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£9.99On 31st December 1918, His Majesty's Yacht Iolaire sailed from Kyle of Lochalsh for Stornoway,bearing home to the Hebrides nearly 300 naval veterans of the Great War.
She never made it. At two in the morning, she ran aground by the very mouth of Stornoway harbour, and over 200 men drowned in what remains Britain's biggest peacetime disaster at sea since the loss of the Titanic - devastating the Isle of Lewis and scarring a generation.
Acclaimed journalist John MacLeod examines the events of that dreadful night and uncover a story not only of official incompetence, error and neglect but also of individual heroism and the resilience and faith of a remarkable people.Maximum quantity exceededMinimum purchase amount of 0 is required2 Left in Stock
£9.99'Padre McShane says the reason I was not given a Brigade was for being so outspoken at Loos. He said that if that were so, I wear the invisible cross of military glory.'
Colonel Graham Chaplin, commander of 1st Cameronians, wrote to his wife from the trenches almost daily. These personal and loving letters give a rare insight into the mind of a serving officer, his concern for the progress of the war and his anxiety at the growing list of friends dead or wounded.
Most of all, these letters reveal the truth of his fellow officers, and respected and trusted by his men, wasn't promoted out of the trenches until September 1917 - making him the Western Front's longest serving frontline infantry officer.Maximum quantity exceededMinimum purchase amount of 0 is required1 Left in Stock
£9.99Twin brothers fighting in the same Highland regiment at the beginning of the Second World War are torn apart in battle and afterwards experience two radically different wars. Their stories unfold against the background of a typical Scottish Lowland family history. '',,, I had come to learn how my ancestors had fared: specifically, those on the Scottish side of my mother's family,,, the drift from the land, the search for alternative employment , including the soldiering tradition, and the dreadful conditions they endured at work and at home, this is their story.''Maximum quantity exceededMinimum purchase amount of 0 is required4 Left in Stock