Commemorating Islay’s story of WW1 and the incredible events of 1918

Commemorating Islay’s story of WW1 and the incredible events of 1918

Commemorating Islay’s story of WW1 and the incredible events of 1918

Commemorating Islay’s story of WW1 and the incredible events of 1918

Islay will be hosting one of the major commemorations in Scotland for World War 1 in May 2018 as part of the wider WW100 Scotland commemorations. Islay and Jura lost over 200 of their own men on the battlefields and seas of WW1. In 1918 the war arrived directly on the shores of Islay. The torpedoing of the troopship SS Tuscania and the collision of HMS Otranto with another vessel in her convoy resulted in the deaths of over 500, mainly American, servicemen. The people of Islay rose to the challenge of these two events in an inspirational way.
One hundred years on these events will be remembered and those involved honoured.

Key Dates WW100 Events

11 & 12th November 2017

Planting of WW100 Commemorative Woodland

5th February 2018

Service of Remembrance for the loss of SS Tuscania

Easter 2018

Launch of WW100 Islay Trail

4th May 2018

International Service of Remembrance SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto, and Islay men

24th August 2018

Plaque laying for David Lowe MacIntyre VC

September 2018

Islay Book Festival

6th October 2018

Service of Remembrance for the loss of HMS Otranto

11th November 2018

Armistice Day

“In chosen ground on Islay’s shore those gallant men are laid
And by the kindly Highland folk their lonely graves were made.
When tales are told of other days and sorrows that have been
May we then tell theirs and keep their memory green.”
(Anon)*