Legion plea for memories of World War One


Legion Scotland has made an appeal for details about those who saw action at Jutland and the Somme.

It forms part of the charity’s Voices of Veterans campaign which aims to preserve stories of military life to be passed down through generations. The Battle of Jutland, on May 31, 1916, was the biggest naval battle in the war with more than 6,000 British and 2,500 German casualties.

Events will take place primarily on Orkney, as the Fleet was anchored at Scapa Flow before engaging the Germans off Denmark.

The Battle of the Somme, which began on July 1, was one of the most significant of the war. More than a million were killed or wounded as the Allies tried to break through the German lines in France.

Legion Scotland’s chief executive, Kevin Gray, said: “We felt it was only right to encourage people to come forward and share the stories their fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers may have passed on.”

For more information, see www.legionscotland.org.uk