Scots in Great War London

Ten organisations, including churches, charities, clubs and societies, as well as British Army regiments, each with their own focus and with Great War stories to tell, have come together this year to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, to honour the role that Scots played in the war effort in London.

With HRH The Princess Royal as its patron, the group is presenting a commemorative book  with chapters written by each of the ten organisations, entitled Scots in Great War London: A Community at Home and on the Front Line 1914-1919. Published by Helion, The book was edited by Paul McFarland with Hugh Pym and has a Foreword by HRH The Princess Royal. In addition, a series of events will reveal the breadth of experience of Scots in London during the Great War.

Other highlights include a lecture, a theatrical production, a commemorative rugby fixture and a ceilidh. There will also be special Remembrance Sunday services on 11 November. This initiative remembers the conflict as well as the effect it had on those who went away to fight and those who remained at home to help.

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, St Columba’s is exhibiting art installations by Scottish artist Gael Robertson with an accompanying soundscape by Duncan Lang. In the chapels of St Columba’s their works offer a thought-provoking and profound space to reflect on the life of the congregation 100 years ago and to affirm the enduring nature of love and faith during the Great War.

“Naming the Beloved” is at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street from 4-12 November.
The display will be open every day from 10.00am until 4.00pm including Saturday and Remembrance Day on Sunday.

Order your copy of Scots in Great War London: A Community at Home and on the Front Line 1914-1919 here