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Memories of a Lovat Scout (8)
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AB_LOVAT_SCOUT_ROD_CAMPBELL_08
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Canada
DATE OF RECORDING
2007
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Roddie Campbell
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1463
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
wars
Armed Forces
army
battalions
regiments
campaign
campaigns
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Roddie Campbell of Tollie of Brahan Croft, Lochussie, is one of the last few surviving Lovat Scouts. In this audio recording he remembers some of the laughs he had whilst training in Canada (1944). (The image shows Lovat Scouts on the march, Tain.)

Mary: Ye had some laughs too there, didn't ye?

Roddie: Eh?

Mary: Ye had some laughs there too.

Roddie: Och, aye, but Ah cannae mind them.

Mary: Two friends that fell out.

Roddie: Oh that's when we wis - Well, when we started skiing you were divided into ten individuals an each [?] ten got named after a mountain. And eh, Ah canna mind, it started with an 'S' anyway. Can ye mind what was the name of the mountain?

Mary: No I never heard the name

Roddie: Nawh

Mary: Just that they fell out.

Roddie: It doesn't matter anyway. And this two - one wis from Strathconon and the other was from Alness or somewhere doon there - Ah canna mind where - an. An they were like that - one [?] an it was nine thousand feet up outdoor there, ten thousand feets up an, we were very near the top. An when ye came to the top ye couldna walk farther than from here to the door, [?] an ye had to stop.

Mary: Lack of oxygen.

Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.

Roddie: Mmm-hmm. An we wis gettin nearer an nearer the top an stopped. Well, the two o them fell oot at very near the top. An, Ah can see it yet, they're both goin at it, not a cheep went oot o the mouth! An we couldna laugh an we couldna do anything. Yeh, so it was that. Till the next day a crowd went out - well another ten went up to the top, an they were coming down an got hurt in an avalanche. And that was the only casualty we hid in Canada, aye. There were a lot wi broken legs an things like that, no deaths, except that one. An he said - he belonged to Inverness or something like that Ah mind.

Mary: And where were ye when yerself and Jock Urquhart tried to sell all that blankets, or just one?

Roddie: Ah canna mind on that. What did we do?

Mary: Ye tried to sell blanket on the train, coming from I don't know where, but the same blanket was tried to - Ah think the base o it was, as soon as they got the money the train moved off, an the blanket too.

Roddie: Pulled the blanket in the window.

Mary: Eh?

Roddie: The fellow that had it oot to put it on the fellow on the ground. There were two below the window or somethin on it, with their knees on it.

Mary: An ye were left with all the money when ye got to your destination; it was out of commission or something, was it?

Roddie: Yes, well,

Mary: And ye got nothing for it!

Now part of the 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Lovat Scouts were first formed for service in the Second Boer War in 1900 by the 16th Lord Lovat, Simon Joseph Fraser. After the war, in 1903, two regiments were formed - the 1st and 2nd Lovat Scouts. Skilled in marksmanship, field craft and military tactics, the two regiments were involved extensively in World War I. One regiment was disbanded in 1922. During World War II, Lovat Scouts were garrisoned in the Faroe Islands before seeing active service in Italy from 1944 to the end of the war.

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Memories of a Lovat Scout (8)

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; wars; Armed Forces; army; battalions; regiments; campaign; campaigns; battles; military; audio

Am Baile

Am Baile: Memories of a Lovat Scout

Roddie Campbell of Tollie of Brahan Croft, Lochussie, is one of the last few surviving Lovat Scouts. In this audio recording he remembers some of the laughs he had whilst training in Canada (1944). (The image shows Lovat Scouts on the march, Tain.)<br /> <br /> Mary: Ye had some laughs too there, didn't ye?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Eh?<br /> <br /> Mary: Ye had some laughs there too. <br /> <br /> Roddie: Och, aye, but Ah cannae mind them.<br /> <br /> Mary: Two friends that fell out. <br /> <br /> Roddie: Oh that's when we wis - Well, when we started skiing you were divided into ten individuals an each [?] ten got named after a mountain. And eh, Ah canna mind, it started with an 'S' anyway. Can ye mind what was the name of the mountain?<br /> <br /> Mary: No I never heard the name<br /> <br /> Roddie: Nawh<br /> <br /> Mary: Just that they fell out.<br /> <br /> Roddie: It doesn't matter anyway. And this two - one wis from Strathconon and the other was from Alness or somewhere doon there - Ah canna mind where - an. An they were like that - one [?] an it was nine thousand feet up outdoor there, ten thousand feets up an, we were very near the top. An when ye came to the top ye couldna walk farther than from here to the door, [?] an ye had to stop. <br /> <br /> Mary: Lack of oxygen.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Mmm-hmm. An we wis gettin nearer an nearer the top an stopped. Well, the two o them fell oot at very near the top. An, Ah can see it yet, they're both goin at it, not a cheep went oot o the mouth! An we couldna laugh an we couldna do anything. Yeh, so it was that. Till the next day a crowd went out - well another ten went up to the top, an they were coming down an got hurt in an avalanche. And that was the only casualty we hid in Canada, aye. There were a lot wi broken legs an things like that, no deaths, except that one. An he said - he belonged to Inverness or something like that Ah mind. <br /> <br /> Mary: And where were ye when yerself and Jock Urquhart tried to sell all that blankets, or just one?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Ah canna mind on that. What did we do? <br /> <br /> Mary: Ye tried to sell blanket on the train, coming from I don't know where, but the same blanket was tried to - Ah think the base o it was, as soon as they got the money the train moved off, an the blanket too. <br /> <br /> Roddie: Pulled the blanket in the window.<br /> <br /> Mary: Eh?<br /> <br /> Roddie: The fellow that had it oot to put it on the fellow on the ground. There were two below the window or somethin on it, with their knees on it.<br /> <br /> Mary: An ye were left with all the money when ye got to your destination; it was out of commission or something, was it?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Yes, well,<br /> <br /> Mary: And ye got nothing for it!<br /> <br /> Now part of the 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Lovat Scouts were first formed for service in the Second Boer War in 1900 by the 16th Lord Lovat, Simon Joseph Fraser. After the war, in 1903, two regiments were formed - the 1st and 2nd Lovat Scouts. Skilled in marksmanship, field craft and military tactics, the two regiments were involved extensively in World War I. One regiment was disbanded in 1922. During World War II, Lovat Scouts were garrisoned in the Faroe Islands before seeing active service in Italy from 1944 to the end of the war.