Ancre Somme Association Scotland 

Patron: 22 Special Air Service Colin MacLachlan Veteran.

Ambassador's: Alexander Stewart MBE MSP Alison Moodie OBE,

WO2 John Knox, Veteran David Birrell,  Anas Sarwar MSP



Testimonials and Support

Headmaster/children at Balbardie Primary School, Bathgate 2016

Headmaster/children Low Port Primary School, Linlithgow 2016

Robin Thomson Curriculum teacher at Broxburn Academy 2016

Lt Gary Tait Chairman MBE McCraes Battalion Trust 2016

West Lothian Council Provost Tom Kerr (ASA Hon Chairman) 2016

Depute Provost Dave King

Provost of Falkirk Council William Buchanan (ASA Scotland Hon President)

Leader of West Lothian Council Lawrence Fitzpatrick

West Lothian Lord Lt Isobel Brydie MBE 2016

West Lothian Lord Lt Ms Moira Niven MBE 2017

West Lothian Veterans Champion Cllr Alex Davidson 2016

ASA Patron Lt Col Ant Maher 2016

ASA Patron MSP Alexader Stewart MBE 2017

Alison Moodie OBE (ASA Ambassador) 2017

Anas Sarwar MSP supports Ribbon Of Poppies UK & Commonwealth 2019

Letters of support from St. Kentigerns Academy & Whitburn Academy, West Lothian 2018

Provost of Hawick Councill Watson McAteer (ASA Scotland Hon Member) 2018

MSP's cross party support for ASA Scotland motion to Scottish Parliament 2016

MSP's cross party, support Ribbon of Poppies UK & Commonwealth 2018


Invite from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019 Garden Party


Invite from West Lothian Council Civic Reception 2019


Letters of support from Bob Kemp CBE, Major Robert Stuart, Depute Headteacher Kirsten Patience


ASA Scotland forms John McAleese MM Commemoration Society 2019


ASA Scotland Nominated for Queen's Voluntary Award 2020


Ex 22 SAS Colin MacLachlan becomes Patron of ASA Scotland September 2020

Broxburn Academy was both honoured and delighted to be asked to participate on Saturday 22 October 2016 in the Commemoration of the 100th anniversary marking the end of the Battle of the Somme. The Ancre Somme Association's event held in Linlithgow Burgh Halls, St Michael's Church gave S4 pupil, Robyn Beckett the opportunity to share her recent success as the winner of a national poetry competition about WW1 events with a reading of her poem 'Living Nightmare' by West Lothian Provost Tom Kerr. Another S6 pupil, Sam Malone, recited and sang two extracts from the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, 'Far from Ypres' in which he appeared, accompanied by the show's producer, Liz Reid.


Broxburn Academy has close links with the Army Cadet detachment in the town as a result of the Uniformed Services and Leadership courses which are offered to pupils in the school. A group of Army Cadets were therefore also present on Saturday and were given the honour of participating alongside military veterans commemorating on behalf of the Ancre Somme Association. Lauren Berriman and Amir Khan read out the names of two soldiers who fell in the Somme and later shared how touched they both felt by being asked to participate in this way, 'It was a real privilege to be a part of such an important event remembering the men who died' Jack Langlands, a standard bearer for the event remarked 'I felt so proud & it was really the highlight of my time to date as a cadet'


Robin Thomson

Principal Teacher Curriculum

Additional Support Needs

Head of House, (Buchan)

Broxburn Academy

Cardross Rd

EH52 6AG

Tel. 01506 28230


Media and Press Reports:


Motion to Scottish Parliament:


Fusilier Gordon Gentle Remembered 15yrs on:


Lanarkshire Deputy Lieutenant Millar Stoddart DL 2019









"Nominated for Queen's Voluntary Award 2020"


ASA Scotland Charity "Nominated for Queen's Award Voluntary Service 2020"