PARAS 2 Beattie, Hugh (the Rev. Father) (Hughie)

John Robertson

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Hugh (the Rev. Father) (Hughie)
  • UNIT
16 Parachute Brigade (HQ)
  • RANK
Chaplain Third Class
Member of the British Empire
born 2.8.1928 Dumbarton
National Service with Royal Artillery and Highland Light Infantry
joined priesthood through St Peter's Seminary,Cardross and Scots College,Rome
ordained to diocese of Motherwell 1955
Royal Army Chaplains' Department 1961
R.C. Chaplain,16 Parachute Brigade 1961-68 + 1972
Senior R.C. chaplain,British Army of the Rhine (Chaplain 1st Class) 1980s
Chaplain,Irish Guards (reverted Chaplain 3rd Class) until 1988
died 24.8.2002
ashes scattered Warrenpoint,Northern Ireland
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Matt Walton

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I have a letter from Father Beattie from 1982 when he personally visited me in Osnabruck. He was a close friend of the family as a young priest at St Ninians Burnbank Hamilton. He happened to see my name listed as playing Rugby for the 1st 15 KOSB Rugby team.

He was senior chaplain Germany and a colonel at the time I remember him fondly and the stories he told me. Sneaking into Hamilton for a pint with my dad uncle Bob only a couple mind. A great man and a true Para I also visit the gravestone and family plot of Cpl David Hartman 2 Para killed in the Falklands 1982.
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Fr Hugh Beattie was my uncle.He is my mums brother and was such a character.Small in stature but larger than life.A miss to our family ❤️

Matt Walton

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Margo Hi Father Huge travel 134 miles to come and see me spent an hour with me unbelievabl. As you can see this memory has stayed with me all these years. If you like you can have that letter it’s a tie to him and your family. We can arrange if you want via Email.