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Help find Clydesdale’s Great War survivors

Memories of war...Market Square, near where Carluke Drill Hall once stood (Pic Lindsay Addison)

Memories of war...Market Square, near where Carluke Drill Hall once stood (Pic Lindsay Addison)

 

GAZETTE readers have been asked to turn history detectives to find Clydesdale’s ‘survivors’ of World War One.

Obviously, the human veterans of that conflict, which started a century ago this year, are now all gone but many BUILDINGS in our area which ‘served’ in that war are still very much with us.

And now the Scottish Government through its Historic Scotland agency wants YOU to help pinpoint where and what they are.

The Edinburgh-based agency has already drawn up its own provisional list of Great War-related structures around here but badly needs some good old local knowledge on them all.

It is a bit of a short order, given that one of the main aims of producing a full list is to issue it as a guide book for visitors coming to Scotand for 2014’s Homecoming Year.

Many ‘expat’ Scots know of ancestors who fought in World War One and would probably like to see places such as the old drill halls in Forth, Douglas and Law where their relatives trained before marching off to the front.

There must be many buildings around Clydesdale still standing which did their bit in the 1914-18 war and Historic Scotland wants to know where they are.

This is where Gazette readers come in. Information can be sent to Historic Scotland by finding the link on its special website www.rcahms.gov.uk/firstworldwar.

 

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