“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.
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