Lest we Forget. The Battle of the Somme and the Kirkcudbright men who fell

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France. It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

Private Samuel Rae
Private Samuel Rae

Private Samuel Rae, 1/5th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers was 27 years of age when he was killed on 1st July 1916. He was a clever boy who had been Dux at the Academy then graduating from Edinburgh University in 1912 Having completed a teacher training course, he had only been a few months at Tiree High School when he was called up.

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Chairman’s Report 2016

I am most grateful to members for their continued support of the Society and especially to the committee for their efforts in bringing the annual programme of lectures to fruition. In particular, Marion Garroch deserves commendation for taking over the duties as our Secretary from her long-serving predecessor, Helen Bowick. I am delighted Helen has continued with an active role in the Society looking after, and enhancing, the website. The club remains in a healthy financial position thanks to the diligence of Treasurer Donald Cowell. Thanks also to David Collin for producing the striking posters, to Ron McHugh for helping to provide an audio system, which has been particularly beneficial, to David Devereux for running the magazine library and to Tania Gardener and Margaret Scott for providing refreshments and all-round assistance.

We have had a most enjoyable and informative series of lectures and I am very grateful to Donald Cowell for writing up articles for the Galloway News and other publications, such as History Scotland, which gives us national coverage. Thanks are also due to Donald for lending us the use of his audio visual equipment for our speakers. Your committee has decided to investigate the possibility of the Society purchasing its own equipment.

Although our website www.kirkcudbrighthistorysociety.org.uk gives us an excellent vehicle for publicising our programme, events and activities as well as a worldwide presence, it is in need of some re-design and this will be taken forward with a change of webmaster. We are grateful to Glen Murray for his past efforts in getting the website up and running.

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Annual Report 2015

Reports of the meetings can be found in the Features section

I am most grateful to members for their continued support of the Society and especially to the committee for their efforts in bringing the annual programme of lectures to fruition. Our wonderful, long-serving, Secretary Helen Bowick has continued to guide the Society with a steady and competent hand in what will be her last year in post. We are greatly indebted to Helen for all her efforts over the years and hope she will stay actively involved with the Society’s activities. The club remains in a healthy financial position thanks to the diligence of Treasurer Donald Cowell. Thanks also to David Collin for producing the striking posters, to Ron McHugh for helping to provide an audio system and to David Devereux for running the magazine library.

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