From every town, village and settlement in Argyll and Bute volunteers signed on. Young men whose families had been part of the diaspora returned to their homeland to do the same.
For many, the 8th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, which formed in Dunoon, was their destination, but volunteers from Argyll and Bute were represented widely throughout the services and saw action in every theatre.
The Argylls in Mons and Marne, Italy and Gaza
The Royal Garrison Artillery in The Balkans and Gallipoli
The Gordon Highlanders in The Somme
The 2nd Dragoon (Royal Scots Greys) at Le Cateau and The Marne
The Argyll Mountain Battery at Gallipoli
And many, many more.
The Navy, Royal and Merchant, was represented by sailors and submariners from the County with the longest coastline in Scotland. Action was seen and losses suffered at Portland Bill, the Bristol Channel and the North Sea including the Battle of Jutland.
Brothers or friends from the same villages served throughout the services and around the world.
LÀ A’BHLÀIR‘S MATH NA CAIRDEAN (Friends are good on the day of battle).
Old Gaelic Proverb
Ypres. With permission from National Library of Scotland.