Previously unknown details about sites and structures established for the defence of Scotland in World War One have been revealed after an audit. The audit has allowed the records of 900 buildings and places to be created or updated. Among the records are details of 239 hospitals (including village halls), 64 air stations, 39 prisoner of war camps, 20 firing ranges, 15 barrack and military accommodation sites, and 11 naval dockyards.
The audit’s author, Dr Gordon Barclay, said: “The audit has more than tripled the number of places known to be associated with Scotland’s contribution, both military and civilian.” Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Our World War One built heritage is a vital part of our historic environment and is key to educating us about Scotland’s role in the conflict. This audit will prove invaluable to our understanding of how every community played its part.”
Large parts of the landscape were transformed by structures designed to repel any invasion or attack, and it is surprising just how many WWI remains can be still be seen today.