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A SERB’S VIEW ON DR ELSIE INGLIS – THE SERBIAN MOTHER FROM SCOTLAND

A guest blog by Predrag Stefanovic

I am a Serb living in Scotland. Ask anyone in Serbia about Elsie Inglis and there is a very good chance they will be able to tell you something about this remarkable Scottish woman. So deeply ingrained is she into the fabric of Serbian history she holds the status of heroine and is known fondly as “our mother from Scotland”.

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DR. ELSIE INGLIS – THE SERBIAN MOTHER FROM SCOTLAND

Amateur historian and landscape gardener Alan Cumming has been researching the story of Elsie and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for four years.  While attending a football match in Serbia where Elsie spent most of her war years and is affectionately known as the ‘Serbian mother from Scotland’, he saw a commemorative plaque and wanted to know more. Here, he shares some of his knowledge to tell Elsie’s remarkable story. 

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POETRY OF WW1: WILFRED OWEN

Wilfred Owen is renowned as one of the most influential World War One poets.  To commemorate the centenary of his stay at Edinburgh’s Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917 where he penned some of his most famous work, a series of events has taken place across the city.
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GOVAN HIGH SCHOOL’S FALLEN OF PASSCHENDAELE

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.

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Lance Corporal Melissa Rodger of the Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion of the Army Cadet Force at The Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery in Arras.

Melissa's great great uncle of the Cameron Highlanders died at the Battle of Arras.

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THE SAILORS WHO FOUGHT IN THE TRENCHES

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.

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POETRY OF WW1: REMEMBERING THE SOMME

On the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme, we share the final instalment in our commemorative series of poignant poems, kindly provided by the Scottish Poetry Library. Predicting the coming waves of war tourism, poet J.E. Stewart indicates that the prospect of people visiting the battlefields feels too intrusive. But 100 years later, we do, and should, still visit the fields of battle in order never to forget what happened there.

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