Scots Guards Association Meeting – February 2017

Following a conversation with former RSM Rab Ritchie I arranged for Colin Foster to give an illustrated talk to members of the Bucks, Berks and Oxon Branch of Scots Guards Association about 3rd Tank Battalion’s, and in particular “S” Squadron’s, actions in Normandy in 1944. This was of particular interest to me as my Father had been both a member of “S” Squadron and also a regular attender of this branch of the Association. The meeting was held in February 2017 in Windsor.

We were particularly honoured to have at our meeting our friend, Muir Findlay, believed to be the only surviving veteran of “S” Squadron, 3rd Scots Guards. He is pictured here together with me at the meeting and also in 1944 !

The evening’s talk was well received by the branch membership. An added bonus for me was meeting these two gentlemen – Ken Stokes and Jim Armstrong – both remembered my Father from their younger days as guardsmen and in his role as Quartermaster Sergeant in Germany. Both spoke of him with warmth and great respect !

Ken Stokes, since this meeting, has sadly passed away.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Tam Bates whom I last saw as a teenager in the early 1970’s whilst attending the Branch’s .22 shooting club each week at Windsor T.A. Centre.

At the same time we were introduced to Chelsea Pensioner, ex Scots Guardsman Alan Hayter who served alongside my Father during the Malayan Communist uprising in the late 1940’s