Cromarty East Church. SRCT.

World War One community commemoration

30 November 2013
 They were a wall around us by day and by night
(Resolis War Memorial)
Twenty men from Resolis and Forty-five Cromarty men were killed in the First World War.
The World War One commemoration project covering the neighbouring parishes of Cromarty and Resolis honours the men and the women who served in the war. In some instances whole families of brothers and sisters left the area. Some of those people are shown in the photograph, their images take from Ross-shire Journal reports and now available online thanks to the work of Ross and Cromarty heritage. You can find more information on their war records page. 
Within the East Church, the communion table was  given to the church in 1921 to commemorate the young men of the congregation who were killed:
Norman Bain
John Campbell
James Farquhar
George Hogg
James Hogg
Robert Hogg
Andrew Ross
James Shepherd
James Duncan Smith
William Skinner
Four other men are buried in the churchyard:
James Fergusson Bisset
James Hogg
Robert Finlayson
Robert Hogg
The two communities project would like to find out more about these men and women from Cromarty and Resolis. We’re also looking to find out more many other aspects of life at this time including: 
  • about the training camps in Cromarty
  • the two military hospitals
  • how farms provided the troops with food at a time when many of the farm workers were being called up
  • the representations to the exemption boards
  • what life was like for people in Cromarty and Resolis in the years around the First World War
  • the trades and businesses in both parishes in the period around the First World War. In Cromarty’s case these included an ice cream shop, recorded in the 1915 valuation rolls.

We’d love to hear from anyone who would like to join in our research and/or has any family stories and accounts of the First World War, or any artefacts or prints relating to the period.

If you’d like to find out any more about the project, including our plans of the new year, just get in touch with Caroline or David via the East Church email.
(Cromarty War Memorial)

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