Historian’s war pic plea

A local historian is appealing for help to put names to faces in a photograph dating from the outbreak of the First World War.

David Orr came across the picture during research into VC winner Charles Melvin, and it shows local Black Watch reservists leaving the centre of Kirriemuir, heading for the railway station on the first leg of their journey to the front line.

He is hoping that with the interest created by the forthcoming commemorations marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war, there may still be family members locally who recognise their relatives.

He said: “We are trying to identify these 30 brave lads of the Kirrie Territorial Company who left the town square 100 years ago. We wonder if perhaps some folks have been researching their family trees they could help identify these men and what became of them?”

The commemorations in Scotland are due to begin in August when, among other events including a Commonwealth ceremony in Glasgow, there will be a public drum-head service on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle which will replicate the church services that were staged on the front lines.