I have been commissioned by the King to raise
a new battalion of the Cameron Highlanders for Lord Kitchener's army for service
during the present war. This new
battalion will have as a nucleus a selected detachment of my own men from the
3rd Battalion, and will be composed, so far as possible, exclusively of
The term of service is for the duration of the
War, with a maximum engagement of three years.
The battalion will be commanded by myself, and officered by
representatives of the leading Clans in Inverness-shire, and when fully trained
will go out as a complete unit, forming part of the Highland Brigade.
I want to raise a thousand Highlanders for my battalion, and I have no
doubt I shall have little difficulty in so doing; but, having regard to the fact
that Highlanders are now scattered all over the face of the earth, I must
especially appeal to the officials and committee of the different Highland
county and clan societies in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and elsewhere to assist me in
my endeavors by becoming my recruiting agents.
Any young man of Highland birth or parentage,
of good physique and having good teeth, between the ages of 19 and 30, who
wishes to serve under me in the defence of his country and for the rights of
liberty against military oppression should apply to the nearest recruiting
office or Post Office for a warrant to Inverness.
I give my personal guarentee that at the end of the war the battalion
will be brought back to Inverness, where it will be disbanded with all
Companies and Platoons will be organised
according to local districts, so that men from each district of the Highlands
will always be kept together in their own section, platoon, or company.
In view of the fact that I am expecting
Highlanders from all parts of the globe to flock once again to the untarnished
standard of the Camerons, all eligble young men should take the earliest
opportunity of coming forward to enlist. Highlanders
who are over 30 can assist by helping me to recruit, and should put themselves
in touch with Lieutenant-Colonel Gunn, The Castle, Edinburgh, as soon as
I hope you will assist me by publishing this
letter in your valuable columns. - I
D.W. Cameron of Lochiel