Centenary of the WWI Armistice
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To mark the centenary of the Armistice which ended the fighting in World War I, North Queensferry Heritage Trust will present an exhibition focussed on a major event which took place on our doorstep, with national and international significance. . .
– WWI –
The Last Act and Beyond
The Surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in the Forth, November 1918
The Forth Bridge Heritage Centre at the Railway Station will exhibit images, artefacts and video clips related to the event.
Study facsimiles of the Armistice Documents in French and English.
Read how the news was reported in Historic booklets.
Follow Beatty’s sailing orders to the Grand Fleet on Admiralty charts from 1918
Examine the log-book of HMS Cardiff which led the High Seas Fleet from “Rendezvous X” to their anchorage in the Forth.
Learn how Armed Trawlers from Granton guarded the German ships at anchor in the Forth.
Watch Film Clips from news reporters on board the ships in the Forth and Submarines at Harwich.
The Fisherman’s Hut next to the The Light Tower will focus on the role played by Communications in WWI. You can create secret messages in code, and send naval signals by flag, to the Museum in South Queensferry, who are hosting a complementary exhibition from autumn 2018.
You can also try your skill at code-breaking and enter our on-line Code Breaking Competition
On selected weekends in November, we will be running an amateur radio station from this site.
Call sign GB1FB. QSL cards will be available.
Walking tours As well as self-guided walks round the village and peninsula; later this year we will be running a series of expert-led walks round some of the WWI military sites in the village.
Details will be published HERE.
This web-site provides background material related to events of 1918:
The stories of the fallen who died in WWI and WWII commemorated on the North Queensferry War Memorial
Naval Communications in WWI – wireless, Aldis lamp, signal flags, codes. Brush up your knowledge before visiting the exhibition in the Fisherman’s Hut or entering our code-breaking competition.
The progression of Naval Warfare from the Victory at Trafalgar to the mighty Dreadnoughts of WWI.
The Emergence of Germany as a nation state with global ambitions, and a plan to defeat the Royal Navy.
The creation of new Naval Bases particularly Rosyth and the evolution of their defences in response to the growing threat in the North Sea.
The genesis of Naval Air Power, and the first Naval Air Station in Scotland at North Queensferry. The Royal Naval Air Service and The Royal Flying Corps amalgamated to form the R.A.F. in 1918.
The outbreak of war, and highlights of key Naval Battles of WWI
The events leading to the signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918
The Surrender of Germany’s High Seas Fleet in the Forth, and their submarines at Harwich.
The subsequent Scuttling of the surface fleet at Scapa Flow, and how this accelerated the negotiation of the Versailles Peace Treaty in 1919.
Audio Recordings of first-hand accounts of the surrender from W.B. Adam a lowly midshipman, Commodore Tweedie in charge of the destroyer flotillas of the Grand Fleet, his eight-year-old daughter Mona, and Lord Cameron, who was then a Midshipman RNVR.
The events of WW1 from The Times newspaper.
If you would like to learn more about World War 1, you can sign up at Extracts from The Times History of the War to see a weekly digest of coverage of the events from The Times newspaper.
There are more than 220 articles in the archive. Here are links to a selection, in chronological order, relating to the War at Sea in WWI. With thanks to The Times for permission to use these articles.
The War at Sea – 1
The East Coast Raids – November 1914
The War at Sea – Part 2
The Submarine and its work
The Dardanelles Campaign
The Navy’s work in 1915
The Work of the Mercantile Marine
Sea Power and Neutrality
Fishermen and the War
The Battle of Jutland
The Navy’s Work in 1916
The Shipping Problem August 1914 to February 1917
Work of the Mercantile Marine – part 2
Fishermen and the War – part 2
The Work of the French Navy
The Evolution of Naval Engineering
The Work of the Italian Navy
The Navy’s Work in 1917
The Navy’s Work in 1918
The Anti-submarine War 1915 to 1918
The Navy’s Work Completed – this article includes the surrender and scuttling of the German Fleet.
Scotland’s War at Sea on BBC iPlayer
For a short time, the BBC two-part documentary Scotland’s War at Sea is available on BBC iPlayer. These cover the events of the naval war at sea in WW1.
Scotland’s War at Sea – Part 1 the dreadnoughts
Scotland’s War at Sea – Part 2 battle of the U-boats