‘It’s not the burden of responsibility for Wars past, it is the burden of responsibility to ensure that it doesn’t happen again …’
With generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund Crosshouse Community Council initiated a project to research the history of Crosshouse and neighbouring villages during the Great War, 1914 – 1918. Throughout the project we have been researching all of the soldiers linked to the memorial. Although the project is now largely completed (June 2017), the story and our search for information will continue. We have established pages for each of the men named on the memorial, each of these pages can be accessed from the menu on the right hand side of this page. Some currently don’t have photographs and we are particularly keen to hear from people who may have relevant photographs among their family papers.
We should also remember all the men who went to War and returned. They faced the same dangers and deserve to be honoured, remembered and their stories told.
As an ongoing legacy of our 1914-18 Centenary project, we will be adding names from the 1939 – 45 conflict in the near future.
THE SOLDIERS PANEL
A panel of thirty two photographs showing former pupils of Crosshouse Village School who lost their lives in WW1 has survived over the years. These photographs contain many memories and emotions and now, over 100 years later, we hope that they can inspire people to look into their own family histories and the history of the village. In doing so we hope to honour and remember the individuals on our village memorial and to encourage people, young or old, to consider issues of peace and war.
Although we think that Crosshouse’s panel will be a relatively unique historic archive, we hope that our village project will inspire other communities to research their own history and add their own unique local input to similar projects. (* The panel is currently undergoing some restoration but is normally on display in Crosshouse Church Hall.)