Provost wants to hear war stories

LORD Provost Sadie Docherty hoped to stir a few memories when she launched a search for World War I stories.

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She was joined by the family of one of Glasgow's First World War Victoria Cross recipients, Henry May, to launch the project which aims to collect the untold stories of Glaswegians during the conflict.

The stories will become an online memorial to the people of Glasgow who played a role in the war either on the front line or at home.

Some 200,000 Glasgow men volunteered for the Great War leaving behind their jobs and loved ones. Of those, 18,000 lost their lives, with a further 34,500 left seriously injured.

Among those who went to war and survived was Henry May from Bridgeton, who received the highest award for gallantry that British and Commonwealth servicemen can be given.

Two of Mr May's descendants, James Henry May and Jennifer McInnes, above, helped the Lord Provost launch the website and the call for stories which will become a permanent online tribute to Glasgow's war memories.

The website has been designed and produced in-house by Glasgow City Council. Among the stories already posted is that of George Small Anderson, a private in the 17th Highland Light Infantry, who was just 18 when he was severely wounded on April 1 1917, at Savy near St Quentin, France, and died othe next day.

For his gallant conduct in his last fight he received the Military Medal.

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