These soldiers from the Territorial Army were photographed in October 1984 at the Drill Hall in Galashiels as they set off for an exercise with the regulars in Kenya.
They were members of the 3rd Company of the 52nd Lowland Volunteers and were about to link up with Charlie Company of the 1st Battalion the King’s Own Scottish Borderers for Operation Game Spirit.
Captain Ken Fraser, standing extreme right, told TheSouthern at the time how they would be stationed at a civilian base at Nanyuki – 6,000 feet up in the Kenyan highlands – after flying out from RAF Brize Norton on an air force Tristar. Their six weeks in Kenya included several days of rest and recuperation at Mombassa.
Standing – Pt. William Cooper, 23, Hawick; Pt. Thomas Lindsay, 23, Selkirk; Pt. Christopher Douglas, 27, Galashiels; Cpl Adam Linton, 36, Bonchester Bridge; Pt. Ian Wilson, 29, Hawick; Pt. Ian McLellan, 18, Galashiels, and Captain Ken Fraser.
Kneeling – Pt. Tom Ashfield, 23, Jedburgh; Pt. Kenneth Brown, 18, Galashiels; L/Cpl Robert Gullen, 29, Hawick; Pt. Kenneth Wallace, 33, Galashiels, and Pt. Raymond Sorley, 20, Hawick.
– compiled by Bob Burgess