Although the Scottish Military Research Group has been in existence for a number of years it has always been run as an informal organisation. On Saturday 3rd September 2011 at a meeting of its members in Glasgow it was agreed to form an association and appoint a committee.
The Scottish Military Research Group is a troop of dedicated volunteers who have worked on the Scottish War Memorials Project since 2006, and the Scottish War Graves Project since 2007.
Group members have transcribed the Glasgow Roll of Honour 1914-1918 and 1939-45 and are indexing the Daily Record between 1914 and 1919.
The Scottish Military Research Group has also agreed to work in partnership with Edinburgh's War to further the aims of both groups.
Although a great deal of the Group’s activities currently focuses on the First World War we are keen to research all aspects of Scotland's military history. The War Memorials and War Graves projects record memorials and graves commemorating the Wars of Independence, Covenanters, Jacobites and the British wars which involved Scots from the Seventeenth Century up until the Twenty First Century.
The future aim of the Group is to consolidate its online databases onto one dedicated website as well as co-ordinating a nationwide newspaper indexing project in the run up to the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This would create an index of references to military individuals (casualties, enlistments, decorations for gallantry) in Scottish newspapers from 1914-1921.
The first Chairperson of the Group is David McNay, the co-founder of the Scottish War Memorials Project.
Membership of the Group is open to everyone - all we need are some contact details. Membership is currently free (although we do welcome any donations towards our running costs, these are not compulsory).
Visit our "Can You Help?" page for more details on how to join.
Current Office Bearers
Chairperson: David McNay
Secretary: Adam Brown
Treasurer: Paul Goodwin
Project Co-ordinator: Vacant
Technology Co-ordinator: Paul Goodwin
Committee Members: John Houston; Derek Robertson
The Society has featured in a number of publications
Glasgow Evening Times, 4th November 2011:
Britain at War magazine, December 2011:
Ayr Advertiser, 21st October 2013: