HRH The Prince Charles, Lord of the Isles and the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon will be present at a commemoration to remember the tragic sinking of HMY Iolaire, which hit ‘The Beasts of Holm’ rocks, around 20 yards from Stornoway’s coastline as it brought men home from World War One. Of around 300 on board, over 200 men from Lewis and Harris perished along with the crew.
Over 1,000 people, including members of the public, WW1 descendants and dignitaries, attended a multi-generational Service at 4pm in Glasgow Cathedral today to mark the 100th anniversary of the First Armistice.
The names of all those who died serving on behalf of Scotland in the First World War will be projected onto the Scottish Parliament building on Sunday 11 November 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
Descendants of four brothers who died during World War One, including William Herbert Anderson who was awarded the Victoria Cross, today came together to launch the commemoration in Scotland that will mark the 100th anniversary of the First Armistice.
The centenary of the end of the First World War will be marked by an exhibition on the history and significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance at the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle.
Following his reflections on commemorative events of 2017, Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE, Chair of the Scottish Commemorations Panel and WW100 Scotland, looks ahead through the 2018 programme.
On Friday 7 April 2017, 72 history pupils representing each local authority in Scotland departed for France to participate in Scotland’s international Battle of Arras commemorations.
On Sunday 9 April, hundreds of people turned out to the WW100 Scotland Service at Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery in Arras, France to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Arras.
A three generation party based on the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) Association have just returned from a pilgrimage to commemorate the centenary of one of the most tragic battles of World War One.
Chair of the Scottish Commemorations Panel, Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE, was honoured to deliver The University of Edinburgh’s Mountbatten Lecture 2016 in April. Each year, an expert on defence-related matters is invited to speak to staff, students and the wider public, with previous speakers including astronaut Neil Armstrong and NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. A transcript of Professor Drummond’s address follows.
Local residents and visitors to Fife, Edinburgh and The Lothians are being urged to get along to South Queensferry this Saturday 28 May for a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the First World War. Read more
Members of the public can now apply for tickets to attend a vigil commemorating the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916, taking place at the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle on the evening of Thursday 30 June.
Local school children from South Queensferry High School joined Royal Navy veterans and Queensferry & District Sea Cadets today (Tuesday, May 10), to mark 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, and launch the national commemorations for World War One’s biggest naval battle.
Chair of the Scottish Commemorations Panel, Norman Drummond CBE, FRSE, reflects on commemorations in 2015 and looks ahead to the coming year.
WWI commemorations in Scotland will continue in 2016 with events to mark the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme.
The British Embassy in Serbia has partnered up with the Serbia Post to launch a series of stamps commemorating five Scottish heroines of WW1.
The Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth will be the first place in Scotland to host Poppies: Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper.
A national event fronted by TV star Lorraine Kelly is among a series of commemorative events happening in Dundee over the weekend of 25 – 27 September to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Loos.
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.