By the amalgamation of several local Highland Infantry units in 1881, a new regiment was formed, the Seaforth Highlanders. As these had mostly been raised by Seaforth, they wore the Mackenzie tartan and their cap badge bore the stag’s head and motto “Cuidlich ‘n Righ” – “Save, or Help the King”.
They distinguished themselves in many campaigns and in many countries, and whenever British troops fought in the 1st World War, the Seaforth Highlanders were usually involved.
Extracts from a wounded soldier’s letter:
“I suppose you will be surprised to hear that I am wounded, but you may thank God that I am alive.”
The letter continued describing his efforts to regain his trench but he could only manage to take cover in a shell hole.
“Bullets were flying and shells were bursting over our heads – one burst a few feet from us nearly burying us alive. It was a miraculous escape. A Sergeant carried me most of the way to the trenches on his back.”
He was then taken to the First Aid Post and finally hospitalised.