Lord Provost pays tribute to Scots Somme fallen

Lord Provost Donald Wilson represented the City of Edinburgh Council at a special service held in the French village of Contalmaison on 1 July 2012.

The ceremony is one of several held at the Somme but this one in particular commemorates the participation of the 15th and 16th Battalions of The Royal Scots. Centred around a cairn erected in 2004 by the McCrae's Battalion Trust, the ceremony honours those who gave their lives from the two Edinburgh Battalions who took part in the battle on 1 July 1916.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson at ContalmaisonLord Provost Donald Wilson said that it was a poignant and moving experience to participate in these ceremonies.

He said: "The McCrae's and Lord Provost's battalions lost an estimated 500 men on the morning of 1 July 1916, in an assault which stopped just short of Contalmaison. It was a great honour to be able to represent the City as we paid tribute to those who were killed and wounded on that terrible day. A second ceremony which honoured the French fallen added particular significance to the day. The participation and co-operation of the Mayor and people of Contalmaison are greatly appreciated by the people of Edinburgh."

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