Passchendaele Scottish Centenary Commemorations
Former Glasgow Rangers player Jimmy Speirs is among the thousands of Scots who never returned from Passchendaele. Known as the 'Third Ypres' it was one of the bloodiest battles of the Great War. His face is fronting the Passchendaele Scottish Centenary Commemorations remembering Scots who never returned.
Together with a number of partners, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, in Belgium, is organising 'The Long Road to Passchendaele', a commemorative weekend for people of Scottish origin with links to Passchendaele, as well as to the 1st South African Brigade, part of the 9th Scottish Division, and all the non- Scots serving in Scottish formations.
A highlight of the main ceremony on 19 August 2017 will be the unveiling of a number of life-size steel silhouettes, representing Scottish soldiers marching to Passchendaele. They will be part of an extension of the Scottish Memorial at Frezenburg. The silhouettes will represent Scottish soldiers, including Jimmy Speirs.
More information on the wider project to extend the existing Scottish Memorial can be found here http://www.longroadtopasschendaele.be/centenary-memorial-project/
More information on Jimmy Speirs can be found here http://jimmy-speirs.co.uk/13005.html