The Battle of Arras Commemoration

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The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Arras will take place on Sunday 9th April 2017. The battle was significant for Scottish Regiments with 44 Battalions taking part alongside 7 Scottish named Canadian Battalions. Thus, the commemoration is one of the priorities for the World War One Scottish Commemorations Panel. Plans are evolving for the national focus for the commemoration which will take place in the French Town of Arras but in addition to the main event there will be a Battle of Arras Commemoration held at Edinburgh Castle.

Very warm welcomes will be extended to all those descendants and members of Regimental and Tri-Service Associations in both France and Scotland who wish to participate. More detail will follow in due course but the timetable for each event is outlined below. Given the large anticipated number of Canadians making their way to Vimy Ridge and Arras, along with an expected number of New Zealanders and Australians and South Africans, it is recommended that those wishing to attend Arras 100 on Sunday 9 April 2017 should make their accommodation and transport arrangements in early

City of Arras, France

Sun 9th April 6.30am International Commemoration led by the City of Arras at Carriere Wellington/Wellington Tunnels

9.30am Scottish representative Commemoration Service in Faubourg d’Amiens CWGC Cemetery, led by The Rt Revd Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

11.00am Formation and unveiling of a giant international Poppy in Place des Héros in Arras

3.00pm (tbc) Canadian commemorations at Vimy Ridge

6.30pm (tbc) Beating Retreat by The Pipes & Drums and Military Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland accompanied by the Battle of the Somme Pipe Band and (tbc) Pipers and Drummers of antecedent Canadian Scottish Regiments and (tbc) the Pipes & Drums of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Edinburgh Castle

Sat 8th April TBC Battle of Arras Presentation. Location to be confirmed.

Sun 9th April 12.30pm Rehearsals for all participants in the Beating Retreat incl Standard Bearers and Bands. Potentially conducted in Redford Barracks

6.00pm Battle of Arras Commemoration Service. Permission has been requested for use of the SNWM

7.00pm Beating Retreat with Regimental and Tri-Service Associations Standard Bearers. Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

8.00pm Battle of Arras Reception. Permission requested for use of Edinburgh Castle.

Further information can be obtained from: –
Stephen Elliot, Head of Events and Liaison, Legion Scotland – s.elliot@legionscotland.org.uk

Comments

  1. John McMunigal

    James McMunigal was my great-uncle. His brother Benjamin was my grandfather. Although not able to attend the 100th ceremony of his death I did visit his grave several years ago. I will be thinking of his, and his comrades, sacrifice on the 9th April. I would be interested to hear back from any other relative.

  2. Philip Cairney.

    Pte Peter Cairney No 28887, 1st battalion, was wounded at we think the second battle of Ypres before being sent to Salonika. Entering that theatre of war 19/8/15. We are unable to find out any more and would be very grateful if you could help us in any way.
    Yours faithfully,
    Philip Cairney, his youngest son.

  3. John McCafferty

    MY UNCLE JAMES MCMUNIGAL WAS KILLED IN THE BATTLE OF ARRAS ON 9TH APRIL 1917.
    HE WAS A PRIVATE; HIS SERVICE NO WAS 2898.HE IS BURIED IN ROCLINCOURT Valley Cemetry, near Arras.
    Has there been any arrangements made for relatives attending the commemorations in Arras on 9th april ?.
    Regards, John McCafferty.

    1. GORDON BENSON

      SO good to see another family member at Roclincourt valley cemetery .My name is Gordon Benson and I am named after my grandad his grave isD9 if my memory is correct ,I will be there on that day and if you are going over I would like to meet you.By any chance is your relative in the first row inside the gate as we just missed them on the 90th year,Hoping to hear from you.

  4. Ian Grant

    My grandfather, Captain Thomas Brydone, Royal Scots, was wounded at Arras on 11 April. He was mentioned in a dispatch on 9 April. We have his diaries of that time. I would be interested in more details of the commemorations, as I would like to be present at that time.

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