I’m Dreaming of Home

| December 23, 2017

Greetings Christmas and New Year I can only imagine a group of soldiers at Christmas with their thoughts of home. Glasgow, Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy, Dundee, Kilmarnock, Falkirk, Peebles and others. Though at home they may rise in the morning to different landscapes they are brothers in this trench, this town, this Scotland. To soldiers near and far, […]

Gallantry on the Somme: The 16th at Regina Trench

| October 4, 2016

The 16th Battalion C.E.F. (The Canadian Scottish) Regina Trench Awards The Victoria Cross for Valour 28930 Private (Piper) James Cleland Richardson Died of wounds August 9, 1916. Buried at Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when, prior to attack, he obtained permission from his Commanding Officer to […]

London Scottish Film Stars

| March 5, 2015

Actors and the Great War Seemingly one just has to ferret about the internet and much will be revealed simply by coming up with the right combination of search terms. Recently I was reviewing none other than Basil Rathbone’s Great War service, with the Liverpool Scottish, when I learned of three actors who served during […]

Pipe Major James Groat D.C.M., M.M. and Bar

| January 1, 2013

THE NONCHALANT PIPER The pipers of the 16th Battalion C.E.F. received several awards for gallantry during the Great War. These awards included the posthumous Victoria Cross to Piper James Cleland Richardson as well as seven other pipers being awarded the Military Medal. In addition, Pipe Major James Groat received the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the […]