Project to find town war links

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing asked to help mark sites in the town with links to World War One.

Home Front Legacy 1914-18 is a UK-wide record­ing project which aims to record the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains of the war home front.

The project is co­or­di­nated by the Coun­cil for Bri­tish Ar­chae­ol­ogy with fund­ing and sup­port from His­toric Eng­land.

Part­ners through­out the UK also in­clude His­toric Scot­land.

The project uses on­line re­sources to cre­ate a map through­out the UK.

Vol­un­teer Gor­don Wilkie took to Face­book re­cently look­ing for in­for­ma­tion about the Gate­side Hos­pi­tal in Cam­bus­lang.

Only one site has so far been mapped in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang. A now de­mol­ished drill hall on Queen Street in Ruther­glen was HQ and base for a num­ber of com­pa­nies.

Chris Kolonko, who runs the project, told the Re­former: “Al­though much of the fight­ing took place in Europe, the war had a huge im­pact on the peo­ple, land­scapes and build­ings back at home.

“Many build­ings were req­ui­si­tioned by the mil­i­tary and gov­ern­ment to act as re­cruit­ment of­fices, hospi­tals, and drill halls.

Land was also re­quired to pro­vide train­ing ar­eas for sol­diers, build new air­fields and es­tab­lish large mu­ni­tions fac­to­ries.

“Af­ter the war the req­ui­si­tioned build­ings were no longer needed and many re­turned to their pre-war func­tion.

“The fac­to­ries and air­fields built on req­ui­si­tioned land were of­ten de­mol­ished and the land re­turned to farm­land.

“It is very likely that there are re­main­ing build­ings and sites within Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang that re­main to be re­dis­cov­ered and recorded, along with the per­sonal sto­ries at­tached to those sites.”

Go to www. home­frontle­gacy.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

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