Kirriemuir’s Gateway to the Glens Museum is currently telling the story of many men from the town and district who served during the First World War.
The museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Kirrie’s Fallen Men, opened on Tuesday and includes many artefacts belonging to local men who fought in the trenches during the four-year conflic.
It features stories such as those of Private John Adams McLeod and Lance Corporal David Gray Kidd, who were both apprentices at Charles Lyon’s High Street ironmonger shop before they joined up to fight for their country and were both killed in action. On display are the medals and photographs of Private McLeod, with an album of drawings by his sister, Betsy which show her sorrow in losing her brother.
The exhibition has many unusual objects on display, including a riding crop belonging to Major David Wilkie, eldest son of James and Isabella Wilkie, owners of linen manufacturer J & D Wilkie, the town’s largest employer.
Major Wilkie was already serving in the 2nd/5th Black Watch Territorial Force and had left for a tour America, but when war broke out he turned around and returned on the same boat that took him out.
Four of the Wilkie sons left to serve, with brothers Second Lieutenant George and Major Wilkie sadly not coming home.
The exhibition also displays a First World War Black Watch uniform, on loan from the Black Watch Castle and Museum and tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30 p.m. Richard McKenzie, its archivist, will give an illustrated talk on ‘The history of the 5th (Angus) Black Watch in WWI’.
The commemorations continue in the upper gallery with displays and exhibitions from Kirriemuir Heritage Trust looking at Kirriemuir on the Home Front. Both exhibitions can be viewed Tuesday to Saturday, 10a.m. to 5 p.m.
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