|The charge of the Royal Scots Greys at Waterloo - Scotland forever|
|The thin red line holding firm - deployed in squares to fend off the charge of the French Cuirassiers|
|A Sergeant picks up the wounded young officer still holding the Colours|
|Up Guards and at 'em again|
|No 1 London - the London home of the Duke of Wellington|
|The Iron Duke|
|Walmer Castle - one time home of the Duke of Wellington|
|The Duke of Wellington's bedroom at Walmer Castle - he died in the armchair|
|The Battle of Quatre Bras - defending the Colours|
"It was unfortunate that the enemy captured by surprise the most important Shingmun Redoubt and occupied the Golden Hill position. These two incidents were the direct cause of the rather hasty withdrawal to the (Island). The gallant action of their 'D' Coy (Captain Pinkerton) on the extreme right flank of the Golden Hill position, the later gallant efforts of the whole battalion to recapture the Wong Nei Chung Gap, and their stubborn fighting in the Mount Nicholson and Mount Cameron areas accomplished much to retrieve their prestige."
"At about 1000 hours 11 Dec I visited Kowloon Infantry Brigade HQ in Waterloo Road. Here a very bleak situation was painted to me i.e. that the Japanese had broken through on the Castle Peak Road and would arrive in Kowloon at any minute.
I telephoned to Kai Tak for the Bren Carriers which were attached to No 1 Coy HKVDC and left orders for Capt Penn to send all carriers and men he could get to the junction of Prince Edward and Waterloo Roads. I then proceeded to the R.V. and after some 20 minutes three carriers arrived I organised the column including the small car I had with me and set off.
When passing Rear Bn HQ 2/RS at the junction of Taipo and Castle Peak Roads I was surprised to see some men of 2/RS standing about, but being in a hurry proceeded direct up to the World Pencil Factory. Here I found some more 2/RS but was unable to get a clear picture of the situation from them but all stated none of their own troops were in front of them.
I saw an armoured car which I approached and from Sgt Walker HKVDC could obtain no information. I ordered him forward on recce up Castle Peak Road and then returned to the World Pencil Factory where I met Major Burn. Major Burn was very excited so I took him aside and tried to calm him down. I emphasized the present danger and also the very urgent necessity of holding present positions in our neighbourhood.
Major Burn had the greatest difficulty in getting any man to obey him and I had again to speak to him and warn him that unless he could give calm orders the men could not possibly work for him. I then went with Major Burn up a path and helped him to start off the occupation of the spur. I put another Sgt of 2/RS with field glasses in the shadow of a hut close by with orders to watch hill 149 very carefully and to report at once if any Japanese arrived there. I saw the platoon move off slowly up to the spur and then I returned to World Pencil Factory and gave orders to the carriers.
I again spoke to Major Burn who was a little quieter and again stressed the urgency of the situation saying “now I put you in command here……... there must be no going back from this locality under any circumstances”. I repeated these orders to the Volunteers.
I next visited the Armoured Car which I could see had returned to its former place. Sgt Walker reported that he had patrolled as far as Lai Chi Kok Prison where there was a road block and about 8 men of 2/RS in a field. I told him that was not much of a recce, that he must go back, get the men to remove the road block so as to allow the armoured car to pass through and to go towards Castle Peak Road for at least one mile definitely to draw the enemy’s fire and to get information. He was to report results to Major Burn.
I then came back to the Pencil Factory stopped to say I was on my way to the right flank and I would guarantee its security from the high ground and would ensure the position of the Canadians for this special purpose. I went to just short of the Canadians position and at about 1145 hrs shouted up the hillside for a Canadian Officer, Captain Bowman came and I explained the situation on the whole front to him and the important part he was now called upon to play. His first platoon came tumbling down the hill before I left. He seemed to have no tactical idea at all so I recommended to him to push one platoon forward to the reservoir and one platoon down the spur towards Hill 149 and his third platoon to hold the road bend covering the filter beds.
I returned to Mainland Brigade HQ at Waterloo Road. Then I found the situation better because information was to hand and the line, in general, was stabilized. I reported personally by telephone to the GOC and recommended withdrawal that night in view of the precarious situation on the left flank and the consequent risk of losing guns, and the very disquieting state of 2/RS".
"Finally, we come to the controversy that only the Middlesex Regiment should have the Battle Honour 'Hong Kong', which was denied to the Royal Scots. It is invidious to compare the fighting ability of each Battalion, but I believe a grave injustice was done to the Royal Scots. The best part of a Japanese brigade swept down upon their new, malarial, three-mile front. No unit could have held such an enemy on such unfavourable ground for long. On the Island , the counter attacks fought by the decimated Royal Scots against two Japanese battalions at the Wong Nei Chung Gap are what legends are made of. Twenty seven of their 35 officers became casualties, 12 being killed: there was no lack of determined leadership………….a campaign should be launched in Scotland to get them the Battle Honour they so definitely deserve".