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The Armistice

Bringing conflict to an end

On 11 November 1918 an armistice between the Allied forces and Germany brought the fighting on the last active front line of the war to a close.

The Battle of the Somme

Lieutenant Percy George Symington

Two war memorials in a church in Troon and a chapel in Musselburgh commemorate one of the more than 19,000 British soldiers who lost their lives on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.


The Sinking of HMS Hampshire and the Kitchener Memorial

The final journey

The Kitchener memorial on the cliffs of Marwick head in Orkney, keeps watch over the grave of more than 600 men who lost their lives on 5 June 1916 when the battle cruiser HMS Hampshire struck a mine and sank in under 20 minutes.

RMS Lusitania and the Titan Crane

RMS Lusitania and the Titan Crane

What is the connection between the famous RMS Lusitania, a merchant vessel torpedoed off the coast of Ireland in WW1, and the Clydebank’s Titan Crane? 

The Gallipoli campaign evacuations

General Henry Sinclair Horne

Learn about General Henry Sinclair Horne and his involvement in the evacuation of troops from the Gallipoli Campaign.

The trenches appear

How trench warfare began on the Western Front

Discover how the initial rush of activity on the Western Front gave way to the challenges of trench warfare.

The Home Front Legacy 1914-18

The Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project

Historic Scotland and RCAHMS are among many partners across the UK who are supporting a new project, titled The Home Front Legacy 1914-18.

What are War Memorials, and how do we look after them?

An introduction to war memorials

This is the first of a series of feature articles that will look into the conservation and maintenance of war memorials, investigating the materials that they are constructed by, how they decay and how they interact with each other.

Castle Knowe practice trenches

Places of WW1: Castle Knowe practice trenches

Across Scotland are the remains of places connected to the First World War. Places used for manufacturing, training, accommodation, transportation, medical treatment and defence. Places where men and women worked and lived, talked, laughed and cried; places where they lived and sometimes where they died. In this series, some of these places and their role in the conflict will be highlighted.