This project has been undertaken in memory of my grandfather, Reverend Alek William Sawyer O.B.E., M.C., T.D., M.A., B.D., D.D. (1903-1973), who served as Chaplain to the 8th Battalion, The Royal Scots, from October 1939 until his transfer on 26 October 1943 to the 6th Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, with whom he crossed over to Normandy in June 1944 as part of the 44th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. Having served with the 6th Battalion, The K.O.S.B. throughout the campaign in France and Belgium, he was posted to H.Q. 15th Scottish Division in October 1944 and later appointed Senior Chaplain to the Forces (SCF) on 25 March 1945. He was demobbed in August 1945 and returned to his parish in Dunbar, East Lothian.
For further details, see: https://www.15thscottishdivisionwardiaries.co.uk/in-memoriam
I would also like to pay tribute here to Major Joe Brown of the 7/9th Battalion, The Royal Scots, who started the war with the 8th Battalion, The Royal Scots, and who remembered my grandfather well as their first Padre in 1939. I was honoured to have been able to contact him via the website, http://www.ww2talk.com, just before he died in May 2015 and remain grateful for his kind comments at the time. He was a well-respected and invaluable member of the ww2talk forum, providing extraordinary first-hand knowledge and insight into the various issues that are regularly discussed on the site. His memoirs, which give an excellent account of his war-time experiences, can be found at
This website is dedicated to the memory of all those who served with the Royal Scots and
the King's Own Scottish Borderers in the various campaigns and theatres
in which they fought during the Second World War.