“Considering the state of the country, he had come to the conclusion that it was his duty to offer himself for ­enlistment.”

So state the minutes of the Isle of Whithorn kirk ­session, December 1915, when popular young ­minister Andrew Stewart made his fateful ­announcement. Lord Derby’s recruiting letter had reached Andrew some two months earlier – conscription had not yet begun – and he had put the matter before the session. Andrew was well-liked in the village, and the October minutes record that all felt he should stay – “doing an important service for the nation by continuing in the discharge of the ministry”.

Read more in Issue 18.

Picture: Stephen Jolly Photography