The 1914 Christmas Truce

Ploegsteert Wood by Evelyn McKechnie The war that was to be ‘over for Christmas’, was not over by December 1914. The soldiers who joined up believing that, were now sitting in trenches hundreds of miles from home looking up into a bleak and cold sky. In fact, the Great War dragged on until November 1918.Continue reading “The 1914 Christmas Truce”

Glasgow Housewife’s three-year campaign to honour the Great War soldiers of Lyon Street

‘The soldiers are not gone if they are remembered‘ by Evelyn McKechnie Back in 2007, I was extremely fortunate to meet Glasgow housewife and mother of three, Liz Cree. I still remember her infectious, bubbling enthusiasm about her quest of remembrance. She had been on the hunt for three years to trace a missing RollContinue reading “Glasgow Housewife’s three-year campaign to honour the Great War soldiers of Lyon Street”

The sacrifice of Glasgow’s volunteers in World War One

‘Lest We Forget’ by Evelyn McKechnie When the First World War broke out in 1914, Glasgow volunteers queued up in their thousands to join, and those working on the Glasgow trams were eagerly first in line.  In the first 14 months of the war, over 10,000 tram workers had become soldiers, part of Kitchener’s NewContinue reading “The sacrifice of Glasgow’s volunteers in World War One”


Frontline History By Evelyn McKechnie On the 1st July 2008, on the anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, a new museum was inaugurated at Auchonvillers in France and it just keeps getting better and better. This museum is dedicated not only to the history of the Great War but alsoContinue reading “AUCHONVILLERS ON THE SOMME”

The unique history of the Corps of Commissionaires

The legacy of the oldest security firm in the world by Evelyn McKechnie The Corps of Commissionaire has a unique place in British history concerning the employment of injured soldiers. It achieved long term goals and invoked wider debate regarding the employment of disabled veterans and the responsibility of the state, paving the way forContinue reading “The unique history of the Corps of Commissionaires”

Arras – The Forgotten Battlefields of the Artois

by Evelyn McKechnie This area of France is sometimes known as the ‘forgotten battlefields’ because Flanders and the Somme get more battlefield visitors, yet it is here on the Arras front that has over 150 British cemeteries, which bear testament to the huge losses. It is also where you can see some of the mostContinue reading “Arras – The Forgotten Battlefields of the Artois”

The Animals’ War, 1914 – 1918

‘They had no choice’ by Evelyn McKechnie The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated –  Mohandas Gandhi Peronne, a lovely town on the Somme in France, with ancient ramparts and lagoon, played host to an excellent exhibition on animals in the Great War aContinue reading “The Animals’ War, 1914 – 1918”

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”

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”