Howgate set to unveil its first war memorial

LtoR  Bill Laidlaw, Rosemary Marwick, Annell Burns & Mose Hutchison
LtoR Bill Laidlaw, Rosemary Marwick, Annell Burns & Mose Hutchison

A memorial plaque is to be erected remembering those from the Howgate area who died in World War One and World War Two.

Those behind the village’s first public war memorial are urging relatives of the men named on it to attend the unveiling ceremony at Howgate Kirk on March 20 at 11am.

Local historian Rosemary Marwick spearheaded the two-year research into the names on the plaque, which was made by local sculptor Alan Herriot.

She said: “We thought it would be a pity to have this but not let all the families know. There may be relatives of these men that might like to attend. It’s important.

“There is a framed roll of honour with the names of all the Howgate men who went to war, those that died are marked on it. That was in Howgate Church. And Wellington School had a huge mural of all the former pupils who died in war.

“But this will be the first memorial on public display. It’s unusual, as most little villages have a memorial.”

Names: WW1– Reverend WJ Falside, David Brown, Joseph Brown, James Campbell, Thomas E Pendrich, Andrew Radcliffe, James Sinclair. WW2 – Robert Brown, William Forrest, Robert Glasgow, Alex Glasgow, 
William Melrose.