Larbert remembrance service for Quintinshill rail disaster centenary

Firefighters dampen down the remains of one of the wrecked trains at Quintinshill in 1915
Firefighters dampen down the remains of one of the wrecked trains at Quintinshill in 1915
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The 100th anniversary of the worst rail disaster in UK history will be remembered in Larbert on Thursday as part of a three-day series of events.

A procession involving the military, community groups and local schools will take place on May 21 to commemorate the crash at Quintinshill, near Gretna, that left an estimated 226 people dead.

The majority of those killed were soldiers travelling on a Larbert to Liverpool service, drawn largely from the 1/7th (Leith) Battalion, the Royal Scots.

The regiment had been camped at the Tryst, Stenhousemuir, for several weeks and was travelling to Liverpool docks en route to the front line in Turkey.

The disaster occurred at 6.50 a.m. on May 22, 1915, when the troop train travelling from Larbert collided with a local passenger service.

The procession will leave Larbert Old Parish Church at 6.40 p.m. and assemble at the car park at Larbert station for the service at 7 p.m.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The Falkirk Herald will publish an in-depth feature on the disaster and its anniversary on Thursday.