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Keith Landies shares the story of four Glasgow brothers who fought in World War I, only one of whom survived the brutal trench warfare of the ‘war to end all wars’

Scotland in the Great War

The three Woodside brothers, who fought and died for their country in World War I

On 15 July 1916, 2nd lieutenant Hugh Marr Woodside was at the front of a number of Glasgow Highlanders on the Somme battlefield in a charge against the fortified German trenches at High Wood near Longueval, France. It was the last assault he would ever lead.

Six months earlier, his brother David Cunninghame Woodside had been wounded in Gallipoli and was sent to a hospital back home in Glasgow. He died after a surgical procedure went wrong.

Archibald Mitchell Woodside would survive them by two years, but was eventually killed in April 1918 fighting against the Kaiser’s last push to take Paris and the sea ports. Only one brother would survive the war. Thomas Ledbetter Woodside fought with the 6th Battalion Highland Light Infantry and was invalided home. His illness likely saved his life, as he was unable to return to the front.

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About History Scotland

History Scotland launches a ground-breaking new series - The Stewart Queens of Scotland, providing a window in the lives of the little-known Stewart queens. Enjoy a range of news, expert articles and commentary, covering centuries of Scottish history and archaeology. Highlights include: * Queen Victoria's trip to the Clyde * New history of art with National Galleries Scotland * The legend of Lovat's Scouts * Discovery of a rare antler t-axe