1979 A Brother Remembers


1979 Auchentibber MemorialAs remembrance day arrives, scenes like these are repeated all over the country, like this one pictured on Sunday 11th November 1979.

As the first snow of the year drove across the tiny hamlet of Auchentibber in High Blantyre, around 30 people braved the weather to take part in a traditional service of remembrance at the War Memorial.

The man that year, who placed the wreath on behalf of all the villagers had more reason than most people to do so.

Charles Boyle of 128 Victoria Street, Blantyre lost two brothers, James and Hugh in the First World War and both their names are included on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour. A further 12 names are on the roll, listing those who fell in the conflict.

Conducting the service was Rev James Hunter of the Livingstone Memorial Church and Rev James Gregory of St Andrew’s Parish Church.

Similarly, at the same time, a larger gathering took place in Blantyre at the Cenotaph, just off Cemetery Road. A large congregation came along to hear local clergymen, Father O Sullivan, Pastor McKie and Rev John Silcox conduct the service at the town’s larger war memorial. Many local organisations took part in the ceremony, which was by then fully non denominational organised by the Blantyre Ministers Fraternal.

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

Gail Chalmers I remember it always seemed to snow on remeberance Sunday. I was in the guides colour party and we had to take off our jackets… always thought this was very poignant ❄️🌺😢
Janie McConnell I remember it to Gail ! Rev James Hunter was not just an excellent minister to David Livingston Memorial Church he is a lovely man who has a lovely family. Xx
Jan Ritchie Thanks Lainey, that’s a very long time ago xxxx
Rose Lee That’s my papa laying the wreath.
Blantyre Project the man whose name was unknown is confirmed as Rev James Hunter of the Livingstone Memorial Church (beside Rev Gregory)


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