His­toric links to Cana­dian sol­diers

Ayrshire Post - - Canine Care - Stephen Hous­ton

Re­mem­ber­ing Auld Ayr and the Carnegie li­brary are host­ing an evening on Tues­day De­cem­ber 11 in the Lo­cal His­tory depart­ment of the li­brary.

Doors open at 6.20pm and the 90 minute event will start at 6.30pm.

In 1916, the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment es­tab­lished their Bat­tal­ion base in the town of Ayr. They built up many strong links with the town, not the least which were re­la­tion­ships be­tween the sol­diers and some of the young women of the town. Some led to mar­riages but oth­ers to chil­dren.

There is a very mov­ing sec­tion of Ayr Ceme­tery that has Some of the graves of young New­found­lan­ders who when ar­riv­ing in Ayr, were vul­ner­a­ble to com­mon dis­eases such as measles.

The event will look at the links, show some film of the town and the reg­i­ment and meet one of the de­scen­dents of the sol­diers and a lo­cal girl.

Richard Devine and Ken Nairn of the Auld Ayr team will be there with li­brary staff.

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