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Falkirk pupils take part in Battle of Somme memorial event

St Mungo's pupils Jennifer Elliot (left) and Amy Hamilton journeyed to France with Provost Pat Reid
Picture: Michael Gillen

St Mungo's pupils Jennifer Elliot (left) and Amy Hamilton journeyed to France with Provost Pat Reid Picture: Michael Gillen

 

Two schoolgirls from Falkirk are taking part in a moving ceremony to mark the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Amy Hamilton and Jennifer Elliot, both 16, travelled to France with Provost Pat Reid to lay a wreath at the Contalmaison Cairn.

It commemorates the losses suffered by McCrae’s Battalion, members of the 16th Royal Scots, which was mainly made up with footballers, including Falkirk and Hearts.

On July 1, 1916 over 20,000 British soldiers died in the first morning of the bloody battle with another 40,000 injured.

Today’s commemoration event marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, the formation of McCrae’s Battalion and the enlistment of the football players – many of whom didn’t return from the trenches.

 

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