A Forfar woman is set to take part in the national Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.
Margaret Brown is a standard bearer for Legion Scotland, and will carry the Legion’s Scottish National Standard in front of the Queen, who is Patron of The Royal British Legion Scotland, at the event on Sunday.
Margaret has been a standard bearer for Legion Scotland in the Angus and Perthshire area for decades. She carried the Legion’s Queen’s Colour at the Festival of Remembrance in Dundee’s Caird Hall.
As well as her role as standard bearer, Margaret is secretary of Legion Scotland’s Forfar Branch. She is also known as Major Brown in her role with the Army Cadet Force, commanding Angus and Dundee Battalion’s Salamanca Company.
Margaret’s service career was in the WRAC as a staff clerk in NATO HQ in Rheindahlen, after which she tried to join the TA but was a little puzzled to find herself in the Home Service Force (HSF) under Colonel Bert McRae of Perth.
On the disbandment of the HSF, she did join The Black Watch, in the guise of 1st Battalion 51st Highland Volunteers at Queen’s Barracks in Perth. She joined the Army Cadet Force as a sergeant instructor in 1995.
On Remembrance weekend she will not only carry the Legion’s Scottish National Standard, but on the Sunday morning at the Cenotaph in Whitehall she will bear the wreath for Legion Scotland’s National Chairman, Ms Jan Harvey, to lay in honoured memory of the lost.