11th June 1919 Wednesday

A Sad Farewell to Douglas’s Compatriots

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“Next day the 2/10th Royal Scots sailed on the ‘Czaritsa’ for Blighty. I went into Archangel to see them all before they left, and felt very down-hearted at being left behind.”

For the second-rate men sent out to Russia to do a job, the 2/10 Royal Scots had excelled. They were men who were nominally “not fit for combat”. Under height, underweight, bespectacled and generally men who would have been employed in less physical work, they had fought, and worked their way through the most difficult conditions. They had endured thick forest, the most severe cold and now uncomfortable heat and voracious mosquitos. They had faced a committed enemy and emerged with great valour. Now they deserved their relief and for those that survived the conflict a boat home to Blighty and Bonnie Scotland. Douglas was understandably miffed that he was still needed so far from home.

Dundee Evening Telegraph. 23 June 1919  © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19190623/047/0005

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