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Battle of Loos commemorations in Dundee

Posted  23 September 2015 in News  
By Kate Clements
Battle of Loos, 25 September, 1915. Ruined buildings in a street in Loos, 30 September, 1915. © IWM (Q 28986)

The centenary of the Battle of Loos will be marked in Dundee with commemorations attended by members of the Royal Family.

HRH the Prince of Wales, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and the Scottish First Minister will attend national commemorative events in the city to mark 100 years since the First World War battle. An estimated 30,000 Scots from all Scottish Infantry Regiments fought at Loos on the Western Front in September 1915.

Attending the commemorative service on Saturday 26 September in Dundee’s City Square will be particularly poignant for The Prince of Wales. His Royal Highness is Royal Colonel of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, which suffered significant losses at Loos. He is also Royal Colonel of 51st Highland, 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, whose antecedents include battalions from several regiments that fought at Loos. The Prince’s great uncle, brother of the Queen Mother – Captain the Honourable Fergus Bowes-Lyon – died in the battle.

Over 1,000 people are expected to attend the service at 12 noon which will be preceded by a parade of around 250 members of the current armed services and 300 veterans. Taking place in City Square, the service will include four ministers from Dundee representing the Scottish Episcopal, Roman Catholic Church of Scotland, Church of Scotland and the Chaplain General to the Armed Forces. Actress Lesley Mackie will perform readings.

Veterans from The Black Watch, Scots Guards, Royal Scots, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, Queen’s Own Highlanders, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Gordon Highlanders and others will be on parade. Alongside them will be serving personnel from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and local Army units in Dundee. The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will be on parade, along with the Regimental Mascot.

Members of the public are invited to line the parade route and watch the service on a large screen on the High Street. A limited number of tickets for City Square will be made available to the public.

The service and parade form part of a weekend of national commemorations in Dundee. Tickets are available and further information can be found online.

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