Falkirk soldier’s WW1 diary leads to family tree research

Diary of Sapper Charles Penmand, from Carron, who fought in World War One.''Diana Burns of Glasgow bought a little black diary at an antiques fair and is searching for family related to the man who wrote it.'It belonged to a Sapper Charles Penman who fought in the First World War with the 2/2 High Field Company of the Royal Engineers, who left home to fight from Blackmill, Carron on December 29, 1914.'Diana said: 'The diary stops in Christmas Day, 1915. It has proved impossible to find out what became of Charles. He was probably the son of William and Janet Penman who were living in Main Street, Larbert in 1901, and had a brother, William, and sister, Jemima. Before the war, he was a joiner, and his skills were put to good use in the trenches.''If you know any details that can help Diana, let us know on (01324) 690249.
Diary of Sapper Charles Penmand, from Carron, who fought in World War One.''Diana Burns of Glasgow bought a little black diary at an antiques fair and is searching for family related to the man who wrote it.'It belonged to a Sapper Charles Penman who fought in the First World War with the 2/2 High Field Company of the Royal Engineers, who left home to fight from Blackmill, Carron on December 29, 1914.'Diana said: 'The diary stops in Christmas Day, 1915. It has proved impossible to find out what became of Charles. He was probably the son of William and Janet Penman who were living in Main Street, Larbert in 1901, and had a brother, William, and sister, Jemima. Before the war, he was a joiner, and his skills were put to good use in the trenches.''If you know any details that can help Diana, let us know on (01324) 690249.

A keen genealogist has kindly researched the history of a Falkirk family after buying a relation’s First World War diary at an antiques fair at Ingliston.

The diary was written by Sapper Charles Penman from Carron who fought in the conflict with the 2/2 High Field Company of Royal Engineers.

When we ran an article asking for details of Charles his great niece Helen Brown from Falkirk got in touch and provided Diana Burns from Glasgow, who purchased the diary, with some details.

Diana said: “Helen told me that Charles Penman worked in the Carron Iron Works as a housing factor after he returned from WW1. When he retired, Helen’s father took over Charles’ job in the Works. I have also been able to add quite a bit to the history of the family.”