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THE GREENOCK TELEGRAPH : Monday, 5th September 1921
WAR MEMORIALS : Two Unveiled at Port-Glasgow : AN EAST-END TRIBUTE

At the weekend two war memorials were unveiled at Port-Glasgow, and a third, situated in Fore Street, is nearing completion. An outstanding feature at both was that the principals taking part were all on active service.


The attendance at Glasgow Road on Saturday afternoon was not far short of three thousand young and old, who had gathered to do honour to the memory of twenty-nine young men belonging to the Old Toll district who fell during the war. The memorial takes the form of a cast bronze tablet mounted on grey granite, and is the work of Mr Archd. Hamilton, 70 Glassford Street, Glasgow. It has been placed on the wall of the new red sandstone building at No. 5 Glasgow Road, immediately adjoining Caledonia Street. This is the exact spot where stood the Old Toll House, from which the boys take their name. Below the tablet was a floral tribute of variegated flowers. The inscription is; "Erected in grateful memory of the Toll boys who fell in the Great War. Their names liveth for ever."
The following names are on the memorial:-
Messrs W. Burnside, R.G.A.; N. Collins, P. Cooper, S. Gilmour, R. Graham, S. Kane, J. Love, J. McGhie, J. McKay, D. Mooney, A. Orr, S. Ptolomey, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; J. Kincaid, A. Logan, A. McKay, G. Potter, Cameron Highlanders; J. Rorrison, Seaforth Highlanders; F. McCorkindale, Royal Scots; A. Cooper, Royal Scots Greys; J. Logan, H.L.I.; R. McLean, Inniskilling Fusiliers; J. Duffy, S. Mitchell, S. Gourlay, Naval Division; C. Simpson, D. Wilson, Royal Navy; J. Shields, Royal Field Artillery; T. Walker, Durham Light Infantry; W. Tanner, Howitzer Brigade.
A small platform was erected in front of the tenement, and on it were the company to take part in the ceremony, including Rev. Herbert Reid, M.C.; Messrs William Ramsay (who presided), Samuel Mackay, Robert Barr and John Lewis.
Mr Ramsay, in the course of a few opening remarks, said that on such a solemn occasion it was natural that their sympathies should go out to the relatives and friends of the dead heroes. Through their sorrow there was the feeling of pride in the comrades, and gratitude for what they did. That pride was all the greater when it was remembered that these twenty-nine heroes were Old Toll Boys. These gallant men had not been found wanting; they obeyed the call in 1914, and acquitted themselves like men. It was only natural that the Old Toll boys at home should desire to place on record for the inspection of all time the names of the heroes. Many of the old boys went into the great adventure willingly, not knowing that great suffering, even death, was before them. If the deeds of these brave men helped to make it impossible for great nations to war against each other, then their sacrifice would not be in vain. Already was there established a League of Nations, which was a step in the right direction. If they made "Trust" the watchword of all nations people might then look for the dawning of the day about which the national bard wrote - that man to man the world o'er would brothers be for all that.
The Old Toll Boys at home had during the war collected 66 15s. Of that 28s went to thirty-eight men serving, the same to a nurse and a W.A.A.C., and a similar amount lodged in the bank for three prisoners of war.
Rev. Mr Reid dedicated the tablet with an impressive prayer, and paid a tribute to the brave young men. Mr Lewis, who lost both legs at the war, and has artificial limbs, performed the unveiling ceremony.
Trumpeter Harkness, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, sounded the "Last Post," and Port-Glasgow and District Pipe Band struck up "The Flowers o' the Forest."
Bailie Cochran, in the name of the committee, handed over to Mr Lewis a gold medal as a memento of the occasion, and made a few remarks eulogistic of the patriotism and gallantry displayed by the men of the Toll district in the strenuous war years. He had no doubt if the occasion again arose those left would do the same as in the past.
Mr Lewis briefly returned thanks.
The medal has a representation of the old toll-house as it stood before demolition.
The large assemblage dispersed after singing the National Anthem.
On Saturday night and yesterday many people visited the district to get a look at the memorial.


Yesterday forenoon a special unveiling and dedication service of a Roll of Honour and Communion table was held in the Congregational Church, and was attended by a large congregation. There was special music for the occasion, and the sermon was preached by Rev. G. Paterson Graham (the minister).
In the course of his remarks Mr Graham said they were too near the "world catastrophe" to value aright all that their brave men had achieved for them, but ere long they would know the worth of their work; what was their contribution to the general good, and how by their sacrifice they forwarded the Kingdom of God. They would be compelled to look back over the path they trod. They were gone but were not lost to them, for the Master said that "He that loseth his life findeth it". There was ... [end of cutting]

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