Memorial service for Kilbride First World War soldiers

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A memorial service is to be held this weekend for three soldiers who died during the First World War.

By a series of coincidences, it came to the notice of the Friends of Kilbride Kirk near Lerags, Oban, that two family gravestones had inscribed upon them memorials for soldiers killed in action in the First World War.

Though the families concerned are not connected, the stones stand virtually side by side.

Hugh McIntyre was a stonemason working in Oban and living with his parents at 8 Argyll Square, Oban, until he emigrated to Canada.

In 1914, Hugh joined as a volunteer with the 48th Highlanders of Canada, returned to Britain, and made it home to Oban for four days’ leave. Sadly, Hugh was killed in 1915.

Two McCulloch brothers joined in 1914 from their home in Oban. Iain was promoted to sergeant in the Cameron Highlanders within a few days of enlisting, but was killed in action, also in 1915.

His brother, Donald, eventually joined the newly-created Tank Corps, and was killed in action at the Battle of St Julian, on August 2, 1917, 100 years ago last month.

All three soldiers records describe their religion as Presbyterian.

Liam Griffin, a Friend of Kilbride, approached the Rev Dugald Cameron at Glencruitten Church, and asked if he thought it appropriate to hold a short, simple commemoration service at Kilbride for these almost forgotten soldiers. He enthusiastically agreed to lead such a service.

With significant input from Jill Bowis, Colin McIntyre, Hugh’s great-nephew, was able to accept their invitation to visit his great-uncle’s memorial at Kilbride, and tell of his family’s history. Along with other members of his family, Colin intends to attend the service at Kilbride. Anyone with McCulloch family connections will be warmly welcomed.

That service is programmed for 1pm this Sunday October 1. People of all faiths and none are invited to attend. The short service will be followed by a light buffet, tea and coffee.