Deserved honour

I agree very much with the comments made by Donald John MacLeod (Letters, 6 January).

With regard to the First World War, it is unfortunately the 
case that army casualties, 
especially on the Western Front, have been given prominence over the equally huge losses 
incurred by the Merchant Marine, the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve.

The National Library of Scotland, as a partner in the University of Edinburgh’s Scotland’s War Project, has digitised all the First World War Rolls of Honour in its collections and these are being transcribed and further researched by members of the Scotland’s War team.

Having completed this process with the Shetland Roll of Honour, it came as no surprise that the majority of casualties were from sea-going personnel, but
it has been a matter of concern to discover that about 70 of 
these men have not had their
sacrifices recorded in national 
databases.

We hope this can be rectified.

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Alistair McEwen

Cramond Brig Toll

Edinburgh