Angus Highlight

Angus Highlight

Brechin Territorials leaving on 6 August 1916
Most Angus soldiers served in France and Belgium.

Tens of thousands of men and women from the Angus area served in the armed forces during the First World War. Before the British Expeditionary Force had even left for France reservists had rejoined their regiments, Territorials had taken up their war stations and Lord Kitchener’s appeal for volunteers had seen men queuing round the block at recruiting offices. Most Angus soldiers served in France and Belgium. Others served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine against the Ottoman Turks. Other men fought against the Turks in Mesopotamia (Iraq) and the Bulgarians in Salonika (Greece). Hundreds of women from the Angus area served as nurses and volunteers behind the lines on other fronts too. Many men who had left home to find work overseas before 1914 joined up. They served in the armies and navies of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Many of those serving in South African forces took part in campaigns against the German Colonies in Africa as well as fighting on the Western Front.