The 11th Commando – Part 5

In the next part of Jim Henderson’s series, we hear about the 11th Commando’s first engagement at Litani after their period of training on Arran. The featured image shows the Qasmiye Bridge where the 11th Commando were sent. Part 5. The Litani River engagement and Rommel Raid Password ‘Arran’ The first active engagement by the …

11th Commando Black Hackle in Arran – Part 4

In the next part of his series on the 11 Commando, Jim Henderson looks at the training regime of Colonel Pedder and Admiral Cowan. Featured image shows the 11 Commando in Cyprus. Training Regime and Cyprus The troop would rally, running from their billets on hearing the sound of a horn. Training would consist of …

11th Commando Black Hackle in Arran – Part 3

A history of the 11th Commando in Arran by Jim Henderson ‘Lest we forget’ In Part 3, Jim Henderson recounts the time in September 1940 when the 11 Commando arrived in Lamlash. On arrival at Lamlash the troops were marched from the Pier through the village, divided into groups and billeted in several homes in …

11th Commando Black Hackle – Part two

A history of the 11th Commando by Jim Henderson ‘Lest we forget’ In the second part of Jim Henderson’s history, we learn about Churchill’s orders, early combat and the start of the 11 Commando Winston Churchill ordered the formation of the Commando following the disaster of Dunkirk in 1940. They proved to be very effective …

When the 11th Commando Black Hackle came to Arran

The 11th (Scottish) Commando Black Hackle A history by Jim Henderson In this new 6 part series, Arran local Jim Henderson, gives an account of the period during the 2nd World War when the 11th Commando were posted to Arran where they lived and trained, forging many relationships and connections with Arran that continue to …

Information sought on the life of Allan Nicol of Whiting Bay

A member of The Orders and Medals Research Society (UK), Simon Muggleton, is currently researching the life and career of Allan Nicol, of Whiting Bay. Simon contacted the Voice to see if readers might have any information relating to Allan and which could assist Simon with his research. Simon bought Allan’s medals in auction recently …