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TITLE
Memories of a Lovat Scout (11)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LOVAT_SCOUT_ROD_CAMPBELL_11
DATE OF RECORDING
2007
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Roddie Campbell
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1468
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
wars
Armed Forces
army
battalions
regiments
campaign
campaigns
battles
military
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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 talks about the skills necessary to be a Lovat Scout. (The image shows the Lovat Scouts camp at Fearn, 1904.)

Interviewer: What rank were you?

Roddie: Ah was a Private mostly

Interviewer: Private.

Roddie: By the time Ah came home I was a Corporal. Ye're better no havin ranks when there's a war on.

Interviewer: It that right?

Roddie: Mmm-hmm, I think so, aye

Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.

Roddie: Ach, but they were all human - the Scouts were all human - ye know, they were jist like yersels. Everyone [?] They were aw either keepers or forestry workers or something like that.

Mary: Ah always liken them to the Freemasons.

Roddie: Aye. An they wis all good shoot.

Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.

Roddie: Aye.

Interviewer: An you were specially chosen because of those skills that you already had? That right?

Roddie: Well, we did all the scouting for all the other regiments.

Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.

Roddie: Picked up where this one - where this thing was an the next thing was.

Interviewer: An you did that in Italy?

Roddie: In Italy, aye. We started at Naples an we finished, Ah think at - Well I finished north of Provence a good bit - aboot twenty or thirty miles out.

Interviewer: So, continually pushing north?

Roddie: All the time, aye. Aye. Ye would get battered for two or three days, an then everything would be quiet; ye could move on an - Well, we had to move on anyway an find oot where they war. An ye hid to watch for mines an that's when we were scarred, just at the end, wi the mines. Yes, it was a horrible place.

Mary: What, Naples?

Roddie: Aw, Naples wis terrible. Oh, what a place it was. There was a big - it's a big harbour in Naples an it wis all broke. Ye know, broken down ships; their ships wis all battered an our ships wis battered, ye know? An then this terrible streak between Naples an Rome, a terrible place. An the two lairds o Brahan - well the Laird of Brahan an his brother wis killed jist about Naples somewhere. The youngest boy was killed south o Naples a good bit, north of Naples a wee bit. An then the laird himself wis killed near Rome, somewhere like that. What a nice man he was too.

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 (11)

2000s

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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 talks about the skills necessary to be a Lovat Scout. (The image shows the Lovat Scouts camp at Fearn, 1904.)<br /> <br /> Interviewer: What rank were you?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Ah was a Private mostly<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Private.<br /> <br /> Roddie: By the time Ah came home I was a Corporal. Ye're better no havin ranks when there's a war on. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: It that right?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Mmm-hmm, I think so, aye<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Ach, but they were all human - the Scouts were all human - ye know, they were jist like yersels. Everyone [?] They were aw either keepers or forestry workers or something like that. <br /> <br /> Mary: Ah always liken them to the Freemasons.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Aye. An they wis all good shoot.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Aye.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: An you were specially chosen because of those skills that you already had? That right? <br /> <br /> Roddie: Well, we did all the scouting for all the other regiments.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Picked up where this one - where this thing was an the next thing was.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: An you did that in Italy?<br /> <br /> Roddie: In Italy, aye. We started at Naples an we finished, Ah think at - Well I finished north of Provence a good bit - aboot twenty or thirty miles out. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: So, continually pushing north?<br /> <br /> Roddie: All the time, aye. Aye. Ye would get battered for two or three days, an then everything would be quiet; ye could move on an - Well, we had to move on anyway an find oot where they war. An ye hid to watch for mines an that's when we were scarred, just at the end, wi the mines. Yes, it was a horrible place. <br /> <br /> Mary: What, Naples? <br /> <br /> Roddie: Aw, Naples wis terrible. Oh, what a place it was. There was a big - it's a big harbour in Naples an it wis all broke. Ye know, broken down ships; their ships wis all battered an our ships wis battered, ye know? An then this terrible streak between Naples an Rome, a terrible place. An the two lairds o Brahan - well the Laird of Brahan an his brother wis killed jist about Naples somewhere. The youngest boy was killed south o Naples a good bit, north of Naples a wee bit. An then the laird himself wis killed near Rome, somewhere like that. What a nice man he was too.<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.