24 October 2016
Stuart Roberts, Director within our project & cost management discipline proudly attended a Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme yesterday (Sunday 23rd October) at Bothwell Parish Church, Lanarkshire.
The Service of Commemoration was arranged under the auspices of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Lanarkshire and ‘SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity’ and conducted by The Reverend James M Gibson, TD – Minister of Bothwell and Chaplain in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen and Member of the Chapel Royal.
The service was held on behalf of the people of Lanarkshire to remember the courage and the sacrifice of those on all side. Various dignitaries representing Lanarkshire and the Lothians, veterans and members of the Armed Forces attended. Stuart who retired from the Army in 2014, attended in his capacity as a Deputy Lieutenant for Lanarkshire and at the request of SSAFA, and by permission of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, read ‘A Soldier’s Prayer of Commitment’ during the service. After the service, he met with members of the 6th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Army Cadet Force and SSAFA.
The Battle of the Somme was one of the costliest battles of World War 1. Allied casualties totalled almost 620,000 with over 146,000 killed or missing. There were as many as 600,000 German casualties with 164,000 killed or missing. Of the allied casualties, a total of 1060 soldiers from 78 towns and villages in Lanarkshire gave their lives during the Battle.
Bothwell Church is the oldest collegiate church in Scotland in which worship is held. Tradition has it, that a shrine was erected on the site of the church by Kentigern as he travelled south to Wales in 587 AD and it is recorded that a stone ecclesiastical edifice stood on the site during the 8th Century. Throughout its history, the church at Bothwell has been a sacred place in which Scotland’s royal family have worshipped and married.