Angus and the Great War

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As part of Angus Heritage Week’s commemorations of the start of the Great War, a new leaflet has been published highlighting the key war memorials across Angus – The World War One Trail.

On Friday, two of the keynote speakers from the Tayroots Family History Day - historian Dr Dan Paton and archivist Craig Pearson - launched this new leaflet at the Arbroath War Memorial.

“The World War One Trail will encourage and enable people to visit the War Memorials that are located across Angus,” said Dr Dan Paton, who is the Curator of Montrose Air Station, which played a vital part in World War One. “War Memorials with their lists of names carved into stone are a stark reminder of the sacrifice of human life in war. It is appropriate that we remember and commemorate those who left their homes and families and did not return.

“The First World War was a horrendous conflict that shaped the world that we live in today. It is important that young people understand how it affected their family and their community. The trail will help increase awareness of the human cost of war and how the deaths of so many must have touched communities throughout Angus.”

Craig Pearson, who is an archivist at Angus Archives added: “The records we hold at the Angus Archives relating to World War 1 and its aftermath highlight how the conflict left its mark on every town, village, community and family,” said Craig, who explained that Scotland’s War Project will enable people to share their family’s personal stories of the First World War and ensure they are heard by future generations.

“Following the World War 1 Trail or simply visiting one of the War Memorials featured in the leaflet will help to bring this highly-significant part of our history to life, while also ensuring those who died continue to be remembered.”

“Angus Heritage Week’s excellent contribution to the nationwide commemorations of the start of the First World War highlight the importance the people of our county place on honouring those who fall in battle,” said the Provost of Angus Helen Oswald. “The Angus war memorials are a constant, and touching, reminder of the debt we all owe these men and women. One century on, we must not forget them.”