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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: North United Free Church, Newcastleton Reply with quote

The North United Free Church, Newcastleton

This was probably the first Church in Newcastleton to unveil a Memorial Plaque to the members of its congregation who fell in the Great War.

On the 29th March, 1919, David Lowe Macintyre V.C., a Lieutenant in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (and the nephew of Reverend Alex Lowe, the Minister), unveiled a large, beautifully hand drawn Roll of Honour which listed the names of the 86 members of the Church's congregation who had served their country during the conflict.
The Congregation then made plans to commission a bronze memorial tablet to sit at the doorway of the church to commemorate the names of thirteen men who had died in the war.

As mentioned, the Bronze Panel lists the names of 13 of the church's congregation who died in the war. It is therefore very surprising to learn that six of the men are not subsequently commemorated on the Liddesdale War Memorial.
Why they have been ignored, or overlooked, seems very strange.

Those commemorated are:

Robert Grant
Peter Lillie
Andrew M.C.Ferguson
Andrew Edinton
Thomas Nelson
Robert T.Nichol
John Elliot
Thomas Elliot
John Forrester
Archibald C.Hubbard
William M.Scott
Thomas Oliver
James Jackson


The illuminated scroll and bronze plaque can now be seen in the Liddesdale Parish Church.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:54 pm    Post subject: Re: North United Free Church, Newcastleton Reply with quote

DerekR wrote:

As mentioned, the Bronze Panel lists the names of 13 of the church's congregation who died in the war. It is therefore very surprising to learn that six of the men are not subsequently commemorated on the Liddesdale War Memorial.
Why they have been ignored, or overlooked, seems very strange.


Derek

I have two suggestions for the six 'extra' names

1. Perhaps the men had been christened in the church or married local girls there and were considered part of the congregation but not part of the community.

2. Are they listed on other local memorials? The UFC and Church of Scotland did not merge (do churches merge?) until 1922. Perhaps these men had to travel from another community which did not have a UFC to worship in.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here are the "great and good" following the unveiling in 1919.
Of note is Willie Little standing in the centre who was a great old soldier. He served in the Great War as well despite his age.


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