On this day, 5 July 1886, James McKechnie VC passed away. He was born in June 1826 in Paisley to Colin McKechnie and Jane McKechnie (nee McGregor) and was married to Elizabeth (nee McLean).
He was 28 years old and a Sergeant in the Scots Fusilier Guards (today called the Scots Guards), when on the 20 September 1854, at the Battle of the Alma, Crimea, his battalion came under assault and was thrown out of formation and into confusion.
The Queen’s Colours had fallen and Sergeant McKechnie dashed forward to rescue it, successfully rallying his fighting men around it in order that they might advance and ultimately win the day. He was wounded in the action but thankfully survived.
He is buried in the Eastern Necropolis, in Glasgow.
Painting: The Colours, Advance of the Scots Guards at the Alma, Crimea. Artist: Elizabeth Thompson, Lady Butler (1846 - 1933). 1899.
I think we just heard the will of a vengeful god: to destroy the world and create a new one.
Many people are quite confused and unhappy by the fact that rejecting destiny as guided by Solomon’s Will would lead to falling into depravity. Accepting destiny means good while rejecting it means bad? It is too unfair for those who have a terrible destiny awaiting them. Anyone who is in Cassim’s or Harkuryuu’s shoes will definitely feel that the world is against their very existence. Hence, it is arguably justified for them to feel injustice and thus, rejecting their destiny. They should not have become the antagonists of the story.
Chapter 244, however, has cleared some of these doubts. While the “voice” in them has been explained as their anger, I believe that this is not the whole truth. I truly think that this is Ill Ilah manipulating them for its(?) revenge against the humans, the humans who did not appreciate Ill Ilah as a god, stripped it of its power and sealed it away in the battle of Alma Torran. It, thus, might be plotting a return and a revenge against especially Solomon, whose will was left behind in the “white” rukh.
The “black” rukh has been revealed to be the original rukh of the world system. It is representative of Ill Ilah’s will. As such, it does not seem far-fetched for Ill Ilah to be able to change its will and manipulate those who has rejected Solomon’s path, those whose rukh has been dyed in black. This might explain why those who have fallen are so evil.
As aforementioned, all my doubts have yet to be cleared. For instance, why is the fate for some people so hideous even under Solomon’s will? I hope that there would be a good explanation to this.
Once again, this is my theory. It might be flawed as I am still confused as to how David Jehoahaz Abraham, Solomon’s father, fit into the whole story.
The Thin Red Line was a military action by the British Sutherland Highlanders 93rd (Highland) Regiment at the Battle of Balaklava on 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War. In this incident, the 93rd, aided by a small force of Royal Marines and some Turkish infantrymen, led by Sir Colin Campbell, routed a Russian cavalry charge. Previously, Campbell’s Highland Brigade had taken part in actions at the Battle of Alma and the Siege of Sevastopol. There were more Victoria Crosses presented to the Highland soldiers at that time than at any other. The event was galvanized in the British press and became an icon of the qualities of the British soldier in a war that was poorly managed and increasingly unpopular.
British Pattern 1854 Guards Officer’s Sword (Coldstream Guards)
In 1857, engraving the battle honours of the regiment for all the foot guard units became mandatory. The last three Crimean War battle honours (Sevastopol, Alma & Inkerman - all granted in 1855) are engraved in a different hand to the earlier ones, almost certainly signifying an earlier date for the weapon itself. In all likelihood, this would have been carried in the Crimean War. Prior to this, the Foot Guards would have used the standard 1821 pattern gilt-hilted sword with either the pipeback blade or the Wilkinson blade of 1845 with a single fuller, similar to this one. The engraving on the blade of these earlier weapons was normally limited to placing the badge on one side of the blade with no mention of battle honours.
The maker’s cartouche (at the forte of the blade) is that of Cater of 56 Pall Mall, London. Virtually all the factory finish is extant on the blade, with a few minor blemishes here and there. The blade (32.5" long) has been very carefully sharpened for field service in its day and has never been taken out of the hilt.
The hilt and scabbard have been carefully hand cleaned, having both been covered with minor surface rust and dried grease. The fishskin on the hilt is in reasonably good order, but has the residue of dried grease from storage and minor portions of the silver wire service are missing. The hilt has much of its original lead polish finish, especially to the exterior. There is some minor residual patina on the bars of the guard and other iron elements of the hilt.
Alma: Advance of the 42nd Highlanders by Robert Gibb.
The Black Watch advances, along with the 92nd and 79th Highlanders, on the Russian positions overlooking the River Alma. Although they advanced in only two lines, the Russians were unable to see this and believed the British numbers to be considerably higher and soon fell back, leaving the field to the British.
On this day in 1854 the Black Watch was at the Battle of the Alma as part of the Crimean War. The aftermath of the Battle is depicted in this print, where the Russians were given a chance to see to their wounded. The story goes that this was a great relief to the Russians, who had heard tales that the blood-thirsty Highlanders were known to leave no survivors.