Queensferry at War News & Events

The Queensferry at War exhibition is now open at Queensferry Museum and features the Battle of Jutland.

Jutland 100 – On the Forth

Community Commemoration Events – South Queensferry

 1) Saturday 28 May Programme – Hawes Esplanade (Guide timings only):

2pm – 3pm        Jutland 100 Community Video Showing

3pm – 4pm        Live-stream from Commemoration Service at Cemetery

4pm – 5pm        WW1 Bi Plane Fly Past
                             HM Royal Marine Band – Beat Retreat
                             Unveiling Commemorative Plaque

5pm – 6pm        Community Parade assembles and departs for The Priory Church led by HM Royal Marines
                             Community Commemorative Service at The Priory Church

See details below.

2) Other Commemoration Events:

Jutland at the Priory Church

Service - Film - Talks - Exhibitions, 27 May — 2 June

 All Priory events are free with a voluntary contribution to naval charities.


Jutland Remembered
The Battle of Jutland, 31 May - 1 June, 1916, was the largest naval engagement of the First World War. A short service of remembrance and reconciliation for the dead of Jutland, will take place in the Priory grounds. Pupils from the Scottish/German exchange will lay a wreath that will later be cast into the sea.

Saturday 28 May, 5.20pm, following the beat-retreat parade from the Hawes Pier.



Life on a First World War Battleship
Imperial War Museum film with a commentary by the Queensferry History Group.

Saturday 28 May, 7pm
Sunday 29 May, 5pm



Jutland and Queensferry
An illustrated talk by the Queensferry History Group on the Battle of Jutland.

Friday 27 May, 7pm
Sunday 29 May, 4pm
Tuesday 31 May, 3pm
Thursday 2 June, 3pm

Roll of Honour
An illustrated talk by Alistair McEwen on some of the Battle of Jutland casualties buried in South Queensferry.

Saturday 28 May, 8pm
Sunday 29 May, 6pm



Scotland's War: Our War in Quilts
Quilted panels illustrating Scotland's roles on the home and fighting fronts.

The War at Sea and the Art of War
Paintings by SirJohn Lavery RA (1856-1941), official WWI artist.

Role of Honour
The Jutland burials in South Queensferry.

Friday 27 May, 12pm - 7pm
Sunday 29 May, 3pm - 4pm
Monday 30 May, 12pm - 4pm
Tuesday 31 May, 12pm - 3pm
Wednesday 1 June, 12pm - 4pm
Thursday 2 June, 11am - 3pm

Exhibitions organised by Scotland's War, a University of Edinburgh and Heritage Lottery Fund initiative.

Event organised by the Priory Church, Hopetoun Road, EH30 9RB


Details for Saturday 28 May:

The activities start with a large screen showing of the South Queensferry Jutland 100 commemorative video reflecting life now and then. Hear from the descendants of those who fought in the battle, learn how WW1 affected ‘the Ferry’ community and how it has worked together to make this video and provide a permanent legacy for the town.

A number of VIPs, including HRH Princess Anne and Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, will attend the commemorations, firstly at the Queensferry Cemetery where the (invitation only) Commemoration Service will be live-streamed to the large screen at the Hawes Esplanade. A WW1 biplane will perform a fly-past whilst HMS Kent will take departure alongside the iconic vessel MV Fingal, dazzle painted by artist Ciara Phillips.  The Jutland 100 information panel will be unveiled and the Royal Marine Band will perform the Beating of the Retreat as HMS Kent weighs anchor.

Come to the Hawes Esplanade to see history come alive, learn about Dazzle Ships and paint your own. Join in the activities and have your face dazzle painted! A taster sample of the Queensferry History Group main exhibition held at the Queensferry Museum will be on display with further information panels from Legion Scotland. Find out more about the Queensferry Library Dazzle project with local schools to mark Jutland 100 and how blank ‘Dazzle Ships’ were adapted from those featured in the Imperial War Museum.

The Fire and Rescue Service mobile museum will feature a WW1 exhibit with hands-on activities. Or visit the Queensferry Sea Cadets tent to learn more about what they do and the part they have played in the Jutland Commemorations. The Priory Church is hosting a Jutland Exhibition, Film Showings and Talks.

To bring the day’s events to a close The Community Parade will be led by the Royal Marine Band, leaving from the Hawes Promenade via New Halls Road and via the High Street to the Priory Church where a Community Commemoration Service will be held in the grounds.

Transport and Parking

As there will be parking restrictions in place at the Hawes Esplanade; and the High Street and New Halls Road closed to traffic during the afternoon please think about your journey and using public transport when visiting the event. Or if travelling locally please consider walking down and enjoying a stroll along the High Street to the event. Thank you for your co-operation.

The event is free to attend.

The Queensferry at War exhibition is now open at Queensferry Museum and features the Battle of Jutland.


 Past News:

The Queensferry at War project was launched with an exhibition in South Queensferry Library on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

10 February 2016 - Talk at Queensferry Heritage Trust: Queensferry and World War I
Illustrated talk by 'Queensferry at War' Research Group at the Rosebery Hall, South Queensferry.
Details at: http://queensferryheritage.org.uk/

March to October, 2016 - Exhibition at South Queensferry Museum: Queensferry at War
Our exhibition featuring: Life in Queensferry during WW1; The Queensferry Memorial; and The Battle of Jutland.