This colourful A3 document was copied to me by local man Gordon Cook. Nicely scanned, it features the Calder Street School, “Roll of Honour” in particular all the teachers and former pupils who went away from Blantyre to fight in WW1 during years 1914 to 1919.
The roll lists 8 teachers and 59 former pupils who were involved in the conflict and contains many well known Blantyre surnames. From the list, there are 2 men who were killed, namely Private Edwards Messenger of 16th Scottish Rifles and Private W Scott of 2nd K.O.S.B.
The story goes that this roll of honour was lying in a skip in High Blantyre when passing man Mr. Dunsmuir noticed it sticking out, and saved it from being completely lost. It is highly likely the roll would have once been displayed in the former Calder Street School.
(c) Blantyre Project
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Ray Couston Imagine putting something like this in a skip. People are so careless and disrespectful these days.