15 October 20172017 RBL Sports Results

The results of Kirkwall Royal British Legion "in house" 2017 Sports competitions and those at Area and National level are now on record in the Sports section of the website.

12 October 201715979 Rifleman Thomas Sinclair Sclater

Today is the centenary of the deaths of five Orcadian soldiers during the Battle of Passchendaele.  Heavy autumn rain had turned the battlefield to mud and William Croy of Stronsay, George Johnston of Kirkwall, Thomas Sclater of Firth, John Spence of Birsay and Isaac Stout of Walls all died on 12th October 1917 for an insignificant gain of ground.  Thomas Sclater had emigrated to Canterbury in New Zealand and died serving in 1st Rifle Battalion of the New Zealand Division.  He was not forgotten by his family home in Orkney and Gordon Ritchie of Isles View, Sunnybank, Kirkwall provided the coloured photo in the biography that can be downloaded from the Firth section of the website, or directly using the link below. 

26 September 201781998 Private James Scott of Sanday and St Andrews

Today is the centenary of the death during the Battle of Passchendaele of Jim Scott.  Jim was born in Sanday and spent his childhood there.  His family moved to St Andrews, where Jim worked as a ploughman until he joined the Army under the Derby Scheme.  His biography has been added to the Sanday and St Andrews sections of the website as a pdf, which can also be downloaded direct using the link below.

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