Carfin set for memorial

A memorial is planned in Carfin to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One
A memorial is planned in Carfin to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One

Carfin soldiers who died in the two world wars are to be remembered by a permanent open air war memorial for the first time.

And local people will be asked to comment on the plans at a special meeting to be staged in the village on Tuesday (February 11).

Staged by Carfin Community Council, it will be in the John McCormack Community Centre at 7.30pm.

North Lanarkshire Council have made available £13,000 from area partnership funds to get the project started, and this will be topped up with grants from other sources.

The monument will be in place in time for the July 28 centenary of the Great War.

Carfin Community Council treasurer Maisie Clark said: “The site is on a stretch of open ground at Carfin Cross on Newarthill Road, near the old police houses.

“It will be the first outdoors memorial Carfin has had - a memorial board went to Newarthill Parish Church when it merged with Carfin’s old church.”

It’s understood around 27 names of local First World War fatalities appear on that board, but information is still being gathered for the new memorial - which will also include the dead of the Second World War.

Michele Battersby, Local Regeneration Manager, said:

“The council and local elected members are pleased to support Carfin Community Council’s efforts to create a war memorial for the village, and through the Local Development Programme we are contributing £13,000 towards the costs.

“We plan to locate the memorial at Carfin Cross in time for the centenary of the start of World War I.”

Since the design of the memorial most likely to be chosen will have four sides, each with space for names, it is possible the names of local military personnel who have died in conflicts since 1945 may also be included.

It hasn’t yet been decided what form of words will appear on the memorial above the names of those who were killed.

The First World War erupted on July 28, 1914, and cost the lives of an estimated 900,000 British servicemen, with more than double that number wounded.

More than a quarter of Scots who served were killed.