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‘6th Battalion The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders at the Battle of Loos, 26 September 1915’ by Joseph Gray.


CAMERONS’ COMFORTS FUND


Andrew Paterson, at centre with camera in hand, toured the western front battlefields after the war.


ANDREW PATERSON was the founder of the Camerons’ Comforts Fund during the First World War. It was on his initiative that the fund was set up, and personally undertook the task of packing parcels, night after night until the early hours of the morning, for the men serving in the different Battalions of The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. He also organised the Camerons’ Fair, a remarkable effort which, with only six weeks’ preparation, raised over £4,000 for the Fund.


After the war he continued to take an interest in the


welfare of the men who had served with the Camerons and was one of two trustees charged with the administration of the residue of the Fund. Because of his input, many deserving old Camerons whose claims were outside the scope of Regimental and British Legion funds were assisted in times of financial adversity.


In 1918, Paterson commissioned the artist Joseph Gray (1890-1962), who had fought with the Black Watch during the war, to paint two war pictures, one of the 4th Seaforths and the other of the 6th Camerons at the Battle of Loos, and after the war he gave the latter painting on permanent loan to the Cameron Highlanders for the Depot at Inverness.


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JOSEPH GRAY THE HIGHLANDERS’ MUSEUM, FORT GEORGE


ANDREW CHALMERS


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