Formation Parade for new medical regiment

December 14, 2023
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Soldiers on parade.

Reservists from 215 (Scottish) Multi-Role Medical Regiment (215 (Sc) MMR) marked the formation of the new unit with a parade at Edinburgh Castle on 2 December.

More than 300 personnel were involved in the Formation Parade with 120 members of the merging Regiment present. 

It is now Scotland’s only Army Medical Services Regiment following the merger of 205 Field Hospital and 225 (Scottish) Medical Regiment.

The units were presented to Lieutenant Colonel Edd Gordon MStJ, to take command as the new Commanding Officer of 215 (Sc) MMR. The Commanding Officer was given the honour of wearing the Chavasse Sword.

The parade was supported by the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry (SNIY) Pipes and Drums.

Dame Katherine Grainger inspects the Regiment.
Dame Katherine Grainger inspects the Regiment.

The Regiment marked the occasion with their new Honorary Colonel (designate) in attendance, Dame Katherine Grainger DBE who inspected the Regiment alongside the Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Major General Alastair Bruce of Crionaich OBE DL VR. Additional inspecting officers were the Army Medical Services Master General, Major General Timothy Hodgetts CB CBE KHS OStJ DL and the General Officer Commanding of Scotland, Major General Robin Lindsay CBE.

Soldiers chatting
Major General Robin Lindsay.

Following the Parade there was a service at the Scottish National War Memorial to celebrate the union as well as remember those unable to be on Parade.

The service was led by The Reverend Louis Kinsey QVRM TD VR, previous Padre of 205 Field Hospital and supported by The Band of 6 SCOTS. Readings were given by Private A Melville, Corporal Drummond and Lieutenant MacDonald – all current members of 215 (Sc) MMR.

The final act of the day was a celebration dinner for all members of the Regiment, family and friends as well as the VIPs who attended, including Highland RFCA Chief Executive Brigadier (Retired) Mark Dodson and Lowland RFCA Chief Executive Colonel (Retired) Ted Shields.

The Regiment will have a presence in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glenrothes, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Major General Alastair Bruce
The Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Major General Alastair Bruce addresses the crowd.