Hu­man sto­ries from front line

Hamilton Advertiser - - REMEMBRANCE -

A pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end­ing of the First World War has opened at Low Parks Mu­seum.

The images taken from the Camero­ni­ans Reg­i­men­tal Col­lec­tion, which is main­tained by South La­nark­shire’s mu­seum ser­vice, in­clude some which have never been on pub­lic dis­play be­fore.

In ad­di­tion to posed pho­to­graphs taken by of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­phers, the ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes shots of day-to-day ac­tiv­ity on the front line.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also has art­works cre­ated by pupils from schools across South La­nark­shire.

They worked with Hamil­ton artist Al­li­son Smith, who has a per­sonal con­nec­tion to the Camero­ni­ans through her grand­fa­ther.

Al­li­son said:“all I re­ally knew of my grand­fa­ther was the sto­ries handed down and he al­ways seemed like this slightly dis­tant mil­i­tary man in a tightly-but­toned uni­form.

“Be­cause of that I was keen to get the pupils to fo­cus on the man be­hind the sol­dier.

“We started by read­ing some of the per­sonal let­ters from the sol­diers that are held in the Camero­ni­ans Col­lec­tion and that helped bring them to life as real peo­ple who walked the same streets that the chil­dren know to­day.”

Provost Ian Mcallan said:“an ex­hi­bi­tion like this helps re­mind us of the true cost of con­flict.

“It un­der­lines that the lives lost are not just sta­tis­tics in the his­tory books but peo­ple’s hus­bands, fa­thers, sons and in­deed moth­ers and daugh­ters.”

Schools that took part were St John’s, St Mary’s, Wood­side, Our Lady and St Anne’s (Hamil­ton); David Liv­ing­stone Me­mo­rial Pri­mary (Blan­tyre); La­nark Gram­mar and Un­der­bank Pri­mary (Cly­des­dale).

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run at Low Parks un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 18.

Ex­hi­bi­tion Al­li­son Smith

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