Highland Games

Highland Games

On Good Friday and Easter Monday 1915, the Territorials enjoyed a respite from the usual military routine. The Bedford Borough Recreation Committee had organised the Highland Games for the officers and men.

The local population took great interest with this event being unique in the county. The soldiers of the different battalions showed their enthusiasm by the number of them who entered the competition. Over 1,400 entries were received and more than 9,000 soldiers and 5,000 civilians were spectators.

There were running and jumping events alongside the heavy events such as tossing the caber. There were also the piping and dancing competitions. The event took place on Bedford Grammar School’s playing field. The winning team with the highest number of points was the 8th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Prize giving at the Highland Games - image courtesy of Bedforshire Archives Service.