Linlithgow memorial evenings recall the sacrifice at Passchendaele

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A commemoration of the local legacy of the Great War battles of Arras and Passchendaele is to be staged in Linlithgow’s St Michael’s Parish Church on November 10 and 11.

It will acknowledge the drastic effect these disastrous actions had on West Lothian towns and village communities, which suffered horrific losses.

Passchendaele in particular saw the deployment of even more Scottish troops than was usual, including Canadian units and Scots regiments raised elsewhere in the UK.

Many Scots who died trying to breach the German lines, and whose bodies were never identified, have their names inscribed inside the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Written and narrated by Bruce Jamieson, the St Michael’s events are on November 10 an 11 at 7.30pm in the church, with tickets priced £10 or (children) £5.

They are available from Far From the Madding Crowd bookshop.

The evenings will feature the Linlithgow Male Voice Choir, soprano Sarah Gillan and organist Andrew Sutherland.

The commemoration is sponsored by the Society of Friends of St Michael’s, to mark the 775th anniversary of the consecration of the Church and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Society.