A tribute to those who fell in World War 1

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Geneologist Margaret Thorburn has presented the town of Kirriemuir with a body of research giving insight into those who fell in the First World War.

Mrs Thorburn, who presented a record of the soldiers from Glamis to the Angus Folk Museum and Perth’s Black Watch Museum last year, has spent many months researching Kirriemuir’s War Memorial.

Books made by Margaret Thorburn being presented to the Glens Museum Kirriemuir on Friday. With her are Willie Milne museum service and Ronnie Proctor Councillor and Black Watch.

Books made by Margaret Thorburn being presented to the Glens Museum Kirriemuir on Friday. With her are Willie Milne museum service and Ronnie Proctor Councillor and Black Watch.

Her research involved looking up various websites and censuses.

She also spent time sifting through records at Register House in Edinburgh.

The list of names in her research includes two nephews of Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie - they were brothers who fell just three months apart.

There was also one woman on the list - Agnes Mann - a nurse on the HMS Salta.

But the research process did prove tricky at times with sometimes half a day going towards trying to figure out one of the many puzzles her task gave her.

Mrs Thorburn said that some of the biggest problems with her research was mis-spelled names or changes of rank.

However, apart from five or six names, she has managed to find the history of the majority of the 212 names on the war memorial.

During the course of her 10 months of research Margaret also discovered a name which will be added to the memorial in the future - Stewart Kennedy.

Retired Black Watch Major and Angus Councillor Ronnie Proctor said: “It is a fantastic piece of work that I am sure will be appreciated not just by the people who have a family connection to these men, but by many future generations of Kirriemarians and visitors to the town.

“It is also important to remember that it is not just a military history but also a portrait of the social impact of war on the town.

“What Margaret has done has never been done before in Kirriemuir.

“She has taken all the threads of information and looped them together into one comprehensive body of work.”

Willie Milne, Angus Council museums and galleries manager, added: “It is a fantastic resource and a very timely piece of work given the commemoration of the First World War next year.

“We are very grateful that Margaret has deposited this with us and we can assure her that it will be put to very good use.”