A blog about James Cooper of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment and one of the first five-hundred, and Newfoundland's links with Ayr

BBC Radio Scotland's Somme 100


In 2016, the BBC produced a series of television and radio programmes to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the battle of the Somme. I was contacted by Louise Yeoman of Radio Scotland and asked to take part in a short radio piece about James Cooper's involvement. The piece aired on July 1st, 2016, exactly 100 years to the day that the Newfoundlanders went into battle. The BBC created a short video to go along with the piece which you can view on the link below. Additionally,Louise wrote an article about James and the link between Ayr and Newfoundland, click the link below to view.

Our family were delighted at the inclusion of James Cooper’s story in the next of kin exhibition at Rozelle house in Ayr. The exhibition ran from July 4th to September 28th, 2015, and featured a collection of memorabelia, documents,images, and text. The exhibition also featured the famous Caribou head, gifted from Newfoundland to Ayr, in 1916.

“This National Museums of Scotland touring exhibition visits Rozelle House, supplemented by local objects and stories. Discover profound personal stories of separation and loss experienced by Scottish families and communities as loved ones fought across the fronts in World War I.”

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