If you think this is a co­in­ci­dence...

The Oban Times - - BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS - Johnny Pa­ton

A HAPPY spring ser­vice in the church on Ulva last Sun­day had one par­tic­u­larly solemn note – brought to bear by a rather poignant co­in­ci­dence.

Chil­dren from Tober­mory Sun­day club joined wor­ship­pers from Mull and be­yond in an Easter ser­vice in the beau­ti­ful Telford build­ing.

Af­ter the fun of wor­ship­ping to­gether the con­gre­ga­tion gath­ered at the small war me­mo­rial near the front door.

Thought­ful mo­ments were spent lay­ing flow­ers in mem­ory of Pri­vate Alexan­der McGregor of the 1/ 7 Black Watch (Scot­tish Horse) who died at the bat­tle of Ar­ras in First World War – and his three com­rades in arms. He was only 22.

The flow­ers were from the gar­den of Iain Campbell of Tober­mory who had dis­cov­ered that Alexan­der was not only re­lated to him but also that he died on April 23, 1917, 100 years to the very day of the ser­vice on Ulva.

Af­ter the act of re­mem­brance the chil­dren en­joyed an Easter egg hunt in the kirk­yard.

It was said that it was ap­pro­pri­ate that the very kirk­yard that Alexan­der could have played in as a child was now filled with the sound of chil­dren again.

He who had given his life for his coun­try would surely be smil­ing at the thought of these young is­landers cel­e­brat­ing new life.

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