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- Heroic Hearts

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Plans are in hand to make a film featuring the connection between, Hearts, one of Edinburgh's football teams, and the Royal Scots Battalion that served in the First World War

Filmmaker Jon Pettigrew has written a script for a feature film bringing to life the true story of 16 Hearts players who swapped the maroon jerseys of the Tynecastle club for the khaki of the King's uniform.

The story revolves round the efforts of Sir George McRae to recruit Hearts supporters and the formation of the 16th Royal Scots - "McRae's Battalion."

Hearts have welcomed the project, insisting the movie would help to share the story with new audiences. "We are thrilled that the heroic contribution Hearts players made to the First World War may be remembered in this way," said a club spokesman. "A film about McCrae's Battalion will not only preserve their legacy but ensure the story is heard more widely."

The graphic here is of a statue to the Royal Scots Greys standing in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, beside the castle.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2014

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