A beacon was lit on Dundee Law at exactly 6.30am on Friday to commemorate the moment the troops went over the top at the start of the Battle of Loos.
Veterans of The Black Watch hosted the dawn ceremony when a minutes silence was also held to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle.
Dundee’s Lord Provost Bob Duncan spoke of the sacrifice made by so many and a retired Black Watch Major and secretary of the Black Watch Association, Ronnie Proctor, read a poem.
A century might have passed since the Battle of Loos, but the memory of the catastrophic events lives on around Tayside, including the lives lost of many from The Black Watch.
Today (Saturday), 300 veterans will be joined by 250 serving soldiers to parade through the city as part of Scotland’s commemorations.
The First Minister and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will be in attendance.
The men of The Black Watch will be remembered, including the gallant band of Dundonian reservists who perished launching a diversionary attack on the Germans.
As the city’s civic head, Lord Provost Bob Duncan is frequently invited to attend or host events — but rarely do they have such historical importance.
He thinks the huge toll that Loos had on the city and its surrounding area make it fitting that the country will gather in the City Square to mark the occasion.
Mr Duncan said: “I think it is very important to commemorate the Battle of Loos because of the sheer loss of young life.
“For people in Dundee it is part of their history.
“It was a tragic event and it has to be kept in people’s memory.
“Our parade of soldiers — past and present — at lunchtime in the City Square will be a very special occasion.
Dr William Kenefick, who has played an integral role in commemorating the battle and the local men from the city who lost their lives, thinks that we can still learn lessons from Loos.
Dr Kenefick told the Tele: “It is vital to remember the men that fell.
“Especially in the world we live in, with all the wars and devastation. We need to remember the 4th Battalion of The Black Watch — the Territorial Regiment that was made up of men from Dundee — they suffered a great deal.
“They epitomised the Dundee spirit and they deserve remembrance from the city for many years to come.
“There was nowhere in Dundee left unaffected by what happened at Loos.
“I think it is very important to recognise the impact of that on a city.
“If you think about that in today’s terms, it’s like nearly 300 people just disappearing from the city in such a short space of time.
“The men paid the ultimate sacrifice for the city.
“So it is important that we always keep that in our hearts and minds.
“It’s important to me that we keep their memory alive.
“We just hope that the whole weekend is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives.”