Remembrance

Remembrance

St Andrew's Church, Peebles.
Scottish war memorials are found in all communities in Scotland.

Scottish war memorials are found in all communities in Scotland. They are found on most main streets and most churches in Scotland. Many commemorate the sacrifice of the First World War but there are many others to wars before and since 1914–1918.

Despite the horror of war the newspapers didn’t just report on the inevitable bad news.

The Southern Reporter printed regular snapshots of soldiers from the Scottish Borders who received war honours. This news was well received at home and the pride within small communities could not be underestimated.

The Reverend Dr Gunn produced five books - each complete in itself - containing the names, records, and portraits of the 'gallant boys and men of Tweeddale who fell in the Great War of 1914 - 1918'.  The volumes included verses - mostly from, soldier poets - chosen with as much regard as possible to fitness.

Dr Gunn wrote, 'About six hundred of the sons of Tweeddale sacrificed all, even life itself, for the county and the Empire. Lest we forget: but also to reveal to generations yet unborn something of what we owe to those gallant souls, who greatly dared, heroically suffered and nobly won, these memoirs are written'.

© Alistair McEwen