Photo Caption:-Ivy OÕRourke (age 10) and her sister Abby (age 7) from Sydney in Australia met retired Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss and Ian Domingo, who both served with the Kings Own Scottish Borders.  Andy and Ian will be remembering their grandfathers who served in Gallipoli at a special service at Edinburgh Castle on April 25 marking the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.  The day also marks ANZAC Day, the national day of remembrance to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli.


LEGION SCOTLAND HOSTS CENTENARY GALLIPOLI EVENT AT CASTLE


On 25 April The Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) ScotlandÕs biggest membership veterans charity will host a commemorative event at Edinburgh Castle on the centenary of the start of the First World WarÕs Gallipoli Campaign. 

The contribution of Scottish units involved in the campaign will be specially recognised in the Service, part of Legion ScotlandÕs annual ANZAC Day Service, the national day of remembrance to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli.

Two Veterans from the Kings Own Scottish Borders (KOSB) whose Grandfathers served at Gallipoli will honour their memory at the special service in Edinburgh Castle marking the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign. 

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss, who served 33 years in the Army, said the event will be an invaluable opportunity to join together with others and remember the thousands who died in the major battle. 

AndyÕs grandfather, George Whitson Middlemiss fought and survived Gallipoli and died in Settle, Yorkshire in 1934 where he was a local GP.
Grandfather of four Andy, 67, from Kinross, hopes people will turn out from across Scotland to support the Legion Scotland event to honour the memory of those who fought at Gallipoli.  
Andy said, ÒThe courage and sacrifice of the British, French and Colonial troops have to be remembered as well as the ANZAC Forces. On the first landing, the KOSBÕs 1st Battalion lost 296 men in just 24 hours.Ó
The Gallipoli Campaign resulted in over 200,000 allied casualties, saw an allied naval and military operation attempt to force the Dardanelles to secure entry to the Black Sea as well as TurkeyÕs capital. Over 22,000 British troops were killed and over 10,000 perished from Australia and New Zealand. 

The Commemoration Service at the Scottish National War Memorial will be broadcast live onto a large screen to Edinburgh CastleÕs Esplanade where members of the public can take part.

Ian Domingo, from Dumfries, who served 22 years in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers will be going to pay respects to his grandfather Private Richard Domingo who was killed on 4th Jun 1915 at Gallipoli while serving with 1st Battalion KOSB. 

Ian is going with Andy Middlemiss and a group of 35 including KOSB veterans, current soldiers from its successor battalion in the Royal Regiment of Scotland 1 SCOTS and school pupils, and staff, from Queen Victoria School to Turkey in May, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the battle. The group received funding to support the trip from Legion ScotlandÕs WWI Commemorations Fund. 

Ian, a third generation Borderer whose father also served with 2KOSB in the Far East during WWII said, ÒI first found out about grandfather when I was waiting on my bride to be in St MaryÕs Church, Hawick.  His name is inscribed on the altar commemorating The Great War Dead. IÕve thought of the grandfather I never met more so over the last few years especially as we near the 100th anniversary of his death.Ó

Kevin Gray MM, CEO of Legion Scotland said, ÓThis is a significant milestone and we hope people from across the United Kingdom and overseas will join us in paying our respects at the Commemoration. The Gallipoli Campaign had a huge impact on Scotland and itÕs important that we are able to give up a little bit of our time to remember and pay tribute to those that never returned home, or returned with the visible, and often invisible scars of war.Ó

The Commemorations event at the Castle will open at 7.45am with the Legion Scotland National Standards marching across the drawbridge. Wreaths will later be laid within the Scottish National War Memorial and on the Esplanade at a replica Stone of Remembrance.

The well known Australian folk singer, Eric Bogle's 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda' will be played. The iconic music describes the experiences of a young Australian soldier at Gallipoli and has been regularly used to commemorate those who served in the conflict.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:

ÒThroughout 2015 Ð the busiest year in ScotlandÕs five-year commemorations programme Ð we will continue to encourage people in all parts of Scotland to join with us to consider the impact of the First World War, which claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Scots and left many more injured or disabled. 

ÒAs we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and ANZAC Day, we would encourage those living or visiting Scotland to come along to Edinburgh Castle to reflect on the huge sacrifice made by troops from here and overseas; the impact it had on those left at home and the way it has shaped our country today.Ó  


Notes to Editors

1.	As a truly national charity and the largest ex service membership charity Legion Scotland works at the heart of the veteransÕ community with around 170 branches, 70 clubs, and over 33,000 members from Lerwick to Dumfries in locations ranging from the capital city to rural villages. 
2.	Legion Scotland hosts major national events during Remembrance Week in the Capital and hundreds more around Scotland. The charity works with young people to encourage education about remembrance through itÕs national primary schools competition. 
3.	The Scottish Commemorations Panel was appointed by the Scottish Government in 2013 to recommend a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of World War One.  The Panel was tasked with creating a programme of events that would honour the sacrifice of Scottish servicemen and women, reflect on the global impact on WW1 and on the domestic impact of the war during 1914-1918.  By balancing remembrance with encouraging a spirit of research and inquiry (through education and genealogy), the aim is to leave a lasting legacy. 
4.	For more information on 2015 commemoration events visit the website www.ww100Scotland.com 
5.	For more information on Legion Scotland visit the website www.legionscotland.org.uk

LEGION SCOTLAND HOSTS CENTENARY GALLIPOLI EVENT AT CASTLE

On 25 April, Legion Scotland, Scotland’s biggest membership veterans charity will host a commemorative event at Edinburgh Castle on the centenary of the start of the First World War’s Gallipoli Campaign.

The contribution of Scottish units involved in the campaign will be specially recognised in the Service, which is also Legion Scotland’s annual acknowledgement of ANZAC Day, the national day of remembrance to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli.

Two Veterans from the Kings Own Scottish Borders (KOSB) whose Grandfathers served at Gallipoli will honour their memory at the special service in Edinburgh Castle marking the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss and KOSB Veteran Ian Domingo, meet at Edinburgh Castle, where Legion Scotland’s Gallipoli Centenary event will take place on 25 April.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss, who served 33 years in the Army, said the event will be an invaluable opportunity to join together with others and remember the thousands who died in the major battle.

Andy’s grandfather, George Whitson Middlemiss fought and survived Gallipoli and died in Settle, Yorkshire in 1934 where he was a local GP.

Grandfather of four Andy, 67, from Kinross, hopes people will turn out from across Scotland to support the Legion Scotland event to honour the memory of those who fought at Gallipoli.

He said, “The courage and sacrifice of the British, French and Colonial troops have to be remembered as well as the ANZAC Forces. On the first landing, the KOSB’s 1st Battalion lost 296 men in just 24 hours.”

Photo Caption:-Retired Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss  at Edinburgh Castle today. LEGION SCOTLAND HOSTS CENTENARY GALLIPOLI EVENT AT CASTLE On 25 April The Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) ScotlandÕs biggest membership veterans charity will host a commemorative event at Edinburgh Castle on the centenary of the start of the First World WarÕs Gallipoli Campaign.  The contribution of Scottish units involved in the campaign will be specially recognised in the Service, part of Legion ScotlandÕs annual ANZAC Day Service, the national day of remembrance to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli. Two Veterans from the Kings Own Scottish Borders (KOSB) whose Grandfathers served at Gallipoli will honour their memory at the special service in Edinburgh Castle marking the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.  Retired Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss, who served 33 years in the Army, said the event will be an invaluable opportunity to join together with others and remember the thousands who died in the major battle.  AndyÕs grandfather, George Whitson Middlemiss fought and survived Gallipoli and died in Settle, Yorkshire in 1934 where he was a local GP. Grandfather of four Andy, 67, from Kinross, hopes people will turn out from across Scotland to support the Legion Scotland event to honour the memory of those who fought at Gallipoli.   Andy said, ÒThe courage and sacrifice of the British, French and Colonial troops have to be remembered as well as the ANZAC Forces. On the first landing, the KOSBÕs 1st Battalion lost 296 men in just 24 hours.Ó The Gallipoli Campaign resulted in over 200,000 allied casualties, saw an allied naval and military operation attempt to force the Dardanelles to secure entry to the Black Sea as well as TurkeyÕs capital. Over 22,000 British troops were killed and over 10,000 perished from Australia and New Zealand.  The Commemoration Service at the Scottish National War Memorial will be broadcast live onto a large screen to Edinburgh CastleÕs Esplanade where members of the public can take part. Ian Domingo, from Dumfries, who served 22 years in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers will be going to pay respects to his grandfather Private Richard Domingo who was killed on 4th Jun 1915 at Gallipoli while serving with 1st Battalion KOSB.  Ian is going with Andy Middlemiss and a group of 35 including KOSB veterans, current soldiers from its successor battalion in the Royal Regiment of Scotland 1 SCOTS and school pupils, and staff, from Queen Victoria School to Turkey in May, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the battle. The group received funding to support the trip from Legion ScotlandÕs WWI Commemorations Fund.  Ian, a third generation Borderer whose father also served with 2KOSB in the Far East during WWII said, ÒI first found out about grandfather when I was waiting on my bride to be in St MaryÕs Church, Hawick.  His name is inscribed on the altar commemorating The Great War Dead. IÕve thought of the grandfather I never met more so over the last few years especially as we near the 100th anniversary of his death.Ó Kevin Gray MM, CEO of Legion Scotland said, ÓThis is a significant milestone and we hope people from across the United Kingdom and overseas will join us in paying our respects at the Commemoration. The Gallipoli Campaign had a huge impact on Scotland and itÕs important that we are able to give up a little bit of our time to remember and pay tribute to those that never returned home, or returned with the visible, and often invisible scars of war.Ó The Commemorations event at the Castle will open at 7.45am with the Legion Scotland National Standards marching across the drawbridge. Wreaths will later be laid within the Scottish National War Memorial and on the Esplanade at a replica Stone of Remembrance. The well known Australian folk singer, Eric Bogle's 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda' will be played. The iconic music describes the experiences of a young Australian soldier at Gallipoli and has been regularly used to commemorate those who served in the conflict. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: ÒThroughout 2015 Ð the busiest year in ScotlandÕs five-year commemorations programme Ð we will continue to encourage people in all parts of Scotland to join with us to consider the impact of the First World War, which claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Scots and left many more injured or disabled.  ÒAs we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and ANZAC Day, we would encourage those living or visiting Scotland to come along to Edinburgh Castle to reflect on the huge sacrifice made by troops from here and overseas; the impact it had on those left at home and the way it has shaped our country today.Ó   Notes to Editors 1.As a truly national charity and the largest ex service membership charity Legion Scotland works at the heart of the veteransÕ community with around 170 branches, 70 clubs, and over 33,000 members from Lerwick to Dumfries in locations ranging from the capital city to rural villages.  2.Legion Scotland hosts major national events during Remembrance Week in the Capital and hundreds more around Scotland. The charity works with young people to encourage education about remembrance through itÕs national primary schools competition.  3.The Scottish Commemorations Panel was appointed by the Scottish Government in 2013 to recommend a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of World War One.  The Panel was tasked with creating a programme of events that would honour the sacrifice of Scottish servicemen and women, reflect on the global impact on WW1 and on the domestic impact of the war during 1914-1918.  By balancing remembrance with encouraging a spirit of research and inquiry (through education and genealogy), the aim is to leave a lasting legacy.  4.	For more information on 2015 commemoration events visit the website www.ww100Scotland.com  5.	For more information on Legion Scotland visit the website www.legionscotland.org.uk
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss at Edinburgh Castle today, with medals belonging to his grandfather George Whitson Middlemiss, who fought and survived Gallipoli.

The Gallipoli Campaign resulted in over 200,000 allied casualties, saw an allied naval and military operation attempt to force the Dardanelles to secure entry to the Black Sea as well as Turkey’s capital. Over 22,000 British troops were killed and over 10,000 perished from Australia and New Zealand.

The Commemoration Service at the Scottish National War Memorial will be broadcast live onto a large screen to Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade where members of the public can take part.

Ian Domingo, from Dumfries, who served 22 years in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers will be going to pay respects to his grandfather Private Richard Domingo who was killed on 4th Jun 1915 at Gallipoli while serving with 1st Battalion KOSB.

Photo Caption:- Ian Domingo, from Dumfries at Edinburgh Castle today. LEGION SCOTLAND HOSTS CENTENARY GALLIPOLI EVENT AT CASTLE On 25 April The Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) ScotlandÕs biggest membership veterans charity will host a commemorative event at Edinburgh Castle on the centenary of the start of the First World WarÕs Gallipoli Campaign.  The contribution of Scottish units involved in the campaign will be specially recognised in the Service, part of Legion ScotlandÕs annual ANZAC Day Service, the national day of remembrance to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli. Two Veterans from the Kings Own Scottish Borders (KOSB) whose Grandfathers served at Gallipoli will honour their memory at the special service in Edinburgh Castle marking the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.  Retired Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss, who served 33 years in the Army, said the event will be an invaluable opportunity to join together with others and remember the thousands who died in the major battle.  AndyÕs grandfather, George Whitson Middlemiss fought and survived Gallipoli and died in Settle, Yorkshire in 1934 where he was a local GP. Grandfather of four Andy, 67, from Kinross, hopes people will turn out from across Scotland to support the Legion Scotland event to honour the memory of those who fought at Gallipoli.   Andy said, ÒThe courage and sacrifice of the British, French and Colonial troops have to be remembered as well as the ANZAC Forces. On the first landing, the KOSBÕs 1st Battalion lost 296 men in just 24 hours.Ó The Gallipoli Campaign resulted in over 200,000 allied casualties, saw an allied naval and military operation attempt to force the Dardanelles to secure entry to the Black Sea as well as TurkeyÕs capital. Over 22,000 British troops were killed and over 10,000 perished from Australia and New Zealand.  The Commemoration Service at the Scottish National War Memorial will be broadcast live onto a large screen to Edinburgh CastleÕs Esplanade where members of the public can take part. Ian Domingo, from Dumfries, who served 22 years in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers will be going to pay respects to his grandfather Private Richard Domingo who was killed on 4th Jun 1915 at Gallipoli while serving with 1st Battalion KOSB.  Ian is going with Andy Middlemiss and a group of 35 including KOSB veterans, current soldiers from its successor battalion in the Royal Regiment of Scotland 1 SCOTS and school pupils, and staff, from Queen Victoria School to Turkey in May, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the battle. The group received funding to support the trip from Legion ScotlandÕs WWI Commemorations Fund.  Ian, a third generation Borderer whose father also served with 2KOSB in the Far East during WWII said, ÒI first found out about grandfather when I was waiting on my bride to be in St MaryÕs Church, Hawick.  His name is inscribed on the altar commemorating The Great War Dead. IÕve thought of the grandfather I never met more so over the last few years especially as we near the 100th anniversary of his death.Ó Kevin Gray MM, CEO of Legion Scotland said, ÓThis is a significant milestone and we hope people from across the United Kingdom and overseas will join us in paying our respects at the Commemoration. The Gallipoli Campaign had a huge impact on Scotland and itÕs important that we are able to give up a little bit of our time to remember and pay tribute to those that never returned home, or returned with the visible, and often invisible scars of war.Ó The Commemorations event at the Castle will open at 7.45am with the Legion Scotland National Standards marching across the drawbridge. Wreaths will later be laid within the Scottish National War Memorial and on the Esplanade at a replica Stone of Remembrance. The well known Australian folk singer, Eric Bogle's 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda' will be played. The iconic music describes the experiences of a young Australian soldier at Gallipoli and has been regularly used to commemorate those who served in the conflict. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: ÒThroughout 2015 Ð the busiest year in ScotlandÕs five-year commemorations programme Ð we will continue to encourage people in all parts of Scotland to join with us to consider the impact of the First World War, which claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Scots and left many more injured or disabled.  ÒAs we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and ANZAC Day, we would encourage those living or visiting Scotland to come along to Edinburgh Castle to reflect on the huge sacrifice made by troops from here and overseas; the impact it had on those left at home and the way it has shaped our country today.Ó   Notes to Editors 1.As a truly national charity and the largest ex service membership charity Legion Scotland works at the heart of the veteransÕ community with around 170 branches, 70 clubs, and over 33,000 members from Lerwick to Dumfries in locations ranging from the capital city to rural villages.  2.Legion Scotland hosts major national events during Remembrance Week in the Capital and hundreds more around Scotland. The charity works with young people to encourage education about remembrance through itÕs national primary schools competition.  3.The Scottish Commemorations Panel was appointed by the Scottish Government in 2013 to recommend a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of World War One.  The Panel was tasked with creating a programme of events that would honour the sacrifice of Scottish servicemen and women, reflect on the global impact on WW1 and on the domestic impact of the war during 1914-1918.  By balancing remembrance with encouraging a spirit of research and inquiry (through education and genealogy), the aim is to leave a lasting legacy.  4.	For more information on 2015 commemoration events visit the website www.ww100Scotland.com  5.	For more information on Legion Scotland visit the website www.legionscotland.org.uk
Ian Domingo, who served 22 years in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, will be going to pay respects to his grandfather, Private Richard Domingo, who was killed at Gallipoli. Ian holds a map of the Gallipoli peninsula.

Ian is going with Andy Middlemiss and a group of 35 including KOSB veterans, current soldiers from its successor battalion in the Royal Regiment of Scotland 1 SCOTS and school pupils, and staff, from Queen Victoria School to Turkey in May, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the battle. The group received funding to support the trip from Legion Scotland’s WWI Commemorations Fund.

Ian, a third generation Borderer whose father also served with 2KOSB in the Far East during WWII said, “I first found out about grandfather when I was waiting on my bride to be in St Mary’s Church, Hawick.  His name is inscribed on the altar commemorating The Great War Dead. I’ve thought of the grandfather I never met more so over the last few years especially as we near the 100th anniversary of his death.”

Andy and Ian meet sisters Ivy and Abby O’Rourke from Sydney in Australia. The service will mark ANZAC Day, the national day of remembrance to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli.

Kevin Gray MM, CEO of Legion Scotland said, ”This is a significant milestone and we hope people from across the United Kingdom and overseas will join us in paying our respects at the Commemoration. The Gallipoli Campaign had a huge impact on Scotland and it’s important that we are able to give up a little bit of our time to remember and pay tribute to those that never returned home, or returned with the visible, and often invisible scars of war.”

The Commemorations event at the Castle will open at 7.45am with the Legion Scotland National Standards marching across the drawbridge. Wreaths will later be laid within the Scottish National War Memorial and on the Esplanade at a replica Stone of Remembrance.

The well known Australian folk singer, Eric Bogle’s ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ will be played. The iconic music describes the experiences of a young Australian soldier at Gallipoli and has been regularly used to commemorate those who served in the conflict.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:

“Throughout 2015 – the busiest year in Scotland’s five-year commemorations programme – we will continue to encourage people in all parts of Scotland to join with us to consider the impact of the First World War, which claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Scots and left many more injured or disabled.

“As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and ANZAC Day, we would encourage those living or visiting Scotland to come along to Edinburgh Castle to reflect on the huge sacrifice made by troops from here and overseas; the impact it had on those left at home and the way it has shaped our country today