Archaeologists looking for war poet Wilfred Owens’s trench dugout on the Somme found the remains of three fallen soldiers.

By Evelyn McKechnie So what happens to the missing when they are found, and should we go looking for them? The woman gently held the poppy petals clasped in her hand and waited. She was judging the direction of the wind which was blowing across the peaceful, rolling landscape of the Somme. When she releasedContinue reading “Archaeologists looking for war poet Wilfred Owens’s trench dugout on the Somme found the remains of three fallen soldiers.”

The tragedy of the HMY ‘Iolaire’ 1.1.1919

‘Whisper its name‘ by Evelyn McKechnie If you visit any of the small cemeteries scattered along the landscape Harris and Lewis, there is a date on many Commonwealth Grave headstones – 1st January 1919. That is how I found out about the sinking of the Iolaire, I had never known about it before. During myContinue reading “The tragedy of the HMY ‘Iolaire’ 1.1.1919”

“If they remember the bagpiper, they won’t forget those whose served and fell on the beaches”

PIPERS IN BATTLE Bill Millin – Normandy by Evelyn McKechnie On the 8th June 2013, a piper memorial was unveiled on Sword Beach in Normandy. It is in honour of the world-famous Scottish piper, Bill Millin, who piped soldiers ashore on D-Day, 6th June 1944. He was born in Shettleston in the East End ofContinue reading ““If they remember the bagpiper, they won’t forget those whose served and fell on the beaches””

History Timeline of the Parkhead Forge, Glasgow

‘Transport is the Thing’ – Sir William Beardmore By Evelyn McKechnie I grew up in Parkhead, and the Forge was the main employer for the East End of Glasgow and beyond. My father worked there, my uncle and so many thousands of others, and when it closed in the early 1980s, the heart and soulContinue reading “History Timeline of the Parkhead Forge, Glasgow”