Photograph from World War I
Ronnie Elder's Father and Grandfather
Reproduced with acknowledgement
to Ronnie Elder, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Royal Scots 'Dandy
Thank you to
Ronnie Elder for sending me this photo
"Here is a photo
of my Father and Grandfather. It
may have been taken in Edinburgh, possibly around 1914."
volunteered for service with the Territorial Army, 9th Battalion
Scots, East Claremont Street, prior to the Great War. The Battalion
mustered for regular service on the outbreak of hostilities, and eventually
served at the Front.
I believe my Grandfather was not a Territorial
but, nevertheless, volunteered, and
was recruited into one of the the Royal Scots
Service Battalions. He also served at the Front, and would have been
around 50 years in age."
"My Father is
wearing the Hunting Stuart kilt of the 'Dandy
Ninth' but showing a fancy 'claw'
pin instead of the regulation 'safety-
type' pin. I've no
idea why he is wearing neither the normal
cutaway jacket required for the kilt nor his
"My Grandfather is
wearing the standard 'Service Dress'
of the period - Glengarry, cutaway jacket, leather belt, (note the side
arm) laced britches, puttees, and boots. He may have been a member of the
battalion regimental company, hence the sergeant
stripes. I think you will agree, my
Grandfather looks every inch 'A Soldier of the
Queen' as the song goes."
Ronnie Elder: October