Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock has welcomed the dedication of a newly restored Victorian railway carriage to the victims of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster of 1915.
At an Armistice Day Ceremony in Nottingham today (11/11/15) a commemorative plaque was unveiled on a replica carriage, restored by the GCR Trust Rolling Stock.
Ms Brock tabled an early day motion at the UK Parliament to mark this centenary event.
Ms Brock said:-
"This is an unusual but moving tribute to the soldiers who died or were injured in that terrible rail disaster a hundred years ago.
"Everyone who has watched a loved one go off to battle fears for their safety, but losing so many men before they had reached the front must have been absolutely devastating to the whole community of Leith.
"Dedicating this restored carriage to the troops will mean a lot to the descendants and anyone with a connection to the victims of this horrific accident.
"In the centenary year, I'm grateful to the GCR Rolling Trust for their work to restore this carriage and help keep the memory of the victims alive."
That this House commends the work of the GCR Rolling Stock Trust to restore a Victorian wooden railway carriage and dedicate it to the honour of the 436 dead and injured in the Quintinshill rail disaster of 22 May 1915; recognises that most of the casualties in what remains the UK's worst ever rail disaster were from the Leith Battalion of The Royal Scots Regiment, killed in burning carriages on route to the Gallipoli campaign; appreciates that the replica carriage took 15 years to restore before its unveiling at Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre at a ceremony on Armistice Day 2015; and welcomes the work done by the GCR Trust to pay a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in this horrific wartime event.
2. The Commemoration Ceremony was held at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre at 12.00 hours on Armistice Day, 11 Nov 2105. It was led by Rev Andrew Buchanan, Vicar of Ruddington.
Lt Col Brian de la Haye, Colour Sergeant Matthew Learmouth and Private Valentine represented The Royal Scots. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Michael Rowen led the unveiling of the Commemorative plaque, accompanied by a Piper and Corps of Drums and Bugles, before the senior dignitaries of the County and the Borough.
Photos below by John Bagshaw
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