The Laurieston School Album
In Falkirk Archives we are very fortunate to hold the Laurieston School Album. This is a photo and card album compiled by James Mather who was headmaster at the school between 1902 and 1930. The album consists entirely of photos and cards sent to him during the First World War by former pupils of the school who were serving in the conflict. There were originally photographs of 171 men in the album; more than a third of all the former pupils from the school who served in the war. However, the photographs of 4 of the men had been removed before the album came to the archives.
It is interesting to see the variety of military units in which the Laurieston men were engaged. As may be expected, many of the men served in Scottish Regiments. The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders are particularly well represented with just under a quarter of the men pictured in the album serving in that regiment.
Most of the photographs are studio photographs of men in uniform rather than photos taken while on active service. These are only a few of the photos from the Laurieston School Album. Without doubt, it is an exceptional and moving tribute to the former pupils of the school who served in the First World War and a real labour of love by Mr Mather.
If you'd like to learn more about life in the Falkirk area during World War One, we have a Community Exhibition on display in our various venues throughout 2015. This exhibition was researched, designed and produced by adults and school children from across the area.