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Gallipoli: Remembrance at Oran Mor

By on June 9, 2016

This morning two of our associate schools Glasgow and Kelvinside Academies met for a joint Remembrance event, writes Hugh Barrow of Glasgow Hawks. 

On this morning of Thursday June 9, 2016, the CCF units of the Glasgow Academy and Kelvinside Academy held a joint event to commemorate the former pupils of both schools who fell at Gallipoli in 1915.

The event was originally planned for last year but had to be postponed due to the untimely death of Kelvinside’s rector, Robert Karling.

The rescheduled event started at 10am with a parade of representatives from each CCF unit through the Botanic Gardens towards Oran Mor at the top of Byres Road.

Oran Mor was formerly Kelvinside Parish Church, where a peal of bells was dedicated in 1918 as a memorial to the men who fell from both schools and from the church congregation. A commemoration service then took place in Oran Mor at 10.45am.

At the Hawks Dinner just passed, held across Byres Rd from Oran Mor, we specifically remembered Tommy Stout who was a hugely talented rugby player who played for Glasgow Accies and was a Scottish reserve.

Tommy fell on June 28, 1915 at Gallipoli along with two fellow Accies and Scottish caps Eric Young and William Church.  Tommy is listed on the roll of honour at both Glasgow and Kelvinside Academies and symbolises a lost generation of rugby players and is one of hundreds remembered this morning.

So as the memorial bells tolled once more we remembered them …

“When you go home, tell them of us and say

For their tomorrow, we gave our today.”

From the original epitaph by John Maxwell Edmonds (21 January 1875 – 18 March 1958)

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