Historical Society is to receive a poignant reminder of the town's role in the
First World War. The historians will be asked to look after a number of medals
struck for local soldiers who returned from the fields of battle in 1919.
town feted returning servicemen. Entertainment was laid on in the town hall and
townspeople presented each of them with a medal bearing Maybole's coat of arms
on one side and the soldier's name inscribed on the other. A number of medals
has been given to Maybole Community Council chairman David Kiltie and he will
pass them on to the Historical Society for safekeeping.
Inscribed on the medals are:
S. Andrew, W.K. Armstrong, D. Clowes, Lieut. A. Cowan, G.K. Dick, J.J. Duncan,
W. Dunlop, W. Gardner, J. Hunter, T. Hunter, WA. Kennedy, J. Lawrie, J.W.
McCall, W.McDonnell, J. McEwan, J. McKelvie,A. McKie, J. McKie, T. Murray, J.C.
Paterson, H. Purdie, J. Purdie, J. Russell, J. Scott, W. Shaw, J. Smith, A.
Watt, W. Weir.
to former Maybole Provost James T. Gray, the out-break of war in 1914 caused
almost as much celebration as the warriors' eventual return. In his book Maybole,
Carrick' Capital Mr Gray points out:
as usual were eager to get to grips with the enemy and the local Territorials
mustered at the Armoury in the town and marched behind their Band to the station
where everyone from babes in arms to the oldest towns-man turned out to cheer
them away. "There were crackers placed on the lines, the band blew its
loudest, the Territorials waved and cheered and the wives and sweethearts wept
as the train steamed out "Those left on the platform assured each other the
soldiers were only off on a picnic as the war couldn't possibly last and they
would be home for Christmas."
Mr Gray adds: Little did they think that four long, weary years would pass
before the Maybole men would return - and during those years many more would
leave the town to join the forces and many would never return." (Article
from the Ayrshire Post)