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OLD SOLDIERS., Issue 8039, 16 October 1889
10 THE EDITOB. Sir,— To begin with, I wish I was nearer to you, that I might step in and say to you by word of mouth what I have to say, as I am a poor hand a* the pen and at expressing myself correctly, as you may boo. I trust you will excuse me troubling you. Being an old Crimean and Indian Mutiny man, I was saddened by reading a letter in the Stab of June 26, headed "A Neglected Veteran," signed by an old comrade and namesake, although no blood relation. I remember him well, while in the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders. He was a good and brave soldier. His statements regarding his service are perfectly true. My reason for writing now is to tell your readers that we have formed an association in Aberdeen of old soldiers of the 91st and 93rd Regiments for mutual intercourse and aid. I enclose a few cuttings, which will better show you how we have done and are doing than I can in my round-about way. If you would, in the way that you think best, give a few lines showing what we have done, and advise any old soldiers in Dunedin to try and do something in the same way, you will be doing a service. Surely some old officer or kind Christian will give them a helping hand. We are deeply indebted to the Press for the way they took us in hand, ever keeping us boforo the public cyo whenever wo had a meeting; and I feel sure that you, Bir, will do what yon can to help them in the samo way. We have no less than seventy-fivo old 93rd men in the Association and a goodly number of the 91st. On our honorary roll we have their Graces the Dukes of Argyll and Sutherland, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, and many of our old officers and friends, and their aid enables ns
to help our needy brothers when out of employment. I am in communication with old comrades at the Cape of Good Hope, Toronto, Tolado (U.S.), Auckland, and several places nearer home, who read about our doings in the paperß from time to time. I have already taken up too much of your time, but my only excuse is that my heart is in the work, and I could wißh that there were many more helping on the good cause.—l am, etc, Henry S. M'Kay, President Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders' Association, Aberdeen.
Aberdeen (Scotland), August 22. [From the papers forwarded to us by Mr M'Kay we learn that the Association he presides over has for its objects the keeping up of the connection between old comrades ; endeavoring to assist all men of good character to obtain employment; and assisting deserving members who may be in distress. In noticing the formation of the Sutherland Highlanders' Association, one of the Aberdeen papers wrote:—" Old soldiers, unfortunately, do not always find the lines lying to them in pleasant places, and this society has for its chief object the assisting of such as may be out of employment or are otherwise in Btraitened circumstances. It will also have its social side. It was resolved to form a society on tho lines indicated, to be called 'The Sutherland Highlanders' Association,' and composed of 93rd men, their wives, and families. To provide funds, it was agreed that each member pay Is for the first six months, the subscription to be increased should that sum be found insufficient to meet the expenditure. One of the rules is that the meetings of the society should be conducted on strictly teetotal principles. It was resolved that the society Bhould be formally inaugurated at a social meeting to be held on 25th October, the anniversary of the Battle of Balaclava, when the regiment won its historical name, * The Thin Red Line,' now thirty-four years ago. A similar association exists in Glasgow. It may bo added that amongst the men who attended the meeting there were at least about a dozen Balaclava heroes."—Ed. E.S.]
OLD SOLDIERS., Issue 8039, 16 October 1889
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