Forgotten Fronts: Scottish Experiences of the First World War, 1914-1918

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The centenary of the Great War focused the nation’s attention on the conflict but there is still a tendency to concentrate on events in France and Flanders. The
Somme and Passchendaele are name familiar to most Britons and to an extent have become synonymous with Britain’s experience of the First World War. This course will consider some of the lesser known and often overlooked aspects of the War. From the experience of Scottish Yeomen at the Dardanelles to Elsie Inglis’ Scottish Women’s Hospital, the course will use contemporary accounts and images to shed light on some of Scotland’s ‘Forgotten Fronts’.

Week 1: Scotland’s Great War, 1914-18
Week 2: ‘The ceaseless struggle between Briton and Turk’: The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry at Gallipoli
Week 3: ‘My good lady, go home and sit still’: The Scottish Women’s Hospital, 1914-19
Week 4: ‘With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia’: The Black Watch in Iraq, 1916-17
Week 5: ‘Fife Canadian Reported Missing’: The Scottish Diaspora, 1914-18
Week 6: ‘Dinna Forget Your Ain Folk!’: Supporting the War Effort
Week 7: ‘One quarter of a loaf per day’: The Experiences of Scottish Prisoners of War
Week 8: ‘More or less alive … half dead, upon the dole’: The Experiences of Black Watch Veterans of the Great War
Period22 Jan 202018 Mar 2020
Held atSt Andrews Open Association, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal