Fam­ily of cen­te­nar­ian hon­oured in roll book

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A CEN­TE­NAR­IAN has shared im­ages of a roll of hon­our book which in­cludes five of her re­la­tions who fought in the First World War.

The book was cre­ated by Rev­erend An­drew Hunter, min­is­ter of Kirk­ton United Free Church in Car­luke, South La­nark­shire, who served along­side the troops in France from Au­gust to Oc­to­ber 1915 and sur­vived.

He com­piled the roll to hon­our the courage of the 123 men from the church who served, 23 of whom did not sur­vive.

Car­luke, dubbed the “town called courage”, is the birth­place of three men who were awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross (VC) and busi­ness­man Sir An­gus Grossart has gifted road signs in hon­our of the men, who all have streets named af­ter them.

The roll of hon­our con­tains the names and pho­to­graphs of five mem­bers of the fam­ily of Janie Ste­wart, 101, who all sur­vived the war and re­turned to Car­luke.

Wil­son, An­drew and Wil­liam Brooks were broth­ers - and Ms Ste­wart’s un­cles and Alexan­der and Robert Brooks were her cousins. Ms Ste­wart, who has been a mem­ber of what is now Kirk­ton Church of Scot­land all her life, said her prized copy was gifted to her un­cle An­drew “in recog­ni­tion of his ser­vice in the Great War”.

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