Memorials & Thanksgiving


Fairlie Roll of Honour 1914-18  


On 19th May 1917, under the headline “Interesting Ceremony At Fairlie”, the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported:-

“On Tuesday afternoon an interesting ceremony took place, when the Dowager Countess of Glasgow unveiled a war shrine which had been erected against the wall of the porch of the Village Hall and gifted to the village by Mrs Fergusson, Brooksyde.  There was a good attendance of spectators within the grounds of the hall at the appointed hour.  The Rev. D.C.C. Gollan opened the proceedings with prayer thereafter the Countess, at the close of an appropriate and touching address, removed the Union Jack, unveiling the shrine on which the names of all who had left the village in answer to their country’s call are inscribed.  The roll of honour contains the names of 124 men, and of these ten have made the supreme sacrifice.  The framework, which is made of mahogany is beautifully carved, and the work of the Rev. Arthur Allan, the top part having the words “For King and country”, and in the centre of which is a cross.  At the close of the ceremony, the Rev. Arthur Allan proposed votes of thanks to the Dowager Countess of Glasgow and to Mrs Fergusson, and the singing of the National Anthem brought a most impressive gathering to a close.”

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The Fairlie Medal  

In January 1920, the people of Fairlie met in the Village Hall to give thanks to the returned servicemen.  Each of the men was presented with a gold medal, and Hugh Burden, who had been awarded the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry, was presented with a gold watch.  Walking sticks were presented to David Jones and Adam Anderson, both of whom had been severely wounded.

At the ceremony, the Chairman of the Recognition Committee said, “Valued in terms of money the offering might seem of small account; but valued in terms of the heart each token was a pearl beyond price, for there was no home in the village that had not contributed its mite towards the funds.”

During our research, we came across only one person who had heard about the Fairlie medal – Mrs Hetty Marshall, whose father James Smith’s medallion is pictured here.

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St. Margaret’s Church plaque

This plaque, which now hangs in Fairlie Parish Church, was originally erected in St. Margaret’s Church in memory of the five members of the United Free Church who lost their lives during the war :–

Daniel Fleck, Alexander McCallum, Daniel McCallum, Robert McNeur and Andrew R. Rodger.

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Fairlie War Memorial 

On 9 November 1918, even before the Armistice had been signed, it was being reported that a movement was afoot to erect a memorial in the village in memory of the Fairlie men who had fallen in the war.  Within a few weeks, a Memorial Fund committee was appointed, and by the beginning of December contributions to the fund exceeded £200. 


By December 1919, the committee had received plans for a Celtic cross, and work on the memorial began in April 1921.  On 21 August 1921, following a service in the Parish Church addressed by Lt. Gen. Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, “a great number of villagers and visitors gathered in a drizzling rain” as the Fairlie War Memorial was unveiled by the Dowager Countess of Glasgow.  


Nearly sixty years later, in August 1980, the base block had to be restored after it was badly damaged when a car smashed into it.

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Fairlie Community Association SCIO
 
Scottish Charity No. SC028785