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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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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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