by John Giles. Inaugurated 11th November 1980.
Registered as Charity No 298365
to the Homepage of the Scotland (North) Branch of The Western Front
members are drawn from the Scottish mainland and islands north of
Perth. We hold regular meetings where our guest speakers tell us
of different aspects of the Great War. The meetings are held on
Saturday afternoons in 'The Gallery' at the Elgin Public Library.
All are welcome, entrance is free, but there is a collection for
branch funds. Refreshments are also available.
From our part of Scotland came some of the most famous Scottish
Regiments to serve in the Great War, such as the Cameron Highlanders,
Gordon Higlanders and Seaforth Highlanders - they all fought valiantly,
and suffered very high casualty rates, as is witnessed by the long
lists of names on every local War Memorial.
As members of The Western Front Association our aim is to further
the cause of remembrance of all those who fought in the Great War,
and to ensure that they and their deeds are not forgotten.
Scots have a long tradition of military service, and in 1914 many
were serving in the regular battalions of the various Highland regiments.
Large numbers also served locally with the Territorials, a large
majority of whom subsequently volunteered to serve overseas. The
Territorial Highland Division was renamed the 51st (Highland) Division
after its arrival in France in May 1915, and went on to gain a reputation
as one of the best divisions in the BEF. Many early wartime volunteers
also flocked to join the newly formed 'Kitchener' battalions, and
served in the 9th (Scottish) and 15th (Scottish) Divisions - and
both of these divisions earned the highest praise for their service
on the Western Front. Although a high percentage of Scots from the
Highlands served in these infantry units, many other men from the
area joined and served with great distinction in the different arms
of the Army, the Royal Navy and the RFC/RAF.
find out more about the Scotland (North) Branch please contact :-
Bird, Branch Chairman.