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Events this Week in Scottish History
One of a million
Centenary candles lit at "Lights
Out" for the million British
and Colonial fallen of the Great War at 2200 hrs on 4th August
2014 and extinguished at 2300 hrs, the hour war was
declared in 1914.
Added to the page dedicated to Major Jimmy Howe OBE which starts
with his recollections of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots (The
Royal Regiment) in action in May 1940 culminating in the
successful defence of the corridor that led to Dunkirk at Le
Paradis: A 1996 interview with Major James Howe with Les
Back (Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of
London) and a 1943 broadcast of Dance Music by Jimmy's Dance
Orchestra from Stalag 8B on repatriation with wounded Prisoners
80th Anniversary of The Royal Scots Defence of the : The Battle
of Le Paradis
This year is the 80th
Anniversary of the Battle of Le Paradis where The Royals Scots
and The Royal Norfolks, ordered to hold the canal line to the
last round and the last man, to protect the BEF's corridor to
Dunkirk did just that.
RS373, The Team tasked with recording memories of the Regiment
of the 20th and 21st Centuries of the Regiment's 373
uninterrupted years of service until the merger of all the
Scottish Regiments in 2006 hosted an online Commemoration of the
80th Anniversary on Tuesday 26th May 2020.
Veterans of The Royal
Scots (The Royal Regiment) at the Centenary Cenotaph Parade
The Route taken by and
1st Battalion, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
10th - 27th May 1940
From Phoney War Position at Lecelles to the Battle of Wavre
on the Dyle, the Battle of the Escaut at Calonne and on to the
final Battle at Paradis on the line of La Bassée Canal, holding
the Dunkirk Perimeter with The Royal Norfolks to allow the
Evacuation to take Place...More
Visit to St-Genesius-Rode
CWGC July 2018
Piper Stevenson, fallen
14th May 1940 at the Battle of Wavre on the R. Dyle, War Grave
14 km south of Brussels.
8th Battalion The Royal
Scots, Le Paradis, April 1918
It is a sad
irony that the very ground that was fought over by the 1st Royal
Scots and 2nd Royal Norfolks in May 1940 had been fought over by
the 8th Royal Scots in April 1918...More
2018 Commemoration Le
WWI and WWII Site Visits
New Paradis Website
Le Paradis site produced by Royal Norfolks Survivor's son,
Le Paradis Details
locations and contemporary photos.
2017 Visit to Le Paradis
(1940) and WWI Sites (1917), Centenary
Remembrance for 2nd Lt
Morris Attached Royal Flying Corps (k.i.a. May 1917)
11th Company "George
Garland" Valparaíso Chile
New Book on
(Highland Division) at Saint-Valéry-en-Caux
Stewart Mitchell, a
researcher at The Gordon Highlanders Museum has completed 5
years of research and his book on The Gordon Highlanders at
has now been published. This deals not only with the battle and
the Gordons part with the 51st (Highland) Division but also
covers their time as prisoners of war.
Le Paradis 2016 and
visit to WWI Sites, May 2016
The Heroes of St Valéry:
4th Cameron Highlanders in
Stalag Luft VIIIB/334 Lamsdorf on Keith Neven's Facebook Page
Burns Night 2016
75th Anniversary of the
Defence of the Dunkirk Perimeter 1940/2015
Burn's Night 2014
New Page: "What Islam
did for Us" and the Alhambra, Granada
Tim Wallace-Murphy's book and the genius of the Alhambra
New Link: Scots
"Scots is spoken throughout Scotland from
Shetland to Galloway and Aberdeen to Glasgow.
Use this site to find out more about the history of Scots and to
meet the people that speak it today.
Explore, Scots song, poetry, read our blogs and find out more
about the origins of Scots."
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Campaign for the Real Reel of the 51st
The dance based around the Saltire, Scotland's Flag, and created
by the Highland Division, whose sacrifice in France in 1940 it
commemorates, is being danced incorrectly by many today, unaware
of its significance.
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"Carpe Diem" - Seize the Day
10 Reasons to make the most of what we have, and do
something while we can. Who knows what tomorrow may bring ?
Photographs © Iain
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