Maddiston to show its growing respect for WWI heroes

Maddiston historian David Leask, third from left, is exploring ways to 'ensure the names of every WW1 soldier from the area is remembered. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (140322A)
Maddiston historian David Leask, third from left, is exploring ways to 'ensure the names of every WW1 soldier from the area is remembered. Picture: Lisa McPhillips (140322A)

Plans to erect a memorial in Maddiston containing the names of all the men who died in the First World War are being discussed.

The Maddiston and Rumford History Group wants to ensure the sacrifices of the brave men from the old Muiravonside Parish are remembered by generations to come.

There are over 100 names in the area’s Roll of Honour but they cannot fit on the recently-built war memorial in the village’s Main Street so another location is being sought.

One of the ideas the group is exploring is planting a tree in memory of each man as a poignant way of showing respect that will grow as the years go on.

One location for the planting could be in Muiravonside Country Park where community councils from Maddiston and Standburn and Avonbridge will be putting in 1300 trees as part of a new public ‘growing area’.

David Leask, who runs the history group, said he will approach Maddiston Community Council to put forward the idea.

“I think it is a good idea,” he said. “Planting a tree for each man was our initial plan as the names can’t fit on the war memorial, but we were struggling to find somewhere in the village that would be suitable.

“Due to this we were discussing other options like placing a plaque somewhere, but if trees are going to be planted in the park it could be a perfect location.

“I will certainly speak to the community council, we have worked with them before, as it could be a place where people can pay their respects and get involved in the growing project which will have fruit trees.”

If the idea gets off the ground, Mr Leask sees planting fruit trees as a “poignant” way of remembering the old soldiers, the trees symbolising a way of the men continuing to contribute to the community long after their deaths.

Nobody from Maddiston Community Council was available for comment on the idea but the committee is looking for volunteers to help them with the planting in November, when a Remembrance Day ceremony will also be held in the village.