On 25 May, the Women’s Section held their AGM at New Haig House, in Edinburgh. It was the first time the branches had all come together for the meeting. 

Lil Davidson is now National President, Sheila Elrick is the National Chair, and Nyree McConnell has been elected as National Vice-Chair. 

Next year marks 100 years of the Women’s Section. Make sure to check the autumn edition of the Legion Scotland Today magazine for information on how the centenary will be celebrated. 

In the meantime, here are a few updates from the Women’s Section.


Anzac Day 2023 

On 25 April, Anzac Day was marked internationally. The Women’s Section was represented by Lil Davidson and Sheila Elrick at the Edinburgh Castle ceremony. Also in attendance were the city’s Lord Provost, Robert Aldridge, as well as representatives of the UK, Scottish, Australian, New Zealand, French and Turkish governments. 

The ceremony included several national anthems being sung, poems read, and a selection of speakers. Describing the event, Dr Claire Armstrong, Chief Executive of Legion Scotland, said, “It was a chance to reflect on the extraordinary courage of our Armed Forces community, both past and present, as well as the enduring friendship between our countries.” 

Annual Conference 

The Women’s Section president and chair were invited to attend the annual conference in Perth this year, along with Life Vice President Raina Haig. It was by all accounts a very informative and enjoyable affair. The dinner on Friday evening had a slight origami twist as paper airplanes, frigates and tanks were placed on the tables. Needless to say, these were used in a fierce battle between courses. Well done to Sally Orr Ewing who came up with this idea and was also the maker of the origami. 

A right royal summer 

Inverness’ Women’s Section joined in with the local branch to watch the King’s Coronation on the big screen at the club. The event was well attended, and the club was decorated in red, white and blue to mark the occasion.


Meanwhile, the National President, National Chair and new National Vice-Chair attended the garden party to celebrate the Coronation at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on 4 July. Unfortunately, the weather was horrendous and the garden became a sea of umbrellas; nonetheless, all in attendance were in awe of the event.


More updates from the Women’s Section will be included in the autumn edition of Legion Scotland Today.