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Prince of Wales honours island war soldiers

By Chris Saunderson

The Prince of Wales paid a poignant tribute to soldiers from a remote Scottish community who lost their lives in the First World War.

He laid a wreath at a new memorial cairn built by the community of Cabrach in honour of soldiers from the Moray farming community and neighbouring parishes at Rhynie, Lumsden and Dufftown. The Imperial War Museum suggests that the number of war dead from the communities could run to several hundred, far in excess of the official number previously recorded as war deaths.

The reason is that in addition to those officially acknowledged as "lost in battle" are the many who died from disease in France and Belgium - coming from such a remote rural area, they had little resistance.

The prince laid a wreath which said: "In special memory of those from the Cabrach, and the parishes of Rhynie, Lumsden and Dufftown who lost their lives during the First World War."

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