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Educationalists in the trenches are overruled by PR-led general staff

Educationalists in the trenches are overruled by PR-led general staff

In recent years, school trips to Auschwitz and the battlefields of the 1914-18 War have become common. They provide an unrivalled opportunity for young people to understand the march of history far more tangibly manner than text books or teacher-talk. They offer a unique perspective on the […]

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Soldier Ancestor

Soldier Ancestor

My grandfather, like myself and my father, Alexander Wood, died when I was an infant. I easily traced his vital records but apart from these and a few of my father’s tales, I knew little about him.  He was born on 30th July 1893 in Rose Street, […]

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The eleventh hour: why I wear my poppy, and not my CND badge, this day

The eleventh hour: why I wear my poppy, and not my CND badge, this day

As a young man I wore my CND badge, rather than a poppy, on Armistice Day. For very different reasons, my father, a regular soldier from July 1939 until 1946, also avoided both poppies and Armistice Day: ‘I don’t need a special day, I remember my pals […]

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Hamish Henderson: the man who escaped Scottish Calvinism Review

Hamish Henderson: the man who escaped Scottish Calvinism  Review

Volume I of Timothy Neat’s Hamish Henderson, a Biography (Polygon Books, 375 pp, £25.00), explores the early life of Hamish Henderson, the poet, folk-lorist, soldier, communist and nationalist, one of contemporary Scotland’s most dazzling intellectual stars.  Henderson was born in 1919, the illegitimate son of a respectable […]

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THE MP’s SECRET Respect Your Ancestors – But Don’t Always Believe Them

In the early twentieth century, Sir George McCrae was one of Edinburgh’s elite.  Born in Aberdeen, he moved as a child to Edinburgh where he was raised by his uncle, John Buchan.  He left school aged ten to work as a message boy but shortly afterwards was […]

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MILITARY RECORDS AS GENEALOGICAL EVIDENCE: Robert Taylor, MM and Bar – a Soldier’s Tale

A student in my genealogy class brought me a set of military papers relating to her great-uncle.  She was keen to decipher the story they told. She knew Robert Taylor had served with the Gordon Highlanders in World War II, had been decorated and been killed in […]

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