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William Angus VC Memorial Unveiling 16th June 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JimDevine   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 22:30

Memorial Plaque Unveiling at Armadale commemorating William Angus VC of the 8th Bn Highland Light Infantry. Photos courtesy of Dan and Jimmy.
































William Angus VC 8th

(Lanark) Bn Highland Light Infantry

William Angus was born at Polkemmet Rows, Cappers, Armadale. After leaving school he was employed as a miner but was able to find himself a place as a professional footballer at Celtic FC where he made only one appearance in the first team. Released in 1914, he joined Wishaw Thistle, the club he was captaining when war was declared in August. As a member of local Territorial battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, he was mobilised immediately.

First World War
Early in 1915 his HLI company was attached to the 8th Royal Scots, the first Territorial battalion to join the Expeditionary Force. 8th Royal Scots had suffered a great many casualties and were in urgent need of replacements. He was serving as a lance-corporal in this battalion when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Victoria Cross
On 12 June 1915 at Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, France, Lance-Corporal Angus voluntarily left his trench under very heavy bomb and rifle fire and rescued a wounded officer Lt. James Martin HLI, who was lying within a few yards of the enemy's position. The lance-corporal had no chance of escaping the enemy's fire when undertaking this gallant deed, and in effecting the rescue he received about 40 wounds, some of them being very serious.



William Angus with Lt. James Martin, The Officer from his HLI Bn that he saved. The two men remained in contact for the rest of their lives.



After the rescue he was taken to a military hospital in Boulogne-sur-Mer, where he learned of his award of the Victoria Cross. After 2 months in hospital he returned to London where he was given the Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 30 August 1915.

After he had returned to Carluke, he was given a hero's welcome and became president of Carluke Rovers FC a position he held until his death in 1959. He is buried at Wilton Cemetery, in Carluke. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National War Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.


Birkenhead Memorial Unveiling 5th March 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JimDevine   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:49

Birkenhead Memorial Unveiling: Wednesday 5th March 2014

Hamilton Square Birkenhead 11am

HLI Members are invited to attend the unveiling of a new

memorial commemorating the gallant

actions of the 74th of Foot when the troopship HMS Birkenhead was wrecked off the Cape, South Africa

in 1852.  This was the first occasion when the term

"women and children first" was used as the Officers

and men of the 74th Regiment of Foot (which became the HLI) formed up in order on deck as the ship went

down in order to avoid swamping the lifeboats carrying the women and children on board.

The Highland Light Infantry Standard will be in attendance with a delegation of HLI members

including some local Merseyside members.  The unveiling ceremony is open to the public.  If any

members or associate members would like to attend the civic reception in Birkenhead Town Hall

afterwards please contact the Secretary asap.


Wreck of The Birkenhead

Thomas M. Hemy 1892

Armistice Parade and Service Friday 11th November 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JimDevine   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 15:27



The Highland Light Infantry's "Magnificent Seven" at the Armistice Service in Central Station this morning.

Friday 11/11/11 at 11am.

A parade and memorial service was held in Central Station Glasgow on Friday 11th November 2011.

Refreshments and chat were enjoyed afterwards in the station cafe-bar.

"When you go home,
tell them of us and say,
for your tomorrow,
we gave our today"


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Written by JimDevine   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 20:36

National Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh was a great success! The HLI Association participated in the parade and associated events in the capital on Saturday the 25th June 2011

HLI Association members marching down the Royal Mile

The RAF's Red Arrows provided a flypast over the Royal Mile

(Photos courtesy of HLI Member Dan MacRae)

Jim Devine


HLI Association


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Written by JimDevine   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 13:49


HLI Association members were out parading the Standard again on Sunday the 26th June for Armed Forces Day in oor hame toun of Glasgow.  Another great day had by all!

Photo courtesy of Mr Mitchell Curr



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