Club to remember the brave fallen of WW1

Andrew Smith with the memorial plaque
Andrew Smith with the memorial plaque

A golf club that lost members during the First World War is planning to hold a reception for families to honour their memory.

This year marks the centenary since the conflict began in 1914.

Eleven members from Bishopbriggs Golf Club died during the war. A plaque in their honour was put up in the clubhouse.

The club would like to invite family members to a reception later this year and is looking for help to try and trace relatives of the men who died in the conflict.

The men who died were John Anderson, Robert Colquhoun, Walter Dean, Keith Patrick, Walter Gray Stirling, William Cleland Walker, James Waters, John M McMillan, David Parker, James Smart Jr and John A Watson.

Andrew Smith, club secretary, said: “We’re having some difficulty in identifying relatives, although we have made some progress with the background on a few of the names.

“We would like to hold a reception and perhaps invite the local minister to say a few words of dedication.”

If you can help, contact Andrew Smith at the club on 0141 772 8938.

Meanwhile, there have been calls for a sergeant, who was born in Kirkintilloch and killed during the war, to be recognised in the town.

Sergeant John Meikle was aged just 19 when he was killed in action in Marfaux, in France on July 20, 1918. He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his gallantry. Sergeant Meikle was born in Freeland Place and his family moved to Glasgow when he was a toddler.