The impact of the Great War on the people and communities of Argyll and Bute is poignantly described on a new website www.scotlandswar.ed.ac.uk/argyllbute
From the trenches to the home front, from the casualties to the auxiliary nurses who healed them, treasured letters home, photographs saved and the memorials which still remind us – all these build up a picture of the contribution that Argyll and Bute made to the First World War.
Argyll and Bute Council’s culture and libraries service has provided information for the website, which pays tribute to communities all over Scotland.
The council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said, “This web site is well worth a visit and is really absorbing. It will add greatly to any visitor’s understanding of how the First World War altered and shaped people, families, and communities in Argyll and Bute. Whether you are a serious researcher, an amateur historian or simply wish to learn more about your community and how it fared, I can recommend this site.
“There is an old Gaelic proverb which is appropriate when remembering our fighting forces - LÀ A’BHLÀIR‘S MATH NA CAIRDEAN which means ‘Friends are good on the day of battle’.”
The website will be updated regularly with information and stories, pictures and letters, documents and diaries.
Anyone with anything at all related to the period of the First World War, or stories of the lead up or aftermath, please contact your local library.
The project was initiated and is being supported by The University of Edinburgh.