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Battle of Arras Commemoration 9 April 2017

The 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of Arras, was commemorated at a service in the Memorial on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Scotland had the highest concentration of Scottish troops fighting in a single battle during World War One. The average daily casualty rate was 4,076, which was higher than that at The Somme or the Third Battle of Ypres.

Of the approximate total 159,000 casualties, around a third were Scottish and of those Scots injured an estimated 18,000 lost their lives – the equivalent population of a Scottish town such as Dumbarton, Peterhead or St Andrews, or the capacity of Hearts’ ground at Tynecastle.