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Troops ex 'Traz-os-Mondes', Kirkwall

A Tom Kent picture showing returning troops on 17th November 1918.
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Picture added on 03 October 2006
I wondered what happened to the cannons in the picture on the Kirk Green?
Are they the same ones which are next to the Harbours department building at Scapa?
Added by Craig Taylor on 03 October 2006
See picture #914 (1930) by Orkney Archives....this may possibly answer your question or part of it Craig.
PS Any translation for "Traz-os Mondes" anyone??
Added by Peter Burges on 03 October 2006
The "Orkney Herald" of 27th November 1918 printed two letters dated 12th and 13th which Provost Baikie had received from Brigadier-General M N Turner, CB, CMG, Commanding 236th Infantry Brigade, HMTS Traz-os-Montes, thanking all those who had made the troops billeted in the Town Hall on 8th and 9th November comfortable and thanking those who had provided scones and coffee at the St Magnus Hall. The following week the paper carried copies of further letters of thanks from a Sgt C Perkins of C Coy., 10 Platoon, 6th Yorks. Regt. and Lt. Col. C Lind, Officer Commanding 6th Yorks. Then on 18th December we find some indication of the scale of what had been going on. Apparently about a thousand troops had been fed at the kirk hall every day for the week they were in Kirkwall, and gifts had flooded in from the East and West Mainland for them. But what were these troops doing in Kirkwall? My guess is that they were en route to Russia to support the White Russians against the Bolsheviks. Three British Battalions were landed at Murmansk on the 26th.
Added by Paul Sutherland on 16 October 2006
The Tras os Montes had limped into Kirkwall after severe listing en route to Murmansk as part of Operation Syren. The 3000 troops were eventually transferred to HMTS Huntsend and reached Murmansk in late November to join Canadian and US soldiers. On board were members of the Green Howards, and 154 Field Ambulance. My grandfather was with them, and he returned to UK in August 1919 on HMS Toloa.
Added by Shena Lewington on 17 January 2023
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