Bid to name Clochan pupils

Adrian Manson is hoping to add the names of the 23 former pupils to the Clochan Memorial.
Adrian Manson is hoping to add the names of the 23 former pupils to the Clochan Memorial.

An Auchnagatt man is seeking to find out the names of 23 former pupils of Clochan School who died during The Great War.

Adrian Manson, who lives at Clochcan Schoolhouse in the village, is keen to have the names of the fallen soldiers, who all attended the school, added to an existing memorial.

Mr Manson told the Times: “The monument was erected, I believe, by the last headmistress of the school when it closed as a fitting tribute.

“As I am an ex-soldier I have a great interest in ensuring that our men and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice are not forgotton and especially so when it is outside my front door.”

Mr Manson says there are two issues he is trying to resolve regarding the memorial.

“As much as recognising the 23 scholars is important, it does not really attach an emotional element to it like a name does so I would love to find the 23 names and get a stone engraved with their name, rank, number and regiment if possible.

“Also, the tree beside the memorial is now starting to affect it by making it tilt.

“I have been in touch with the council and although on one occasion they came and trimmed it they have not solved the problem.

“I phoned them again last week and told them about the problem and someone will come and look at it in the next seven days so here’s hoping.”

Mr Manson added: “ If we got the tree removed I would look at raising some money and see if I can get the memorial sorted out to make it a more attractive feature and for people of the local area to enjoy.”