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McCrae's Battalions

poppiesOn Sunday 1st July 2018, a service will be held in St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh to mark the end of the WW1 Centenaries.  Start time is 10.30am for 11.00am.  The attached  poster gives full details of the event and we would encourage you to display this where you can.

The service 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 battalion's momentious Usher Hall recruiting launch in November 1914.

The 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.  More famously they became known as McCrae's Battalion after its charismatic Colonel, Sir George McCrae.  Three quarters of these volunteers were killed, or wounded, near the village of Contalmaison on 1st July 1916 - the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

All are invited to this community event which is being organised by McCrae's Battalion Trust, supported by OASIS (an outreach of St Cuthbert's Church) in partnership with Business Matters and Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland.

Display Space at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral