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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:31 am    Post subject: The Auld Alliance Trophy Reply with quote

The Auld Alliance Trophy will be contested for the first time at Sunday’s NatWest 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and France, which falls in the centenary year of Armistice.

It specifically commemorates the captains of the two nations in the last matches played before the First World War – Eric Milroy (Scotland) and Marcel Burgun (France), both of whom perished in the conflict.

But it is also a tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In all, 22 French and 30 Scottish internationalists were killed in action, along with countless other club players from both nations.

The driving force for the creation of the trophy was Patrick Caublot from the Amiens club in the north of France, who promoted it with David Anderson, a great-great nephew of Eric Milroy.

Anderson said: “Eric Milroy and Marcel Burgun, Scotland and France captains in 1914, are named on the trophy. They represent the never-forgotten sacrifices made by rugby players of both nations and embody the Auld Alliance that was renewed in the Great War.”

Caublot, who led a party from the Amiens region on a visit to Scottish Rugby’s war memorial today, said: “The trophy underlines that the spirt of the Auld Alliance will live on.”
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:34 am    Post subject: Lt Eric MacLeod Milroy Reply with quote

Name: Lieutenant Eric MacLeod Milroy
Birth Date: 4 Dec 1887
Birth Place: City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Death Date: 18 Jul 1916
Death Place: France
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
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