4 Days to go: Home for history

With only 4 days left to run on our Crowdfund campaign we share with you today a fascinating story brought to us by the power if the internet:

The Community Trust who run the Old Trossachs School project were recently contacted from the US by Fred Smith of Virginia. Fred had been going through some family archives and came across a book of images from the Trossachs just over 100 years old.

With a little more digging, a history of post WW1 tour of Europe emerged from Fred’s late grandfather Edger; “After the war ended he was part of the organization that repaired, cleaned and packed weapons for shipment home. In June of 1919, he had leave and spent part of it in Scotland. My grandfather was in Stirling on the 10th of June and purchased the View Album about that time.” You can read a little more about Edgar and see images of him. The book has connections and value beyond the paper and plates within it, and the Old Trossachs School project is the perfect place to home the memories.

If you would like to help us to create a home for history and be able to visit our centre in 2022, please help us meet our aims by clicking on https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-old-trossachs-school and donating what you can and remember to share this message across your network. 

Edgar traveled by train to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he was May 13-18 1918.  Then on to Camp Hancock, Augusta, Georgia, where he arrived May 21, 1918.  He served in Company F, Ordnance Supply School there until August 25, 1918. 

Was sent to Camp at Raritan, New Jersey, and sailed from Hoboken on September 8, 1918, on the Army transport Henry R. Mallory.  After fifteen days aboard ship, he arrived in Brest, France on September 21, 1918.  Remained at Brest until September 30 when he was transferred to the Advance Ordnance Depot #1, Is-sur-Tille, Camp Williams, APO 712, where his unit arrived on October 4 as Mobile Ordnance Repair Shop, 3rd Corps, Artillery Park. 

Moved to the Ordnance Repair Shops at Mehun-sur-Yevre on January 4/5, 1919.

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