The men behind the memorials

An exhibition detailing life in South Queensferry during World War I will open this weekend (Saturday 26 March).

Housed in the City of Edinburgh Council’s free-to-visit Queensferry Museum, the display from the Queensferry History Group will portray trench warfare, the mighty Jutland sea battle and life in the Royal Borough between 1914-1918.

Maps will show where some of the 103 war dead from Queensferry and Dalmeny lived and the battlefields where many of them died. One panel will tell the story of the bloody battle of the Somme, and another the lives of local women during the home front. 

Featuring medals, uniforms, photographs and memorabilia, the ‘Queensferry at War’ exhibition also sets out to describe the Battle of Jutland where over 250 ships of the British and German navies clashed. 

A spokesman for the History Group said: “We hope children in particular will visit the Museum and get to know the men from Queensferry who went to war and never returned. Using seldom-seen photos, the exhibition will give visitors a feel for the town during the four-year war as a place for off-duty sailors to relax and where casualties from Jutland were treated at Butlaw hospital adjoining Port Edgar."

Ward Councillor Norman Work said: “Like many Scottish towns and communities during the First World War, Queensferry suffered from a terrible loss of life. The names of the sons, fathers, brothers and neighbours who tragically never returned have been immortalised thanks to Queensferry’s war memorials, but this exhibition remembers the men behind the names.

"Their medals and photographs, which have been lovingly passed from one generation to another, have been carefully displayed by the history group. It is fantastic to have their research chronicled in our museum. It is free to visit and a timely reminder of the Royal Borough’s war history ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland this May.”

The exhibition is funded by the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership.

The 'Queensferry at War' exhibition will be open for six months including the anniversary commemorations for the Battle of Jutland in May. Opening hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am - 1pm and 2.15pm - 5pm,  Sunday 12pm - 5pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

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