Information sought on historical photograph

Charles Melvin, VC, unveils a panel at a church - but do you know which church? Kirriemuir Heritage Trust would like to know where this was taken.
Charles Melvin, VC, unveils a panel at a church - but do you know which church? Kirriemuir Heritage Trust would like to know where this was taken.

A fascinating horde of historical photographs sent from America continues to pose a puzzle for members of the Kirriemuir Heritage Trust.

Their latest challenge is to track down where this photograph, featuring Kirriemuir’s VC medal recipient Charles Melvin, was taken.

Trust chairman David Orr sent in the picture in the hope that readers will be able to identify the location.

He said: “I wonder if your readers might have a look a the picture attached and help me identify which church this panel is on.

“I have asked at the churches in Kirrie, but to no avail.

“Our local hero, Chay Melvin VC, is seen unveiling a memorial tablet, but where?

“In the lead up to the anniversary of the First World War I would like to identify the tablet and whose names it records.”

The photograph was one of many sent over to Kirriemuir by Trust member Jim McGregor, who lives in the States.

He sent over an incredible history of his family and their life in Kirrie which is being carefully sifted through by David Orr.

The horde includes an incredible collection of letters, photographs and papers collected by his late cousin, Miss Madge McGregor.

They were found by Jim in the house of his late cousin, Miss Madge McGregor of Kirriemuir.

Miss McGregor penned some short biographies of her family during a visit to her cousin Jim in Virginia in the US in April, 1990.

Jim has since forwarded them to David Orr in the hope they might contribute to the public’s knowledge of Kirrie and its history.

This latest photograph certainly does that. If you can help identify where it was taken, please contact us at news@forfardispatch.com or telephone 01307 464899.

Charles Melvin VC (May 2, 1885 to July 17, 1941) served with the 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

Born in Montrose, he earned his VC for his action at Isabalt in Mesopotomia on April 21, 1917.

He was one of three soldiers from kirriemuir who received the VC, the other two being Captain Charles Lyell and Corporal Richard Burton. Their bravery is recognised in memorial plaques in Cumberland Close, Kirriemuir.