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McCrae's Battalion Centenary, 28 November 2014

27 October 2014 - 10:01 AM

McCrae’s Battalion Centenary 1914-2014

One hundred years to the night...

Supporting Help for Heroes and Poppy Scotland

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Friday 28 November 2014

‘Somewhere in France – with love from the trenches’

On Friday 27 November 1914 a grand public meeting was held in the Usher Hall to inaugurate Lieutenant Colonel Sir George McCrae’s new Active Service battalion of the Royal Scots. The evening remains one of the most memorable and emotional moments in Edinburgh’s long history. By midnight three hundred volunteers had stepped forward – among them thirteen players from Heart of Midlothian Football Club and fellow professionals from Raith Rovers, Falkirk, Hibernian, Dunfermline and East Fife. Sportsmen and supporters from countless other fields joined them and within five days the roll was full. Scotland’s sporting battalion went on to win undying fame on the killing fields of the Western Front, carrying Edinburgh’s name with pride and distinction, but at a terrible cost. More than a thousand officers and other ranks perished in the war. Many of them – including most of the Hearts players – have no known grave.

On Friday 28 November 2014 Edinburgh will remember McCrae’s Battalion with an evening of music, drama, song and previously unseen contemporary images from the McCrae's Battalion Collection. The script and songs are written by Jack Alexander and tell the poignant story of local footballer Harry Smith and his young wife Annie.  Distinguished actor Ken Stott will act as narrator.

All profits will be divided equally between the military charities, Help for Heroes and Poppy Scotland. In effect, the lads of 1914 will be helping their counterparts in today’s armed forces cope with the injuries sustained on active service in Afghanistan and other theatres. The same dreadful injuries as those sustained on the Western Front – and at the same age. The life of a soldier has not changed much these past hundred years. McCrae’s legacy lies not in the history books, but in a living and breathing form of Remembrance with which everyone can engage.

We hope you’ll come along for a very special evening ... one hundred years to the night.

Doors open 19.00
Audience seated for 19.30
Tickets available online and in person from the Usher Hall

Full price adult £19.14
Concession £15.00
Child £10.00
Adult and Child combination ticket £25.00

Today's performance - feedback needed

26 October 2014 - 05:15 PM

No, not Hearts - JKB.  :ninja:

We had problems with the performance of the server during a couple of consecutive away games. Members were reporting a lot of slow responses and internal server error messages.  We made some changes to improve the peak capacity of the server and we've had no complaints up to today.

How do you think the board performed today?   Feedback appreciated.

Mad nutter embarrasses himself and humiliates teenage daughter

18 October 2014 - 09:06 AM

.......or media exploit concerned parent?

You decide (my mind's made up).


We ONLY won 5-1 the comic book

07 October 2014 - 10:32 PM

I'm posting to let members know that Jambos Kickback will shortly be launching the sale of

We ONLY won 5-1 the comic book

Designed, illustrated and written by a JKB member (of whom more later), this is a 100-plus page hardback-bound comic book story of the 2012 Scottish Cup Final.

It will make a fine souvenir of this famous occasion in HMFC's history, and in the run-up to Christmas it would be an ideal gift for a Hearts-supporting family member or friend - or who knows, maybe a wonderful opportunity to wind up a Hibby acquaintance or workmate.  :whistling:

We ONLY won 5-1 the comic book is being sold as a fundraiser, with all profits going to a hugely important and worthwhile cause - Big Hearts.

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So this will be a chance for JKB members to own a unique version of the story of 19-05-12 created by a Hearts supporter for Hearts supporters, and make a valuable contribution to the important community work done by Big Hearts.

We ONLY won 5-1 the comic book will sell for £10 plus p&p, and will only be available for sale online through Jambos Kickback.  We're working with the printers putting the final touches to the book, and we will be making an online order page available to members in the next few days once we're finally ready for printing and shipping.

Right now, we're posting this thread to give members a heads up and a sneak preview - see the attached PDF flyer.  Post and let us know what you think.

Attached File  We only won 5-1 page 071014.pdf   1.52MB   1716 downloads

Server errors / slow responses today?

04 October 2014 - 05:30 PM

We noticed a couple of comments from members during the game this afternoon about internal server error messages, but other members posted to say that things were fine and we're not sure how much of an issue or how widespread it was.

Could people post here to let us know how they've found the performance of the forum today, and generally in recent weeks?