‘On the North Russian Front’. An Orcadian Officer in the Russian Civil War, 1919
April 9, 2016
This year we have a special exhibition on display at Skaill House. ‘On the North Russian Front’, tells the story of HW Scarth, 11th Laird of Breckness, and his part in the Allied Intervention in North Russia.
HW Scarth was only a schoolboy when the First World War broke out, but by 1918 he was old enough to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Scots Guards. He served briefly on the Western Front, before being invalided home with severe dysentery. In the Spring of 1919, HWS went out to North Russia to relieve British troops still engaged in campaign against the Bolsheviks, around Archangel and the Northern Dvina River. He was there from June to September 1919; the Allied Forces were withdrawn in October 1919, and Archangel came under Bolshevik control in 1920.
Exhibits in this unique exhibition include HWS’s diary, his own photographs, and various documents and momentoes that he brought back from Russia. The exhibition is in the Gun Room at Skaill House, and will run until 31st October 2016.