The Pity of War

The Pity of War

The men and women who served their country and paid the ultimate price will be remembered this Friday (November 8) at a annual University of Aberdeen event.

The Pity of War is the title of a free lecture taking place at 6pm at the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill campus to help mark Remembrance Day.

The event comprises three talks which will look at different aspects of the war - each has the theme ‘the pity of war’.

One of the speakers, Professor Steve Heys Co-Director of the University of Aberdeen's Institute of Medical Sciences and senior breast cancer consultant at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, said:  “The three talks will examine the many human tragedies and hardships endured by both men and women during the First World War.

“I’ll be discussing the Battle of Loos which took place in September 1915 and was the most tragic battle fought by Scots during the Great War. With a disproportionately large number of Scottish soldiers, it was doomed to failure from the outset and should never have been fought.

“Recently retired consultant anaesthetist Dr Anne Robertson will talk about the creation of the Scottish Women`s Hospital, set up in France by Scottish woman doctors who wanted to serve during the war but were not allowed on the front line.

“Retired orthopaedic surgeon Tom Scotland will recite the work of various poets who fought in the war to give an insight in the tragedy of the conflict, particularly during the last 100 days of the war which were even more brutal than anything that had gone before.”

The event is free and open and all and places must be booked by emailing or calling 01224 437973.