Every man remembered on Hawick map of honour
Families and individuals in the community are being invited to mark the names of loved ones who died in the First World War onto a large map of Hawick for an upcoming exhibition at Hawick Museum.
Part of the Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI project, Live Borders Libraries and Archives staff will be on hand, at the Heritage Hub in Hawick on Saturday, July 22 to help anyone who wishes to add their commemoration to the Everyman Remembered website.
A representative from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will also be in attendance to offer information and advice on researching casualties using the CWGC website.
It is also a chance to see the Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI exhibition which runs at The Heritage Hub July 18 – August 7 and features a selection of stories shared with the project.
Everyman Remembered is a partnership between the Royal British Legion and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to keep alive the memory of those who died in WWI. Their aim is for the 1.1 million men and women who lost their lives to be commemorated individually by those living today.
Project Officer Morag Cockburn said: “Anyone can come along and contribute to the Everyman Remembered website or learn more about the work of the CWGC.
“Since 2014 staff at the Heritage Hub have been adding Scottish Borders and K.O.S.B casualties to their online catalogue.
“It would be great if local volunteers felt inspired to use this, and the many other sources of information, to continue to populate everymanremembered.org and ensure the Scottish Borders’ WWI contribution is commemorated at a national level.”
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) was established by Royal Charter in 1917 and maintains the graves and memorials of the 1.7 million Commonwealth Service men and women who died during both world wars at 23,000 locations in 153 countries. Visit www.cwgc.org for more information.
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive Live Borders added: “We are now 100 years on from the Great War, a war which affected people from all walks of life; from the K.O.S.B who fought in many bloody actions to the women who took on new roles.
“It is vitally important that the impact on the local community and the sacrifices made are remembered by current and future generations.”
Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI is a two-year project run by Live Borders Museum, Archive and Library Services which is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Covenant.
The project aims to document the region’s social and family heritage of this momentous period by recording material in various formats so that it can be made widely available and secured for future generations. By doing so it is hoped that the project will leave a legacy which commemorates the contribution made by individuals and families across the Borders.
On Saturday, September 9 there will be a day of presentation relating to the project at the Mac Arts Centre, Galashiels. This is a free event and includes refreshments and lunch. Places must be booked in advance by contacting: The Heritage Hub, Kirkstile, Hawick TD9 OAE. T: 01450 360699; E: firstname.lastname@example.org