War presentation

Pictured, left to right is Willie, Steve and Brechin Club President Dave Howson. Willie is holding the medals and the Plaque that was given to relatives of all soldiers who were killed in action.
Pictured, left to right is Willie, Steve and Brechin Club President Dave Howson. Willie is holding the medals and the Plaque that was given to relatives of all soldiers who were killed in action.

Former Marine Major Steve Nicoll was invited as guest speaker by Rotary club member Willie Christison.

Steve’s illustrated presentation gave an insight into the life and times of the soldiers of the 1st World War, touching on how it also affected their relatives, friends and neighbours on the home front.

Steve commenced with pictures of Black Watch soldiers posing for the camera at the time of the Boer War.

The regimented line up included a few men from Brechin and he commented that lessons were learnt from the rigid tactics of the South African conflict, but Britain arrived in 1914 with poorly equipped, badly trained, underfunded and unprepared armed forces.

He showed how no street in Brechin was spared from the horrors and consequences of the Great War.

He looked at some of the ways that the war dead are commemorated, firstly here in Brechin and then at the graves and memorials all over the World.

Steve was given a vote of thanks by Dr Charlie Allison.