Inverness 1914- the beginning of the First World War in Invernesss

WW1 Inverness mobilizationWe’re grateful to Colonel Angus Fairrie, Secretary of the Cameron Highlanders Association, for providing this brief history note about the mobilisation of the military in the Inverness area at the outbreak of World War 1. It was read by Bishop Mark Strange (Scottish Episcopal Church) at the service to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War, held in the Old High on 4 August 2014

Inverness – August 1914

Many people in the modern City of Inverness take great family pride in forebears who served for King and Country in the Great War.

There are powerful reminders of the conflict, such as the elegant memorial on the south side of the Old High Church, commemorating the 61 members of the congregation who lost their lives in the war. But 100 years later, neither war memorials, nor the green farmland of Flanders, nor the immaculate cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, can give any idea of how people felt when war began: when during the first week of August 1914 over 6,000 troops concentrated in Inverness, arriving by road, railway and ship.

The British Expeditionary Force

During the years before 1914, when it became clear that the likely theatre of war was the continent of Europe, it was planned that the Regular Army would form a British Expeditionary Force for service across the English Channel. Every county of Great Britain became part of a Regimental District, with well-defined military responsibilities. Inverness and Nairn formed the Regimental District of The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Its primary task was to maintain two Regular Army battalions, with the necessary reserves. These were the 1st Battalion stationed in Edinburgh Castle, and the 2nd Battalion on foreign service in India.

When war was declared on 4 August 1914, the order to mobilize was given, and a well planned procedure began. Over 1,000 Regular Army Reservists from Inverness and all over Scotland reported to the Cameron Barracks, where they were equipped and sent off to bring the two Regular battalions up to war strength.

If hostilities began, casualties would have to be quickly replaced. These reinforcements were to come from the volunteers of the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Recruited mainly from rural communities of the County of Inverness and the Western Isles, and largely Gaelic speaking, they had been trained in drill, marksmanship and fieldcraft, at annual camp. Nearly 1,000 of these Special Reservists also reported to Inverness.

The Territorial Force

Looking further ahead, Great Britain’s next line of defence was the Territorial Force. Formed in 1908 from the old Rifle Volunteers, the Territorial Force had the role of providing a duplicate Expeditionary Force for service on the Continent. It comprised infantry, artillery and engineers, and also their supporting services. It too was organized on a county basis.

Within the Town and County of Inverness the infantry element was the 4th (Territorial) Battalion The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, while the local territorials also included the gunners of the Inverness Battery Royal Horse Artillery, the mounted yeomanry of the Lovat Scouts, and were supported by the Highland Transport Column and the Highland Field Ambulance.

Seen in retrospect today, the size of commitment made so willingly by the people of the Town and County of Inverness is astonishing.

The Town and County of Inverness in 1914

In 1914 the Royal Burgh of Inverness had a population of about 22,000, about a third of the size of the City today. Although the County of Inverness was the largest county in Scotland in acreage, it was one of the least populated areas in Britain. But since the late 18th century Inverness had always had a strong tradition of military service. This was quickly apparent during the first year of the war when over 60% of the men of military age in Inverness-shire volunteered for military service.

The effect on the normal life of town and county was profound. The reservists and territorial soldiers came from every walk of life. They included skilled tradesmen and apprentices, crofters, farm workers, estate staff, mechanics, office workers, railwaymen, fishermen. Their officers included businessmen, lawyers, bankers, accountants, estate factors, hoteliers, schoolmasters, shopkeepers, excisemen and clergymen: the Minister of the Old High Church, the Reverend Donald MacLeod, became an Army Chaplain in the Territorial Force.

The Old High Church War Memorial and the War Grave in the burial ground tell their own stories. They highlight the fundamental role of the regimental structure which recruited the Expeditionary Forces, put them into the field, and provided reinforcements. Of the 62 names commemorated at the Old High Church, 31, exactly 50%, are Cameron Highlanders.

The record of the Old High Church (‘Tales of the Old High’) also gives a remarkable example of how the community of Inverness responded to the national cause. During the course of the war the Minister and 431 of his congregation, volunteered to serve their country.

1914 is a milestone in the history of both the Town and the County of Inverness. It is a reminder of public spirited response to the national need that has never been surpassed.

Respectful dialogue on independence

Indref logoOn Wednesday 3 September, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will host a ‘respectful dialogue’ on the Scottish Independence Referendum.

The event in Glasgow will be live streamed on the internet, and shown at local venues across the country.

The Inverness event will be at Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, starting at 7pm. Car parking will be available in the adjoining Crown School playground. Everyone is welcome to join us.

The Rev Peter W Nimmo, minister of Old High St Stephen’s and a member of the Church and Society Council of the General Assembly, will chair the Inverness event.

Our thanks to the Rev Peter Donald for the use of Crown Church.

Let us know you are coming at our Facebook events page!

The Church of Scotland is officially neutral on the referendum.

Below is the event leaflet.

You can also download a copy of it.

Indyref dialogue leaflet 1                                   Indyref dialogue leaflet 2

Sunday Bulletin for 17 August 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Today

4pm Diocesan Celebration for the Episcopal Church at Old High

Sunday 24 August 2014

10am All-Age Congregational Service at St Stephen’s

Sunday School returns

followed by Garden Party for the congregation at the Manse

11.15am No Service at Old High

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS

should be sent to Jim Monro:

The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon

Introductions to readings: http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/

Copyright hymns used by Permission. CCL Licence No. 970971

Scottish Charity No. SC035073

Cover illustration: Misioneros Del Sagrado Corazón en el Perú

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

IMPORTANT- UPCOMING SERVICES

This Sunday 4pm Diocesan Celebration for the Scottish Episcopal Church at the Old High

Service begins at 4pm at the Old High and concludes at St John’s Southside Road (the first Episcopalian congregation in Inverness was formed from members of the Old High in 1690). Bishop Mark Strange and our own minister will lead the service. All welcome! More details from Peter.

24 August 2014 10am All- Age Congregational Service at St Stephen’s: Sunday School returns

NB no service at Old High

Followed by Garden Party at the Manse marking Peter’s 10 years as Minister (see below)

31 August 2014 10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant

11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High

7 September 2014 10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

14 September 2014 11.15am Kirking of the Council at the Old High (Congregational service): no service at St Stephen’s

This year’s Kirking is on the Sunday before the Scottish Independence Referendum. As we think about how to vote, it will have the theme ‘Choose Life’ and will emphasise the necessity of reconciliation. Please ensure you attend this very important community event!

GARDEN PARTY AT THE MANSE To celebrate 10 years in Inverness Peter and Katharina are inviting the whole congregation to a garden party at the manse on Sunday 24 August after the congregational service at St Stephen’s. Lunch is provided and there is table tennis, swings, swingball, badminton etc. for all kids (young and old). Come and have a good time! For more information contact Katharina Nimmo. katharina.nimmo).

EQUIP CONFERENCE The Kirk’s Mission and Discipleship Council is holding an event which we hope will enable us to take forward our congregational plan for the future. Featuring inspiring speakers, practical ideas and useful resources for the congregation. Choose from a range, including: Messy Church, Fresh approach to exploring the Bible, Investigating the Invisible Church, and managing Change/Navigating Transition. The event is on 20 September from 10.00 to 15.45 at The King’s Factory Smithton. As many people as possible, particularly Elders, are encouraged to go along. If you would like to go, and for more details, please contact Session Clerk Linda Philip

DOORS OPEN DAY Once again this day, Saturday 6 September from 10.00am to 4.00pm, has come round and volunteers are being sought to man the Old High Church. If sufficient volunteers come forward it will not be too onerous and indeed meet a lot of interesting people. Please contact Margaret Sutherland for details.

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR Old High St Stephen’s are seeking a church administrator to work a few hours per week. This will be a paid position. We ask that the applicant works partly from home. They should have good IT skills and experience in this area. Further details from Peter Nimmo, or Linda Philip,

BRIDGE EVENING The Social, Fundraising Action Team are planning an informal bridge evening in the Old High Hall on Friday 29 August at 7pm, light refreshments will be served. Tickets at £7.50 are now available from Christina Cameron, Margaret McAleer and for further information telephone Diana Fraser

MUSIC IN THE OLD HIGH Philip Berg, Master of the Music at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, is to play an organ recital on Saturday 23 August at noon and again all donations will be given to Music Therapy at the Orchard. Details contact Rena Beaton. To receive information about music at Old High St Stephen’s

WORD FOR TODAY New copies of Word for Today, daily Bible readings and comment are available free in the vestibules at each church.

CROSS REACH Cross Reach news and prayer letter (June to September 2014) now available at church doors.

OTHER NEWS

RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE: ADVANCE NOTICE The Moderator of the General Assembly is to host a ‘Respectful Dialogue’ to allow the issues in the referendum to be aired in a civilized way. This follows a similar event at this year’s General Assembly. The dialogue will be broadcast via the internet from St George’s Tron Parish Church in Glasgow to various venues around the country, including the Crown Church here in Inverness. There will also be an opportunity for us all to discuss our thoughts in small groups, and the event will end with an act of worship. The proposed date is Wednesday 3 September at 7pm. This event is being organised by the General Assembly’s Church and Society Council, of which our minister is a member- more details from Peter.

BLYTHSWOOD Assistant Shop Manager – Harbour Road Well-organised and numerate people with excellent communication skills is required to assist the manager in Blythswood Care’s charity shop and warehouse at our new Harbour Road, Inverness premises. Retail experience is essential. For an application form and job description contact Barbara Grace. The closing date for completed applications is Friday 29 August 2014.

CARING FOR OLDER PEOPLE Faith groups make a massive contribution to the care of older people. Until recently this work has been largely unrecognised by central and local government. We’re invited to a workshop on Friday 19th September at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, from 10am till 3pm, to share our work, ideas and aspirations for the care of older people, hear how government might support us, and to consider the potential of working in partnership with others to deliver more or better care and support. If you would like to attend this workshop please contact the Minister.

Peace, Justice, and the God of Abraham: sermon for 17 August 2014

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 17 August 2015: Year A, Proper 15
SERMON
Texts: Matthew 15.21-28
Romans 11.1-2a, 29-36
Peace, Justice, and the God of Abraham
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Both our readings this morning touch, in some way, on the vexed question of the relationship of Christianity to Judaism. In the Gospel reading, Jesus- who was, of course, himself a Jew- has a conversation with a Gentile woman who raises the question of whether his mission is only to his fellow-Jews. About twenty years later, Paul- who was also a Jew- writes to the Christian church at Rome. Paul ponders a problem- a problem which did not seem very likely when Christianity first got under way- which both gladdens and saddens him. Continue reading

Walking on water? A sermon for 10 August 2014

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 10 August 2014: Year A, Proper 14

SERMON
Texts: Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

Walking on water?

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

We live in a noisy, busy age. Especially for those of us who live in cities, we are so used to noise we often no longer notice it. We will switch on the radio when we get up. We might watch TV during breakfast. We will be assailed by recorded music in shops. Our phone constantly interrupt us with calls, emails, tweets and Facebook updates. Looking after children can be a non-stop whirlwind. Trying to make a date for something- for example a church meeting- can be a trying process, as each of us goes through our diaries, desperate to find a space.

A Christian ought to be someone who tries to live like Jesus. So why don’t we learn from Jesus? Continue reading

Church to hold ambitious referendum event in September

Respectful dialogue invitation

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to host a Respectful Dialogue on the independence referendum. The event in Glasgow will be ‘live streamed’ to churches across Scotland to allow as many people as possible to take part. The local event will take place in the Crown Church in Inverness.

More details here.

If you would like to come along, please contact the Rev Peter W Nimmo peternimmo(a)minister.com (replace (a) with @).

Sunday Bulletin for 10 August 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 17 August 2014

10am Morning worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning worship at Old High

4pm Diocesan Celebration for the Episcopal Church at Old High

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro:

The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon

Introductions to readings: http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/

Copyright hymns used by Permission. CCL Licence No. 970971

Scottish Charity No. SC035073

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

IMPORTANT- UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday:

17 August 2014

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

4pm Diocesan Celebration for the Scottish Episcopal Church at the Old High

Service begins at 4pm at the Old High and concludes at St John’s Southside Road (the first Episcopalian congregation in Inverness was formed from members of the Old High in 1690). Bishop Mark Strange and our own minister will lead the service. All welcome! More details from Peter.

24 August 2014 10am All- Age Congregational Service at St Stephen’s: Sunday School returns

NB no service at Old High

Followed by Garden Party at the Manse marking Peter’s 10 years as Minister (see below)

31 August 2014 10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant

11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High

7 September 2014 10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

14 September 2014 11.15am Kirking of the Council at the Old High (Congregational service): no service at St Stephen’s

This year’s Kirking is on the Sunday before the Scottish Independence Referendum. As we think about how to vote, it will have the theme ‘Choose Life’ and will emphasise the necessity of reconciliation. Please ensure you attend this very important community event!

ADEN HOUSE CARE HOME, Annfield Road. Members and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to help and participate in the short act of worship to be held at Aden House on Tuesday, 12 August at 2.00pm. The worship will be led by Rev. Jim Christie.

GARDEN PARTY AT THE MANSE: To celebrate 10 years in Inverness we are inviting the whole congregation to a garden party at the manse on Sunday 24 August after the congregational service at St Stephen’s. Lunch is provided and there is table tennis, swings, swingball, badminton etc. for all kids (young and old). Come and have a good time! For more information contact Katharina Nimmo

EQUIP CONFERENCE The Kirk’s Mission and Discipleship Council is holding an event which we hope will enable us to take forward our congregational plan for the future. Featuring inspiring speakers, practical ideas and useful resources for the congregation. Choose from a range, including: Messy Church, Fresh approach to exploring the Bible, Investigating the Invisible Church, and managing Change/Navigating Transition. The event is on 20 September from 10.00 to 15.45 at The King’s Factory Smithton. As many people as possible, particularly Elders, are encouraged to go along. If you would like to go, and for more details, please contact Session Clerk Linda Philip

BRIDGE EVENING The Social, Fundraising Action Team are planning an informal bridge evening in the Old High Hall on Friday 29 August at 7pm, light refreshments will be served. Tickets at £7.50 are now available from Christina Cameron, Margaret McAleer and for further information telephone Diana Fraser

MUSIC IN THE OLD HIGH Philip Berg, Master of the Music at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, is to play an organ recital on Saturday 23 July at noon and again all donations will be given to Music Therapy at the Orchard. Details contact Rena Beaton

WORD FOR TODAY New copies of Word for Today, daily Bible readings and comment are available free in the vestibules at each church.

CROSS REACH Cross Reach news and prayer letter (June to September 2014) now available at church doors.

THANK YOU to all who took part in or helped in any way with the First World Centenary Commemoration. Many people have commented positively on the Old High service, and everything was very well organised on the day thanks to many helpers.

OTHER NEWS

RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE: ADVANCE NOTICE The Moderator of the General Assembly is to host a ‘Respectful Dialogue’ to allow the issues in the referendum to be aired in a civilized way. This follows a similar event at this year’s General Assembly. The dialogue will be broadcast via the internet from St George’s Tron Parish Church in Glasgow to various venues around the country, including the Crown Church here in Inverness. There will also be an opportunity for us all to discuss our thoughts in small groups, and the event will end with an act of worship. The proposed date is Wednesday 3 September at 7pm. This event is being organised by the General Assembly’s Church and Society Council, of which our minister is a member- more details from Peter

BLYTHSWOODFOODBANK Blythswood are organising an Information evening on Thursday 14th August 2014 at Shop 1, Hilton Village, IV2 4HT. At this evening they hope to share their vision for the new Hilton Foodbank centre and discuss how members and friends of local churches can be involved in their journey there or at the new Foodbank Depot in Harbour Road. Come along if you are considering volunteering or just interested in the work of the Foodbank.

Sunday Bulletin for 3 August 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tomorrow Monday 4 August

2pm Remembrance Service marking the outbreak of the

First World War at the Old High

Sunday 10 August 2014

10am Morning worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning worship at Old High

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro:

The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon

Introductions to readings: http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/

Copyright hymns used by Permission. CCL Licence No. 970971

Scottish Charity No. SC035073

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

EQUIP CONFERENCE The Kirk’s Mission and Discipleship Council is holding an event which we hope will enable us to take forward our congregational plan for the future. Featuring inspiring speakers, practical ideas and useful resources for the congregation. Choose from a range, including: Messy Church, Fresh approach to exploring the Bible, Investigating the Invisible Church, and managing Change/Navigating Transition. The event is on 20 September from 10.00 to 15.45 at The King’s Factory Smithton. As many people as possible, particularly Elders, are encouraged to go along. If you would like to go, and for more details, please contact Session Clerk Linda Philip

BRIDGE EVENING The Social, Fundraising Action Team are planning an informal bridge evening in the Old High Hall on Friday 29 August at 7pm, light refreshments will be served. Tickets at £7 are now available from Christina Cameron, Margaret McAleer and for further information telephone Diana Fraser .

WORD FOR TODAY New copies of Word for Today, daily Bible readings and comment are available free in the vestibules at each church.

CROSS REACH Cross Reach news and prayer letter (June to September 2014) now available at church doors.