Remembering at last the eight brave men of Pirnmill

Fiona Lang, the woman behind the new Pirnmill memorial with designer Simon Horne.

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A congregation of around 100 people attend the dedication service for a new First World War memorial in Pirnmill on Saturday September 29.

The moving service was led by the Rev Angus Adamson and saw the eight men of Pirnmill and district who died in the war take their rightful place alongside three men who died in the Second World War in the village’s memorial garden.

Fiona Laing first proposed the idea of commissioning a WW1 memorial for the village eight years ago and after much research identified the eight men from the area who died in the war.

The men who made the ultimate sacrifice were: John Craig, James McCorma(i)ck, James Thomson, John Stevenson, Robert Skillen, Archibald McMillan and brothers Duncan and Ronald Robertson.

Fundraising efforts were begun and local architectural metalworker Simon Horne was approached for a design which it was hoped would complement the WW2 memorial already there. He came up with a truly unique proposal and over the last three years fundraising efforts increased while Simon approached digital designer Matthias Mombazet to transform his sketches into a digital reality.

A sheet of admiralty brass was purchased and Matthias patient work allowed the design to be sent to a jetcutter who cut the requisite sheet into the component parts. Simon then embarked on weeks of precision work to transform the flat parts into the beautiful memorial which we see today.

During the memorial service the hymns Abide With Me and Eternal Father, Strong to Save were sung, Biff Simpson played the Last Post and piper Willie Robertson played the the Flowers o’ the Forest lament. Following the service a big crowd returning to the village hall for a great lunch provided by the women in the village.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War the people of Pirnmill have ensured that names of the men from the area who fell in the war will live for evermore and that future generations will be able to go on remembering them in the years to come.

Photographs by Nick Tinning

The new First World War memorial at Pirnmill. NO_B41war01

The Rev Angus Adamson conducts the dedication service before the large congregation. NO_B41war02

Coastguard station officer Fiona Laing and designer Simon Horne at the memorial. NO_B41war03

Wilma Morton who gave the bible reading 2 Samuel 2 17-23.  NO_B41war04

Fiona Laing leads a hymn at a memorial service. NO_B41war05

Jamie Gibbs recites the poem Will you forget. NO_B41war06

Bill Scott of Lochranza reads the Ode of Remembrance. NO_B41war07

Piper Willie Robertson plays Flowers o’ the Forest. NO_B41war08