Tyneside Scottish

The Tyneside Scottish 1914-18

Thomas Oliver

Sir Thomas Oliver

Johnston Wallace

Johnston Wallace

  Officially authorised by the War Office on 14th October 1914, although attempts at raising a battalion of local Scotsman had begun in the beginning of September. Initially Sir Thomas Oliver acted as representative between the recruiting committee and the War Office, this responsibility later passed to Johnstone Wallace, Mayor of Newcastle. Retired Major Charles Innes-Hopkins acted on the military side, and the financial problems were solved by a donation of 10,000 from Mr. Joseph Cowen. Mr J.R Hall acted as committee secretary. Recruiting began and offices were opened all over the North East and men of all backgrounds began to enroll. Recruiting was so brisk that a battalion of 1,200 men was complete by October 25th. So great was the influx of men wishing to join that recruiting continued and the War Office authorised a second battalion the following day, recruiting continued at such a pace that this was complete by November 5th, a third battalion by November 11th and the fourth battalion by the 17th.
   Major Innes-Hopkins resigned his post on the recruiting committee and took up position as Colonel of the first battalion.

 

Joseph Cowen

Joseph Cowen

J.R.Hall

 

Tyneside Scottish Brigade Staff

Brigade HQ Staff 1915

Trench Mortar Battery

 

 

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