Scotland's War Feature

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Voluntary Aid Nurses (VAD) in auxilary hospitals
Scotland's National War Memorial

Scotland's War

Scots had been dying in wars and conflicts for centuries but the Great War was one of the most awful, bitter and destructive conflicts for the Scottish nation. It virtually wiped out a generation of young men.

It has been said that more Scots died per head of population than any of the other parts of the United Kingdom.

Timeline of World War I

  • Saturday, 29 April, 1916

    British forces under siege at Kut surrender to the Ottomans. First siege of Kut ends. Details

  • Thursday, 27 April, 1916

    ...to 29 April 1916. Gas attack at Hulluch. Details

  • Sunday, 23 April, 1916

    Easter Rising by Irish rebels against Great Britain. Details

  • Tuesday, 21 March, 1916

    ...to 5 April 1918. First phase of the Spring Offensive, Operation Michael (also known as Second Battle of the Somme). The Germans obtain a Pyrrhic victory. Details

  • Saturday, 18 March, 1916

    ...to 14 April 1916. Lake Naroch Offensive. Details

National News

Scotland's War News

We hope to add to our understanding of how the First World War altered and shaped people, families, and communities.

National Events

Next of Kin: Scottish Families and the Great War exhibition

1914 brought war to Scotland on what would prove to be an unprecedented scale.