Every year we come together on Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, to commemorate and honour those who have fallen to secure and protect our freedom. The signing of the Armistice on 11thNovember 1918 marked the ending of the First World War; ‘Armistice’ in Latin translates to “to stand (still) arms”.
King George V held the first official Armistice Day celebration at Buckingham Palace in 1919. Today memorial services are held worldwide with many countries marking the anniversary as a day of “remembrance”.
Traditionally, at 11am, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, a 2 minute silence is held as a tribute to those who fought and died in both World Wars.
With every bottle of Tommy’s Gin sold, we donate a proceed to local Military Charities.
In October 2017, we launched Tommy’s Gin (45% volume) in memory of our late father Tommy Wilson. Tommy, who passed away in late August 2016, served in the British Army during the Suez Crisis. As “Tommy” is also a generic name and term of endearment for a soldier, we felt that this was very fitting to name the gin, Tommy’s.
Thomas, one of our directors, followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Army serving in the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1 PARA). Thomas completed multiple tours including spells in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. He also worked as a Private Military Contractor in Afghanistan. Today, Thomas still serves with the 4th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (4PARA) and continues to support the festival of Remembrance as the Parade Commander in the local parade in Portree.
Today, Thomas and his brother Alistair Wilson take great pride in distilling Tommy’s Gin and with Military Charities close to their hearts, the decision to donate proceeds from every sale was an easy one to make.
All our bottles of Tommy’s Gin are batch numbered. To find out more about Tommy’s Gin click here.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The poem ‘For the Fallen’ was written by Laurence Binyon and was first published in The Times newspaper in September 1914. Binyon composed the poem shortly after the retreat from the Battle of Mons and dedicated it in honour to the casualties of the British Expeditionary Force. Today, the above verse of this poem has become known as the ‘Ode of Remembrance’ and is recited at commemorative services in tribute to all casualties of war.
THE COMMANDO MEMORIAL
We draw inspiration for our imagery and artwork on “Tommy’s Gin” bottle from The Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge which we pass every week as we deliver our gin to the mainland.
The memorial stands some 17ft high and features a group of three commandos facing Ben Nevis, dressed in typical WW2 uniforms. The memorial is one of the best- known in the UK and is both a war memorial and a tourist attraction, the location offering stunning views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr.
Join us and raise a glass of Tommy’s gin this Remembrance Sunday.