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.
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:
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.
Two 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
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!