We were fortunate to again be able to take part in the Quarterly Service at the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle on Sunday 24th March. This is a very moving service organised for the Edinburgh Castle families. Music was provided by the Lowland Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the ABA followed the service with lunch at the Royal Scots Club in Abercromby Place. This year the ABA had exclusive use of the Club. The ABA Spring Draw was completed during lunch and some excellent prizes were available to be won.
Members and guests assembled for the Annual Muster in Dunfermline on Sunday 28th April in excellent weather. The day began with morning service in the Abbey which was followed by a short parade in the adjacent Pittencrieff Park. HM Lord Lieutenant for Fife, Robert Balfour, took the salute. A reception was held in the Glen Pavilion before lunch was taken. The Tullis Russell Mills Band played throughout the day: in the Abbey, for the parade and during lunch. A piper played in the Abbey and entertained during lunch. Another superb ABA event.
The latest edition of ABA Pegasus was distributed to branches in March and included a special feature on the experiences of Lt Tom Russell who was the mortar platoon commander in the 5th (Scottish) Bn The Parachute Regiment. Tom Russell was wounded and captured during a fire fight in Italy. His account runs from joining the Black Watch as a recruit in Perth just after Dunkirk prior to his commissioning and transfer to the Parachute Regiment and eventual return to the UK at the end of the war from his time as a POW.
The next edition of ABA Pegasus will be out in August and will include special features on an eye witness account of a series of battles in the North Africa campaign and also Operation Market Garden.