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Books Honouring WWI Soldiers


24/01/16


Three books honouring the sacrifice soldiers from Newmains, Cambusnethan and Morningside made during the First World War have been unveiled by the author.

Keen historian Alistair Allan has completed the mammoth task of recording the lives of the men who gave their lives in the second bloodiest conflict in human history.


Alistair said: “In these books I have attempted to expand on the few details provided on the memorial to give a better understanding of the lives of those who died.

“By drawing together information from a variety of sources, local newspapers, military service records, war grave databases, official government archives and The Cambusnethan Parish Peace Souvenir, it is possible to build portraits, however fragmentary, of the civilian lives of these people and their experiences during the war.

“These portraits vary in depth but can, perhaps, still teach us something of the generation of a century ago. There is also information on others who served but, who managed to survive.”


Alistair’s task was helped thanks to an £8000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, used to help with printing costs. Copies of the book have also been provided to Coltness, St Aidan’s and Clyde Valley High Schools allowing the younger generation a greater insight into those who gave their lives for their freedom.


Alistair added: “I’ve always been interested in genealogy and have become good friends with Joe O’Raw, whom you could describe as having “a black belt” in military history.

“Joe was a great help to me and the more I discovered the more involved I got in the project.

“It’s a historical document but obviously people of this generation won’t know who they are.

“I hope the books will give people the opportunity to see what contribution these men made and also a little about what life was like during that time.”


Copies will be available (reference only) in Newmains, Wishaw, Craigneuk, Motherwell and Airdrie Libraries and also North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre.

Also you can buy the books if you pop along to the Lanarkshire Family History Group who are based at the GLO Centre in Motherwell.