Mof­fat Trench takes the name of dec­o­rated Gor­don High­lander

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

The roots of the new trench at the Gor­don High­landers Mu­seum truly stretch all the way back to the First World War.

The Mof­fat Trench is named af­ter an of­fi­cer in the Gor­don High­landers, Colonel Frank Mof­fat, who was awarded the DSO for his ac­tions in 8/10th Bat­tal­ion on Au­gust 30 1917 dur­ing the Bat­tle of Ypres.

Colonel Mof­fat sur­vived the war and his daugh­ter, Dr Mar­garet Mof­fat, was a vol­un­teer in the mu­seum for many years.

She wanted the Aberdeen site to mark in some way the sac­ri­fice made by men such as her fa­ther and her wider fam­ily and was also very aware that her dad took a great in­ter­est in the ed­u­ca­tion of young peo­ple.

A l t h o u g h t h e con­struc­tion of the trench has been funded by a num­ber of bene­fac­tors, the first and most gen­er­ous was Dr Mof­fat.

Mu­seum chief ex­ec­u­tive Bryan Snelling said yes­ter­day: “With­out her as­sis­tance, we would not have been able to pro­ceed. We both saw the trench not just as a fit­ting me­mo­rial to the Gor­don High­landers of the Great War, but as a way of en­sur­ing that to­day’s school­child­ren could con­tinue to learn from the lessons of the past.

“Trenches were named af­ter all sorts of things, in­clud­ing of­fi­cers. Call­ing ours the Mof­fat Trench harks back to this tra­di­tion.”

Dr Mof­fat said: “My fa­ther did not want fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to go through what his had ex­pe­ri­enced. Build­ing this trench will help chil­dren con­nect with the past. I hope it will re­new in them a de­ter­mi­na­tion not to re­peat the mis­takes of the past.”

The WWI trench un­der con­struc­tion at the mu­seum

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