Names bid for un­known sol­diers Race to iden­tify lads be­fore Sun­day

Ayrshire Post - - Cumnock And Doon Valley - Stephen Hous­ton

These old im­ages have ob­vi­ously had colour added to them, so must have been im­por­tant to them and their fam­i­lies.

But do you recog­nise any fam­ily re­sem­blance in these young rosy- cheeked fight­ing men?

They were found in the thrift shop of Bal­lantrae Ru­ral Ini­tia­tive Care in the Com­mu­nity.

Now Heather Shuck­burgh of Len­dal­foot is ap­peal­ing to Ayrshire Post read­ers as a last re­sort to have them iden­ti­fied.

Heather said: “It would be won­der­ful to get them some lo­cal recog­ni­tion and I hope to in­clude them in the Mem­ory Box Remembrance Cam­paign at St Col­mon Church in Col­monell this com­ing week­end.”

Heather says she feels com­pelled to try and dis­cover who they were.

She added: “It al­ways sad­dens me when I see these trea­sured re­minders of loved ones in char­ity shops .

“With the added em­pha­sis of the im­por­tance of this year’s remembrance it would be won­der­ful to find out who they were and what they did in the Sec­ond World War.”

A fam­ily wed­ding im­age of the same time also found in the Bal­lantrae shop was iden­ti­fied with the help of Gir­van & Dis­trict Great War Project and The His­tory Buffs.

That was a mar­riage on New Year’s Day 1940 of a David Tud­hope and Bar­bara Waugh.

David and his brother Alex as best man both wore their Royal Scots Fusiliers uni­form. Alex, a miner, was killed dur­ing the war.

If read­ers have any in­for­ma­tion that would help iden­tify the pair of sol­ders, email heather­shuck­burgh@ ya­hoo. co. uk.

She adds: “Help us give these brave young men the hon­our they de­serve.”

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