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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 22 March 12 22:32 GMT (UK) »
 Whooaaaa - thx DaveyG. This story gets more and more interesting.

FYI, the list of members of Left Flank Company I posted below includes 1 confirmed Canadian (Pte Neville, from Ottawa) also from the Manchesters, as well as a possible 2nd (who gives his home address as c/o Bank of Montreal in London which indicates some sort of Canadian affiliation)

Cheers............Nigel

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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #10 on: Thursday 22 March 12 22:41 GMT (UK) »
tried to upload my photo which is identical but taking too long
i wonder if i try and upload the lot whether we might get a response

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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #11 on: Thursday 22 March 12 23:21 GMT (UK) »
tried to upload my photo which is identical but taking too long
i wonder if i try and upload the lot whether we might get a response

I can try and upload it for you later this evening

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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #12 on: Thursday 22 March 12 23:26 GMT (UK) »
try and put as many on as you can
this is starting to look interesting i will see if i can find the bloke who sent me the left flank company

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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #13 on: Friday 23 March 12 01:32 GMT (UK) »
Here are a series of photos of the 5th Battalion, Scots Guards. Mostly taken at Chamonix while training in 1940. Photos were taken by Oswald Basil Rooney (OBR) and are posted courtesy of his son, Chris Rooney. These photos have not been published online before as far as I know.



5th Battalion Scots Guards training in Chamonix, 1940

Will post more in a few hours.

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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #14 on: Friday 23 March 12 09:38 GMT (UK) »
More photos of the 5th Battalion Scots Guards from Chris Rooney


5th Battalion Scots Guards marching through Chamonix, 1940


5th Battalion Scots Guards training in Chamonix: this picture has a few names - Munro was a a well known Skier, it is thought that Cyclops Bradley went to the Small Scale Raiding Force, OBR was Oswald Basil Rooney - later known as Mickey - at this stage he was a Guardsman.


OBR at Chamonix, 1940


OBR on the left. Chamonix.


OBR front right and his mate Basil O'Brien at the back. OBR and Basil joined up in 1939 and they have consecutive army numbers. Basil O'Brian was a rugby playing mate of OBR's at The Harlequins. Basil could ski so he talked OBR into putting his name down "skiing in Chamonix much better than square bashing in London."


OBR front right. Basil O'Brien on his left. Looks like London and might have been as Guardsmen before Chamonix


Playing silly buggers


Chamonix. OBR, then Basil O'Brien


London, probably just before going to Chamonix at a guess


London, probably just before going to Chamonix at a guess


OBR third from right. Basil O'Brien on his left


OBR went to the Scots Guards in Oct 39 so this is between then and Chamonix. Basil O'Brien second from Right in the back row, OBR just above and left of the gentleman in the Bowler hat

No idea who the others are, but of anyone has any ideas and names, would appreciate you posting them.


This is Stirling and his cousin (Gavin) Maxwell (who after WW2 would write the book, Ring of Bright Water). OBR went to same school as Stirling and Lovat. The Stirlings, the Frasers (Lovat) and the Maxwells are all related, Greenlees was another School friend of OBRs.


Newspaper or magazine clipping about the 5th Battalion. The Polish ship mentioned as the Botany was more likely the NS Batory, which had been used to ferry troops and equipment to Narvik.

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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #15 on: Friday 23 March 12 09:42 GMT (UK) »
Left Flank Company, 5th Battalion Scots Guards - list of names

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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #16 on: Friday 23 March 12 09:42 GMT (UK) »
P2 - Left Flank ompany

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Re: Scots Guards 5th Ski battalion 1940, 2nd battalion 1940/43
« Reply #17 on: Friday 23 March 12 09:43 GMT (UK) »
P3 Left Flank Company