David Tindal
Academicals / Thursday, June 30, 2016 Remembering the Somme

Services of remembrance will take place across Europe tomorrow (1 July) to remember The Battle of the Somme - one of the bloodiest offensives of World War One. During 141 days, the British and French armies engaged the Germans in battle along a 15-mile front.

Between the end of June and the publication of the Chronicle in October that year, 46 former members of the school lost their lives, the vast majority at the Somme. In July 1916 alone, at least 22 Academicals died there - fourteen of them on 1 July itself. Between late October and 18 November, 8 more former pupils of The Academy died at the Somme.

A moving film has been released depicting how a young FP of Glasgow Academy - David Tindal, Class of 1907 - might have kept in touch if social media had been an option. The tweets are direct quotes from his letters to his family in Burnside. It can be seen on our Facebook page here.

Private David Tindal (HLI, 17th Battalion) died as a result of shell wounds exactly 100 years ago today.