11th hour, Auchentibber

A dozen people turned up at Auchentibber Memorial at 11am today, 11th November 2018 to remember the 14 Auchentibber men who died in the First World War and to mark the special moment of armistice with a 2 minute silence.


Auchentibber residents, walkers and people visiting from Blantyre and beyond held a 2 minute silence exactly at 11am. The rain stayed off and people commented on how fine the renovated memorial looks. I was pleased to conduct a brief history on Auchentibber in front of the memorial, taking a few questions. Before the rain came on at 11.10am, each person attending received a free copy of my Auchentibber book.

Comments were given on the sacrifices these men made and one could not help notice in paritcular Robert Nimmo’s date of passing as being a hundred years ago today, right on the very last day of that most terrible conflict.

The small memorial service was ahead of another later today at 3pm, to be conducted by Baptist Church minister, Steve Younger and a larger public service being held at High Blantyre Cenotaph at the same time. Residents are invited back to Priestfield Hall at 3.30pm afterwards for a history presentation by Gordon Cook ad a cup of coffee/tea.

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:

Cullen Shaw After all of the efforts of SLC to return the memorial to its former glory, it’s a shame so few felt able to turn up this morning.
Blantyre Project There’s always a wee service at 11am at Auchentibber. However, the main Auchentibber Service is at 3pm later today with the minister and various organisations and promises to be much busier. Indeed transport has been put on for some people. The 11am was just to mark the exact time as the rest of the country marked armistice with 2 minute silence. Also at 3pm today will be the Memorial Service at Blantyre Cenotaph which looks likely to be very busy this year having been so well publicised.
Moira Hunter Would love to have attend but I attended the one in Cyprus Harbour!
Charlie Jipson Moira it was a special day for me to.
Alex Inglis Blantyre Project Was at least 60 + at the 3.00 pm service. The memorial and surrounding area was looking good, well done to all who were involved.
Adam Duddy Great glad to see its still standing last time I was their was 1968 moving house to Grangemouth

Barb Hicks Numbers don’t matter, I live in Australia but my Heart and spirit were In Auchentibber 🇦🇺

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