A party of “Old and Bold” from the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) will conduct a pilgrimage this month to commemorate one of the most tragic battles of the war.
Thousands of people from across the country descended on the town of Crieff to watch a poignant parade and service to mark the 100-year commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele – a conflict that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Allied soldiers.
Over the last seven years, Ian McCracken, archivist at Govan High School in Glasgow, has dedicated his time to researching the lives of the 64 men named on the school’s war memorial. In a guest blog in April, he paid tribute to the seven who fell at Arras, and now, as the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele approaches, he remembers a further three former pupils.
A series of events taking place this summer and autumn will commemorate the centenary of war poet Wilfred Owen’s stay at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh in 1917, where he met fellow war poet Siegfried Sassoon and produced some of his most famous work.
On 22 May 1915, 216 men from the 1st/7th (Leith) Battalion of The Royal Scots were killed and a further 220 were injured when they were involved in a collision near Gretna as they made their way to Gallipoli to fight in World War One.
On Friday 7 April 2017, 72 history pupils representing each local authority in Scotland departed for France to participate in Scotland’s international Battle of Arras commemorations.
As we approach the end of the centenary of the Battle of Arras, we share the tragic story of Private Currie, who fought valiantly throughout the battle, but lost his life in the final days.
A National Theatre of Scotland production following the lives of three women during World War One is touring throughout Scotland from now until the beginning of June.
The Jellicoe Express, the dedicated railway service established during World War One to transport navy personnel throughout the country, is being commemorated with a programme of plaque-unveilings to coincide with the visit of a steam-hauled train to Scotland.
A visitor to some of the many Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries in northern France might be surprised to find that there are a significant number of headstones which have the Royal Naval anchor inscribed upon them. In addition to sailors they will also find Royal Marines buried alongside. This is not an anomaly, for not only are there hundreds of such headstones scattered across a number of cemeteries, the Arras Memorial to the Forgotten which lists the names of those who have no graves, has no less than 692 of those belonging to the men of the Royal Naval Division.
As we commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Arras, it is important we share the stories of some of the brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice. Two of these men were Corporal John Connell and Lance Sergeant Ian Gowan.
On Sunday 9 April, hundreds of people turned out to the WW100 Scotland Service at Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery in Arras, France to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Arras.
Seventy-two S3 history pupils representing each local authority in Scotland are set for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to France to observe the centenary of the Battle of Arras at Scotland’s commemorations.
Over the last seven years, Ian McCracken, archivist at Govan High School in Glasgow, has dedicated his time to researching the lives of the 64 men named on the school’s war memorial. Here, he pays tribute to the seven who fell at Arras, who will also be remembered at commemorations taking place in Scotland and France on Sunday 9 April.
La bataille d’Arras est celle qui a réuni la plus grande concentration de troupes écossaises au cours d’une seule bataille de toute la Première Guerre mondiale.
Scotland’s role in the Battle of Arras continues to touch the nation’s heart as we prepare to commemorate thousands of war heroes for their bravery a century on.
To launch the WW100 Scotland commemorations taking place in France and Scotland, Alasdair Hutton OBE, narrator for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, whose grandfather was gravely injured but survived the Battle of Arras, was joined by singer Amy Hawthorn, young members of Cockenzie and Port Seton Pipes and Drums Euan Williamson, 13, and Carys Grieve, 13, and cadets Connor Mullen, 14, Melissa Rodger 14, and Kimberely Dougal, 16, from the Glasgow and Lanarkshire Battalion Army Cadet Force.
A talk commemorating the feats of Scottish soldiers will take place at Cleish Village Hall near Kinross on Friday 24th March at 7.30pm.