A Piper and Soldier

Commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War will accompany us over the next few years, and there will be many events to remember the millions of people who died during the War, as well as the many soldiers who served. The commemorations will also give us an opportunity, however, to learn about some of the ordinary people – soldiers and civilians – who were affected by the War or, in their own small or more profound way, shaped what was happening. The story of James Cleland Richardson serves as a wonderful first story in what,  on this Blog, will become a series of posts over the next few years to remember these ordinary people, connecting readers today with their personal stories.

Born in late November 1895 in Bellshill …