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New website keeps Bute’s WW2 story alive

The Bute at War website tells the story of the island's contribution to the Second World War. Included on the site is a section on the X-Craft 'midget submariners' who trained in Port Bannatyne and the waters around the island and who are remembered in a memorial garden near the village's public park. This picture shows pupils from North Bute Primary at the garden in May 2013 with Commander John Lorimer, one of the last survivors of the daring X-Craft raid on the German battleship Tirpitz in September 1943.

The Bute at War website tells the story of the island's contribution to the Second World War. Included on the site is a section on the X-Craft 'midget submariners' who trained in Port Bannatyne and the waters around the island and who are remembered in a memorial garden near the village's public park. This picture shows pupils from North Bute Primary at the garden in May 2013 with Commander John Lorimer, one of the last survivors of the daring X-Craft raid on the German battleship Tirpitz in September 1943.

 

A new website has been set up to preserve the online story of Bute’s contribution to the UK’s Second World War effort.

The ‘Bute at War’ site contains all the details of the island’s role in the war previously hosted at the Bute Gateway site, along with many adaptations, expansions and improvements.

Bute Gateway was discontinued at the end of 2013, but its curator, former Bute development officer Darrell Wood, who now lives in Norfolk, has now moved all the content relating to the island’s Second World War activities to a new location.

Much of the information on the Bute at War site was originally published online in 2005 as part of the island’s commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the war.

“With the discontinuation of Bute Gateway,” Mr Wood said, “I was horrified at the thought that all the time and effort that had gone into the creation of the V-Day sub-website that was part of Bute Gateway would be lost.”

Mr Wood also hopes that the curators of other Bute-related websites will provide a link to the Bute at War pages - if you’d like to do so, drop him an email through the Contact section of the new site and he’ll provide a link to yours in return.

 

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