The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'


A Snapshot of Service
in 'A' Company of the Argylls
Paphos, Cyprus 1958



Map of Cyprus
from the A&SH tray..........
Dhekelia, Cyprus, Saturday morning Battalion parade on the square.
Somebody moves in the 'A' Company ranks.
The RSM bawls, 'Sergeant, take McGregor's name!'
'McGregor's on leave, sir!'
'Well, take the man next to him!' - whole Battalion in controlled uproar!

Background Information

Paphos is a town and district on the west coast of Cyprus. The other main town in the district is Ktima.

Paphos is famous for the temple of Aphrodite (ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty) and Aphrodite's pool (where she emerged from the sea).

The beach at Aphrodite's pool was an area where we did much of our training, including our first exposure to live, fixed machine gun firing over our heads.
The Battalion's camp, which was all tented, was located at Limni Mines, where minerals such as copper and iron pyrites had been mined for centuries. (The word for copper is derived from Cyprus, the Island's name)

Imagine moving from a majestic Scottish Castle at Stirling to live in a tent beside a copper mine. Like historic Scottish lairds, we were just beginning to enjoy the baronial life style. It was the manner in which we wanted to become accustomed - oh, how the mighty are fallen!

Our security patrol work was done in and around the towns of Stroumbi, Polis, Polemi, Ktima and Pano Panayia. Later in the year, 'A' Company spent some time living in the town of Ktima, doing guard duties at the Pyla Detention Camp for suspected terrorists, and street patrols throughout the town.



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