Our Project

The 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

Of 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. 

Amongst 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.


Fairlie Community Association SCIO
Scottish Charity No. SC028785