Plan to build Bainsford war memorial gathering momentum

A plan to create a “long overdue” war memorial to remember Bainsford’s fallen heroes has moved a step closer.

By Jonathon Reilly
Friday, 26th June 2020, 12:15 pm

The Bainsford War Memorial Association last week made a successful application to the Falkirk Council Common Good Fund and received £40,000 to support its proposal.

Plans are in place to create a permanent tribute in Dawson Park to the 200-plus brave sons from the village who gave their lives fighting for their country in the First World War and the Second World War.

Not only will the site act as a place of remembrance, it will also serve as a place of learning and feature interpretation boards detailing the stories of those commemorated.

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Ancre Somme Association Falkirk branch presents a banner to Bainsford War Memorial Association at the planned site in Dawson Park, Bainsford. Provost William Buchanan and Robert Bissett, centre. Picture: Michael Gillen.

A programme of community engagement will also be rolled out in advance of the erection of the memorial.

The association’s ten committee members have managed to fundraise £3000 and require £83,000 in total to see the project through.

North Councillor Robert Bissett, who is leading the fundraising push, said: “Bainsford is no different from other areas regarding lost lives so a memorial to remember the war dead is long overdue.

“We have almost 225 men identified so far. We will continue fundraising and making applications to various funders.

“Falkirk Council did say if we are having difficulty with fundraising we can return to the Common Good Fund.

“Local school pupils will be involved, as will members of the local community who have stories to tell of the war and their relatives.

“We will be producing a book at the end of the project with the support of local historians.

“It is important that the next generation keeps remembering all of the brave men and women who fought and died for our freedoms.”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation or has information they wish to share should email [email protected] or message Bainsford War Memorial Association on Facebook.

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