JUNIOR LEADERS REGIMENT
ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS
QEII ROYAL GURKHA SIGNALS
PIPER'S PLAID BROOCH
CIRCA 1955 & 1960
The above illustrated Clan Grant Plaid Brooch was originally worn by two Corps of Signals Pipe Bands. Firstly, the Gurkha Signals Corps of Pipes & Drums who's first public performance was in September 1955. Secondly, by the Junior Leaders Regiment, Royal Corps of Signals Corps of Pipes and Drums which came into being in 1960 until it's closure in 1967.
Unsurprisingly both of these Pipe Bands were instigated by the same man. Lt. Col. LHM Gregory MBE. In the case of the Gurkha Signals it was as the first Commanding Officer of the Gurkha Signal Regiment from 1952, and also when he was Commanding Officer of the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Corps of Signals from 1959 to 1962.
It may also be interesting to note that Lt. Col Gregory was also the creator of the now famous "Ten Tors Expedition" and has recently enjoyed it's 50th anniversary.
The two photos below depict the Gurkha Corps of Pipes and Drums taken in Brunei in 1959 and the Senior Pipe Sergeant Rod Mathieson of the Junior Leaders Regiment taken in 1964. The Clan Grant Plaid Brooch can quite clearly be seen being worn on both photos Also known to many can be seen Drum Major Alan (Drums) Yates BEM.