Robert's Last Life
My oldest friend of many lives including this Robert Matthew Habbick is an enigma. From the plains of Marathon to Marston Moor we have fought side by side, shoulder to shoulder against all that is wrong in this world and often when history needed a nudge in the right direction. That comes at a price as we have to suffer karma for our decisions and actions just as everyone else in this 3D holographic matrix. Robert's last life however had left him with a fearful memory legacy that has emotionally directed his now life to a large extent. It is the missing piece of puzzle that makes him complete.
In parallel with my life and my father's life and indeed most of all his father's life I can now clearly see how we have all shared similar past life experiences.
Robert was born in 1955 one year after myself. Having discovered that I died as Kurt Daluege in 1946 I intuited that Robert must have had a short life between dying as Etienne PrÃ©ceptis the French naval engineer who was torpedoed on the Renaudin in 1916 and 1955.
The clue came as I realised Robert keeps mentioning "The Long and The Short and The Tall." He has consistently done this all this life and it is always accompanied with a tremendous outpouring of emotion. This is the exact same with "The Cruel Sea" which led me to the discovery of his French Matalot life.
Burma 1944 the Forgotten War. The British Army's longest campaign of WW2 a truly dreadful affair for those that experienced it.
The Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
I didn't have to look far once in the track the old Sottish connections leapt out at me immediately. Our link to the Covenant Army that we led during the English Civil Wars.
The Origins - Formation of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) - Between the Wars - World War II -
The Disbandment - The Cameronians Badge
The Cameronians were a unique part of Scottish history for over three hundred years. Their origins lie in the turbulent period of religious and political strife of the 1680's. Their end came with the defence cuts of the 1960's; their name finally erased from the Army List in 1995.
The original Cameronians were zealous Covenanters. Their devotion to the National Covenant (1638) and the Solemn League and Covenant (1643) meant that they would even do battle to defend their freedom to worship as they chose. Their heartland was in south west Scotland, in Galloway, Ayrshire, and in Clydesdale in particular.
When the crown ejected ministers from their parishes for refusing to submit to the rule of bishops, the Covenanters followed them to the hills and worshiped at open air services which came to be called conventicles. As the threat from government forces increased the Covenanters began to carry weapons to their conventicles and to post armed pickets to keep a lookout. This tradition was carried on through war and in peace until the day the Cameronians were eventually disbanded
The Regiment was formed in one day, 14 May 1689, 'without beat of drum'. They mustered on the holm, on the banks of the Douglas Water in South Lanarkshire. Their first Commanding Officer was William Cleland whilst their Colonel was the 19 year old Earl of Angus, son of the Marquis of Douglas. The Earl's magnificent statue overlooks the spot in Douglas to this day.
The Regiment took its name from Richard Cameron, 'The Lion of The Covenant'. Originally a field preacher he was killed, a bounty on his head, at the battle of Airds Moss in 1680. Cleland had led the Covenanters in battle at Drumclog and Bothwell Brig. His sword, one of the treasures of the Regiment, can still be seen today in the Regimental Museum in Hamilton. There too is the 'Bloody Banner' carried by the Covenanters at both battles.
Within weeks of their formation The Cameronians saw action as regular soldiers at the Battle of Dunkeld. There they showed their mettle with a staunch defence against a hugely superior number of rebel Highland troops, though it cost the life of the 28 year old Cleland. This fighting spirit was carried on.....
For those wishing to read more on the history of the Cameronians click this link.http://cameronians.org/brief-history/index.html
Born in the back streets of Glasgow he would have been conscripted into the local regiment and sent to the theatre of war after basic training. He remembers being conscripted.
World War II
Of the ten battalions that served in World War II, the 1st spent the entire time in the Far East distinguishing itself in the defence of India and as part of the famous Chindits who outwitted and eventually out-fought the Japanese in Burma.
This was it Burma!
A Picture Manifests
Browsing through related pictures I immediately recognised a familiar face in a pith helmet! Could it be Robert? Only he would know for sure.
At the first opportunity I rushed to show him and note his responses. He was staying at the Hotel de Ville
For some reason he arrived clutching a portrait of Audrey Hepburn and her pussie! His ideal woman I guess.
It was all extremely surreal which is a symptom of this legacy of WW2.
Upon showing him the picture he burst into tears and described the situation they were in. The horrific details were enough to make me wish I hadn't inflicted this pain on him but I was sure we needed to get this out in order for him to heal properly, so I persevered.
The above picture yielded the exact details of his last memory before dying.
Forgotten, covered in leeches, bitten to death by mosquitos he and his comrade were alone in a trench shivering. His rifle jammed and the Japanese wear closing in around them.
"What was it all F****** for?" Were his last words.
Tears, emotion, anger all poured forth. None of which can be faked as the subconscious spewed forth this blocked memory.
That was enough humanely, I couldn't continue. I was sure however that we had uncovered his last memory before this life.
For an outline on the War in Burma.http://www.roll-of-honour.org.uk/Cemeteries/Rangoon_Memorial/html/war_in_burma.htm
For details for the play.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_and_the_Short_and_the_Tall_(play)