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.
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
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.
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
a 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
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
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
Thanks also to Cathy Graham for sharing her
father’s memorabilia and her memories and for agreeing to be
To Anne Anderson for her research on the Goodwin
Family & Lynne Melville for details of Bob Cooper.
Mackenzie at the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum, thanks for
help with researching the soldiers from our local regiment.
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
To Michael Moore who provided the refreshments for the
To College Development Network for providing
photocopying of the handout & Spreadsheet.
To Stewart Marshall for hosting the Website