7 RAR’s Affiliated Regiment
In 1969, the Adjutant, Captain Derek Napier suggested to Lt Col Grey that an affiliation with the Gordon Highlanders might be desirable. It was no coincidence that Napier had previously served with them. The Commanding Officer agreed and set the wheels in motion.
After all approvals had been given on both sides of the world, two ceremonies in 1976 in Aberdeen, the Regimental Headquarters, celebrated its realization. By then Brigadier Grey was the Australian Army Representative in London and WO1 Reg Bandy was the RSM at Australia House
The Gordon Highlanders was a British Army infantry regiment from 1881 until 1994. The regiment took its name from the Clan Gordon and recruited principally from Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland. The Regiment was amalgamated with The Queens’ Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) on September 17, 1994 to form The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons).
In 2006, The Highlanders were merged with Scotland’s other remaining infantry regiments to form The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Further details can be found in Conscripts and Regulars: with the Seventh Battalion in Vietnam.