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Maddiston memorial to be built for Great War centenary

Residents in Maddiston are keen to teach future generations about the sacrifice of local men and women during the world wars. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (140322a)

Residents in Maddiston are keen to teach future generations about the sacrifice of local men and women during the world wars. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (140322a)

 

A war memorial to honour the men from a Braes village who were killed during World War I and II is to be built in time for this year’s centenary.

Maddiston Community Council is behind the project to erect a lasting monument to the brave souls who perished in the Great War which started on August 4, 1914.

The memorial will be placed on the corner of California Road and Main Street and is being funded by Falkirk Council. It is expected to be in place by July.

Community council convenor John Wotherspoon said: “We are a community without a memorial and it is only fitting that we respect the sacrifice of the men of Maddiston and the surrounding community who have served our country.

“The community council is anxious to promote and build upon the community that exists in the village. The absence of a memorial needs to be rectified particularly as this year is the centenary of the beginning of the Great War.

“We also wish to provide information for our school which is opposite the memorial so that pupils can understand the history surrounding the events of the First and Second World Wars.

“We are also anxious to ensure that all the names are correctly inscribed on the memorial, starting with the casualties from the First World War.

“Details of the consecration service will be made available nearer the time. At this time we are grateful to Falkirk Council and all involved in supporting this project.”

Cloybank Estate is to build the memorial, which will give young people experience in the masonry trade, and Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group has been tasked with mustering all the names of the fallen from the village.

Historian David Leask said: “Most other villages already have a war memorial commemorating the people of their villages, but the memorial in Muiravonside Cemetery covers the whole of the parish of Muiravonside, not just Maddiston.

“Getting all the names right is proving quite tricky at the moment due to the way they are listed at Muiravonside, as names from World War II are listed too.

“We are appealing to those with relatives who died in both conflicts to get in touch with us and help us make sure that no mistakes are made when we put the names on the memorial.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Mr Leask on (01324) 715634, Mary Gibb on (01324) 716009 or David Malloch on (01324) 714062.

 

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