Sunday 5th November Meeting - CANCELLED

Dear All

Due to the following commitments the Trustees have came to the decision it is in the best interest of the Branch members that we cancel the Branch meeting set for Sunday 5th November 2017:


1.  2017 Poppy Appeal from 28th October till 8th November

2.  Branch Chairman Peter Morrison's 60th Birthday party in Wood St on Saturday 4th November commencing at 7:30pm which you are ALL, including wives etc invited to attend (dress smart casual - raising funds for Cancer Charity))

3. 2 Armistice parades in Glasgow Central Station on Saturday 11th November and George Square the following day - again members are all welcome to attend.  (If you require details of these 2 events do get in touch with me on 07876025911)

Therefore the next Branch meeting will be on Sunday 10th December - A.G.M. - commencing at 12:30pm for the Trustees and !:30pm for the Branch Members ONLY!! (Including invited guests from the Lothian Branch)


*Whitevale Bowling Club - 235 Whitehill Street - Dennistoun - G31 2EH.

The Club opens at 11-30am / Dress Collar and Tie

Appreciate if you could all pass this info onto others.




Having been given a SSAFA 2016 Ride to the Somme cycling top by our Chairman Peter Morrison I researched the story behind it.


The findings left me in awe and on that note David Coyle my supervisor in the Glasgow School of Art joined me in signing up for this year's event. ( We had to pay £100 each for the privilege )


I will let the pictures tell the story but have to say a big thanks to all my sponsors ie: Mrs Catherine O' Neil the Glasgow Central Station Support Assistant for giving permission to set up a static bike in the station twice to help raise a pledge you had to sign up to of raising £1400.  Over £2000 was raised not counting donations from the Branch and Members including family and friends.


Mark Green -  Virgin Rail Manager Glasgow Central Station for providing both us with 2 free first class tickets to London and back.


Colonel David Steele MBE ( our Vice President) and his wife Sarah for their hospitality on our journey to the Imperial War Museum having gained both of us permission to live in Her Majesties The Queen Elizabeths Windsor Castle Horse Stables accomadation and on the way back Wellington Barracks the Guards Barracks.  What a privilege!!


Colonel Bob Steele and his wife Dr Joyce for all their time and effort keeping us focused on the task ahead .


Last but not least thanks to the Chairman, Trustees and Members of the Branch, including all those that sponsored us for their loyal support.


We put in the miles but all of you gave us the fuel to complete the task.  For that we thank you from the bottom of our Hearts as we were part of a very humbling experience.


God Bless

You can view the photos here.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Thanks to the members, family and friends for supporting our annual shoot raising much needed funds for  the Highland Light Infantry Association here in Glasgow. 

We had reps from Milnbank Housing Association join us too and they had a great time, as did all in attendance.

Believe it or not Denis Mc Cormicks grandson CALLUM- aged 12 years came top YOUNG gun and actually won the main trophy  outright.  What an achievement for a lad his age!!

Thanks to George  and Irene Boothby for donating the Medals for the team winners and runners up, top Female and Young Gun.  Both OUR kind of PEOPLE!

Lastly thanks to our Chairman - Peter Morrison for the use of 1282 Social club free of charge.  The  curry scoff that was served by excellant staff is second to none - thanks LORNA.

Have a look at the photos from the day here. 


1.  Note can collection for the branch dated 24th June on your cards now cancelled and will take place Tuesday 4th July 8am onwards

2.  Volunteers required can collection Central Station for the RHF appeal Saturday 1st July 8am onwards

3.  Armed Forces Day Glasgow - Saturday 24th June 17.  There is no parade but the Branch members have been invited to a reception in the City Chambers at 12.30.

Ticket event so if you wish to attend contact the Branch Secretary before 11th June.  Dress as per parade fashion and please meet outside the Chambers at 12.15.  Bring your wife if you wish.

SSAFA Branch Secretary

SSAFA Glasgow Branch Secretary Linda Liddell and head of Fundraising Una Smith visited the branch at our meeting 4th June and kindly presented the members who have in the past and no doubt the future support them at their can collection in Glasgow with a very special SSAFA lapel badge.

A very humbling experience being recognised by the U.K's oldest Military charity.  Keep up the good work blokes and if you can help them at a collection in Glasgow Central - Saturday 22nd July 2017 from 8pm onwards


70th Event - raising of 15 PARA

On a glorious Saturday afternoon the AIRBORNE went on parade through the streets of Glasgow to George Square led by the Parachute Regiment Band.

What a spectacle for the non believers and it was great to join forces with old comrades and mingle with the present day WARRIOR'S

Thanks to every one especially those that formed up with number 2 guard led by the Scotland and N.I. - P.R.A. national Secretary Peter Morrison.  Thanks also to the Standard Bearers for a grande job especially those who travelled from N.I.- Bedworth and Coventry plus our President Bob Steele for keeping the wheels ON track.

Last but not least thanks to RHQ- P.R.A. Trustees who helped fund our Pearson Knees Up event which helped raise money for Support our Para's.

A special mention to Ray Raison the National P.R.A. Secretary and John Carey the Midland Regional secretary for all their help and advice.

As the BOSS said - We are all in this TOGETHER

Check out the images here.


A great day was had by all who took part in the fun run to raise funds for SSAFA - GLASGOW BRANCH.


A lot of hard work went into the organisation of this event and on that note a Big thank you to Mr John Henderson for all his efforts to make this happen.


SSAFA - GLASGOW BRANCH sincerely thank the members who acted as Marshall's once again for their commitment to this worthy cause.  Well done lads!!  Special thanks to Jim Bishop for the photographs they are excellent.


Take note members who helped out that SSAFA GLASGOW BRANCH have a wee surprise in store for each of you at our June meeting so please make the effort to attend as they will be in our presence.



Check out the images in our gallery here.

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Scottish Poppy Appeal

Once again members of the Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch P.R.A. supported the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal and what an excellent job they did.  Though slightly lower than last years total we are sure all will agree that raising a sum of money like this over a 2 week period is fantastic.


A special mention to Robert Cowan and his gang who covered MORRISON'S superstore and broke ALL records. WELL DONE YOU GUYS


Over the past 6/7 years we have raised over 200k for this worthy cause.


The bonus is the members get the chance to promote the Branch and The Parachute Regimental Association in all the good that can be achieved working hand in hand with corporate sponsors.  Long may it continue!!

David McIlroy Funeral

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.


The funeral of 23805697 WO2 D R M (David) McIlroy, who died on Friday 4th November 2016 aged 77 years, will take place at 12 noon on Monday 14th November 2016, at Woodside Crematorium, Paisley PA1 2NE.


David  served in 15 PARA(SV) Bn from 1963-1977 and was a member of the Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch, who will be providing a Guard of Honour.


If further information is required please contact Terry McCourt, Secretary of Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch,  by telephone to 07876 025911 or by email to


Kind Regards




One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow

1330 Wednesday 22 June 2016



In June 1940 Sir Winston Churchill directed that the British Army should raise a parachute force and from that The Parachute Regiment was born with its distinctive maroon beret. The Regiment has gone on to gain the reputation of an elite force in the British Army.


It attracted a certain type of men, men of whom Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery was to ask “What manner of men are these who wear the maroon red beret?” and he answered his own question saying “They are firstly all volunteers . . . they have “jumped” from the air and by doing so have conquered fear . . . they have the highest standards in all things. They are, in fact, men apart - every man an Emperor.”


Denis McCormick was a member of the Parachute Regiment. Its members do not need to boast, they have already proved themselves but the instincts which take a man into the Regiment never leave him and when he is needed he will show why he is a man apart.


On the 18th of March this year, confronted by a man wielding two meat cleavers threatening children and their parents in the streets around the Art School, Denis McCormick did not hesitate but faced the danger and cornered the individual who could so easily have caused serious injury or death if Denis had not stepped in.


Denis had already proved his courage when he qualified to wear the coveted red beret and by the instinctive courage of his action on the 18th of March he emphasised that he is a man apart – in Field Marshal Montgomery’s term – an Emperor.


The men who have jumped describe their number as the airborne brotherhood and the value of that brotherhood was shown after Denis had done his deed when the Secretary of his local branch of the Parachute Regimental Association, Terry McCourt, stepped forward to support him and then kept an eye on him at work for a couple of days until the initial shock began to ebb.


Denis, as President of the Scotland and Northern Ireland Region of the Parachute Regimental Association, I am proud to present to you this badge from your colleagues in the Glasgow School of Art recognising the value of your action and the respect and regard in which you are held by everyone who knows you and works with you.

Veterans Dinner

(Scotland Branch)





Dear Fellow Falklands Veterans.


We are now approaching the 34th Anniversary of the end of the Falklands War in the South Atlantic in 1982 and as such, we as Veterans of that conflict will commemorate it with a re-union as per our Members wishes with a Dinner, which will take place at the Douglas Hotel, Aberdeen, on the 11th June 2016.



On the subject of Re-unions, it is fully understood by all the membership, that most Ships, Regiments, Units and RAF Squadrons do have an annual re-union of some description or another, as a form of ‘get together’. So it is quite right, that you should attend your own re-union before all others without re-course to anyone else.

We in SAMA82 Scotland, hope that by having our dinner on the date nearest to the Argentine Surrender, -13th June 1982 - that we can give those veterans who escape the net of their own units, by having a re-union they may attend with like minded individuals.

Make no mistake about our intentions, as well as the dinner, - which we all enjoy - we do devote a period of time during the evening for reflection and the memory of those who unfortunately gave that greatest sacrifice and didn’t return home. All Service protocols being observed during this period.

Therefore, I appeal to those members who have no individual Unit re-unions, or are unable to attend them because of distance, to consider attending our Annual Re-union each year. Personally, I don’t think you’d regret it. You can attend as an individual; or with your Wife or Partner and any relatives and friends, you wish to invite. The key factor, is a to have a super convivial evening of like minded people, to remember the days we spent in the South Atlantic and in memory of those who didn’t return.


I hope this meets all your expectations, if so, please give it careful consideration and may I also state, that if you are a holder of the South Atlantic Medal – with or without the Rosette – and are not a member of SAMA82 you are still welcome to attend the Dinner. That is what it is all about!

For those members who regularly attend, thank you for your continued support and remember, invite a friend or relative and let them know what we are all about.


Please find attached the details of the Annual dinner, together with the application form, which should be submitted to the Secretary, together with your remittance for all tickets.


As a Member you are entitled to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Scotland Branch, which will take place in the Douglas Hotel at 1500hrs on Saturday 11th June 2016. Any points for the Agenda should be submitted to the Secretary no later than the 3rd June 2016. (see address below)


I look forward to welcoming you all to the dinner in June.



Les Braby

Chairman SAMA82 (Scotland)


Secretary: Iain McRobbie, 6 Milbank Road, Kinbuck, DUNBLANE FK15 0NJ.

Hon Treasurer: A. McRobbie. (address as above)



NOTE: Any viewers please note you can't download the application form for the dinner so please contact the hotel directly on 01224 582255