West Kintyre war dead remembered

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A former army captain led a troop of current and retired servicemen in remembering West Kintyre’s Great War fallen.

Captain Elizabeth Ball, 62, orchestrated a week-long programme of events in Clachan’s Kilcalmonell Church to commemorate the sacrifices made by men of Clachan, Glenbarr and Gigha in the First World War.

On Tuesday, the names of those who died were read out by Flying Officer David Robertson, RAF, after which army reservist, Colour Sergeant Robbie Semple, read poems by First World War poets William Noel Hodgson and Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy.

Former Royal Artillery gunner Tom Grant shared biographies of Gilbert Frankau and Wilfred Owen, other iconic Great War poets.

Annie Carter read her own poem, The Soldier, written especially for the event, and Kintyre Writers’ Circle member John Wylie read his composition, Heroes in an Autumn Storm.

Clachan’s Phil Connor sang songs from the era, while another reading came courtesy of Elizabeth’s husband and fellow retired army captain John Ball.

Twenty transparent silhouettes, representing the fallen servicemen and others affected by the war, sat among the pews as a poignant reminder of those who were lost.

After the service, refreshments were served as visitors looked at original artifacts from the war, including letters sent home from the front line and photographs of the trenches.

Tuesday’s service was one of those which take place every day in the week leading to Sunday’s Armistice Day.