Fearnan Service of Remembrance

IMG_9609Last Sunday, on a bright November morning, a group of around 50 people gathered at the Fearnan War Memorial for a short Service of Remembrance.

The group included current and former residents of the village, along with others who have family connections with Fearnan and had travelled especially for the event.

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Following the service and the Two Minute Silence, wreaths were laid at the Memorial by Ian McGregor and Ian Marshall.

Fearnan Memorial commemorates 8 men from the village who lost their lives in the Great War and, in this centenary year, they were very much in our thoughts.

Over the last few months, we have been trying to find out more about these local men, and are pleased to have been able to trace photographs of all but one of them. Six of the photos, which have been featured on this blog in the past, have been framed:

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Clockwise from top left: Driver John Laughlan Fraser, Royal Artillery; Private Malcolm Fraser, Scots Greys; Private Duncan Fraser, Scots Guards; Private Hugh Cowan, Royal Scots Fusiliers; Private Peter Matheson, Black Watch; Corporal Duncan Matheson, Highland Light Infantry.

Private James Dewar

Private James Dewar

Missing from this picture are Private James Dewar, Scots Guards and Private Duncan McPhail, also of the Scots Guards. For a long time we were unable to trace any information about them but, very shortly before the Service of Remembrance,  the Local and Family History Unit in Perth and Kinross Council identified James Dewar as the son of Mrs and the late Peter Dewar, who lived at Drummond Cottage, Keltneyburn.

They also found a photograph of Private Dewar.

After the service, everyone walked up the hill (or took advantage of a lift!) to the village hall where Fearnan Village Association served home-made soup, rolls and tea.

IMG_9625Two special guests were Suzie Mills and her mother Lindsay, who had travelled from Hamilton to join us.  Suzie is the great, great-niece of the Matheson brothers who are commemorated on the memorial, and had got in touch with us after finding the Fearnan blog on the internet.

The Matheson’s family home was Rock Cottage, and Christopher Rowley – also a former resident of Rock Cottage – had a long chat with them about the cottage and what it would have been like when their family lived there. Suzie and Lindsay are pictured above.

Through the Fearnan blog, we have also been able to put Suzie in touch with another member of her extended family – another descendent of the Mathesons – who had got in touch with us after reading about our research into the men on the memorial. We wrote about this in January this year – read the entry here

IMG_9636Of considerable interest to those attending the event in the hall was the collection of World War One Memorabilia kindly lent for display in the hall last Sunday by Linda and Alistair.

A collection for Help for Heroes made just under £100 – thank you to everyone for your generosity.

And finally, a date for your diary – we will be serving Mulled Wine and Mince Pies in the village hall on Saturday 6th December at 3.30pm. All welcome!

 

 

 

 

About Fearnan Village Association

Fearnan Village Association was formed in 2007 to provide a means through which those who live in the village can come together to discuss and respond to issues of importance to the village, particularly those that will have an impact on our quality of life. We also organise social events, such as the very popular Pudding Night in February, Strawberry TeaZ in July, and other events and coffee mornings throughout the year.
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