McCrae's Battalion Trust

The ‘Contalmaison Cairn’ is the most ambitious battalion memorial to be built on the Western Front since the 1920s.

Operating as usual

18/01/2024

Sent to us this morning by the mayor of Contalmaison. C'est magnifique
♥️

MBT 2024 Pilgrimage to Contalmaison - McCraes Battalion Trust 15/12/2023

McCrae's Battalion Trust are pleased to announce the itinerary for the 2024 Pilgrimage to Contalmaison.

mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk/mbt-2024-pilgr…

2024 is also the 20th anniversary of the construction & unveiling of the Cairn in Contalmaison, so sure to be a poignant trip as always.

Please click the link for details of how to register interest if you haven't done so already.

MBT 2024 Pilgrimage to Contalmaison - McCraes Battalion Trust MBT 2024 Pilgrimage to Contalmaison The Trust are pleased to announce the Itinerary for the 2024 Pilgrimage to Contalmaison. Please see details of the itinerary HERE. As always, the numbers are limited, due to Hotel, Ferry and Bus limitations and indeed we already have note of a

AGM Calling Notice - McCraes Battalion Trust 21/11/2023

Members of MBT should have now received their calling notice for the AGM - see http://www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk/agm-calling-notice/ for details and who to contact if you have not received yours.

We have also updated the website to include a call to arms for people, especially younger people, to get more involved with the Trust - see http://www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk/theres-room-for-you-enlist-today/

And finally, a reminder of the numbers draw, and some photos from this year's Annual Remembrance lunch

http://www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk/mbt-remembrance-lunch-2023-thanks-photos/

http://www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk/mbt-numbers-draw/

AGM Calling Notice - McCraes Battalion Trust AGM Calling Notice Members of the Trust should now have received an email calling notice for the AGM on Thursday 7th December 2023, 1830 for 1900 in the Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh. Please note, this is for members only (please see http://www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk/become-a-m...

18/11/2023

Good Afternoon

Please pass the word on to MBT followers, we are now over 1/2 way there to completing the 1 to 100. (List Attached)

If you wish to take a number, please get in touch with me. Also if have messaged me and the number was already taken, please get in touch.

The MBT are going to hold a lotto type of game (1 to 100) to raise funds. They way it will work as follows:

a. Pick a number between 1 to 100 (You will be able to keep this same number if you wish to do so), and play on a monthly basis, If you wish to do so, you can set up a direct debit for a monthly payment.

b. Once you have picked a number, inform the Admin of the page, they will then put you on the nominal roll, and then payment must be made. If you wish to set up a standing order for payment, this can be the easier way to pay.

c. The cost of a number is £5.00.

d. The draw will take place on the 1st Sunday of each Month and will be done by Jamie Colquhoun, who will use an Alexa Show and will go live of the MBT page.

e. The winner will win £250.00 and the other £250.00 will go to the MBT.

f. If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Colquhoun by email: [email protected]

11/11/2023

Photos from HeartofMidlothianFC's post 29/07/2023
02/07/2023

Very short notice -

If anyone is in the centre of town, there will be a short ceremony outside the Usher Hall around midday, and laying of a wreath to commemorate the anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, & remembering the boys of the Battalion

02/07/2023

Chairman of McCrae's Battalion Trust, Craig Herbertson, performs at our annual pilgrimage to Contalmaison commemorating the anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme yesterday.

More coverage will follow upon return from France.

Photos from McCrae's Battalion Trust's post 18/04/2023

McCrae's Battalion Trust was delighted to have 2 of our Trustees present to one of memories groups & volunteers. Craig & Sandy shared stories, songs & artefacts, and talked about the Trust's annual pilgrimage to Contalmaison
https://youtu.be/0QWKDJSiQxA

16/02/2023

Another McCrae's Battalion Trust trustee meeting tonight.

We've been made aware that some members are not receiving newsletters & emails from us, so making a plea to members if your contact details have changed then please let us know 🙂 [email protected]

MBT AGM Notice 2022/23 - McCraes Battalion Trust 11/01/2023

Please note that the AGM scheduled for 27 January 2023 has now been moved to THURSDAY 26 January, 18.30 for a 19.00 hour start. Members should have received an personal email reflecting this change.

We apologise for the late notification.

MBT AGM Notice 2022/23 - McCraes Battalion Trust Notice of McCrae’s Battalion Trust Annual General Meeting For members of McCrae’s Battalion Trust: here are the details of the upcoming annual general meeting of the members of McCraes Battalion Trust. The location and details of this meeting are as follows: 89 E Claremont St, Edinburgh EH7

MBT AGM Notice 2022/23 - McCraes Battalion Trust 12/12/2022

Members of McCrae's Battalion Trust, please see details ofnthe upcoming Annual General Meeting on Friday 27th January 2023:

MBT AGM Notice 2022/23 - McCraes Battalion Trust Notice of McCrae’s Battalion Trust Annual General Meeting For members of McCrae’s Battalion Trust: here are the details of the upcoming annual general meeting of the members of McCraes Battalion Trust. The location and details of this meeting are as follows: 89 E Claremont St, Edinburgh EH7

2023 Contalmaison Pilgrimage - McCraes Battalion Trust 21/11/2022

Please see the following link on our website for details of our 2023 pilgrimage to the Somme.

2023 Contalmaison Pilgrimage - McCraes Battalion Trust 2023 Contalmaison Pilgrimage Following a successful return to the Somme in 2022, we are pleased to publish the itinerary for our 2023 Pilgrimage to Contalmaison. Among the highlights will be a visit to an actual British tank, abandoned in a French village in 1917 and the long-awaited

MBT Lunch 2022 - McCraes Battalion Trust 14/11/2022

Many thanks to everyone who attended our annual Remembrance Sunday Lunch yesterday. Please see the link below for some photographs and if you have any you'd like us to share please get in touch. Thank you all and see you next year (and hopefully before then as well!).

MBT Lunch 2022 - McCraes Battalion Trust

22/09/2022

McCrae's Battalion Trust is pleased to confirm our annual Remembrance Sunday Lunch in RSC on Sunday 13th Nov. Previous attendees will be contacted this weekend & more details released, but feel free to register interest

[email protected]

30/06/2022

After some missing years MB Trust Pilgrimage en route to Contalmaison Good to be back

26/11/2021

McCrae's Battalion Trust would like to thank everyone who attended, donated items and made bids for items at our recent Remembrance Sunday lunch.

This is our main fundraiser of the year and we raised over £7.5k which helps us to maintain the cairn at Contalmaison and fund trips for school children and veterans to our pilgrimages to France.

The Royal Scots Club has already been booked for Sunday 13th November 2022 so we hope to welcome you all again next year.

Many, many thanks. We are grateful for all the continued support.

Photos from McCrae's Battalion Trust's post 15/11/2021

Many thanks to everyone who attended our annual Remembrance Sunday Lunch at the Royal Scots Club yesterday.

Fantastic to have this event back, and to see so many familiar and new faces. We missed you all.

Photos from McCrae's Battalion Trust's post 13/11/2021

Last night McCrae's Battalion Trust Chairman Craig Herbertson and Trustee Sandy Potter joined the 41st Edinburgh Boys Brigade company to share stories about McCrae's Battalion and Remembrance.

When McCrae’s Battalion Trust was established we incorporated an educational purpose alongside the care of the Cairn and the perpetuation of our commemorative effort.

We believe that the future of Remembrance lies with the young. Without their interest and their participation, the terrible sacrifice of The Great War will eventually pass from public consciousness.

With thanks to Alan Meikle for inviting us along.

Photos from McCrae's Battalion Trust's post 11/11/2021

In our memories forever

Photos from McCrae's Battalion Trust's post 11/11/2021

Craig Halkett's matchworn poppy shirt from Hearts v Dundee Utd 6th Nov (5-2) will be auctioned at McCrae's Battalion Trust Remembrance Sunday lunch this weekend.

Online bids accepted for this and the many other generous donations we have received... see https://t.co/389aTCHGzz

Photos from McCrae's Battalion Trust's post 24/10/2021

McCrae's Battalion Trust were honoured to be invited to attend the dedication and unveiling of the O's Somme Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 24th October 2021, and also visited & laid a wreath at the Royal Scots memorial. More photos are on our Website at http://www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk/os-somme-memorial-fund/

19/10/2021

Please see our website for details of our annual Remembrance Sunday Lunch at the Royal Scots Club.
https://t.co/pRUqc5XgGd

With speakers Jack Alexander, and special guests Craig Fowler, Joel Sked & Robert Borthwick from the BBC TV show A View From the Terrace.

Tickets now on sale contact [email protected]

We have emailed previous attendees but are aware some have missed this email from junk folders etc. so please contact us.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone again on the 14th November.

www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk

08/10/2021

McCrae's Battalion Trust are pleased to confirm that our annual Remembrance Sunday Lunch in the will be going ahead on Nov 14th. We will be in touch with previous attendees shortly, but please feel free to register your interest by emailing [email protected]

Details about the day will be announced very soon.

Photos from McCrae's Battalion Trust's post 02/07/2021

1st Jul 2021 in Contalmaison. McCraes Battalion Trust wreath laid at the Cairn by in the company of Maire Jocelyn Gougeon :

There are many more photos & videos on our website from France, see http://www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk/3753-2/

01/07/2021

As we are unable to travel to France again this year due to Covid restrictions, we laid a wreath at 7.30am outside the Usher Hall on McCrae's Place to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

See the following link for an address by our Padre, Peter Sutton:

https://youtu.be/mFGAtG_8QB0

25/06/2021

Covid has cancelled our annual pilgrimage to Contalmaison but at 0730hrs on 1 July we will place a poppy wreath, without ceremony, in McCrae’s Place, outside the Usher Hall to coincide with the moment the lads went ‘over the top’ on that fateful day in 1916.

24/06/2021

The first face to face committee meeting in a while (socially distanced) this evening !

Spot the Chairman's MBT tie, available on our website www.mccraesbattaliontrust.org.uk

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