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Closeburn campaigner pleas to relatives

Trees were planted in memory of former pupils Photo: ITV Border

A campaigner from Closeburn is making a final plea to trace the families of twenty two former village school children who were killed during World War Two.

Hannah Lomas reports:

Jayne Thomas has been working hard to repair and clean-up the current war memorial next to the former Wallace Hall Academy.

Plaques were erected and trees were planted in memory of the school's former pupils who died sixty-five years ago, however the site has since fallen into disrepair.

She told ITV Border why relatives of the former pupil should get it touch:

Plaques were erected and trees were planted in memory of the school's former pupils who died sixty-five years ago, however the site has since fallen into disrepair.

New plaques were made after funding was provided from Scottish Hydro Clyde Community Fund via the Nith Valley Leaf Trust.

To mark the 65th anniversary, a special memorial service will be held at Closeburn war memorial on 11th November.

The ceremony will be performed by former pupil Eric McKie, who attended the academy until 1947 and served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in Malaya in 1954.

Relatives of the former pupils and war veterans are invited to attend, and will have the opportunity to lay a wreath.

Jayne Thomas has release the list of relatives she's still trying to find:

  • Christina Black Rankin
  • Robert Armstrong
  • David Guthrie Jack
  • John Wood
  • William Donald Kerr
  • William Fisher
  • Harry Gibson Izett
  • George F. McIntosh
  • James Gilmour Bryson
  • William Thomson
  • William Jardine

Anyone with information on any of the relatives are urged to contact Jayne on 01848 332352 or by email at closeburnmemorialtrees@gmail.com.