Armistice 100: Gordon Highlanders to be remembered in Chievres

Fallen Gordon Highlanders will be remembered in Chievres
Fallen Gordon Highlanders will be remembered in Chievres

Seventy members of the Gordon Highlanders Regimental Association from branches around Scotland will march through Chievres, Belgium on Sunday, November 18 to remember those lost in World War One.

At the end of World War One, the 5th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders, liberated the town of Chievres, Belgium on the 11th November 1918 and were given a great welcome from the townsfolk.

A week later the Regiment returned and presented their regimental flag as a gift to the people and in return the Gordons were presented with the key to the town, which to this day is on display in the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.

The 5th Gordons who were recruited mainly from the North East of Scotland and the town of Ellon was later twinned with Chievres with streets being named in memory of the affiliation.

One hundred years on and Chievres has never forgot the regiments contribution and last year members of the Chievres council contacted the headquarters to arrange a centenary remembrance of that union.

As a result, 70 members of the Gordon Highlanders Regimental Association from branches around the north east and Edinburgh are gathering to march through Chievres to remember those that have fallen. The Association will be supported by the Aberdeen University Officer Training Corps Pipe Band (AUOTC).

The Regimental association will present the town with a new Regimental flag during the visit, a blessing and unveiling of a statue to mark the occasion and exchanges of gifts also will take place later in the day the AUOTC Pipe Band will beat retreat on the town square.

Over the course of five days the Gordon Highlanders Regimental Associations will pay their respects at many memorials including Thiepval, Arras, Tyne Cot as well as attending the Menin Gate Ceremony.

During the course of World War One 29,000 Gordon Highlanders were killed or injured.

The Gordon Highlanders were an infantry regiment which serving from 1794 until 1994 when they amalgamated with the Queens Own Highlanders and re-named The Highlanders, they are now The 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.