THE WAR MEMORIAL
The War Memorial gifted by the people of the church in memory off those connected with the congregation who laid down their lives in the Great War, 1914 – 1918, was erected in the middle of October and unveiled and dedicated to the greater Glory of God on Sunday 23rd October. In consideration of the solemnity of the occasion, the Kirk Session decided that no other service should be held in the church that day. The ceremony was held at 3 o’clock and the Order of Ceremony was printed in full and a copy given to each person present that it might be preserved in remembrance of the day. The Reverend Charles L. Warr’s sermon was based on Hebrews XI – 13 “These all died in faith” The Memorial, which was designed by Dr MacGregor Chalmers, I.A. consisted of the present reredos of finest Austrian oak, erected against the east wall behind the Holy Table. The reredos is surmounted by a heavy and richly carved canopy of striking beauty. The many small traceried panels which form the canopy are arresting in the delicacy of their workmanship. Each panel is original in design.
On either side of the reredos stands a carved statue – on the north side the figure is that of St. Paul (the patron saint of the Church) with his sword; and on the south side, is represented St Andrew with his traditional cross. The nimbi of the saints are heavily gilded. A large cross, the emblem of sacrifice, occupies the central panel of the reredos, bearing at its centre the sign of the Lamb of God and on its four points the symbol of the Four Evangelists.
The names of the fallen are inscribed on a Commemorative Tablet placed on the wall of the nave just at the entrance to the chancel. The tablet is of polished brass, mounted on a marble slab and contains some Celtic tracery, an explanatory inscription and the names in full; the order being alphabetical and without reference to distinction of rank.
GEORGE ALEXANDER BROWN
ROBERT STOBO CRAWFORD
ALFRED JOHN LYLE
WILLIAM WALKER McWHIRTER
GEORGE HENRY TATHAM PATON
CHARLES HILL PATTEN
WALTER WASHINGTON BUCHANAN RODGER
HUGH PERCY WONHAM WALKER