Making sure the bravery of St Valery men will not be forgotten

  • Neil McLennan

Press/Media: Teaching


Neil McLennan, St Valery Committee Chair and Director of Leadership Programmes at the University of Aberdeen, said: “The events of June 12, 1940 had a profound impact on every town and village in the Highlands, with most families having one or more male relatives enlisted in the 51st Highland Division. Educating our young people is crucial to ensure we keep the memory and legacy of their sacrifice alive.

“The resources produced by Poppyscotland in partnership with Twinkl Scotland are a welcome addition to their extensive library. They will hopefully inspire more of Scotland’s learners like Iona to become genuinely inquisitive about our nation’s past, and perhaps a handful of these students will be so captivated that they go on to become our military historians of the future.”

Period25 May 2021

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  • TitleBravery of 51st Highland Division at 'forgotten Dunkirk' will be remembered
    Media name/outletThe Herald
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionIt is known as the forgotten Dunkirk, the little known plight of the 51st Highland Division who were left in France.

    On June 12 1940, days after the mass-evacuations at Dunkirk, 10,000, mainly Scottish soldiers were captured and forced to surrender at the French fishing port of St Valery. The events that occurred that day have been largely forgotten by history
    Producer/AuthorDeborah Anderson
    PersonsNeil McLennan