Borderers set to mark centenary of World War I

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. World War 1. Pictured in the trenches of the First World War
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. World War 1. Pictured in the trenches of the First World War

A series of eight events across Scotland are planned to mark the anniversary of World War 1, and Borderers are being invited to the first of these at Edinburgh Castle.

The special multi-faith drumhead service, to remember the exceptional sacrifice made by those who endured the First World War, takes place on the castle’s esplanade on Sunday, August 10, and will replicate services held on the front line 100 years ago when soldiers piled up drums instead of an altar.

The First Minister of Scotland, the Tri-Service Chiefs in Scotland and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh are inviting community councils across Scotland to nominate up to four people from their community to attend the service.

Communities are advised to put forward those who have a link to WW1, veterans from WW2, those who look after local war memorials, and a community council representative. Once names have been put forward a list will be drawn up from which 114 people will be chosen.

The military, veterans groups, charities and civic leaders will also be present at the event.

Following the service, military bands will parade down the Royal Mile and the congregation will follow in a procession to Holyrood Park where they will find a replica Commonwealth war graves cemetery.

More than 100 headstones will represent the names recorded in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial.

Among those invited are Scottish Borders Council convener, Graham Garvie, and the council’s veterans champion, Mid Berwickshire Councillor John Greenwell.

Mr Greenwell said: “As the armed forces and veterans champion at SBC I am delighted that such an event is taking place at Edinburgh Castle.

“I know that many Borderers have been nominated to go and I hope that they are successful.

“The Borders military family, whether they are serving or are ex-servicemen/women puts in a lot of hard work to ensure the wellbeing of our veterans and their families so I hope that this work is rewarded by a large representation from the Borders.”

Other services in the series of World War commemorations include the start and end of the war, battles such as Jutland and Gallipoli and domestic incidents.