The Royal Scots Regimental Trust is marking the centenary of the end of the First World War with a new and unique online facility covering all Royal Scots who died in WWI. Descendants of those men and other researchers will be able to access the list, which is believed to be the first to be compiled on a regimental basis, via the Trust’s website.
Among the 11,313 Royal Scots killed during WWI was Lieutenant GM Thompson, the first British officer to die in action in the war. He was killed on 22 August 1914 in West Africa where he was commanding a small group of local soldiers against German forces in Togoland.
The Regiment served in most of the campaigns of the First World War, from the Western Front to Bulgaria. William Paulin was among the last casualties of the war, killed on Armistice Day 1918 in Flanders. The Regiment saw active service into 1919 against the Bolsheviks in Russia. Over 100,000 men served with the Regiment, and with some 40,000 being wounded, the total casualty list exceeded 50%. Six VCs were awarded to members of the Regiment – amazingly, four of the recipients survived the war.
Colonel Martin Gibson said: “We are immensely proud of the Regiment’s record in the First World War, and hope that this unique list of those Royal Scots who died will help their descendants and others who want to find out about them and enable all visitors to remember their sacrifice, as well as enabling an enduring legacy as we approach the centenary of Armistice Day 1918.”
Trevor Royle commented: The First World War changed for ever the way we viewed armed conflict and those who did the fighting. The survivors were promised “a world fit for heroes”; those less fortunate were “the glorious dead”; those whose bodies were never traced were soldiers “known unto God”. One hundred years later it is fitting that the people of Scotland should pause and remember them and the events which shaped their lives in a mood of contemplation, profound gratitude and commemoration. Once again in the regiment’s long history The Royal Scots are taking the lead by making sure that the legacy of their fallen comrades is never forgotten.
Colonel Martin Gibson 07798 877073 Press Office 07768 812620
On Friday morning 17th August there will be three photo shoots that will include Living History re-enactors representing most RS battalions with diced glengarries, Queens Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers with rifle green glengarries and Dandy Ninth with Hunting Stuart kilt.
Timing locations are as follows:
- 0830 Royal Scots Museum, The Castle, Edinburgh.
- L/Cpl James Fleming’s nephew Jim Fleming, himself a veteran, is representing the Fleming family and will be available for interview.
- 1030 Hearts War Memorial Clock, Haymarket, Edinburgh.
- Wreath laying with Hearts football players in attendance
- 1130 The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
- Wreath laying
Website addresses: http://www.theroyalscots.co.uk/
In 2006 The Royal Regiment of Scotland was formed from its predecessor Scottish Infantry Regiments; after 373 years of unbroken service The Royal Scots left the British Army’s order of battle.
Details of the Regiment’s Battle Honours and Gallantry awards will be available. The centenary of Private Hugh McIver VC MM*’s winning the VC will be commemorated at Linwood on 23 August.
The Regiment is grateful to the Scottish National War Memorial for allowing the posting of The Roll of Honour.
The project has been developed in partnership with the Computer Science Department, University of St Andrews.
Trevor Royle is a member of the Scottish Government’s Advisory Panel for Centenary Commemoration of World War 1, and the author of The Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War.