An estimated 30,000 Scots fought – around 7,000 died – 100 years ago
Over 1,000 people came together in Dundee this morning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s Battle of Loos campaign.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay and the First Minister joined Scotland in paying tribute to the estimated 30,000 Scots, from all eleven Scottish Infantry Regiments, who fought at Loos in Northern France in 1915.
Dundee’s City Square was transformed into a ‘Cathedral’ with four Ministers representing the Scottish Episcopal, Roman Catholic Church of Scotland, Church of Scotland and the Armed Forces conducting the commemorative service, whilst actress Lesley Mackie and Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin gave readings.
No fewer than 300 veterans and 250 serving soldiers paraded through the city centre to the service in City Square, whilst members of the public came out in droves to pay their respects by lining the parade route.
Wreaths were laid by The Duke of Rothesay, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Lord Provost of Dundee, Councillor Bob Duncan against a replica memorial stone. The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay also unveiled a commemorative plaque in Marryat Hall which will later take permanent place in City Square.
After the service, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon were a shown around a special exhibition created by pupils from Morgan Academy and St John’s RC High School. They also met with Veterans who travelled from all over Scotland to attend the service.