High­land church to pay trib­ute to dead sol­diers

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE -

A High­land church will tonight pay a mov­ing trib­ute to 23 lo­cal sol­diers who per­ished in the First World War.

An Eve of Peace ser­vice has been or­gan­ised by Crom­dale and Ad­vie Church, near Gran­townon-Spey, that is to high­light the mov­ing story of each man from the vil­lage who never re­turned from war.

Peter Scul­lion, a mem­ber of the lo­cal church, has thor­oughly re­searched the his­tory of the 23 sol­diers over the past year.

He de­scribed the project as a “labour of love” adding: “It’s about the sol­diers – I think it’s very im­por­tant that we don’t for­get.”

Rev Mary Dun­can­son will lead the ser­vice with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mu­nity, British Le­gion, West­ern Front As­so­ci­a­tion, Royal Air Force and mem­bers of Gran­town Gram­mar School to also at­tend.

Ms Dun­can­son said: “It’s very im­por­tant we hear th­ese sto­ries and it will be a very re­flec­tive ser­vice.

“A can­dle will be lit for each man who died. The project is bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether – it’s re­ally in­spired peo­ple’s in­ter­est in the vil­lage.

“There’s a real sim­plic­ity about the way the pop­pies have been done and the im­ages of the sol­diers that we have in the win­dow.”

Crom­dale war me­mo­rial is one of the few that was erected in­side a Church, and was paid for by pub­lic sub­scrip­tion af­ter the war.

The en­trance of the church had been dec­o­rated with pop­pies knit­ted by the com­mu­nity, with an im­pres­sive win­dow dis­play of two bowed sol­diers in the west win­dow.

The ser­vice be­gins at 6pm.

POIGNANT: A ‘sol­dier’ stands next to a dis­play of knit­ted pop­pies in Mint­law Vil­lage Hall

Fin­lay Grant and Katie Ram­say lay a wreath

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