The Hendrys and the Glasgow Highlanders

 Col. J. M. Gordon Hendry

Having been an officer cadet during his time at Glasgow High School my father joined the Territorial Army in 1938 being commissioned into the Glasgow Highlanders, as his father before him. 

He was with the battalion during its brief sortie into France in 1940 before returning to the UK to train in anticipation of the time when they could return to Europe. Much of their time thereafter was spent in the Cairngorms engaged in Mountain Warfare training in preparation for an invasion of Norway. I suspect it was at this time that he met my mother a Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nurse.  Eventually, and somewhat ironically after the mountain warfare training, the battalion eventually returned to action in the flat lands of Flanders and as part of the force involved in the Walcheren landings.  His war diaries then record the inexorable push up into Germany, the final defeat of Germany, and the battalion's role as part of the army of occupation. 

He was one of the first officers to rejoin the battalion on the reconstruction of the Territorial Army, after the war, he ultimately commanded the Glasgow Highlanders from 1955 to 1958 when he was promoted to full Colonel and appointed as Deputy Commander of the Scottish Beach brigade. 

As stated on the home page he told me little of his wartime experiences and it was only after his death that I discovered the two documents - a history of the Battalion during 1939 - 1945 and his own personal War Diaries for 1944 - 1945 - which I have made available below.

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    The War Diaries of Major J M G Hendry 1944 - 1945    

Volume 1 -

Volume 11 -

Volume 111 -

Volume 1V  

- Sp Coy War Diary 17 Oct 1944 TO 6 Jan 1945 Vol 1 1

- Sp Coy War Diary 6 Jan 1945 TO 11 Mar 1945

- War Diary (Contd.) 12 Mar 5 May Vol 111

- War Diary 6 May - Vol 1V

History of the 1st Btn Glasgow Highlanders H.L.I. 1939 - 1945 - writen by himself and his great friend Lt. Col. Leonard Dickson



Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Chapter IX

Chapter X

Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Chapter XIII

- A brief reference to the past history of the Glasgow Highlanders

- Embodiement and Mobilisation

- The B.E.F. - 1940

- East Anglia - June to November 1940.

- The Years of Waiting November 1940 - August 1942

- Training for Mountain Warfare August 1942 - May 1944

- Other Roles

- Overseas Again

- In the Lines

- Operation Blackcock

- From the Maas to the Rhine

- Over the Rhine

- Bremen

- Occupation