Remembering father’s role in The Great War

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The commemorations for the centenary of the outbreak of World War One have prompted families up and down the country to remember with pride the war service of their loved ones.

Forfar man Mr Eric Guthrie, 89, of Westfield Drive was among the thousands who have looked through war records and personal mementoes, including postcards sent home from the front.

He has proudly sifted through the many photographs and postcards relating to his father’s war service, originally with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry in The Dardanelles, Gallipoli and Egypt and latterly with the Royal Field Artillery in France. August 11, 2014 marked the centenary of when Eric’s father, William Guthrie, met up at the Wellmeadow in Blairgowrie with members of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry from all over Scotland as they prepared to go off to war.

A farrier by trade, William served as shoeing smith from March 1911 to April 1914, then as a Corporal Shoeing Smith from April 1914 to June 1914 and latterly as a Farrier Sergeant.

Eric said; “My father was 25 in 1914 but he must have been in the reserve. Like everyone else he never spoke about the war but my mum said both of his legs were frostbitten from standing for weeks on end in the trenches in Gallipoli where he was very badly injured. He came home for a week in June 1916 to get married. After Gallipoli he was sent to France from 1917 to 1918 and when he came home he worked in the family’s blacksmith’s business in Fonah Close in Forfar, where the Pavilion is.”