Ayrshire Archives Remembers

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon

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Ayrshire Archives Remembers: Ayr Academy

Today we are sharing a notice from our collections relating to fund-raising carried out by pupils at Ayr Academy during World War One. Throughout the course of the First World War, the students and staff at Ayr Academy organised different fund-raising activities, along with contributing to war savings and providing comforts and gifts from home for soldiers fighting at the Front. The school also made donations to war charities, and maintained ‘Ayr Academy beds’ in military hospitals.

Ayr Advertiser note

Accession 10/30 – Notice for the Ayr Advertiser

The school also looked to commemorate former pupils and staff who served during the War. From 1914 each issue of the school magazine provided a Roll of Honour for students who had enlisted. A special edition ‘Xmas Souvenir to Former Pupils on War Service’ which was printed in 1917 listed over 500 names of students who served during the First World War.

Ayrshire Archives Remembers: Wallacetown School Former Pupils

We are sharing more images from Wallacetown Public School Admission Register.  The register contains newspaper clippings saved by the headmaster of former pupils who served during World War One.  These included former pupils who died and also those who were wounded or awarded medals.  We will share more of these over the next few days.  Their final resting place has been commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  We would be pleased to hear about any of your ancestors who served in World War One.

William Galt

Newspaper clipping from Wallacetown Public School Admission Register recording the death of William Galt and his brother James Galt.

William Galt was buried in Amara Cemetery in Southern Iraq in 1917 and his brother James was interred in Loos, France after being killed in action in 1915.  They were both former pupils of the school.

Lance Corporal W Galt Seaforth Highlanders

Certificate from Commonwealth War Graves Commission website https://www.cwgc.org/

Private James Galt Seaforth Highlanders

Certificate from Commonwealth War Graves Commission website https://www.cwgc.org/

Ayrshire Archives Remembers: Troon Parish Church

Today we are sharing a booklet marking the dedication service at Troon Parish Church of memorial tablets and windows to the men of the parish who died in World War One. If anyone has further information on the names included in this booklet, please do let us know.

Troon Parish Church

Booklet to commemorate the unveiling of memorials in Troon Parish Church to the men of the parish who died in World War One. (ATD6/4)

Troon Parish Church

Names on the memorial in Troon Parish Church to the men of the parish who died in World War One (ATD6/4).

Ayrshire Archives Remembers: Wallacetown School Former Pupils

We are sharing more images from Wallacetown Public School Admission Register.  The register contains newspaper clippings saved by the headmaster of former pupils who served during World War One.  These included former pupils who died and also those who were wounded or awarded medals.  We would be pleased to hear about any of your ancestors who served in World War One.

 

John McCord

Newspaper clipping from Wallacetown Public School Admission Register recording the death of John McCord.

John McCord

Extract from Admission Register.

John McCord was buried in Preston (New Hall Lane) in 1917. His final resting place has been commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Private J McCord Royal Scots Fusiliers

Certificate from Commonwealth War Graves Commission website https://www.cwgc.org/

Ayrshire Archives Remembers: Dalmellington War Relief

Today we are sharing a Minute Book from the Dalmellington War Relief Committee that we hold in our collections. The Committee was set up to provide support to those suffering hardship as a result of the War. We would be pleased to hear about any of your ancestors who served in World War One.

Dalmellington War Relief Committee

Minute Book of Dalmellington Committee for relieving distress in the European War (CO3/31/9)

 

Dalmellington War Relief

Letter found in Minute Book of Dalmellington Committee for relieving distress in the European War (CO3/31/9)

Ayrshire Archives Remembers: Spier’s School Beith

Today we are sharing a booklet from our records of Spier’s School in Beith, detailing the former pupils and staff who served during World War One, including medals awarded and notes of those who didn’t return home.  If anyone has further information on the names included in this booklet, please do let us know.

Spier's School, Beith

Booklet containing the names of former pupils of Spier’s School in Beith who served during World War One. (CO3/10/7/68/3/1/5)

Spier's School, Beith

Details and notes of former pupils at Spier’s School in Beith who served during World War One. (CO3/10/7/68/3/1/5)

Ayrshire Archives Remembers: Wallacetown School Former Pupils

We are sharing more images from Wallacetown Public School Admission Register.  The register contains newspaper clippings saved by the headmaster of former pupils who served during World War One.  These included former pupils who died and also those who were wounded or awarded medals.  We would be pleased to hear about any of your ancestors who served in World War One.

David Anderson

Newspaper clipping from Wallacetown Public School Admission Register recording the death of David Anderson.

David Anderson

Extract from Admission Register

David Anderson was buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery in 1915. His final resting place has been commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Private David Anderson Royal Scots Fusiliers

Certificate from Commonwealth War Graves Commission website https://www.cwgc.org/

Ayrshire Archives Remembers: Postcards

Letters and postcards were a common form of communication between those serving in the war and their families.  Matthew Miller, from Stairhill, Stair, was on the front lines when he sent these postcards to Miss Mary Cook of Whitletts, Ayr. We would be pleased to hear about any of your ancestors who served in World War One.

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AA/DC/144/1/2 – Decorative postcard

Mr Matthew Miller, from Stairhill, Stair, was on the front lines as he sent these postcards to Miss Mary Cook Whitletts, Ayr.

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AA/DC144/1/1

These souvenir postcards are hand sewn, greeting Mary at Christmas, new year and her birthday.

 

Whilst the pair managed to keep in contact during his service, they did not marry after the war was over, but they did remain friends.

 

Ayrshire Archives Remembers

Do you know of any people of Ayrshire or of relatives who will be commemorated on the centenary of World War One? If you would like to research this period further, or discover stories of those who fought and died in the war effort, the following resources could help:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have invaluable tools on their website for searching the war dead and cemeteries all over the world to remember the fallen in the First and Second World Wars https://www.cwgc.org/

The National Archives have launched a range of resources on their website to mark the centenary. Some of the First World War records they hold are digitised and available via Discovery, the National Archives online catalogue
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war

The National Records of Scotland have made many Scottish soldiers’ and airmen’s wills available online through the Scotland’s People website as part of their commemorations
https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/…/…/soldiers-and-airmens-wills