The weekend of 11 and 12 November saw the first tranche of trees being planted for the WW100 Commemorative Woodland. Almost 1,400 trees were planted this weekend by around 100 volunteers. The planting took place opposite the War Memorial near Bruichladdich, at the Coultorsay Road End. The wood will be a fitting tribute to all the men and women who left our communities from 1914 and also the American servicemen and crew from the SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto who were buried on Islay almost 100 years ago. This project is supported by the Woodlands Trust Scotland, Bruichladdich Distillery, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Islay Energy Community Benefit Fund.
Over 30 locations have been selected for inclusion in the WW100 Trail across Islay and Jura. On the trail will be locations and buildings which played a role or are connected with WW1 across the two islands. These will be marked by bronze plaques the design of which is progressing with the key aims of simplicity, durability and elegance emphasising our intention of ‘Remembrance and Reconciliation’. The Trail will also be supported by a guide book and website which will include work by each of the schools.
Your Help is Needed
The Museum of Islay Life is creating a number of banners which will be displayed across the islands next year. These will include the stories of Islay and Jura men who went to war. This is where we need your help. Do you have any photographs or objects from the Great War that could be used in these displays? If so please phone the Museum on 01496 850358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And, we are still looking for nominations to represent the Islay and Jura communities at the ceremonies at the American Monument and Port Ellen on 4 May next year. Please email your nominations to email@example.com
New WW100 Website
We have made a start with the WW100 website, which is now online. The site has historic articles and a list of the key events taking place this and next year. More info will be added soon. The address of the new site is: https://ww100islay.com