So­ci­ety’s re­search looks into old sol­diers’ his­to­ries

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunt­ing

As Monk l a n d s pre­pares to fall silent this Sun­day to pay tribute to the fallen, the La­nark­shire Fa m i l y H i s t o r y So­ci­ety’s mil­i­tary sec­tion are look­ing to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate re­search fa­cil­ity de­tail­ing the self­less ser­vice given by lo­cal sol­diers.

The ded­i­cated team has em­barked on the “mas­sive task” of in­dex­ing ev­ery La­nark­shire man known to have died in the First World War.

This data­base will in­clude each soldier’s ser­vice num­ber, rank, bat­tal­ion, bri­gade, reg­i­ment, unit, squadron or ship, and tell how and where they fell and where they are in­terred or com­mem­o­rated.

Lind­say Free­land, part of the so­ci­ety and its mil­i­tary re­searchers, told the Ad­ver­tiser : “Of­ten ser­vice­men are com­mem­o­rated on more than just the lo­cal civic war memo­rial.

“He may also be re­mem­bered at schools, uni­ver­si­ties, churches, sports clubs, ma­sonic lodges, places of work, Rolls of Hon­our and on fam­ily head­stones; this in­for­ma­tion will also be in­cluded in the in­dex.

“The ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive of this project is to pro­vide fam­i­lies and in­ter­ested par­ties with as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble in or­der for them to ad­vance their re­search about their an­ces­tors.”

Lind­say added: “Over the last five or six years, mem­bers of the so­ci­ety’s mil­i­tary sec­tion have been re­search­ing the his­to­ries of the men from the towns and vil­lages of the county who fought and fell in the First World War.

“The re­search cov­ers the bat­tle­fields of France and Flan­ders, the Somme and Ypres, to­gether with bat­tles and en­gage­ments fought in Gal­lipoli, Me­sopotamia, Salonika and Si­nai and Pales­tine.

“In ad­di­tion, the men of the La­nark­shire Yeo­manry, whose story is told in the book Dust, Sand and Mud, are in­cluded, along with the men who lost their lives at sea and in the air.

“A to­tal of over 40 books have now been writ­ten and pub­lished and it is es­ti­mated that some 3000 men have been re­searched.

“In the books, ab­bre­vi­ated mil­i­tary, fam­ily and so­cial his­to­ries of each of the ser­vice­men are recorded.

“It should also be noted that no women fought in the front line in World War I.”

The La­nark­shire Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety welcomes en­quiries from mem­bers of the pub­lic re­gard­ing those who lost their lives in WWI; for fur­ther i n f o rma­tion, emaiL mil­i­tary-la­nark­shirefhs@ hot­

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