Fairlie Roll of Honour 1914-1918, which hangs in the Village Hall, lists the
men of the village who served in the First World War. This plaque was the starting point for the
Fairlie’s Men of the Great War project, which aimed to find out the stories
behind the names.
With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery
Fund, we used online sources, the archives of the Largs & Millport Weekly
News, and information provided by family members and the local community to
research the men.
Of the 126 men named
on the plaque, there are unfortunately two we’ve been unable to trace. However, we came across an additional 25
servicemen with a Fairlie connection who aren’t named on the Roll of Honour.
Facts & Figures
the 151 names researched, 131 men joined the army (of whom 9 had emigrated and
served with overseas forces), 16 joined the navy, and four joined the
R.A.F. There are 30 sets of brothers,
and 9 brothers-in-law. The oldest to
serve was born in 1869, and the youngest were born in 1900.
the men were 13 clerks and 13 gardeners; 12 were shipyard joiners and 4
joiners; 7 worked for the post office and 7 worked for the railway. There were 6 farm workers and 5 engineers; 3
were butlers and 3 were chauffeurs.
There were 4 bakers and a butcher; a company director, a solicitor, a
policeman, an evangelist and a minister.
Nineteen soldiers are marked on the plaque as
having made the supreme sacrifice. Of
those who survived the war, five lived into their 90s, and the last survivors
died in 1993, aged 93.