On the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918,
the Great War of 1914-1918 came to an end.
Two years later on Sunday 13th November 1921, in a service of dedication in the square, Earlston War Memorial was unveiled by Mrs Hope, wife of Colonel Hope of Cowdenknowes, chairman of the War Memorial Committee,
The War Memorial was built on the site of the old Pump Well in the Market Square, "The Southern Reporter" of 17th November 1921 noted that the memorial was designed by Galashiels sculptor Thomas Clapperton, and executed in Creetown granite by Messrs G. Sutherland and Sons, Galashiels. at a total cost of £650. The report also listed the forty-eight men whose names were inscribed on the memorial, the names of the fund raising committee and details of the service, including the speech by Colonel Hope of Cowdenknowes. .
Colonel Hope looked back at the campaigns and sacrifices of the Earlston men who never returned home and concluded:
"This Memorial which we are about to unveil, will keep the memories of those brave men always before the minds of those seeing it from day to day , or passing by it from time to time. We are proud also today to see so Manny of those salient men who went forth from this parish and have been spared to rturn to their homes. And now having all pulled together to win the war........ shall we not now all pull together to win the true peace and prosperity which are so much wanted throughout the world after all the devastation of the war."
The memorial inscription reads "To the glory of God and in memory of the 48 men of Earlston Parish who gave their lives for King and Country during the Great War. Their names liveth for evermore".
Names of the fallen, as listed in the Dedication Service Programme (above)
Aikman, William F. Aitchison, Alexander S. Archibald, James S. Ballantyne David George, Lord Binning Black, Archibald
Borthwick, David A. Boyd, John Cessford, Alexander
Dickson, John Duff, Henry Elliot, Henry
Faichney, Thomas Fairley, Alexander Forbes, Henry W.
Gillie, Thomas Graham, William Hardie, James
Hardie, John T. Hewitt, John Johnston, George R.
Kerr, William Kerr, William G. Lees, Robert
Lunam, David Milne, Alexnder Notman, James
Paterson, David Robertson, James W. Simpson, Alexander
Simpson, George Slassor, Walter Stirling, William
Thomson, James Turnbull, Henry C. Turnbull, William
Todd, George Vallance, Thomas Weatherston, James
White Robert R. Wilkie, William Wilson, Adam
Wilson, Robert Wilson, William Young, George
Young, John F. Young, Robert D. Young, William R.
Following the Second World War, a bronze tablet was added, with seven more names of those who lost their lives in the conflict.
Brown, Robert Colville, David Donaldson, Walter Scott
Falconer, Edward Faulkener, Robert Mason Johnston, John T.
"LEST WE FORGET"
The Auld Earlston Group would be pleased to receive for its collection any wartime memories or photographs which could be scanned and returned to you.
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