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CodeNA8986
Dates1991-1994
Person Name‘Keep our Scottish Battalions’ Campaign; 1991-1994
ActivityThe purpose of the ‘Keep our Scottish Battalions’ Campaign was to save from disbandment or amalgamation those Scottish infantry battalions which were threatened under the Government's Defence Review ‘Options for Change’ which proposed the cutting of the strength of the Infantry from 55 to 38 battalions. The battalions were; The Royal Scots and The King’s Own Scottish Borderers (amalgamation proposed), The Gordon Highlanders (amalgamation with The Queen’s Own Highlanders proposed), and the Second Battalion, Scots Guards (to go into suspended animation). The campaign was initiated by an ad hoc committee of retired officers and was organised by Charles Laidlaw and was launched in Edinburgh on 21 August 1991 on Calton Hill. A speech was given by Lieutenant-General Sir John MacMillan, KCB, CBE, chairman of the Campaign and 1,800 balloons were released; one for every soldier's job to be lost to the proposed cuts. Protest marches were organised and a petition of 800,000 signatures was presented to Parliament in October 1991. A recording of 'Theme in Glory', written by John Moorhouse and recorded by the Schotts and Dykehead Pipe Band and the Murray International Whitburn Band, was also released in 1991 in support of the campaign. The campaign continued until 1994 and as a result the amalgamation of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots and the 1st Battalion the King's Own Scottish Borderers was cancelled in 1993.
Corporate Name‘Keep our Scottish Battalions’ Campaign
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