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National history award for former daily feature writer

Anne JohnstoneA former daily feature writer has been recognised for her work in tracing the stories of men found on her village war memorial.

Anne Johnstone, who worked for The Herald, Glasgow, led a voluntary community project in Strathblane, Stirlingshire, which uncovered the details of the 27 men from the area who died in the First World War.

Now The British Association for Local History has presented her with its award for personal achievement in services to local history.

The biographies she wrote with her fellow volunteers were then compiled in a book called ‘A Village Remembers’.

Anne said of the project: “As a journalist working in Scotland for 35 years, I have noticed that the trauma of the First World War seems to have had a far greater impact on the collective psyche than the Second.

“Almost every person one interviews has a family horror story about what some still call “the Great War”.

“The group was brought together by an extraordinary initiative that from modest beginnings has grown into a book about the brief lives and dreadful deaths of all 27 men on the memorial who were killed in the First World War.

“And through them, it tells the story of both the war and the changing nature of the community – and the country – whence they came.”