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McCrae’s Battalion News and Events

Current News

On these pages you’ll find updates on the most recent McCrae’s Battalion Trust news and events.

From the installation of the ‘Fifth Plaque’ to the latest information on our annual pilgrimage, this is where we’ll post it.

If you have any stories that you think we should feature here, please don’t hesitate to make contact.

July 1st 2021 – Contalmaison

July 1st 2021 – Contalmaison Please find photographs from the 1st Jul 2021 in Contalmaison. McCraes Battalion Trust wreath laid at the Cairn by Ed Llewellyn FCDO in the company of Maire Jocelyn Gougeon #lestweforget: And videos from Contalmaison using the following links: https://youtu.be/9CphSwKOCEU https://youtu.be/jKEE3Mc5e3E https://youtu.be/8mt4sQW49jY

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July 1st 2021

As we are again unable to travel to France for our July 1st commemorations due to covid restrictions; we laid a wreath outside the Usher Hall on McCrae’s Place at 7.30am to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. See the following link for […]

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Update on July 2021 Pilgrimage

Update on July 2021 Pilgrimage It is with profound regret that McCrae’s Battalion Trust announces the cancellation of the 2021 pilgrimage to Contalmaison. With the situation remaining uncertain, and especially since much of France remains closed, curfewed or difficult to access, to undertake complex logistic arrangements at this moment […]

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History of Poppy

History of the Poppy We are all very used to wearing the Poppy at this time of year to remember and commemorate the fallen. This year is the 90th anniversary of Poppy Scotland, so Jack Alexander has put together the story of its humble beginnings and importantly the […]

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Chairman Update Oct 2020

Chairman’s Update October 2020 I hope you’re all bearing up By now you’ve probably seen our announcement about the cancellation of our Royal Scots commemorative lunch for this year. We are all disappointed but it’s sadly in keeping with the strange times we are living through. As […]

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104th Anniversary of the First Day of Battle of the Somme

Please see a historic update on a Friendship Agreement between Edinburgh and Contalmaison Friendship Agreement Sadly we are not in France this year for the 1st July ceremony of remembrance but we have not forgotten – 1 July 2020 – Part 2

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Remembering Lt Col. Gary Tait MBE

Remembering Lt Col Gary Tait MBE On this day we mark with great sadness the anniversary of the passing of our friend, Lt Col Gary Tait MBE, former Chairman of McCrae’s Battalion Trust, an irreplaceable loss. Gary’s distinguished career and consummate abilities were almost eclipsed by his […]

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St Cuthberts VE Day Commemoration

St Cuthbert’s Church VE Day Commemoration McCrae’s Battalion Trust would like to share the Dedication of WWII Roll of Honour book and Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of VE Day performed by Rev Peter Sutton of St Cuthberts Church, who is also the Padre of McCrae’s Battalion Trust.

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McCrae’s Battalion Trust – Cancellation of 2020 Pilgrimage to Contalmaison

CONTALMAISON 2019 PILGRIMAGE – CANCELLED We are all aware of the ongoing and rapidly changing Corona Virus situation, in the interest of everyone’s health and well-being MBT has reluctantly decided that it would not be appropriate to go ahead with this years pilgrimage to France. For all […]

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Memorial Bench Fundraising Update

Memorial Bench Fundraising Update McCrae’s Battalion Trust launched a crowd funding page on Sunday 22nd February 2020, with the aim of raising £2000 towards a wooden bench and transportation to Contalmaison, France, in memory of Lt Col Gary Tait MBE and Patricia Leroy. We were absolutely overwhelmed […]

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