Ladykirk’s war memorial display

Ladykirk Church
Ladykirk Church

Ladykirk Church is holding a Great War Memorial Display over the bank holiday weekend - Saturday, August 23 to Monday, August 27.

Members of the kirk are currently gathering together memorabilia, medals, photographs etc of people from both sides of the borders who served King and Country during the war and are keen to hear from anyone who may have items that would add to the display in the kirk.

Catherine Johnson’s father was one of five brothers who lived on a farm near Berwick, four of whom served in World War 1. Two were killed, John and Hugh White, one at Gallipoli and the other in the Dardanelles, and the two who returned home were made honorary freemen of Berwick, as were all returning servicemen from the borough; and one of the freeman scrolls is included in the exhibition.

At Christmas 1914, Princess Mary, the 17 year old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, organised a public appeal so that 426,000 brass tins filled with various items including tobacco, confectionary, spices, pencils, a Christmas card and a picture of the princess, could be sent to the men at the front and one of those has been donated for the exhibition.

Also donated are photos and items belonging to Jock Fairbairn who served and his sister who was a nurse during the war.

The kirk will be open from 1-5pm each day of the exhibition and on the Sunday afternoon a special Songs of Praise will be held in the kirk, led by minister Rev Alan Cartwright at 5pm.

If you have any items you would be willing to loan to the church for the display please contact Catherine Johnson on 01289 382132 as soon as possible.