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.
Representatives from the U.K, U.S.A., France and Germany today gathered together on the small island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, to remember the island’s contribution to World War One and the loss of two British troop ships carrying American soldiers to fight alongside the Allies.
A Stars and Stripes U.S. flag produced overnight on the island of Islay so that the American soldiers who died after the sinking of the SS Tuscania could be buried with honour under their own flag is making the 3,500 mile journey back to Islay one hundred years on.
The Jellicoe Express, the dedicated railway service established during World War One to transport navy personnel throughout the country, is being commemorated with a programme of plaque-unveilings to coincide with the visit of a steam-hauled train to Scotland.