Obituary for RMFVR

FORENAME: Alister Daniel
UNIT: R.M.V. RMFVR Scotland
RANK: Marine
NUMBER: RMV 205631
DATE OF DEATH: 6th April 1967
AGE: 17
GRAVESITE: St Peter’s Cemetery,Glasgow Grave 157
killed in a road accident Eaglesham,Renfrewshire.
This information is in relation to a conversation I had with Archie, who was saying that the CO thought that the rank involved in a fatal RTA in Eaglesham in the 60’s should be included in the units Garden of Remembrance. I remember hearing about this in the 70’s and it was said that a speed march was mown down by a drunken driver. I also remember that because of this safety markers where placed forward and aft of speed marches which was the done thing in my day. If you have any information or thoughts on this matter, please post them, because we all stood yesterday and said “We will remember them”, please make it so.
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14 Responses to Obituary for RMFVR

  1. Tom Craig says:

    6 November 17 – Just come from Allister,s grave at Dalbeth in Glasgow and what a tribute to the family remembrance in the lovely settings on the grave site. I saw, as I placed a small remembrance cross with a poppy, that the same style of small remembrance crosses had been place recently and the Royal Marines were represented and I think the Royal Navy Association? Never forgotten by his family, he will always be a Royal Marine to us who are left with fond and sorrowful memories mixed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for this Tom. It means so much to his family that you have taken the time to visit his grave and remember him in this way. Thank you so much for letting us know. God bless. Kathleen

  2. Kathleen McColligan says:

    It’s so good to hear from someone who knew Alister, after all these years and especially this week on his 50th anniversary. So hard to believe how the time has past. He did have a girlfriend who was a student nurse. I only met her the once when she came to the house after he was killed. I don’t remember her name. ( I was very young at the time). You must have worked with my younger brother David in the police. He took his retirement 2 years ago. It means a lot that he is still remembered. My sister and I will visit his grave on Thursday and we will remember a life cut so very short. My mum and dad are buried with him so they were reunited with their boy.
    Thank you so much for sharing your memories of my brother.
    Kathleen McColligan (nee Tassie)

  3. Tom Craig says:

    Alister was a friend of mine in the Troop. On a couple of occasions we had a pint though we were not old enough to drink though old enough to be sent off to war if required. I remember he had a girl friend, whom I never met, a nurse or student nurse? We had arranged that I should travel out to Ruchazie to meet up but the accident happened before that. I later worked in the same Divisional CID as his brother I think before I left the police to do other things. The Permanent and Reservist NCOs of thwee RMFVR/RMR were top class. This was only in the mid sixties and some of them still young men had been ‘on Commando’ on D Day, served in Korea, Malaya, Suez and I am sure we were superbly trained. Some of you will remember Elliot Leask who transferred to 15 Para died in the Kiel Canal drop which went wrong. He was a cheerful. helpful and supportive Corporal who Alister would have known. Alister and others will be remembered as long as we are above ground. He will always be 17.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for your reply Mac. As I said, it still feels so sad to myself and the rest of the family. He was just a boy really and it should never have happened .
    My mum and dad are both long gone but the rest of Alister’s family can take comfort in your assurance that he didn’t suffer.
    Kind regards
    Kathleen McColligan (nee Tassie) in

  5. Mac says:

    I was the last person to talk to your brother
    & I still remember the night so vividly
    Alastair did not suffer and was killed instantly
    If you wish I can e mail you any details
    I have lived in Canada for over forty years
    & visit Scotland often.( I have a handicapped younger brother in a care home in Cambuslang)
    Keep in touch if you wish

    Best regards “Mac” Alasdair Mac Donald

  6. Grateful says:

    Thank you so much for this tribute to an uncle that unfortunately died while I was a toddler. I remember that my mother kept a copy of the Daily Record that you have also reproduced here and also kept a shell casing from the guard of honour and if memory serves, his cap badge. Thanks also to the other soldiers 1st hand accounts of that terrible night.

  7. Alasdair MacDonald MNE 205449 " Mac" says:

    I was in the group of Marines at moor speed march, Alister Tassie was replaced by myself just before the start of the march ( I think it was because they wanted a taller right hand man)
    We had no markers and it was dark the guy who hit the out side row of Marines was not drunk
    he came over the brow of a hill & failed to avoid us he was crying after he did stop & told me that he was doing 70 MPH – after the accident we were almost hit again
    by another motorist whom I stood in front of he stopped about 2 feet in front of me
    We had sent a guy to the brow of the hill to stop any traffic and the second driver thought that the Marine standing by the roadside waving his shirt was dangerous or mad.

    The story about the NCO was true his leg was just about snapped off and was at a crazy angle
    I was later told that bone marrow had got into his blood stream which eventually killed him
    I still remember him laying on the ground giving orders
    I was in the firing party but was deemed rather short for coffin party

    • Kathleen McColligan says:

      I am Alister’s sister. I have just come across this site and this is quite difficult emotionally to read even after all these years. I was 11 years old at the time. It changed my family forever, in particular my mum who in some ways never got over the loss.
      We didn’t speak about that night ever. My only hope is that Alister’s didn’t suffer.

  8. Anonymous says:

    george galloway echo troop where to go bouldering on eaglesham moor that thursday evening but due to weather condition this was cancelled this is why the dicision to do a speed march was made i was a member of the edinburgh det and received a telegram that friday evening to attend hq glasgow that weekend to do rehersal’s for military funeral.three volley’s were fired at the graveside for marine tassie and at the lynn crematorium for s/major wilson.

  9. Waring mc millan says:

    I think the introduction of traffic guides came after a squad of band boys were mowed down by a bus in Deal,that aside if the chap killed was in the rmfvr his name should go on the plaque.

    • Walter says:

      Thanks for your input Waring, which trumps anything I can offer. I am not even certain if the above incident is the one I was originally looking for, just the result of searching on the web. I remember something about an NCO surviving such an incident with a broken leg and dying suddenly in hospital a few days later suddenly after having previously entertained visitors.However, this is little more than rumour and gossip. You are correct that he/they/whomever should be remembered, thankfully the body count is not so excessive, which allows us to remember them all.

      • Roy McCallum says:

        The NCO who suffered the leg injury and later died was Colour Sergeant Jackie Wilson. His death was very unexpected as he seemed to be recovering but the bone had splintered and marrow got into his bloodstream. He was a very popular NCO and a renowned sniper and climber. His civvy occupation was in the tailoring trade. He had been in the Corps during the fifties and served in Cyprus.

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