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Appeal for Argyll and Bute’s WW1 help

The men from Rothesay who gave their lives in both the First and Second World Wars are commemorated at the Cenotaph in the town's Victoria Street.

The men from Rothesay who gave their lives in both the First and Second World Wars are commemorated at the Cenotaph in the town's Victoria Street.

Communities across Argyll and Bute are being asked to help pull together an extensive and unique series of exhibitions in the area to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

During the next four years – mirroring the period of the Great War - Argyll and Bute Council’s libraries and information service will collect material relating to local people and communities affected by the war.

The memorabilia collected will form a comprehensive record of the impact of the war on the people and communities of Argyll and Bute.

There are two main areas where the public may be able to help: the first is in an appeal for volunteers willing to devote time to collect and research information from local war memorials, rolls of honour and wartime services such as auxiliary hospitals.

In addition to this vital research, the council needs help from people who are willing to share family photographs, stories, diaries, medals, documents and other memorabilia. Memories, too, of homecomings would be important. There should be no concerns or worries about these items being given permanently - originals will be scanned or photographed and returned.

The type of information, collated and presented, will help to decide the content of a series of exhibitions to feature in libraries until 2018, including an exhibition about the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (8th Battalion), which will visit main branch libraries during 2015.

If you feel you can help, the first step is to contact your local library - on Bute, the Rothesay Library contact number is (01700) 503266.

Alternatively, please contact the council’s information and local studies librarian Eleanor McKay on 01369 708663 or email Eleanor.mckay@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

 

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