Woman who fought to res­cue for­mer Army horses left to starve in post-war Egypt

The Herald - - ARMISTICE: 100 YEARS -

“much en­thu­si­asm and re­joic­ing” while the town bells rang in Ayr, ac­com­pa­nied by sirens, hoot­ers and foghorns from the har­bour and ship­yard. “The town was speed­ily gay with bunt­ing,” re­ported the pa­per.

Bells rang from Bath­gate to Cri­eff, where a crowd as­sem­bled in the town’s James Square; and from Denny to Big­gar and Beith where “un­bounded en­thu­si­asm pre­vailed.”

In In­ver­ness, where the Amer­i­can navy had es­tab­lished a base and trans­formed Glen Al­byn dis­tillery into a mines fac­tory, the cel­e­bra­tions took on an in­ter­na­tional and colour­ful flavour.

The cel­e­bra­tions were par­tic­u­larly poignant for those who had seen the war at its worst and suf­fered the con­se­quences. In Mil­ngavie, wounded sol­diers from the for­mer man­sion house at Craig­mad­die, turned into one of five Red Cross hospi­tals for war ca­su­al­ties in the area, joined the cel­e­bra­tions.

But amid the re­ports of joy and hope there was a stark re­minder of the hu­man cost. On page two was printed a long col­umn of names, ages and ranks. On the day of the Armistice, it re­vealed, around 2000 men were killed and 2150 wounded.

The war was over, but for the many griev­ing and wounded, the next bat­tle was just be­gin­ning.

„ Happy scenes on a Lon­don bus af­ter peace is de­clared.„ Ju­bi­lant Amer­i­cans show news­pa­per head­lines an­nounc­ing the sur­ren­der of Ger­many.

as they hear the wel­come news of the Armistice at Maubeuge in north­ern France.

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