Click here to view the four banners in more detail: WW100 Scottish Memorials in France and Belgium Maps Pop-up Banners
Across Flanders and France there are many proud and touching memorials to Scots who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Many of these memorials stand in the killing fields that were once the bloody battlegrounds for the Somme, Arras (in France) and Passchendaele/Ypres (in Belgium) campaigns.
As you can see from the photo above Banners 1 and 2 pinpoint the geographical location of these memorials together with photographs of each memorial and QR codes to encourage you to find out more about each of the Scots battalions and regiments who are remembered.
We hope our four pop-up banner exhibition (together with our accompanying booklets which you can order for free from Poppyscotland) will help to deepen your knowledge of the Scots who fought with such bravery, selflessness and courage in these hellish ‘no-man’s lands’ and perhaps even assist with helping you to plan your own visit to Europe to see them. As Norman Drummond, Chair of the WW100 Scottish Commemorations Panel said ‘We must learn from what happened, we want to honour our forebears, and most importantly, we must continue to talk about it.’
Finding the memorials
The map shows the general location on the Western Front of the memorials for Scottish regiments or battalions. If the memorial is in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery then that website will give you directions www.cwgc.org
For other memorials and for road maps you could use an online map such as ViaMichelin.
What the memorials commemorate?
The descriptions of the memorials in this list are designed to give you a brief outline of what and who is being commemorated. By using the QR code provided you will be taken to a website that will tell you a bit more. Don’t forget there are likely to be many more websites in various formats that will provide similar information and by doing a simple search you may find one that is more suitable for your interest.
Are there other memorials?
Well, there probably are. So if you know of a memorial to Scots who fell in World War One that is not mentioned here then please tell us. Put ‘Memorial Map’ into the subject field of your e-mail and send details to: firstname.lastname@example.org