In Scotland the scale of the sacrifice was more than twice that of England, Ireland or Wales. More than a quarter of the 557,000 Scots who enlisted in all of the services between 1914 and 1918 lost their lives compared with an average death rate of 11.8% for the rest of the British Forces. However, these figures are still disputed by some historians, while others feel they are accurate.


When the Scotland's War team found that there were deficiencies in databases such as Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Soldiers Died in the Great War and the Scottish National War Memorial, it was decided to research Scottish casualties in Scottish regiments.


This uncovered a significant number of Scots and the descendants of Scots who returned to Scotland to enlist in Scottish regiments.


These are very provisional figures and we believe that ultimately the final figures are likely to be significantly higher.


In the United States of America 24 million men registered for the 1917–1918 Draft - 20,335 were Scottish born. A future project will be to research the figures for enlistment and casualties in the US Forces.

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