First World War is marked with special exhibition

The exhibition will run at the Auld Kirk Museum until April 24.
The exhibition will run at the Auld Kirk Museum until April 24.

An exhibition telling the inspirational stories of local people during the First World War has been launched to mark the centenary of the conflict.

The ‘For King and Country - Stories from the Great War’ exhibition at the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch is the first in a number of events and activities planned by East Dunbartonshire Council and EDLC Trust to mark the centenary commemorations of the devastating war.

East Dunbartonshire Council Provost Una Walker said: “This superb exhibition, which contains many interesting and compelling stories, will help people of all ages learn more about how our area was affected by the conflict and will ensure younger generations understand and recognise the devastating impact of the war.”

The exhibition contains several items from the archives including photos, letters and postcards from serving soldiers to their family and friends back home. Weapons used in the conflict, such as a Lee-Enfield rifle, are also on display as are some interesting examples of trench art.

Visitors can also view a display of models of tanks and planes that were used on the battlefields as well a collection of propaganda postcards.

Scott Hill, chairman of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “This exhibition contains several inspirational stories of local men and women whose lives were affected by the war, including Kirkintilloch man John Meikle who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918.

“It was very moving to read the poignant accounts of their service during the conflict and to view the many medals and death scrolls on display.”

As part of the commemoration events, stories of heroism, sacrifice and duty are also being sought for a special project focusing on untold stories of the First World War - particularly the role of local women during the conflict.

Young volunteers will visit local communities, residential homes and sheltered housing communities to research and record family stories from the First World War for posterity.