105-year-old First World War instrument played again
The cornet will poignantly sound the Last Post at a remembrance service in Dundee.
A cornet which once played on the Western Front during the First World War has been discovered in Dundee.
This 105-year-old instrument was found in storage on board the museum ship the HMS Unicorn.
It was only during its restoration that the story behind it became clear.
Historians traced the cornet back to a former Harris Academy pupil named Victor Ferrar, killed by sniper fire attempting to rescue an injured soldier at Gallipoli in 2015. He was just 17-years-old.
Ferrar's instrument has now been passed to Rael Watt, a fellow Harris Academy pupil, 100 years later to play at Dundee's Remembrance Service.
He said: "The first time I heard that story I felt really sad and shocked. I thought there would be a happy ending where he'd save the person and get home but he just died.
"It just shows that It was a really dangerous time back then. I'm now older than he was in the war. I'm honoured to play this cornet because I'm carrying on the legacy of a former pupil."
Rael will play the Last Post at Dundee's Remembrance Service at 11am at City Churches.
It will play again for the final time at a special Naval service on board the HMS Unicorn later that afternoon.
Historian Andrew Jeffrey said: "It is a First World War veteran instrument, played by the band of the Hood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division, on the western front and it was also playable.
"Not many people have heard of the royal naval division but 10,000 Scots served in the RND. 1600 did not come back."