Visiting the Somme?
If you’re planning a visit to the Somme area, why not have a look at Maison Lavande, in Morval? The peaceful hamlet of Morval lies in the Somme region of northern France. It's tiny - only 81 inhabitants, so peaceful seclusion is never a problem. It's also within easy reach of the Channel ports and central France. And it's home to Maison Lavande - the perfect holiday home for up to six people. The cottage is new to the holiday rental market, has just been renovated and contains everything you need in your home from home!
Enjoy some WW1 humour?
If you have an ebook reader, you can download a free copy of Fragments from France from Project Gutenberg, and enjoy the trench humour of Bruce Bairnsfather. Captain Bairnsfather spent some time in the Ypres Salient, as he said, “looking up at Messines Ridge”. His cartoons created humour from some horrible aspects of trench life, and as such were hugely popular with the troops. He is credited with having a real empathy with the guys on the front, and with making a major contribution to raising morale.
Visit the Scottish National War Memorial
The Scottish National War Memorial commemorates nearly 150,000 Scottish casualties. The Memorial is to be found in Crown Square at the very top of the rock on which Edinburgh Castle stands. In 1927 the architect Sir Robert Lorimer and two hundred Scottish artists and craftsmen created a serene Hall Of Honour and Shrine where the names of the dead are contained in books that are on permanent display.
The Memorial is open to the public, free of charge on application to the Castle Ticket Office.
Behind the Parapet
'Behind the Parapet' is the newsletter of the Scottish branches of the Western Front Association. In addition to the branch programmes for 2013, there is also a range of interesting articles relating to aspects of the Great War.
Click here to download the March 2013 issue.