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Kilchoman Military Cemetery Armistice Service

Following on from the centenary of the outbreak of World War One last year, 2015 marks the centenary of a number of major battles in the Great War as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Anyone having clear memories of the conflict will be into their late seventies at the very least.

Islay’s role in the two World Wars is well documented; acting as a custodian to the North Channel, guarding the Atlantic convoys and providing vital radar and communications links for the ships leaving Britain for America. The tragedies around the island’s shores are also well documented; the sinking of the Tuscania and the Otranto, as well as the Sunderland Flying Boat crash at the head of Loch Indaal. All touched Islay directly. Of course, there were many lives lost amongst friends and family of Islay folk in the two World Wars and also in other conflicts around the world, which add a more personal aspect to the sacrifices which people have made for their country. Continue reading

There will be a short service of remembrance on Armistice Day at Kilchoman Military Cemetery on Wednesday 11 November at 11:00hrs, led by the Reverend Valerie Wilson. It is a beautiful and atmospheric place to reflect on the tragedies of the past. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Kilchoman Military Cemetery

Kilchoman Military Cemetery

written by willy inglis and published with kind permission of the ileach

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