Royal Scots Regiment Roll of Honour published online to mark First World War anniversary

By Rosemary Collins, 24 August 2018 - 11:11am

The Royal Scots Regimental Trust has published the names of all 11,313 men who died in the war in a searchable online database

James Fleming Royal Scots Regiment First World War
The Royal Scots Regimental Trust laid a wreath at Hearts War Memorial Clock in Haymarket, Edinburgh on 17 August 2018 (Credit: Royal Scots Regimental Trust)

The names of men who were killed in the First World War while fighting in the Royal Scots Regiment are now available to search online as the Royal Scots Regimental Trust announced the release of its Roll of Honour.

The Roll, which is believed to be the first compiled online on a regimental basis, lists 11,313 names, along with each soldier's rank, service number, place of birth, battalion, date of death and page on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

The database, which was launched ahead of the centenary of the end of the First World War, is free to search, and the Trust will undertake further research on the men who served, including veterans, for £25 each.

Colonel Martin Gibson of the Royal Scots Regimental Museum and Heritage said: "We are immensely proud of the Regiment's record in the First World War, and hope that this unique list of those Royal Scots who died will help their descendants and others who want to find out about them and enable all visitors to remember their sacrifice, as well as enabling an enduring legacy as we approach the centenary of Armistice Day 1918."

The Roll of Honour also includes an interactive map showing where the men, who came from across Britain and Ireland, were born.

Members of the Royal Scots were killed fighting in most major campaigns of the First World War, including the Western Front, Bulgaria and West Africa, as well as the war against the Bolsheviks in Russia in 1919.

Over 100,000 men served with the Regiment, with around 40,000 being wounded, creating a total casualty rate of over 50%. Six Victoria Crosses were awarded to members of the Regiment, four of whom survived the war.

Among the casualties is Lieutenant GM Thompson, the first British officer to die in action in the war, who was killed on 22 August 1914 in West Africa.

The Regiment was formed in 1633 and continued to serve until 2006, when it became part of the Royal Scots Borderers.

The Roll of Honour was developed in partnership with the Computer Science Department, University of St Andrews.

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