Battles of the Marne, the Aisne and at Messines.

Seaforth Highlanders

At the outbreak of war, the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders were in India. They left for France almost immediately, arriving there in October 1914. During that first winter, they saw action at Richebourg and Givenchy.

The 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders were at the Shorncliffe Army Camp in Kent when war was declared. They landed in France on 23rd August as part of the 10th Brigade of the 4th Division of the British Expeditionary Force and saw action almost immediately at the Battle of Le Cateau. Before the year was out they also fought in the Battles of the Marne, the Aisne and at Messines.

Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders

The 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders were based at Edinburgh Castle when war broke out. Eight days later they were in France, tasked with defending the British Expeditionary Force’s HQ. In September, at the Battle of the Aisne, they suffered heavy losses attacking the German lines and later that month most of the battalion’s HQ staff was killed when their position, which was situated in a cave, was hit by a shell. The regiment also saw action at the first Battle of Ypres in October and at Givenchy in December.

The 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders were in India when war was declared. They departed for Britain in October and eventually arrived in France on 19th December.

Reserve Battalions

At the declaration of war, the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders mobilised at Fort George, near Inverness. A week later they sailed to Cromarty and occupied the garrison there for the duration of the war. The battalion’s dual role role was to defend the approaches to the important naval base at nearby Invergordon and supply reinforcements to the battalions in the front line and the New Army.

The 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders mobilised at Inverness at the outbreak of war. They soon moved to Invergordon to defend the town’s naval base. As with the 3rd Seaforths, they provided reinforcements to the battalions in the front line and the New Army.

 

[Text © High Life Highland; image from the Joseph Cook Collection, Highland Photographic Archive]