As the Centenary of the Armistice approaches, it is still not possible to get agreement on the exact number of Scottish casualties suffered during the First World War but the available regimental and municipal figures suggest that the total is probably higher than the contemporaneous tally of 100,000.
The Scottish National War Memorial was built with money given by the people of Scotland to commemorate those who fell in the Great War. It is a monument to the nation’s grief and the names of all the known Scottish casualties of the war are listed, but it is also a monument to the nation’s hope that the terrible sacrifice was not in vain and that peace would subsequently prevail.
Come along to hear thoughts on how Scotland commemorates the fallen of the First World War and reflect on the meaning of remembrance.
This event is part of a series of events remembering the Great War. Information about the series, including a small exhibition, is available here.
Dr Alison Elliot OBE FRSE, General Secretary, RSE
Professor J Duncan Macmillan FRSE
Trevor Royle FRSE
Major General Mark Strudwick CBE KStJ