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community events

Sunday1 July 2018
WW1 Commemoration Service for McCrae's Battalion

A Community Service Organised by McCrae's Battalion Trust and supported by OASIS in partnership with business matters and Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland

hosted by: St Cuthbert's


Venue and time:

St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road. 11am to 12 noon

It will commemorate the sacrifice made by men from the City of Edinburgh and surrounding towns who volunteered to join the 16th Royal Scots at the battalions momentus Ushed Hall recruiting launch in November 1914. This battalion was also known as 'The Sporting Battalion' as a result of the much publicised enlistment of players from Heart of Midlothian and other football teams, and (more famously) as 'McCrae's Battalion' after its charismatic Colonel, Sir George McCrae. Three quarters of these volunteers were killed or wounded near the cillage of Contalmaison on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Before the service begins you will be able to view the first footage from the morning's Remembrance event in Contalmaison. At the end of the service, a poppy wreath in memory of those who died will be uplifted and piped out of the church. Those attending the service are invited to follow the wreath-bearer and piper up Lothian Road to the McCrae Battalion plaque on the steps of the Usher Hall in McCrae's Place where the wreath will be placed and dedicated.

This Act of Remembrance at the Usher Hall will occur annually in years to come on the Sunday nearest to 1 July.

You are subsequently invited to return to the Lindisfarne Room of St Cuthbert's (at approximately 1pm) for refreshments and another chance to view footage of the Remembrance Ceremony held in Contalmaison earlier that morning. The Report and photos of the 2016 Service held in St Cuthbert's can be viewed here.

All are welcome to this community event.

Poster: Click here for A4 poster which we invite you to print and pass to your friends to encourage them to come along.
Retiring collection: There will be a retiring collection for McCrae's Battalion Trust.