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Although the Battle of the Somme and the Third Battle

of Ypres, often referred to as the Battle of Passchendaele,

are indelibly etched in British consciousness, the average

daily casualty rate for the Battle of Arras was actually far

greater than either of these, as illustrated in the image to

the left.

Combined casualties for the three Scottish Divisions

during April and May 1917 came to just over 18,000.

Added to this figure are the casualties of another 14 Scottish

Battalions that fought with other Divisions at Arras. On 11


April 1917 just one of those Battalions, the 2nd Seaforth

Highlanders, sustained casualties amounting to 12 officers

and 363 other ranks.

Arras was, and still remains, a battlefield very close to

Scottish hearts.

high hopes and


the battle of arras