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Memories of a Lovat Scout (12)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LOVAT_SCOUT_ROD_CAMPBELL_12
DATE OF RECORDING
2007
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Roddie Campbell
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1469
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
wars
Armed Forces
army
battalions
regiments
campaign
campaigns
battles
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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 being wounded in Italy. (The image shows Lovat Scouts on the march, Tain.)

Interviewer: You said you were injured just before war, the war finished?

Roddie: Ah wis, Ah wis wounded on the 27th o April, aye. They'd aw got - wounded north of Florence a good bit, ah cannae mind, but we landed in Florence an we all got patched up there. An then we wis flown down to Rome. An the hospital we was in, Ah think it was the '300 Hospital' or '301', Ah cannae mind which, - an it was just north of the Vatican a wee bit. There were a place jist north of the Vatican a wee bitty where they were going to hiv exhibition in 1938. They took that. Aw, what a place it was. What wicked people from the world. They had big mummies there an, what do they call it, ye know, marble, all carved out for the Vatican. An they knocked all the chests an the privates an everything off them, eh? Imagine doin that? An, eh, Ah can mind the sister's name that was in the Vatican, Ah never forgot. Mumbie was her name.

Interviewer: Mumbie?

Roddie: Sister Mumbie, Aye. An what a row Ah got from her one day. When Ah woke up the, ye know, the next morning, wis all drugged oot, an the, an the beds wis very close an looked an here's a fellow - he hadna got half a face - he only hid half a face. No hands to hold, no legs, eh? An Ah says to the Sister Mumbie, quietly, would it no be better to, ye know, let him die? What a row Ah got. But he, he wis as cheery a chapp as wis in the hospital. An he couldna speak right. An they fed him an washed him an cleaned him. What work they had. Mmm-hmm.

Mary: Was it the matron at that hospital that slapped the German officer? When she asked him what his religion was, he said, 'Hail Hitler'.

Roddie: Oh, aye, aye. She gave him a - aye. Mmm-hmm. 'Hail Hitler.'

Mary: That was his religion.

Roddie: An she took her hand. Well I didna see it, but she told me herself. Because Ah always mind, sayin that well I bet ye felt it! Yes, but aye they were nice there. What work they had - poor nurses.

Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.

Roddie: An when I left they were going to Japan - Japan wasn't feenished then.

Interviewer: That's right. Mmm-hmm.

Roddie: Aye, they were all going away then, many moons ago.

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 (12)

2000s

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

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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 being wounded in Italy. (The image shows Lovat Scouts on the march, Tain.)<br /> <br /> Interviewer: You said you were injured just before war, the war finished? <br /> <br /> Roddie: Ah wis, Ah wis wounded on the 27th o April, aye. They'd aw got - wounded north of Florence a good bit, ah cannae mind, but we landed in Florence an we all got patched up there. An then we wis flown down to Rome. An the hospital we was in, Ah think it was the '300 Hospital' or '301', Ah cannae mind which, - an it was just north of the Vatican a wee bit. There were a place jist north of the Vatican a wee bitty where they were going to hiv exhibition in 1938. They took that. Aw, what a place it was. What wicked people from the world. They had big mummies there an, what do they call it, ye know, marble, all carved out for the Vatican. An they knocked all the chests an the privates an everything off them, eh? Imagine doin that? An, eh, Ah can mind the sister's name that was in the Vatican, Ah never forgot. Mumbie was her name. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mumbie?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Sister Mumbie, Aye. An what a row Ah got from her one day. When Ah woke up the, ye know, the next morning, wis all drugged oot, an the, an the beds wis very close an looked an here's a fellow - he hadna got half a face - he only hid half a face. No hands to hold, no legs, eh? An Ah says to the Sister Mumbie, quietly, would it no be better to, ye know, let him die? What a row Ah got. But he, he wis as cheery a chapp as wis in the hospital. An he couldna speak right. An they fed him an washed him an cleaned him. What work they had. Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Mary: Was it the matron at that hospital that slapped the German officer? When she asked him what his religion was, he said, 'Hail Hitler'.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Oh, aye, aye. She gave him a - aye. Mmm-hmm. 'Hail Hitler.' <br /> <br /> Mary: That was his religion. <br /> <br /> Roddie: An she took her hand. Well I didna see it, but she told me herself. Because Ah always mind, sayin that well I bet ye felt it! Yes, but aye they were nice there. What work they had - poor nurses. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Roddie: An when I left they were going to Japan - Japan wasn't feenished then. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: That's right. Mmm-hmm. <br /> <br /> Roddie: Aye, they were all going away then, many moons ago.<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.