The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders [UK]
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Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 09.07.2006
The Queen's Own
Cameron Highlanders
crest and tie
by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1793.08.17 79th (Highland-Cameron Volunteers) Regiment of Foot
raised in Scotland for Irish Establishment
1804 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameron Highlanders)
1873.08.01 79th (The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
royal accolade granted by Queen Victoria
1881.07.01 The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
reorganised as the county regiment of Inverness-shire, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1961.02.07 amalgamated with Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), to form Queen's Own Highlanders
pip History of The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, by David A.M. Terron.
Fact File, by Diana M. Henderson (Scots at War)
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (Scottish Military Historical Society)
pip History of the Regiment, by Alan Willis.
pip 79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders [1793-1886] by Electric Scotland.
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
  RHQ and Depot:
    ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
    57th Brigade Depot at Perth [1873-1881]
    79th Regimental District at Inverness [1881-1905]
    N Group at Edinburgh [1946-1948]
    Highland Brigade at Bridge of Don [1948-1961]
    1st Battalion [1793-1961]
    2nd Battalion [1804-1815, 1897-1948]
Militia and Special Reserve:
  3rd Battalion (The Highland Light Infantry) [1881-1953]
Territorials and Volunteers:
  1st (Inverness Highland) Volunteer Battalion [1883-1908]
  4th Battalion [1908-1947]
  4th/5th Battalion [1947-1961]
  The Liverpool Scottish [1937-1961]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
  2/4th Battalion [1914-1918]
  3/4th Battalion [1915-1916]
  5th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  5th Battalion [1939-1947]
  6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
  6th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
  7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
  7th Battalion [1940-1942]
  8th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1916]
  9th (Labour) Battalion [1914-1917]
  10th (Lovat's Scouts) Battalion [1916-1919]
  11th (Service) Battalion [1918-1919]
  2nd Battalion, The Liverpool Scottish [1939-1942]
  30th Battalion [1941-1943]
  1st (Home Service) Garrison Battalion [1916-1917]
Egmont-Op-Zee, [Egypt]1, Corunna2, Busaco3, Fuentes D'Onor, Salamanca, Pyrenees,  Nivelle,  Nive, Toulouse, Peninsula, Waterloo, Alma, Sevastopol, Lucknow, Egypt 1882, Tel-El-Kebir, Nile 1884-5, Khartoum, Atbara, South Africa, 1900-02

The Great War (13 battalions) Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914 '18, Aisne 1914, Ypres 1914 '15 '17 '18, Langemarck 1914, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Givenchy 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Hill 60, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozières, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Le Transloy, Ancre Heights, Arras 1917 '18, Scarpe 1917, Arleux, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, St. Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Lys, Estaires, Messines 1918, Kemmel, Béthune, Soissonnais-Ourcq, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Épéhy, St. Quentin Canal, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Struma, Macedonia 1915-18

The Second World War:  Defence of Escaut, St. Omer-La Bassée, Somme 1940, St. Valery-en-Caux, Falaise, Falaise Road, La Vie Crossing, Le Havre, Lower Maas, Venlo Pocket, Rhineland, Reichswald, Goch, Rhine, North-West Europe 1940 '44-45, Agordat, Keren, Abyssinia 1941, Sidi Barrani, Tobruk 1941 '42, Gubi II, Carmusa, Gazala, El Alamein, Mareth, Wadi Zigzaou, Akarit, Djebel Roumana, North Africa 1940-43, Francofonte, Adrano, Sferro Hills, Sicily 1943, Cassino 1, Poggio del Grillo, Gothic Line, Tavoleto, Coriano, Pian di Castello, Monte Reggiano, Rimini Line, San Marino, Italy 1944, Kohima, Relief of Kohima, Naga Village, Aradura, Shwebo, Mandalay, Ava, Irrawaddy, Mt. Popa, Burma 1944-45

1. the Sphinx badge superscribed "Egypt".
2.  awarded belatedly in 1908.
3.  awarded belatedly in 1910.

flag Regimental Colours, by Alan Willis.
Uniform: 1793-1873: scarlet; facings: dark green;
1873-1881: scarlet; facings: blue;
1881-1953: scarlet; facings: blue
1953-1961: piper green doublet; facings: blue
headdress: blue hackle (granted 1940 by King George VI)
tartan: Cameron of Erracht (kilt)
1902.11.12 F.M. HM King George V
1936.12.10 F.M. HM King George VI [also Hon. Col. 4th Bn]
1953.06.02 F.M. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO
Major Commandant:
1793.08.17 Lt-Gen. Sir Alan Cameron, KCB
Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant:
1794.11.30 Lt-Gen. Sir Alan Cameron, KCB
1805.01.01 Lt-Gen. Sir Alan Cameron, KCB
1828.03.24 Gen. Sir Ronald Crawford Ferguson, Bt., GCB
1841.04.29 Lt-Gen. Hon. John Ramsay
1842.07.14 Gen. Sir James Macdonnell, GCB, KCH
1849.02.08 Lt-Gen. James Hay, CB
1854.03.24 Gen. Sir Wiliam Henry Sewell, KCB
1862.03.14 Gen. Hon. Sir Hugh Arbuthnot, KCB
1868.07.12 Lt-Gen. John Francis Glencairn Campbell, CB
1870.08.21 Gen. Henry Cooper
1876.03.17 Gen. Sir Alfred Hastings Horsford, GCB
1879.01.01 Gen. Sir John Douglas, GCB
1887.09.09 Gen. Sir Richard Chambre Hayes Taylor, GCB
1904.12.07 Gen. Sir Ian Standish Montieth Hamilton, GCB, GCMG, DSO, TD [also Col. Gordon Hldrs; Hon. Col. 3rd Bn Manchester Rgt, 9th Bn R Scots; QMG 1903-04, AG 1909-10; GOC MEF 1915]
1914.10.26 Lt-Gen. Sir John Spencer Ewart, KCB
1929.05.28 Maj-Gen. Neville John Gordon Cameron, CB, CMG
1943.10.09 Maj-Gen. Sir James Syme Drew, KBE, CB, DSO, MC
1951.09.02 Maj-Gen. Douglas Neil Wimberley, CB, DSO, MC [to 1961; also Hon. Col. St. Andrews Univ OTC]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Highlanders Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
pip Sergeant George Sands MM [WW2], by Richard Sands.
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
  Canada flag The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada 1911-1961
Canada flag

The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa

 Australia flag 16th Infantry Battalion (The Cameron Highlanders of Western Australia) 1938-1961
Australia flag 37th Battalion (The Henty Regiment) 1930-1930
37th/52nd Battalion 1930-1937,
Australia flag 37th/39th Battalion 1937-1942
Australia flag 61st Battalion (The Queensland Cameron Highlanders) 1939-1946
New Zealand flag The Otago and Southland Regiment 1948-1961
swords 1st Battalion, 79th Cameron Highlanders, 1793-1918, by Allan Willis.
monument Regimental Museum of the Queen's Own Highlanders, Fort George (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument West Highland Museum, Fort William (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Regimental Museum of the Queen's Own Highlanders, Fort George (Simonides listing)
monument Regimental Museum of the Queen's Own Highlanders, Fort George (Scottish Military Historical Society listing)
Regimental Journal:
book The 79th news.
Full Histories:
Short Histories:





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