The Herald reports that the show will focus in particular on the teams of Skye Camanachd, Kyles Athletic from Tighnabruaich – both of which lost the equivalent of two teams each – and Beauly, which had 25 players killed.
It will also tell the tale of the ‘missing five’ of Kingussie, men who never received their commemorative cup-winning caps from 1914 because they had already been killed in action in France.
Another area of attention will be the story of Dr Johnnie Cattanach, a lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who was killed at Gallipoli.
The best shinty player of his era and a man who also played hockey for Scotland, Cattanach died of wounds in July 1915, aged 30 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.
Beauly player Donald Paterson was a lance-corporal piper in D Company, 4th Battalion Cameron Highlanders and was killed at Festubert in 1915. His blood-stained pipes were returned home to his family and a pipe tune of his called The Beauly Shinty Club will be played as part of the show. Paterson is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.
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