Church Interior

Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday in the U.K. with emphasis this year on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (aka the ‘Great War’).

During the WWI conflict about 700, 000 U.K. personnel died out of a mobilised total of around 6.0m. Of the 700,000 about 100, 000 were Scots.

Carmunnock is a quasi-rural village near Glasgow in the West of Scotland. Here, local ladies have made a special effort to commemorate the War’s ending by crocheting and knitting thousands of poppies which have been used to elaborately embellish the local Parish Church (Presbyterian). Poppies proliferated in the former battlefields in France and Belgium after ending of the conflict with the British authorities adopting the flower as a symbol of the annual remembrance events. Historically, the artificial flowers were manufactured by military veterans with money raised from sale proceeds applied to benefit military related charities.

Carmunnock today has a population of about 1100 persons. The Roll of Honour in the Church lists about 113 local men who were mobilised in WWI of which 13 were killed, a statistic consistent with the national 12 pct. fatality rate.

Images taken this morning benefited from unusually strong and direct sunlight.

By way of a historical footnote, Carmunnock was previously Carmannoc or ‘monks close’. The actual Church site may have a Christian heritage dating back to the 8th century. The current Church was built in 1767 and replaced earlier buildings from the 12th century onwards.

Church entrance gate

Poppy display

A MacIntyre- WW1 casualty

Poppy display

Poppy display with tape link to headstone of WW1 casualty.

Poppy display

Poppy display outside Church

Carmunnock Roll of Honour- all mobilised combatants.

Thirteen local fatalities recorded in the stained glass window.

Stained glass window commemorating the 13 local casualties of WWI.