Brechiners in the forces

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With Armistist Day on the horizon, Brechin Probus Club thought it was appropriate to have former Major Steve Nicoll of the Marine Corps address the members as guest speaker.

Steve, who has been settled in Brechin for the last five years and takes more than a passing interest in the community, was introduced by vice-chairman Hector Masterton.

Steve’s presentation was ‘Brechin at War’ which gave an insight into the contribution young men from Brechin had made in the armed forces during the past hundred years or more.

Steve reflected on the methods and impact of battle in their time.

He made the point for instance that during the Boer war our soldiers embarked for South Africa unprepared.

The Black Watch in particular who were recruited from Angus and Fife featured very strongly in the conflict of the Boer War and the 1914-18 war and his presentation of slides showed Brechiners to the fore.

Many of the members present were in some cases able to recall information that had filtered through their families.

Steve also spent sometime on the formation of Brechins War Memorial in the Public park.