Pin a poppy in remembrance at Montrose Air Station

Sarah-Jane Henderson pinned a poppy on the wall in remembrance of her father and grandfather
Sarah-Jane Henderson pinned a poppy on the wall in remembrance of her father and grandfather

A wall of poppies in remembrance of those who served and died in the World Wars is blooming at Montrose Air Station.

The wall, called ‘Remember Me,’ is part of the museum’s Roll of Honour Project, and visitors can write memories of the lives of anyone who was affected by both conflicts and pin a poppy.

The flowers, which have been knitted by volunteers, are free, though donations are accepted with the proceeds going to the Montrose branch of Royal British Legion Scotland.

Dan Paton, curator of the museum, said: “Over the past few weeks we have been discovering more about the men who were killed at Montrose thanks to two young researchers, Blair who is a pupil at Montrose Academy and Arndt, from Holland. They have been going through the official records and recording the names of casualties.

“Some are buried at Montrose, but most of them were taken home for burial close to their families.

“This is a start to our Role of Honour project. In our new building, named after a pilot who trained at Montrose and was killed in France in 1917, is a poppy wall where visitors can pin a poppy in remembrance of a family member who died in the wars of the 20th century and leave a donation to the British Legion.

“It has filled up with unexpected rapidity.

“This shows that people do still remember.”

The display is in the Lt J Ross Robertson building.

Sarah-Jane Henderson from Milton, Dumbarton, who currently lives in Brechin and works at Glaxo, visited the air station this weekend during its open weekend as part of Angus Heritage Week. She wrote a remembrance out for her father and grandfather who had been in the army and pinned a poppy on the wall.

Dr Paton explained that the air station also has a project underway to identify the hundreds of men who were killed at Montrose.

He said: “Our approach is a war memorial for the digital age - a website which will list every casualty and provide as much biographical information about them as can be uncovered.

“It will be far more than a list of names.”