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TSA 2013

Burns Night 2013


By kind invitation of the Battery Commander 204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers), members enjoyed a fine Burns night in the mess at Kingstone Park TA Centre. Association members joined the serving members of the battery to enjoy (?????) traditional haggis, neaps and tatties and listen to the works of the Robbie Burns. 

A fine occasion to enjoy a few wee drams, listen to the skirl of the pipes and enjoy the evening. 

 Report for AGM Northern Region Royal Artillery Association
02nd March 2013


The Tyneside Scottish Branch welcomed six new members over the past twelve months bringing the membership to 52 members of which 38 are active. Sadly Major Dennis Smith a founder member and former Battery Sergeant Major of 204(TS) Battery RA (V) died in October last year.

On Sunday 29th April 2012 the Branch Standard was dedicated at a service in St Cuthbert’s Church Bedlington, this being the resting place of the colour of the 2nd Battalion Tyneside Scottish. The Branch President Col AAE Glenton CBE led the parade to the church and the ceremony was conducted by Rev. Geoffrey Driver Royal Marine Reserve, Tyne.

 Members attending the National Assembly at Blackpool had a very enjoyable time, this time managing to occupy three tables.

The Branch Annual dinner was held in June and was a great success despite having to change the venue at short notice due to a gas problem at Kingston Park TAC.

The Branch Standard and members joined the parade through Newcastle on Armed Forces Day to commemorate the return from Afghanistan of 201 General Hospital, who were presented with their medals by HRH The Countess of Wessex.

Branch members attended the St Cuthbert’s Church Heritage weekend on Saturday 8th September 12 providing a stand, with the Associations Historians on hand to answer questions on the Tyneside Scottish.

The Branch provides ongoing support for the local ACF detachments and at a parade on Thursday 26th July 2012 the Kingston Park ACF detachment was rebadged to the Tyneside Scottish. 
In October the Branch members together with elements of Heaton Manor (TS) Detachment ACF deployed to France and Belgium on Operation Drum, an exercise to repatriate a drum that was lost by the 1st Battalion T.S. (Black Watch) in 1940. The drum was later acquired by Yves Holbecq Pipe Major of the Somme Battlefield Pipe Band. It was dedicated to 2nd Lt W.B. Catto Tyneside Scottish and Eves realising the historical significance sought to return it to the Tyneside Scottish.

The drum handover ceremony was held in Erquinhem-Lys cemetery, France, in conjunction with Somme Battlefield Pipe Band /Flanders Jocks/ T.S. ACF and in the presence of the Catto family. Lt Colonel J Catto RA accepted the drum on our behalf and guests included Colonel RA TA /General Secretary RAA / representatives from British legion in Ypres and Pas de Calais.

In the evening the association paraded at the Menin Gate ceremony with the Somme Battlefield Pipe Band/Flanders Jocks/T.S. ACF.

The Association also visited the Somme and Flanders battlefields and small commemorative services were held at the Tyneside Scottish memorial at La Boisselle and Tyne Cot.

In November members conducted local cemetery commemorations and paraded in Newcastle on Remembrance Sunday.

Video of events for 2012 and Op Drum can be viewed on the Branch web site


Operation Drum 2

The drum which was presented to Lt Col John Catto RA at the ceremony in Erquninghem- Lys in October2012 has now been officially brought home to Tyneside.


On the 16th April 2013, the Tyneside Scottish Association paraded at Kingston Park TAC for a ceremony to entrust the Catto drum to 204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers).

The ceremony to return the Drum to the Tyneside Scottish was organised by 204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers), and brought together serving Battery members, Tyneside Scottish Association, and Tyneside Scottish Cadets. Present at the ceremony was the President of the TSA, Colonel Tony Glenton, and the Commanding Officer 101 (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers). The Tyneside Scottish pipes and drums provided the musical accompaniment.

After a journey that had taken 73 years, the Drum returned to Tyneside.

Battery Commander greets Colonel Glenton President Tyneside Scottish Association

Battery Sergeant Major forms up the parade

Battery Sergeant Major on parade with TSA

Tyneside Scottish Association on parade

Pipeband play Highland Catherderal

 Story of the Drum
 Major Ian Jones entrusts the drum to the Battery Commander


Presentation to Northumbria ACF

The Drum housed at 204 Tyenside Scottish Battery RA (V)

                                                                             Colonel Glenton  CO 101         Major Ian Jones    BC 204


Royal Artillery Assembly Blackpool 2013
Branch members attended the RAA Assembly at Blackpool. The Master gunner and the Regimental Colonel updated everyone on the the Royal Regiment, with a presentation by 19 Regiment detailing what is happening on operations.
The Saturday evening included a Sunset Ceremony and the RAA Gala Dinner. A fine weekend was enjoyed by all.



The TSA was presented with bugle by the estate of the late Captain James Garland Glendinning OBE which bears the cap badge of the Tyneside Scottish.



Captain Glendinning served in the Second World War with the London Scottish (Gordon Highlanders) and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He was awarded the OBE in 1973 for services to British commercial interests in Japan.

Heugh Battery Visit
6th June 2013

The Branch visited the Heugh Battery in Hartlepool. The Battery was built in 1860 in response to the growing concern about possible invasion by France, and originally manned by volunteer artillery. In 1908 on the formation of the Territorial Force (Territorial Army), the Battery was operated by the Durham Royal Garrison Artillery. On 16th December 1914, the Battery became the only Coastal Battery in the UK to engage German ships when the town of Hartlepool was bombarded.

The Battery was deactivated in 1956 when Coastal Artillery units was disbanded. The Battery has now been restored and houses an interesting museum with a number of restored guns. 

 An excellent day hosted by the Heugh Battery members gave an opportunity to recall many memories of the equipment on display. The phrase "I remember when................" was oft used. 

Heugh Battery Hartlepool

TSA Branch RAA Heugh Battery June 2013

Heugh Battery

An of course an excellent opportunity to visit the Andy Capp statue......

Armed Forces Day - Tynemouth Parade 2013

Association members Colonel David Middleton MBE TD and Clare Lomas with the Tyneside Scottish Cadets of Northumbria ACF at Tynemouth Priory 29th June 2013

ASDA Donation
Well Done Bernie
 Branch Secretary Bernie Cowen for securing first prize in Benton ASDA's Community Life draw.
Thanks to ASDA's Community Life initiative and the votes of ASDA customers the Royal Artillery Association. The money will go towards service charities.
Customers were asked to vote for three charities by placing tokens in a container, and the Royal Artillery Association came top of the list. The support was such that the container was filled a number of times.
A big big thank you to ASDA Benton Customers 

Annual Dinner 2013

TSA Dinner 2013



Branch member Fred Povey has donated a bugle to go alongside the Glendinning Bugle in the display case at Kingston Park TAC.

The bugle bears the badge of the Royal Artillery which Fred bought in Australia.

Remembrance 2013

The Association undertook a number of  activities as part of the Remembrance Commemorations.

Clare Lomas laid 4 crosses to remember each of the Battalions of the Tyneside Scottish Brigade and their losses during World War One. Crosses were also laid to absent friends.


Saltwell Park Gateshead 
Tyneside Scottish Crosses 
Field of Remembrance 

On Saturday before Remembrance Sunday members conducted an act of remembrance to Private John Kittwood at his grave in Tynemouth Preston Cemetery.

 Tyneside Scottish Association Tynemouth Preston Cemetery
After two minutes silence was observed , Peter Ridley and an  ATC Bugler sounded the last post. Fred Povey laid a wreath at the grave  as the Association Piper , Billy Anderson played a lament.
Fred Povey lays a wreath at the grave of Private John Kitwood

 Association Piper plays a lament

Private John Kitwood
3rd Tyneside Scottish
Died 27th May 1917


Remembering  the Branch's Gunner heritage the opportunity was taken to Remember Gunner Metcalfe of 74th (Northumbrian) Regiment at his grave in the main CWGC plot. Two minutes silence followed by the last post  and once again the sound of the lament echoed across the cemetery as Jeff Hughes placed a memorial cross at the grave.
Last Post
 Geoff Hughes places a memorial cross on the grave of Gunner Metcalfe
Gunner RN Metcalfe
74th ( Northumbrian)  Field Regiment RA (TA)
Died 27th May 1940
 On Remembrance Sunday the Association paraded at Eldon Square where Fred Povey laid a wreath to remember those lost in both World Wars whilst serving with the Tyneside Scottish.

Newcastle City and Ampleforth College Pipe Bands followed by the standards and veterans 


Eldon Square
Cenotaph Guard
Wreath Bearers on parade

 Fred  Povey with Association wreath


4th Battalion Tyneside Scottish Colour Presentation Evening 

Members of the Association  and Kingston Park (Tyneside Scottish) cadets were hosted by 204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery Royal Artillery, where the TS100 project was presented detailing the diverse and challenging events and activities are planned for them during the next four years. 

2014 not only marks the centenary of WWI, but also the raising of the Tyneside Scottish (TS), an example of Kitchener's new army.  Recruitment to the four TS "Pals" battalions was swift, in three months gathering 7,000 men to the colours, many of them school friends, work mates, or members of the same family. 

As part of the evening, the 4th Battalion colour, recently recovered from Jesmond United Reform Church, with a view to restoration, was shown to the cadets, it symbolising the sacrifice made by a generation of local men. 

Over the next four years cadets from both Kingston Park and Heaton Manor TS Detachments will be learning about the journey these men made, from the social history of the time, to the call to arms, through to the Battle of the Somme and beyond.  The aim is to leave a lasting legacy, by providing a range of educational resources that can be used for future generations.