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Memories of a Lovat Scout (13)
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AB_LOVAT_SCOUT_ROD_CAMPBELL_13
DATE OF RECORDING
2007
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Roddie Campbell
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1470
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 extract he talks about some fellow soldiers who were wounded during the war. (The image is a Lovat Scouts Cartoon from 1900.)

Mary: Now where was it, this Norwegian officer that ye liked so much was killed?

Roddie: In Italy. He wis a boy that hid landed from Norway in a boat when we wis in north - when we wis in the Faroes. An he came, Ah don't know how, but he came, he landed in Canada the same time as we, we wis there skiing. An he came back an joined the Faroes an eh, the Lovat Scouts. Ah don't know why, but Ah really - nice chap he was too.

Interviewer: And what was his name?

Roddie: Tinglestad. [Tingelstad] But eh, he told us, we wis out on a patrol this day, an he told us all about his family. His father an mother Ah think they were killed. An he hid three sisters an they were put into a brothel. An he said to us 'What do I have to live for?' an poor chap, he died. An the day he wis killed, the day he wis killed we couldna take him back. An when we went back next day to try an get him, he was booby-trapped. But the mines wis the worst thing that wis going at the end of the war, they ran like anything. An I jist put mines doon. An ye couldna, ye couldna gather them all. Ah think there were more killed wi mines than that lay in hospital's killed wi anything else. Aye. Mmm-hmm. It wis all legs that wis off. An a funny thing, Ah can mind yet too, not very many things Ah can mind, but a chap we went back to help, ye know where Ah met im, after the war?

Interviewer: Where?

Roddie: The Struie [Laughter] Imagine that? Mmm-hmm. Poor chap was dead too [?] Aye. Mmm-hmm. An another chap, he lost his leg too, he went back, he was unlucky; he took a, the wrong side when he went back, an he stood on one too. But Ah never seen or heard another word aboot him, nobody knows what happened. But, eh, at the end of the war they went - these serious people wis sent right home, plane took them right home. Mmm-hmm.

Interviewer: There was quite a few casualties in Italy?

Roddie: Yes.

Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.

Roddie: I think there was something like sixty or eighty altogether.

Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.

Roddie: Aye.

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 (13)

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 extract he talks about some fellow soldiers who were wounded during the war. (The image is a Lovat Scouts Cartoon from 1900.)<br /> <br /> Mary: Now where was it, this Norwegian officer that ye liked so much was killed? <br /> <br /> Roddie: In Italy. He wis a boy that hid landed from Norway in a boat when we wis in north - when we wis in the Faroes. An he came, Ah don't know how, but he came, he landed in Canada the same time as we, we wis there skiing. An he came back an joined the Faroes an eh, the Lovat Scouts. Ah don't know why, but Ah really - nice chap he was too. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: And what was his name? <br /> <br /> Roddie: Tinglestad. [Tingelstad] But eh, he told us, we wis out on a patrol this day, an he told us all about his family. His father an mother Ah think they were killed. An he hid three sisters an they were put into a brothel. An he said to us 'What do I have to live for?' an poor chap, he died. An the day he wis killed, the day he wis killed we couldna take him back. An when we went back next day to try an get him, he was booby-trapped. But the mines wis the worst thing that wis going at the end of the war, they ran like anything. An I jist put mines doon. An ye couldna, ye couldna gather them all. Ah think there were more killed wi mines than that lay in hospital's killed wi anything else. Aye. Mmm-hmm. It wis all legs that wis off. An a funny thing, Ah can mind yet too, not very many things Ah can mind, but a chap we went back to help, ye know where Ah met im, after the war?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Where? <br /> <br /> Roddie: The Struie [Laughter] Imagine that? Mmm-hmm. Poor chap was dead too [?] Aye. Mmm-hmm. An another chap, he lost his leg too, he went back, he was unlucky; he took a, the wrong side when he went back, an he stood on one too. But Ah never seen or heard another word aboot him, nobody knows what happened. But, eh, at the end of the war they went - these serious people wis sent right home, plane took them right home. Mmm-hmm. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: There was quite a few casualties in Italy?<br /> <br /> Roddie: Yes. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Roddie: I think there was something like sixty or eighty altogether. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Roddie: Aye.<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.