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This is the story of one of Scotland's oldest military volunteer Units, beginning with a Volunteer Rifle Company formed in 1859, the first Medical Volunteer Company in the UK and the University Battery formed in 1890. In 1908, they combined to form one of the original eight University Officers Training Corps contingents.

The principal events over the next century are described, including the Unit's vital contribution during WWI, the evolution of its role and its tragedies and triumphs. Extensive use has been made of anecdotal material and first hand accounts, all set against the background of the sometimes troubled relationship between the Corps as a whole together with its host universities, the Army and politicians.

Foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

George Sutherland is a member and former Convener of Edinburgh Universities' Joint Military Education Committee (MEC), which oversees the University Service Units including the OTC. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council of MECs, the Royal Artillery Council of Scotland and the Scottish Advisory Committee of the Royal British Legion (Poppy Scotland).

Illustrated with 24 pages of colour and mono photographs.

George O. Sutherland

Full Circle

A History of the City of Edinburgh Universities' Officers Training Corps

Full Circle

A History of the City of Edinburgh Universities’ Officer Training Corps

by George O. Sutherland

Published by Lynne Reilly


176 pages. Size 210 x 148mm.

Date published: January 2015

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ISBN: 978-0993139208

Price £15.00