Ancre Somme Association Scotland 

Patron: 22 Special Air Service Colin MacLachlan Veteran.

Ambassador's: Alexander Stewart MBE MSP Alison Moodie OBE,

WO2 John Knox, Veteran David Birrell,  Anas Sarwar MSP



Our Honorary Chaplain Stephen A Blakey


Ancre Somme Association Scotland has been awarded 10 silhouttes from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, that will take part in our Great War Commemoration on Saturday 20th October 2018 at the Kirk of Canongate, Edinbrugh.


They will also be used at our Whitburn Remembers "Families of the Great War" Commemoration on Saturday 10th November 2018.


Born in Dumfries in 1953, in the house in which Robbie Burns died!


Military Career:


Ordained and Commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains Department in August 1977, the youngest ever Army Chaplain.


Served 16 years as a Regular Army Chaplain 1977 - 1993 as Chaplain to:


1st Bn Royal Highland Fusiliers 1977 - 1979


1st Bn Kings Own Scottish Borderers 1979 - 1982


1st Bn Scots Guards 1982 - 1987


1st Bn Black Watch 1987 - 1989


1st Bn Royal Scots  1989 - 1993


Served in UK, Germany, Hong Kong, 3 x Op Banner Tours in Northern Ireland, and in The Gulf War. Exercised in Belize, Nepal, Brunei and USA.


After leaving the Regulars, joined the TA  (now the Army Reserve ) and served through to July 2018.  Initially with 32 Sig Regt and then with 52nd Lowland, 6th Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland.  


Mobilised as the Senior Chaplain EUFOR for 8 months in 2005, covering the whole Balkan region and leading an international team of chaplains from 33 nations.


For last five years has supported the Senior Brigade Chaplain as his Staff Chaplain, and covered the role of Deputy Assistant Chaplain General, 51 Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland for most of 2017.


Retired from commissioned service in July 2018 after 40 years’ service, the longest serving  Chaplain in the history of RAChD but continues to support the Army in Scotland as Staff Chaplain Scotland as an Officiation Chaplain to the Military, and also as Religious Advisor to the Army Cadet Force Association Scotland


At present minister of The Isla Parishes, in Angus, which includes Glenisla.


“Since being introduced to ASA Scotland by Lt Col Gary Tait MBE, I  have been impressed by your all-inclusive approach to preserving the memory and heritage of the service rendered by our Armed Forces.  We have a proud history, but it is also a painful story which must not be forgotten.  


The past has shaped our present, and forms the foundation upon which we build the future.  It is through understanding our past that we are able to ensure that wherever possible we avoid repeating the mistakes and inflicting the horror of war on our children and grandchildren.


Education, Remembrance and Supporting are sound Christian principles which I am pleased to be able to support,  and I am honoured to be asked to serve as Chaplain of Ancre Somme Association Scotland.”

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