Plan to honour Leslie war dead

First World War soldiers graves in Leslie Cemetery.
First World War soldiers graves in Leslie Cemetery.

The children of Leslie Primary School are set to honour a number of local soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the Great War.

A special ceremony, organised and paid for by Leslie Community Council, (LCC), will involve pupils from the school in a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of five soldiers from Leslie who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country on the Western Front.

The plans make up part of the community council’s plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Community Council already organise the annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations held at Leslie war memorial situated at Greenside in the town.

Brian Coyle, LCC vice chairman, said the plans were the community council’s way of involving Leslie’s younger generations in what he said was a very historic and important occasion.

“We involve the children from the school in our usual commemorations but we thought it would be a nice to do something extra especially considering the that it’s the centenary,” Mr Coyle told the Gazette.

“We approached the school and they are very committed to the idea of involving the children, many of the classes have already been working on World War I projects, so it will add to their understanding of the events.

“We’ve asked the school to select a girl and a boy to lay each wreath with as many others as is possible to come along.”

The plans have been wholeheartedly given the backing of Councillor Kay Morrison who said it was important for people of all ages to be able to take part in this year’s historic commemorations.

She said: “I think it’s a lovely touch by the community council to involve the school in such a poignant and respectful remembrance.

“After all these soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The graves of five soldiers; Private R Thompson - Royal Scots Greys, Private David Robin - Royal Scots, Private William Livingstone - Black Watch, Qutermaster Sergeant Douglas Richie - Army Service Corps and Corporal Robert Sword - 15th Service Company Signal Corps USA, all rest in Leslie cemetery.

The ceremony is provisionally scheduled to take place in the last week of October.