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Hundreds gather at Contalmaison

1st July 2014

Over 400 people gather in Contalmaison today to remember McCrae's Battalion.

A crowd of more than 400 gathered this morning in Contalmaison to remember 16th Royal Scots, the famous McCrae's Battalion that featured so many players and supporters from Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

July 1 was the blackest day of the British Army's history. 20,000 died in one morning, 40,000 were injured and the McCrae's in the thick of it, making it far in the assault as Contalmaison but at terrible cost.

Now, every July 1 their sacrifice is remembered and the friendship between Scotland & France, and between Edinburgh & Contalmaison, is strengthened.

This year's ceremony saw 40 Air cadets from Falkirk, a Colour Party from the Royal Scots Association, Ministers, MSPs, Provosts & Councillors from across Scotland & France, representatives from Hearts (including club historian David Speed, trustee of McCrae's and legend John Robertson, McCrae's Battalion Trusts Ambassador. Tom Purdie is the hon. President).

This year saw Raith Rovers, Falkirk, Hibs and Dunfermline all represented, for this was a Sportsman's Battalion featuring more than just Hearts. Schools were represented from as far as Falkirk & West Calder.

Hearts supporters groups were represented by Shareholders Association, Prestonpans, Livingston, Orwell, and York Hearts, the Foundation of Hearts and the Supporters Trust, JambosKickback, Friends of the Hearts Great War Memorial and the Willie Bauld.

Pictures courtesy of Iain McGill

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