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The Buteman’s First World War appeal: can you help?

Members of the Bute Mountain Battery, as pictured by Daniel Morrison, whose grandson Michael donated a large archive of photographs and documents to Bute Museum to preserve the Battery's story of its members' participation in Egypt and Gallipoli during the First World War.

Members of the Bute Mountain Battery, as pictured by Daniel Morrison, whose grandson Michael donated a large archive of photographs and documents to Bute Museum to preserve the Battery's story of its members' participation in Egypt and Gallipoli during the First World War.

 

Did your Bute forefathers fight in the First World War? Do you have any pictures of island residents who joined up to fight? If so, you could be able to help The Buteman as we plan a tribute to those from Bute who gave their lives in ‘the war to end all wars’.

With the help of the Royal British Legion Scotland’s Isle of Bute branch, we’re hoping to publish a commemorative supplement in early August, co-inciding with the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War, marking the contribution made by those from Bute who joined up to fight.

We’re appealing to anyone who has pictures of their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or great-uncles or other family members who fought in the First World War to get in touch.

Some of the best-known Bute First World War stories relate to the activities and achievements of the Bute Mountain Battery, some of whose members are pictured above, but we know that hundreds of men from Bute fought in the war all over Europe, and we’d love to hear from the families of those who survived and of those who did not.

All photographs shared with us will be returned: if you can supply any family pictures, or you have any other information relating to family members who fought in the war, please email us (click on the email address at the top of this article to get in touch), write to The Buteman, 5 Victoria Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0AJ or, from Monday to Friday, call our office on 01700 502503.

If you’ve already scanned any pictures on the subject, you can also send them to us direct via our website - go to www.buteman.co.uk/extra/content/your-stories to find out how.

 

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