As our series of excerpts from The Courier’s book A Scottish soldier’s story continues, we look at the Battle of the Somme. Early on the morning of July 1 1916, whistles were blown to signal the start of the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. Men across Courier Country made the ultimate sacrifice.
On the morning of September 25 1915, long lines of khaki-clad British infantry advanced on heavily defended German positions in and around Loos, a small coalmining town in the heart of the industrial area of north-east France, says Dr Derek Patrick, University of St Andrews.
In our second excerpt from The Courier’s book The Scottish Soldier’s Story, we learn how Pte William Manson endured the bleakest hardship after being captured during the first Battle of Ypres.
As the centenary of Armistice Day 1918 approaches, we will take a look over the next week at real-life accounts of some of the soldiers who gave their all in the First World War, recorded in The Courier’s special commemorative book The Scottish Soldier’s Story.
THERE WASN’T much scope for George Lowden when he opened for business in Dundee in the 1840s as an optician and maker of instruments. Scientists elsewhere had been inspired by the presence of a comet and eclipse in the Scottish skies in 1737. But recalling his own early days, Lowden noted: “For a few years I had a hard pull to live, besides having to teach Dundee what scientific instruments were, and how to use even such a simple apparatus as a thermometer.”
Passchendaele: ‘the whole of the battle area is a veritable quagmire’.
It’s not every day you’re in a room with items as diverse as a stuffed walrus with foot-long tusks, a doll’s house from 1928 and an ornate case for an Egyptian mummy.
In his natty red neckerchief and blue jacket, Bernie McConnell looks every inch the jolly Jack Tar as he stows away mooring ropes on the deck of Reaper.
If you’ve been in Dundee lately you’ve probably spotted the blue and white flag proudly flying from the top of DC Thomson’s refurbished Meadowside building. One of the oldest flags in the maritime world, it represents an era of history that began in the 19th Century and is still remembered today.
As International Museum Day approaches on May 18, here are three great places to visit in Dundee