1918 Centenary: what stories could your family tell?

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 will be a particularly poignant day, being the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the Great War. Several local events are being planned to mark this in Rutherglen. However, I thought at Stonelaw we might seek to use our own family stories and memories to commemorate. I plan to ask members of the congregation and community to write down a very short account of a family member who lived through a time of war. This might be a living memory of someone who lived through the war as a civilian – experiencing bombing, rationing, or evacuation. It might be a record of a grandparent or great-grandparent who served in the armed forces in a time of conflict. My thought is we might invite people to write the stories down in a few words, perhaps with a copy of a photograph and we could open the church and display these in the week before Remembrance. Could researching this be your family’s summer project?

Alistair May