Ev­ery­body was join­ing up, so I went into the re­cruit­ment of­fice. They said to me, ‘How old are you?’ and I said, ‘17, sir’

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

The mov­ing me­mories of Scots sol­diers will be heard tonight in a land­mark doc­u­men­tary mark­ing the Ar­mistice cen­te­nary.

Award-win­ning di­rec­tor Peter Jack­son has brought colour to the sepia pic­tures of the First World War us­ing the lat­est dig­i­tal tech­niques to re­mas­ter ar­chive footage in a film that has al­ready won ac­claim after be­ing shown in cin­e­mas.

Nineteen shots of Scot­tish reg­i­ments ap­pear in They Shall Not Grow Old, in­clud­ing the Ar­gyll and Suther­land High­landers, and the recorded voice of Pri­vate Don­ald Bain, from the Seaforth High­landers, tells the story of his own en­list­ment.

He ex­plains: “Ev­ery­body else was join­ing up, so I went into the re­cruit­ment of­fice. “They said to me, ‘How old are you?’ and I said, ‘17, sir’.

“He replied, ‘Well go out­side and come back and say you’re 18’. So, of course, I went out­side (came back) and said I was 18.”

They Shall Not Grow Old, tonight, 9.30pm, BBC Two.

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