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News & Events | Battle of the Somme Remembrance 2018

The Heritage Trust represented Dunfermline Athletic at the annual commemoration of the start of the Battle of the Somme, with a wreath being laid at the McCrae`s Battalion cairn in Contalmaison, France.

On 1 July 2018, the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, a wreath was laid at the McCrae`s Battalion cairn in Contalmaison, France, in memory of the DAFC players (Davie Izatt & Jimmy Morton) and supporters who served with McCrae`s Battalion (16th Royal Scots) and who died that day.

Raymond Davis, John Simpson and Tom Hart represented the Heritage Trust and the Football Club.

The Guard of Honour included representatives of the British and French Armies.

A framed DAFC pennant was presented to Patricia Leroy, the Maire of Contalmaison.

A visit was later made to the grave of DAFC supporter Serjeant James Cooper in Warloy-Baillon. A cloth lapper at St Margaret`s Works, he served with McCrae`s Battalion and is known to have been a loyal DAFC supporter. He died from his wounds in August 2016.

At around the same time in Edinburgh, Heritage Trust Vice-Chair Donald Adamson attended a special service at St Cuthbert`s Church, followed by a wreath-laying at the McCrae`s plaque outside the Usher Hall.

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