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Hmac Loos Fund Raising Walk


BCram

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Frontline Walk

http://fundraising.soldierscharity.org/hmacfrontline

Dear Friends

On the 7th to 11th October I will take part in The Frontline Walk, a unique and poignant challenge which means walking along 100km of the Western Front, starting at the Lochnagar Crater, and finishing at the Menin Gate with the Ceremony of the Last Post.

On day 2 of the walk we will pass Loos, a name etched in the collective memory of my home city, Dundee, for all the wrong reasons.

The Battle of Loos was one of the largest British battles of the First World War. It took place in 1915 on the Western Front, as Allied forces attempted to break through the German lines. It was one of the few battles that all Scottish infantry regiments fought in and the casualties were significant. With around 30,000 Scots serving at Loos, its effect was felt throughout the country and of the 21,000 British soldiers killed at Loos, more than 7,000 were soldiers from almost every town and village in Scotland.

Never before had so many Scottish soldiers been in the field at the same time.

The city of Dundee was particularly affected. When “Dundee’s Ownâ€, the 4th Black Watch Battalion arrived in France in February 1915 the strength was 900. By the time the order came to go ‘over the top’ at Loos, its numbers had already fallen to just 423 fighting men.
At Loos the beleaguered 4th Battalion suffered horrific losses. 19 of the 20 officers and 230 of the 420 men who took part in the attack were killed or wounded in that first day of battle.

I will walk to remember all of the fallen from all nationalities in what was a futile war, but at Loos I will remember my fellow Dundonians most.

If you can take the time please visit my fundraising page where every £1 can make a difference to today’s soldiers and their families.

Thankyou

Harry

http://fundraising.soldierscharity.org/hmacfrontline

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