World War 1 in East Renfrewshire


11th November 2018 will mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice and the end of WW1.

Some of the millions of men who lost their lives or were injured in the fighting came from areas now in East Renfrewshire. On the following pages we remember these men, as well as the war's effect on the daily lives of people throughout East Renfrewshire, through photographs, newspaper reports and letters from our collections. To navigate you can use the menu on the left hand side of this page.

Appeal for memories

We plan to add more information to these pages in the future. If you have photographs, memorabilia or stories about East Renfrewshire and World War One, we would love to hear from you. See the Contact Us section below for our details.


Our Local Studies book collection provided invaluable sources of information for this online exhibition. Here is a selection of some titles that were used:

The Neilston Story: J.J. Laws
Clarkston Bowling & Tennis Club: Jubilee History 1909-1959 booklet
Williamwood Golf Club: 'Three Over Fours' booklet
Giffnock South Parish Church: Ian L. Cormack
Lest We Forget: The Story of the Burgh of Barrhead 1894 to 1975: James McWhirter
Scotland and the Great War: edited by Catriona M. M. Macdonald and E. W. McFarland
Busby: Religion, Church and Village From Earliest Times to 1919: John S. McVicar (unpublished)

We would like to thank Mr. John McVicar for supplying extra materials and for allowing us to make use of his work on Busby throughout these pages.

Please note, all images from the Barrhead News are (c) British Library Board (all rights reserved).

Further research

If you would like to find out more about WW1, please see the External Links section for some suggestions. Some of these pages include materials for schools.

Contact us

Giffnock Heritage Centre
Giffnock Community Library
Station Road
East Renfrewshire
G46 6JF
Phone: 0141 577 3872 e-mail: