Moffat Trench takes the name of decorated Gordon Highlander
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