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.
Chair of the Scottish Commemorations Panel, Norman Drummond CBE, FRSE, reflects on commemorations in 2015 and looks ahead to the coming year.
Hundreds of people in Edinburgh and Leith remembered one of the biggest tragedies to hit their community today, as they held a service and parade to commemorate 100 years since 216 soldiers from the 1/7 (Leith) Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) were killed in the UK’s worst rail disaster at Quintinshill Siding, near Gretna.
One hundred years ago 216 men from the 1st/7th (Leith) Battalion of The Royal Scots lost their lives, and a further 220 were injured, at Quintinshill, just north of Gretna, in what is still Britain’s worst rail disaster. The men were on their way to serve in Gallipoli during World War One.
This weekend, Hibernian Football Club will pay its respects to the 216 men from the 1st/7th (Leith) Battalion who lost their lives 100 years ago in Britain’s worst rail disaster, by laying a wreath at Rosebank Cemetery where the majority of those killed were buried in a communal grave.
Two commemorative events will take place to mark the centenary of the Quintinshill rail disaster, the worst railway accident in British history. These commemorations will be particularly significant as they will be attended by descendants of those who died in the disaster.