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Scotland's War

Scotland's War

The Scotland's War project, organised by Edinburgh Historian Yvonne McEwen, aims to honour the sacrifices of the Scottish men and women involved in the War 100 years ago.

A website has been created to host local information, stories and details of commemorative activities within the various Scottish regions.

Information specific to Clackmannanshire is also available.

Clackmannanshire's War

The aim of the project is it to build a picture of the contributions and sacrifices made by the people of Clackmannanshire during WW1 for publication on the Scotland's War website. This can only be achieved by collecting documents of the time, photographs, letters and diaries etc.

Scotland's War Project welcomes contributions from the public, institutions and organisations on any information relating to Clackmannanshire and the Scots in WW1 and its aftermath.

If you have any items or stories you wish to offer please contact us using the details at the foot of this page.

Clackmannanshire's Victoria Cross (VC) Recipients

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories.

The Council would like to acknowledge local recipients of the prestigious Victoria Cross:

Colonel James Lennox Dawson VC
  • (25 December 1891 - 15 February 1967)
  • 23 years old corporal in the 187th Company Corps of Royal Engineers, British Army during WW1
  • VC Citation:
    • On 13 October 1915 at Hohenzollern Redoubt, France, during a gas attack, when the trenches were full of men, Corporal Dawson exposed himself fearlessly to the enemy's fire in order to give directions to his sappers and to clear the infantry out of sections of the trench which were full of gas. Finding three leaking cylinders, he rolled them well away from the trench, again under heavy fire, and then fired rifle bullets into them to let the gas escape. His gallantry undoubtedly saved many men from being gassed.
Captain James Dalglish Pollock VC
  • (3 June 1890 - 10 May 1958)
  • 25 years old corporal in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders during WW1
  • VC Citation:
    • On 27 September 1915 near the Hohenzollern Redoubt, France, at about noon the enemy's bombers in superior numbers were successfully working up "Little Willie" Trench towards the Redoubt. Corporal Pollock, after obtaining permission, got out of the trench alone and walked along the top edge with complete disregard for danger, and compelled the enemy bombers to retire by bombing them from above. He was under heavy machine-gun fire the whole time, but contrived to hold up the progress of the Germans for an hour before he was at length wounded.

You can also refer to our press release dated 28th September 2015 about the unveiling of 2 commemorative paving stones, our flickr page and Facebook article about the event.

Please visit Scotland's War website for further information and more local stories.

For Further Information Contact

Archives and Records Management Officer, Library Services
Speirs Centre, Primrose Place, Alloa, FK10 1AD
Tel: 01259 452272 / 450000