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Cameron of Lochiel to Lady Hermione Cameron, 20 September 1914 (1 of 3)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_CL_B_LETTER_017A
DATE OF IMAGE
20 September 1914
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Lochaber Archive Centre
ASSET ID
681
KEYWORDS
First World War
World War I
World War One
Cameron of Lochiel to Lady Hermione Cameron, 20 September 1914 (1 of 3)

This letter was written by Donald Walter Cameron of Lochiel at Maida Barracks, Aldershot, to Lady Hermione Cameron at Buchanan Castle, Drymen on 20 September 1914. The following is a transcript of the parts of the letter which relate to the war:

I am afraid it is ages since I wrote. You will have heard about the 1st Battalion of the Camerons, if not keep it absolutely secret-19 officers and 550 men knocked out. Practically the whole Battalion. It is awful. Fortunately Allan [Captain Allan Cameron, Lochiel's younger brother] is unscathed. He &...are about the only 2 Captains or senior officers.

Nobody knows how this is to be made up. If from my battalion then it shuts up the whole of my battalion as if I lose my regular establishment I am done. I am standing by the telephone all day is case of orders coming in. How it happened no-one knows but don't give away the figures.

I fancy the Scots Guards are gone too. It is terrible this war. It is not individuals but whole battalions nowadays.

I thought your letter to the papers so good like everything else you do.

Sir A. Hunter [General Sir Archibald Hunter 1856 - 1936] told me to recommend 6 of the Glasgow Stock Exchange men for commissions which I have done. I hope they eppreacate the favour.

I have got the 2nd Battalion practically filled with officers. The 1st is getting on, it is about half full now & with my surplus here practically complete.

Thank you very much for the names of the men who have joined me from Buchanan. I suppose they have gone to Inverness.

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Cameron of Lochiel to Lady Hermione Cameron, 20 September 1914 (1 of 3)

1910s

First World War; World War I; World War One

Lochaber Archive Centre

The World War One Letters of Colonel Donald Cameron of Lochiel

This letter was written by Donald Walter Cameron of Lochiel at Maida Barracks, Aldershot, to Lady Hermione Cameron at Buchanan Castle, Drymen on 20 September 1914. The following is a transcript of the parts of the letter which relate to the war:<br /> <br /> I am afraid it is ages since I wrote. You will have heard about the 1st Battalion of the Camerons, if not keep it absolutely secret-19 officers and 550 men knocked out. Practically the whole Battalion. It is awful. Fortunately Allan [Captain Allan Cameron, Lochiel's younger brother] is unscathed. He &...are about the only 2 Captains or senior officers.<br /> <br /> Nobody knows how this is to be made up. If from my battalion then it shuts up the whole of my battalion as if I lose my regular establishment I am done. I am standing by the telephone all day is case of orders coming in. How it happened no-one knows but don't give away the figures. <br /> <br /> I fancy the Scots Guards are gone too. It is terrible this war. It is not individuals but whole battalions nowadays.<br /> <br /> I thought your letter to the papers so good like everything else you do.<br /> <br /> Sir A. Hunter [General Sir Archibald Hunter 1856 - 1936] told me to recommend 6 of the Glasgow Stock Exchange men for commissions which I have done. I hope they eppreacate the favour.<br /> <br /> I have got the 2nd Battalion practically filled with officers. The 1st is getting on, it is about half full now & with my surplus here practically complete.<br /> <br /> Thank you very much for the names of the men who have joined me from Buchanan. I suppose they have gone to Inverness.