Family of centenarian honoured in roll book
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”.