Older people who have lived in Cambusbarron for a long time can still remember some of the survivors of WW1 and some of these, who came back, are in the photographs of this exhibition. More than a few were still here in the Fifties, Sixties and even the Seventies. One present-day villager remembers their faces, occasionally revealing that they were remembering, but telling no-one, the literally unspeakable experiences they had endured.
Unveiling of banner Commemorating the Start of World War  1Sadly, of course, those who died in what was known even then as the Great War, were remembered only in the memory of their families and friends, and some but sadly not all, on our War Memorial. But as many as we could find are being remembered in the exhibits here today.
This year is 100 years on from the start of that Great War and so, more than most years, they all - surviving veterans or victims - deserve to be remembered. Hence we have compiled our exhibition of photographs - and, where they could be found - texts about these men.

The exhibition was opened on the afternoon of Sunday 3th August 2014 - 100 years on from the start of the Great War.

On that day in 1914 the local women constructed a banner which spanned the main street as the men went off to war. A replica was made and unveiled at the Bruce Memorial Church after a commemoration service was held that included Peter McGuire, Veteran WW2 , Cambusbarrpna reading of all the names of those who served in the war from the village. Several houses & businesses in the village displayed poppies in their window as a tribute to the servicemen.

The opening took place at 2pm and began with a piping in of the guest speaker - Peter Maguire. Peter is a veteran of World War 2 and delivered an inspiring speech about why we should remember the servicemen from all conflicts. During the afternoon several new leads were discovered from those who came along and more was learnt about other servicemen - that information has been incorporated in this book.

The exhibition ran until November 22nd and was visited by many local people including classes from Cambusbarron Primary School.
The exhibition is for commemoration, for remembering and respecting those who helped, we shouldn’t forget that it took some time and Opening of Exhibition, Peter Paterson, Peter McGuire & Stewart Marshall (Piper)another dreadful conflict, to make our world a better place - at the very least for the future Cambusbarronians.

Most of the
pictures in the exhibition book have been collected largely from Peter Paterson's array of photographs and photocopied press cuttings collected for over forty years.  Those mainly from Hayford Mill - used as a vast depot for thousands of troops from all over Scotland - come mostly from Craig Heaney's collection.
Marion MacAllister has also conducted extensive research for this exhibition at the National Archives in London and through genealogy websites. She also supplied the poppies for the display and worked with our local school on their contribution.
The actual panels have been the work of our photographic experts Keith Ratcliffe and Keith Henry.
Richard Norman is our liaison with the Community Hall. Stewart Marshall worked on the task of turning the exhibition into an accessible digital record of the project. This small team have met several times this past year to compile the display.
Thanks also to Cathy Graham for sharing her father’s memorabilia and her memories and for agreeing to be interviewed.
To Anne Anderson for her research on the Goodwin Family & Lynne Melville for details of Bob Cooper.
To Rod Mackenzie at the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum, thanks for help with researching the soldiers from our local regiment.
To Gordon Robertson at Monument Press in Stirling for producing the mounting templates for the exhibition.
To Stirling Golf Club, Holy Trinity Church & St Ninians Parish Church for permission to photograph their First World War memorials.
To the Earlsburn Windfarm Trust and Community Pride Fund for providing grants for the project.
To Michael Moore who provided the refreshments for the opening.
To College Development Network for providing photocopying of the handout & Spreadsheet.
To Stewart Marshall for hosting the Website