Scottish War Blinded Members to Visit World War One Battlefields

Posted: 12/05/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members will visit the World War One battlefields this week as part of the charity’s centenary programme of events.

Members will visit the sites where, one hundred years ago, the first gas attacks were launched during the 2nd Battle of Ypres in 1915.

Scottish War Blinded members visit World War One BattlefieldsVisiting the sites will provide members with an opportunity to reflect on the horror allied soldiers faced during gas attacks and the reason Scottish War Blinded was established to support the blinded survivors returning to Scotland.

The tour will include visits to the In Flanders Fields and Passchendaele museums as well as the Scottish National Monument and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Members will also have the opportunity to visit Commonwealth War Cemeteries and attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate to pay their respects to all who lost their lives during World War One through the laying of a Scottish War Blinded centenary wreath.

Scottish War Blinded member Rev. Dr. Bill Mackie will produce an audio diary, sharing both his and other member's personal thoughts and reflections during the tour, which takes place from 13-17 May 2015.

Rev. Dr. Mackie said:

"As a member Scottish War Blinded setting off on this year's Battlefields Tour, I am not sure what to expect as this is my first time on such a tour. I have been asked to keep an audio diary of the trip to allow our experiences to be shared with those who have not been able to join us on this Centenary trip."

Scottish War Blinded member Derek McDonald will be part of the touring group keen to re-trace the footsteps of his Grandfather, Lance Corproral Alexander McDonald, who earned the Military Medal serving on the Western Front in 1917.

Mr McDonald said:

This is a trip I had always planned to make and, thanks to Scottish War Blinded, I will be able to perhaps understand what my grandfather went through in the Great War. I am very much looking forward to the tour.”