Soldiers who made the “ultimate sacrifice” are being remembered by local historians.
Queensferry History Group has produced a new book and website highlighting the men from the town – and neighbouring Dalmeny – who went to fight in World War I but never returned.
The beautifully-illustrated “Queensferry At War” book, which covers 70 pages, is complemented by the www.queensferryhistory.org site. It includes pen portraits of people named on local war memorials and highlights the area’s involvement in the War effort.
Jenni Meldrum, the Chair of the History Group, said: “The new publication and website builds on two successful local exhibitions, which we staged at Queensferry Museum.
“We’re very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting our activities and making these projects possible. We also want to thank local people, public service partners, the Armed forces and the Scottish Government for helping us.”
She added: “The new book is quite stunning and is richly illustrated with amazing archive images. One thousand copies are being distributed around the Queensferry area. Thanks to the funding we received, we can give the book away, free of charge. Copies will be available in Queensferry Library and local shops and hotels.
“We’re also adding in special ‘poppy cards’, which were so successful in the exhibitions. These contain poppy seeds which can be sown in memory of Queensferry and Dalmeny servicemen.”
Caroline Clark, Director Scotland of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“We are delighted to have supported the Queensferry History Group to produce this important history and record of the contributions of the local people to such a life-changing period for the local community.
“Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will help local people better understand this significant part of our history, as well as creating a moving remembrance of those who sacrificed so much to preserve it. This is an inspiring and creative way of commemorating Scotland’s wartime heritage.”
The new website, which has just been launched, urges visitors to “step back in time”.
As well as a dedicated section on the Great War, there are also articles on Queensferry’s roots, its world-famous Bridges, Royal connections to the town and the Ferry Fair.
There’s also general information on the History Group, which grew out of night classes at Queensferry High School. Group members carry out research, do talks and organise exhibitions and displays to celebrate the rich history of the area.
Norma Brown from the History Group said: “The website will develop over time. It will be a great asset to remember the First World War and those who fought and died from the local area. It will also help showcase our wider work to promote the amazing history of Queensferry and Dalmeny.”
New members of the History Group are welcome. Visit the website for more information, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. http://www.HeritageFund.org.uk
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded almost £100million in grants to projects across the UK marking the centenary of World War I, exploring all aspects of First World War heritage that matters to them.
About Queensferry History Group
Queensferry History Group is a registered Scottish charity. Charity number SC019503. To find out more about the group, please visit www.queensferryhistory.org/about
Queensferry At War
The new colour publication was designed and printed by Brian Currie Printers in Broxburn, using images and text supplied by the History Group.
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