Campbeltown remembers lives sacrificed in war

Helensburgh based submariner, Chief Petty Officer Mathieson has lived in Campbeltown for 20 years. On Sunday he paraded with his son Blaze Mathieson, 4, who wears his grandfather's medals won during his Grenadier Guards' service. 

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Words and pictures Mark Davey

Nearly a century after the ‘war to end all wars’ finished in 1918 Campbeltown turned out in force to honour the fallen.

The weekend’s commemorations were divided into two parts. On Saturday there was a small intimate service at the Commonwealth war graves, in Kilkerran cemetery, followed on Sunday by a huge outdoor service at the war memorial on the Esplanade.

Reverend Philip Wallace officiated at both ceremonies.

During the call to remembrance on Saturday he said: ‘At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns fell silent, on the Western front, bringing to an end the First World War.

‘Our nation and Commonweatlth has recalled that moment through our armistice and remembrance events down the decades. Decades during which the men and women of our armed services have continued to pay the ultimate sacrifice.

‘And so 99 years later, we stand here today to remember lives sacrificed in the service of our country and those traumatised and injured in conflict.

‘May we have such a devotion to justice and freedom that the heroism of all who fought, and still fight, may continue to be remembered in a nation of service and in a world of peace.’

Wreaths were laid in order by the following: The Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Argyll and Bute council, Campbeltown Community Council, The Royal Navy, RBLS Campbeltown branch, Royal Airforce Association, Police Scotland, HM Coastguard, Scottish Ambulance Service, Salvation Army, British Red Cross, SSAFA, RNLI, Harbour Master Authority, St Kieran Royal Arch Chapter No. 158, Campbeltown Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force, Girl Guides Assaocaition, Boys Brigade and Campbeltown Grammar school.

Ex-Royal Marine photographer, Stuart Andrew plants a wooden cross at one of the war graves in Campbeltown’s Commonwealth cemetery.  25_c46wargraves01_Stuart_Andrew_ex_Marine_photographer

Hannah Oman, 16, plays The Last Post during the service on Saturday.

Standard bearers, Mark Pickering, left and Billy Morran with Piper John McGeachy. 25_c46wargraves03_Mark_Pickering_John_McGeachy_Billy_Morran

As the last post ended the standards were lowered during Saturday’s service. 25_c46wargraves02_standards_Lowered

Helensburgh based submariner, Chief Petty Officer Mathieson has lived in Campbeltown for 20 years. On Sunday he paraded with his son Blaze Mathieson, 4, who wears his grandfather’s medals won during his Grenadier Guards’ service.  25_c46remembrance12_CPOMathieson_Blaze_Mathieson

From left: Campbeltown Grammar pupils, Christina McFadyen and Leah McGougan march to lay the school’s wreath.  25_c46remembrance06_CGSpupils

Scouts approach the cenotaph. 25_c46remembrance07_Campbeltownscouts

A special remebrance flag flew all day above Campbeltown lifeboat station. 25_c46remembrance01_flags

Cubs and scouts at the tail end of the parade. 25_c46remembrance03_cubsandscouts

Sergeant Alasdair MacLaren represented Police Scotland. 25_c46remembrance10

Laying the wreath for the army cadets. 25_c46remembrance11_army_cadet

Alister Nimo represented Campbeltown 1st Boys brigade. 25_c46remembrance08_1st_boys_brigade_Alister_Nimmo

The Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute Patrick Stewart laid the first wreath. 25_c46remembrance05_Lord_lieutenant_Patrick_Stewart

The standards are lowered in front of the cenotaph. 25_c46remembrance04_standards_lowered