Remembering the dead of both nations

1513 Club ex-standard bearers lay sprigs of heather at Flodden monument
1513 Club ex-standard bearers lay sprigs of heather at Flodden monument

Coldstream 1513 Club made their annual pilgrimage to Flodden war memorial last Friday, to mark the 503rd anniversary of the battle.

The standard bearer was John Abercrombie and the Borderers’ Return banner was carried by Lawrence Marshall of Hawick.

Flodden 1513 Club commemorate the Battle of Flodden

Flodden 1513 Club commemorate the Battle of Flodden

Dedications to the Border Men Who Fell and King James IV were carried out respectively by Eric Hislop and Peter Scott both of the Selkirk Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association.

The Battle of Flodden, which took place on September 9, 1513, near Branxton in Northumberland during the reign of Henry VIII, was the largest to be fought between England and Scotland and resulted in a decisive English victory.

Scotland lost its king and most of its noblemen and it is said that every great family in Scotland mourned the loss of someone at the Battle of Flodden.

On Saturday evening at the annual Flodden 1513 Club commemorative dinner in the British Legion, guests heard from a quartet of excellent speakers, all named John - John Nichol (Toast to James IV), John Marjoribanks (Toast to the Border Men who Fell) and John Tait (Toast to the 1513 club).

On Sunday, Coldstream was represented at a memorial church service at Branxton when Josh Kerr and his family was involved in the service conducted by Rev Rob Kelsey and the laying of a wreath at the monument on Piper’s Hill.