Celtic Music Radio is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in song.
Presenter Gordon Hotchkiss has started a six-part series of inserts on songs about the War in his weekly “Hotchkiss Hotchpotch” programme on Celtic Music Radio 95 FM at 7.00pm Wednesdays with a repeat the following day, Thursdays at 12noon.
The Great War was one of the most awesome, bitter and ultimately destructive conflicts in Scottish history. It virtually wiped out a generation of young men from all over the country.
The pipers were virtually unarmed and of the 2,500 who served throughout the war almost a half were killed or wounded.
Only two Pipers received VC’s out of the 638 VC’s awarded to British and Commonwealth troops during the war.
A total of 147,609 Scots lost their lives in the four-year-long conflict between 1914 and 1918.
Themortality rate in the war for Scottish troops was over twice that of the rest of the British Army – a horrendous 26.4% compared to 11.8%.
In fact, Scotland suffered the third highest percentage casualty rate of all the counties who fought in the war, only Turkey and Serbia had higher percentage casualty rates.
These statistics fail to grasp the impact the war had on Scotland but it is shown in different aspects in a legacy of both Traditional and Contemporary songs, music and poetry which will be featured in the programme.