I have just uploaded the picture of 3049744 Private William Charles Russell into the Gallery and propose adding to it with souvenirs from his Royal Scots Kitbag. However, I thought it was a relevant subject for a new thread: An Appreciation of the Reservists.

William Russell enlisted in The Royal Scots on 4 December 1923 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Royal Scots and served in Aden, Egypt, China and India.

As an Army Reservist was called to The Colours in September 1939 and posted to the 8th Battalion The Royal Scots, a young newly formed infantry battalion which only re-formed in the Spring of 1939. I was with the Battalion in these first few weeks of the War and remember the large draft of Reservists arriving, three of them posted to the Signals Platoon where I was training as an infantry signaller. Their experience was a great uplift to the young battalion and our training efficiency increased through their help.

William Russell landed with the 8RS in Normandy and took part in the fierce fighting we encountered in the bridgehead until he was wounded at Gavrus in July 1944.

These older Royal Scots with their experience were a key strength in our comradeship, their presence like Big Brothers, reassuring when the going was tough and looking back on these years, we who were younger in age were privileged to have them by our side.

Joe Brown.

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