28 September 2015
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay joined over 1,000 people in Dundee to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War’s Battle of Loos.
It is estimated that 30,000 Scots fought and around 7,000 died during the battle.
Dundee’s City Square was transformed into a ‘Cathedral’ with four Ministers representing the Scottish Episcopal, Roman Catholic Church of Scotland, Church of Scotland and the Armed Forces conducting the commemorative service, whilst actress Lesley Mackie and Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin gave readings.
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No fewer than 300 veterans and 250 serving soldiers paraded through the city centre to the service, whilst members of the public came out in droves to pay their respects by lining the parade route.
Wreaths were laid by The Duke of Rothesay, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Lord Provost of Dundee, Councillor Bob Duncan against a replica memorial stone. The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay also unveiled a commemorative plaque in Marryat Hall which will later take permanent place in City Square.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
Scottish losses at Loos were so devastating that no part of the country was unaffected. Battalions from every Scottish regiment fought and endured unprecedented losses, and we come together today to recognise the extraordinary sacrifices these men made. We come together to ensure their legacy lives on, and to ensure our country never forgets.”
Soldiers parade through the streets of Dundee this morning marking the start of the Battle of Loos 100 years ago. pic.twitter.com/0dsqdaUlMg
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