Author’s tribute to fallen

David Potter with his new book
David Potter with his new book

A Kirkcaldy teacher has written a book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War and its effect on the town.

David Potter (65), of the town’s Hendry Road, penned ‘‘Tis A Hundred Years Syne’ in tribute to the men and women of the town who gave their lives for their country.

He said: “I’m interested in the way that national and local history intertwines. I feel that it is important that young people get to know the truth about this massive conflict which even at a distance of 100 years still continues to affect our lives, and shape the way that people think.”

The book highlights life in Kirkcaldy leading up to the outbreak of war, the recruitment of local men by the Black Watch and the transformation of the local factories to produce various goods for the war effort.

It covers the growing casualties and gradual disillusionment towards the war, the tribunals of those claiming exemption, and the heroes among the Kirkcaldy soldiers, and tells how local sporting events were curtailed, while some shops continued to thrive, giving a real snapshot of what life was like and how people coped with the triumphs and tragedies.

Mr Potter taught Classics at Glenrothes High School between 1971 and 2003. Since then he has taught part time at Osborne House in Dysart.

His first book was published in 1996, and since then he has written about 30, mostly about Scottish football and cricket.

‘‘Tis A Hundred Years Syne’ is published through Kirkcaldy Civic Society, priced £9.99.