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Mearns History Group remembers

Mearns History Group members Eleanor Spalding and Anne Robertson meet Jim Murphy MP and Ken Macintosh MSP

Mearns History Group members Eleanor Spalding and Anne Robertson meet Jim Murphy MP and Ken Macintosh MSP

 

MEARNS History Group has discovered 11 First World War heroes from Newton Mearns whose names never made it to the local memorial.

Group member Eleanor Spalding led research into the 39 names already commemorated on the Ayr Road memorial.

It was during this study that she found 11 more men who had slipped under the historical radar — until now.

The missing names are James Simpson Maxwell, Lewis McDonald, Charles George Gordon McIntosh, James Alexander McIntosh, James Menzies, Eric Pearce Oatts, Thomas Semple, Archibald Douglas Templeton, Godfrey Allan Templeton, David S Tennent and George Stirling Welsh.

Eleanor told The Extra: “I started with a list of names, but can now relate these names to individuals and their families.

“It was particularly sad to discover that seven families lost more than one son.”

All 50 of the fallen soldiers are now commemorated on the group’s website, and Eleanor added: “If anyone has knowledge of any of the men or their families, or knows of any others who should be included, please contact me at webmaster@mearnshistory.org.uk.”

The group’s work has been recognised by MP Jim Murphy and MSP Ken Macintosh, who commented: “For years I have stood reading the names on the memorial, wondering who the men were.

“The history group has done a wonderful job in finding out even just a little of the story behind each one and the grief that their loss must have caused.”

The findings are available at www.mearnshistory.org.uk.

The group is now researching the names listed on the WWII memorial. Eleanor is keen to source “living memories” and asks anyone interested to get in touch.

 

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