Monday 5 February 2018
A service to commemorate the loss of around 210 men when the SS Tuscania went down near Islay will be held at the island’s American Monument on the Mull of Oa, followed by a ceremony at the graveside of Roy Muncaster in Kilnaughton Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, where many of the dead from the SS Tuscania were temporarily buried.
There will be a Gaelic bible reading, piping by Isobel Ferguson, and singing by pupils of the Port Ellen Primary School Gaelic Choir. A reception will be held at No 1 Charlotte Street, where survivors of the sinking were billeted.
Sunday 25 February 2018, 4pm
Join veterans charity Glen Art at a free concert to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of HM Hospital Ship Glenart Castle in February 1918.
Featuring a performance of “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure, as well as readings from letters and poems, the event will commemorate Nurse Mary McKinnon, who perished in the tragedy, and others from the village of Arisaig who served during World War One.
One of eight nurses who drowned, Nurse McKinnon turned down the offer of becoming a matron to serve, caring for soldiers at the Front. After learning her story decade’s letter, Mary’s niece was inspired to continue her work in supporting veterans, establishing Glen Art, which takes its name from the vessel. The event is free with donations going to support St Mary’s Church and the elderly people of Arisaig.
Friday 4 May 2018
The WW100 Scotland Day of Commemoration, in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council, forms the centrepiece of the Islay 100 commemorative programme. A service will take place at the American Monument on the Mull of Oa followed by a public service at Port Ellen War Memorial, where VIP guests will lay wreaths in honour of Islay’s war dead.
More information to follow.
Running until April 2018
Fairfield Heritage Centre, based in Govan, Glasgow, has recently launched ‘River at War’, an exhibition commemorating the outstanding contribution made by Clydeside industry to World War One.
To coincide with the exhibition, the centre is also running an educational workshop aimed at secondary schools pupils at National 4, National 5 and Higher Level. The free session, which is run exclusively to one school group at a time, can be booked for Friday mornings or afternoons, with a maximum capacity of 35 students. The workshop focuses on the vital contribution of the Clydeside industries throughout the war effort, examining variation in output levels, diversification of production and the changing composition of the workforce.
To book a group, contact Abigail Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 6 October 2018
The 470 US soldiers and British crew members who lost their lives when the HMS Otranto sank off Islay’s shores are to be remembered with a community event on the island a century on.
A service and wreath laying ceremony will be led by the local minister at Kilchoman Military Cemetery, where the HMS Otranto casualties were initially laid to rest and many of the crew still lie, followed by a reception at Kilchoman Distillery.