11 November 1928
A memorial to former pupils of Airdrie Academy who fell in the Great War was unveiled in the hall of the school yesterday by Mrs John McMurdo, Auldgirth, three of whose sons' names appear on the memorial.
Aberdeen Press and Journal
11 November 1926
For the observance of the two minutes' silence, the arrangements are that at 10.55am the lights on all tramcars will be switched on. Promptly at 11am, the current will be cut off at the mains, all lights will go out, and the cars will be brought to a standstill. At 11.02am, the current will be switched on again, the lights automatically blaze up, and the traffic be resumed.
On the Town House roof the flag will be dipped at 11am and hoisted at 11.02am, while at the harbour the flag at the dock-head will be similarly treated.
11 November 1924
Sir Ian Hamilton's plea
General Sir Ian Hamilton, unveiling a memorial at Paddington Town Hall on Sunday to the men of the borough who fell in the war, referred to death in war as being nothing as compared to the long drawn-out pain and sorrow of the every-day death-bed.
'A thud, a queer little groan with a note of surprise in it, and all is over. Not always, but mostly in the passion of action the boy's own comrades scarce turn their heads,' said Sir Ian, who observed that, 'while they grieved for the loss of their beautiful unlived lives, the sadness of death touched only the living.'
'Let us,' he proceeded, 'reserve our sorrow for their families and our sympathy for their comrades, the survivors, who, ageing, broken, unemployed, and already half-forgotten, are a standing cause of dishonour to successive governments in his country. We remember the dead, and that is well; but they don't want work, wreaths will satisfy them. How about the living? We have our wonderful sale of poppies; the British Legion and the generous British public have done that. Surely our governments have been trying as hard as they can to forget those uncomfortable 800,000 ex-service men who, mostly young, walk the streets in idleness. The governments have given a promise of 75% representation on works of national utility, but no works of national utility on a grand scale are put forward. We also have 60,000 disabled men able to work who are unemployed. There are no unemployed disabled men in France, Germany, Italy and Poland.'
'If the dead can hear what I have said about the living, every word I have uttered will surely meet with their approbation. When wreaths are laid on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, pray God the kind people may spare a thought for the known warriors who did not want charity, but only honest work.'
When two VCs were presented to General Hamilton, they were about to remove their gloves when Sir Ian said: 'Don't mind, I would be glad to shake hands with you in any form.'
Dundee Evening Telegraph
12 November 1934
After 16 Years
Though it is 16 years since the war ended, the celebration of Armistice Day seems to have been as fervent and sincere yesterday as on the first anniversary. If account could be rendered it would probably be found that the commemoration has grown rather than diminished. And it has long ago spread far beyond the bounds of Great Britain to every dependency of the British Crown, to say nothing of other countries.
No-one yet suggests a term to the Remembrance, though a term will certainly be set, for it is against human nature to remember even deliverances for ever.
Trafalgar Day and Waterloo Day are now noted only by a few enthusiasts. Yet these were big occasions in a war which lasted longer and tried British resources as sorely as that of 1914-18.
There is one difference, however. The men who fought in the Napoleonic wars were professional soldiers, belonging to only a part of the population. The last war involved almost every family in the land.