Out Of The Blue
Posted on March 22, 2015
I have been working with two wonderful organisations Citizen Curator and Out Of The Blue arts centre to curate a community response to the Gretna Rail Disaster for their Gretna 100 project funded by HLF.
7 researchers have chosen 7 men of the 1/7th Battalion Royal Scots. The men marched out of the Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street on May 1st 1915. They were off to advanced training in Falkirk. Three weeks later they left Lambert Station to travel to Liverpool and on to Gallipoli.
We have been uncovering local stories from families and relatives of those who survived or died at Quintinshill near Gretna in the worst rail disaster in Britain on 22nd May 1915. Each group member has chosen one of 7 soldiers, sometimes family members, to tell the story of the Leith Battalion and how the local community was devastated by the loss of husbands and sons at both Gretna and Gallipoli.
We have laughed and we have cried but above all we have shared something of their experience and discovered what a thriving place Leith was a hundred years ago.