154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC

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154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC
Cap Badge of the Royal Logistic Corps
Active 1993–Present
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army Reserve
Type Logistic Regiment
Role 3rd Line Transport
Size One Headquarters Squadron
Four Task Squadrons
527 (Dunfermline) HQ Sqn RLC
221 (Glasgow) Tpt Sqn RLC
230 (Edinburgh) Tpt Sqn
239 (Fife) Tpt Sqn
251 (Ayrshire) Tpt Sqn
Part of 101 Logistic Brigade
The Royal Logistic Corps
Motto(s) We Sustain
March Quick March - On Parade
Slow March -Lion, Sword and Crown
Anniversaries Formation Day 5 Apr
Equipment MAN SV
Battle honours Peninsula
Battle of Waterloo
Taku Forts
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Wilkinson RLC
Ceremonial chief The Princess Royal
Colonel of
the Regiment
Col Rt Hon Adam Ingram
Tactical Recognition Flash RLC TRF.svg
Abbreviation 154 Regt RLC

154 (Scottish) Regiment is a regiment of the British Army's Royal Logistic Corps. It is currently under Army Reserve control.

It was formerly The Scottish Transport Regiment.

154 Regt RLC is the only RLC regiment based in Scotland. Its role is to provide general transport support at 'third line' for the British Army. In addition, it is paired ('twinned') with both 4 Regiment RLC and 27 Regiment RLC, providing trained manpower to support them in conducting current operations around the world.[citation needed] In recent years, it has deployed personnel and formed units to both Op TELIC in Iraq and Op HERRICK in Afghanistan and with the UN on Op TOSCA in Cyprus.


The Regiment is under Operational Command (OPCOM) of 101 Logistic Brigade within the Army's Support Command.

It is part of the Royal Logistic Corps and consists of a RHQ and four squadrons:

  • RHQ 154 (Scottish) Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps based in Dunfermline
  • 527 (Dunfermline) Headquarters Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps based in Dunfermline
  • 221 (Glasgow) Transport Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps based in Glasgow
  • 230 (Edinburgh) Transport Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps based in Edinburgh
  • 239 (Fife) Transport Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps based in Dunfermline
  • 251 (Ayrshire) Transport Squadron, Royal Logistic Corps based in Irvine

154 (Scottish) Regiment is 'twinned' with 27 Regiment RLC, based in Aldershot in England. 27 Regiment RLC is a regular 'third line' regiment and part of 101 Logistic Brigade.

Primary Equipment[edit]

Each of the task squadrons is equipped with the Leyland-DAF Demountable Rack Off Load and Pick up System (DROPS), which is a Medium Mobility Load Carrier (MMLC). It is capable of carrying 15 tonnes of stocks or equipment cross country, either in an ISO container or loaded directly onto its demountable flat rack. This capacity can be doubled by the coupling of a King trailer.

In addition to the DROPS vehicle, the Squadrons are equipped with the JCB 525 rough terrain fork lift truck; a number of different types of Landrover for both general use and acting as communications vehicles; field catering equipment; and modern weapon systems, including the 5.56mm Rifle (SA80 A2).

154 Regt RLC's domestic vehicles are 6T and 9T variants of the MAN Support Vehicle (MAN SV) (the military version of the MAN SX).

Soldier Trades[edit]

To enable the Squadrons to operate their vehicles and equipment, its soldiers are trained and skilled in a wide variety of trades; these include: Drivers, Communication Specialists, Chefs, Military Clerks and Combat Medical Technicians.


The Scottish Transport Regiment is commanded from the Regimental Headquarters (RHQ), which is based in Dunfermline.


Each Squadron has a Squadron Headquarters (SHQ) and three Troops. Initially, all recruits join X Ray Troop (which, in the case of 230 (Edinburgh) Sqn, is named MacKay Troop after Colonel David MacKay, the Honorary Colonel to the Scottish Transport Regiment from April 2004 to April 2011). They remain there until they complete their basic trade qualifications (B3); for driver trades, this also means that they must obtain category B (Car) and C (HGV 2) licences. Once they have their B3 qualification, trained soldiers move into one of the 2 task troops (A and B Troops) or the SHQ. At this stage, driver tradesmen can opt to train as a communications specialist.

Sports and Competitions[edit]

154 (Scottish) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps has a long tradition of success at team sports and competitions; and is currently the:

  • TA Scottish Football Champions
  • RLC Reserve Nordic Skiing Champions
  • RLC Reserve Alpine Skiing Champions
  • 51 (Scottish) Brigade Shooting Champions and Runners Up (OPCOM Units)
  • RLC Army Reserve Gore Trophy (Military Skills) Mixed Champions

Regimental History[edit]

The regiment was formed on 1 April 1993 by the amalgamation of 153rd (Highland) Regiment and 154th (Lowland) Regiment of the Royal Corps of Transport. It originally comprised a headquarters squadron and four transport squadrons. An additional rations squadron was established in 1999, but has since been transferred to 159 Regiment RLC.

Regimental Lineage[edit]

Forming Regiments The Royal Corps of Transport The Royal Logistic Corps Remarks
Formed on 5 April 1993 from the 153rd (Highland) and 154th (Lowland) Regiments RCT (TA) The Scottish Transport Regiment RLC(V)
Formed 1 April 1967 at Dunfermline from 433 (Forth) Regiment RCT (TA) 153rd (Highland) Artillery Support Regiment
Formed from 51 Highland Division Regiment RCT (TA) 212 Amb Sqn (Perth, Aberdeen and Dunblane)
Formed from 52 (Lowland) Division and 69 (East Lowlands) Regiment RCT (TA) 230 (Edinburgh) Tpt Sqn 230 (Edinburgh) Tpt Sqn
Formed from 433 (Forth) Regiment RCT (TA) 231 Tpt Sqn (Dunfermline until 1998, then Glenrothes) Reroled as 231 (Evacuation) Squadron in 225 General Support Medical Regiment RAMC, 1 July 1999
Formed from The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse (T) 239 (Highland Yeomanry) Tpt Sqn (Cupar, Kirkcaldy and Leven) Reroled as C (Fife and Forfar/Scottish Horse) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry, 1 November 1992 Amalgamated with the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 1996
Formed 1 April 1967 from 52 Lowland Division Regiment RCT (TA) 154th (Lowland) Transport Regiment
Formed from 528, 530 and 574 Squadrons RCT (TA) 221 (Glasgow) Tpt Sqn 221 (Glasgow) Tpt Sqn
Formed from 264 (Scottish) Regiment RCT (TA) 222 Tpt Sqn (East Kilbride) Reroled as B (Lanarkshire and Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry, 1 November 1992 Amalgamated with the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 1996
Formed from Queens Own Lowland Yeomanry (QOLY) 225 (QOLY) Tpt Sqn (Edinburgh) Reroled as 'HQ' (Lothians and Border Horse) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry, 1 November 1992 Amalgamated with the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 1996
Formed from the cadre of The Ayrshire Yeomanry 251 (Ayrshire) Tpt Sqn 251 (Ayrshire) Tpt Sqn
Formed 1 April 1993 by redesignation of 94 (Scottish) Ordnance Squadron RAOC (V) 125 Rations Sqn Moved to 159 Supply Regt RLC(V) 1 April 2007
527 Company RASC, part of the 51st Highland Division Regiment RCT (TA) based in Perth Renamed 212 Sqn RCT 527 HQ Sqn

Commanding Officers[edit]

Commanding Officers From / To
Lt Col AM Matthew Apr 93 - Nov 94
Lt Col RC Hambleton RLC(V) Nov 94 - May 97
Lt Col AJ Parrott May 97 - Aug 99
Lt Col T Couch Aug 99 - Nov 01
Lt Col CJ Wensley Jan 02 - Apr 04
Lt Col PR Couser MBE May 4 - Dec 06
Lt Col LJ Maclean MBE Jan 07 - Jun 09
Lt Col JW Galloway Jul 09 - Dec 11
Lt Col PD Holder Dec 11 - Aug 14
Lt Col G H Wilkinson Aug 14 - Mar 17
Lt Col A Wilkinson Mar 17 - Present

Regimental Sergeant Majors[edit]

Regimental Sergeant Majors From / To
WO1(RSM) TS Raven Jun 93 - Mar 96
WO1(RSM) MG Shipman Apr 96 - Apr 98
WO1(RSM) PS Eaton May 98 - May 00
WO1(RSM) D McBride Jun 00 - Feb 02
WO1(RSM) GK Watson Mar 02 - Oct 03
WO1(RSM) A Honeyman Nov 03 - Mar 06
WO1(RSM) DP Foster Mar 06 - May 8
WO1(RSM) AM Dunwell Jun 08 - Jul 12
WO1(RSM) A McIntyre Jul 12 - Aug 14
WO1(RSM) G Bruce Aug 14 - Apr 16
WO1 (RSM) SJ Bowie Apr 16 - Present

Regimental Hymn[edit]

The Regimental Hymn was written by Major Jim Smith MBE, the Padre to the Scottish Transport Regiment from 1999 to 2010.

(Sung to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers)

  • Onward we will travel
  • Scottish Transport Reg.
  • And all those who join us
  • On the road ahead
  • As we drive on forward
  • To support the need
  • Lord we ask your blessing
  • Help us to succeed
  • Onward then we soldiers
  • To defend the peace
  • In this land and others
  • We will never cease
  • When we travel onwards
  • Hold our loved ones tight
  • In thy mighty hand lord
  • As we face the fight
  • We are not divided
  • All one family we
  • Thistle is our emblem
  • Proud for all to see
  • Onward then we soldiers
  • To defend the peace
  • In this land and others
  • We will never cease

Regimental Pipes and Drums[edit]

154 (Scottish) Regiment the Royal Logistic Corps currently has no formed Pipes and Drums, although it formed an affiliation with the Dunfermline and District Pipe Band, which has become known as the Dunfermline District & Scottish Transport Regiment Pipe Band, who practice at the Army Reserve Centre in Dunfermline on Monday and Thursday Nights between 19.00 - 21.00hrs under the direction of their Pipe Major, Mr Donald McPhee.

Dress and Accoutrements[edit]


From the formation of The Highland Divisional Transport and Supply Column ASC (TA) in 1908, the antecedents of the STR did not have an official Regimental Tartan. Indeed, it was not until 1937, when 51st Highland Divisional RASC (TA) formed the Regiment’s first Pipes and Drums, that this lack of a Regimental Tartan became an issue. In 1937, the Commanding Officer, Lt Col T Harris Hunter OBE, gained the consent of Princess Arthur of Connaught for the Pipes and Drums to wear the Red MacDuff Tartan. Princess Arthur was Duchess of Fife – where the RHQ was based and remains to this day – and her husband, Prince Arthur of Connaught, was the first Colonel in Chief of the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), the forerunner of the RCT and thence the RLC. The official designation of the Regiment’s Tartan is No16 Red MacDuff (Ancient).

The name MacDuff means 'son of the dark one' (MacDhuibh in the Gaelic) and the MacDuffs are descended from the same ancient royal house as Shakespeare's Macbeth. Traditionally, MacDuff was the first Earl of Fife; he opposed Macbeth and helped Malcolm to the Throne. Fife is, of course, the home of the Regimental HQ, which is based in Dunfermline. The MacDuffs, under their earl, had the privilege of crowning the king and of always being in the front ranks of his army - a position of great honour. In 1306, Robert the Bruce had Duncan MacDuff, Earl of Fife, imprisoned for seven years, as he had been a supporter of the Comyns. The motto of the MacDuff clan is Deus Juvet: God Assists.

Head Dress and Cap Badge[edit]

MacDuff Tartan

From 1937 until 1978, the Red MacDuff tartan was worn only by the Regiment’s Pipes and Drums. On 9 January 1978, authorisation for the wearing of the wearing of a diamond shaped 134 inch Red MacDuff backing to the cap-badge was granted by the Army Dress Committee to both 153 (Highland) Artillery Support Regiment RCT and 154 (Lowland) Transport Regiment RCT. This was ratified by the Corps Dress Committee (RCT) on 9 February 1978. The change in dress was unfunded (and remains unfunded) and took some time to complete, with 221 (Glasgow) Sqn RCT being the last to change (29 January 1979).

In July 2009, a request was made to the Corps Dress Committee to allow the STR to adopt the Tam o' Shanter (TOS) to reinforce the Scottish Identity of the STR, support unit ethos and support unit recruiting and retention. This change was agreed at the 334th Meeting of the RLC Dress Committee and the Scottish Transport Regiment now wear the TOS rather than the dark blue beret of the Royal Logistic Corps. While the cap badge of the STR is the same as that of the Royal Logistic Corps, all ranks wear a diamond shaped patch of MacDuff Tartan behind the cap badge.

153 Highland Artillery Support Regiment's 239 (Highland) Transport Sqn, which was formed in 1967 from the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, was allowed to retain the Atholl Bonnet as their head dress. However, this tradition was not retained when the squadron reroled as C (Fife and Forfar / Scottish Horse) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry, on 1 November 1992 (later to be amalgamated with the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 1996).

Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF)[edit]


As a regiment in the Royal Logisitc Corps, 154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC wears the TRF of the Royal Logistic Corps.


Unlike the remainder of the Royal Logistic Corps, the Officers and Warrant Officers Class One all wear highland brogues when parading in No 2 Dress.

Pipes and drums[edit]

The regiment's pipes and drums wear the MacDuff Ancient Tartan and doublets of piper green with white facings. Their feather bonnets carry a red, white and blue hackle denoting the colours of the Royal Corps of Transport. To denote their fully combatant status, pipers and drummers are armed with the Highland Dirk, with senior ranks carrying the Sqian Dubh (Black Knife) which is worn in their hose. The pipe major carries a banner affixed to the drone of his pipes, bearing the device – or cypher – of the regimental honorary colonel. The baldrik, worn by the drum major, is a ceremonial item which originates in the drummer's sash in which drummers used to carry their drumsticks. A pair of miniature silver drumsticks is still fitted to the baldrik.


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