On behalf of the following of this page, I went up to Auchentibber Memorial today and quietly placed a Blantyre Project ‘living poppy wreath’. It sits alongside the Auchentibber & Calderside Resident’s wreath.
The Memorial is looking majestic after being renovated last year. The newly planted weeping willow, flourishing. Behind it, the outline of the former quoiting green so apparent as foliage has died back for winter.
There’s something haunting about standing there, alone in silence, remembering a community once 500 people strong over a hundred years ago, now just a handful of homes. The passing of those young men must have deeply affected everybody living there.
Very much part of Blantyre’s history, their sacrifice and bravery is remembered today.
Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:
Drew Fisher Appreciate that this small community still remembers the losses of the village and the appropriate tribute you made. Puzzled by the sequence of names on the memorial. Must have been heartbreaking to our forebears every time ‘one os these telegrams’ arrived.
Margaret Nimmo Lehmann Thank you Paul. I was there in 2003 when I went back for a reunion.
Maureen Friery Moran Thank you Paul.
Barb Hicks Thank you Paul as you know my family lived there, and my Uncle is Remembered on the manorial Thos Potter, this is a photo of him on the left with is two brothers James and John.