A man hailed as “the best Gordon Highlander of his generation” has died – less than a month after the death of his wife of 63 years.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Strachan, better known as Bob, followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by joining the Army in his teens. The Banchory man said he had never wanted to be anything other than a Gordon Highlander, and he devoted decades to the historic regiment.
After serving for 36 years, including several tours abroad, he took on the role of regimental secretary and greatly contributed to the creation of the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.
Lt Col Strachan died last week, aged 87, at a care home in Stonehaven.
Upon hearing of his passing, Lieutenant General Sir Peter Graham contacted the veteran’s family to offer the highest praise he could.
Lt Gen Graham, who was commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, said Lt Col Strachan was “the best Gordon Highlander of his generation”.
The funeral will be on Friday at 1pm at Banchory’s Ternan East Church.