Scotland's War Feature

Gallipoli Landings at Cape Helles
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

  • Monday, 24 May, 1915

    Armistice called at Gallipoli to bury the dead. Details   

  • Sunday, 23 May, 1915

    Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary. Details

  • Sunday, 16 May, 1915

    ...to 23 June 1915. Battle of Konary. Details      

  • Saturday, 15 May, 1915

    ...to 25 May 1915. Battle of Festubert. Details

  • Wednesday, 12 May, 1915

    Windhoek, capital of German South-West Africa, is occupied by South African troops. Details

National News


An edited version of this article, written by Yvonne McEwen, Scotland's War Project Director, appeared in The Scotsman newspaper on 22 May