WW1 MacCrae’s Battalion Piper Honoured at last

The piper who led the famous McCrae’s Battalion – which included 11 footballers from Hearts, Hibs and more – out of Edinburgh on their way to the Somme in World War 1 was honoured yesterday with a memorial in Edinburgh yesterday. Sergeant William Duguid, who had a long military career, was utilised as a stretcher bearer on the first day of the Somme, where nearly 600 out of the 810 men in the battalion were wounded or killed.

To commemorate this service, the MacCrae’s Battalion Trust yesterday unveiled a memorial stone for him, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Battalion leaving Edinburgh. You can read the full story on the Edinburgh Evening News website here