Those following the progress of our campaign to protect the battlefield at Sheriffmuir may have read of the recent discovery of a World War 1 mass grave in Northern France. Up to 400 British and Australian soldiers were thought to have been buried at a site near Fromelles in 1916.
The decision has been taken to exhume the bodies, attempt identification and then re-inter them in a new War Cemetery, the first to be built in almost 50 years. Before the operation began the site was blessed at a ceremony attended by British, Australian and French Generals, Politicians, Ministers and Villagers from the area. The exhumation of those soldiers who 'fought and died in the hope of bringing peace to this land and beyond' is being treated with the utmost respect by all involved and has become a high profile operation.
Compare this with the attitude of Scottish and Southern Electricity at Sheriffmuir, where upwards of 1000 men may lie where they fell almost 300 years ago. They may be scattered around the hillside and not in a readily identifiable mass grave but this does not justify the excavation of huge pits on the site and the construction of a myriad of service roads.
This would never be permitted in France or any other European country and we trust that when the Scottish Government makes its decision on the pylons proposal later this year, it ensures that it is not permitted here.