Stuart and Beryl from Scotland
Stuart and Beryl from Islay, Scotland read the inscription on the monument silently:
“This column marks the battlefield where 18,000 Canadians on the British left withstood the first German gas attacks the 22-24 April 1915 – 2,000 fell and lie buried nearby.”
“So many young men died. It is hard to understand,” Beryl says looking up the white granite column in front of her.
Islay, the Scottish west coast island that both Stuart and Beryl come from, lost over 200 men in the Great War. Most of them served with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders as well as with the Marines. Stuart has written a book, "These Men are Worth Your Tears", about the First World War and the fate of the island men. With his book he wants to help readers, especially those with island connections, to understand what their families went through in leaving a tiny peaceful island and finding themselves in the horrors of the Western Front.
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Story created on 21 March, 2016