Airdrie's Worst Day

Airdrie's Worst Day

Sixty Airdrie men were killed or died as a result of wounds received at the Battle of Loos.

This figure represented over 11% of the Burgh’s total 518 war dead.

At Loos, all sixty of these Airdrie men were killed in less than two days.

By comparison, only six Airdrie men were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The Airdrie men killed at Loos covered all levels of society and ranged in age from 19 to 42. It was reputed that almost every family in town was affected in some way.

It was a story repeated in towns all over Lanarkshire, as local families suffered the consequences of what was for many the first, and last, battle of the Great War.

Airdrie's Cenotaph, in the heart of the town.
Airdrie's Cenotaph, in the heart of the town.