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    Tyneside Scottish Tartan

    The Tyneside Scottish where a 1st World War battalion raised by the Kitchener (your country needs you) campain in 1914.
    It is reported that the Tyneside Scottish battalions contained no more than 25% of Scots, the remainder where Geordies attracted to glamour of Scottish regiments,
    I suspect glamour should read Kilts, however an application for a full kilted uniform was quickly turned down by the military authorities (the powers that be knew the battalion
    would be no more than cannon fodder, and where not prepared to waste precious resources), however the battalion where granted permission to wear the Glengarry and each
    regiment was permitted to have a pipe and drum band, old photographs show the pipers wearing the Shepherd check.
    The Tyneside Scottish saw action at the Somme in 1916, on 1st July of that year the brigade suffered the heaviest casualties for any brigade, a total of 1750 Officers and Soldiers
    lost the lives on that fateful day, the huge loss of life was so severe that along with the Tyneside Irish battalion they where transferred to the 37th Division, before a final transfer to the 34th
    division, before being disbanded in 1918.
    However, late 1916 it is reported that the authorities relented, and a new brigade tartan was issued to replace the Shepherds Check, it was affectionately called the "Sandbag Tartan" due to
    the fact that it was made up from army stockpiles of wool, in the colours, Khaki, Battledress Green, and Brown using the Black Watch sett.
    The Sandbag tartan is now regarded as the district tartan for the Tyneside district.

    I wear the Tyneside Kilt with the greatest respect for those that gave their lives for King and Country, but I also wear it out of respect for those that gave their lives to earn the tartan for the battalion, it is with this respect and regard that I used the battalion badge as a kilt pin.
    It in my opinion is a beautiful tartan, woven by Andrew Elliott of Selkirk from cheviot sheep's wool, and built by Redshank Scotland of Inveraray, Argyll, the kilt attracts many complimentary remarks, all of which are answered with sincere thanks and a brief story of the tartan and it's military history.




    Regimental Badge, worn as kilt pin, in remembrance of those that gave their lives for the tartan.



    Tynside Scottish on the Isle of Gigha



    Worn with pride, keeping the memories of the fallen alive


    Chris

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    Hey Chris - that's a nice tartan! It's even better looking knowing a bit of it's history.

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    Looks a nice tartan, and an interesting history.
    Vice-President and Regional Director for Scotland for Clan Cunningham International, and a Scottish Armiger.

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    Thanks for that, Chris. I just finished a book on the Battle of the Somme, and I appreciate getting some more background on the Tyneside Scottish.
    "Touch not the cat bot a glove."

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    Chris
    Wonderful looking tartan, made more special by the meaning behind it. It looks like Redshanks has done it again, and of course you wear it well.

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    Oooh. That's a really, really nice tartan.
    And a wonderful story behind it.

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    Wow! Great Tartan and a great history behind it! You wear it well my friend!!
    HERMAN, Adventurer, BBQ guru, student of history

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    wonderful looking tartan! the history that goes with it makes it even better.

    also I'm a big fan of the two world wars... so that makes it even cooler for me.
    Gillmore of Clan Morrison

    "Long Live the Long Shirts!"- Ryan Ross

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    I absolutely love that tartan!
    [B][U]Jay[/U][/B]
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    What a great tartan! and thank you for sharing the history behind it.
    "A veteran, whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve, is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it." anon

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