The anniversary of the Battle of Loos takes place this week, marking 100 years since the costly battle in which Scottish infantry battalions made up half of the British assault force.
One of the key personal stories featured in the Next of Kin touring exhibition is that of George Buchanan, who was killed on the first day of the battle, 25 September 1915, aged 27. He was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, and was a railway platelayer by trade. He enlisted as a volunteer in 1914 and served with 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.
He kept in touch with his sister and mother in Portobello, Midlothian. On display is an embroidered postcard and letter sent to his sister concerning family news and the cold weather. Written on 11 September…
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